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6:25 pm
Wed January 6, 2010

Dillon to enter race for MI governor

LANSING, MI –
House Speaker Andy Dillon is expected to announce as soon as Thursday that he is entering the race for Michigan governor.

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6:20 pm
Wed January 6, 2010

Newest Michigan state budget forecast not so bleak

LANSING, MI –
The latest forecast for Michigan's state budget is not as bleak as some others have been recently.

The nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency estimated Wednesday that overall state revenue for schools could drop by about $215 million in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. That would be roughly a 2% drop from revenue estimated for the current fiscal year.

Revenue in the state's general fund could rise by about $44 million, or less than 1%, compared with the current fiscal year.

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6:16 pm
Wed January 6, 2010

Ex-Genesee Treasurer Kildee thinking about gov run

FLINT, MI –
Former Genesee County Treasurer Dan Kildee says he's considering a run for Michigan governor.

The 51-year-old Democrat writes in an e-mail to The Associated Press that he's "going to give it some thought."

Lt. Gov. John Cherry was seen as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, but announced Tuesday he was dropping out because he was having trouble raising enough money.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Wed January 6, 2010

MI Appeals court rules against for-profit lottery service

LANSING, MI –
The state Court of Appeals says a for-profit lottery pool violates Michigan's anti-gambling laws.

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The state attorney general's office went to court to shut down the PowerPick Players Club based in the Grand Rapids suburb of Comstock Park. The service charges its customers a fee for randomly pooling them with other players in hopes of sharing in a lottery jackpot.

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5:14 pm
Wed January 6, 2010

GOP candidates kick off 2010 in Lansing

LANSING, MI –
Two Republican candidates for governor were at the state capital Wednesday to push their plans for government reforms.

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Oakland County Sherriff Mike Bouchard says there are so many dramatic changes that need to be made, the next governor could be a one-term governor. In other words, an unpopular governor. But Bouchard doesn't think that saying that will make him a tough sell.

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Sports
6:25 am
Wed January 6, 2010

Mavericks hand Pistons 10th straight loss

DALLAS – Jason Terry scored 26 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 22 and the Dallas Mavericks overcame a slow start to hand Detroit its 10th consecutive loss, beating the Pistons 98-93 Tuesday night.

The Pistons, who last won Dec. 12, hadn't dropped 10 in a row since the end of the 1993-94 season. They lost their final 13 games that season.

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Sports
6:24 am
Wed January 6, 2010

Koivu, Perry lead Ducks past Red Wings, 4-1

ANAHEIM, CA – Saku Koivu scored his 200th goal, Jonas Hiller made 38 saves, and the Anaheim Ducks ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on
Tuesday night.

Matt Beleskey scored his first NHL goal and Corey Perry ended a 10-game goal drought with a late score for the last-place Ducks, who struggled while playing 10 of their last 12 games on the road.

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In Michigan
6:34 pm
Tue January 5, 2010

Feds oppose closing locks to stop Asian carp

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –
The Obama administration opposes closing shipping locks near Chicago to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.

In a memo filed Tuesday, Solicitor General Elena Kagan asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a request by Michigan and several other states to order the locks closed. Illinois filed a document supporting the administration's position.

Kagan said closing the locks would endanger public safety and disrupt cargo.

She said federal agencies are working to keep Asian carp out of the lakes.

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6:26 pm
Tue January 5, 2010

Ingham Controller announces April departure

MASON, MI –
Ingham County is losing its top financial officer in April, at a time when millions of dollars must be cut from the budget.

Controller Matthew Myers is following his wife to Arizona. She's the interim police chief in the city of Mesa.

Myers says he hopes to help the Ingham County Board of Commissioners choose the next Controller.

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6:20 pm
Tue January 5, 2010

Analyst: Bernero's chances may improve with Cherry out

LANSING, MI –
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's chances of becoming Michigan's next Governor may have improved now that Lieutenant Governor John Cherry has dropped out of the race. That's according to political analyst Craig Ruff of Public Sector Consultants.

Cherry says he couldn't raise enough money to run a viable campaign. And Ruff says Bernero needs to improve his name recognition outside of mid-Michigan if he's going to be successful. He says that means he'll need to raise more money.

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