Sports
5:25 am
Tue March 16, 2010

Michigan State women seeded 5th in region

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State will meet Mid-American Conference champion Bowling Green in the first round of the Kansas City region in the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

The fifth-seeded Spartans (22-9) are making their second straight tournament appearance and seventh in the past eight seasons. They finished No. 24 in the final Associated Press poll after losing to Iowa in the Big Ten tournament semifinals.

Bowling Green, the No. 12 seed, is 27-6.

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Sports
5:23 am
Tue March 16, 2010

Celtics coast to 119-93 victory over Pistons

BOSTON – Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Michael Finley scored 15 points apiece, and Kevin Garnett had 14 points and eight rebounds on Monday night to help the Boston Celtics coast to a 119-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Boston rested its starters in the fourth quarter while beating up on a non-contender for the second straight home game. But in between was a 104-93 loss at Cleveland that could be a more important measurement of where the Celtics stand in the playoff
hunt.

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Sports
5:22 am
Tue March 16, 2010

Holmstrom's late goal lifts Red Wings past Flames

CALGARY, ALBERTA – Tomas Holmstrom scored his 20th goal of the season with 1:19 left in the third period to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

The Red Wings (34-23-12) extended their lead to three points ahead of the Flames (34-26-9) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 13 games remaining for each team.

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In Michigan
11:24 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

Lansing considering subsidies to keep golf range open

First Tee served about 300 kids at the Sycamore Creek driving range last year.
Rob South, WKAR

LANSING, MI – The City of Lansing is considering a deal that would keep the Sycamore Driving Range open and also help a youth development golf program. First Tee of Mid-Michigan offers golf instruction and guidance for youth throughout the region.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

Michigan's only known wild wolverine found dead

MINDEN, MI –

The Wolverine State has lost its only known wild wolverine.

The body of the 28-pound female was found Saturday along a trail in Michigan's Thumb. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment is investigating the cause of death.

The fierce hunters found mainly in northern woods and tundra gave their nickname to the state and to the University of Michigan's sports teams. There were no known sightings in the wild from the early 1800s until 2004.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

Opponents ask court to overturn U.P. mining permit

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

Four groups are going to court in their battle to prevent construction of a nickel and copper mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The National Wildlife Federation and three other organizations filed a petition Monday in Washtenaw County Circuit Court. It asks for review of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment's decision in January to grant Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. a permit to build and operate the mine in Marquette County.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

Senate panel to discuss Corrections budget

LANSING, MI – The state Senate corrections budget subcommittee is scheduled to meet this week at the state Capitol. The budget for the Department of Corrections is expected to be one of the most hotly debated budgets this year.

Senate Republicans have positioned themselves for a stand-off with Governor Granholm over funding for the Department of Corrections. They say misplaced efforts to save money are jeopardizing public safety.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

GOP gov candidate Cox releases 2009 tax returns

LANSING, MI –

Republican Mike Cox has released his 2009 tax returns, the first gubernatorial candidate to do so.

The attorney general reported Monday that he earned $118,519 while his wife, Wayne County Commissioner Laura Cox, earned $76,511. The Livonia couple claimed exemptions for three of their children, paid $30,202 in federal taxes and are due a $1,011 federal refund.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

MI House panel approves HIV legislation

LANSING, MI –

Patients would no longer have to sign a consent form to take an HIV test under a bill on the state House floor. The measure was approved by the House Health Policy committee last week, but not without some debate.

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Supporters of the measure to eliminate the paperwork say it would make the process of HIV testing easier and less disconcerting for people.

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In Michigan
7:43 am
Mon March 15, 2010

Census forms coming this week

UNDATED – Homes across America will begin receiving the 2010 census form in the mail this week.
The census form is only ten questions long this year. Dichondra Johnson-Gieger with the Lansing census bureau office says it should take just a few minutes to fill out and return with the provided, postage-paid envelope.

The official count day is April 1st. Johnson-Gieger advises people not to wait, though.

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