In Michigan
6:11 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Mich. drivers reminded: Keep 'Thumbs on the Wheel'

LANSING, MI –

Drivers across Michigan are being encouraged to keep their "Thumbs on the Wheel."

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning on Monday kicked off the campaign using billboards, posters and a public service announcement featuring talking thumbs. Michigan's ban on texting while driving takes effect Thursday.

Billboards put up around the state remind drivers to hold off on text messaging, carrying the phrase text back later ("txt back L8R") and one of two accompanying messages: "OR PAY $100" or "IT'S THE LAW."

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In Michigan
6:07 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Stem cell reports part of Michigan budget debate

LANSING, MI –

Right to Life of Michigan will continue to push for requiring public universities that do embryonic stem cell research to report some information to the state.

It's one of the unsettled issues in the state's spending plan for the budget year starting Oct. 1.

Right to Life officials said Monday there's nothing in the proposal that goes against a constitutional amendment approved by Michigan voters in 2008. Some university researchers disagree and they're opposing the proposed requirements.

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In Michigan
5:26 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Mich. court questions ethics of Detroit-area judge

DETROIT –

The Michigan Supreme Court has overturned a multimillion-dollar verdict and criticized a Detroit-area judge for keeping a woman on a jury because she's black.

In a 5-2 decision, the court says race can't be a reason for including or excluding a juror. The justices say the acts of Wayne County Judge Michael Callahan could be the basis for the Judicial Tenure Commission to investigate him.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Half of Michigan residents expect to be better off a year from now

EAST LANSING, MI –

A new Michigan State University survey finds Michigan residents are slowly regaining faith in the economy - even though 55% say they're worse off than they were last year.

Fifty percent of the people surveyed believe they will be better off next year. Last year, that number was even lower.

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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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