In Michigan
6:33 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Inspectors in Michigan find destructive beetle

DETROIT – U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists in Detroit turned up a small yet destructive beetle in a sea container from Jordan.

The agency says the khapra beetle was found March 12 in a shipment of melon seeds. The khapra beetle damages grain and cereal products, seeds, cottonseed meal, nut meats, dried fruits and other products.

The shipment was quarantined. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will oversee any treatment options on the shipment.

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Sports
6:04 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Tigers game cancelled by rain

TAMPA, FL – Yankees manager Joe Girardi faced a pitching problem: too many pitchers and not enough innings.

Girardi and other team officials spent two hours after Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers was canceled by rain organizing plans for eight different pitchers.

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Sports
6:03 am
Mon March 22, 2010

MSU women play Kentucky tonight

LOUISVILLE, KY – Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell says he's not quite sure what freshman star A'dia Mathies will do for an encore.

Mathies poured in a career-high 32 points on Saturday as the fourth-seeded Wildcats knocked off 13th-seed Liberty in the opening round of the NCAA women's tournament. Kentucky plays fifth-seeded Michigan State on Monday.

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Sports
6:00 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Michigan State beats Maryland 85-83 at buzzer

SPOKANE, WA – Korie Lucious hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cap a frantic finish and give injury-depleted Michigan State an 85-83 victory over Maryland on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

After star guard Kalin Lucas went down with a leg injury, the Spartans blew a 15-point lead in the second half. Greivis Vasquez's basket put fourth-seeded Maryland ahead 83-82 with 6 seconds left, but Michigan State inbounded immediately and pushed up the floor.

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Sports
5:57 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Cavs complete rare sweep of Pistons

CLEVELAND – J.J. Hickson and Anthony Parker combined for 20 points in the decisive third quarter and Cleveland beat Detroit 104-79 on Sunday to give the Cavaliers their first season sweep of the Pistons in 30 years.

Cleveland held a double-digit lead most of the game, although the Pistons cut it to 55-47 on a basket by Jonas Jerebko with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. Hickson and Parker took charge, combining to score 16 of Cleveland's next 19 points while Detroit went more than five minutes without a field goal.

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In Michigan
5:46 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Lansing gathering to explore health care access

LANSING, MI – Michigan civil rights officials say a public forum in Lansing Monday evening could expose disparities in access to health care.

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The Michigan Civil Rights Commission wants to hear first hand accounts of barriers to health care due to race, religion, gender or national origin. Harold Core is a commission spokesman.

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In Michigan
5:17 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Republican AG Cox joins challenge to health bill

LANSING, MI –

Michigan attorney general and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox says he's joining a Florida suit challenging the legality of the health care legislation that Congress passed.

Cox says Congress's requirement for people to buy health insurance "raises serious constitutional concerns."

Democratic critics call such lawsuits frivolous.

The health care legislation backed by President Barack Obama passed the Democratic-led U.S. House on Sunday night after earlier winning Senate approval.

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In Michigan
6:28 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

2 Mich. gubernatorial candidates speak to students

BEVERLY HILLS, MI –

Two Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates found common ground while speaking to private school students in suburban Detroit.

Democratic House Speaker state Rep. Andy Dillon and Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra said Friday a more business-friendly government can help reduce Michigan's nation-leading unemployment rate.

The candidates were invited to Detroit Country Day Upper School in Beverly Hills to offer ideas for Michigan's future.

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

Embezzler who got tax credit has $9M bond set

FLINT, MI –

A judge has set bail at $9 million for a convicted embezzler out on parole who snagged a multimillion-dollar business tax credit from the state of Michigan.

RASCO CEO Richard A. Short was charged Friday with 24 counts of fraud, embezzlement and other charges in connection with money taken from an 86-year-old neighbor with dementia.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton asked 67th District Court Judge John Conover to set bond at the same amount that Short attempted to get in the tax credit.

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In Michigan
5:41 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

Granholm may not get retirement bill next week

LANSING, MI –

It's starting to look like the Legislature won't meet Governor Granholm's April first deadline for creating incentives to entice thousands of public employees into early retirement.

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The governor estimates early retirements could save taxpayers $450 million during a budget crisis. But she says if school districts are going to take advantage of the savings, they have to make retirement offers next month.

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