In Michigan
6:45 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Legislative leaders say K-12 budget deal near

LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol, House and Senate leaders say they're close to a deal on K-12 schools spending. The state's been operating without a K-12 budget since the new fiscal year began on Thursday. That's put federal school funds and state aid payments at risk.

The House and the Senate have split on how much money the state will cut from K-12 schools this year. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says funding for schools has been delayed for too long.

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In Michigan
6:05 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Wayne St. prof runs for Mich. secretary of state

LANSING, MI – A Wayne State University assistant law professor is announcing her candidacy to become Michigan's next secretary of state.

Democrat Joceyln Benson is making stops Tuesday in Detroit and Lansing, followed by Wednesday visits to Flint and Grand Rapids.

Benson helped develop the Democratic National Committee's first nationwide "election protection" program in 2004.

The Harvard law graduate has written a book about democracy and state-level secretaries of state to be published later in the year. She lives in Detroit.

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In Michigan
5:48 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Bing says AFSCME given city's final contract offer

DETROIT – Mayor Dave Bing says little progress has been made in negotiations with the city's largest union over a 10-percent pay cut and other concessions.

Bing met several hours Monday with negotiators for the 3,500-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

The Detroit News reports that Bing says he may have to lay off more workers after the city presented its final offer to the union. Bing says the concessions are needed to help trim a $300 million budget deficit.

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Sports
5:42 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Lions say Stafford is day to day with knee injury

ALLEN PARK, MI – Lions coach Jim Schwartz says Matthew Stafford is day to day with a knee injury.

Schwartz refused to say Monday whether Stafford's right kneecap was dislocated, adding "we'll know more," on Wednesday.

Stafford, the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, had the knee twisted on a sack in Sunday's 48-24 loss against the Chicago Bears. Daunte Culpepper replaced Stafford on the Detroit's next possession, and Stafford got the knee wrapped on the sideline.

Detroit (1-3) hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) on Sunday.


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Sports
5:40 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Game No. 163 (again): Twins host Tigers for title

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins seem to think that 162 regular-season games aren't enough.

The Twins will host the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday in a tiebreaker for the American League Central title and a trip the playoffs. It is the second straight season that the Twins have needed a 163rd game to finish the season.

The Twins lost a playoff to the White Sox in Chicago last year. But they get homefield advantage in the Metrodome this time around.

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Sports
5:38 am
Tue October 6, 2009

New-look Pistons beat Heat, 87-83

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Will Bynum scored 15 points and the new-look Detroit Pistons got off to a successful start with a 87-83 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night in the pre-season
opener for both teams.

Dwyane Wade led Miami with 18 points.

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

Detroit papers raise daily newsstand price

DETROIT, MI – The newsstand price of The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press has doubled to $1, the first increase since 2003.

The change covers papers sold Monday through Saturday at coin boxes or at retailers. The $1.50 price of the Sunday edition of the Free Press won't change in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, although some dealers must stop selling it for $1.

The News doesn't publish a print edition on Sunday. Home delivery prices aren't changing.

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In Michigan
6:14 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

Lansing airport adds Minneapolis route

LANSING, MI – Lansing's Capital Region International Airport is resuming flight service to Minneapolis.

Delta Air Lines has announced plans to add direct flights to and from Minneapolis beginning in January. The service had been dropped in August.

The Lansing State Journal reports that the Lansing to Minneapolis departure will be at 7:25 am. Flights from Minneapolis to Lansing will arrive at about 10 pm.

Delta is also resuming a 5:40 am flight to Detroit Metropolitan Airport in November.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

Lansing focuses on revenue discussion

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is getting ready to veto some parts of budgets passed by the Legislature. State lawmakers are discussing new revenue options. The Democratic-controlled House could start voting on new taxes and fees to help balance the budget as early as Tuesday.

House Majority Floor Leader Kathy Angerer.

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In Michigan
5:16 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

Supreme Court to take up credit scoring controversy

LANSING, MI – The state Supreme Court opens its new session Tuesday with a hearing on whether insurance companies can use their customers' credit scores to help set their rates.

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