In Michigan
11:16 am
Thu February 18, 2010

Pennsylvania inmates arrive in Michigan this week

LANSING, MI –

Prison inmates from Pennsylvania are arriving in Michigan this week to be housed in a state prison in Muskegon that would otherwise be closed. Pennsylvania is paying Michigan $62 per day for each inmate in an effort to relieve its prison over-crowding crisis.

Russ Marlan is the spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections.

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Sports
6:26 am
Thu February 18, 2010

Detroit Pistons president, CEO Tom Wilson resigns

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Tom Wilson has resigned as president and CEO of the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment.

Wilson said in a statement released Wednesday that after the death last year of Pistons owner Bill Davidson, the time was right to pursue other "exciting opportunities."

Wilson says he and Davidson "planned for an orderly leadership transition," and he leaves "the Pistons and Palace in very good hands."

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Sports
6:25 am
Thu February 18, 2010

Dwight Howard powers Magic past Pistons

ORLANDO, FL – Dwight Howard had a season-high 33 points and added 17 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Detroit Pistons 116-91 on Wednesday night.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year added seven blocks in a dominating performance that gave Orlando its 11th win in the last 14 games. Howard was 11 for 13 on free throws, a refreshing reprieve for the Magic from his normal woes.

Vince Carter finished with 20 points, and Jameer Nelson had 14 for Orlando.

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In Michigan
6:28 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Poll: Michigan residents slightly more optimistic

LANSING, MI –

Michigan residents are growing slightly more optimistic about the state economy, despite high unemployment and a shrunken auto industry.

The Michigan State University State of the State survey shows that about half of the 991 people polled statewide from November 2009 through mid-January 2010 expect to be better off a year from now, while about a third expect to be worse off.

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In Michigan
6:25 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Wildlife officials search for carp in Chicago area

CICERO, ILL –

State and federal fisheries biologists are using fishing nets and boats equipped with electric prods for their "search and destroy" mission of the dreaded Asian carp.

The operation that started today includes 20 commercial fishermen and biologists from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Crews are braving frigid temperatures to search Chicago-area waters for silver or bighead Asian carp that have breached electric fish barriers.

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In Michigan
6:21 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Granholm allows other workers to join health plan

LANSING, MI –

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed an executive order clearing the way for university, public school and local government employees to join the health care coverage plan offered to state employees.

The Democratic governor said Wednesday in a release that the move could offer those groups a way to save on insurance.

All of the state's health care plans would be open to participation, including a PPO, health maintenance organization, prescription drug coverage and dental and vision care.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

State GOP budget chair wants new corrections plan from governor

LANSING, MI –

The Republican chairman of the Senate corrections budget subcommittee says Governor Granholm's plan for prison spending is already dead and wants her to submit a new one.

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In Michigan
3:49 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Tentative MI contract avoids furlough days for UAW

LANSING, MI –

A union representing 17,000 state workers in Michigan has reached a tentative contract agreement that avoids 10 unpaid days off in 2010.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration had imposed the furlough days after the state and United Auto Workers Local 6000 failed to reach an agreement on contract concessions.

Granholm's office said Wednesday that a new agreement has been reached. Union members must still approve the contract.

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In Michigan
3:48 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

MI lawmakers begin discussing K-12 budget

LANSING, MI –

State Superintendent Michael Flanagan asked lawmakers Wednesday for money to set up an education reform office to oversee failing schools.

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Flanagan asked lawmakers for a half-million dollars to open an education reform office. He says it's important to open the office soon so it can begin working with failing schools before classes begin in the fall.

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Sports
8:24 am
Wed February 17, 2010

Great Scot! Sadie the Scottie from Michigan wins Westminster

NEW YORK – A Scottish terrier from northern Michigan is America's new top dog.

Sadie the Scottie walked off with the title last night by winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club.

Sadie is owned by Amelia Musser of Mackinac Island, Mich., and sports the champion's name of Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot. She was the huge favorite, and a crowd of about 15,000 saw the 4-year-old earn her 112th best in show ribbon.

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