In Michigan
5:13 pm
Fri July 24, 2009

Lawyer: Mich. man with 100+ dogs had mental issues

DEARBORN, MI – A family spokesman says a 56-year-old man found living in a Detroit-area house with more than 110 live dogs, mostly Chihuahuas, and about 150 dead dogs had severe mental issues.

Lawyer James G. Schmier says Kenneth Lang Jr. had no health insurance and had a mental impairment that stemmed from rubella as a child. He says Lang lived alone in the Dearborn home for years after his parents retired to Florida.

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4:41 pm
Fri July 24, 2009

Granholm calls for Senate action on MEGA credits

EAST LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm uses her weekly radio address to call on the state Senate to boost the number of tax credits her administration can use to attract businesses and jobs.

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The governor says business recruitment efforts could stall without more Michigan Economic Growth Authority -- or MEGA -- tax credits. The MEGA board has nearly reached its limit, and won't be able to award new business tax credits until next year.

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In Michigan
2:47 pm
Fri July 24, 2009

Attendance and donations up at Ag Expo

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EAST LANSING, MI – Trucks spent Friday noisily removing implements and exhibits from the site of the MSU Ag Expo. The annual 3-day agriculture event wrapped Thursday in East Lansing.

Organizers say good weather helped boost attendance by 20% over last year. Laura Probyn is a spokesperson for the event.

"Also, our donations for scholarships to the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources were significantly increased this year as well. We were up almost $1,000 over 2008," she said.

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In Michigan
1:34 pm
Fri July 24, 2009

Supporters of endangered farm picket lender

Supporters of the Crosby Mint Farm picket outside the office of the Crosbys' lender in St. Johns.
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St. Johns, MI – Supporters of a well-known mid-Michigan attraction are coming to its aid. As the Crosby Mint Farm faces foreclosure, a small group is protesting the lender that controls the deed.

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Jim and Linette Crosby have until August 14 to repay the $300,000 they owe East Lansing-based GreenStone Farm Credit Services. The Crosbys say they're frustrated with GreenStone's refusal to renegotiate, despite the siblings' willingness to work with them.

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Sports
6:04 am
Fri July 24, 2009

Washburn leads Mariners to 2-1 win over Tigers

DETROIT – Jarrod Washburn pitched seven scoreless innings, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 on Thursday.

Washburn (8-6) allowed two hits and two walks as Seattle won for the eighth time in 10 games. He is 5-1 with a 1.81 ERA in his last seven starts.

Three relievers finished, with David Aardsma pitching a perfect ninth for his 24th save in 26 tries.

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Sports
6:03 am
Fri July 24, 2009

White House ceremony to honor WNBA's Detroit Shock

AUBURN HILLS, MI – The Detroit Shock are headed to the White House for a ceremony to honor the defending WNBA champions.

President Barack Obama will host the team Monday at a ceremony on the South Portico of the White House. The team will present a gift to the president.

The Shock (5-9 so far this season) won the 2008 WNBA championship. Last year's victory was their third league title in six years.

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Sports
5:49 am
Fri July 24, 2009

Tiger to play in Buick Open

GRAND BLANC, MI – Tiger Woods has decided to play in the Buick Open as he prepares for the final major of the year.

Woods announced Thursday that he would return to the Buick Open, which he has won twice. His long-time endorsement deal with Buick ended early last year, and there were questions whether Woods would play.

Woods did not play the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines earlier this year because he had not returned from knee surgery.

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Sports
5:40 am
Fri July 24, 2009

Lugnuts lose to Peoria

PEORIA, IL – The Peoria Chiefs blanked the Lansing Lugnuts 5-0 last night at O'Brien Field. Having split the first two games of the series, the Lugnuts and Chiefs play the rubber match in their three-game series on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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5:32 am
Fri July 24, 2009

Mich. state government has 3rd unpaid furlough day

LANSING, MI – It's the third of the state's six scheduled unpaid furlough days for most employees. State government will run much like it does on a public holiday.

Among those services that should continue without interruption are Michigan State Police road patrols, prisons, state psychiatric hospitals and emergency human services programs. Unemployment office call centers and problem resolution offices will be open.

Secretary of State and general state offices will be closed.

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In Michigan
6:11 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

Unemployment rates rose across Michigan in June

LANSING, MI – Unemployment rates rose in all 17 of Michigan's major labor markets in June.

The loss of manufacturing jobs and of seasonal employment in education drove up the unemployment rates announced by the state Thursday. Michigan gained seasonal tourism jobs.

All of Michigan's regional markets had unemployment rates of more than 10% last month, ranging from a low of 10.6% in Ann Arbor to a high of 17.4% in Flint.

Two rural counties, Baraga and Oscoda, each had jobless rates of
more than 20%.

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