In Michigan
6:13 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Mich. high court considers new recusal rules

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Supreme Court is considering formal rules for when justices should step aside from hearing cases.

The disqualification issue has been a bone of contention for several years. The high court has an unwritten tradition that leaves it up to each justice to decide if he or she should recuse himself or herself.

Under one proposal, all the justices could review if a colleague should be disqualified. Another idea is letting justices decide for themselves as long as they give their reason in writing.

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Sports
6:00 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Michigan St. to start Cousins at QB in opener

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State has picked Kirk Cousins to start the season opener at quarterback Saturday against Montana State.

Coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday that Keith Nichol also will see action at quarterback in the first half.

Dantonio appears comfortable with both QBs but said Cousins is getting the nod because he has more experience in the Michigan State system.

Cousins completed 32 of 43 passes for 310 yards last season as a backup to Brian Hoyer. Cousins was named one of the team's captains for this season.

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In Michigan
5:52 am
Wed September 2, 2009

State House passes Wixom tax credit extension

WIXOM, MI – The state House has passed legislation that will extend $100 million in tax credits to turn the shuttered Ford plant in Wixom into a green technology center.

Ford plans to sell the property to companies that make solar panels and energy-saving batteries. This would be the first major overhaul of an auto plant to green technology. The Legislature must pass the tax credits before September 14th to insure the companies can secure federal loans.

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Sports
5:47 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Ford, Nolan lead Shock over Mercury

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Cheryl Ford had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Deanna Nolan scored 21 as the Detroit Shock kept their playoff hopes alive with a 101-99 victory over the Phoenix Mercury
on Tuesday night.

The Shock (14-15) are part of a five-way battle for the final three playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

Phoenix (20-10) got 25 points from Cappie Pondexter and 20 from Diana Taurasi.

The Shock led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, but Phoenix rallied to pull within 42-39 at the half.

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Sports
5:45 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Lugnuts lose to Silver Hawks, nearly out of playoff contention

SOUTH BEND, IN – The South Bend Silver Hawks nearly eliminated the playoff aspirations of the Lansing Lugnuts last night with a 6-3 victory. With the loss, the Lugnuts fell four games behind the Silver Hawks for the Eastern Division's final playoff spot with five games remaining in the season. The Lugnuts return home tonight to begin a three-game series at Oldsmobile Park against the West Michigan Whitecaps.

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Sports
5:35 am
Wed September 2, 2009

3 HRs lift Tigers past Indians, 8-5

DETROIT – Placido Polanco and Carlos Guillen homered on successive pitches and Brandon Inge also went deep, lifting the Detroit Tigers to an 8-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

Aubrey Huff added three RBIs for Detroit, which won its second straight.

Edwin Jackson (11-6) allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings, walking two and striking out six. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 30th save in 31 chances.

Andy Marte homered for Cleveland.

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In Michigan
6:09 pm
Tue September 1, 2009

Mich. gov to walk, not run, Labor Day bridge walk

LANSING, MI – For the first time in seven years, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm plans to walk rather than run across the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day.

The 50-year-old governor turned the holiday tradition on its head her first year in office, when she led off the 2003 crossing at a brisk walk and then broke into a jog. She ran most of the way, leaving puffing friends and aides in her wake and finishing the 5-mile trek in 47 minutes.

Last year, she finished in her best time ever: 35 minutes, 27 seconds.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Tue September 1, 2009

State: Saginaw homes no longer tainted with dioxin

SAGINAW, MI – State officials say there's no longer a public health hazard in a Saginaw residential area that had been contaminated with dioxin from a Dow Chemical Co. plant.

The Michigan Department of Community Health said Tuesday it has completed an evaluation of the neighborhood following a cleanup last year by contractors Dow hired.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Tue September 1, 2009

Groups say Mich. gov MIA on protecting the poor

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm in the past has championed a tax credit for the working poor and spoken passionately about protecting the state's neediest citizens. But social services groups say the Democratic governor hasn't spoken out loudly enough against some lawmakers' calls for cuts in welfare benefits and less money for a tax credit for low-income working families.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue September 1, 2009

Lansing City Council changes rules

LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council last night approved changes to the rules governing its meetings. The changes move open public comment time to the end of the meeting.

Council president Derrick Quinney says the changes will help improve the efficiency of the meetings. He says he's not sure if overall decorum will improve, saying that all the steps taken so far to fix that problem have not changed it.

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