In Michigan
6:02 am
Mon June 14, 2010

Autism advocates push for coverage, may sue

DETROIT – Activists who want Michigan insurers to offer coverage for behavioral therapy for autistic children are considering suing the state's Medicaid program and insurers to
force a change.

A class-action lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan led to a settlement under which it became the state's first insurer to offer coverage for autistic children.

But The Detroit News reports that most Michigan insurers still don't cover autism therapies.

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In Michigan
5:56 am
Mon June 14, 2010

73,000 scrap tires removed from 2 SW Mich. sites

LANSING, MI – Environmental regulators say more than 73,000 scrap tires have been removed from two disposal sites in southwestern Michigan.

The state says L.H. Automotive Recycling in Niles received a Scrap Tire Cleanup Grant for the removal of 42,000 from its site and more than 31,000 were removed from Joe's Auto Salvage in Three Rivers with a similar grant.

Scrap tire processor Entech Inc. in White Pigeon was hired by both businesses to remove the tires.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

Izzo tells AP: Still no decision on Cavs job

UNDATED –

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo writes in a text message to The Associated Press that he still hasn't made a decision about coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Izzo's text message was received late Friday morning.

The longtime Spartans' coach flew to Cleveland on Thursday and visited with members of the Cavs' front office and coaching staff.

He returned to Lansing, Mich. late Thursday night.

Izzo potentially could make $6 million a season and have a chance to coach LeBron James.

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In Michigan
5:24 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

Convicted MI killer awaits recommendation on clemency

BATTLE CREEK, MI –

The Michigan parole board has not acted in the case of a convicted killer from Calhoun County whose clemency petition has the support of U.S. Sen. Carl Levin.

Prisons spokesman Russ Marlan says Tom Cress' case did not come up Friday but could be on the agenda in two weeks.

The parole board will decide whether to recommend freedom for Cress, convicted 25 years ago in the slaying of a teenage girl.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

MI hotline for classroom supplies cut from Senate K-12 budget

LANSING, MI –

A plan to set up a hotline for teachers to report a lack of adequate school supplies and books might be dead.

AUDIO:
The hotline was part of the "Race To The Top" deal approved by the Legislature last year. It would ultimately require the state to provide adequate books and supplies to teachers with valid claims. The state would then withhold the cost of the supplies from payments to the school district.

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Top Stories
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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