Sports
6:27 am
Mon September 28, 2009

Quentin, Hudson lead White Sox over Tigers 8-4

CHICAGO – Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer in his second straight game, rookie Daniel Hudson earned his first major league victory and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 8-4 Sunday for their third win in 11 games.

Hudson (1-1) outpitched All-Star Edwin Jackson (13-8) over six solid innings, and Quentin broke it open with a drive to right that capped a four-run eighth and made it 8-2.

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Sports
6:25 am
Mon September 28, 2009

Lions beat Redskins 19-14 and end 19-game skid

DETROIT – The Detroit Lions ended their 19-game losing streak by holding off the Washington Redskins 19-14 Sunday.

Matthew Stafford threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Bryant Johnson in the first quarter and the two connected to draw a key penalty to set up a TD in the fourth quarter.

The Lions (1-2) had not won since Dec. 23, 2007 and their skid matched the second longest in NFL history.

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In Michigan
6:32 pm
Fri September 25, 2009

Republicans head to Mackinac Island

Lansing, MI – Some Republican lawmakers in Lansing will skip this weekend's GOP strategy conference on Mackinac Island. Both the House and Senate scheduled tentative sessions for this weekend as they close in on the final days before the budget deadline. The Legislature must pass a budget plan by Wednesday.

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In Michigan
6:27 pm
Fri September 25, 2009

Senate approves temporary budget as deadline draws closer

Lansing, MI – The Legislature is expected to work into the weekend to try and wrap up the state budget. At the same time, lawmakers are making emergency plans in case they can't reach a deal before the October first.

State Senate Republicans muscled through a 30-day interim budget that includes the big cuts they want to part of a final budget deal that does not raise taxes.

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In Michigan
1:03 pm
Fri September 25, 2009

Budget negotiations drag into another day

LANSING, MI – Lawmakers return to the state Capitol for a rare Friday session to try and break a budget deadlock. The Legislature met all day Thursday, but made little progress.

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Top Stories
12:16 pm
Fri September 25, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE: Senate approves interim budget

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
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Lansing, MI – The state Senate has approved an interim budget in case an agreement is not reached five days from now. The Senate version of a one-month temporary budget reflects a 25 percent rollback in spending levels.


WE'LL HAVE MORE on the state budget process later today. Check this website and listen to All Things Considered with Gretchen Millich, starting at 4 p.m.

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In Michigan
8:41 am
Fri September 25, 2009

Spending caps are off in MI GOP gubernatorial race

LANSING, MI – Michigan's GOP gubernatorial candidates will be able to spend whatever they want on their primary campaigns.

Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder told state officials this month he's given his campaign at least $340,000.

The donation lifted the $2 million spending cap his opponents faced if they accepted public matching funds before the August 2010 primary.

Campaign spokesman Jake Suski won't say how much Snyder has given, but says the donation "shows his intention to win and reinvent Michigan."

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In Michigan
8:20 am
Fri September 25, 2009

MI Senate passes targeted budgets

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
WKAR Photo

LANSING, MI – The state Senate started voting on budgets Thursday night. But beyond that, not much forward progress was seen in budget negotiations at the state Capitol.

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Political differences and party lines were drawn as House and Senate conference committees dealing with Medicaid and local government revenue sharing made little or no movement toward an agreement.

House Speaker Andy Dillon.

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In Michigan
6:32 am
Fri September 25, 2009

Senate's OK of $400M Great Lakes bill draws praise

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - A leading environmental group is praising the U.S. Senate's approval of $400 million for cleaning up and restoring the Great Lakes.

The Senate passed the measure Thursday night as part of a $32 billion spending measure for the Interior Department for the budget year that starts next week.

It passed on a 77-21 vote, with Michigan Democrats Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow voting yes.

In June, the House approved $475 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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In Michigan
6:18 am
Fri September 25, 2009

Poll: Most voters like mix of cuts, tax increases

LANSING, MI – A new poll indicates about 6 of every 10 Michigan voters want lawmakers to use a combination of spending cuts and tax increases to balance the state's budget.

The survey released Thursday by EPIC-MRA of Lansing says a cuts-only approach was favored by about a quarter of respondents, while 5 percent said increases alone should be used.

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