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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5:12 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

Granholm, lawmakers continue Michigan budget talks

LANSING, MI – LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Jennifer Granholm appears to be leaving several options open for resolving Michigan's state budget problems.

Granholm told reporters shortly after meetings with legislative leaders Thursday that trimming the size of various tax exemptions or "loopholes" could be included in a budget-balancing plan. She said reducing a surcharge on the Michigan Business Tax could be considered as part of a deal.

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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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