In Michigan
6:12 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

Ford, Granholm laud auto plant-turned energy complex

WIXOM, MI – A shut-down Ford plant in metro Detroit has found a new life as a sprawling manufacturing space for alternative energy companies. State officials say it's part of the new beginning for Michigan manufacturing.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

MI business group announces turnaround plan

LANSING, MI – A new organization calling itself Business Leaders for Michigan has announced a plan to fix Michigan's economy.

The group is made up of the Chief Operating Officers of big employers across the state. Organizers say the southeast Michigan group Detroit Renaissance is integrating with business leaders from other parts of the state.

Among the many proposals in their plan is a call for a reduction of the state work force by 5-10%, and cutting their pay to the average of state workers in other states.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

GM to let customers return cars for full refund

DETROIT, MI – General Motors Co. says it will allow new car buyers to return their vehicles within 2 months of purchasing them for a full refund if they're not satisfied.

The program is part of a sweeping, new marketing campaign, called "May the Best Car Win."

The automaker says it will help prove that its vehicles are competitive when it comes to quality and performance.

GM will allow customers who purchase a new vehicle between Sept. 14 and Nov. 30 to return it for a refund within 31 to 60 days from the date of purchase.

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Sports
12:52 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

Predictions of Earle episode 2

Sports Talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson

East Lansing, MI – WKAR sports talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson gives his fearless predictions as well as previewing the Michigan State Central Michigan matchup

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In Michigan
9:31 am
Thu September 10, 2009

Lansing, Ingham human services launch e-card system

LANSING, MI – City and county human service workers start a computerized system Thursday to improve services to the area's homeless population.

About 40 community organizations will offer assistance at "Project Homeless Connect" and for the first time some recipients will use an identification card with a bar code.

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In Michigan
7:15 am
Thu September 10, 2009

Detroit plans to lay off more than 100 bus drivers

DETROIT – Detroit's mayor says city bus service will continue Saturdays and Sundays, but some routes will be cut and 113 drivers will be laid off.

Dave Bing told City Council on Wednesday the changes will take effect effective Sept. 26 as the city faces a $300 million budget deficit. Route changes will be announced Thursday. He says cutting weekend service was never seriously considered.

Bing also told the council tentative agreements are in place with some municipal unions, but only one has ratified a contract.

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In Michigan
7:13 am
Thu September 10, 2009

Tentative deal reached in Oakland Univ. strike

ROCHESTER, MI – Facing a possible back-to-work order by a judge later in the day, striking professors will go back to the their classrooms at a suburban Detroit university, as a tentative three-year agreement was reached early Thursday morning.

A statement posted on Oakland University's Web site says terms of the deal won't be available until its ratified by the American Association of University Professors, but fall semester classes are expected to begin Thursday morning.

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Sports
5:42 am
Thu September 10, 2009

Lynx fight off late Shock rally to win 75-72

MINNEAPOLIS – Anna Montanana's putback with 28.6 seconds capped her career night and gave the playoff-hopeful Minnesota Lynx a 75-72 victory over the Detroit Shock on Wednesday night.

Reeling from the Shock's 13-0, fourth-quarter run, the Lynx bounced back and scored nine straight points to seal the victory.

Montanana, Renee Montgomery and Rashanda McCants all scored 12 points for the Lynx - Montanana's mark a career high.

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Sports
5:38 am
Thu September 10, 2009

Tejeda, Butler lead KC past Detroit 5-1

KANSAS CITY, MO – Robinson Tejeda tossed six shutout innings to outpitch Justin Verlander, Billy Butler hit three doubles and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on
Wednesday night for their first three-game winning streak since July.

Butler picked up his club-record fourth three-double game of the season and fifth consecutive multihit game. The first baseman's emergence has been one of the few bright spots in Kansas City's otherwise dismal season.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

GOP leader says prospects for shutdown growing

LANSING, MI – The state House Republican leader says the odds of a state government shutdown increase dramatically each week there's not a budget deal in Lansing. The deadline for wrapping up the budget is September 30.

Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer says the budget plan just made public by Governor Granholm this week represents progress. But he says Republicans still think it relies too heavily on tax hikes and stimulus funds that add to the federal deficit.

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