In Michigan
7:04 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Group sues to get election proposal on Nov. ballot

DETROIT – A judge has scheduled a hearing on a lawsuit aimed at forcing the Detroit city clerk to place a proposal to elect council members by district on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Wayne County Circuit Court by Detroiters for City Council by Districts. It says Clerk Janice Winfrey "has been hampered" by the current city council, which refuses to draft ballot language for the proposal.

Judge Virgil Smith hears the case at 11 a.m. Friday.

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In Michigan
7:03 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Senate OKs more than $18M for Michigan projects

DETROIT – A federal spending bill includes $18 million for 14 Michigan projects, including $5 million for a commuter rail line serving Detroit, Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Ann Arbor.

The bill for fiscal 2010 covers the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments.

Democratic Michigan U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin say the next-largest appropriation is $3 million to replace the bridge carrying Wadhams Road over the Black River in St. Clair County.

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In Michigan
5:47 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Budget cuts force Detroit office closings Friday

DETROIT – Several city offices are closing with the first of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's 26 budget-mandated unpaid furlough days for nonunion workers and appointees.

Bing's office says Friday's closings include administrative hearings, the Detroit Building Authority, Cable Communications Commission, Environmental Affairs, Targeted Business Development, and Jobs and Business Development.

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Sports
5:43 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Lions get extension to sell 1,700 tix by Friday

ALLEN PARK, MI – The Detroit Lions say the NFL gave them an extension to sell out their home opener against the Minnesota Vikings to avoid a blackout.

The Lions said Thursday they have 1,700 tickets to sell by 1 p.m. Friday for the game to be on TV in the Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw-Flint and Toledo, Ohio, markets.

Detroit had 50 straight sell-outs at Ford Field until Oct. 26, 2008, when it played Washington. The Lions failed to sell out other games later in the season en route to setting an NFL mark with the first 0-16 season.

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Sports
5:41 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Tigers lose to Royals again

DETROIT – Zack Greinke boosted his Cy Young credentials and stalled the Detroit Tigers.

Greinke lowered his major league-leading ERA to 2.14 with five scoreless innings Thursday in the Kansas City Royals' 9-2 victory.

Greinke (14-8) allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked two. He has allowed only one earned run in his past four starts, lowering his ERA from 2.43.

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In Michigan
6:06 pm
Thu September 17, 2009

Legislative leaders make plans for temporary budget

LANSING, MI – Budget negotiations continued for another day at the state Capitol. Lawmakers are starting to make fallback plans in case there's no deal before the deadline that's less than two weeks away.

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In Michigan
9:27 am
Thu September 17, 2009

House passes state police budget

LANSING, MI – The state House passed a state police budget that would restore the jobs of about half the state troopers who were laid off because of budget cuts. The bill had been stagnant since June.

While the lawmakers all agreed it would be good to fund those jobs, the debate quickly turned to the new, empty state police headquarters in Lansing.
Many Republicans would like to sell the building because they say it's too small and too expensive.

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In Michigan
9:26 am
Thu September 17, 2009

H1N1 vaccine may be available in Lansing sooner

LANSING, MI – Ingham County's top health official says swine flu vaccine could now arrive in Lansing in early October. Original estimates targeted the middle of the month.

Ingham County Medical Director Doctor Dean Sienko says the situation is changing constantly and that officials are keeping close tabs on some parts of the country:

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Sports
5:55 am
Thu September 17, 2009

Red Wings beat Flyers 3-1 in pre-season opener

DETROIT – Kris Draper, Jamie Tardif and Jeremy Williams scored to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night in the pre-season opener for both teams.

Red Wings' starting goalie Jimmy Howard made six saves in a little over 30 minutes and Daniel Larsson stopped 14 shots.

James Van Riemsdyk scored for Philadelphia and Flyers' goalie Ray Emery made 23 saves in two periods. Brian Boucher stopped eight shots.


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Sports
5:54 am
Thu September 17, 2009

Ernie Harwell thanks Tigers fans at Comerica Park

DETROIT – Ernie Harwell has said a goodbye of sorts to the Detroit Tigers' fans.

The long-time radio play-by-play man humbly waved to the crowd at Comerica Park on Wednesday night after thanking them for their "devotion, support, loyalty and love." Harwell was the voice of the Tigers for more than 40 years.

He spoke halfway through the third inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals.

Harwell drew loud ovations before and after he came to the batter's box to speak.

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