In Michigan
6:10 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

Feds enlarge protected zone for troubled dragonfly in MI

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

The federal government has doubled the size of a protected zone in the Midwest for the only dragonfly on the U.S. endangered species list.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that 26,532 acres in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin will be designated as critical habitat for the Hine's emerald dragonfly.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

Ruth Johnson joins Mich. GOP sec'y of state field

LANSING, MI –

Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson is joining the crowded Republican field for secretary of state.

The 55-year-old from Holly also was a state representative from 1999-2004. And businessman Dick DeVos picked Johnson to be his running mate in his unsuccessful 2006 run against Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

GOP activists will nominate their favorite in August.

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In Michigan
5:16 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

State says cigar bars may serve food, booze

LANSING, MI –

The state Department of Community Health says cigar bars can allow smoking, and serve food and drinks without running afoul of Michigan's smoking ban. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, the law takes effect May 1.

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The department issued an advisory to local health agencies that are under contract with the state to enforce bar and restaurant regulations.

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Business
1:04 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

Lansing City Market holds grand opening

LANSING, MI – The New Lansing City Market is holding its official grand opening this weekend. The market has been open to the public for months, but officials wanted to wait for warmer weather and wanted to give vendors time to settle in to the new space.

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In Michigan
11:50 am
Fri April 23, 2010

MEA rallies at Capitol

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
WKAR Photo

LANSING, MI –

The state's largest teachers union marched on the state Capitol Friday to stand against further budget cuts to K-12 schools.

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Hundreds of teachers and schools staff members marched up Michigan Avenue toward the Capitol building.

The Michigan Education Association teachers' union president Iris Salters addressed the crowd.

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In Michigan
11:27 am
Fri April 23, 2010

Lansing City Market to holds grand opening

LANSING, MI – The New Lansing City Market is holding its official grand opening this weekend. The market has been open to the public for months. Officials wanted to wait for warmer weather and wanted to give vendors time to settle in to the new space.

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Sports
6:43 am
Fri April 23, 2010

Verlander gets first win, Tigers beat Angels 5-4

ANAHEIM, CA – Justin Verlander labored through five innings for his first win in four starts since signing a long-term contract, and the Detroit Tigers' bullpen came through again in a
5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.

Carlos Guillen drove in two runs to help the Tigers salvage a split of the four-game series. But the three-time All-Star left in the fifth with a strained left hamstring after he tried to score from second on Scott Sizemore's single.

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Sports
6:41 am
Fri April 23, 2010

Lions draft Ndamukong Suh at No. 2 in NFL draft

ALLEN PARK, MI – Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh has been drafted No. 2 overall by the Detroit Lions.

The Heisman Trophy finalist becomes the first defensive tackle to be drafted among the top two picks in the NFL draft since Oakland took Darrell Russell in 1997.

The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Suh was the first defensive player to win The Associated Press College Football Player of the Year award since its inception in 1998. He had 4 1/2 sacks against Texas in the Big 12 title game and finished with 12 sacks for the season.

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Sports
6:38 am
Fri April 23, 2010

Lugnuts beat TinCaps

FORT WAYNE, IN – The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Fort Wayne TinCaps last night at Parkview Field, 11-8.

The Lugnuts next travel back home to Cooley Law School Stadium to open a three-game series against the Dayton Dragons tonight at 7:05.

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In Michigan
7:19 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Man who killed 2 in Owosso gets life sentence

CORUNNA, MI –

A trucker has been sentenced to life in prison for the drive-by killing of an abortion protester and the fatal shooting of a businessman in a mid-Michigan community.

Harlan Drake apologized before getting his punishment Thursday in Shiawasee County Circuit Court, about 25 miles northeast of Lansing. The life sentence was automatic under Michigan law.

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