In Michigan
5:11 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

55 MI state troopers go back to work

LANSING, MI –
Fifty-five of 100 state troopers laid off this summer were back at work Monday. The Legislature budgeted money to rehire the troopers last month. But Governor Granholm delayed re-hiring the troopers. Granholm said she didn't want to restore the jobs if the troopers would be laid off again if there are more budget cuts in January.

Shanon Banner is with the Michigan State Police department.

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WKAR Features
8:17 am
Mon November 16, 2009

Granholm taking revenue fight to campuses

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm takes her campaign for revenue to college campuses this week. She will urge students and their families to press the Legislature to fund the Michigan Promise college scholarship, as well as restore other budget cuts.

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In Michigan
7:15 am
Mon November 16, 2009

GM reports $1.2B 3Q loss, says it shows progress

DETROIT – General Motors Co. says it lost $1.2 billion from the time it left bankruptcy protection through Sept. 30, far better than previous quarters and a sign that the auto giant is starting to turn around.

The company also says it will begin repaying $6.7 billion in U.S. government loans with a $1.2 billion payment in December. It could pay off the full amount by 2011, four years ahead of schedule.

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Sports
6:21 am
Mon November 16, 2009

Favre to Rice helps Vikings get past Lions 27-10

MINNEAPOLIS – Brett Favre passed for a season-high 344 yards, 201 to Sidney Rice, and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 27-10 on Sunday.

The Lions (1-8) joined the Houston Oilers, from Nov. 21, 1982 through Nov. 4, 1984, as the only NFL teams to lose 31 games in a 33-game stretch, according to STATS. They've played tough this season several times, as the Vikings can attest. But after a slew of injuries in this game and more poor pass coverage they dropped
their 12th straight at the Metrodome.

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Sports
6:18 am
Mon November 16, 2009

No. 10 Michigan State beats Detroit 71-62

DETROIT – Aisha Jefferson scored 16 points to help No. 10 Michigan State beat Detroit 71-62 on Sunday for its first win of the season.

The Spartans (1-1) trailed 37-36 at halftime but went on a 15-3 run early in the second half to take the lead for good. Courtney Schiffauer made consecutive 3-pointers at the start of the decisive stretch.

Lauren Aitch finished with 13 points and eight rebounds for Michigan State, which lost 77-74 at Dayton in its season opener on Friday night.

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Sports
6:16 am
Mon November 16, 2009

Nowitzki leads Mavs past Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points, and rookie Rodrique Beaubois added 14 points on 6-for-6 shooting to help the Dallas Mavericks beat Detroit 95-90 on Sunday night,
snapping the Pistons' winning streak at three games.

Drew Gooden had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Shawn Marion also had 11 points, and Jason Kidd added 10 points and seven assists for the Mavericks.

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In Michigan
6:13 am
Mon November 16, 2009

Senate GOP slows on reform plan push

LANSING, MI – The next couple weeks in Lansing should be quiet ones as lawmakers break for deer hunting and Thanksgiving. But their vacations only delay heated debates on issues that must be resolved before the end of the year.

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The lawmakers are expected to spend the remaining weeks this year getting down to a little R-and-R - that is, revenue and reform.

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In Michigan
6:06 am
Mon November 16, 2009

Mich. residents may see lower heating, gas costs

FLINT, MI – The Michigan Public Service Commission says Michigan residents could be in store for a cost-efficient winter.

The Flint Journal says the commission estimates that home heating costs will decline by as much as 16 percent compared with last year due to a mild winter forecast and adequate supply.

The panel says last winter was 4.8 percent colder than normal and a return to normal temperatures could reduce monthly heating bills by tens of dollars.

The outlook for motorists appears equally favorable.

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In Michigan
6:04 am
Mon November 16, 2009

Stimulus funds bring Mich. few private-sector jobs

DETROIT – An analysis by The Detroit Free Press has found that most of the federal stimulus funding that's reached Michigan has created few private-sector jobs.

The Free Press examined more than 1,800 awards to agencies, departments, municipalities and firms in Michigan under the stimulus act. It found that the biggest impact was spurring or protecting public-sector or summer jobs - not private-sector jobs.

Of the 22,513 stimulus jobs reported in Michigan, 13,555 were tied to state money for education, doled out to local school districts.

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In Michigan
6:02 am
Mon November 16, 2009

4 Silverdome proposals to be unsealed Monday

PONTIAC, MI – An Oakland County official says four proposals have been received for the Silverdome as part of an auction of the Detroit Lions' former home.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson told The Detroit News on Saturday that the four sealed proposals for the vacant Silverdome property will be unsealed Monday.

Patterson said he did not know what was in the proposals.

The Silverdome has sat largely empty since the Detroit Lions moved to Ford Field in 2002.

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