Sports
6:16 am
Tue June 30, 2009

Pistons draftee Daye grew up watching 'Bad Boys'

AUBURN HILLS, MI – The Detroit Pistons have introduced their top draft pick, Austin Daye.

He and DaJuan Summers grew up watching Pistons Joe Dumars and Isiah Thomas on TV.

At the same time, Jonas Jerebko was in Sweden watching Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom.

The trio now find themselves as teammates, the first of what is expected to be a wave of new Detroit Pistons.

Detroit took Daye with the 15th pick of the first round, then added Summers and Jerebko in the second.

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Sports
6:14 am
Tue June 30, 2009

Ellis, Sweeney homer in A's 7-1 win over Tigers

OAKLAND, CA – Mark Ellis hit a two-run homer in his second game back from a two-month injury absence, and Ryan Sweeney homered and drove in two runs in the Oakland Athletics' 7-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Kurt Suzuki had a run-scoring double for the last-place A's, who snapped a five-game losing streak with a rare 11-hit effort from a club that's last in the AL in batting average, hits, total bases and homers.

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In Michigan
6:02 am
Tue June 30, 2009

Study shows increase in non-marital babies

LANSING, MI – The percentage of babies born out of wedlock in Michigan has gone up almost ten percent in the past 15 years. That's according to a new study released by Michigan League for Human Services.

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In Michigan
6:02 am
Tue June 30, 2009

State House Democrats push Senate on education reform

EAST LANSING, MI – State House Democrats want the Republican-controlled Senate to meet with them on an education reform plan before classes begin in the Fall.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Mon June 29, 2009

Review team to check Ecorse books

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has named a team to review the finances of the city of Ecorse. It could be a step toward a financial takeover of the city downriver from Detroit.

The team will take 60 to 90 days to conduct its review. Pontiac, Highland Park, and the village of Three Oaks are already being run by state-appointed business managers.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Mon June 29, 2009

Granholm offers to lease prison cells to California

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholme is offering to lease prison space to California to help relieve a prison crowding crisis.

Two high-security facilities in Standish and Muskegon are among the prisons the state plans to close this summer. The state is reducing the number of people it incarcerates as part of Governor Granholm's plan to save money on corrections costs.

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In Michigan
5:10 pm
Mon June 29, 2009

Mich. utilities to make homes energy-efficient

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (AP) - Michigan utilities are unveiling financial incentiscounts for buying energy-efficient washers, air conditioners, compact fluorescent light bulbs and other products.

A 2008 state law requires utilities to restart efficiency programs canceled more than a decade ago.

Supporters say for every $1 spent on energy efficiency, $2 to $3 is saved down the line by delaying or avoiding new power plants.


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In Michigan
4:40 pm
Mon June 29, 2009

Mich. in talks to possibly take Calif. prisoners

LANSING, MI – Empty Michigan prisons could become home to hundreds of California inmates if a deal can be struck.

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm sent a letter Monday to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger formally offering space for some of the inmates California is running out of room to house to Michigan.

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Top Stories
4:35 pm
Mon June 29, 2009

Some East Lansing workers will take voluntary furloughs

East Lansing City Hall.
Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

East Lansing, MI – More than two dozen East Lansing city employees will take voluntary furloughs over the next year. Their unpaid time off is in anticipation of possible state budget cuts.

AUDIO: The city of East Lansing begins its next fiscal year on Wednesday with a balanced budget. But officials say they're expecting big cuts in state revenue sharing so all nine of the city's department heads and 18 other employees will take five furlough days.

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In Michigan
3:14 pm
Mon June 29, 2009

Arts officials create cultural economic development plan

LANSING, MI – Arts advocates will meet in Lansing tonight to begin work on an economic development plan highlighting local cultural venues.

AUDIO: The Arts Council of Greater Lansing, the cities of Lansing and East Lansing, MSU and the state of Michigan are creating a plan to market the region's cultural resources. The project also seeks to encourage new entrepreneurs.

Arts Council executive director Leslie Donaldson says tonight's meeting will gather public input.

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