EAST LANSING, MI – Amo Bessone, who coached the Michigan State hockey team for 28 years and led the Spartans to the 1966 NCAA title, has died in New Mexico at the age of 93.
Bessone compiled a 367-467-20 record before retiring after the 1978-79 season. His Spartans teams won outright Big Ten titles in 1966-67, 1970-71 and 1975-76, and tied for the 1972-73 championship. He coached 12 All-Americans and three Olympians.
DETROIT – The Ford Fusion Hybrid midsize sedan wins the 2010 North American Car of the Year, while the Ford Transit Connect takes truck of the year at the Detroit auto show.
Forty-nine auto journalists made the picks. Finalists for the car award included the Buick LaCrosse and Volkswagen Golf GTI. The Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Transit Connect and Subaru Outback were finalists for the truck award.
LANSING, MI – The state treasurer and legislative budget experts will huddle today to come up with an estimate on how much money the state will have to spend and how much it will have to cut in 2010.
State Treasurer Robert Kleine and House and Senate budget officials will listen to presentations on the state of the auto industry, expected job losses, and the timing of an economic recovery for Michigan and the nation.
LANSING, MI – The pace of job losses in Michigan will slow down this year, and the state will start to add jobs in 2011. That was the message Monday from economists to a budget panel holding a hearing at the state Capitol.
AUDIO: The good news is the worst appears to be over, and Michigan is eyeing the beginning of a recovery. The bad news -- that recovery will be very slow, and state tax revenues won't return to pre-recession levels.
CHICAGO – The Detroit Pistons will try to avoid matching their longest losing streak in 17 seasons tonight by earning their first road win over the Chicago Bulls in nearly four years. Chicago has struggled to a record of 15-20 so far, but Detroit's is worse at 11-24.
DETROIT – A top executive for General Motors Co. says the automaker should be "solidly profitable" when demand for new cars and trucks rebounds to normal levels.
GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz told the Society of Automotive Analysts on Sunday that the company has made strides only months after it restructured through more than $50 billion in federal aid and a government-led bankruptcy.
His prediction follows statements last week by chairman and interim CEO Ed Whitacre Jr. Whitacre said GM could be profitable this year.