In Michigan
5:13 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

MI approves new coal power plant permits

LANSING, MI –
State environmental regulators have given Consumers Energy permission to build a controversial new coal-fired power plant in Michigan's Thumb region. The new plant will be cleaner-burning than existing plants. But environmental groups say the state should not be approving any new coal plants.

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In Michigan
6:04 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Sierra Club reacts to MI coal plant permit approval

LANSING, MI –
Michigan environmental advocates are criticizing the state Department of Environmental Quality's decision to grant an air permit for a proposed coal-fired power plant near Bay City.

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Sports
5:56 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Ex-ABC sportscaster Dave Diles dead at 78

DETROIT – Former ABC-TV sports broadcaster and long-time "Prudential College Football Scoreboard Show" host Dave Diles has died at his home in Athens, Ohio. He was 78.

Detroit's WXYZ-TV said Monday he'd been in failing health since a stroke in April and died Saturday night. Diles was the ABC affiliate's sports director in 1961-72 and 1979-82.

Diles also worked for several newspapers and reported for The Associated Press in Columbus, Ohio, and Detroit in 1951-61.

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Sports
5:55 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Karel leads Wisconsin to upset over Michigan State women

MADISON, WI – Alyssa Karel scored 21 points and Wisconsin shocked No. 16 Michigan State 62-54 on Monday night.

The Spartans failed to overcome a sloppy first half in which they scored 21 points and had 16 turnovers. The 21 first-half points were a season low in a half for the Spartans (9-4, 0-2 Big Ten).

Michigan State scored 19 points below its average in the loss. Leading scorer Allysa DeHaan scored six of the Spartans final eight points in the first half and finished with nine points overall.

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Sports
5:53 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Red Wings shut out by Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OH – Fredrik Modin backhanded in a rebound of his own shot 3:12 into overtime to give Columbus a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night, ending the Blue Jackets' franchise-tying nine-game winless streak.

Steve Mason had 34 saves for his second shutout of the year.

Modin carried the puck into the offensive zone and past defenseman Brett Lebda to flick a shot at Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard. He stopped the shot, but Modin continued to skate and was able to backhand a shot past a diving Lebda that went behind Howard.

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In Michigan
5:48 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Michigan continues Great Lakes cleanup planning

LANSING, MI – Michigan continues to establish its priorities for seeking federal funding available to help clean up the Great Lakes.

The state recently posted on a Web site a framework it will use when applying for a share of the $475 million federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Michigan may seek grants to continue restoration in areas such as the Saginaw Bay, Kalamazoo River and the Huron-Erie corridor.

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In Michigan
5:45 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Minnesota AG: Keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

ST. PAUL, MN – Minnesota's attorney general is backing the effort to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, saying they threaten her state's commercial and recreational fishing
industries.

Lori Swanson filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday supporting Michigan's request for an injunction to close a Chicago canal that connects Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River basin. The high court is expected to consider it Jan. 8.

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In Michigan
5:31 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Online Muslim group to stage anti-terrorism rally

DEARBORN, MI – An online group composed mainly of Michigan Muslims plans a live rally against the man accused of trying to bring down a Detroit-bound jet on Christmas.

A Facebook group called Dearborn Area Community Members invites local Muslims and others to gather Jan. 8 at U.S. District Court in downtown Detroit. It's scheduled to coincide with a hearing for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, charged with trying to detonate an explosive device on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Friday.

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In Michigan
5:46 pm
Mon December 28, 2009

Senator pushes for hearing on "sexting"

Lansing, MI – A state senator hopes she can bring attention to sexy text messaging endemic among school-aged children. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer asked the chairmen of a few legislative panels at the state Capitol to hold hearings about the problems children face when they send text and picture messages of a sexual nature.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Mon December 28, 2009

Gov. Granholm signs park fee extension

Lansing, MI – Governor Granholm has extended the current system for funding state parks until April 1. That gives lawmakers more time to come up with a new system that adequately funds state parks, recreation areas, and boat launch sites.

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