In Michigan
6:00 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Mackinac Chamber conference kicks off Wednesday

LANSING, MI – Political and business leaders are heading to northern Michigan's Mackinac Island for the annual Detroit Regional Chamber policy conference.

The three-day conference starts Wednesday and will feature speeches by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Chrysler Group LLC CEO Sergio Marchionne, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich and ex-Turin, Italy, mayor
Valentino Castellani.

The five Republican and two Democratic gubernatorial candidates will join for a Thursday debate.

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In Michigan
5:55 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Blood workers strike Red Cross in labor dispute

LANSING, MI – Several unions are striking American Red Cross blood operations in six states over what they call unfair labor practices.

Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 459 in Lansing says it's calling a three-day strike, starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Michigan strike sites are Lansing, Flint, Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Petoskey.

The strikes also are at sites in Farmington, Conn.; Huntington, W.Va.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Toledo, Ohio; and Pomona, Calif.

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In Michigan
5:47 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Speed trap ban hits bump in the road

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - Objections from schools and local governments have delayed action on legislation that seeks to eliminate speed traps from Michigan roads.

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In Michigan
6:04 am
Tue June 1, 2010

Storms hit Michigan, black out 43,000 customers

DETROIT – Thunderstorms that raced across Michigan have knocked down trees, bringing scattered floods and blacking out at least 43,000 utility customers.

CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy division says Monday's storms knocked out electrical service to about 22,000 of its customers. It says full restoration isn't expected until Tuesday night because of the widely scattered damage to its lines.

DTE Energy Co.'s Detroit Edison unit says about 21,000 of its home and business customers lost power but says service was being quickly restored.

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Sports
6:01 am
Tue June 1, 2010

Davis, Cahill help A's pick up win over Detroit

DETROIT – Rajai Davis scored twice and Trevor Cahill continued to pitch well as the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1 on Monday.

The win was Oakland's third of the four-game series and fifth out of seven during their ongoing 10-game trip. Detroit has lost five of six.

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Sports
5:56 am
Tue June 1, 2010

Lugnuts rained out

UNDATED – The game last night between the Lansing Lugnuts and the South Bend Silver Hawks was canceled due to rain.

Since the game was the last meeting between the two teams in the first half, it will not be made up.

The Lugnuts now return home to Cooley Law School Stadium for a six-game homestand against the Cedar Rapids Kernels and Quad Cities River Bandits. First game is tonight at 7:05.

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In Michigan
5:47 am
Tue June 1, 2010

Tribes want elders to be certified as native language teachers

LANSING, MI – A measure awaiting action by the Michigan Senate would allow tribal elders to teach native languages in public schools.

The state allows native languages to satisfy Michigan's high school graduation requirements. Tribal leaders hoped that would help save native languages from extinction.

"The Potawatami language is classified as an endangered language, it's a dying language," Ken Meshigaud says.

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In Michigan
5:44 am
Tue June 1, 2010

Lawmakers say they'll work on fireworks bill

LANSING, MI – The debate over large fireworks that are currently illegal in Michigan continues at the state Capitol. The proposal from House Democrats would allow for the sale of larger fireworks in the state, but would exclude roadside tents and very small businesses from selling them.

Republican state Senator Alan Sanborn says that's not fair to those businesses, or to Michigan's big-box retailers that set up outdoor tents.

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In Michigan
6:12 am
Mon May 31, 2010

Mich. governor orders flags at half-staff Monday

LANSING, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has ordered that U.S. flags be lowered to half-staff and half-mast for the morning on Memorial Day.

Granholm has ordered flags lowered Monday until noon, when they should be raised to the top of the staff or mast.

Granholm says she wants Michigan residents to remember the meaning and importance of Memorial Day by honoring military members from the state and across the country who gave their lives in defending democracy and freedom.

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Sports
6:10 am
Mon May 31, 2010

Lugnuts beat South Bend

SOUTH BEND, IN – The Lansing Lugnuts received three solo home runs in a 4-3 victory over the South Bend Silver Hawks yesterday afternoon at Stanley Coveleski Regional Stadium. The Nuts and Hawks play the finale game of their four-game series at 7:00 p. m. tonight.

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