In Michigan
6:08 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

Mich. agriculture commissioner Byrum steps down

LANSING, MI – James Byrum has resigned from the Michigan Commission of Agriculture.

The Onondaga resident said in a release Wednesday that he disagrees with "some of the recent decisions made" affecting the agriculture industry and feels it's time to step down.

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In Michigan
5:46 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

MI House deals with LGBT rights

LANSING, MI – A state House committee voted Wednesday to include gay, lesbian and transgendered people in the state's civil rights law.

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The decision comes on the heels of a Kalamazoo election that upheld a civil rights ordinance protecting gay, lesbian, and transgendered people from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

Democratic state Representative Rebekah Warren.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

MI House panel raids stimulus money to avert $300 per student K12 cuts

LANSING, MI – The state House Appropriations Committee has taken a step toward averting a $300 per-student cut to schools later this month. The committee voted to tap federal stimulus money the state has been saving to help balance next year's schools budget.

The action would not eliminate the cuts. Instead, schools would lose just $165 per student -- which would still force many districts to lay off teachers and other staff.

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In Michigan
4:39 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

Mich. caseworkers afraid for lives due to delays

LANSING, MI – Desperate state caseworkers who have been assaulted inside Michigan welfare offices say they are afraid for their lives because they are behind addressing bulging caseloads caused by the ailing economy.

Seven Department of Human Services employees told lawmakers on Wednesday that residents who need help are waiting up to four hours in county DHS offices. The workers say nerves are frayed and people getting state aid are taking out their frustration on state employees.

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In Michigan
2:28 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

Lansing area elections yield few surprises

LANSING, MI – There were few surprises in yesterday's elections in mid-Michigan.

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Lansing voters said yes to a second term for Mayor Virg Bernero. He captured 62% of the vote to challenger Carol Wood's 37%. Council members Brian Jeffries and Kathie Dunbar retained their seats, while challenger Tina Houghton ousted 16-year council veteran Sandy Allen. Jessica Yorko won the city's fourth ward council seat.

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Sports
9:27 am
Wed November 4, 2009

MSU football coach Mark Dantonio looks for his team to rebound this Saturday

East Lansing, MI – The Michigan State football program coming off of two consecutive heartbreaking losses is heading into this weeks game against the Broncos of Western Michigan re-focused and determined to get respect back.

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In Michigan
7:56 am
Wed November 4, 2009

Canja, Meyer and Proctor win LCC Board seats

Lansing, MI – Final vote tallies are in from Clinton County in the race for three seats on the seven-member Board of Trustees at Lansing Community College.

Chairperson Deborah Canja led the pack. The other seats were won by Larry Meyer and incumbent Robert Proctor. Clinton County results were not available until Wednesday, leaving the outcome uncertain last night.

Meyer, a former Lansing City Council member, says he wants to revisit LCC's offer to purchase the city's parking ramp on Capitol Avenue.

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Arts & Culture
6:48 am
Wed November 4, 2009

Detroit symphony's music director hospitalized

DETROIT – The music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has been hospitalized after experiencing chest discomfort while conducting a concert with the Rotterdam Philharmonic in the Netherlands.

A statement released Tuesday by the DSO says Leonard Slatkin was taken to a hospital Sunday with heart problems and coronary procedures were performed.

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Sports
6:21 am
Wed November 4, 2009

Pistons' guard trio leads them over Magic

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Ben Gordon scored 23 points and Rodney Stuckey added 20 as the short-handed Detroit Pistons beat Orlando 85-80 on Tuesday night, handing the Magic their first loss
of the season.

Detroit guard Tayshaun Prince saw his streak of 496 straight games played end as he was sidelined with a back injury. Prince last missed a game on April 13, 2003 - during his rookie season - against Memphis.

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Sports
6:04 am
Wed November 4, 2009

Osgood's shutout helps Red Wings beat Bruins 2-0

DETROIT – Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom scored in the first period, then Chris Osgood finished with his first shutout of the season to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins.

Osgood made 29 saves Tuesday night. He also got help from the posts behind him to prevent a goal in both the first and second periods for the 50th shutout of his career.

The rebuilding Red Wings are 3-0-1 in their last four games and have a point in seven of their last eight games.

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