In Michigan
6:07 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

Michigan jobless rate hits 15.2% in August

LANSING, MI – There were 736,000 people without jobs and looking for work in Michigan last month as the ranks of the unemployed grew by 6,000. Michigan's unemployment rate bumped up very slightly in August to 15.2%. The July rate was 15%.

Bruce Weaver is with the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth. He says the state is not seeing enough new jobs created in other sectors to make up for the loss of factory and construction jobs.

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Top Stories
6:06 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

House, Senate leaders agree on MI spending targets

LANSING, MI – Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon have signed an agreement to cut $1.2 billion in spending to resolve a deficit in the budget year starting Oct. 1.

Bishop says the deal requires no new tax increases.

Lawmakers will be given budget targets and it will left for them to try and come up with plans that could pass both the Democratic-led House and the Republican-led Senate.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

Memorial service held for anti-abortion activist

OWOSSO, MI – A memorial service was held Wednesday in Owosso for anti-abortion activist James Pouillon. Pouillon was shot to death last Friday across the street from Owosso High School.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

BWL chilled water plant starts operation downtown

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Board of Water and Light on Wednesday dedicated its new chilled water facility in downtown Lansing. The plant will provide air conditioning for many downtown office buildings. BWL general Manager Peter Lark says the new facility will save its customers money.

"The plant is 60% more efficient than the old one, which keeps steam costs low for customers and translates into drmatic reductions in greenhouse gases," he said.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

MI budget deal allegedly reached

LANSING, MI – Democratic state House Speaker Andy Dillon and Republican Senator Mike Bishop may have reached a budget deal for the coming fiscal year. It's believed Governor Granholm was not included in their decision.

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In Michigan
3:35 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

Bouchard names Land running mate in gov race

DETROIT – Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard says he will seek the Republican nomination for governor with Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land as his running mate.

Bouchard made the announcement Wednesday in downtown Detroit. Land, who's from the Grand Rapids area, had been considering her own run for governor but said no in June, the same month Bouchard jumped in.

Bouchard says Land's experience means she can step in on the first day and "begin to move the ship."

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In Michigan
3:27 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

Senate says rules should require budgets by June 1

LANSING, MI – The state Senate on Wednesday voted to change the Legislature's rules to speed up the budget process. Senate lawmakers say a new rule should require the House and the Senate to adopt budget plans by June 1.

State Senator Alan Cropsey says budget negotiations should not have gone down to the wire in two of the last three years.

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Sports
6:04 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Dantonio: Don't read too much into Spartans' loss

EAST LANSING, MI – Mark Dantonio knows that his Michigan State Spartans will need to play better this Saturday to win at Notre Dame in a matchup of disappointed 1-1 teams. He also knows
that they can.

A 29-27 loss to Central Michigan left questions for Michigan State about the lack of a rushing attack, a weakness in the secondary and a lack of poise.

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Sports
6:02 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Tigers to honor long-time broadcaster Ernie Harwell

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers will honor Ernie Harwell at Comerica Park.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Harwell will be honored Wednesday night during a game against the Kansas City Royals.

Harwell is expected to address the team before the game and watch it from team owner Mike Ilitch's suite. A video tribute will be shown.

The 91-year-old recently announced he has inoperable cancer.

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Sports
6:00 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Royals rout division-leading Tigers 11-1

DETROIT – Alberto Callaspo, David DeJesus and Miguel Olivo all hit three-run homers, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 11-1 on Tuesday night.

The last-place Royals have beaten the AL Central-leading Tigers five straight times, four in the last eight days.

Robinson Tejada (3-1) beat the Tigers for the second time in less than a week, allowing one run and two hits in five innings.

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