Sports
5:43 am
Thu August 13, 2009

Lugnuts beat Silver Hawks in extra innings

SOUTH BEND, IN – The South Bend Silver Hawks committed four costly errors that led to five unearned runs, three to tie the game in the eighth and two to lose the game in the tenth, as the Lansing Lugnuts triumphed in extra innings, 8-6, last night at Coveleski Stadium. The victory was Lansing's first of the season in 13 extra-innings games. The two teams play the third game of their four-game series tonight at 7:00 p.m.

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In Michigan
5:36 am
Thu August 13, 2009

House Dems unveil new foreclosure legislation

EAST LANSING, MI – State House Democrats have unveiled legislation that would help people living well below the poverty line deal with unpaid property taxes instead of going into foreclosure.

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Top Stories
5:36 am
Thu August 13, 2009

Feds visit MI prison as possible Gitmo replacement

STANDISH, MI – A federal team is visiting a maximum-security prison in Standish that could be used to hold terrorism suspects now detained at Guantanamo Bay.

Representatives of the Defense, Justice and Homeland Security departments on Thursday morning were touring the prison in the Lower Peninsula town 145 miles north of Detroit.

The Standish facility and the military penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., are being considered to house the detainees if the prison in Cuba is closed by 2010, as ordered by President Barack Obama.

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Sports
5:27 am
Thu August 13, 2009

Beckett controls Tigers in Boston's win

BOSTON – Josh Beckett pitched seven strong innings for his major league-high 14th win, Mike Lowell and Jason Bay homered and the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 8-2 Wednesday night.

The Red Sox won their third in a row and sent AL Central-leading Detroit to its fourth loss in five games. Boston has won seven straight against the Tigers.

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In Michigan
7:31 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

Large fish kill reported in MI thumb

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – State officials are reporting an extensive fish kill in the Black River in Michigan's Thumb area.

Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Mary Detloff said Wednesday the die-off covers a 12-mile stretch of the river in Sanilac and St. Clair counties.

Spokesman Robert McCann of the Department of Environmental Quality says it appears all fish in the affected area were wiped out.

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In Michigan
7:26 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

2 Mich. reps hold health care conference calls

LANSING, MI – Two Democratic Michigan congressmen plan to discuss proposed health care changes with their constituents by telephone.

Rep. Mark Schauer of Battle Creek said Wednesday he'll speak with residents Thursday evening in a conference call.

Rep. Bart Stupak of Menominee, who already held a July 29 conference call on health care with more than 3,500 constituents, plans to hold a similar call in late September.

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In Michigan
7:22 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

GM to assemble Volt battery packs in Brownstown

DETROIT, MI – General Motors Co. has confirmed it will assemble battery packs for its new rechargeable electric car at a new factory in southeastern Michigan.

Company president and chief executive Fritz Henderson has called a news conference Thursday at the plant site in Brownstown Township, 20 miles southwest of Detroit.

GM says in a statement the factory "will produce the lithium ion battery packs for GM's future extended-range electrical vehicles, including the Chevrolet Volt."

South Korea's LG Chem Ltd. is making the batteries.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

Standish prison debated in Lansing

LANSING, MI – A state House Judiciary subcommittee is taking testimony about what to do with a Standish maximum security prison scheduled to be closed. The two most discussed options are housing prisoners from other states or federal prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

Levin spending recess hearing about healthcare reform

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan Democrat Carl Levin says he's spending the Senate recess listening to constituents, health care providers and insurance companies to learn more about what people want from national health care reform.

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In Michigan
11:29 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Five Detroit schools employees charged in probe

DETROIT – Five Detroit Public Schools employees have been charged with embezzlement in an ongoing probe the prosecutor says is part of a "culture of corruption" at Michigan's largest district.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday each is charged with one or more counts of embezzlement.

The defendants are a clerical worker at an elementary school, a person who works in the district's controls office, a truck driver, a high school teacher's aide and a food service coordinator at an elementary school.

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