In Michigan
10:06 am
Thu July 9, 2009

Detroit schools official to meet with ex-bankruptcy judge

DETROIT – The state-appointed overseer of the cash-strapped Detroit Public Schools is meeting with a retired U.S. bankruptcy judge.

School district emergency financial manager Robert Bobb and his team are meeting in an informational session with retired Judge Ray Reynolds Graves.

Bobb wants to get information regarding Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

Bobb said late last month the district's financial situation is so bad it may have to file for bankruptcy.

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Sports
9:57 am
Thu July 9, 2009

Detroit Pistons to announce their new coach

AUBURN HILLS, MI – The Detroit Pistons have called a news conference to announce their new head coach, who's expected to be Cleveland Cavaliers assistant John Kuester.

The announcement will be made Thursday in Auburn Hills.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the team was near an agreement with Kuester. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't done.

Kuester was on Larry Brown's NBA championship-winning staff in Detroit five years ago.

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WKAR Features
9:55 am
Thu July 9, 2009

MSU Moving Auto Fleet To Hybrids

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University's "Be Spartan Green" environmental stewardship program has branched out from the usual "reduce, re-use, recycle" to include the fleet of vehicles owned by the school.

MSU has purchased 30 Ford Fusion hybrid cars. The sale makes the university Ford's biggest customer for the new hybrids outside of the federal government and commercial fleet customers.

WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

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In Michigan
9:34 am
Thu July 9, 2009

Michigan governor: German company plans investment

LANSING, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has returned from an international trade trip with the announcement that a German battery technology company plans to search for a
manufacturing location on the west side of the state.

Granholm's office said Thursday fortu PowerCell soon will begin a site search pending approval of state and local tax incentives.

The company would build a battery pack manufacturing facility.

Granholm met with company officials during a 48-hour trade trip to Germany and Belgium this week.

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In Michigan
9:26 am
Thu July 9, 2009

Lansing TV star Martha Dixon dies

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - One of Lansing's earliest and longest-serving television personalities...Martha Dixon...has died.

Starting in 1954, Dixon hosted the long-running local cooking show "Martha Dixon's Copper Kettle", a mainstay on WJIM Channel 6, now known as WLNS. The show also led to the 1963 publication of a popular cookbook bearing the same title.

Martha Dixon had been living in Scottsdale, Arizona, and was in her 90s. Other details, including funeral plans, are not yet known.

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Sports
5:44 am
Thu July 9, 2009

Lugnuts rained out

DAVENPORT, IA – The scheduled Wednesday night game between the Lansing Lugnuts and the Quad Cities River Bandits was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader starting at 7:00 p. m. tonight. The Lugnuts return home to Oldsmobile Park on Wednesday, July 15th, opening up a six-game homestand.

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Sports
5:40 am
Thu July 9, 2009

Pistons sign Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva

AUBURN HILLS, MI – The Detroit Pistons have signed Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva, adding two free agents to a roster full of new faces.

Gordon and Villanueva joined the Pistons on Wednesday, the first day NBA teams could sign free agents, after agreeing to deals worth $55 million and $35 million, respectively.

Detroit went into the off-season with a lot of salary-cap space because Rasheed Wallace and Allen Iverson had expiring contracts.

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Sports
5:38 am
Thu July 9, 2009

French beats Greinke as Tigers win 3-1

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - Rookie Lucas French outdueled Zack Greinke and the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Wednesday night.

French (1-0) beat Greinke in just his second career start, holding the Royals to one run and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. Three Tigers relievers finished, with Fernando Rodney pitching the ninth for his 19th save in as many tries.

Greinke (10-5) gave up three runs, all in the first two innings, and seven hits in six innings. He struck out nine and walked two.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Wed July 8, 2009

Mich. man told Granholm recall language invalid

LANSING, MI – Paul Piche failed to get language approved for a petition recalling Gov. Jennifer Granholm. But he plans to try again.

The Ingham County Election Commission voted 3-0 Wednesday to turn down the petition language, saying it wasn't sufficiently clear. Piche says he plans to refile a new petition with different language.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Wed July 8, 2009

Obama to hold Mich. town hall meeting on July 14

LANSING, MI – The city of Warren, hard-hit by auto industry downsizing, will be the site of President Barack Obama's visit to Michigan next Tuesday.

The White House released the information Wednesday. No additional details were given.

Obama has not visited the state since he held campaign rallies in East Lansing and Grand Rapids last October. He plans to hold a town hall-style meeting to talk to Michigan families about their concerns and his policies during his first Michigan stop as president.

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