OAKLAND, CA – Mark Ellis hit a two-run homer in his second game back from a two-month injury absence, and Ryan Sweeney homered and drove in two runs in the Oakland Athletics' 7-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.
Kurt Suzuki had a run-scoring double for the last-place A's, who snapped a five-game losing streak with a rare 11-hit effort from a club that's last in the AL in batting average, hits, total bases and homers.
LANSING, MI – The percentage of babies born out of wedlock in Michigan has gone up almost ten percent in the past 15 years. That's according to a new study released by Michigan League for Human Services.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholme is offering to lease prison space to California to help relieve a prison crowding crisis.
Two high-security facilities in Standish and Muskegon are among the prisons the state plans to close this summer. The state is reducing the number of people it incarcerates as part of Governor Granholm's plan to save money on corrections costs.
East Lansing, MI – More than two dozen East Lansing city employees will take voluntary furloughs over the next year. Their unpaid time off is in anticipation of possible state budget cuts.
AUDIO: The city of East Lansing begins its next fiscal year on Wednesday with a balanced budget. But officials say they're expecting big cuts in state revenue sharing so all nine of the city's department heads and 18 other employees will take five furlough days.
LANSING, MI – Arts advocates will meet in Lansing tonight to begin work on an economic development plan highlighting local cultural venues.
AUDIO: The Arts Council of Greater Lansing, the cities of Lansing and East Lansing, MSU and the state of Michigan are creating a plan to market the region's cultural resources. The project also seeks to encourage new entrepreneurs.
Arts Council executive director Leslie Donaldson says tonight's meeting will gather public input.