Sports
5:53 am
Fri March 19, 2010

MSU men start NCAA tourney tonight

UNDATED – MSU's men's basketball team is making its 13th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament as it opens as the No. 5 seet in the Midwest Region against No. 12 seed New Mexico State. Game time tonight is 7:20.

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Sports
5:47 am
Fri March 19, 2010

Willis sharp for Tigers in 5-4 win over Astros

LAKELAND, FL – Dontrelle Willis is making a case for a spot in the Detroit Tigers' rotation, pitching three scoreless innings in a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday.

Willis struggled after straining his back in the first, but allowed just one hit. He hit one batter and walked another. He also hurt his right thumb fielding a line drive. That came one batter after another line drive glanced off his right knee.

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In Michigan
5:44 am
Fri March 19, 2010

Ingham County credit rating climbs

MASON, MI –

Ingham County's credit rating has been raised by Standard and Poor's Rating Services.

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Ingham County treasurer Eric Schertzing says Standard and Poor's has bumped up the county's rating from "AA" to "AA+." He says the county will save a substantial amount of money in the bond market as a result.

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

Pure MI campaign linked to MEGA scandal

LANSING, MI –

The state House has linked funding for the Pure Michigan ad campaign to a measure tht would require the state's economic development agency to conduct background checks on applicants for tax breaks.

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In Michigan
6:14 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

Border officials seize $250K in drugs in Detroit

DETROIT –

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say they have seized more than $250,000 worth of illegal drugs within a week at the tunnel crossing between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

The federal agency said Thursday that 16 bags containing marijuana were found Feb. 28 in a car driven by a U.S. citizen returning from Canada. Two bags containing nearly 21,000 ecstasy pills were removed from a car being driven by a lawful permanent U.S. resident coming from Canada.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

Michigan House plan would legalize more fireworks

LANSING, MI –

Some fireworks that are currently illegal in Michigan could be legalized and sold to help raise money for state government under terms of budget-related legislation advancing in the state House.

The Democratic-led House Appropriations Committee passed a bill Thursday mostly along party lines that would raise an estimated $2.6 million to preserve community fire protection grants by legalizing more fireworks in the state. Businesses that sold the fireworks would be charged a fee that goes to the state.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

State: Unemployment rises in most Michigan regions

LANSING, MI –

Unemployment rates rose in January in 16 of Michigan's 17 major labor markets.

The state said Thursday that seasonally unadjusted jobless rates increased everywhere except in the Lansing-East Lansing area, where the rate was unchanged.

The lowest jobless rate was 9.3% in the Ann Arbor region. The highest was 20% in the northeastern Lower Peninsula.

Significant increases in jobless rates were recorded in all regions from January 2009 to January 2010.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

Senate poises budgets for votes next week

LANSING, MI – A state Senate panel has adopted a budget plan for schools that cuts per-pupil funding, but assumes big savings if thousands of veteran teachers accept a retirement offer.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

State will increase cash food assistance benefit

Michigan DHS director Ishmael Ahmed explains the new food assistance benefit increase at a west Lansing grocery store.
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Lansing, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR)- The state of Michigan is offering an increase to its food assistance program that officials say will benefit as many as 360,000 people.

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The state will use dollars from a federal home energy program to allow thousands of people to qualify for an additional food assistance benefit. Officials say that will give about 180,000 households an average of $88 more each month to spend on groceries.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

Bishop says MI Senate to investigate every MEGA credit

LANSING, MI –

The Senate Republican leader says there will be a legislative inquiry into how the state's economic development agency awarded a multi-million dollar business tax break to a convicted embezzler.

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