Sports
6:16 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Lugnuts beat Peoria

PEORIA, IL – The Lansing Lugnuts avoided a three-game sweep with a 7-3 victory over the Peoria Chiefs last night at O'Brien Field. Lansing next heads to Burlington, Iowa, to open a three-game series with the Bees tonight.

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Sports
6:13 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Tom Izzo talks to Cavaliers about coaching job

CLEVELAND – Tom Izzo says he still hasn't decided whether he will leave Michigan State to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers, who fired Mike Brown earlier this year.

Izzo told reporters late Thursday night that "it won't go on forever, I can tell you that."

The coach had just arrived back in East Lansing, Mich., after traveling to Cleveland on Thursday afternoon with his wife, daughter and son. He was getting a firsthand inspection of a franchise undergoing a major makeover as it prepares to try and
re-sign star LeBron James.

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Sports
6:11 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Danks, Vizquel lead White Sox past Tigers 3-0

CHICAGO – John Danks pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, Omar Vizquel homered and had a suicide-squeeze bunt, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 3-0 Thursday.

A.J. Pierzynski also homered for the White Sox, who have won two straight games - just their fourth winning streak of any kind this season.

The only hit off Danks (5-5) was Carlos Guillen's second-inning single. A pair of relievers finished the combined three-hitter, with Bobby Jenks getting his 10th save.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

MI proposal would crack down on felon politicians

LANSING, MI –

Michigan lawmakers are advancing a proposal that would bar politicians from holding public office for 20 years after certain felony convictions related to previous terms
in office.

The state Senate passed a proposed amendment to the state constitution by a 35-0 vote Thursday. If approved by at least two-thirds of the members in the state House, the proposal would go on the November ballot for voters to decide.

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In Michigan
5:26 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Viva Chevy: GM says it didn't plan to nix nickname

DETROIT –

Turns out you can take your "Chevy to the levee" or any other darn place you please.

General Motors Co. on Thursday backed off a "poorly worded" internal memo that asked employees to refer to the brand only as "Chevrolet" in an effort to create consistency.

GM says in a statement that it "in no way" is discouraging anybody from using the name Chevy. The internal memo was part of an effort to develop a consistent brand name as it tries to broaden its global presence.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Unexpected debate in MI House over tax expenditures

LANSING, MI –

An unexpected debate over business tax credits broke out on the state House floor Thursday. Michigan hands out almost $2 billion in business tax credits a year.

AUDIO:
It's the most heated discussion the House floor has seen in weeks of budget debates, and it was spurred by a tax credit extension proposal for the Michigan International Speedway racetrack.

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In Michigan
4:47 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Fewer MI teachers than expected taking retirement deal

LANSING, MI –

Friday is the deadline for eligible school employees to accept an enhanced retirement offer from the state. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, it appears the retirement plan is not likely to hit its targets to save schools money.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Treasury: GM will pick timing of stock offering

WASHINGTON –

The Obama administration says General Motors, not the government, will determine when the automaker will conduct a public stock offering, which could happen later this year.

The Treasury Department says in a statement Thursday it expects to sell some of its 61 percent stake in GM when the automaker goes public. The initial public offering could happen as early as October.

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Sports
5:51 am
Thu June 10, 2010

Lugnuts go down to Peoria

PEORIA, IL – The host Peoria Chiefs defeated the Lansing Lugnuts in 10 innings, 2-1 last night at O'Brien Field. The Chiefs go for the sweep tonight at 8. The Lugnuts return home on Tuesday, June 15th, for a doubleheader against the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

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Sports
5:47 am
Thu June 10, 2010

Castro, Lillibridge hit 3-run HRs, White Sox romp over Tigers

CHICAGO – Ramon Castro and Brent Lillibridge hit three-run homers and the Chicago White Sox, after critical comments by general manager Ken Williams, routed the Detroit Tigers 15-3
Wednesday night.

Castro connected in a seven-run fourth inning and Lillibridge's pinch-hit shot came in a seven-run eighth. Alexei Ramirez also homered and Omar Vizquel had three hits and drove in three runs.

Freddy Garcia (6-3) improved to 18-6 lifetime against the Tigers.

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