In Michigan
3:35 pm
Fri March 5, 2010

GM to reinstate 600 dealerships slated to be cut

New York, NY – General Motors Co. says it will reinstate about 600 dealerships that were slated to be cut from the automaker's network.

GM executives say that about 600 dealerships out of the 1,100 seeking to stay with GM will receive letters giving them the option to remain with the company.

GM last year told 2,000 dealerships it would revoke their franchise agreements in October 2010 as part of its restructuring.

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In Michigan
3:26 pm
Fri March 5, 2010

Michigan gets nearly $35M for transit projects

LANSING, MI – Michigan is getting nearly $35 million from the federal stimulus program for transit projects.

Detroit will buy 46 buses for its transportation department with the $19 million it was awarded Friday.

Ann Arbor was awarded more than $2 million to renovate a transfer station, expand bus storage capacity and improve bus stops.

Battle Creek will get $319,000 to build an off-street facility for buses.

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Top Stories
7:38 am
Fri March 5, 2010

Kildee exits race

UNDATED – Former Genesee County Treasurer Dan Kildee has officially exited the race for Michigan governor this morning. Democratic Party sources say the reason is the United Auto Workers union is about to endorse Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero in the primary. Kildee was counting on union support in his bid for the nomination. State House Speaker Andy Dillon and state Representative Alma Wheeler Smith are also running for the Democratic nomination.

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Sports
5:43 am
Fri March 5, 2010

Arencibia's 2-run homer lifts Jays over Tigers 9-7

LAKELAND, FL – J.P. Arencibia hits a two-run homer in the ninth inning to carry the Toronto Blue Jays to a 9-7 exhibition victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

Arencibia's homer came off Zach Miner after a single by Adam Loewen.

Left-hander Zach Jackson, who struck out four in two relief innings, got the win for the Blue Jays.

Brent Dlugach homered for the second straight day for Detroit.

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Sports
5:41 am
Fri March 5, 2010

No. 11 Michigan State squeaks by Penn State

EAST LANSING, MI – Raymar Morgan and Kalin Lucas made key free throws late to help No. 11 Michigan State pull out a 67-65 victory over Penn State on Thursday night, keeping the Spartans in the hunt for a share of the Big Ten title.

Morgan, who finished with 16 points, hit two free throws with 12 seconds left to give Michigan State (23-7, 13-4) a 66-62 lead.

Chris Babb hit a 3-pointer for Penn State (11-18, 3-14) to cut the lead to 66-65. Lucas made one of two foul shots for a 67-65 lead with 5 seconds remaining.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

MI Chief Justice warns of dangers of cutting funding

LANSING, MI – The chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court told lawmakers Thursday that budget cuts are threatening the effectiveness of the judicial system.

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Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly says budget cuts are already compromising some of the duties of the courts.
"The less money that's available, the harder it is to meet the mandates," she says. "The mandates stay the same but the money shrinks, so naturally it puts us in a terrible pinch."

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In Michigan
12:36 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

Area dealers receive first locally made Traverses

Newly assembled Chevy Traverses at GM's Delta Township plant.
WKAR photo.

DELTA TWP, MICHIGAN –

Ten Lansing-area car dealers gathered at General Motors' Delta Township assembly plant Thursday to drive some of the first locally-made Chevy Traverses back to their lots.

Matt Sloan is General Manager of Graff Chevrolet in Okemos. He says the addition of the Traverse to the Lansing line-up has caught car-buyers' attention.

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In Michigan
7:39 am
Thu March 4, 2010

Michigan not RT3 finalist

LANSING, MI –

Michigan has failed to make it to the final round in the competition for as much as a half-billion dollars in school-reform funds. Lawmakers worked feverishly through December to complete a school reform package to qualify for the funds. The reforms include making it easier for charter schools to compete with traditional schools that have high dropout rates or low test scores. And teachers will now be evaluated based on students performances.

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Sports
5:47 am
Thu March 4, 2010

Bonderman sharp for Tigers over two innings

DUNEDIN, FL – Jeremy Bonderman pitched two shutout innings after missing most of last season with circulatory problems in his right shoulder and Mike Rabelo hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run the ninth to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 7-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Bonderman allowed one hit and struck out three, including Adam Lind and Vernon Wells after putting Toronto's first two runners on in the first inning. Tigers third baseman Brent Dlugach homered off Ricky Romero in the second inning.

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Sports
5:46 am
Thu March 4, 2010

Knicks hand Pistons 5th straight loss, 128-104

NEW YORK – Bill Walker was one of four Knicks with 20-plus points, scoring a career-high 22 in his first career start, and New York handed the Detroit Pistons their fifth straight loss with a 128-104 victory Wednesday night.

Al Harrington scored 26 for the Knicks, who won for just the second time in 12 games and clinched the season series for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Humiliated while trailing by as much as 49 points in a loss at Cleveland on Monday, New York was the team having fun this time.

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