In Michigan
6:10 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Haslett church wins $70,000 in lottery

HASLETT, MI – A mid-Michigan church is $70,000 richer courtesy of the Michigan Lottery.

The Covenant Life Worship Center and its 25 members in Haslett had one of the second-prize tickets in the Lucky 7s raffle held May 4. Michigan Lottery officials say the church will receive the full amount because it is tax-exempt.

The $10 ticket was purchased at a convenience store in Haslett. The lottery Web site says the odds of a single ticket winning $70,000 in Lucky 7s are one in 55,556.

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In Michigan
5:42 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Mich. regulators OK Blue Cross rate increase deal

LANSING, MI – State regulators have approved an average 22% rate increase for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan health insurance policies covering about 200,000 people.

The rate increases announced Thursday are significantly lower than the company initially requested for the non-group and group conversation policies typically bought by people under 65 who aren't covered by employer-based or government health plans. Blue Cross had sought rate increases averaging 42% to 56%.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Shiawassee Co. prosecutor admits drunken driving

OWOSSO, MI – The Shiawassee County prosecutor has pleaded guilty to a charge of drunken driving connected to a July 7 crash.

Prosecutor Randy Colbry also pleaded no contest to a second charge of failure to stop at the scene of an accident.

When asked about the incident in court Thursday, Colbry told the judge he was intoxicated from vodka at the time of the accident about 20 miles west of Flint.

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In Michigan
3:23 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Schauer defends telephone town hall

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan Congressman Mark Schauer says he expects over 10,000 people---both supporters and opponents----to take part in a telephone town hall meeting Thursday evening. Speaking Thursday in Lansing before an invitation-only crowd dominated by senior-citizens, Schauer said the approach ensures that all voices are heard:

"We can have a much more productive conversation here, talking, where we don't have someone shouting to make sure we actually can't communicate," he said.

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Arts & Culture
10:36 am
Thu August 13, 2009

Gheorghiu withdraws from start of new Met 'Carmen'

NEW YORK – Soprano Angela Gheorghiu has pulled out of the first six performances of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Bizet's "Carmen," which opens New
Year's Eve.

The Richard Eyre staging was designed around Gheorghiu, making an unusual foray into a role written for mezzo-sopranos, and her husband, tenor Roberto Alagna.

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In Michigan
10:16 am
Thu August 13, 2009

GM releases details on Volt battery plant in Mich.

BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, MI – General Motors Co. boss Fritz Henderson says a new $43 million plant in southeastern Michigan will assemble battery packs for its new rechargeable electric car.

GM's president and chief executive held a news conference this morning at the plant site in Brownstown Township, 20 miles southwest of Detroit.

GM says in a statement the factory "will produce the lithium ion battery packs for GM's future extended-range electrical vehicles, including the Chevrolet Volt."

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WKAR Features
8:55 am
Thu August 13, 2009

Health care providers work to stem hospital readmissions

Lansing, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Area health care organizations gathered today in Lansing to address one of their industry's most significant problems: re-hospitalizations. Patients and providers alike are often unprepared for the transition from one health care setting to another. That lack of coordination can lead to sudden readmissions to hospitals that cost billions of dollars a year. But there's a local effort to improve care transitions in mid-Michigan.

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Sports
5:43 am
Thu August 13, 2009

Lugnuts beat Silver Hawks in extra innings

SOUTH BEND, IN – The South Bend Silver Hawks committed four costly errors that led to five unearned runs, three to tie the game in the eighth and two to lose the game in the tenth, as the Lansing Lugnuts triumphed in extra innings, 8-6, last night at Coveleski Stadium. The victory was Lansing's first of the season in 13 extra-innings games. The two teams play the third game of their four-game series tonight at 7:00 p.m.

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In Michigan
5:36 am
Thu August 13, 2009

House Dems unveil new foreclosure legislation

EAST LANSING, MI – State House Democrats have unveiled legislation that would help people living well below the poverty line deal with unpaid property taxes instead of going into foreclosure.

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Top Stories
5:36 am
Thu August 13, 2009

Feds visit MI prison as possible Gitmo replacement

STANDISH, MI – A federal team is visiting a maximum-security prison in Standish that could be used to hold terrorism suspects now detained at Guantanamo Bay.

Representatives of the Defense, Justice and Homeland Security departments on Thursday morning were touring the prison in the Lower Peninsula town 145 miles north of Detroit.

The Standish facility and the military penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., are being considered to house the detainees if the prison in Cuba is closed by 2010, as ordered by President Barack Obama.

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