In Michigan
3:47 pm
Wed December 16, 2009

Jobless rate again posts slight drop to 14.7%

LANSING, MI –
Michigan's unemployment dropped very slightly in November to 14.7%. That's the second month in a row that the nation's highest jobless rate has posted a slight decline.

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There were 20,000 fewer unemployed jobseekers in Michigan last month.

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In Michigan
2:26 pm
Wed December 16, 2009

Gov joins Lansing crew to promote weatherization assistance

LANSING, MI –
Governor Jennifer Granholm joined a work crew in Lansing Wednesday to promote federal assistance for home weatherization. She said the program is aimed at low-income home owners:

"They can call the Capital Area Community Services and apply and have, hopefully, the folks come out and be able to weatherize their homes," she says. "They can save between 30 and 35-percent on their home heating bills."

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In Michigan
9:18 am
Wed December 16, 2009

Cox: Kipatrick campaign funds can't pay for assault defense

LANSING, MI – Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox says former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick broke the law if he used campaign funds to pay attorneys defending him against assault charges. Cox says that's because the charges were unrelated to Kilpatrick's office.

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Sports
6:01 am
Wed December 16, 2009

Michigan St. LB Jones named to All-America team

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones was the only player from the Big Ten named to the first team of The Associated Press All-America squad.

Jones, a junior, was on the roster released Tuesday. He ranks third in the nation with 11.8 tackles per game.

It marks the second straight year a Michigan State player has made the AP first team. Running back Javon Ringer was named last year.

Michigan State faces Texas Tech in the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2.

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Sports
6:00 am
Wed December 16, 2009

Pistons fall to Rockets

HOUSTON – Tracy McGrady sank a 3-pointer in his season debut, Luis Scola and Aaron Brooks scored 23 points apiece and the Houston Rockets snapped the Detroit Pistons' five-game winning streak with a 107-96 win on Tuesday night.

Rookie Chase Budinger had 16 points and 12 rebounds in his first career start and reserve Carl Landry added 19 points for the Rockets.

Trevor Ariza served a one-game suspension, and that gave Coach Rick Adelman a chance to start Budinger and bring McGrady off the bench for his first action since Feb. 9.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Tue December 15, 2009

CEO: GM to repay government loans by end of June

DETROIT, MI –
General Motors chairman and CEO says GM plans to repay all of its $6.7 billion in government loans by the end of June.

Ed Whitacre Jr. says the company plans to make quarterly installments starting this month with a $1.2 billion payment. He says it could repay sooner but that hasn't been decided.

In addition to the loans, GM has received $45.3 billion in aid from the government which was converted into an equity stake.

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In Michigan
2:35 pm
Tue December 15, 2009

Granholm still hopes to get inmates from feds, other states for Michigan prisons

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm says she was not disappointed to hear that Guantamo detainees will be headed to Illinois instead of prison in northeast Michigan. She says her security concerns on housing suspected terrorists at the closed prison in Standish were never addressed.

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Sports
6:32 am
Tue December 15, 2009

Red Wings hold off Coyotes 3-2

DETROIT – Jimmy Howard made 30 saves and Kris Newbury, Patrick Eaves and Derek Meech scored to lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Monday night.

Taylor Pyatt and Radim Vrbata scored for Phoenix and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 29 shots.

Vrbata's goal with 36 seconds left in the second period pulled the Coyotes to within a goal. His shot from along the right wing boards deflected off the stick of Detroit's Todd Bertuzzi for Vrbata's 10th goal.

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In Michigan
6:30 am
Tue December 15, 2009

AP sources: Ill prison to get some Gitmo detainees, not Standish

WASHINGTON – The White House plans to announce that a rural Illinois prison will be acquired by the federal government to become the new home for a limited number of Guantanamo Bay
detainees.

Administration officials as well as Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn will make the official announcement Tuesday at the White House.

Officials at both the White House and in Durbin's office confirmed the news Tuesday night.

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In Michigan
5:52 am
Tue December 15, 2009

MI lawmakers say health insurance pool needs more data

LANSING, MI –
A state House panel has approved legislation that would require all public employers to file details of their health insurance benefits plans with the Department of Management and Budget.

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