WASHINGTON – The Detroit Pistons finally found a team in worse shape than they are and ended a 13-game losing streak by beating the Washington Wizards 99-90 behind Charlie Villanueva's 23 points and nine rebounds Tuesday night.
Richard Hamilton and Rodney Stuckey each scored 19 for the Pistons, who hadn't enjoyed a victory in a month: They beat Golden State on Dec. 12.
Detroit lost by 33 points at Chicago on Monday night, and a defeat against Washington would have tied the longest single-season losing streak in franchise history.
Lansing, MI – The U.S. Census is gearing up for its nationwide count this year, and officials are recruiting Lansing-area residents for temporary jobs. About 100 people came to Otto Middle School in Lansing Tuesday night to find out more.
CHICAGO – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says more DNA from the invasive Asian Carp has been found near Lake Michigan.
Major Gen. John Peabody said Tuesday that carp DNA - but no live fish - was found in the Chicago River near the Wilmette pumping station north of Chicago. He says the sample was taken in October and the Corps received the results last Thursday.
The news comes two months after officials said they found DNA in a shipping channel near Chicago.
LANSING, MI – A coalition of school officials says Michigan might be able to save money by a regional or statewide approach to negotiating labor contracts and providing health insurance for school employees.
Those are among the ideas pitched Tuesday by school administrators who have become frustrated with the state's education finance system.
Administrators want more money for their districts but say the state also should look at ways to trim spending.
LANSING, MI – Lansing Community College is again asking to buy the North Capitol Parking Ramp from the city of Lansing. The Lansing city council rejected two deals to sell the ramp to the college last year.
LANSING, MI – A third grade teacher from Okemos Public Schools is a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year award.
Rob Stephenson is one of four finalists for the award. As Michigan's Teacher of the Year, Stephenson has a seat on the state Board of Education. State schools Superintendent Michael Flanagan says the state's best teachers play an important part at board meetings.
Mason, MI – Mid-Michigan law enforcement officials are warning state government leaders that early release of prison inmates puts the safety of communities at risk. They're also concerned about proposed legislation that would dismantle Truth in Sentencing rules.