In Michigan
6:19 pm
Wed June 30, 2010

Ford Motor to repay $4B more in debt

DETROIT –

Ford Motor Co. says it's making another $4 billion payment on its huge debt.

The company will pay $3.8 billion in cash to a United Auto Workers trust fund that pays retiree health care bills.

It also will pay $255 million in dividends on preferred securities that had been deferred as the automaker worked its way through financial troubles.

Ford says the payments are a sign of confidence that its restructuring plans are working.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Wed June 30, 2010

Lansing airport to add to destinations

LANSING, MI –

Lansing's Capital Region International Airport is expanding its list of destinations.

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In Michigan
5:46 pm
Wed June 30, 2010

Environmentalist optimistic about Asian carp bill

CHICAGO –

The president of a Great Lakes environmental group says he's optimistic that Congress will pass a bill speeding up research on a long-term solution to keep the invasive Asian carp out of the lakes.

Joel Brammeier heads the Alliance for the Great Lakes. He believes Congress now knows how critical the situation is after a 3-foot Asian carp was found beyond the electrical barrier meant to stop them.

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In Michigan
5:39 am
Wed June 30, 2010

Granholm: Failure to extend benefits will drive state, country back into recession

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm says Congress would be responsible for plunging the nation into a new recession if it does not act this week to extend unemployment benefits and Medicaid funding. Granholm and other governors were in Washington D.C. to prod a deficit-weary Congress to support the additional spending.

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Sports
5:27 am
Wed June 30, 2010

Denard Span hits 3 triples, Twins beat Tigers 11-4

MINNEAPOLIS – Denard Span tied a modern-era record with three triples and also had five RBIs to get Minnesota back into first place in the AL Central with an 11-4 victory over the Detroit
Tigers on Tuesday night.

Span also had a single and a walk for the Twins (42-35), who moved a half-game ahead of the Tigers (41-35) one night after losing their division lead for the first time since early April.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Tue June 29, 2010

Medical marijuana user sues over Walmart firing

DETROIT –

A man who uses medical marijuana to treat symptoms of an inoperable brain tumor and cancer has filed a lawsuit claiming he was wrongfully fired from a Walmart store in
Battle Creek after testing positive for the drug.

The lawsuit Tuesday in state court says Joseph Casias of Battle Creek was fired last year despite being legally registered to use the drug under Michigan's medical marijuana law. Casias says he didn't use marijuana at work.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Tue June 29, 2010

Coffin believed to hold Mich.'s 1st governor found

DETROIT –

Detroit officials overseeing the remodeling of a downtown park have found what are believed to be the remains of Michigan's first governor.

The dig is part of an effort to move the remains of Stevens T. Mason and a statue of him to a new plot at Capitol Park.

Project superintendent Cedric Hesley says crews digging around the monument found a concrete crypt about 3 p.m. Tuesday. Officials had said earlier they weren't sure if they would find the remains.

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In Michigan
5:46 pm
Tue June 29, 2010

MI House approves 'Complete Streets'

LANSING, MI –

More Michigan's cities may soon have to install ramps and bike paths on their sidewalks and roadways. So-called "Complete Streets" legislation was approved by the state House Tuesday.

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State Representative Jon Switalski sponsored the "Complete Streets" bills. He says creating more bike- and pedestrian-friendly roadways will help attract and keep a younger workforce.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue June 29, 2010

NWLB will accept fewer new applicants

LANSING, MI –

Federal funding cuts in the next fiscal year will mean fewer Michigan residents will be able to enroll in the state's No Worker Left Behind program.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Tue June 29, 2010

State officials worry about federal unemployment benefits

LANSING, MI –

The U-S Senate's decision not to extend unemployment benefits has Michigan officials worried about the state budget and the growing number of people who have exhausted their benefits.

AUDIO: The state estimates that 87,000 people will lose their unemployment benefits by Saturday if Washington doesn't extend benefits.

Congress also hasn't funded Medicaid, foster care maintenance, and adoption subsidies.

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