In Michigan
5:14 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

MI Senate rejects salary freeze yet again

LANSING, MI –

A three percent pay raise scheduled for state employees has become a constant subject of debate at the state Capitol. Senate Republicans have been pushing to block the pay raise, and now House Republicans have joined the battle cry.

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Senate Republicans put the pay freeze up for a second unsuccessful vote this month, in what has become a drum beat of weekly debate. And Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says the discussion isn't over.

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In Michigan
2:42 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

LPD investigates eastside shooting, crash

LANSING, MI –

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WKAR Features
11:10 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Governor Granholm steps in animal product

Photo ? 2008 Michigan State University Board of Trustees

LANSING, MI –

A taste for pork, beef and poultry became a political controversy Wednesday at the state Capitol as farmers and legislators called on Governor Granholm to reverse her proclamation declaring Saturday Michigan Meatout Day.

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In Michigan
10:10 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Granholm's 'Meatout Day' angers Michigan farmers

LANSING, MI – Some Michigan agriculture organizations have a beef with Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Granholm has declared Saturday "Meatout Day" in Michigan. A proclamation issued by her office encourages residents to choose not to eat meat in observance of the day and to try different recipes rich with vegetables, fruit and whole grain.

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In Michigan
10:08 am
Wed March 17, 2010

45 Detroit schools slated for closing under plan

DETROIT – A $1 billion plan from Detroit Public Schools' emergency financial manager calls for closing 45 schools during the next five years. The district expects an enrollment drop of about 30,000 students during that time.

Robert Bobb plans to release possible closing dates Wednesday.

Bobb's plan calls for closing 45 schools between 2010-2015, renovating some and consolidating others.

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In Michigan
5:53 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Bernero asks campaign treasurer to step down

LANSING, MI –

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has asked a local rental property owner, who owes more than $90,000 in back taxes, to step down as treasurer of his gubernatorial campaign committee.

Democrat Bernero says he asked Charles L. Moore to resign Wednesday until his tax issues are resolved. Bernero says he doesn't want Moore to get "caught up in a media sideshow" that would take attention away from his campaign's message of "putting people back to work."

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Sports
5:49 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Howard hits 1st spring homer, Phillies beat Tigers

CLEARWATER, FL – Ryan Howard hit his first home run of the spring and highly touted Domonic Brown connected twice, leading Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies over the Detroit Tigers 6-1 Tuesday.

Hamels held the Tigers to an unearned run and two hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked none.

Howard launched a two-run drive off Justin Verlander. Brown also connected against the Tigers ace and finished 3 for 3 with a walk and four RBIs.

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Sports
5:46 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Cavs top Pistons 113-101, LeBron has triple-double

AUBURN HILLS, MI – LeBron James had his fourth triple-double of the season, lifting the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 113-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

James scored 29 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had 12 assists.

He blocked a shot and made a jumper on consecutive possessions to give the Cavs a five-point cushion with a minute left, then sealed the victory on a 3-pointer with 29.5 seconds remaining.

Cleveland has won four in a row and lost only one of its last 11 games, improving to an NBA-best 53-15.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

MI summer tourism ads may not run if lawmakers lag

LANSING, MI –

Those ads promoting Michigan's lakes and summer shorelines may never run for the upcoming tourist season if lawmakers don't act soon.

Michigan Economic Development Corp. CEO Greg Main said Tuesday that unless lawmakers find a way to fund the "Pure Michigan" campaign in the next two weeks, the window for running the ads will close.

State officials would like to spend at least $30 million on the campaign.

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In Michigan
6:06 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

MI Senate to begin voting on budgets next week

LANSING, MI –

The state Senate is expected to begin voting on budget proposals next week. The proposals assume Republicans will be able approve a pay freeze for all state employees. And Republican leaders have yet to find enough support for that freeze.

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