LANSING, MI – A report by the Michigan League for Human Services says the number of people in the state who were unemplyed for six months or more exploded during the auto crisis. The report also finds the long-term unemployed are most likely to be African American or Hispanic workers.
AUDIO: At the beginning of the decade, six and a half percent of unemployed people in Michigan went without a job for six months or more. By 2009, that had reached 41%.
There won't be a "Tea Party" fielding candidates on the November ballot. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, a state Supreme Court decision ends the legal battle over what many people believe was an attempt to hijack the Tea Party movement.
LANSING, MI – Republican Rick Snyder spent millions of his own dollars to win the GOP nomination for governor, according to campaign finance statements due Thursday. Democratic nominee Virg Bernero spent less than his primary opponent, although he was helped by ads paid for by political committees that were not officially part of his campaign.
DETROIT – Matthew Stafford had an interception returned for a touchdown, but third-stringer Drew Stanton threw a pair of second-half touchdown passes to lift the Detroit Lions to a 28-23 win over the Buffalo Bills in their preseason finale Thursday night.
Stafford's second pass was picked off by Drayton Florence and Detroit punted on his second and last drive.
Trent Edwards was 4 for 4 for 66 yards - including a 50-yard pass to Lee Evans - on his only drive that set up Rian Lindell's first of three field goals.
MINNEAPOLIS – Gerald Laird hit a solo home run in the 13th inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 10-9 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
Ryan Raburn added three hits and two RBIs after entering the game in the sixth inning for the injured Miguel Cabrera. Jose Valverde (2-3) pitched a career-high three innings of relief to help the Tigers avoid a three-game sweep.
Laird, who entered the game in the 11th inning, hit a 1-1 pitch from Nick Blackburn (8-9) into the bullpen in left-center field.
LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts remain mathematically alive for a playoff berth with a 6-2 victory over the West Michigan Whitecaps last night on Jackson Field.
The Whitecaps entered the three-game series needing only one win to clinch the Eastern Division's final wild card slot. Instead the Lugnuts have won the first two games to draw within three games of the Caps with four games left in the season.
The Lugnuts play their final home game of the 2010 regular season at 7:05 p.m. tonight.