MIDLAND, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts finished out their series against the Great Lakes Loons with a victory on Sunday afternoon, closing out the first half of the Midwest League season with a close 9-8 win. The Lugnuts lost the first three games of the series. The Midwest League now breaks for its 2009 All-Star Game, held on Tuesday at Alliant Energy Field in Clinton, Iowa. Then the Lugnuts start the second half of the season at home on Thursday night with the opener of a four-game series against the Dayton Dragons.
AUBURN HILLS, MI – The Detroit Shock had a new coach and a returning All-Star, and it wasn't enough to beat the Indiana Fever.
Tamika Catchings scored 15 points Friday night and the Indiana Fever beat Detroit 66-54 in Rick Mahorn's debut as Shock coach.
"As a team, we anticipated an emotional game," said Katie Douglas, who added 13 points. "It's a big day for them having Mahorn Bill Laimbeer has been here for so long, that we knew they were going to come out with a lot of mixed emotions, and that we would have to weather the storm."
DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) Brandon Inge hit a three-run homer and Justin Verlander pitched into the eighth inning to help the Detroit Tigers sweep the Milwaukee Brewers with a 3-2 win Sunday.
Verlander (8-3), who no-hit the Brewers in his only other start against them, allowed two runs on five hits in 7 2-3 innings. He struck out eight while improving to 8-1 since April 27. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 14th straight save.
LANSING, MI – State lawmakers say struggling urban areas without grocery stores will have a hard time ever being revitalized. The state House Urban Policy Committee met Friday to hear testimony on the important role of supermarkets in cities.
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan still has the nation's highest jobless rate.
Michigan's unemployment rate in May was 14.1%. The US Department of Labor's ranking of states says that was the again the highest jobless rate in the U-S. It's a distinction Michigan's held for 25 of the past 26 months.
LANSING, MI – The developers of a nearly completed Michigan State Police headquarters aren't happy about lawmakers'efforts to back out of the deal.
The building's private owners said Friday it sends a "terrible message to anyone doing business with this state."
The Senate on Thursday passed a version of next year's state police budget that does not include the more than $3 million needed to pay rent on the building. Some lawmakers say that's all the state has to do to avoid moving into the $40 million building in January.
(Lansing, MI) – About 900 laid-off Lansing autoworkers will be returning to work in August.
Spokeswoman Heidi Magyar says strong sales of GM's three Lansing-made crossover vehicles prompted the return of the second shift to the Delta Township plant.
"Comparing May total sales with January total sales, the three products have increased more than 60 percent," Magyar says. "So, from looking at that perspective, for the strong sales, that's what we're looking at in the market."
LANSING, MI – Today is a holiday for 37,400 state employees. It's the first of six unpaid furlough days they'll take this summer to help balance the budget. The day off means more than a day of lost pay for state workers. It's also a day of lost income for the businesses that serve them coffee and lunches, and sell them office supplies.
LAS VEGAS – LAS VEGAS (AP) - Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom and Marian Hossa of the Red Wings have been named to the NHL All-Star second team.
Datsyuk also went home from last night's ceremony with his fourth straight Lady Byng Award honoring hockey's most gentlemanly player. He drew only 22 penalty minutes in 81 games.
Datsyuk also claimed his second consecutive Selke Award presented to the league's top defensive forward. He ranked second in the NHL with 89 takeaways and is considered one of the league's best two-way forwards.