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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In Michigan
6:32 pm
Wed June 9, 2010

Mich. governor asks for Monroe County storm aid

LANSING, MI –

Gov. Jennifer Granholm has declared a state of emergency in storm-damaged Monroe County.

Hundreds of homes and business in and near Dundee were damaged or destroyed by the twister that touched down Sunday. It was one of eight tornadoes that hit southern Michigan over the weekend, including another in Monroe County that forced a shutdown at the Fermi 2 nuclear plant.

Dozens of state troopers and officers from across the state have been in the area to help with security, while other agencies have aided the cleanup.

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Sports
6:27 pm
Wed June 9, 2010

MSU assistant says Izzo told team of Cavs talks

EAST LANSING, MI –

Michigan State assistant coach Mark Montgomery says Tom Izzo called a team meeting Tuesday, informing his players he has talked to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Montgomery says Izzo told the Spartans to focus on classes and workouts. Izzo did not tell the Spartans he was leaving the school to coach the Cavs.

Cavs general manager Chris Grant has confirmed that the team has been in contact with Izzo and other candidates.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Wed June 9, 2010

Stupak foe released from jail on federal charge

BAY CITY, MI –

A man charged with threatening Michigan U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak has been released from jail after a court hearing in Bay City.

Attorney Robert Dunn says Russell Hesch was released Wednesday with an electronic monitor. He can't travel beyond a few counties in northern and mid-Michigan.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Wed June 9, 2010

MI legislature throws out needless laws

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan Legislature has done away with an old law that prohibits challenging someone to a duel. Dueling is illegal under modern assault laws.

Democratic state Representative Mark Meadows says there is a special commission that weeds out archaic laws that could harm the state's legal system.

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In Michigan
3:45 pm
Wed June 9, 2010

MI lawmakers say they want summer break

LANSING, MI –

Budget debates are moving along at the state Capitol, but lawmakers have a lot of work to get done in the next three weeks if they want to meet a self-imposed July 1 deadline and take a summer break.

AUDIO:
Leaders in both the House and Senate say they would like to complete work on the budget before July. Republican state Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says most lawmakers could use time in July and August to campaign.

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In Michigan
3:31 pm
Wed June 9, 2010

Workgroup begins drafting Great Lakes wind farm bill

LANSING, MI –

At the state Capitol, a workgroup has begun the job of drafting legislation that would set the rules for windfarms off the Great Lakes shoreline. State Senator Patricia Birkholz is leading the workgroup. She says offshore wind power will require a shift in how people think of the Great Lakes.

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