EAST LANSING, MI – The state Senate Fiscal Agency says Michigan's budget deficit would be a billion dollars bigger without federal stimulus dollars. And that presents a problem for the state when that money is no longer available.
Gary Olson is director of the Senate Fiscal Agency. He says some stimulus money should be used to balance the budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, which begins October 1. But he says it might also be a good idea to bank some of that money for later.
East Lansing, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - A national student group is criticizing Michigan State University for continuing to do business with a clothing company the students claim is running a sweatshop operation in Honduras.
GRAND BLANC, MI – Rock star Bob Seger has played in front of thousands of people over his career but he was awfully nervous on Wednesday.
Seger was paired up with Tiger Woods in the pro-am at the Buick Open, not far from Flint, Michigan. Seger grew up in Ann Arbor and thousands of fans came out to cheer him.
Seger thrilled the crowed with a long birdie putt on the fourth hole. It helped make up for an ugly drive off the first tee. He also got help from a tree on 13, as his errant approach rebounded back into the fairway.
LANSING, MI – The Clinton LumberKings ended the four-game winning streak of the Lansing Lugnuts with a 7-5 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Oldsmobile Park. The Lugnuts and LumberKings play the rubber match of their three-game series tonight at Oldsmobile Park.
ARLINGTON, TX – Curtis Granderson led off the game with a home run and connected again in the second inning, and Justin Verlander equaled a career high by striking out 13 as the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 13-5 Wednesday night.
The Tigers scored in each of the first seven innings and matched a season high with 19 hits.
Miguel Cabrera, who had four hits and four RBIs, and Marcus Thames also homered for Detroit. Andruw Jones homered twice for Texas.
EAST LANSING, MI – Members of an East Lansing Catholic parish have filed an appeal with the Vatican. They're asking the Vatican to overturn a decree by the Bishop of Lansing to merge their parish with another.