Sports
5:52 am
Fri April 2, 2010

Holmstrom, Datsyuk lead Red Wings

DETROIT – Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist and the Detroit Red Wings held off the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Thursday night.

Todd Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit, which won its season-high seventh straight and is 14-2-1 in its last 17 games. Jimmy Howard made 20 saves.

Andrew Murray and R.J. Umberger scored for Columbus, and Steve Mason stopped 29 shots.


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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Thu April 1, 2010

MSU Nursing gets $7.5M stimulus grant for research

EAST LANSING, MI –

Michigan State University's nursing school is getting $7.5 million from the federal government to expand and consolidate its research activities.

Michigan U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow say the grant will pay for construction of a three-story addition to existing facilities at the East Lansing campus.

They say the grant will allow the College of Nursing to relocate, consolidate and expand its research work.

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In Michigan
6:14 pm
Thu April 1, 2010

Lawmakers unveil MI health care reform compromise

LANSING, MI –

Two state lawmakers unveiled a proposal to bolster consumer protections for health insurance customers.

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The proposal would allow young adults to stay on their parents' insurance plans until they are 26 and discourage insurance companies from cherry-picking customers based on pre-existing conditions.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Thu April 1, 2010

U.S. car sales jump in March

DETROIT, MI –

U.S. automakers are reporting large sales gains for the month of March.

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The country's three largest automakers are reporting sales increases of more than 40% percent compared to March 2009.

General Motors showed a year-over-year sales improvement of 43%. The Detroit automaker says demand for its crossover vehicles doubled last month.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Thu April 1, 2010

Emergency manager named to run Benton Harbor

LANSING, MI –

A state panel has named an emergency financial manager to run the city of Benton Harbor. Governor Granholm declared a financial emergency in Benton Harbor in February.

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State officials say Benton Harbor's financial troubles include a deficit that has been growing by double digits. The city asked for an emergency infusion of cash from the state last month to make its payroll.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Thu April 1, 2010

Bernero questions Dillon's response on health care

LANSING, MI –

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is questioning why his main opponent in the Democratic race for governor isn't more supportive of the new federal health care law.

Bernero said in a Thursday news release that House Speaker Andy Dillon's measured support of the changes puts him close to being in the same camp as Republicans such as Attorney General Mike Cox, who's challenging the law in court. Cox also is running for governor.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Thu April 1, 2010

Local pastor, civil rights leader dies at 58

The Rev. Lester Stone was pastor of Friendship Baptist Church since 1982.
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Lansing, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The Rev. Lester Stone, a leading spiritual and civil rights figure in Lansing, has died.

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Sports
6:02 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Ex-MSU player Wilson gets 21 days in jail in fight

EAST LANSING, MI – Former Michigan State defensive tackle Oren Wilson has been sentenced to 21 days in jail on misdemeanor assault and battery charges in connection with a Nov.
22 on-campus fight with fraternity members.

The 22-year-old also was ordered Wednesday to perform community service as part of his sentence. He's the last of 11 current or former Michigan State football players who pleaded guilty in the case to be sentenced.

Wilson was sentenced in East Lansing District Court.

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Sports
5:57 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Verlander touched up in final spring start

LAKELAND, FL – Justin Verlander was roughed up for five runs, three earned, over 5 1-3 innings in his final start of spring training, though the Detroit Tigers downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-5 Wednesday.

Verlander, who will face Kansas City's Zach Greinke on Monday, allowed 10 hits and walked two as his spring ERA ballooned to 5.48.

Verlander said he felt ready to go and was using the game to make adjustments he would not normally make in the regular season.

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Sports
5:50 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Beasley ends slump to lead Heat past Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Michael Beasley snapped out of a slump with 28 points and nine rebounds as the Miami Heat won their sixth straight, beating the Detroit Pistons 98-81 Wednesday night.

Beasley came into the game averaging 10.1 points in his last seven games, but he scored eight in the first quarter against the struggling Pistons.

Dorell Wright added 17 points off the bench for Miami, while Quentin Richardson had 16. Dwyane Wade finished with 10, shooting 4 for 13 on the night.

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