In Michigan
6:21 am
Mon May 17, 2010

Lansing group starts pioneering urban farm project

LANSING, MI – A half-acre of vacant land on Lansing's east side is about to become the Michigan capital's pioneering urban farm, with help from two Michigan State University faculty
members.

The Urbandale Farm Project is the first effort of the Lansing Urban Farm Project, co-founded by Laura DeLind and Linda Anderson.

University spokeswoman Kristen Parker says area residents, students and volunteers from the federal volunteer program AmeriCorps will maintain the farm.

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Sports
6:16 am
Mon May 17, 2010

Tigers on a roll in Motor City with win vs Red Sox

DETROIT – Ramon Santiago hit a two-run homer and Armando Galarraga was sharp in his first start of the season, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 5-1 on Sunday.

Detroit became the first team to win four straight series at home against reigning playoff teams since 1995 when baseball began putting four teams in the postseason, according to STATS LLC.

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In Michigan
6:05 am
Mon May 17, 2010

Mich. park visitors asked to watch for invasives

LANSING, MI – Visitors to Michigan state parks and recreation areas are being invited to help watch for invasive plants.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment says the "Early Detection and Rapid Response" initiative aims to get more help in finding the first outbreaks of unwanted invasive plants.

This summer, the Japanese knotweed, black swallow-wort and garlic mustard are being targeted by the program. Invasive plants can crowd out native species and change the ecology of natural areas.

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In Michigan
5:57 am
Mon May 17, 2010

GM posts profit in first quarter

DETROIT, MI –

General Motors Company says it rode cost cuts and strong sales of new models to its first quarterly profit in nearly three years.

The Detroit automaker says it earned $865 million from January through March, a strong sign GM has reversed course from staggering losses that nearly caused its death.

The $1.66-per-share profit was far better than a loss of $6 billion, or $9.78-per-share, for the same period last year.

It's also a sign that GM may be able to back up CEO Ed Whitacre's forecast of a full-year profit.

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Sports
6:19 pm
Sun May 16, 2010

Lugnuts' Sunday game postponed by rain

BOWLING GREEN, KY – The Lansing Lugnuts' scheduled Sunday afternoon game against the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Bowling Green Ballpark has been postponed due to rain. The Lugnust get the day off on Monday before starting a three-game series at Dayton on Tuesday.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

EL considers licensing home based marijuana caregivers

EAST LANSING, MI –

East Lansing officials have begun writing an ordinance to regulate medical marijuana use. They expect the draft to require that home-based marijuana caregivers obtain a business license. Darcy Schmitt is East Lansing's Planning and Zoning administrator:

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Top Stories
6:18 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Teachers balk at state's early retirement program

East Lansing, MI – Teachers unions in Michigan are balking at the legislature's passage of a plan to prompt thousands of teachers and other school employees to retire. They say the measure is a disincentive that will end up costing more money than it will save.

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The Michigan Education Association says the plan now heading to the governor's desk benefits too few people and comes too late in the school year to reap any real financial savings.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Michigan bird may be taken off endangered list

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

Federal scientists are looking into whether a songbird that breeds almost entirely in northern Michigan can be removed from the endangered species list.

The Kirtland's warbler once was on the brink of extinction, but has mounted a comeback over the past two decades.

For nine consecutive years, its population has exceeded the recovery target of 1,000 singing males. Scientists assume there's a female for every singing male.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Snyder's aloofness in Mich. gov race is a gamble

LANSING, MI –

Ann Arbor venture capitalist Rick Snyder prides himself on being a different kind of candidate in the Michigan governor's race.

But political analyst Craig Ruff of Public Sector Consultants says the former Gateway CEO's decision to skip two future debates sponsored by the Michigan Republican Party is a gamble.

Snyder's GOP debate opponents are sure to criticize his absence, and the former Gateway CEO won't be able to defend himself from attacks if he's not there.

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Top Stories
6:07 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court asked to intervene in MI militia case

DETROIT –

Defense lawyers are asking a U.S. Supreme Court justice to intervene and free nine members of a Michigan-based militia from jail.

Richard Helfrick and Todd Shanker say an appeals court followed the wrong standard in continuing to keep the nine in custody while the government challenges a ruling that would send them home until trial.

The petition was filed Friday with Justice John Paul Stevens, who has some authority over federal cases in Michigan.

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