Sports
7:18 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Steelers beat Lions 28-20 for 2nd straight win

DETROIT – Ben Roethlisberger had a season-high three touchdowns passes and the Pittsburgh Steelers held on to beat the Detroit Lions 28-20 Sunday, winning two straight for the first time this season.

The Steelers (3-2) went ahead on Rashard Mendenhall's TD run midway through the first quarter and took a 15-point lead in the third on Roethlisberger's 47-yard pass to rookie Mike Wallace.

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Sports
7:12 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Gordon, Stuckey help Pistons over Hawks

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Ben Gordon scored 22 points and Rodney Stuckey added 20 as the new-look Detroit Pistons remained undefeated in the preseason with a 100-91 victory over the Atlanta
Hawks on Sunday night.

The Pistons are now 3-0 even though Charlie Villanueva (hamstring) has yet to play. Richard Hamilton and Will Bynum combined for 26 more points, helping Detroit overcome just eight points from its starting frontcourt.

Marvin Williams led the Hawks (1-1) with 19 points, while Othello Hunter had 14 and rookie Jeff Teague scored 12.

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In Michigan
6:15 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Education reform conference committee could be close

LANSING, MI – The chairs of state House and Senate Education Committees are working to reach consensus on reform plans. A key difference right now is the urgency of getting something done quickly.

The Senate Education Committee began discussing the House education reform plan last week.

Democratic House Education Committee Chairman Tim Melton said, "I'm thrilled that they're finally moving the ball down the court."

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Sports
5:03 pm
Sat October 10, 2009

Spartans run past Illiniois 24-14

Champiagn Ill. – CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Keith Nichol threw for 179 yards in his first start to lead Michigan State to a 24-14 win over Illinois on Saturday.Larry Caper rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown for Michigan State (3-3, 2-1). Glenn Winston ran for 69 yards and a score in the first half before leaving with a knee injury.

Nichol, a sophomore, started in place of Drew Cousins, who entered the game late. Nichol was 13-for-25 with an interception.

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In Michigan
6:40 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

Mich. officials say 12 infected with salmonella

LANSING, MI – State officials say an outbreak of salmonella linked to alfalfa sprouts has sickened 12 people in Michigan, with two cases requiring hospitalization.

The Michigan Departments of Agriculture and Community Health issued a public-health alert Friday warning residents to avoid eating raw alfalfa sprouts until the outbreak's origin can be determined.

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In Michigan
6:36 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

MI winter home heating costs expected to be lower

LANSING, MI – Home heating costs this winter are expected to be lower than last year for many Michigan households because of a drop in natural gas prices and the probability of a
warmer winter.

The Michigan Public Service Commission issued its winter energy
appraisal Friday.

It says residential natural gas prices are expected to average
12%-16% lower than last year, although some of those savings won't be realized if several utilities raise their rates.

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

Legislature passes K-12 budget

LANSING, MI – The state Legislature worked until midnight Thursday night to pass the K-through-12 schools budget. The budget needed to be approved this week in order to avoid losing millions of dollars from the federal government, and to insure schools continue getting checks.

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Top Stories
6:12 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

MI legislature turns focus to revenue

LANSING, MI – State lawmakers have approved the budget for this fiscal year, but now they must discuss revenue options to fill some of the holes created by deep cuts.

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Through months of budget negotiations, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop has remained committed to a plan that balanced the budget with cuts alone.

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Sports
6:02 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

Red Wings forward Johan Franzen out 4 months

Detroit, MI – DETROIT (AP) Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen is out for at least four months with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

The club announced the injury Friday.

The team says Franzen was injured in Thursday night's 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Franzen scored the game-winning goal in the second period of Detroit's home opener.

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In Michigan
2:45 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

Public disclosure comes with Mich. schools budget

LANSING, MI – Michigan's public schools will be required to make more of their financial information available on the Internet under terms of a budget bill that soon will be signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

The K-12 schools bill cuts funding by the equivalent of $165 per student. Schools will get about 3 percent less money overall this academic year than during 2008-09.

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