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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Sports
7:18 am
Wed February 17, 2010

No. 11 Michigan State pulls away from Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, IN – Draymond Green scored 14 points and Kalin Lucas added 13 to lead No. 11 Michigan State past Indiana 72-58 on Tuesday night.

It was the second straight win for the Spartans (21-6, 11-3) who took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. No. 9 Ohio State trails Michigan State by one-half game and hosts No. 4 Purdue on Wednesday.

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Sports
7:16 am
Wed February 17, 2010

Jerebko leads Pistons over Timberwolves 108-85

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Jonas Jerebko led a balanced offense with 21 points and the Detroit Pistons pulled away in the second half to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-85 on Tuesday night.

Detroit won for the third time in four games, while Minnesota dropped its third in a row. The Timberwolves fell to 4-26 on the road.

The Pistons had five players in double figures and got at least two points from all 12. Kevin Love paced Minnesota with 22 points and 15 rebounds.


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In Michigan
6:30 am
Wed February 17, 2010

Michigan State Wins NSF 'Beacon' Grant

EAST LANSING, MI –

Researchers at Michigan State University say a new federal grant will help them better understand the nature of evolution.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Tue February 16, 2010

Sampling for Asian carp to begin in Chicago area

CHICAGO –

Biologists and fishermen will use commercial fishing nets and electro-fishing to search for Asian carp over the next two to three weeks.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will enlist help from the fishermen as they conduct sampling in Chicago-area rivers and canals.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Tue February 16, 2010

Study: Corporate charter schools more segregated

KALAMAZOO, MI –

A new study says corporate-run charter schools tend to be more segregated by race and income than nearby public schools.

Western Michigan University professor Gary Miron and colleagues say charter schools generally are "strongly racially segregative" compared to surrounding districts.

The study was jointly published by the Arizona State University and the University of Colorado. It's based on 2006-07 data from 968 schools run by education management groups.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Tue February 16, 2010

Early inmate release plan riles Mich. prosecutors

LANSING, MI –

Gov. Jennifer Granholm's proposal to let an estimated 7,500 Michigan inmates out of prison early and save the cash-strapped state money is coming under fire from prosecutors worried about public safety.

Granholm wants to cut more than $130 million from state prison spending in the budget year starting Oct. 1.

Most of the savings would come by allowing inmates to shave time off their sentences for good behavior and letting more offenders be released under electronic monitoring outside of prison.

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