In Michigan
4:40 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

MI Democrats call for Consumer Protection legislation

LANSING, MI –
State House Democrats say current regulations don't go far enough to protect consumers from bad business practices. The state House is expected to approve legislation this week that would make the Michigan Consumer Protection Act more stringent.

Democratic state Senator Gretchen Whitmer says the Republican-led state Senate should take the legislation up as well. She says all politicians run on campaigns of protecting people and attracting businesses.

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In Michigan
4:12 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

Cherry calls for 10 cent water tax

Lansing, MI –
Lieutenant Governor John Cherry wants to charge water bottlers 10 cents a bottle to pay for college scholarships and restoring Michigan's wetlands protection program. Both were cut from the budget earlier this year.

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In Michigan
3:46 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

Granholm: Obama helped Michigan's manufacturers

DETROIT – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is praising President Barack Obama, saying his administration's efforts to boost the economy helped safeguard the manufacturers that are the backbone of Michigan's economy.

During a Sunday appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Granholm lavished praise on the administration for its role in helping the Detroit Three.

Granholm says the administration made it a priority to help the economy's manufacturing sector and that without that the recession "would have been so much worse."

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WKAR Features
11:41 am
Mon December 14, 2009

MSU professors propose "e-marriage"

East Lansing, MI – Same-sex marriage is legal in just four U.S. states. It's a situation that forces gay couples everywhere else to travel to places like Vermont and Iowa to be wed. Two Michigan State University professors think there's a better way. They say states that offer same-sex marriage should allow couples anywhere in the country to obtain a marriage license online. But skeptics of this plan abound. WKAR's Kevin Lavery reports for National Public Radio.

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WKAR Features
9:50 am
Mon December 14, 2009

MSU professors propose "e-marriage"

East Lansing, MI – Same-sex marriage is legal in just four U.S. states. New Hampshire will become the fifth on Jan. 1. It's a situation that forces gay couples everywhere else to travel to places like Vermont and Iowa to be wed.

Two Michigan State University professors think there's a better way. They say states that offer same-sex marriage should allow couples anywhere in the country to obtain a marriage license online. But skeptics of this plan abound. WKAR's Kevin Lavery reports for National Public Radio.

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In Michigan
8:57 am
Mon December 14, 2009

Mich. panel to hold school funding hearing

KALAMAZOO, MI – A panel of Michigan state lawmakers will visit Kalamazoo on Monday for the last of three public hearings on the state's school funding crisis.

The Michigan House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid and Education will meet at 7 p.m. at Kalamazoo Central High School. Panel members will hear from residents about how the state's school funding cuts have impacted their schools.

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In Michigan
6:25 am
Mon December 14, 2009

Movement toward fixing indigent legal defense

LANSING, MI – Congressional and legislative hearings Monday will focus on how to fix Michigan's system for providing attorneys to criminal defendants who cannot afford them.

Every county in Michigan has its own way of choosing and compensating attorneys who represent indigent defendants. The work often goes to inexperienced lawyers who are paid very little, and must take on big caseloads to make a living. The system is being challenged in court.

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Sports
6:22 am
Mon December 14, 2009

No. 21 Michigan State beats Florida Gulf Coast

EAST LANSING, MI – Jasmine Thomas scored 15 points and reserve Lauren Aitch added 14 and No. 21 Michigan State unleashed a 3-point barrage to beat Florida Gulf Coast 94-71 on Sunday.

The Spartans (7-3) broke a school record with 13 3-pointers in just 19 attempts, including making nine of 12 in taking a 57-27 halftime lead.

Michigan State shot 64.9 percent from the field, including 71 percent in the first half, when its lead swelled to 36 points.

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Sports
6:05 am
Mon December 14, 2009

Rice, Ravens reign over Lions 48-3

BALTIMORE – BALTIMORE (AP) - Neither the soggy field nor the Detroit Lions' porous defense could stop Ray Rice.

Rice ran for a career-high 166 yards and a touchdown, and the Baltimore Ravens enhanced their playoff hopes Sunday with a 48-3 victory on a cold, rainy day.

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Sports
6:05 am
Mon December 14, 2009

Rice, Ravens reign over Lions 48-3

BALTIMORE – BALTIMORE (AP) - Neither the soggy field nor the Detroit Lions' porous defense could stop Ray Rice.

Rice ran for a career-high 166 yards and a touchdown, and the Baltimore Ravens enhanced their playoff hopes Sunday with a 48-3 victory on a cold, rainy day.

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