In Michigan
8:46 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Cox ad highlights his government spending plans

LANSING, MI –

Republican Mike Cox is focusing on what he says is his desire to cut government spending and help improve Michigan's business climate in the latest TV ad for his run for governor.

The state's attorney general is one of five Republicans in the Aug. 3 gubernatorial primary.

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Election 2010
8:45 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Michigan Dem. gubernatorial candidates to debate

WIXOM, MI –

The two candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the Michigan governor's race are scheduled to debate in Wixom.

House Speaker Andy Dillon and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero are to square off Monday at the WTVS television studios in the Detroit suburb. The one-hour event begins at 7 pm.

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In Michigan
6:02 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Budget deadline nears

LANSING, MI – This week marks the self-imposed deadline set by state lawmakers to complete work on the K-12 schools budget for the coming fiscal year.

But there are many complications and disagreements to overcome.

Key negotiators in the House and Senate said they had reached an agreement last week over spending levels for next year. But Republicans in the Senate want to use a surplus of money in the schools budget to fill holes in other areas of the current budget.

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Sports
5:56 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Boesch homers, powers Tigers past Braves 10-4

ATLANTA – Rookie Brennan Boesch homered and drove in three runs as the Detroit Tigers chased Tommy Hanson early and beat the Atlanta Braves 10-4 Sunday.

Boesch hit an RBI single during a five-run fourth inning that finished Hanson (7-5). Boesch added a two-run homer, his 12th of the season and eighth in June, the next inning.

Rookie Austin Jackson had three of Detroit's 17 hits, including a two-run single in the big fourth.

Justin Verlander (9-5) gave up six hits and four runs in seven innings as the Tigers avoided being swept.

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Sports
5:51 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Lugnuts beat Dragons

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Dayton Dragons 5-4 in 11 innings Sunday afternoon. Tonight they travel to start a three-game series at Bowling Green, then finish the week with three against the South Bend Silver Hawks.

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In Michigan
5:38 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Flags lowered for soldier killed in Afghanistan

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm has ordered U.S. flags in Michigan lowered in honor of Army Spc. Joseph D. Johnson, who was killed in fighting in Afghanistan.

The 24-year-old from Genesee County's Mundy Township and another soldier were killed when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device June 16 in Kunduz.

He was part of a unit from Fort Brag, N.C.

His funeral was set for Saturday at Central Church of the Nazarene in Flint, with burial at Great Lakes National Cemetery near Holly.

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In Michigan
5:27 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Dillon to air 2nd ad in Michigan governor's race

LANSING, MI – Democrat Andy Dillon will begin airing his second ad in the Michigan governor's race on the same day he and opponent Virg Bernero have their second debate.

The 30-second ad shown Sunday to The Associated Press features Dillon saying Michigan needs a governor who can "reach across the aisle" and residents must "row together" to fix the state's problems.

Dillon's campaign says it will start airing Monday and run for at least two weeks on broadcast and cable stations statewide.

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In Michigan
5:26 am
Mon June 28, 2010

1 killed as storm moves through Mich. campground

DETROIT – Authorities say a 75-year-old man is dead and four other people are injured after a severe storm moved through an eastern Michigan campground.

Sheriff Tim Donnellon says a "massive" storm moved through the Fort Trodd Family Campground in St. Clair County's Clyde Township shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday.

Donnellon says James Anderson of Mount Clemens was killed. The sheriff says details of how Anderson died won't be released until after an autopsy is completed.

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Top Stories
6:16 pm
Fri June 25, 2010

Union challenges Michigan school retiree plan

DETROIT –

The Michigan chapter of the American Federation of Teachers is challenging parts of the state's new law related to the public school employee retirement system.

The union said Friday its lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court challenges a provision requiring employees who don't retire this summer to start paying an extra 3% of their compensation into a fund for retiree health care starting July 1.

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In Michigan
6:14 pm
Fri June 25, 2010

Governor will argue in DC to block carp

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm says she will go to Washington soon to personally plead with federal officials to block an imminent Asian Carp invasion of the Great Lakes. She says it would be an ecological and economic disaster if the locks between Lake Michigan and the Chicago-area shipping canal are not closed soon. Once that's done, she wants the federal government to create a permanent physical barrier to separate the Great Lakes from the canal.

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