In Michigan
4:40 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

State Senator calls for more oversight in tax credits

LANSING, MI – A state senator says the Michigan Economic Development Corporation gives out too many tax credits to businesses without enough oversight.

State Senator Nancy Cassis says the MEDC gave out a year's worth of tax credits in six months. Cassis says she wants more details on how successful the businesses that get the tax credits are at creating jobs.

Cassis says small businesses already in the state don't see the same benefits as some companies that get tax credits to come to Michigan.

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In Michigan
4:17 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

MSU/UM students lobby to keep Michigan Promise Scholarships

Lansing, MI – Student government leaders from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan stood together Thursday at the state Capitol. They vowed to fight to save the Michigan Promise Scholarship program.

The students say they will spend the rest of the summer lobbying the state legislature. They're concerned about proposed budget cuts that could wipe out Michigan Promise Scholarships and reduce funding for colleges and universities.

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In Michigan
3:46 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

Governor says Promise scholarship may have to be cut

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm met Thursday with legislative leaders to try and resolve disagreements over the next state budget. The governor says one of her priorities is making sure the Michigan Promise college scholarship is not eliminated. It goes to all students who complete two years of college or job training after high school.

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Sports
10:14 am
Thu July 23, 2009

Ex-Red Wing Fedorov: Mich. man swiped $43M

DETROIT – Former Detroit Red Wing Sergei Fedorov says during the past 11 years he has been swindled out of $43 million by a Grosse Pointe Shores man entrusted to manage his money.

In a lawsuit obtained by the Detroit Free Press prior to an expected filing this morning in Wayne County Circuit Court, Fedorov accuses Joseph Zada of embezzlement and reneging on a promise to repay him.

The lawsuit says Zada, "acting in concert with others, intentionally lied to Fedorov" whenever he asked about the money.

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In Michigan
9:50 am
Thu July 23, 2009

Ex-state rep. to run for Mich. governor in 2010

LANSING, MI – Former state Rep. John Freeman has made it official and announced he will run for Michigan governor in 2010.

The Democrat from Madison Heights served six years in the Legislature before leaving because of term limits in 1998. He most recently led a group pushing for changes to health care in Michigan.

Freeman sent a fundraising e-mail Wednesday saying proposals in Lansing are "stale" and "out of touch."

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Sports
5:27 am
Thu July 23, 2009

Lugnuts beat Chiefs

PEORIA, IL – The Lansing Lugnuts topped the Peoria Chiefs 6-2 last night at O'Brien Field in the opener of a three-game series. The win maked the first time during the second half that the Lugnuts had won consecutive games. Lansing's season-high winning streak stands at just three games, set twice during the first half. Tonight at 8:00 p. m. the Lugnuts and Chiefs play number two of their three-game series.

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Sports
5:24 am
Thu July 23, 2009

Latta scores 22 to help Atlanta beat Detroit

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Reserves Ivory Latta and Angel McCoughtry combined for 42 points as the Atlanta Dream beat Detroit 98-95 in overtime Wednesday, the latest loss for the defending WNBA champion.

Another reserve, Michelle Snow, added 16 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta.

Kara Braxton had 25 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit (5-9), which went to overtime for the fourth time in six games and is mired at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

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Sports
5:21 am
Thu July 23, 2009

Branyan lifts Mariners past Tigers

DETROIT – Russell Branyan hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning to give Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Branyan drove a 1-0 pitch from Bobby Seay (1-2) into the stands in right-center for his 24th homer.

Hernandez (11-3) struck out eight in seven innings, allowing one run and six hits. Mark Lowe pitched a perfect eighth and David Aardsma finished for his 23rd save in 25 chances.

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In Michigan
6:42 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

Delta announces 2Q loss

DETROIT, MI – Michigan's largest air carrier released its second quarter results Wednesday. Delta officials say the airline lost $257 million in the first three months of this year.

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Delta's balance sheet was hit hard by fuel-related costs and expenses associated with its merger with Northwest. Excluding those costs, the airline would have made a $191 million net profit.

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In Michigan
6:09 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

House Tax Policy Committee continues testimony in Lansing

LANSING, MI – A state House committee met Wednesday to discuss Michigan's tax structure. The rest of the Legislature is in recess this week.

The House Tax Policy committee has been taking testimony from interest groups over the past few weeks. The committee chair hopes to hear from a couple dozen groups before the fiscal year ends in the Fall.

On Wednesday, the committee heard from the Michigan Municipal League. Robin Beltramini is president of the league, and a councilwoman in Troy.

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