Sports
6:28 am
Tue October 20, 2009

Lions optimistic they will be healthy after bye

ALLEN PARK, MI – Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz says he is optimistic his banged-up team will be at full strength after their bye.

Schwartz said Monday that quarterback Matthew Stafford is doing everything possible to return and the team is doing what it can to get him back on the field.

The No. 1 pick in the NFL did not play for the second straight game because of an injured right knee on Sunday when Detroit was blanked by the Green Bay Packers 26-0.

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Sports
6:26 am
Tue October 20, 2009

AP source: Detroit Shock are moving to Tulsa

UNDATED – A Detroit Shock official says the WNBA team is moving to Tulsa, Okla.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Monday because he was not authorized to make the announcement.

Detroit made its debut in the league in 1998 and won titles in 2008, 2006 and 2003. The Shock lost last month to the Indiana Fever in the Eastern Conference finals after rallying to earn a playoff spot.


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In Michigan
6:17 am
Tue October 20, 2009

Standish council pulls up Guantanamo welcome mat

STANDISH, MI – The Standish City Council has pulled up the welcome mat for a proposal to house Guantanamo Bay prisoners in the northern Michigan community.

A soon-to-close state prison in Standish has been mentioned as one possible site for prisoners from the U.S. base in Cuba. Standish is about 120 miles north-northwest of Detroit.

The council was considering a resolution expressing interest in housing detainees at the prison. The commission for surrounding Arenac County has endorsed the idea.

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In Michigan
6:14 am
Tue October 20, 2009

MI doctors rally against physicians' tax

LANSING, MI – Several hundred doctors rallied at the state Capitol Tuesday against a tax on physicians. A proposed 3% tax on doctors' earnings would draw down three times as much in federal funds for Medicaid.

Doctor Cheryl Gibson Fountain treats Medicaid patients in Detroit. She says many Medicaid doctors don't believe they'll see big boosts in their rates. And she says the tax will discourage doctors from locating in Michigan.

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In Michigan
6:13 am
Tue October 20, 2009

ICHD calls swine flu poll "very discouraging"

LANSING, MI – Ingham County health officials say they're "very discouraged" by a recent poll that indicates few people may get vaccinated against the swine flu. On Monday a survey of 600 Michigan voters by Lansing polling firm EPIC/MRA showed only 30% have received or plan to get the H1N1 vaccine. Marcus Cheatham is a spokesman for the Ingham County Health Department. He says parents don't understand that H1N1 poses a greater threat to children than the seasonal flu.

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In Focus Today
6:11 pm
Mon October 19, 2009

Michigan budget's almost done, but the fight over revenue isn't over

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Mon October 19, 2009

EPIC-MRA poll: 7 of 10 MI voters don't plan swine flu shot

DETROIT, MI – A poll says seven of 10 Michigan voters aren't planning to get the swine flu vaccine or are unsure.

The poll released Monday by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA says 30% of respondents have gotten or plan to get the vaccine for the 2009 H1N1 flu that's causing widespread disease in 41 states.

Those findings compare with 57% who have gotten or plan to get the regular seasonal flu shot.

EPIC-MRA polled 600 likely voters between Oct. 11 and Thursday. Results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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In Michigan
4:40 pm
Mon October 19, 2009

Lansing schools announce H1N1 clinics

LANSING, MI – The Lansing School District says H1N1 flu vaccinations for students will begin Monday, November 2. The Ingham County Health Department will conduct several clinics throughout the district through November 12. Lansing School District spokesperson Steve Serkaian says parents of younger children in particular need to be involved:

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In Michigan
4:11 pm
Mon October 19, 2009

Granholm to sign K-12 budget

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is expected to sign the K-12 school budget Monday or Tuesday. That will allow the quarterly school aid payments to go out on time, but the debate over school funding is far from over.

Michigan has has been without a school budget since the state's new fiscal year started October first. That's already delayed payments of federal funds for special education and school lunches.

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Top Stories
4:10 pm
Mon October 19, 2009

Michigan limits mercury from coal-fired plants

LANSING, MI – A new Michigan state regulation requires coal-fired power plants
to reduce mercury emissions 90% by 2015.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced the rule Monday. Michigan is the 19th state to limit mercury from coal-burning electricity generators.

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