EAST LANSING, MI – Mark Dantonio has never been more excited for Michigan State to begin a Big Ten season.
The Spartans coach knows the team will have to play better defense when it travels to Wisconsin this Saturday. Michigan State is 1-2 and the Badgers are 3-0.
Michigan State has lost back-to-back games by five points or less for just the second time in school history. Dantonio has two new starters penciled in on defense: freshman Chris Norman at strongside linebacker and Kendall Davis-Clark at cornerback.
PHILADELPHIA – James van Riemsdyk, vying for a roster spot at left wing, scored two goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to their first pre-season win, 5-2 over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
Mike Pyorala, a 28-year-old free agent playing professionally for the first time outside of Scandanavia, and Dan Carcillo, each had a goal and an assist, and Danny Briere also scored for the Flyers (1-2-1).
Jonathan Ericsson and Kris Newbury scored for the Red Wings (2-3), who dropped their third straight game.
CLEVELAND – Edwin Jackson wouldn't allow the AL Central to get any tighter.
Detroit's steady starter pitched seven shutout innings and remained unbeaten against Cleveland this season, and the first-place Tigers kept their slender lead over Minnesota with a 3-1 win over the staggering Indians, who dropped their ninth straight on Tuesday night.
LANSING, MI – Assembly line workers in Lansing say they're excited by the news that General Motors will add a third shift to its Delta Township plant. GM will move production of the Chevy Traverse to Lansing in January. The automaker plans to bring on about 800 workers for the third shift no later than April.
Brian Fredline, president of Lansing UAW Local 602, says he hopes to have all Delta Township plant workers back on the job
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's million-dollar cut to veterans groups would be continued in the new fiscal year under a compromise adopted by a House and Senate budget committee.
The organizations help veterans and service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan connect with services and collect benefits. The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and nine other service organizations have already laid off about a dozen people who assist veterans.
Lansing, MI – Michigan lawmakers are negotiating toward a budget deal with the deadline now eight days away. Legislative leaders say they hope to have agreements on most of the 15 bills that make up the budget by the end of today.
House and Senate conference committees are negotiating details of spending plans that will have to be voted up or down later this week.
LANSING, MI – State lawmakers failed to meet a self-imposed 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline to have a budget deal finalized. House Speaker Andy Dillon and Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop set the deadline for more than a dozen committees hashing out spending agreements for state departments.
AUDIO: Most of the committees postponed their meetings. Some of the toughest budgets deal with controversial issues such as Medicaid and the Michigan Promise college scholarship.