LANSING, MI – The South Bend Silver Hawks beat the Lansing Lugnuts yesterday 5-3 at Oldsmobile Park. The Lugnuts next head out on the road for a three-game series at Quad Cities followed by a three-game set in Burlington. Tonight's game against the River Bandits starts at 8.
LANSING, MI – John Astin has been a star since he brought the character of Gomez Addams to life on the 60's TV show "The Addams Family."
His lengthy resume has branched off from the stage and screen to the classroom in recent years. He's on the faculty at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, helping shape the school's theater program.
Astin is in Lansing to perform in "Bluff" Wednesday night through July 26th at the BoarsHead Theatre.
Lansing, MI – About 100 postal workers will picket in downtown Jackson Wednesday to protest a proposal to move mail processing operations. The US Postal Service is considering moving automated machinery and personnel from Jackson to Lansing. It would also close the postal store in downtown Jackson. Anthony Donoho is the vice-president of the American Postal Worker Union Local 273. He says such a move would hurt every postal customer south of Interstate 94.
Lansing, MI – A report from the National Wildlife Federation says Michigan needs to maintain control of its wetlands program, or it will put 100,000 acres of inland wetlands at risk of being destroyed.
Governor Granholm proposed saving the state money by returning Michigan's wetlands protection responsibilities to the federal government. The Army Corps of Engineers can look after wetlands connected to the Great Lakes, but it does not look after inland wetlands.
Lansing, MI – An out-of-court settlement has ended an almost-decade long fight between a water bottling company and a conservation group. The litigation concerned the Ice Mountain plant in Stanwood, about 45 miles north of Grand Rapids.
TITTABAWASSEE TWP., MI – The Federal Aviation Administration says a regional jet has made a safe emergency landing at MBS International Airport.
FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says an emergency was declared aboard Northwest Flight 2902 flying from Detroit Metropolitan Airport to MBS shortly after 11 a.m. Monday. She says the plane landed without incident about 20 minutes later.
DEWITT TWP., MI – A motorcycle-riding Clinton County sheriff's deputy died in a traffic accident on his way to work.
DeWitt Township police Chief Brian Russell says Douglas Alward was killed on northbound U.S. 127 Monday after he hit a deer that jumped in front of him, was thrown from his motorcycle and was struck by a semitrailer.
Alward's wife, Alicen, tells the Lansing State Journal her husband would ride his motorcycle from his Lansing home to the agency's headquarters in St. Johns.
DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - Mayor Dave Bing says he is bringing in one-time political opponent and Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans as Detroit's third police chief in less than a year.
At a news conference Monday morning, Bing says the 60-year-old Evans will replace James Barren, who was fired Friday. Barren was brought out of retirement and appointed chief in September by then-Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. after Ella Bully-Cummings retired.
LANSING, MI – For decades, Michigan's community colleges have been centers of vocational education. Now, during a debilitating recession, a collaborative new program promises to expand that role. Participants, which include Lansing Community College, say the Michigan New Jobs Training Program could breathe life into the state's shattered manufacturing economy. But as WKAR's Mark Bashore reports, planners want to avoid the problems of a similar Iowa program.
Detroit, MI – (AP) - Two Boston newspapers are reporting the Celtics have reached an agreement with free agent Rasheed Wallace. Wallace, who played the last six seasons in Detroit, has averaged 15 points and 6.9 rebounds in 14 NBA seasons and averaged 12 points and 7.4 rebounds last season in Motown.
DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - A city fund intended to cover emergencies was used for expenses that included a publicist hired by ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick during the text-message scandal that drove him from office last year.
Records obtained by the Detroit Free Press under the Freedom of Information Act show the city issued 900 so-called quick checks from the fund to cover routine or questionable expenses.