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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6:07 pm
Fri June 25, 2010

Stalled federal bill could hurt Michigan budget

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's state government budget problems could become significantly worse if a federal spending bill stalled in Congress doesn't pass.

Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Friday the effects would be "devastating" in Michigan if the bill doesn't pass and the state has to make further budget cuts.

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5:14 pm
Fri June 25, 2010

Governor disappointed with U.S. Senate republicans

LANSING, MI –

Eighty-seven-thousand people in Michigan will lose unemployment benefits next week, unless the U.S. Senate resolves a partisan standoff.

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The number of people losing their unemployment benefits in Michigan would double within a month, and balloon to more than 400,000 by the end of the year.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Fri June 25, 2010

Governor Granholm says 17,000 took teacher retirement deal

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm's office says about 17,000 teachers and other school employees have accepted the state's retirement offer. That's the official count Friday from the state pension office. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, the governor and the Legislature adopted the plan to save school districts money during a tough economy.

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2:54 pm
Fri June 25, 2010

Stalled federal bill could hurt Michigan budget

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's state government budget problems could become significantly worse if a federal spending bill stalled in Congress doesn't pass.

Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Friday the effects would be "devastating" in Michigan if the bill doesn't pass and the state has to make further budget cuts.

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