In Michigan
7:16 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Detroit Mayor Bing says city running out of cash

DETROIT – Mayor Dave Bing says Detroit could run out of cash within 70 days and is on the brink of receivership.

Bing said Monday he wants unionized city employees to accept a 10 percent wage cut by month's end.

Bing told reporters nonunion city workers will take a 10 percent pay cut as he attempts to slice into a $300 million deficit.

Bing gave union leaders a 30-day deadline in early July to decide on contract concessions. The deadline passed last week.

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In Michigan
7:07 am
Tue August 11, 2009

About 27K remain without power in Mich.

DETROIT – About 27,000 Michigan utility customers remain without power after thunderstorms battered the region and left about 249,000 homes and businesses in the dark.

DTE Energy Co. spokeswoman Lorie Kessler says about 7,000 customers were without power Tuesday morning. That's down from about 130,000 that were out earlier.

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Sports
6:03 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Lugnuts swept by Dayton

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts lost to the Dayton Dragons 6-2 last night. Dayton swept the four-game series.

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Sports
5:57 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Michigan opens $26-plus million football facility

ANN ARBOR – Michigan assistant athletic director Scott Draper says the school's new indoor football facility is the tallest of its kind in the country.

Draper provided a tour Monday of the 104,000-plus square foot building that is as high as 85 feet from artificial turf to the nearest obstruction. Meanwhile, the Wolverines went through their first practice on adjacent fields outdoors.

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Sports
5:53 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Tigers lose to Boston

BOSTON – Nick Green hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly and one of Boston's three homers, and the Red Sox ended their three-game power outage and six-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

The Red Sox, which scored just two runs in the final three games of a four-game sweep by the Yankees in New York, squandered a 5-3 lead when Manny Delcarmen allowed two runs in the seventh. They went back in front in the bottom of the inning on singles by J.D. Drew and Casey Kotchman and Green's sacrifice fly.

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In Michigan
5:42 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

Stabenow expects health care deal by end of year

LANSING, MI – U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she's confident a health care overhaul will pass this year.

The Michigan Democrat says the issue is complicated, making it easy for opponents to "scare people" with "misinformation."

Stabenow spoke with reporters in Lansing Monday after discussing health care legislation with public health officials.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

Storm causes $400K damage to Jackson school roof

JACKSON, MI – A Northwest Community Schools official expects heavy damage to a middle school roof outside Jackson to be repaired before the start of the school year.

Tom Goodwin, the district's director of operations, maintenance and transportation, told the Jackson Citizen Patriot that parts of the roof covering the Kidder Middle School's tech lab and curriculum office were lifted off during storms Sunday night and a corner of roof covering the gymnasium was peeled back.

Damage was estimated at $400,000.

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In Michigan
1:53 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

209 charged in Muskgeon-area Social Security fraud

MUSKEGON, MI – More than 200 Muskegon-area residents are accused of cashing duplicated Social Security disability checks and defrauding the federal government of more than $400,000.

The Muskegon Chronicle and WOOD-TV report state charges were announced Monday against 209 individuals.

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In Michigan
1:49 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

July Mich. tax revenue $50M less than expected

LANSING, MI – Michigan tax revenues for the month of July came in about $50 million less than expected.

Senate Fiscal Agency senior economist Jay Wortley said Monday that sales tax revenue is down because people are buying less.

Those who have lost their jobs aren't paying income taxes, and businesses are paying less because profits are down.

The 3% monthly shortfall is worsening the state's financial woes and leaving less federal recovery money for the budget that starts Oct. 1.

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In Michigan
7:26 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Mike Bishop says Senator spat is a non-issue

LANSING, MI – A state Senate investigation into an elevator argument between two senators is over. State Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop released the details of the investigation Monday.

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