Sports
6:04 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Meetings set to discuss deer-hunting restrictions

LANSING, MI – Michigan wildlife officials are holding meetings to discuss recently proposed antler restrictions for deer hunters in northeastern lower Michigan.

The proposal calls for a minimum of three antler points on at least one side for a buck to be legal.

The deer-management unit includes Presque Isle, Montmorency, Alpena, Oscoda, Alcona and Iosco counties. That's where bovine tuberculosis in the deer herd is most prevalent and the biggest concern.

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Sports
6:02 am
Tue June 15, 2010

AP source: No contact between James and Izzo

CLEVELAND – A person familiar with the situation says LeBron James has not spoken to Michigan State's Tom Izzo about Cleveland's coaching vacancy, and the two-time MVP has no plans get involved in the Cavaliers' search.

The source says James has stayed clear of the Cavs' pursuit of Izzo and will remain on the outside. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the team and the school are not commenting on Izzo's status.

James recently said in an interview that he will not lobby for any coach.

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In Michigan
5:48 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Judge: Prison, no boot camp, for Detroit ex-mayor

DETROIT – There will be no boot camp for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

A Wayne County judge is barring Michigan prison officials from placing Kilpatrick in a program that would have released him before the end of his 14-month sentence.

In his order Monday, Judge David Groner said a 90-day boot camp is for "positively intervening in the lives of youthful offenders." Kilpatrick is 40.

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In Michigan
5:47 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Judge wants update on lawsuit opposing health law

DETROIT – A federal judge in Detroit is holding a status conference in a 3-month-old lawsuit that challenges the government's new health care law.

The Thomas More Law Center of Ann Arbor filed a lawsuit on behalf of itself and four people from southeastern Michigan who don't have private health insurance and object to being told to purchase coverage.

U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh has scheduled a status conference for Tuesday.

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WKAR Features
5:42 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Effort to rename Grand River Avenue in Old Town Lansing meeting with resistance

LANSING, MI –

In the 1990s, the city of Lansing renamed a portion of Grand Avenue downtown in honor of Cesar Chavez. Opponents got a measure to change it back on the ballot though, and voters decided to remove the Chavez name.

Now, another effort is underway to rename a major street after the late labor leader.

The street in question is Grand River Avenue, in the heart of Old Town.

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Top Stories
5:13 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

School Aid Fund proposals revisit 20j funding

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Lansing, MI – Six school districts that used to be among the highest spending in the state are now receiving less than what is supposed to be the minimum in state funding. That's because Governor Granholm cut the extra funding for more than 30 school districts last year.

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There are a couple legislative proposals to help the districts that were hit the hardest in budget negotiations last year.

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In Michigan
4:53 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

MSU's corpse flower opens

East Lansing, MI – A rare plant in Michigan State University's botanical collection is flowering. The Arum Titan has one of the largest flowers in the world. It's also called the corpse flower. Mike Grillo is a PhD student at MSU. He says it's pollinated by carrion-eating flies and beetles.

"It's got this darkish-red, burgundy color which resembles a rotting mammal. It also gives off a repugnant, rotting smell."

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In Michigan
6:17 am
Mon June 14, 2010

Welfare chief says caseloads will grow as economy improves

LANSING, MI – The director of the Michigan Department of Human Services says he expects public assistance caseloads to continue hitting record levels for the next two years.

But Michigan is also expected to start regaining some of the jobs that have been lost over the past 10 years.

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Sports
6:15 am
Mon June 14, 2010

MSU or Cavaliers? Izzo texts AP 'still gathering'

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State coach Tom Izzo indicates he's still undecided about the Cleveland Cavaliers by responding "still gathering" in a text message to The Associated Press.

The Cavaliers have been wooing Izzo for at least a week to coach their team and perhaps LeBron James.

Asked Sunday if he was still undecided, Izzo simply responded: "still gathering."

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Sports
6:11 am
Mon June 14, 2010

Cabrera's 3-run HR lifts Tigers over Pirates 4-3

DETROIT – Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

Detroit's Armando Galarraga gave up two runs in his first home start since his near-perfect game.

Brad Thomas (4-0) replaced Galarraga and got the final out in the eighth inning for the win. Jose Valverde closed it for his 13th save, but gave up a run to end his scoreless streak at 25 appearances.

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