Sports
6:55 am
Wed October 7, 2009

Tigers blow game, division against Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – Misplayed flyballs, poor baserunning, squandered at-bats.

The Detroit Tigers put a fitting end to a historic collapse by committing every blunder imaginable in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday that cost them their first division title since 1987.

The Tigers held a seven-game lead on the Twins on Sept. 6, but limped to an 11-16 finish that made them the first team since 1901 to miss out on the playoffs after holding a three-game lead with four to play.

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In Michigan
6:28 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

Mich. House votes to suspend income tax exemption

LANSING, MI – The Democratic-led state House has voted to suspend an inflationary increase in the personal exemption on Michigan's income tax to help avoid deeper spending cuts in state government.

A bill approved Tuesday 58-51 mostly along party lines would save roughly $55 million in the new budget year. The legislation next will be considered by the Republican-controlled Senate.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

Lansing clean coal rally draws huge crowd

LANSING, MI – A huge crowd gathered on the state Capitol lawn Wednesday to call on state regulators to approve permits for new coal-fired power plants.

Most of the men wore hardhats and work boots. They say new power plants would create new construction jobs.

The state will have lost an estimated one-million jobs by the end of next year. House Speaker Andy Dillon says part of that job loss comes from Governor Granholm blocking construction of more coal plants.

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Watch Video
5:00 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

Orquesta Ritmo | BackStage Pass

Big band salsa from Michigan, a dance favorite led by Mike Eyia.

Originally aired 10/6/09

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

House passes new revenues

LANSING, MI – The state House was locked from the inside Tuesday night as lawmakers debated tax hikes proposed by Democrats. Lawmakers passed a 3% tax on physicians, intended to backfill cuts to Medicaid.

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In Michigan
1:04 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

K-12 Education Budget May Be Near

LANSING (MI) – House and Senate leaders at the state Capitol say they are close to a deal on a K-12 schools budget. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says the Senate will either adopt a budget on Wednesday, or approve a temporary spending plan that will allow schools to receive federal funds and state aid payments. There has been no schools budget since the state's new fiscal year began six days ago.


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In Michigan
6:53 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Investment adviser sentenced in fraud case

MASON, MI – A Lansing-area investment adviser accused of defrauding investors of hundreds of thousands of dollars has been sentenced to five to 30 years in prison.

Ingham County Circuit Judge Joyce Draganchuk also ordered Jeffrey Sadlak of Delta Township to pay $487,384 in restitution to his victims.

Draganchuk said during Monday's sentencing hearing: "I think our prison space is very, very well-used with your person being in it, Mr. Sadlak."

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In Michigan
6:48 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Deal in place for group to buy Michigan dunes

SAUGATUCK, MI – A conservation group has agreed to buy 171 acres of Lake Michigan shoreline sand dunes in Saugatuck from Aubrey McClendon, co-owner of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Land Conservancy of West Michigan has been working with The Nature Conservancy and the city of Saugatuck to acquire the property. The cost would be about $23.2 million.

The deal hinges on getting a $12.6 million state grant in early December. Contributions would cover the rest.

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In Michigan
6:46 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Governor pressing lawmakers to support revenue

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is lobbying lawmakers to approve new revenue to backfill big budget cuts in bills sent to her last week by the Legislature. The governor says she will veto many parts of those budgets if lawmakers don't approve more revenue.

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In Michigan
6:45 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Legislative leaders say K-12 budget deal near

LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol, House and Senate leaders say they're close to a deal on K-12 schools spending. The state's been operating without a K-12 budget since the new fiscal year began on Thursday. That's put federal school funds and state aid payments at risk.

The House and the Senate have split on how much money the state will cut from K-12 schools this year. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says funding for schools has been delayed for too long.

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