In Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue August 18, 2009

Granholm: California won't send inmates to Michigan

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says talks have broken off on sending California prison inmates to Michigan. The governor says she's still talking with other states about taking their inmates.

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In Michigan
3:43 pm
Tue August 18, 2009

Okemos' Draths Corp moving, expanding

EAST LANSING, MI – A Lansing-area alternative energy manufacturer is expanding. The Michigan Economic Growth Authority has approved a $5.2 million tax credit for the Draths Corporation.

The Okemos-based firm makes components for plastic and nylon products using renewable fuels. It says it will use the incentive to combine with its administrative offices---currently in Minnesota---in a new, central location in Delhi Township. Dr. John Frost is Draths' Chief Science Officer:

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In Michigan
8:47 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Complete Streets passes city council

LANSING, MI – The City of Lansing now has an ordinance on the books that supporters say will encourage the development of more bike and walking paths in the city. The City Council passed the Complete Streets ordinance last night.

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In Michigan
6:43 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Driver pays speeding ticket in I-75 explosion

HAZEL PARK, MI – A man cited by police for speeding in a crash that caused a tanker explosion that destroyed an overpass on Interstate 75 north of Detroit has paid his ticket.

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report 27-year-old Saied Haidarian Shahri of Clawson paid the $150 fine on Monday at 43rd District Court in Hazel Park.

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In Michigan
6:33 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Mich. Legislature returns for rare voting days

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Legislature returns to work this week after meeting very little over the past month and a half.

The Senate is expected to be in session Tuesday, while the House plans to convene Wednesday.

Most lawmakers have had little to do in July and August while legislative leaders and Gov. Jennifer Granholm continue to discuss the state budget behind closed doors.

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In Michigan
6:30 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Broadcaster Ernie Harwell released from hospital

DETROIT – Detroit baseball broadcasting legend Ernie Harwell is back at his Detroit-area home and resting comfortably following a stint in the hospital.

Gary Spicer, Harwell's attorney and friend, tells The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press the 91-year-old Harwell was hospitalized for most of last week with an obstructed bile duct. Spicer said the obstruction was dislodged, Harwell was released Friday, and he was resting at his home in Novi.

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In Michigan
6:12 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Wood gains key political endorsements

EAST LANSING, MI – Lansing City Councilmember Carol Wood picked up several Mayoral endorsements from various political and community leaders on Tuesday. Ingham County Chair Debbie Deleon, former state Representative Mike Murphy and former Mayor Tony Benavides are all offering their support.

Joe Graves was the chief of staff for Mayor David Hollister. Graves is endorsing Wood and says she can bring honesty, integrity and civility back to city hall:

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Sports
6:10 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Loons hold off Lugnuts

LANSING, MI – The Great Lakes Loons held off the Lansing Lugnuts 7-5 last night at Oldsmobile Park. The game was delayed 78 minutes at the start by rain. The Loons lost an early 2-0 lead to a Lugnuts three-run third inning rally, took the lead back with a three-run fourth, only to watch Lansing tie the score at 5-5 in the fifth. In the top of the eighth inning, the visitors seized the lead for good. The two teams play the finale of their four-game series tonight.

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In Michigan
6:05 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Congressman Hoekstra testifies on Gitmo to Michigan

LANSING, MI – The state Senate Judiciary Committee took testimony Tuesday on whether the Standish maximum security prison should house Guantanamo Bay prisoners. Among those who testified were two Republican gubernatorial candidates who have different opinions.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon August 17, 2009

Economist hopes Speaker Dillon looks at study before moving on plan

EAST LANSING, MI – A new study shows state employees are making less this year than they were last year, but paying twice as much for their health benefits.

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Economist Charles Ballard says the most surprising figure he found while conducting the study was the 11,000 state jobs lost since 2001. He says it's possible the workforce was too bloated at some point, but the state has now cut too deep and must stop working against the remaining employees.

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