In Michigan
11:13 am
Fri June 5, 2009

Three Michigan Prisons Closing

LANSING (MI) – The state Department of Corrections will close three prisons, including a maximum security facility in the Upper Peninsula. The state will also shut down five minimum security camps, and lay off more than 1,000 corrections officers.

The prisons are the maximum security Standish Correctional in the Upper Peninsula, the medium security Muskegon Correctional Facility in west Michigan, and the minimum security Hiawatha Correctional Facility Facility near Kincheloe in the Upper Peninsula.

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In Michigan
10:47 am
Fri June 5, 2009

State Superintendent testifies for House Education Committee

LANSING, MI (MPRN) – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - State Superintendent Michael Flanagan testified Thursday for the state House Education Committee. The committee is discussing major education reform bills.

The superintendent supports the reform bills, which would target 35 of Michigan's failing schools. The schools would be given a year to show improvement in test scores or risk either being shut down or competing with a charter school.

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In Michigan
10:45 am
Fri June 5, 2009

LCC plans 30 layoffs

LANSING, MI (WKAR) – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The administration at Lansing Community College is proposing the layoffs of 30 people, to help meet a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.

A projected deficit of more than $9,000,000 has been trimmed to $3,300,000.

No faculty cuts are planned. Instead, administrators and supervisors are being targeted.

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In Michigan
10:44 am
Fri June 5, 2009

GM to sell Saturn brand to Penske dealership chain

NEW YORK (AP) – NEW YORK (AP) - General Motors Corp. strikes a tentative deal to sell its Saturn brand to former race car driver and auto dealer Roger Penske.

Penske, who owns the Penske Automotive Group dealership chain, told reporters on Friday that he plans to offer all 350 Saturn dealerships new franchise agreements. He says Saturn's 13,000 employees will stay on with the company for at least the immediate future.

He declined to name the price for the deal.

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Nation
10:08 am
Fri June 5, 2009

French minister warns about alleged Airbus debris

PARIS (AP) – PARIS (AP) - France's transportation minister says so far there have been no signs of debris from Air France Flight 447.

Yesterday, the Brazilian air force said it had plucked a cargo pallet from the Atlantic Ocean. But it later said the pallet was not from the Airbus A330 that went down Sunday with 228 people on board.

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Nation
10:04 am
Fri June 5, 2009

Canada refuses US Guantanamo request

TORONTO (AP) – TORONTO (AP) - Canada has refused a request from the Obama administration to take men cleared for release from the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Kory Teneycke, a spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said Friday recent inquiries concerning 17 Chinese Muslims called Uighurs at Guantanamo were rejected.

Teneycke says Canada won't take any detainees. He says they have no connection to Canada and there are security concerns.

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Business
9:43 am
Fri June 5, 2009

Jobless rate hits 9.4 percent in May

WASHINGTON (AP) – WASHINGTON (AP) - The unemployment rate jumped to 9.4 percent in May, the highest in more than 25 years. But the furious pace of layoffs eased, with employers cutting 345,000 jobs, the fewest since September.

If laid off workers who have given up looking for new jobs or have settled for part time work are included, the unemployment rate would have been 16.4 percent, the highest on records dating to 1994.

The Labor Department also says a total of 14.5 million people were unemployed in May.

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In Michigan
9:30 am
Fri June 5, 2009

Penske to buy Saturn from GM

(DETROIT, MI) – A person briefed on the deal says General Motors will sell its Saturn brand to former race car driver and dealership chain owner Roger Penske.

Penske has said his company, Penske Automotive Group Inc. of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is interested in the Saturn brand.

The person briefed did not want to be identified because it has yet to be made public.

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Top Stories
9:25 am
Fri June 5, 2009

Obama says nations must stop genocide

DRESDEN, Germany (AP) – DRESDEN, Germany (AP) - President Barack Obama says the international community has an obligation to stop genocide, even when it's inconvenient.

Obama on Friday was asked how the Holocaust mantra of "never again" might apply to current crises in the Darfur region of Sudan or in Sri Lanka, where the government is accused of shelling hospitals during a quarter-century civil war. Officials deny the allegations.

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Sports
5:47 am
Fri June 5, 2009

Bay, Wakefield lead Red Sox to sweep of Tigers

DETROIT (AP) – DETROIT (AP) - Jason Bay's bases-loaded double keyed a six-run third inning and the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 6-3 victory.

Dontrelle Willis took a step back in his comeback from control problems, allowing five runs in 2 1-3 innings despite not giving up a hit. He walked five batters and hit another with a pitch.

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