Sports
6:22 am
Thu March 11, 2010

Top Big Ten teams still have much to prove

INDIANAPOLIS – It seems every team has something to prove heading into the Big Ten tournament.

Ohio State's Evan Turner, the conference player of the year, will try to give the No. 5 Buckeyes a shot at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. No. 6 Purdue wants to prove it can beat the big boys without injured forward Robbie Hummel. No. 13 Wisconsin wants to beef up its resume for NCAA seeding.

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Sports
6:18 am
Thu March 11, 2010

Williams leads high-scoring Jazz over Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Deron Williams had 18 points and 12 assists, and the Utah Jazz beat the Detroit Pistons 115-104 Wednesday night.

The Jazz had seven players in double figures as they posted their 10th straight victory over Detroit. Former Pistons center Mehmet Okur finished with 18 points, while Carlos Boozer had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Detroit also had seven players score at least 10 points, led by Charlie Villanueva's 19, but couldn't avoid its seventh loss in eight games.

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Top Stories
4:41 pm
Wed March 10, 2010

Lawmaker says voters may have to settle budget impasse

LANSING, MI – Some Democratic leaders in the Legislature say voters may be asked to resolve a budget impasse at the state Capitol.

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Some Democrats say voters may be willing to approve new taxes if they're convinced the Legislature is sincere about being frugal and finding new ways to save taxpayers money.

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In Michigan
4:13 pm
Wed March 10, 2010

Senate approves directors of Ag and NRE departments

LANSING, MI – The state Senate has approved Governor Granholm's appointment of directors for the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Granholm named Rebecca Humphries to lead the new Department of Natural Resources and Environment. She had served as the director of the Department of Natural Resources, which was combined with the Department of Environmental Quality.

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In Michigan
3:27 pm
Wed March 10, 2010

MI court says 2008 primary votes are public record

LANSING, MI – LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Court of Appeals says the secretary of state's office can't refuse to show individual voting records from the state's 2008 presidential primary to an East Lansing political consultant.

By a 2-1 vote, the court said in an opinion released Wednesday that Mark Grebner of Practical Political Consulting can see the votes because they're public records under the state's Freedom of Information Act.

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In Michigan
3:24 pm
Wed March 10, 2010

Public funds shortfall may hurt MI gov candidates

LANSING, MI – Michigan gubernatorial candidates counting on public matching funds to boost their campaign spending are in for a bit of a shock.

Instead of getting up to $2 for every $1 they receive from small donors, candidates will get $.26 per dollar this year.

State lawmakers took $7.2 million from the State Campaign Fund to balance the fiscal 2007 budget. Now the fund has $2.1 million to divide among candidates.

The shortfall in funds before the August 3rd primary could seriously hurt candidates counting on the public dollars to boost their campaigns.

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Top Stories
3:21 pm
Wed March 10, 2010

Ex-Detroit councilwoman gets 37 months in prison

Detroit, MI (AP) – A federal judge has denied ex-Detroit councilwoman Monica Conyers' request to withdraw her guilty plea in a corruption case and sentenced her to three years and one month in prison.

Conyers suggested she was the victim of "badgering" last summer when she acknowledged a conspiracy to take bribes for her support of a Houston company seeking a sludge contract.

But U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn says her plea deal was voluntary.

Conyers, the wife of Democratic Detroit congressman John Conyers, quit her council seat after pleading guilty.

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Science/Tech
10:15 am
Wed March 10, 2010

Michigan seeks volunteers for 2010 frog-toad count

LANSING, MI – Michigan is asking for volunteers to help count the state's frogs and toads.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment announced plans Tuesday for the state's 15th annual Frog and Toad Survey. Michigan has 13 native species of frogs and toads.

The department says there's been a documented worldwide decline in the population of frog, toads and other amphibians since the 1980s. It says amphibians may be disappearing because of habitat loss, pollution, disease and collection.

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In Michigan
10:11 am
Wed March 10, 2010

Funeral set for slain Jackson, MI police officer

JACKSON, MI – Funeral services for a Jackson police officer who was killed in a shootout have been scheduled.

Services for 26-year-old James Bonneau will be held Friday at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Canton. Viewing begins at 9 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. service. A procession to United Memorial Gardens in Plymouth will follow.

Family visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday. A public visitation will he held 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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10:07 am
Wed March 10, 2010

House, Senate headed for showdown on Pure Michigan spending

LANSING, MI – There's a showdown brewing at the state Capitol over how much to spend on the Pure Michigan tourism promotion campaign.

The state House tourism committee has approved spending 20 million dollars on the campaign and paying for it with a new tax on airport rental cars. But Senate Republicans have already said "no" to new taxes. State Senator Nancy Cassis says the Pure Michigan campaign can survive on less than half of what the House committee called for.

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