Sports
6:41 am
Wed July 22, 2009

Titans agree to terms with draft pick Javon Ringer

NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a multiyear contract with rookie running back Javon Ringer.

Ringer was a fifth-round draft pick earlier this year out of Michigan State. He will compete with Chris Johnson and LenDale White for playing time this season.

The Titans have now agreed to terms with nine of their 11 draft choices, with only top pick wide receiver Kenny Britt and second-round defensive lineman Sen'Derrick Marks unsigned.

The team opens training camp Friday, July 31.

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Sports
6:38 am
Wed July 22, 2009

Ordonez grand slam helps Tigers beat Seattle

DETROIT – Magglio Ordonez hit a grand slam in a five-run first inning and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 9-7 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Detroit scored just five runs while being swept in a three-game series at Yankee Stadium last weekend, but matched that total before making their first out against Seattle.

Rookie Rick Porcello (9-6) got the win despite allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk in five innings.

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In Michigan
5:42 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

Mich. high court: Counties can pass smoking rules

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that counties can put more stringent anti-smoking rules in place than state lawmakers.

Courts have said only the Legislature can ban smoking in restaurants and bars. But local governments are prohibiting smoking inside other businesses because of secondhand smoke risks.

All seven justices on the high court said Tuesday that local officials can adopt stricter smoking regulations than the state to safeguard public health.

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Top Stories
4:42 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

Granholm calls for more business tax incentives

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm and members of her administration say they need more tax credits to lure businesses to the state. The Michigan Economic Growth Authority has reached the limit of how many tax breaks it can give out this year.

Greg Main is the president of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He says that Michigan will lose business to other states without more credits.

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Top Stories
3:07 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

Granholm: Tax incentives to run out for businesses

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm and economic development officials want lawmakers to let the state offer more tax incentives to businesses that create or retain jobs.

Michigan is about to run out of tax credits it can grant in 2009.

The Democratic-led House has voted to raise the cap on the amount of tax incentives. The legislation is pending in a Republican-controlled Senate committee.

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In Michigan
12:47 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

Rick Snyder dives into Michigan governor's race

DEARBORN, MI – Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder is the latest candidate to reveal plans to run for governor in Michigan in 2010.

The Republican announced his candidacy for governor at a press conference today at Dearborn's Greenfield Village and has scheduled a five-day statewide tour. He plans to visit Flint, Lansing and Grand Rapids later in the day.

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In Michigan
12:40 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

Magna to revive former Chrysler HQ in Highland Park

LANSING, MI – The site of the former Chrysler Corp.'s headquarters in Highland Park is expected to become an automotive components plant in 2010.

The Michigan Economic Growth Authority on Tuesday approved $4.5 million in state tax incentives for auto supplier Magna International Inc. The state says up to 420 jobs could be created over five years at the facility.

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In Michigan
12:33 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

E Lansing non-profit awarded DEQ grant

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan is working with an East Lansing nonprofit group to establish sites across the state where thermostats can be recycled free, helping keep mercury out of landfills and incinerators.

The state Department of Environmental Quality says it's awarding a $50,000 grant to East Lansing-based Urban Options to establish collection sites for home and commercial mercury thermostats.

Many older thermostats contain mercury switches and are being replaced with programmable thermostats to save energy and reduce heating costs.

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In Michigan
6:22 am
Tue July 21, 2009

Granholm cool to statewide public employee insurance pool

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says she's not ready to endorse a proposal to put 400,000 public employees into a statewide health insurance pool. She says she's not convinced the plan will produce big savings. And she says it does nothing to get the state out from under its current budget crisis.

"State workers earn less than the private sector, and their benefits cost less than the private sector, with the latest round of consessions state employees have made," Granholm says. "State employees have made enormous concessions."

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Sports
5:46 am
Tue July 21, 2009

Shock's Smith reserve for All-Star game

NEW YORK – The Detroit Shock's Katie Smith has been named as a reserve for the Eastern Conference team in the WNBA All-Star game. Her fellow reserves for Saturday's game in Connecticut include Jia Perkins of the Chicago Sky.

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