In Michigan
6:15 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

MEDC director admits errors in approving $9M tax credit

LANSING, MI –

Michigan Economic Development Corporation officials have acknowledged missteps in awarding a $9-million tax credit to a convicted embezzler. Legislative hearings on the embarrassment for the state's job-creation program opened Tuesday.

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The director of the MEDC was called before the House Oversight Committee to explain how Richard Short was able to win a big tax credit from the state for his alternative energy start-up business in Flint.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

State workers rally against pay freeze, retirement plan

LANSING, MI –

About a hundred state employees marched on the state Capitol Tuesday as lawmakers continue to consider plans to save money by reducing the number of government workers and their salaries and benefits.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Bernero Seeks Shorter Workweek to Close Budget Gap

LANSING, MI – City of Lansing employees would have a four-day, 36-hour workweek under a budget plan unveiled by Mayor Virg Bernero on Monday. The city is facing a $12 million budget gap.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

MI Senate begins voting on budgets

LANSING, MI –

The state Senate began approving budget proposals Tuesday at the state Capitol. The lawmakers debated funding for Michigan's prisons, the Department of Education, and for community colleges.

The Senate also voted on state funding for universities. The budget cuts funding by three percent, and includes a new line-item that would require research universities to provide detailed reports of embryonic stem cell research.

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In Michigan
5:48 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Michigan AG says health care overhaul goes too far

LANSING, MI –

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox says the landmark health care overhaul signed into law by President Barack Obama exceeds the limits of what Washington can force
Americans to do.

The Republican attorney general and gubernatorial candidate joined attorneys general from 12 other states Tuesday in suing the federal government. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Pensacola, Fla., claims the overhaul is unconstitutional.

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Sports
5:46 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Michigan State's Lucas ruptured Achilles' tendon

DETROIT – Michigan State star Kalin Lucas will miss the rest of the NCAA tournament after an MRI has confirmed he ruptured his left Achilles' tendon.

In Lucas' place on Sunday, Korie Lucious made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put the Spartans into the round of 16 with an 85-83 win over fourth-seeded Maryland.

Lucas was hurt late in the first half of that game when he landed awkwardly after a shot. He is a two-time All-Big Ten player and leads the Spartans in points and assists.


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Sports
5:44 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Kentucky roars past Michigan State 70-52

LOUISVILLE, KY – Victoria Dunlap scored 21 points to lead fourth-seeded Kentucky into the regional semifinals of the NCAA women's tournament for the first time in 28 years with a 70-52 victory over fifth-seeded Michigan State on Monday night.

The Wildcats (27-7) moved on behind a dominant second half and a suffocating defense that held the Spartans (23-10) to 35 percent shooting while forcing 18 turnovers.

Kentucky used a 24-6 run shortly after halftime to turn a two-point game into a rout.

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Sports
5:43 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Inge leads Tigers past Blue Jays

DUNEDIN, FL – Brandon Inge hit a three-run homer and the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 on Monday.

Nate Robertson pitched 4 1-3 innings for the Tigers, yielding two runs and five hits. The left-hander struck out four and walked two.

Inge connected in the first against Brian Tallet, who is expected to be Toronto's fifth starter but had a rough time against Detroit. He allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings.

Ryan Raburn also homered for Detroit.

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Sports
5:41 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Red Wings beat Penguins 3-1, help playoff position

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - Henrik Zetterberg scored his second goal early in the third period and had an assist, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.

Valtteri Filppula scored in the final minute of the first period and Jimmy Howard finished with 26 saves for the surging Red Wings.

Pascal Dupuis pulled Pittsburgh within a goal late in the second period and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots.

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In Michigan
6:25 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Work to be done with one week until MI legislative spring break

LANSING, MI –

The state Legislature has one week before lawmakers take a spring break. But lawmakers may have to put in long hours before recessing for two weeks.

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