Sports
11:01 am
Sat November 7, 2009

MSU hockey coach Rick Comley discusses his teams start after taking four points over the weekend against Nebraska-Omaha

East Lansing – After taking four points against tenth ranked Nebraska-Omaha over the weekend, MSU hockey coach Rick Comley is pleased with the growth of his young team early on this season. As the Spartans look ahead to crucial match ups against Michigan and Notre Dame on the horizon. Coach Comley feels confident his team will compete but is wary of the Spartans continued issues taking penalties during critical moments in games.

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Sports
6:40 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

MSU freshmen hockey forward Derek Grant named National Rookie of the Month

East Lansing, MI – The Michigan State hockey team is off to an impressive 6-2 start to the season. One of the many reasons why is freshman forward Derek Grant. The 6'3 185lb forward out of Abbotsford British Columbia, began the season on a six game scoring streak and currently ranks first amongst CCHA freshmen in points with 11 (5 goals and 6 assists)

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In Michigan
6:05 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

Audit says Mich. slow with bridge inspections

LANSING, MI – A state audit says Michigan didn't complete about 10 percent of routine bridge inspections on time between 2006 and 2008.

There are more than 10,000 state-owned and locally owned bridges that must be inspected at least every two years.

The audit released Friday also says 59 percent of underwater bridge inspections either weren't done or weren't done on time. Auditors lay the blame on local bridge owners and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

State officials says they agree with the audit's recommendations.

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In Michigan
5:42 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

Michigan-Flint expands physical therapy program

FLINT, MI – The University of Michigan-Flint says it's responding to a shortage of physical therapists by increasing the number of students in its training program by 50%.

The university says it will accept 60 students into its doctor in physical therapy program in fall 2010, up from 40 this year.

The school says a 2008 American Physical Therapy Association report found vacancy rates for physical therapy jobs from 13% to 19%.

Students entering the three-year program need to have a bachelor's degree and meet other requirements.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

$16.7M grant to train Mich. science, math teachers

DETROIT, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation have announced a $16.7 million grant to train math and science teachers for work in urban school districts in the state.

Granholm said Friday in Detroit that renewed training for young teachers is necessary to help turn around the state's poor economy.

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In Michigan
2:20 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

MSU student killed in hit-and-run after Red Wings game

DETROIT, MI – Police investigating the hit-and-run death of a Michigan State University student following a Detroit Red Wings hockey game plan to view surveillance video from downtown hotels and shops.

The Detroit Free Press reports Friday that the 19-year-old was leaving the game at Joe Louis Arena with friends late Thursday night when he was hit near Cobo Center.

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In Michigan
9:29 am
Fri November 6, 2009

Officer says Blue Cross rate hike should be lower

LANSING, MI – A hearing officer has denied Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's request to raise rates by more than 30% for some Medicare supplemental policies, calling it
"excessive."

Instead, the officer recommended Friday that Blue Cross increase Medigap rates by less than 4% in February.

Michigan's insurance commissioner is expected to make a final decision in December.

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Sports
6:45 am
Fri November 6, 2009

MSU Women's B-ball beats Wayne State

EAST LANSING, MI – The Michigan State women's basketball team jump started the 2009-10 season with a 79-47 exhibition win over Wayne State on Thursday night at the Breslin Center. The Spartans, ranked No. 10 preseason by The Associated Press and in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll, had 12 different players score, led by 15 from senior Allyssa DeHaan.

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Sports
6:43 am
Fri November 6, 2009

MSU'S hockey team beats Nebraska-Omaha

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State got a 31-save shutout from sophomore netminder Drew Palmisano and a goal and an assist from Corey Tropp in a 3-0 victory over tenth-ranked Nebraska-Omaha on Thursday night. MSU has won four straight games - all in conference - is now 7-2-0 overall and 4-1-0 in CCHA play. The two teams play again Friday night.

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Sports
6:41 am
Fri November 6, 2009

RHP Porcello is Detroit Tigers rookie of the year

DETROIT – Pitcher Rick Porcello has been named the Detroit Tigers' rookie of the year.

The 20-year-old right-hander was picked Thursday by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association.

Porcello led all American League rookies with 14 wins in 2009.

The Morristown, N.J., native notched a 3.96 ERA and 89 strikeouts in his first season.

The team says Porcello's 14 victories are the most ever by a Tigers pitcher 20 years old or younger.

Porcello will be presented with the award before a Tigers home game next year.

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