In Michigan
6:36 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

GM announces 3Q loss

DETROIT, MI – General Motors is reporting a loss of $1.2 billion for the summer months.

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The loss occurred between the time the "new GM" was created in early July - and the normal end of the quarter on September 30th.

The old GM lost $2.5 billion in the third quarter of 2008.

CEO Fritz Henderson says the results do indicate some progress.

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In Michigan
6:29 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

MSU report: College labor market has hit bottom

LANSING, MI – Businesses hired far fewer college graduates in the past year than they thought they would, and next year's graduates will have to be "patient and persistent" to land
a job.

Those are some of the findings of Michigan State University's annual recruiting trends report released Monday.

The survey of 2,500 companies nationwide shows the job market for college graduates dropped 40 percent in the past year. Overall hiring is expected to be down another 2 percent in 2010.

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In Michigan
6:26 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

Michigan says flu has killed 42 since April

LANSING, MI –
Michigan health officials say influenza has killed 42 people in the state since April 1 and 31 since Sept. 1, when swine flu began gaining steam.

The Michigan Community Health Department says no schools were closed Monday for the flu. It says 38,158 flu cases were reported in the state Nov. 1-8.

Since Sept. 1, officials say 1,226 people have been hospitalized in Michigan for the flu.

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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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