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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.