In Michigan
9:12 am
Wed December 30, 2009

Granholm combines IT, budget departments in quest to shrink agencies

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm has issued executive orders combining two more state departments. It's part of a plan to shrink the size of state government during tight budget times.

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The governor says the goal is to make state government smaller and more efficient as Michigan struggles economically. The state Department of Internet Technology will be folded into the Department of Management and Budget as of March 21.

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In Michigan
6:22 am
Wed December 30, 2009

Student wins lawsuit over access to campus housing

ROCHESTER, MI – Oakland University in suburban Detroit has been ordered to provide housing for a student whose learning disability prevents him from pursuing a traditional degree.

A school official claimed it would change campus culture. A judge, however, says Oakland is breaking federal law.

Micah Fialka-Feldman filed a lawsuit last year after Oakland said he could live on campus but then denied the request. He attends classes at Oakland but is not in a degree-granting program, typically a condition to live in a dorm.

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In Michigan
6:17 am
Wed December 30, 2009

Detroit's Riddle can leave Flint to prep for trial

DETROIT – A Detroit political consultant can leave his mother's home in Flint to prepare for a corruption trial, but there will be no bubbly to celebrate the new year.

A federal judge said Tuesday that Sam Riddle can move to a Detroit apartment. He was forced to leave a Detroit residence last week after being charged with domestic violence against his companion, Mary Waters.

Riddle has been staying with his mother in Flint.

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Sports
6:03 am
Wed December 30, 2009

MSU's Izzo not happy with leadership from Lucas

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is not satisfied with the leadership on his team, particularly from guard Kalin Lucas.

Izzo told Lucas he was not to practice Tuesday with the No. 11 Spartans (9-3) and should spend the time thinking about his leadership role. Izzo wants Lucas to take more responsibility for leading Michigan State.

Izzo says Lucas is not suspended. But it isn't yet known if the 2008-2009 Big Ten Player of the Year will be in Michigan State's lineup for Wednesday's game against Texas-Arlington.

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Sports
6:01 am
Wed December 30, 2009

Lions rookie QB Stafford's knee surgery successful

ALLEN PARK, MI – The Detroit Lions say quarterback Matthew Stafford has undergone successful surgery on his right knee.

Stafford had what the Lions called minor surgery on Tuesday. He was placed on injured reserve last week after a physical exam revealed he wouldn't be ready to play in Sunday's season finale against Chicago.

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Sports
5:57 am
Wed December 30, 2009

MSU routs MTU 10-1 in GLI semifinal

DETROIT – Brett Perlini had two goals and an assist and Michigan State beat Michigan Tech 10-1 in a semifinal of the Great Lakes Invitational on Tuesday.

Daultan Leveille and Trevor Nill had a goal and two assists each and Zach Josepher, Dustin Gazley and Matt Crandell had a goal and an assist for the Spartans (13-6-2). Corey Tropp, Zach Golembiewski and Nick Sucharski also scored for Michigan State. Drew Palmisano made 28 saves.

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Sports
5:38 am
Wed December 30, 2009

Knicks rout Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, MI – David Lee had a season-high 30 points and 12 rebounds, and the New York Knicks handed the Detroit Pistons their eighth straight loss, 104-87 Tuesday night.

Wilson Chandler added 23 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks. Richard Hamilton had 16 points and Rodney Stuckey scored 15 for Detroit despite combining to shoot just 11 of 34.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

WSJ: GM offering deep discounts on Saturn, Pontiac

NEW YORK –
General Motors Co. is offering deep discounts on its remaining Saturn and Pontiac vehicles as it looks to move the leftover inventory of the soon-to-be-dead brands.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

Mich. Muslims condemn al-Qaida role in jet attack

SOUTHFIELD, MI –
Nigerian-American and other Michigan Muslim leaders have condemned al-Qaida and its claim of responsibility for the Christmas attack on a Detroit-bound plane.

They spoke Tuesday at a news conference in the Detroit suburb of Southfield at the Michigan office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Chapter head Dawud Walid calls the attack part of a "war against the spirit of Islam itself."

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

GOP lawmaker: Threat from terrorism not going away

WASHINGTON –
The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee says the government needs to do a better job of telling Americans about the threat from terrorism.

Michigan congressman Pete Hoekstra says the threat is real and has been in place for more than 20 years. And, says Hoekstra, it's a threat that's not going away.

Hoekstra says the U.S. needs to be more forward-leaning in its approach to terrorism and put into place the latest technology for dealing with it.

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