In Michigan
3:09 pm
Thu November 19, 2009

Students rally for school funding

Lansing, MI – High school students rallied at the state Capitol again Wednesday, carrying signs that read "We are Michigan's future" and "Michigan schools are too big to fail." They want legislators to restore funding for education.

Lawmakers are on an informal break for deer-hunting season, but that didn't stop students from Grand Ledge, Lansing, East Lansing and Waverly from gathering at the Capitol to protest huge cuts in funding for their schools.

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In Michigan
2:55 pm
Thu November 19, 2009

Ratepayers petition against proposed coal-fired power plant

Lansing, MI – Environmental groups are joining utility ratepayers in a statewide petition to block Consumers Energy from building a proposed $2 billion coal-fired power plant.

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Consumers Energy wants to build an 800-megawatt plant to augment its existing facility near Bay City. The company says the facility will control carbon dioxide emissions by burning low-sulfur grade coal at higher temperatures than conventional power plants.

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In Michigan
10:04 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Detroit schools seek to force board member to talk

DETROIT – The state's emergency financial manager for the Detroit school district says he's seeking a court order to force a school board member to testify about his role in a $1.5 billion construction bond issue.

Robert Bobb said Thursday the Detroit Public Schools will ask a judge Monday to require Anthony Adams and three others to testify in the probe.

Adams is a former deputy Detroit mayor and served as a top lawyer for the school district during the time of the questioned transactions.

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In Michigan
9:38 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Group challenges Silverdome's $583,000 sale

PONTIAC, MI – A judge has temporarily blocked the sale of the Pontiac Silverdome.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Edward Sosnick is expected to decide Monday whether a $583,000 high bid submitted this week by an unnamed Canadian company was proper.

Silver Stallion Corp. asked Sosnick to nullify the auction sale. The group says their 2008 purchase agreement for $17 million should take precedent and alleges racial discrimination.

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Science/Tech
8:42 am
Thu November 19, 2009

EPA: No dioxin in Bay, Saginaw, Midland city water

SAGINAW, MI – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials says a second series of tests on samples collected from the Midland, Saginaw and Bay City water systems show no
contamination by highly toxic dioxins or furans.

The tests were conducted in response to residents' concerns about how drinking water might be affected by sediment stirred up by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers navigational dredging project in the Saginaw River.

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In Michigan
6:17 am
Thu November 19, 2009

House committee passes driver fee bills

LANSING, MI – Michigan's drivers may soon not have to worry about annual fees for too many points on their licenses. A bill that would repeal a law that fines drivers for their points passed easily Wednesday through a state House committee.

The driver responsibility law has been around since 2003, but lawmakers have agreed for the past few years that the law does not reduce bad driving.

James Walker is with the National Motorists Association.

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In Michigan
6:06 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Granholm to order more department mergers

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm will sign an executive order early next month merging two more state departments. The governor's says she will combine the Departments of Information Technology with the Department of Management and Budget.

The governor is trying to make the case that she is making government smaller and more efficient at the same time she battles legislative Republicans over revenue to restore some budget cuts.

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Sports
5:55 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Lions facing possible 8th TV blackout in 11 games

ALLEN PARK, MI – Detroit fans may be denied yet another chance to watch the Lions on television.

Team spokesman Bill Keenist says that as of Wednesday afternoon, more than 7,000 tickets remained available for Sunday's game against Cleveland at Ford Field.

If the game isn't sold out by 1 p.m. Thursday - or 1 p.m. Friday, if the NFL grants an extension - the matchup of 1-8 teams will be blacked out in the Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw-Flint and Toledo, Ohio, TV markets.

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Sports
5:47 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Roy, Aldridge help Blazers hold off Pistons 87-81

PORTLAND, OR – Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 20 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the tired but tenacious Detroit Pistons 87-81 on Wednesday night.

The Blazers led by as many as 20 points in the second half, but the Pistons chipped away and closed to 76-70 on Charlie Villanueva's jumper with 3 minutes left.

Villanueva hit another jumper to make it 78-75 with 1:29 to go, and after Steve Blake made a bad pass on Portland's end, Villanueva's fast-break layup cut it to 78-77.

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Sports
5:43 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Auld backstops Stars to 3-1 win over Red Wings

DETROIT – Alex Auld made 31 saves, and Mike Ribeiro, Matt Niskanen and Loui Eriksson scored in the Dallas Stars' 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Brad Richards and James Neal each had two assists for the Stars.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard stopped 29 shots. The loss snapped the Red Wings' winning streak at three.

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