In Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon July 12, 2010

Granholm: Relief for jobless waiting on Byrd replacement

LANSING, MI –

Thousands more Michigan residents who have been without a job for months will lose their unemployment benefits this week if a standoff in the U.S. Senate is not resolved. Governor Granholm says getting a replacement named for the late West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd seems to be the key to ending the impasse.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon July 12, 2010

New MI law allows home cooks to sell what they make and bake

YPSILANTI, MI –

A new law allows home cooks to sell what they make in their kitchens without running afoul of state licensing rules.

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Magnolia Minor lives in senior citizen housing across the street from Ypsilanti's farmers market, where her homemade pies and breads are a favorite. But selling her homemade food was against the law until her kitchen was upgraded, inspected and licensed.

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In Michigan
8:32 am
Mon July 12, 2010

Former Detroit mayor backs Dillon for Governor

DETROIT, MI –

Former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer has endorsed state House Speaker Andy Dillon in his bid for Michigan governor.

Archer and the Democratic candidate appeared together Monday morning at downtown Detroit's Campus Martius. The former mayor spoke about Dillon's development of an urban agenda that includes job creation, crime reduction and education investment.

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In Michigan
6:32 am
Mon July 12, 2010

Ex-Detroit contractor defends chiefs in graft case

DETROIT – A Houston company says an independent probe it commissioned failed to link its top managers to a Detroit bribery case that brought down City Councilwoman Monica Conyers.

Synagro Technologies made the statement in response to questions from the Detroit Free Press.

The newspaper reported Sunday that its review of documents shows at least four Synagro executives were aware of questionable spending by two Synagro salesmen.

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In Michigan
6:30 am
Mon July 12, 2010

Organ donation checkoff proposed for tax forms

LANSING, MI – Michigan's secretary of state wants to make organ donation easier by adding a checkoff box on annual tax forms.

Terri Lynn Land says the box would be similar to the current section of the tax form that asks filers if they want part of their taxes to go to the State Campaign Fund.

Tax filers would have the option of marking the box which allows their names to be added to Michigan's Organ Donor Registry.

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In Michigan
6:27 am
Mon July 12, 2010

Feds award $5.5M for Great Lakes projects in Mich.

DETROIT – The federal government has awarded $5.5 million for three Great Lakes protection projects in Michigan.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration designated the grants for the state and the University of Michigan.

The biggest, totaling $3 million, will provide plant and animal habitat in the Saugatuck area.

Additionally, the state will get $1.7 million to acquire property for ecological and conservation purposes in Houghton.

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In Michigan
6:22 am
Mon July 12, 2010

UAW's King, Jesse Jackson push US job creation

DETROIT – United Auto Workers president Bob King and the Rev. Jesse Jackson are kicking off a new campaign in Detroit that's focusing on job creation, manufacturing, workers' rights and peace.

King and Jackson planned to announce details Monday of the Jobs, Justice and Peace initiative and take part in a march next month in Detroit.

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In Michigan
6:21 am
Mon July 12, 2010

MI troops to leave for Camp Shelby, then Afghanistan

LANSING, MI – A small team from the Michigan Army National Guard is leaving for training in Mississippi before being sent to Afghanistan.

Soldiers from the Lansing-based 1999th Contingency Contracting Team leave Monday for Camp Shelby. After they receive specialized training, they expect to spend a year in Afghanistan where they'll handle contracting in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Sports
6:02 am
Mon July 12, 2010

Lugnuts lose to Hot Rods

BOWLING GREEN, KY – The Bowling Green Hot Rods scored four runs in the first inning and held off the Lansing Lugnuts 6-4 Sunday afternoon on Jackson Field.

The Lugnuts play the Hot Rods again tonight, hoping to avoid a sweep.

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Sports
5:57 am
Mon July 12, 2010

Verlander, Weaver, Bailey added as AL All-Stars

ANAHEIM, CA – Pitchers Justin Verlander, Andrew Bailey and Jered Weaver have been added to the American League team for the All-Star game.

A couple of spots opened up because of a new rule - pitchers who start on Sunday are ineligible to play in Tuesday night's game. All-Stars CC Sabathia of the Yankees and Trevor Cahill started Sunday, leaving them out.

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