SOUTH BEND, IN – The Lansing Lugnuts ended a six-game losing streak with a 4-0 shutout of the South Bend Silver Hawks last night at Coveleski Stadium. The Lugnuts and Silver Hawks play the second game of their four-game series tonight at 7:00 p.m.
WASHINGTON – Deanna Nolan scored 23 points, including the basket that put Detroit ahead for good, and the Shock beat the Washington Mystics 81-77 Tuesday night.
Taj McWilliams had 17 points and 13 rebounds, rookie Shavonte Zellous added 16 points and the Shock (9-12) won for the third time in four games. Detroit's loss in that stretch was a four-point defeat last Friday at the Verizon Center.
BOSTON – Mike Lowell, who entered the game after Kevin Youkilis was ejected for charging the mound and inciting a bench-clearing scuffle, hit two home runs to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
LANSING, MI – A new study shows Michigan could begin to lose revenue from cigarette sales if the state increases the tax by 25 cents per pack.
The study was conducted by economists with Western Michigan University. They say if the state keeps raising the tobacco tax it will reach a tipping point where people will cross state lines to buy cheaper cigarettes.
EAST LANSING, MI – The East Lansing city council tonight is expected to become the first local government to approve the creation of an authority to oversee improvements to Michigan Avenue.
AUDIO: Last year, East Lansing joined the city of Lansing and Lansing Township in exploring the creation of the Michigan Avenue Corridor Improvement Authority. If approved by all three, the authority could pay for improvements to Michigan Avenue with tax increment financing or other methods of funding.
DETROIT – Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and schools emergency financial manager Robert Bobb have scheduled a press conference Wednesday.
Bobb has conducted a number of audits into the district's muddled finances, spending, benefits eligibility and public safety department since being appointed earlier this year by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
Audits released last week revealed the district has been paying $2.1 million per year in health coverage for ineligible dependents, boxes of unused BlackBerry phones and 11 motorcycles.
WASHINGTON – A study by the University of Michigan finds that the fuel economy of new cars and light trucks sold in July noticeably jumped, thanks to the "cash for clunkers" program.
The average mileage for new vehicles went from 21.4 miles per gallon in June to 22.1 in July. That's best one-month mileage improvement university researchers have seen since the Environmental Protection Agency reconfigured mileage estimates in October 2007.