DETROIT – Johnny Damon followed up his 2,500th hit with a game-winning homer in the 11th inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 7-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
Austin Jackson led off the inning with a single off David Hernandez (3-7), and Damon followed with a long homer to right. Damon had singled in the third inning for his 2,500th career hit and received an ovation from the crowd of 22,532.
Ryan Perry (2-4) got the win with a scoreless inning of relief.
Governor Granholm has sent more than two dozen appointments to the state Senate. Some of the people were rejected at least once in earlier confirmation fights. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, Senate GOP leaders think most of the appointments will be rejected again.
An effort to get a ballot question that might have allowed Michigan to opt out of the new federal health care reforms has failed. The group Michigan Citizens for Healthcare Freedom collected less than half the petition signatures it needed.
AUDIO: Republican state Senator Wayne Kuipers says the first thing voters ask him about is national health care.
LANSING, MI – Legislation before the state House would outlaw the use of gas chambers when animal shelters put down dogs and cats.
In most Michigan counties, animal shelters have already stopped using gas chambers, but there are still a few that use carbon monoxide to euthanize dogs and cats. The legislation would ban the practice, and require shelters to switch to a lethal injection of sodium pentobarbital.
LANSING, MI – Several groups that were trying to put proposals on Michigan's November statewide ballot have failed to meet a key deadline.
State election officials say Tuesday that groups aiming to expand casino gambling in Michigan did not turn in the voter signatures needed to make the ballot. A group that sought to allow Michigan to opt out of the federal health care overhaul also failed to submit signatures by the late Monday afternoon deadline.