Sports
6:55 am
Fri March 12, 2010

Franzen, Zetterberg lead Red Wings to victory

DETROIT – Johan Franzen scored twice, and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and two assists in the Detroit Red Wings' 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

Tomas Holmstrom added a goal and an assist, and Drew Miller also scored for Detroit, which at least temporarily, moved into the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot. Jimmy Howard made 21 saves.

Andrew Ebbett scored for Minnesota, and Josh Harding stopped 25 shots.

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Sports
6:55 am
Fri March 12, 2010

Blanton shuts down Tigers in Phillies' 4-0 victory

CLEARWATER, FL – Joe Blanton used a mix of fastballs and changeups to shut down the Detroit Tigers, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-0 victory Thursday.

Blanton has focused solely on the fastball-changeup combination in his first two spring starts before he incorporates breaking pitches into his repertoire. So far the results have been promising: Blanton held the Tigers to three singles in four innings of work.

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In Michigan
5:48 am
Fri March 12, 2010

US report confirms Detroit Metro safety lapses

ROMULUS, MI – A federal report has confirmed an air traffic controller's complaints about a pattern of unsafe practices at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Thursday it confirmed Vincent Sugent's claims that Federal Aviation Administration managers "compromised the safety of the flying public" in how they operated a former flight arrival and departure system known as the "Southwest Flow."

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WKAR Features
7:09 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Union leaders hope to build consensus on a candidate

Lansing, MI – Many of Michigan's union leaders are meeting Friday to try and unite the divided labor coalition behind a single candidate for governor. It will be a tough job.

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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero won the hearts of many auto workers last year with his spirited defense of their industry and compensation on national TV...including this appearance on Fox News.

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In Michigan
7:08 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Jury hands down first-degree murder verdict in anti-abortion protestor shooting

Corunna, MI – CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) - A jury has reached a verdict in the murder
trial of a man who admits shooting an anti-abortion activist and a
businessman in a small Michigan community.

The jury convicted Harlan Drake of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of James Pouillon and Mike Fuoss last September.

Prosecutors say Drake held grudges and didn't like Pouillon's aggressive protests in front of kids. Defense lawyers asked the jury to find him not guilty by reason of insanity. The trial began March 1.

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In Michigan
5:40 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Senate panels approve higher ed funding cuts

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
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Lansing, MI – The state Senate panels that deal with budgets for Michigan's universities and community colleges have approved a three percent cut in state funding.

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The cuts made to community colleges and universities are the biggest cuts the senate subcommittees could make without jeopardizing money from the federal government.

State Senator Jim Barcia was the only Democrat to vote in favor of the higher education budget.

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In Michigan
5:25 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Universities may have to report details of embryonic stem cell research

Lansing, MI – The state Senate subcommittee that oversees the higher education budget has approved a measure requiring universities to report the number of embryos it receives and stores for stem cell research.

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The measure to require reports on embryonic stem cell research is being added into the universities budget after more serious stem cell bills have failed to generate support in the Legislature.

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In Michigan
1:46 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Prominent Lansing attorney Stuart Dunnings Jr. dies

LANSING, MI –

Stuart Dunnings Jr., founder of Lansing's first black-owned law firm and father of Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III, has died.

The elder Dunnings was admitted to the bar in 1950. He opened his Lansing law office as a sole practitioner that same year.

Dunnings led the Lansing branch of the NAACP from 1952 to 1958.

He won numerous awards over his lengthy career, including induction into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame.

Stuart Dunnings Jr. was 85.


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In Michigan
10:39 am
Thu March 11, 2010

Mich. congresswoman called to Detroit grand jury

DETROIT – A congresswoman who is the mother of Detroit ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been summoned to appear before a grand jury in Detroit.

The notice from U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, a Detroit Democrat, was in yesterday's Congressional Record.

Kilpatrick's office manager, Andrea Bragg, has also been told to appear at the grand jury. Her disclosure was in Tuesday's Congressional Record. The dates of their appearances were not disclosed.

A message seeking comment was left with Kilpatrick's spokeswoman today.

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WKAR Features
8:55 am
Thu March 11, 2010

Unemployed? The 2010 census is hiring

LANSING, MI –

For someone who's been unemployed for a while, the 2010 census could be a place to find work.

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