In Michigan
4:42 pm
Thu December 10, 2009

MI Senate adopts smoking ban

LANSING, MI –
The Michigan Legislature has ended a year-long standoff by adopting a ban on smoking in bars, restaurants, offices, factories and most other workplaces. Governor Granholm says she will sign the bill.

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Applause broke out on the House floor when the final vote was announced.

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In Michigan
4:38 pm
Thu December 10, 2009

Governor reverses school cuts

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has reversed her order to cut school funding by $127 per student. But she says that does not mean the threat of cuts to schools is passed.

Looming cuts to K-12 schools were the centerpiece of the governor's arguments that the Legislature has to come up with more revenue. But, the governor says a windfall of property tax payments helped avert the cuts at the last minute. School officials expressed relief that they don't have to lay off more teachers or close buildings.

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Top Stories
3:10 pm
Thu December 10, 2009

MI Senate passes smoking ban

LANSING, MI –
The state Senate has adopted a statewide ban on smoking in all Michigan workplaces except for trucks, home offices, tobacco shops, cigar bars and Detroit's casinos. The Senate rejected a total ban on workplace smoking. The House is expected to concur with the Senate version and send it to Governor Granholm.

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In Michigan
1:11 pm
Thu December 10, 2009

Officials begin urging participation in 2010 federal census

LANSING, MI –
Mid-Michigan and federal officials are spreading the word on the importance of next year's census. The once-a-decade national headcount determines millions of dollars in federal assistance to greater Lansing and the state's level of representation in Congress. Dichondra Johnson-Geiger is the federal manager of the census effort in greater Lansing. She urges residents to return next Spring's mailed form to avoid costly follow-ups by census takers:

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In Michigan
9:28 am
Thu December 10, 2009

Lansing area hiring should improve in 2010

PNC Senior Economist Robert Dye spoke Thursday before the Lansing Economic Club.
WKAR Photo

East Lansing, MI – A senior economist for a leading national financial services company says 2010 will be a transitional year for mid-Michigan's economy. He's optimistic that more hiring is on the way.

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Sports
6:18 am
Thu December 10, 2009

9 Michigan State players face misdemeanor charges

LANSING, MI – Nine Michigan State football players are facing misdemeanor charges after a Nov. 22 dormitory brawl.

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III and Michigan State University Police Chief James Dunlap said Wednesday that all nine players have been charged with conspiracy to commit an assault and battery.

In addition, all nine have been charged with at least one count of assault or assault and battery. Roderick Jenrette was charged with three counts, while Glen Winston and Ashton Leggett were charged with two counts each.

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Sports
6:16 am
Thu December 10, 2009

DeHaan scores 22 to lift MSU over No. 8 Xavier

EAST LANSING, MI – Allyssa DeHaan had 22 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 21 Michigan State beat eighth-ranked Xavier 66-53 Wednesday night.

Jasmine Thomas had 10 points for the Spartans (6-3), who beat a top 10 team for the second time in a week after knocking off then No. 4 North Carolina on Thursday.

Ta'Shia Phillips led the Musketeers (7-1) with 16 points and nine rebounds.

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Sports
6:04 am
Thu December 10, 2009

Pistons send 76ers to 11th straight loss

PHILADELPHIA – Rodney Stuckey scored 27 points and hit the winner with 8.7 seconds left to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 90-86 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night, the 76ers' 11th straight loss.

Allen Iverson scored 11 points in his second game with the Sixers. He hit the tying jumper with 1:06 left that made it 86-all.

Stuckey had the ball stripped by Andre Iguodala, but he grabbed the loose ball and tossed it in for the go-ahead basket with 1 second left on the shot clock.

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Sports
6:02 am
Thu December 10, 2009

Ty Conklin and Blues blank Red Wings 1-0

DETROIT – Brad Boyes scored early and Ty Conklin held on late for a shutout, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Conklin made 42 saves against the team that couldn't afford to keep him around as a backup.

Jimmy Howard gave up a goal on the second shot he faced 1:56 into the game and finished with 25 saves, getting the start ahead of slumping Chris Osgood.

The Blues have won three straight road games and five of six.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Wed December 9, 2009

Bobb speaks on test scores and Race To The Top

LANSING, MI –
Detroit Public Schools financial manager Robert Bobb met with lawmakers in Lansing today and asked them to approve education reforms. Lawmakers must approve the reforms before the end of the year for the state to compete for hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government.

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