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7:22 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Political ambitions play role in MI budget drama

LANSING, MI – Budget talks at the state Capitol dragged into another day with no deal imminent. Legislative leaders say they're continuing to talk in hopes of reaching an agreement with just two weeks before the October first deadline.

There are sincere philosophical differences pitting legislative leaders against each other and Governor Granholm. But political ambitions may also be playing a role as they attempt to negotiate a compromise.

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Sports
5:53 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Shock extend contracts of Nolan, Smith, Pierson

AUBURN HILLS, MI – The Detroit Shock say they've signed contract extensions with Deanna Nolan, Katie Smith and Plenette Pierson.

The team withheld financial terms of the deals announced Monday.

Nolan is a three-time WNBA champion with the Shock. She appeared in 33 games this season and averaged 16.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals.

Smith was the 2008 WNBA Finals MVP and has appeared in 27 games this season for the Shock. She's averaging 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

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Sports
5:48 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Error gives Tiger 6-5 comeback win over Jays

DETROIT – Marco Scutaro's second error of the game allowed Brandon Inge to score from second base in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Monday night.

Pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff belted a tying three-run homer in the ninth and Ryan Raburn also went deep for the American League Central-leading Tigers.

Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion homered for Toronto.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Mon September 14, 2009

Mich. teen sentenced to 6-9 months in attack

KALAMAZOO, MI – One of two teens accused of beating a 15-year-old boy because he is gay will spend six to nine months in juvenile detention after pleading guilty to aggravated assault.

The 16-year-old defendant was sentenced Monday in Kalamazoo County Family Court.

Portage's Steve Harmon says he was attacked Aug. 13 in a Portage parking lot. He says his attackers used anti-gay slurs as they struck him about 20 times in the head and face.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Mon September 14, 2009

Mich. gets $19.6M for energy projects

LANSING, MI – Michigan will get about $19.6 million in federal stimulus money for energy efficiency and conservation projects.

The U.S. Department of Energy said in a release Monday the block grant will go toward energy efficiency projects and programs, and to building audits, upgrades and codes.

The Michigan package is part of $354 million awarded to 22 states.

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In Michigan
5:15 pm
Mon September 14, 2009

House Democrats could push budgets this week

LANSING, MI – There are 16 days until the deadline to complete a new state budget. Talks will resume in Lansing this week to try and resolve the impasse. The Democratic leader of the state House says he expects there will be budget votes this week.

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In Michigan
10:48 am
Mon September 14, 2009

MI Senate GOP cuts of $1.2B could become reality

LANSING, MI – Facing an Oct. 1 deadline to get a budget in place, Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon is talking about adopting all $1.2 billion in cuts that Senate Republicans passed in June.

In return, the Republican Senate majority might agree after Oct. 1 to put money back into the budget for some programs important to Democrats, who want to to keep a college scholarship program and money for early childhood development and local police and firefighters.

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Sports
6:46 am
Mon September 14, 2009

Laird, Inge help Tigers snap losing streak

DETROIT – Gerald Laird and Brandon Inge each had two RBIs, helping the Detroit Tigers snap a season-worst five-game skid with a 7-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

Rick Porcello won a matchup with fellow rookie Ricky Romero. Porcello (13-8) gave up two runs on four hits in six innings to improve to 3-0 in his last four starts.

Romero (12-8) also went six innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits.


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Sports
6:44 am
Mon September 14, 2009

Brees sharp, extends Lions' losing streak, 45-27

NEW ORLEANS – Drew Brees looked even better than last year, which was bad news for a Detroit Lions team trying to win for the first time since 2007.

Brees tied a Saints record with six touchdown passes and threw for 358 yards as the Saints beat the Lions 45-27 Sunday to extend Detroit's regular-season losing streak to 18.

Two of Brees' touchdown passes went to Jeremy Shockey, who hadn't scored since being traded from the New York Giants to New Orleans last season.

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In Michigan
6:03 am
Mon September 14, 2009

Detroit mayor looks toward privatizing services

DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says the economically troubled city will focus on core public safety services while outsourcing or privatizing others.

Bing described his plan in an interview published Sunday in the Detroit Free Press.

Detroit faces a $300 million budget deficit and its revenue could be $80 million short as the city tries to pay bills this fiscal year.

Bing said he must shrink the city's 13,000-member work force by 10 percent, lower labor costs and cut services to keep the city afloat financially.

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