In Michigan
6:16 am
Fri September 25, 2009

MSU grad killed in Korea gets posthumous medal

EAST LANSING, MI – A Michigan State University graduate who died as a Chinese prisoner during the Korean War is being awarded the Purple Heart medal in a campus ceremony next week.

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers will preside over the ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Demonstration Hall. Army 1st Lt. Baldwin R. Carr was captured on April 25, 1951, and died in captivity. His family never received his body.

Rogers' office says Gordon Carr will accept the medal on his brother's behalf.

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Sports
5:41 am
Fri September 25, 2009

Blackout: Redskins-Lions game won't be on local TV

DETROIT – The Detroit Lions failed to sell all their tickets for Sunday's game against the Redskins, meaning there will be a TV blackout in some local markets.

Team spokesman Bill Keenist said Thursday the game will be blacked out in the Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw-Flint and Toledo, Ohio, markets.

More than 10,000-plus tickets were available on Wednesday.

Last week, the Lions were able to sell 1,700 tickets for the home game against Minnesota. No such luck this time.

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Sports
5:38 am
Fri September 25, 2009

Verlander strikes out 11, Tigers sweep Tribe

CLEVELAND – Justin Verlander pitched the Detroit Tigers closer to a division title and pushed the Cleveland Indians within one loss of matching a franchise record for futility with a 6-5 win on Thursday night.

Verlander struck out 11 in seven innings and Carlos Guillen had three hits and an RBI as the Tigers handed Cleveland its 11th straight loss.

With the win, Detroit moved three games ahead of the idle Minnesota Twins in the AL's Central Division. The Tigers open a three-game series at the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

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In Focus Today
6:54 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Budget negotiations drag into another day

LANSING, MI – There was little progress made on breaking the budget deadlock Thursday at the state Capitol as lawmakers prepare to meet into the night.

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The session is expected to drag into Friday and maybe into the weekend as legislative leaders try to round up votes for big, painful budget cuts.

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In Michigan
6:40 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Shouting SC congressman to attend Walberg event

JACKSON, MI – The South Carolina congressman who shouted at President Barack Obama during his health care speech to Congress will take part in a Jackson fundraiser for Michigan congressional candidate Tim Walberg.

Walberg's campaign Web site says he and Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson will discuss health care reform at the Oct. 2 event.

Tickets cost $20. Supporters paying $150 get two tickets and can pose for a photo with Wilson.

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In Michigan
6:35 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Granholm: Cuts inevitable in Michigan state budget

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm acknowledges Michigan's next government budget will include some cuts to K-12 education but says she's fighting to protect against deep
reductions.

Granholm visited with a few members of her administration and Democratic lawmakers on the House floor Thursday. Legislators are racing to avoid a possible partial government shutdown by an Oct. 1 deadline.

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In Michigan
6:32 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Lawmakers uneasy about cuts to Mich. governments

LANSING, MI – Uneasy legislative negotiators say a proposed cut in state payments to local governments is too deep.

Thursday's conference committee meeting has been delayed as House and Senate lawmakers struggle to approve a $163 million cut in revenue-sharing payments to cities, townships and villages.

The estimated 15% cut was agreed to by the Legislature's top Democrat and Republican.

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In Michigan
6:28 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Effort to restore Michigan Promise scholarship takes small first step

Lansing, MI – A state House panel has taken a small step toward restoring the Michigan Promise college scholarship.

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The House Appropriations Committee adopted a budget bill to fund the scholarship close to its current level. But the effort remains largely symbolic until a revenue source is identified to generate $120 million.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman George Cushingberry says the bill won't move any further until that happens.

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Top Stories
6:27 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE: Budget debacle expected to go into wee hours

LANSING, MI – State lawmakers are expected to continue budget negotiations through the night and into Friday morning.

Legislators are waiting to vote on budget bills from House and Senate conference committees. Major discrepancies on where to cut and how deep are slowing the process.

Democratic state Representative Fred Durhal sits on the General Government budget committee. He says the Senate proposal for cutting to local government revenue sharing goes too far.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

MI Republicans gather to hear 2010, 2012 hopefuls

LANSING, MI – Michigan Republicans are heading to Mackinac Island to look over the 2010 crop of gubernatorial candidates as well as two possible 2012 presidential candidates.

Current Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will give keynote speeches Saturday. Romney also ran for president last year.

Five of the six gubernatorial candidates will meet for a 90-minute radio debate Saturday morning hosted by the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance. Tim Rujan of Bay Port wasn't invited.

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