Sports
6:14 am
Fri December 18, 2009

Sunday's Cardinals-Lions game to be blacked out

DETROIT – The Detroit Lions' game against the Arizona Cardinals at Ford Field won't be shown on local TV.

Lions spokesman Bill Keenist confirmed Thursday the team did not reach a sellout for Sunday's game by the NFL's deadline. That means the game between Detroit (2-11) and NFC West leader Arizona (8-5) will be blacked out in the Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw-Flint and Toledo, Ohio, markets.

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Sports
6:11 am
Fri December 18, 2009

Howard, Red Wings shut out Lightning

DETROIT – Jimmy Howard made 30 saves for his first NHL shutout in the Detroit Red Wings' 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night

Drew Miller, Todd Bertuzzi and Patrick Eaves scored for Detroit, and Brian Rafalski had two assists. But the Red Wings lost yet another player when center Henrik Zetterberg left the game because of an upper-body injury with 1:43 left in the first period after a crushing hit by Tampa Bay defenseman Mattias Ohlund.


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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

Granholm to sign smoking ban, legal challenge possible

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm is planning to sign the statewide ban on workplace smoking on Friday at a downtown Lansing brewpub.

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The Legislature sent the smoking ban to Governor Granholm last week following nearly 10 years of wrangling on the question. The state seemed close to approving a smoking ban a year ago, but the legislation stalled as lawmakers argued over to include cigar bars and casinos on the ban.

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

House approves sales tax for Pure Michigan ad buys

LANSING, MI –
The state House has voted to use a portion of sales taxes paid by hotels, restaurants and other tourism-related businesses to fund the Pure Michigan ad campaign. The state had to cancel a winter ad buy because it ran out of money. Tourism officials credit the program with keeping tourism afloat during its first full-year run.

The program has wide bipartisan support. Democratic state Representative Dan Scripps.

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Top Stories
6:09 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

Talks on MI school reforms stall over charter expansion

LANSING, MI –
The Legislature is expected to meet into the night as negotiations continue on reforms that would help the state compete for federal education reform money.

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The talks have been stop-and-go all day as Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on many details - including rules for allowing new charter schools to compete against public schools with high dropout rates and low test scores.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

MI Senate expected to vote on texting bills

LANSING, MI –
Lawmakers in the state Senate are expected to vote Thursday on legislation that would bar Michigan drivers from text messaging while driving. State Senator Buzz Thomas sponsored one of the bills.

"Who has not seen someone driving poorly on the road and when you get up by them by the window and you see them on the phone, looking down away from the road," he says. "And that type of distraction is reckless, it's irresponsible and we have to ban it.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

MSEA President says enough is enough

Lansing, MI – The President of the Michigan State Employees Association says the union will take five unpaid days next year, rather make concessions that would affect new hires.

The Michigan State Employees Association represents about 4,300 state workers spread throughout all 19 state departments. The union has been told by state officials that members will have to take five unpaid days to help resolve a projected budget shortfall.

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In Michigan
2:22 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

Rural businesses say access to capital is key to growth

Lansing, MI – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding a series of community forums around the country to gather ideas on rural development. Thursday night, mid-Michigan residents had their say about the issue.

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In Michigan
1:47 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

DHS workers plan demonstration, ask state for relief

Lansing, MI – Michigan human services employees are planning a protest in suburban Detroit Friday. They're calling on state lawmakers to supply more temporary workers to ease their burgeoning caseloads.

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In Michigan
11:27 am
Thu December 17, 2009

Some state workers to have five furlough days

Lansing (MI) –

About 4,300 state workers represented by the Michigan State Employees Association may have to take five furlough days in 2010 if an agreement can't be reached.

The Office of the State Employer and the union have discussed concessions, but haven't agreed on any. State officials said Thursday they were imposing five furlough days to help cut $50,000,000 from personnel costs.

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