In Michigan
9:12 am
Fri July 2, 2010

MI Phys Ed and Health bills target childhood obesity

LANSING, MI –

All of Michigan's elementary and middle school students may soon be required to take more physical education and health courses.

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The state has physical education requirements, but they are vague, says state Representative Joan Bauer.

"We also know that with the obesity problem in our state, we need to start addressing it at an early age," she says.

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In Michigan
6:21 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

MSU study to look at clearing rape kit backlog

DETROIT –

A Michigan State University study will look at how long it might take to clear a huge backlog of rape evidence kits that were never analyzed by the former Detroit Police crime laboratory.

When the lab closed in April 2008, 10,500 kits were discovered.

The Detroit News reports that under the initiative, 400 kits will be selected at random and analyzed by private labs. Michigan State will then look at that data to determine how much time is needed to clear the rest of the cases, and how much it might cost.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

General Motors June sales drop 13 percent from May

DETROIT –

General Motors Co. says its sales dropped nearly 13% from May to June, another sign that the economy is stalling.

All automakers are reporting U.S. sales on Thursday. Combined sales are expected to be about 10 percent lower than May.

The drop could be good news for some consumers because automakers may be forced to offer better deals later in the summer.

GM says its June sales were up about 11% compared with the same month last year. But last June was a relatively weak as GM headed into bankruptcy protection.

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In Michigan
6:14 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

Granholm wants to tap school fund for universities, community colleges

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm says she will sign the school aid budget that was adopted by the Legislature as districts begin their fiscal year. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, now she wants lawmakers to tap a projected surplus in the School Aid Fund to avert cuts to higher education.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

"Sandbox Party" to advance interests of MI's young children

LANSING, MI –

Advocates of early childhood programs gathered in Lansing Thursday morning to announce the formation of the "Sandbox Party" to advance the interests of Michigan children up to the age of five.

Organizers say they have taken a cue from the tea party movement and other groups.

Judy Samuelson is CEO of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation. She stresses the economic benefits of investing in programs for young children:

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

Coalition: Flood could push Asian carp toward lake

CHICAGO –

An environmental coalition says the discovery of spawning Asian carp in the Wabash River in northern Indiana underscores the need for better leadership and coordination to keep the invasive fish out of the Great Lakes.

The Wabash doesn't flow into the Great Lakes. But it could flood into another river that does - the Maumee River, which flows into Lake Erie.

Last week, officials said a live carp was caught six miles from Lake Michigan.

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In Michigan
4:38 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

MI legislature approves K-12 schools budget

LANSING, MI –

The state Legislature has approved a K-12 budget that does not make any new cuts to schools.

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Almost all lawmakers voted in favor of the schools budget, which includes a nominal increase in per-pupil funding. The greatest philosophical divide now is over how to spend a $200-million surplus in the school aid fund - whether to keep that money allocated for schools, or use it to fill other areas of the budget.

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Top Stories
2:15 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

Lawmakers approve education spending increase

LANSING, MI –

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's public schools will get an extra $11 per student headed into the next academic year under a budget bill that's headed to Gov. Jennifer Granholm for her signature.

The Republican-led Senate passed the state's latest school aid budget by a 37-1 vote Thursday. The Democratic-led House passed it by a 98-6 vote, sending it to Granholm.

A spokeswoman says the governor will sign the bill.

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In Michigan
10:10 am
Thu July 1, 2010

MSU study to look at clearing rape kit backlog

DETROIT – A Michigan State University study will look at how long it might take to clear a huge backlog of rape evidence kits that were never analyzed by the former Detroit Police crime laboratory.

When the lab closed in April 2008, 10,500 kits were discovered.

The Detroit News reports that under the initiative, 400 kits will be selected at random and analyzed by private labs. Michigan State will then look at that data to determine how much time is needed to clear the rest of the cases, and how much it might cost.

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Sports
6:04 am
Thu July 1, 2010

Slowey strong in 5-1 win by Twins over Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS – Justin Morneau homered and drove in two runs, Kevin Slowey went six innings and the Minnesota Twins topped the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Wednesday afternoon.

Slowey (8-5) could've pitched more, but Magglio Ordonez's comebacker bounced off and bruised his right ankle before he threw him out on the final play of the sixth.

The right-hander walked gingerly to the dugout after throwing 81 pitches and allowing only five baserunners, ending a three-start slide in which he gave up 18 runs over 12 1-3 innings.

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