Sports
6:38 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Lugnuts defeat TinCaps

FORT WAYNE, IN – The Lansing Lugnuts defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps 9-4 last night at Parkview Field. The Nuts and Caps play the third game of their four-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m.

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Sports
6:33 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Buick ends title sponsorships with PGA Tour

UNDATED – Buick has ended its sponsorship agreements with the PGA Tour, including the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines where Tiger Woods has won a record six times.

Buick is one of the oldest sponsors in golf and once had its name on five PGA Tour events, including four tournaments in one year. It also signed Woods to a personal endorsement contract, which the world's No. 1 player ended last season, one year ahead of schedule.

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Sports
6:22 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Nolan's double-double leads Shock past Liberty

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Deanna Nolan had 26 points and a career-high 14 rebounds as the Detroit Shock beat the New York Liberty 76-64 Tuesday night.

Katie Smith added 16 points for the Shock (7-10), who won for the fifth time in eight games.

Shameka Christon scored 14 points and Janel McCarville and Tiffany Jackson added 12 each as the Liberty (6-13) lost their season-high fifth straight. New York has lost twice since Anne Donovan replaced Pat Coyle as head coach on Friday.

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Sports
6:05 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Matusz wins debut as Orioles beat Tigers 8-2

DETROIT – Brian Matusz and the Baltimore Orioles spoiled Jarrod Washburn's debut with the Detroit Tigers with an 8-2 win Tuesday night.

Cesar Izturis and Nick Markakis each homered, drove in three runs and had three hits for Baltimore. Izturis also made two outstanding defensive plays.

Matusz (1-0), the fourth pick overall in the 2008 draft, allowed a run and six hits in five innings in his debut. He walked three and striking out five.

He was 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA for Double-A Bowie before being recalled on Tuesday.

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In Michigan
6:03 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Incumbent Detroit mayor advances to general election

DETROIT – Incumbent Dave Bing will move on to the Nov. 3 general election in his pursuit of a four-year term as Detroit mayor.

The professional basketball Hall-of-Famer and former businessman had more than 71 percent of the vote with 69 percent of Detroit's 629 precincts reporting in Tuesday's nonpartisan primary.

Jerroll Sanders had 12 percent of the vote, followed by Tom Barrow with 11.7 percent. The top two vote-getters will compete in November.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

Rogers and Kan. Senator will fight Guantanamo plan

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas says he'll use every parliamentary maneuver at his disposal to prevent terrorism suspects from being sent to his state.

Roberts issued the warning Tuesday in a telephone news conference with fellow Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan.

Federal officials say a maximum security prison in Standish, Mich., and the military penitentiary in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., are among possible locations for a site to hold 229 foreign fighters now detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

Closed door budget talks could last until September

LANSING, MI – The state's legislative leaders are expected to meet again later this week with Governor Granholm for private budget negotiations.

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State Representative George Cushingberry chairs the House Appropriations Committee. He says closed-door meetings with the administration are going so well they are close to making some agreements on the budget.

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In Michigan
4:17 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

MEA opposes "fast track" teacher certification

MT. PLEASANT, MI – The Michigan Education Association is speaking out against a proposal that would lessen the requirements needed to become a teacher.

The lower requirements call for a "fast track" certification process that would take 15 months to complete. That compares to the four or five years it takes teachers now.

The proposal was introduced as a way to increase the number of teachers in schools across the state.

But Ed Sarpolus of the MEA says Michigan already has too many teachers.

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In Michigan
1:55 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

Homeland Security facility coming to Michigan

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI – HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Federal authorities say they'll build a northern border data collection center in Michigan to fight cross-border crime.

Authorities said Tuesday the $30,000,000 Operational Integration Center at Selfridge Air National Guard Base is the first on the U.S.-Canada border and opens next May. The Department of Homeland Security has several centers on the U.S.-Mexico border.

It will analyze and act on aircraft video, border camera images and other data from federal, state and local agencies.

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WKAR Features
11:12 am
Tue August 4, 2009

MEA says Dillon plan would 'gut' benefits

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EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan House Speaker Andy Dillon has triggered an intense debate with his idea to pool the benefits of all the state's current and former public employees. He says the plan could reduce the state budget up to $900 million. The Michigan Education Association and other critics say savings are exaggerated and the proposal lacks important detail. WKAR's Mark Bashore interviewed MEA spokesman Doug Pratt.

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