In Michigan
5:45 am
Mon June 7, 2010

7 killed in heavy storms sweeping through Midwest

UNDATED – A police chief says two more people have died in northwest Ohio from weekend tornadoes and thunderstorms that swept through the Midwest, bringing the death toll to seven.

Dozens of minor injuries from the storms have also been reported in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio. Two tornadoes were confirmed in Michigan.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Fri June 4, 2010

Michigan's top court takes case on teacher PAC

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether it's legal for school districts to deduct political contributions from the paychecks of teachers.

The court, in a 4-3 decision, said Friday it will accept an appeal from the Michigan Education Association, the state's largest teachers union.

In 2008, the Michigan appeals court said it was illegal for public schools to help the MEA's political fund, even if districts are reimbursed for administering the payroll deduction.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Fri June 4, 2010

Governor: Let MI mayors name superintendents

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI –

Governor Granholm wants Michigan's big city mayors to have the authority to name the superintendants of their local school districts. She wants to start with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. Detroits' school are currently being run by an emergency financial manager. The governor says it would be a mistake to return control of the district to the Detroit school board next year.

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In Michigan
5:25 pm
Fri June 4, 2010

Cox still wants Chicago locks closed to fight carp

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox isn't giving up on closing Chicago shipping locks to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

A spokeswoman said Friday that Cox is still considering his options, including filing additional lawsuits.

The U.S. Supreme Court has twice refused Michigan's request to order closure of two locks on Chicago waterways.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Fri June 4, 2010

EPA ready to award money for Great Lakes restoration

LANSING, MI –

About 100 Great Lakes restoration projects in Michigan are in the final stages to receive millions of dollars in federal funds.

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$60 million from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative have been sited for the Michigan-based projects.

Ken DeBeaussaert is director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes. He used the governor's weekly radio address to talk about the EPA grants.

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In Michigan
10:07 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Schwarz drops independent bid for Mich. governor

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI –

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz is dropping his independent bid for Michigan governor.

The Battle Creek physician and former state senator said Friday he won't run because he wasn't raising enough money.

He says he was eager to run but the lack of adequate funding meant it was "foolish to persist."

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WKAR Features
10:06 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Gubernatorial candidates debate on Mackinac Island

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI –

The exchanges grew tense and cranky at times as the five Republicans and two Democrats running for governor appeared on the same stage for the first and probably only time Thursday. They debated before a crowd at a business conference on Mackinac Island.

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Sports
6:03 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Lugnuts lose to Kernels

UNDATED – The Lansing Lugnuts lost to the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 11 to 5 yesterday.

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Sports
6:01 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Tigers beat up Indians 12-6 day after blown call

DETROIT – Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera hit consecutive homers in a five-run seventh inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 12-6 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, a day
after a blown call cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game.

The Tigers were still sad first base umpire Jim Joyce made a mistake to negate the first perfecto in franchise history and probably weren't pleased that Major League Baseball let the call stand. But they moved on.

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In Michigan
5:46 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Granholm: Michigan must continue to diversify

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI –

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