In Michigan
11:29 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Five Detroit schools employees charged in probe

DETROIT – Five Detroit Public Schools employees have been charged with embezzlement in an ongoing probe the prosecutor says is part of a "culture of corruption" at Michigan's largest district.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday each is charged with one or more counts of embezzlement.

The defendants are a clerical worker at an elementary school, a person who works in the district's controls office, a truck driver, a high school teacher's aide and a food service coordinator at an elementary school.

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In Michigan
11:28 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Police unveil Detroit's new crime-fighting plan

DETROIT – A new program to reduce Detroit homicide and crime rates has resulted in more than 200 arrests in two days.

Detroit Police - working with local, state and federal agencies - made numerous traffic stops, raided drug houses and served warrants on the city's northeast side as part of Project CRUSADERS.

Police Chief Warren Evans says the effort uses data to steer crackdowns in the city's crime hotspots. The first sweep began Monday and will continue Wednesday and Thursday.

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WKAR Features
9:21 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Mid-Michigan's healthcare organizations gather to create "pathways"

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EAST LANSING, MI – Area healthcare organizations gathered Wednesday to address one of their industry's most significant problems: re-hospitalizations. Patients and providers alike are often unprepared for the transition from one healthcare setting to another. That lack of coordination can lead to sudden readmissions to hospitals that cost billions of dollars a year. WKAR's Mark Bashore reports on a local effort to improve "care transitions" in mid-Michigan.

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Business
6:22 am
Wed August 12, 2009

GM submits executive compensation plan

WASHINGTON – General Motors Co. says it has submitted its executive compensation proposal to the Obama administration.

GM, along with several banks and other firms, must submit plans to compensate its 100 highest-paid employees under the terms of its government bailout. The deadline for the proposals is Thursday.

The Obama administration has appointed Kenneth Feinberg to oversee compensation at the firms. Feinberg could reject pay plans he deems excessive, and he is expected to take 60 days to review the proposals.

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In Michigan
6:16 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Weekend rains helped Michigan fruit producers

KALAMAZOO, MI – The storms that rolled through lower Michigan over the weekend uprooted trees, damaged buildings and left tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power.

But they also brought some much-needed rain to fruit growers in the southwestern Lower Peninsula whose orchards and vineyards suffered through a dry July.

The National Weather Service tells The Kalamazoo Gazette that more than 3.5 inches of rain fell at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport between Friday evening and Monday morning.

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In Michigan
6:14 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Charges coming following Detroit schools audits

DETROIT – Detroit Public Schools emergency financial manager Robert Bobb plans to announce criminal charges following a number of fraud investigations into the district.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is to join Bobb for Wednesday's announcement that follows ongoing audits and probes into waste and theft throughout the schools.

Audits released last week revealed the district has been paying $2.1 million per year in health coverage for ineligible dependents, unused cell phones and 11 motorcycles.

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In Michigan
6:12 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Police to unveil Detroit's new crime-fighting plan

DETROIT – New Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans will detail the city's latest plan to cut down on crime and gun violence.

Evans, along with local county sheriffs, the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, Michigan State Police and other members of a regional task force, is expected to unveil the initiative Wednesday morning.

Detroit is among the nation's leading cities in homicide and violent crime rates. Evans estimates that as many as six shootings occur each day in Detroit, and has said he wants to assign more officers to high-crime areas.

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Sports
5:57 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Lugnuts beat Silver Hawks

SOUTH BEND, IN – The Lansing Lugnuts ended a six-game losing streak with a 4-0 shutout of the South Bend Silver Hawks last night at Coveleski Stadium. The Lugnuts and Silver Hawks play the second game of their four-game series tonight at 7:00 p.m.

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Sports
5:54 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Nolan keys fourth-quarter rally to lift Shock

WASHINGTON – Deanna Nolan scored 23 points, including the basket that put Detroit ahead for good, and the Shock beat the Washington Mystics 81-77 Tuesday night.

Taj McWilliams had 17 points and 13 rebounds, rookie Shavonte Zellous added 16 points and the Shock (9-12) won for the third time in four games. Detroit's loss in that stretch was a four-point defeat last Friday at the Verizon Center.

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Sports
5:51 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Tigers lose to, and brawl with, Boston

BOSTON – Mike Lowell, who entered the game after Kevin Youkilis was ejected for charging the mound and inciting a bench-clearing scuffle, hit two home runs to lead the Boston Red
Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

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