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4:46 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

MI teacher retirement deadline is Friday

LANSING, MI –

Friday is the last day for veteran teachers and other eligible school employees to accept a retirement offer from the state. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, fewer teachers than expected are taking the deal.

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In Michigan
9:55 am
Fri June 11, 2010

"Caravan" organizer meets with Lansing officials

LANSING, MI – The organizer of a controversial "cannabis caravan" scheduled to visit to Lansing next weekend says he's begun meeting with city officials to address their concerns. Jason Christ is the Executive Director of the Montana Caregivers Network. He says officials are most concerned about large quantities of marijuana at the event.

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In Michigan
8:58 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Cox nabs Right to Life nod in Michigan gov. race

LANSING, MI –

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox has won the endorsement of Right to Life of Michigan.

The major endorsement came Friday, just three days after the attorney general won the backing of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

Democrat Virg Bernero is the only gubernatorial candidate among the seven running who supports abortion rights.

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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.

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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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