In Michigan
5:12 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

GM to let customers return cars for full refund

DETROIT, MI – General Motors Co. says it will allow new car buyers to return their vehicles within 2 months of purchasing them for a full refund if they're not satisfied.

The program is part of a sweeping, new marketing campaign, called "May the Best Car Win."

The automaker says it will help prove that its vehicles are competitive when it comes to quality and performance.

GM will allow customers who purchase a new vehicle between Sept. 14 and Nov. 30 to return it for a refund within 31 to 60 days from the date of purchase.

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Sports
12:52 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

Predictions of Earle episode 2

Sports Talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson

East Lansing, MI – WKAR sports talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson gives his fearless predictions as well as previewing the Michigan State Central Michigan matchup

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In Michigan
9:31 am
Thu September 10, 2009

Lansing, Ingham human services launch e-card system

LANSING, MI – City and county human service workers start a computerized system Thursday to improve services to the area's homeless population.

About 40 community organizations will offer assistance at "Project Homeless Connect" and for the first time some recipients will use an identification card with a bar code.

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In Michigan
7:15 am
Thu September 10, 2009

Detroit plans to lay off more than 100 bus drivers

DETROIT – Detroit's mayor says city bus service will continue Saturdays and Sundays, but some routes will be cut and 113 drivers will be laid off.

Dave Bing told City Council on Wednesday the changes will take effect effective Sept. 26 as the city faces a $300 million budget deficit. Route changes will be announced Thursday. He says cutting weekend service was never seriously considered.

Bing also told the council tentative agreements are in place with some municipal unions, but only one has ratified a contract.

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In Michigan
7:13 am
Thu September 10, 2009

Tentative deal reached in Oakland Univ. strike

ROCHESTER, MI – Facing a possible back-to-work order by a judge later in the day, striking professors will go back to the their classrooms at a suburban Detroit university, as a tentative three-year agreement was reached early Thursday morning.

A statement posted on Oakland University's Web site says terms of the deal won't be available until its ratified by the American Association of University Professors, but fall semester classes are expected to begin Thursday morning.

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Sports
5:42 am
Thu September 10, 2009

Lynx fight off late Shock rally to win 75-72

MINNEAPOLIS – Anna Montanana's putback with 28.6 seconds capped her career night and gave the playoff-hopeful Minnesota Lynx a 75-72 victory over the Detroit Shock on Wednesday night.

Reeling from the Shock's 13-0, fourth-quarter run, the Lynx bounced back and scored nine straight points to seal the victory.

Montanana, Renee Montgomery and Rashanda McCants all scored 12 points for the Lynx - Montanana's mark a career high.

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Sports
5:38 am
Thu September 10, 2009

Tejeda, Butler lead KC past Detroit 5-1

KANSAS CITY, MO – Robinson Tejeda tossed six shutout innings to outpitch Justin Verlander, Billy Butler hit three doubles and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on
Wednesday night for their first three-game winning streak since July.

Butler picked up his club-record fourth three-double game of the season and fifth consecutive multihit game. The first baseman's emergence has been one of the few bright spots in Kansas City's otherwise dismal season.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

GOP leader says prospects for shutdown growing

LANSING, MI – The state House Republican leader says the odds of a state government shutdown increase dramatically each week there's not a budget deal in Lansing. The deadline for wrapping up the budget is September 30.

Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer says the budget plan just made public by Governor Granholm this week represents progress. But he says Republicans still think it relies too heavily on tax hikes and stimulus funds that add to the federal deficit.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

More talks ordered in Oakland Univ. profs strike

ROCHESTER, MI – A judge has ordered around-the-clock negotiations between Oakland University and a union as part of an effort to resolve a nearly weeklong strike by the school's
professors.

Oakland County Circuit Judge Edward Sosnick on Wednesday said that if an agreement can't be reached by 10 a.m. Thursday he'll hold a hearing on the school's request for a back-to-work order for professors.

The strike has delayed the start of classes for 18,000 students.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

PSC sees no increase in state electricity demand

LANSING, MI – A report by a state agency says there will be no new demand for electricity in Michigan until 2022.

The Michigan Public Service Commission says proposed new coal plants by Consumers Energy and Wolverine Power are unnecessary and unjustified.

But their report also says Consumer's plant near Bay City might be needed if the utility first closes one of its old coal-fired plants.

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