In Michigan
4:43 pm
Wed December 23, 2009

House Democrats expected to continue to push for K-12 funding

LANSING, MI –
State House Democrats say they will continue to push for new revenue when they return to Lansing in January. Some lawmakers still want to restore money cut from the K-12 schools budget.

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House Speaker Andy Dillon made a final attempt to woo Senate Republicans into approving a revenue plan in the waning hours of the 2009 session. He proposed a tax hike on some tobacco products and a freeze on the personal tax exemption.

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Sports
6:03 am
Wed December 23, 2009

James leads No. 2 Texas past No. 9 Michigan State

AUSTIN, TX – AUSTIN, TX (AP) - Damion James had 23 points and 13 rebounds, leading No. 2 Texas past No. 9 Michigan State 79-68 on Tuesday night, giving the Longhorns consecutive wins over Top 10 teams.

Like the victory over No. 10 North Carolina on Saturday, James led this one. He followed his 25 points and 15 rebounds against the Tar Heels with another big showing to rally the Longhorns (11-0) from an early deficit.

Chris Allen had 12 points for the Spartans (9-3), who couldn't beat Texas for a fourth straight year.

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Sports
5:53 am
Wed December 23, 2009

Wallace scores 29, Bobcats beat Pistons 88-76

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Gerald Wallace had 29 points and 12 rebounds in his return after missing a game with severe headaches, leading the Charlotte Bobcats to an 88-76 victory over the
undermanned Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Stephen Jackson added 13 points despite playing with a sore back for the sharp-shooting Bobcats, who held a comfortable lead over the final three quarters.

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In Michigan
5:41 am
Wed December 23, 2009

MSU reaches tentative accord with unions

EAST LANSING, MI –
Michigan State University has reached a tentative agreement with its nine labor unions. The details of the plan are being withheld pending ratification. The new four-year contract covers some 5,700 support staff on campus. The talks focused specifically on wages and health care costs.

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In Michigan
6:29 pm
Tue December 22, 2009

Midwest home sales surge 58% in November

OMAHA, NB –
Home sales remained strong in the Midwest in November as buyers sought to claim federal tax credits, so sales jumped 58% over last year's dismal market.

The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that 106,000 sales were completed last month in the 11-state region. The Midwest's median home price slipped less than 1% to $140,800 in November.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Tue December 22, 2009

Lansing could become icy for Christmas

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for mid-Michigan from Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon. A quarter-inch of ice accumulation is possible as freezing rain and sleet are forecast from Thursday into Friday. Precipitation should turn to rain on Friday. Holiday travel on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day could become hazardous.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Tue December 22, 2009

Mich. looks to reuse 2 recently shuttered prisons

LANSING, MI –
Michigan continues looking for federal or out-of-state inmates to fill two recently shuttered prisons after reaching a deal with Pennsylvania to house 1,000 of its prisoners.

Michigan Corrections Department spokesman John Cordell said Tuesday reuse is possible for two prisons. They're the Standish Maximum Correctional Facility about 145 miles north of Detroit and Hiawatha Correctional Facility in the eastern Upper Peninsula.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Tue December 22, 2009

Granholm optimistic for 2010, but says budget may require "grand bargain"

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm held her annual year-end meeting with reporters Tuesday at the state Capitol. The governor says times are dark right now, but she has high hopes for her last year in office.

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Sports
6:26 am
Tue December 22, 2009

DeHaan keys No. 16 MSU past St. Bonaventure, 67-59

EAST LANSING, MI – Allyssa DeHaan scored 18 points and No. 16 Michigan State handed St. Bonaventure its first loss with a 67-59 victory on Monday night.

Kalisha Keane and Lauren Aitch each scored 11 for Michigan State (9-3).

Megan Van Tatenhove scored 19 for St. Bonaventure (11-1). Dana Mitchell added 18.

Michigan State scored eight straight points to open a 55-44 lead with 6:30 remaining. DeHaan capped the surge with a jumper.

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In Michigan
6:18 am
Tue December 22, 2009

Knight gets extension

LANSING, MI – The Board of Trustees at Lansing Community College has extended the contract of president Brent Knight by two years. His contract now runs through 2013. His pact now includes retirement compensation.

At a Monday meeting, the board evaluated Knight's performance. Knight became president at LCC on July first, 2008.

LCC enrolls 32,000 students each year and offers more than 240 degree and certificate programs.

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