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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In Michigan
12:16 pm
Mon June 29, 2009

State House Democrats unveil senior citizen abuse legislation

EAST LANSING, MI – State lawmakers unveiled a plan Monday designed to make punishments for exploiting or abusing senior citizens much tougher.

Activists say elderly people are usually preyed on by their own family members - often being left to live in squalor while their bank accounts are drained and medications stolen.

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In Michigan
6:42 am
Mon June 29, 2009

State Police layoffs go ahead

LANSING, MI – More than 100 Michigan State Police troopers ended their shifts this past weekend by turning in their uniforms, badges, firearms, and other gear. They were laid off to save the state money and help retire a budget deficit.

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Arts & Culture
6:15 am
Mon June 29, 2009

Missing at TC cherry festival: locally grown cherries

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Something will be missing from this year's National Cherry Festival in Traverse City -- locally grown cherries.

Farmers say the area's cherry crop will still be on the trees during the festival, which runs Independence Day through July 11.

Prolonged cool weather has delayed cherry growth and left the crop a week or two behind schedule. That will stall the sweet cherry harvest into early July and the tart cherry harvest to mid-month.

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In Michigan
6:12 am
Mon June 29, 2009

Dem. lawmaker to officially enter governor's race

LANSING, MI – State Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith will officially launch her 2010 Democratic gubernatorial campaign tonight.

The lawmaker from Washtenaw County's Salem Township says the event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College.

Smith will face Lt. Gov. John Cherry in the primary. Other Democrats who may get in the race are former state lawmaker John Freeman, House Speaker Andy Dillon and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano.

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Sports
6:01 am
Mon June 29, 2009

Zellous scores 18 as Shock get Mahorn first win

AUBURN HILLS, MI –
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Shock got 18 points from Shavonte Zellous and posted an 86-72 victory over the Sacramento Monarchs.

Last night's win at The Palace was Rick Mahorn's first as a head coach. The Shock had gone 0-3 after Mahorn replaced Bill Laimbeer one game into the season.

Deanna Nolan had 14 points as Detroit (2-5) snapped a four-game losing streak.

Rebekkah Brunson scored 16 points for Sacramento (1-7), which lost its fifth straight.

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Sports
5:56 am
Mon June 29, 2009

Lugnuts win Sunday game

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts split a four-game series with the Dayton Dragons by winning 5-3 on Sunday at Oldsmobile Park. The Lugnuts are off today before traveling Tuesday to begin a four-game series at Great Lakes.

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