In Michigan
6:46 am
Fri July 3, 2009

Meijer, Acme Twp. group sign no-lawsuit agreement

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Meijer Inc. and a developer have agreed to pay $75,000 to a group that fought their proposed superstore in a rural Michigan community.

Under a deal signed Wednesday, Concerned Citizens of Acme Township agreed not to sue Meijer or the Village at Grand Traverse LLC. Also released from liability were a law firm and a public relations firm that represented the companies.

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In Michigan
6:18 am
Fri July 3, 2009

Mich. governor to head to Germany, Belgium Monday

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm plans to leave Monday for a trade trip to Germany and Belgium.

It will be the Democrat's eighth overseas trade trip. She plans to talk with leaders of high-tech companies she thinks can help Michigan move toward gaining jobs in green technology and alternative fuels, although her office hasn't provided specifics.

The governor has made previous trade trips to Germany, Austria, Japan, Sweden and the Middle East.

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Science/Tech
6:16 am
Fri July 3, 2009

Seagull die-off reported at Sleeping Bear Dunes

EMPIRE, MI – Dozens of dead seagulls are turning up along the Lake Michigan shoreline at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and scientists suspect botulism.

In a statement Thursday, lakeshore officials say about 40 gull carcasses and hundreds of dead round gobies have been found this week. The fish are believed to carry botulism and pass it to birds that eat them.

Gobies eat invasive zebra and quagga mussels, which filter botulism and other toxins in the water.

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Sports
5:51 am
Fri July 3, 2009

Christon's 25 points lead Liberty past Shock

NEW YORK – NEW YORK (AP) - Shameka Christon scored 25 points to help the New York Liberty cruise to a 80-64 victory over the Detroit Shock on Thursday night.

Loree Moore had 15 points, Cathrine Kraayeveld added 13 and Essence Carson 12 to help the Liberty (3-6) snap a three-game losing streak.

Cheryl Ford scored 13 points and Deanna Nolan and Kara Braxton had 12 each for the defending champion Shock (2-6), who fell to last in the Eastern Conference.

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Sports
5:51 am
Fri July 3, 2009

Lugnuts split doubleheader

MIDLAND, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts split a doubleheader with the Great Lakes Loons with a 3-1 nightcap victory after losing the opener, 4-2, last night at Dow Diamond. The Lugnuts and Loons finish off their four-game series with a 7:05 p. m. game tonight.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Governor approves Amtrak subsidy

EAST LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has approved a budget bill that includes 400 thousand dollars to keep two Amtrak lines operating in Michigan through the end of September. The lines run between Chicago and Grand Rapids and Chicago and Port Huron.

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Portland family finds prehistoric bones in yard

PORTLAND, MI – An Ionia County couple just wanted to dig a new pond in their yard. Instead, Rich and Annette Schneider of Portland dug up some history.

The Schneiders unearthed the bones of a 10,000-plus-year-old mastodon, an elephant-like animal that became extinct shortly after humans arrived in the Great Lakes region.

Rich Schneider tells WILX-TV the dig turned up a leg, a rib, a tusk and more.

They plan to donate the bones to the University of Michigan.

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Fest with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson opens Thursday

GRANT TOWNSHIP, MI – Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and the surviving Grateful Dead are headlining this year's Rothbury Festival now under way in rural western Michigan.

State police tell The Grand Rapids Press incoming traffic was moving smoothly. The festival site is near the village of Rothbury in Oceana County's Grant Township, about 45 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.

Area residents are taking advantage of the traffic to sell everything from Rothbury T-shirts to yoga pants to the tens of thousands of concertgoers.

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In Michigan
6:09 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

MI Clerks: Overseas military ballot-count needs fix

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – Clerks from Michigan's three largest counties and a state legislator have proposed a plan they say would ensure the ballots of overseas state residents would be properly counted.

Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson said Thursday at a news conference in Sterling Heights that "Operation Our Troops Count" would fix Michigan's "broken" system.

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In Michigan
6:03 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Granholm signs Cobo improvement bills

EAST LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has signed legislation that will allow a regional authority to assume control over downtown Detroit's Cobo Hall convention center. That would clear the way for the authority to raise money to upgrade the facility, so it remains home to the North American International Auto Show.

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