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7:55 pm
Fri October 16, 2009

Ingham officials aim to dispel worries about flu vaccine

LANSING, MI – Ingham County health officials say unjustified fears of the H1N1 vaccine could lead to a more severe flu season in mid-Michigan. Officials say worries that the new vaccine is untested may lead to fewer inoculations and many more cases of the disease.

Marcus Cheatham is a spokesman for the Ingham County Health Department.

"There are only a few dozen really bad episodes reported every year from getting flu vaccine, even though millions and millions of people use it," he says.

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7:53 pm
Fri October 16, 2009

Mich. legislation aims to stop foreclosure scams

LANSING, MI – Democratic lawmakers say Michigan needs legislation to stop scam artists from taking advantage of homeowners at risk of foreclosure.

Bills being introduced by Democrats in the state Senate would create protections designed to ensure loan modification consultants do business legitimately. The measures also would require lenders to notify homeowners when they sell their mortgage to a third party and to post loan modification criteria online.

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In Michigan
7:50 pm
Fri October 16, 2009

Feds prevail in dispute over education law

DETROIT, MI – A lawyer says a dispute involving school districts, teacher unions and the federal No Child Left Behind law has ended in an 8-8 tie at a federal appeals court.

Nine districts in Michigan, Texas and Vermont argued they shouldn't have to comply with certain requirements of the education law if the federal government doesn't pay for them.

Lawyer Dennis Pollard says Friday's 8-8 vote by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means a lower court's decision stands.

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In Michigan
10:45 am
Fri October 16, 2009

Former US Rep. Bob Davis of Michigan dies at 77

GAYLORD, MI – Former U.S. Rep. Bob Davis of Michigan has died. He was 77.

Mark Ruge previously served as chief of staff for Davis. He says the congressman died Friday at a hospice in Arlington, Va., and had suffered kidney and heart failure.

Davis represented northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula in Congress from 1979 to 1993. In recent years, he worked as a lobbyist in the Washington, D.C., area.

Ruge remembers Davis as "a great man who just cared very much for the people of his district."

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Sports
5:38 am
Fri October 16, 2009

Terry's hot 3rd quarter leads Mavericks over Pistons

DALLAS – Jason Terry scored 10 of his 21 points during a decisive third-quarter run, and the Dallas Mavericks went on to a 113-88 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.

Drew Gooden added 16 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 15 and Kris Humphries contributed 14 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks (3-1).

Rodney Stuckey had 20 points and Kwame Brown added 11 for the Pistons (3-2).

Dallas opened the third quarter with a 15-3 run that included two 3-pointers from Terry and gave it a 71-53 lead.

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Sports
5:32 am
Fri October 16, 2009

Lidstrom reaches 1,000 points in Wings' win

DETROIT – Nicklas Lidstrom became the first European defenseman to reach 1,000 points, assisting on two goals in the Detroit Red Wings' 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

The Swedish star has 229 goals and 771 assists in 1,336 career games.

Jonathan Ericsson and Henrik Zetterberg each had a goal and an assist, Tomas Holmstrom, Kirk Maltby and Brian Rafalski also scored, and Chris Osgood made 24 saves for the Red Wings.

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In Michigan
7:59 pm
Thu October 15, 2009

MSU gets $10.4M grant for African food initiative

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University says a five-year, $10.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will help it train African biosafety regulators.

The grant is part of the foundation's new $120 million initiative aimed at using technology to increase food production in sub-Saharan Africa.

The university said Thursday it's working with the New Partnership for Africa's Development "to connect African biosafety regulators with advances in technology."

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In Michigan
7:55 pm
Thu October 15, 2009

Stimulus contracts save or retain 400 Mich. jobs

LANSING, MI – Michigan businesses and agencies have reported saving or creating about 400 jobs so far with the help of federal contracts tied to the federal stimulus package.

More than 30,000 jobs have been supported nationwide. Businesses in states including Colorado, Washington, Kentucky and Ohio reported far higher job retention numbers than Michigan, which has the nation's highest unemployment rate.

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In Michigan
7:55 pm
Thu October 15, 2009

MI Lawmakers, governor seek opening in budget talks

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm met Thursday with legislative leaders. They reported little progress in ending a budget stalemate.

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The governor will get the final budget bills next week, when she's expected to carry out her threat to veto many line items. The governor and Democrats want to restore funding for the Michigan Promise college scholarship, as well as funding for Medicaid and local governments.

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In Michigan
6:39 pm
Thu October 15, 2009

Mich. OKs more tax incentives after running out

LANSING, MI – Michigan lawmakers are agreeing to award more tax incentives for economic development this year, as long as the state reports the number of jobs created and retained by companies getting the tax credits.

The state Senate today overwhelmingly approved a package of four bills after reaching a compromise with the House and Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration. Granholm is expected to sign the legislation once the House finishes voting next week.

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