In Michigan
6:32 am
Mon September 7, 2009

Librarians to rally against Granholm plan Thursday

LANSING, MI – Librarians opposed to Gov. Jennifer Granholm's plan to dismantle the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries will rally Thursday near the state Capitol in Lansing on the eve of a deadline to kill the measure.

They tell The Grand Rapids Press that dispersing the department's functions among a half-dozen other state agencies makes questionable financial sense while dealing a heavy blow to invaluable public resources.

Grand Rapids Public Library Director Marcia Warner says the moves would create lots of new expenses.

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In Michigan
6:26 am
Mon September 7, 2009

Education Committee chairmen to meet with state school board

LANSING, MI – The chairmen of the state Senate and House education committees will meet with the school board this week in Lansing. They are expected to pitch their ideas for major statewide education reform.

The meeting won't produce any decisions or votes on reform, but it will kick off a process to find middle ground on the House and Senate plans.

House Education committee chairman Tim Melton says, "It's just to lay out our visions and see where they stand on some of this stuff."

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Sports
5:32 am
Mon September 7, 2009

Braxton, Zellous help Shock toward playoffs

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Kara Braxton scored 17 points and fellow reserve Shavonte Zellous added 16 to help the Detroit Shock win their third straight game, beating the Chicago Sky 84-75 Sunday
night.

The win moved the Shock (16-15) over .500 for the first time this season, and put them 1 1/2 games ahead of Chicago, Washington and Connecticut for the third playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Shyra Ely and Candice Dupree finished with 18 each for Chicago, which fell to 15-17.

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Sports
5:30 am
Mon September 7, 2009

Inge hits grand slam in 9th inning, Tigers rally

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Brandon Inge hit a grand slam in the ninth inning and the Detroit Tigers picked apart Tampa Bay's bullpen and beat the Rays 5-3 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

After Rays starter Wade Davis pitched seven sharp innings in his major league debut, Detroit rallied against four relievers in the ninth. Inge capped the comeback, connecting with one out against Russ Springer (0-3) for his fifth career slam.

Edwin Jackson (12-6) allowed three runs and six hits in eight innings. Brandon Lyon pitched the ninth for his third save.

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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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