In Michigan
6:11 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Stabenow: Canada should stop Lake Erie gas production

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says U.S. officials should talk with Canada about the safety of natural gas drilling in Canadian waters of Lake Erie.

Stabenow said Wednesday she'd like Canada to ban drilling in Erie. It's prohibited on the U.S. side of the Great Lakes, although Michigan allows a few wells drilled under the lakes from land.

Canada has 500 offshore gas wells in Lake Erie and 23 that run under the lake from shore.

Both nations prohibit offshore oil drilling in the lakes.

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In Michigan
5:25 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

One month until self-imposed MI budget deadline

LANSING, MI –

Less than a month remains for lawmakers to work out their differences over the state budget if they want to meet a self-imposed July 1 deadline.

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Lawmakers set the deadline to help school districts whose budget cycles begin in July.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Ford says to end 72-year-old Mercury brand

DEARBORN, MI –

Ford Motor Co. says it will end production of its Mercury brand by the end of this year.

Ford's board of directors approved ending the brand Wednesday morning. Ford plans to make up for the lost sales by expanding its luxury Lincoln brand. Mercury sold just over 92,000 vehicles last year.

Ford has 1,712 dealerships currently selling Mercurys. Some will continue selling Lincolns and Fords and some could be consolidated into existing Ford dealerships.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Proposed MI rule would require judges to warn defendants of risk to residency

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan Supreme Court could adopt a new rule Thursday that would require judges to inform criminal defendants that their guilty pleas could affect their immigration status.

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In Michigan
2:23 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Lansing political, business leader Lucile Belen dies

LANSING, MI – Former Lansing city councilmember Lucile Belen has died at 97. Belen served on the council from 1956 to 1993. Belen's family started Belen's Flowers in Lansing in 1936. Lucile Belen was inducted into the Michigan Floral Foundation earlier this year. She was inducted in to the Michigan Women's Hall of fame in 2001.

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In Michigan
1:54 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Hollister Leaving Prima Civitas Leadership

LANSING, MI –

Former Lansing mayor David Hollister is cutting back on his schedule with the economic development organization he helped found after leaving office.

AUDIO: The non-profit Prima Civitas Foundation is searching for a new president and CEO, as David Hollister plans to step down from his day-to-day responsibilities next March.

Hollister says he will play a role in choosing his successor. He hopes someone will be hired by mid to late summer.

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In Michigan
10:10 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Kande Ngalamulume drops out of 8th congressional district race

LANSING, MI –

Kande Ngalamulume has dropped out of the race for Michigan's 8th congressional district.

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Sports
6:06 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Nicklas Lidstrom to return to Red Wings

DETROIT – Nicklas Lidstrom has signed a one-year contract, returning to the Detroit Red Wings instead of retiring.

The team announced the deal Tuesday.

Lidstrom had been contemplating calling it a career. He's spent all his 18 seasons in the NHL with the Red Wings. The 40-year-old Swede had nine goals and 40 assists this season, playing in all 82 games.

San Jose eliminated the Red Wings in Game 5 of their second-round series.

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Sports
6:04 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Lugnuts lose to Kernels

LANSING, MI – The Cedar Rapids Kernels beat the Lansing Lugnuts last night, 5-4 at Cooley Law School Stadium.

The two teams play again tonight at 7:05.

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Sports
6:02 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Branyan and Choo HRs help Indians beat Tigers 3-2

DETROIT – Russell Branyan and Shin-Soo Choo hit homers, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

Jake Westbrook (3-3) gave up a run on five hits and a walk over 7 2-3 innings.

Chris Perez stranded two runners in the eighth by getting Magglio Ordonez to pop up. Kerry Wood gave up an unearned run on Alex Avila's RBI single after Branyan's two-out error, letting the Tigers pull within a run before earning his third save in four
chances.

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