In Michigan
12:13 am
Tue March 30, 2010

Lansing City Council Approves 5-year master plan for parks

Melissa Ingells, WKAR

LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council has approved the plan to manage its parks for the next five years. The 5-year master plan includes $2-million to reopen Crego Park which was closed in the 1980's. It also includes more spending on smaller, neighborhood parks. Council Member Carol Wood says the "pocket parks" are easy to overlook in tough budget times.

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6:25 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

FBI searches rural Hillsdale County for fugitive

WHEATLAND TWP, MI –

Authorities have blocked off an area in rural Hillsdale County about 30 miles from the site of Saturday's FBI raid near Adrian to search for a fugitive.

Detroit FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold wouldn't comment Monday on who they are searching for or if it's related to weekend FBI raids.

One of the nine people charged with conspiring to kill police officers was still being sought. Joshua Matthew Stone was the only suspect not arrested in the raids.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

MI prisons chief defends "boot camp" program

LANSING, MI –

The director of the state Department of Corrections says eliminating the state's "boot camp" program as an alternative to incarceration would cost taxpayers more money than it would save. The program allows judges to sentence people who would otherwise go to prison to a 90-day program with intensive discipline and training. The state Senate version of the budget strikes out the program to save $11 million.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

6-wk search finds no Asian carp in Chicago waters

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

A six-week search has turned up no Asian carp in Chicago-area waterways beyond an electric barrier designed to keep the despised fish out of the Great Lakes.

Spokesman Chris McCloud of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Monday that biologists and commercial fishing teams have completed their search-and-destroy mission in a network of rivers and canals that open into Lake Michigan.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

Rep. Schauer holds health care forum in Delta Twp

DELTA TOWNSHIP, MI –

U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer is telling seniors the new federal health care law doesn't cut Medicare benefits and will help them cover more prescription drug costs.

The Battle Creek Democrat met with senior citizens Monday in Eaton County's Delta Township and in Adrian to answer their questions.

Mentioning what he says were misleading ads run against the changes, Schauer says: "It's time to focus on the facts."

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

Granholm defends MI sales tax expansion

LANSING, MI –

While the Legislature is on its spring break, Governor Granholm continues her efforts to persuade the public to support her budget plans. The governor was on MSNBC Monday to explain her proposal to raise more money for education. She wants to expand the state's sales tax so many services are taxed just like goods. She would lower the sales tax rate to five and a half percent.

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Sports
6:14 am
Mon March 29, 2010

Michigan State returns to Final Four - again

ST. LOUIS – Raymar Morgan made a free throw with less than two seconds left to give Michigan State a 70-69 victory over Tennessee on Sunday and send the Spartans back to the Final Four for a second straight year.

J.P. Prince had one last chance for sixth-seeded Tennessee, but he fumbled the ball at halfcourt and his long shot at the buzzer never came close.

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Sports
6:05 am
Mon March 29, 2010

Tigers-Yankees rained out

TAMPA, FL – The Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees game Sunday was canceled because of rain in the bottom of the fourth inning.

With rain increasing in intensity, it appeared that Detroit manager Jim Leyland pulled his team off the field. As the Tigers were leaving the field, the umpires headed toward the Detroit dugout to talk with Leyland.

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Sports
5:57 am
Mon March 29, 2010

Murray, Rose lead Bulls past Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Flip Murray scored 23 points, Derrick Rose added 19 points and nine assists, and the Chicago Bulls beat the hapless Detroit Pistons 110-103 on Sunday night.

The Pistons have lost eight straight and 15 of 17. The victory gave the Bulls, who are seven games under .500 against the rest of the NBA, their first season sweep of Detroit since the Michael Jordan-led team that won 72 games in 1995-96. They have now beaten the Pistons seven straight times.

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In Michigan
5:57 am
Mon March 29, 2010

MI lawmakers not meeting as planned

LANSING, MI –

The state Legislature's two-week spring break is not beginning as planned. Legislative leaders said committees would work through the break on budget issues.
But as Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, that plan is getting off to a slow start.

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