In Michigan
4:42 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

GM posts $4 billion second half loss

DETROIT –

General Motors posted a significant loss in the second half of 2009 but company officials believe the automaker can become profitable this year.

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The Detroit automaker says it lost $4.3 billion between July 10, when it emerged from bankruptcy, and December 31.

The company says more than $2.5 billion of that figure can be attributed to a settlement loss due to the UAW retiree health care plan.

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In Michigan
9:49 am
Wed April 7, 2010

Congressman Hoekstra turns in signatures

LANSING, MI –

The first gubernatorial candidate has handed in the signatures required to secure a place on the August primary ballot. Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra turned in boxes of signatures to the Secretary of State Wednesday.

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Gubernatorial candidates have until mid-May to hand in the 15,000 signatures required for a slot on the ballot. Congressman Hoekstra filed more than 24,000 signatures.

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Sports
6:17 am
Wed April 7, 2010

Lugnuts play exhibition game against MSU

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts have their "Crosstown Showdown" against MSU's baseball team tonight at 7:05 at the newly-renamed Cooley Law School Stadium, formerly Oldsmobile Park. The Lugnuts' official opening day is Thursday when they travel to play the Dayton Dragons.

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Sports
6:11 am
Wed April 7, 2010

Pistons end 11-game slide, beat Sixers 124-103

PHILADELPHIA – Charlie Villanueva scored 25 points, Rodney Stuckey added 24 and the short-handed Detroit Pistons snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 124-103 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

Ben Wallace added a season-high 18 points, Tayshaun Prince had 14 and Ben Gordon 13 for the Pistons (24-53), who won for only the eighth time on the road this season. Jonas Jerebko added 11 points, and Will Bynum had 10.

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In Michigan
10:14 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

EL council approves revised City Center plan

EAST LANSING, MI –

The East Lansing City Council has approved a change for downtown's City Center Two project.

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Officials unanimously okayed the revised plan at a meeting Tuesday night. It allows one of the development's five buildings to be used as residential and office space. East Lansing Mayor Vic Loomis.

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In Michigan
6:06 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

GAO warns future of automaker pensions 'uncertain'

WASHINGTON –

A government watchdog agency says General Motors and Chrysler may need to pour billions of dollars into their pension plans over the next five years to keep them afloat.

The Government Accountability Office said in a report Tuesday that GM will need another $12.3 billion by 2014, while Chrysler will have to add $2.62 billion to its pension plan during that time.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

Tea Party plans Mich. rallies opposing Rep. Stupak

UNDATED –

Tea Party activists will be targeting Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak for defeat during a series of rallies in Michigan this week.

Tea Party Express gatherings are scheduled for Thursday in Ironwood, Friday in Escanaba and Sault Ste. Marie, and Saturday in Cheboygan and Petoskey. Other rallies are planned outside Stupak's district in cities such as Lansing, Grand Rapids and Detroit.

Stupak has drawn criticism from Tea Party activists since helping provide crucial votes for overhauling the nation's health care system.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

Knapps could be redeveloped soon

LANSING, MI – The former Knapps Department store in downtown Lansing could be renovated into a mix of retail, office and residential space. The Eyde Company plans to spend $20-million to renovate the space. The Eydes have owned the building since the early '80's.

The first offices of the family business were in this building.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

Five Great Lakes regions selected for restoration grant

LANSING, MI –

A coalition is awarding money to clean-up efforts in Saginaw Bay as a pitch to the EPA for federal funds.

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Saginaw Bay, nestled to the west of Michigan's thumb, is filled with toxic chemicals, has low oxygen levels, and has rampant degradation of habitat and wetlands. Scientist Mike Murray, say that's why the region was one of five selected in the Great Lakes to receive the money from the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.

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In Michigan
4:36 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

New program to help released prisoners

Lansing, MI – A conference in Lansing this week is focused on helping ex-convicts adjust to life outside prison. Every year, thousands of men and women are released from Michigan prisons. Many of them will end up back in prison within three years.

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