In Michigan
5:27 pm
Fri September 3, 2010

GM to unveil Cruze compact sedans

LORDSTOWN, OHIO –
General Motors said Friday that it will launch its Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan next week at the Ohio factory that makes the car.

GM's North America president, Mark Reuss, and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland are scheduled to unveil the Cruze Wednesday. It goes on sale this month in U.S. showrooms.

The car is about the size of a Ford Focus or Honda Civic.

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In Michigan
5:17 pm
Fri September 3, 2010

40 percent of Michigan jobless go more than six months without work

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.

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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%.

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Election 2010
4:44 pm
Fri September 3, 2010

Ballot bid by MI "Tea Party" group fails

LANSING, MI –


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.

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In Michigan
7:55 am
Fri September 3, 2010

Snyder spent $6M of his own money to win GOP nod

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.

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Sports
6:03 am
Fri September 3, 2010

Lions beat Bills 28-23 in preseason finale

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.

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Sports
6:02 am
Fri September 3, 2010

Laird's HR in 13th lifts Tigers

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.

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Sports
5:56 am
Fri September 3, 2010

Lugnuts hang on against Whitecaps

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.

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

28 Michigan schools get federal improvement grants

LANSING, MI –
Twenty-eight of Michigan's lowest-achieving schools have been awarded federal grants aimed at improving student performance.

The grants announced Thursday total about $86 million. More eligible Michigan schools could receive money later this year in a second round of grants.

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In Michigan
6:09 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Free pills available for those near MI nuclear plants

LANSING, MI –

Michigan health officials are making potassium iodide pills available to people who live, work or visit within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant.

The Michigan Department of Community Health says the move announced Thursday is a precautionary measure for those who want pills and that risk of an accident has not increased.

The pills may help prevent illnesses associated with radioactive iodine if an accident were to occur.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Snyder gives his campaign $6.1M in governor's race

LANSING, MI –


Campaign finance reports show Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder has given his campaign $6.1 million and raised $2 million from other donors.

Statewide candidates were required to file campaign finance reports Thursday with the Michigan Secretary of State's office for the period through Aug. 23.

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