Sports
4:59 pm
Sat September 5, 2009

Spartans victorious in opening game

East Lansing, MI – In front of the second largest opening game crowd in Spartan Stadium history, Michigan State opened up their season in grand fashion with a 44-3 victory over Montana State.

Starting quarterback Kirk Cousins was very productive going 10-17 for 183 yards and 3 touchdowns. Back up for this game Kieth Nichol made his presence felt as well going 9-18 for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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In Michigan
6:22 pm
Fri September 4, 2009

Tigers announcer Harwell says he has incurable cancer

DETROIT, MI – Longtime Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell says he has inoperable cancer but is in good spirits and appreciates the good wishes he's received from hundreds of fans.

The 91-year-old Baseball Hall of Famer spent 42 of his 55 years as a broadcaster calling Tigers games.

Harwell told The Associated Press on Friday he began feeling bad earlier this summer. After a number of tests, doctors days ago advised him against surgery. He has a tumor near a bile duct.

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Fri September 4, 2009

Report says wage disparity growing between white and black workers

LANSING, MI – A report released Friday says there is a long-term trend of lower unemployment among African-Americans in Michigan. But it says there is a growing disparity in the earnings of black workers compared to white workers.

The Michigan League for Human Services examined employment and wage data going back to 1979. It found inflation-adjusted wages have declined overall. But the decline was 6% for white workers, while it was almost 25% for black workers.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Fri September 4, 2009

Thousands of state employees idled by unpaid furlough day

LANSING, MI – Friday began a four-day weekend for 13,400 state workers. It is the sixth and final unpaid furlough day they've been forced to take this summer to save the state $22 million.

State troopers, prison guards, public health workers, and unemployment claims operators are exempt from the furloughs.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Fri September 4, 2009

Dillon taking more heat from Mich. union leaders

LANSING, MI – The top Democrat in the Michigan Legislature continues to take heat from labor unions over his proposal to consolidate public employee health benefit plans across the state.

House Speaker Andy Dillon says the health care plan could save taxpayers about $900 million a year once fully implemented, mostly by cutting administrative costs and increasing buying power through pooling. But unions representing public employees consider the proposal an assault on collective bargaining and say it could lead to reduced benefits for workers.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Fri September 4, 2009

Hoyer, Schauer discuss healthcare with GM and other local companies

DELTA TWP, MICHIGAN – United States House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer was in Lansing today to talk with labor and union leaders about the national healthcare proposals. The Maryland Democrat toured General Motor's Delta Assembly plant before sitting down with plant officials to discuss what healthcare changes would benefit GM and its workers.

Hoyer says the national healthcare proposals being debated in Washington would make American companies more globally competitive.

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In Michigan
7:37 am
Fri September 4, 2009

Reports: Announcer Harwell has incurable cancer

UNDATED – Longtime broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who spent 42 of his 55 years as a broadcaster calling Detroit Tigers games, has been diagnosed with an incurable cancer, several media outlets reported Thursday.

The 91-year-old Harwell, who was in the Tigers' broadcast booth from 1960 until he retired in 2002, remains upbeat after an inoperable tumor was found in the area of the bile duct.

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Sports
5:47 am
Fri September 4, 2009

Lugnuts lose to Whitecaps again

LANSING, MI – The West Michigan Whitecaps beat the Lansing Lugnuts 5-3 last night at Oldsmobile Park. The Lugnuts play their final home game of the 2009 season tonight at 7:05 p. m.

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Sports
5:45 am
Fri September 4, 2009

Stafford still lacks finish in Lions 17-6 win

ORCHARD PARK, NY – Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford closed the pre-season much like he opened it: by showing plenty of promise but little finish.

The same goes for the Buffalo Bills offense, which could certainly use a healthy Terrell Owens to help it find the end zone following a 17-6 loss to Detroit in each team's pre-season finale Thursday night.

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Sports
5:41 am
Fri September 4, 2009

Polanco leads Tigers past Indians

DETROIT – Placido Polanco hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

The Tigers completed a three-game sweep and increased their lead in the AL Central to five games over the idle Twins.

Ryan Raburn led off the Detroit 10th with a double. Rafael Perez (4-3) then intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera and issued an unintentional free pass to Magglio Ordonez. Polanco followed with a fly ball to center and Raburn scored standing up.

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