In Michigan
6:24 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Four govs including Granholm ask judge to consider health overhaul views

SEATTLE –

The Democratic governors of Washington, Colorado, Michigan and Pennsylvania are asking a federal judge to consider their views in deciding whether to uphold President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The four states are among 20 challenging the constitutionality of the sweeping legislation. The governors disagree with decisions by Republican attorneys general in their states to join the lawsuit.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Ex-mayor Kilpatrick indicted on federal charges

DETROIT –

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been indicted on federal fraud and tax charges.

Federal prosecutors say the alleged scheme is related to the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, a tax-exempt fund that was supposed to pay for voter education and other purposes.

Instead, Kilpatrick is accused of using it as a slush fund to take cash payments for himself, friends and relatives.

In an indictment filed Wednesday, he's accused of failing to report at least $640,000 in taxable income between 2003 and 2008.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Obama admin OKs MI to release foreclosure relief money

LANSING, MI –

The Obama administration has approved Michigan's plan to spend $155 million to help families facing possible foreclosure on their homes.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Lansing school board narrowly approves budget

LANSING, MI – The Lansing School Board narrowly approved a budget Tuesday night for the 2010-2011 school year. It calls for more than $16 million in cuts and taking about $6 million from the district's rainy day fund. But many issues in the plan remain unresolved.

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WKAR Features
4:56 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Fields of Opportunity: Urban farms serve at-risk communities

LANSING, MI –


Lansing's first urban farm has popped up on the city's east side. The Urbandale Farm Project is part of a larger movement to utilize vacant land and provide fresh produce to urban communities, including Detroit.

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reWorking Michigan
4:56 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Fields of Opportunity: Farming Detroit

LANSING, MI –


Large scale farming could help bring blighted property in Detroit back to life. Several groups are working to turn large tracks of abandoned property into profitable commercial farms.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Magnitude-5.5 earthquake in Canada felt in Mich.

DETROIT –

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.5 earthquake has hit the Ontario-Quebec border region of Canada. Residents across lower Michigan including the Lansing area reported feeling the ground shaking Wednesday. There are no reports
of damage.

Detroit police spokeswoman Yvette Walker tells The Associated Press that police personnel on the upper floors of the downtown headquarters reported feeling the quake.

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In Michigan
3:46 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

MI School Aid Fund might be near a deal

LANSING, MI –

Lawmakers said they were close to reaching a deal over the K-12 schools budget Wednesday. But an apparent agreement evaporated as the House and Senate were unable to use a surplus in the School Aid Fund.

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Democrats and Republicans are still hoping to wrap up the school aid budget by a July 1 deadline. That's when school districts begin their fiscal year.

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In Michigan
3:45 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Single Asian carp found 6 miles from Lake Michigan

CHICAGO –

Officials say an Asian carp has been found for the first time beyond the electric barriers constructed to keep the dreaded invasive species out of the Great Lakes.

State and federal officials said Wednesday that commercial fishermen found the 3-foot-long, 20-pound carp in Lake Calumet on Chicago's South Side, about six miles downstream of Lake Michigan.

The single carp is the first to be found in a Chicago waterway above the Army Corps of Engineers' electric barrier system.

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Sports
6:30 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Pagan a homer shy of cycle, Mets rout Tigers 14-6

NEW YORK – Angel Pagan finished a homer shy of the cycle and had four RBIs, David Wright reached base five times and scored three runs, and the New York Mets routed the Detroit Tigers 14-6 on a rainy Tuesday night.

Ike Davis had two hits and two RBIs in the third inning as the Mets batted around for seven runs, getting help from Jay Sborz, who became the first pitcher in eight years to hit the first two batters with pitches in his big league debut.

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