In Michigan
6:31 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Granholm faults Cox for fighting health overhaul

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

Gov. Jennifer Granholm says Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox doesn't have authority to join a lawsuit against the federal health care overhaul.

The Democratic governor told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Cox, a Republican running for governor, should retain outside counsel if he wants to fight the law.

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Sports
6:28 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Michigan State reinstates 4 involved with brawl

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio says Mark Dell, B.J. Cunningham, Chris Rucker and J'Michael Deane have been reinstated.

Dantonio says those four players were back on the team Tuesday, when spring drills began, after being involved in an on-campus fight.

He also provided updates on others who played a part in Nov. 22 brawl that has marred the program.

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Sports
6:26 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Granger's 32 helps Pacers sweep Pistons, 98-83

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Danny Granger scored 32 points and the Indiana Pacers snapped a nine-game road losing streak with a 98-83 victory over the Detroit Pistons Tuesday night.

Indiana is just 20-46 against the rest of the NBA, but beat Detroit in all four meetings this season - the first time the Pacers swept a season series with the Pistons.

Detroit was officially eliminated from the playoff race with the loss, ending an eight-year streak of postseason appearances.

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Sports
6:24 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Tigers upend Nats 6-2

LAKELAND, FL – Max Scherzer had his first strong outing of the spring, allowing one run in five innings and the Detroit Tigers topped the Washington Nationals 6-2 on Tuesday.

Scherzer, who went 9-11 for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, entered the game with an 11.37 ERA. He retired the first nine Nationals and allowed four hits in the game.

Scott Olsen allowed six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings for the Nationals. Olsen is trying to rebound from an injury-filled 2009 season.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Midwest home sales up nearly 10% in February

OMAHA, NEB –

The National Association of Realtors says Midwest home sales improved nearly 10% over last year as tax credits continued to motivate buyers.

Figures released Tuesday show 68,000 sales in the 11-state region in February, and the median sales price increased roughly 1% over 2009, to $156,400.

Midwest sales improved more than the national ones.

Non-seasonally adjusted figures show total February homes sales increased 8% over last year. The median home price nationally was essentially flat at $210,500.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

MEDC director admits errors in approving $9M tax credit

LANSING, MI –

Michigan Economic Development Corporation officials have acknowledged missteps in awarding a $9-million tax credit to a convicted embezzler. Legislative hearings on the embarrassment for the state's job-creation program opened Tuesday.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

State workers rally against pay freeze, retirement plan

LANSING, MI –

About a hundred state employees marched on the state Capitol Tuesday as lawmakers continue to consider plans to save money by reducing the number of government workers and their salaries and benefits.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Bernero Seeks Shorter Workweek to Close Budget Gap

LANSING, MI – City of Lansing employees would have a four-day, 36-hour workweek under a budget plan unveiled by Mayor Virg Bernero on Monday. The city is facing a $12 million budget gap.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

MI Senate begins voting on budgets

LANSING, MI –

The state Senate began approving budget proposals Tuesday at the state Capitol. The lawmakers debated funding for Michigan's prisons, the Department of Education, and for community colleges.

The Senate also voted on state funding for universities. The budget cuts funding by three percent, and includes a new line-item that would require research universities to provide detailed reports of embryonic stem cell research.

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In Michigan
5:48 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Michigan AG says health care overhaul goes too far

LANSING, MI –

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox says the landmark health care overhaul signed into law by President Barack Obama exceeds the limits of what Washington can force
Americans to do.

The Republican attorney general and gubernatorial candidate joined attorneys general from 12 other states Tuesday in suing the federal government. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Pensacola, Fla., claims the overhaul is unconstitutional.

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