In Michigan
6:24 pm
Wed July 8, 2009

Mich. man told Granholm recall language invalid

LANSING, MI – Paul Piche failed to get language approved for a petition recalling Gov. Jennifer Granholm. But he plans to try again.

The Ingham County Election Commission voted 3-0 Wednesday to turn down the petition language, saying it wasn't sufficiently clear. Piche says he plans to refile a new petition with different language.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Wed July 8, 2009

Obama to hold Mich. town hall meeting on July 14

LANSING, MI – The city of Warren, hard-hit by auto industry downsizing, will be the site of President Barack Obama's visit to Michigan next Tuesday.

The White House released the information Wednesday. No additional details were given.

Obama has not visited the state since he held campaign rallies in East Lansing and Grand Rapids last October. He plans to hold a town hall-style meeting to talk to Michigan families about their concerns and his policies during his first Michigan stop as president.

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In Michigan
6:11 pm
Wed July 8, 2009

Measure would force review of municipal finances

DETROIT, MI – Local governments facing financial hardship could be required to have their books reviewed by the state - under legislation set for introduction in the state House.

AUDIO:
The state can already step in when a city faces financial trouble - as it has with Hamtramck, Highland Park, Flint and now Pontiac.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Wed July 8, 2009

Michigan Court of Appeals rules against Wayne County

EAST LANSING, MI – The Michigan Court of Appeals says a public agency is not immune from lawsuits when its employees use their authority to hurt someone.

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In Michigan
4:12 pm
Wed July 8, 2009

Michigan attorney general eyes Medicaid fraud unit

LANSING, MI – Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox wants the state to create an independent office to investigate Medicaid fraud.

Cox on Wednesday backed bills being drafted by Republican lawmakers in the Michigan Legislature. The bills would create an office with powers to oversee and audit Medicaid systems and records separate from the state's Department of Community Health.

Cox says that would lead to better enforcement and discovery of fraud, potentially saving the state more than $100 million a year.

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In Michigan
11:19 am
Wed July 8, 2009

Astin Starring In "Bluff" At Boarshead Theatre

John Astin, in Lansing to star in the Boarshead Theatre production of \"Bluff\"
Boarshead Theatre

LANSING, MI – John Astin has been a star since he brought the character of Gomez Addams to life on the 60's TV show "The Addams Family."

His lengthy resume has branched off from the stage and screen to the classroom in recent years. He's on the faculty at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, helping shape the school's theater program.

Astin is in Lansing to perform in "Bluff" Wednesday night through July 26th at the BoarsHead Theatre.

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In Michigan
5:56 am
Wed July 8, 2009

Cox calls for Medicaid auditor

EAST LANSING, MI – AUDIO:
Attorney General Mike Cox is calling for the creation of a new, independent state agency to root out fraud and corruption in the Medicaid program.

The Republican attorney general and candidate for governor says six other states have named a Medicaid inspector general to search through Medicaid records to weed out abuse, fraud, and waste.

Michigan spends about a billion dollars a year on Medicaid.

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Sports
5:53 am
Wed July 8, 2009

Lugnuts fall to Silver Hawks

LANSING, MI – The South Bend Silver Hawks beat the Lansing Lugnuts yesterday 5-3 at Oldsmobile Park. The Lugnuts next head out on the road for a three-game series at Quad Cities followed by a three-game set in Burlington. Tonight's game against the River Bandits starts at 8.

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Sports
5:47 am
Wed July 8, 2009

AP Source: Pistons, Johnson end coaching talks

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Detroit and Avery Johnson have ended talks about filling the Pistons' head coaching vacancy.

The person, who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the talks were private, says the two sides could not agree on the length of a contract and the salary.

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Sports
5:46 am
Wed July 8, 2009

Tigers' Verlander strikes out 11 in win vs. Royals

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - Marcus Thames hit a three-run homer to power Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers to an 8-5 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Verlander (9-4) struck out 11 Tuesday night to run his AL-best total to 141, the most by a Detroit pitcher before the All-Star game in 37 years. He gave up five runs and seven hits over six innings.

Miguel Cabrera and Placido Polanco also homered for the Tigers.

Three relievers combined for two innings to set up Fernando Rodney's 18th save in 18 chances.

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