Sports
5:56 am
Tue March 2, 2010

Lidstrom lifts Red Wings over Avalanche, 3-2

DENVER – Nicklas Lidstrom scored a power-play goal with 9:03 left in the third period and lifted the Detroit Red Wings past the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Monday night.

Tomas Holmstrom had a goal and two assists, Pavel Datsyuk had two assists and Jimmy Howard made 22 saves for Detroit.

Chris Stewart had a goal and assist, T.J. Galiardi also scored and Craig Anderson had 27 saves for the Avalanche.

It was the first NHL game since Feb. 14 when the NHL took a two-week break for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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In Michigan
5:38 am
Tue March 2, 2010

MI Senate panel talks public employee benefits

LANSING, MI –

The state Senate is expected to spend this week debating government reforms that could save the state hundreds of millions of dollars. But the measures require tough-to-reach super-majority votes in the Legislature.

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Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says he is focused on reversing a three-percent pay raise for state employees.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Mon March 1, 2010

Blue Cross reports $12M in net income for 2009

LANSING, MI –

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan reports $12 million in net income for 2009.

The company says Monday its bottom line was boosted by investment returns of $241.5 million. Blue Cross also took steps to cut costs last year, including a voluntary severance program that reduced its workforce by about 1,000.

Blue Cross says it's still losing money on health insurance policies for people buying their own coverage.

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In Michigan
5:15 pm
Mon March 1, 2010

Evidence is next in Owosso double-murder trial

OWOSSO, MI –

A Michigan prosecutor says a man charged with killing an anti-abortion activist and a business owner was out to avenge his mother when he fatally shot the two victims last September.

Jurors in Shiawassee County heard opening statements Monday in the first-degree murder trial of Harlan Drake. James Pouillon was shot four times while clutching a sign with a picture of a dead fetus outside Owosso High, about 30 miles northeast of Lansing. Gravel pit owner Mike Fuoss was shot 17 times in his office.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Mon March 1, 2010

Dillon makes bid for governor official

REDFORD, MI – Democratic state House Speaker Andy Dillon has launched his official campaign for governor. He announced his plans Sunday at an auto-plant in his hometown of Redford, near Detroit.

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In Michigan
3:44 pm
Mon March 1, 2010

Democrat AG, SoS hopefuls stumping for support

LANSING, MI –

Lawyer Richard Bernstein has launched a campaign to convince Democrats to nominate him to run for state attorney general. Bernstein is legally blind, and has been an activist for the rights of the disabled. He is from a prominent family of litigators. He says he would bring the values he's fought for in court to the job of attorney general.

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In Michigan
3:42 pm
Mon March 1, 2010

Dillon remains House leader while running for gov

LANSING, MI –

Andy Dillon does not plan on giving up his job as House speaker as he campaigns to become Michigan's next governor.

The Democrat from Redford Township says Monday he will remain as leader of the state House unless a conflict arose that prevented him from doing the job. Dillon said he will continue evaluating the situation.

Democratic Rep. Fred Miller of Mount Clemens early this year said Dillon should resign his leadership position if he runs for governor. Dillon officially entered the race Sunday.

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In Michigan
3:41 pm
Mon March 1, 2010

Dunnings closes murder cases, suspects Macon

The Ingham County Courthouse, Mason.
WKAR photo.

Lansing, MI – Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings says he's closing five unsolved murder cases in Lansing, but Dunnings says he believes convicted murderer Matthew Macon was responsible.

In June of 2008, Matthew Macon was sentenced to life without parole for killing two Lansing women and attempting to murder another. The crimes were part of a violent rampage that terrorized the city in August of 2007.

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In Michigan
3:39 pm
Mon March 1, 2010

Big bills in MI Senate

LANSING, MI –

The state Senate is expected to vote this week on funding the "Pure Michigan" ad campaign.

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In Michigan
9:20 am
Mon March 1, 2010

MSU teams up with INgage to study and develop social media systems

East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University is teaming up with a communications and marketing firm to study how social media can be used to better serve the public. INgage Networks is setting up a research and development office at MSU. INgage president Kim Patrick Kobza says the partnership would help develop more efficient communications models.

Michigan State University is already using social media to help streamline communication in its popular extension services, which have seen significant cuts in funding.

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