Business
10:27 am
Tue August 11, 2009

July sees big jump in fuel efficiency of new cars

WASHINGTON – A study by the University of Michigan finds that the fuel economy of new cars and light trucks sold in July noticeably jumped, thanks to the "cash for clunkers" program.

The average mileage for new vehicles went from 21.4 miles per gallon in June to 22.1 in July. That's best one-month mileage improvement university researchers have seen since the Environmental Protection Agency reconfigured mileage estimates in
October 2007.

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In Michigan
9:37 am
Tue August 11, 2009

More Mich. unions oppose employee health overhaul

LANSING, MI – Public employees and union lobbyists are speaking out against House Speaker Andy Dillon's proposal for a statewide insurance pool.

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A dozen people - from firefighters to nurses to teachers - lined the steps of the state Capitol building to speak against the plan as representatives of hundreds of thousands of public employees.

Mark Gaffney is with the Michigan AFL-CIO lobby.

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Sports
9:22 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Coach Dantonio speaks at media day

Coach Mark Dantonio.
MSU Sports Information

EAST LANSING, MI – The 2009 college football season is less then a month away, and for fans of Michigan State there is a sense of excitment that has not been around this program for quite a while.

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In Michigan
9:18 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Ford endorses Bernero

LANSING, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has picked up the endorsement of former mayoral candidate Charles Ford.

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In Michigan
7:32 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Complete Streets ordinance up for vote on Thursday

Lansing's River Trail, probably the best known non-motorized route in the area.

LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council Monday night heard testimony from about 60 people on an ordinance supporters say would make the city more pedestrian- and biker-friendly.

The Complete Streets ordinance would require the city to develop a plan to increase the number of paths for non-motorized travel. The ordinance was brought to the council through a petition drive. But Councilmember Carol Wood says it's an idea that the council has been working on since 2005.

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In Michigan
7:18 am
Tue August 11, 2009

GM pulls out of mercury partnership

WASHINGTON – General Motors has quit working with a partnership that collects toxic mercury parts from scrapped automobiles, jeopardizing the project just as hundreds of thousands
of clunkers are heading to the scrap yard.

Participants in the environmental program tell The Associated Press that the timing of GM's departure could hurt their work to prevent mercury pollution.

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In Michigan
7:16 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Detroit Mayor Bing says city running out of cash

DETROIT – Mayor Dave Bing says Detroit could run out of cash within 70 days and is on the brink of receivership.

Bing said Monday he wants unionized city employees to accept a 10 percent wage cut by month's end.

Bing told reporters nonunion city workers will take a 10 percent pay cut as he attempts to slice into a $300 million deficit.

Bing gave union leaders a 30-day deadline in early July to decide on contract concessions. The deadline passed last week.

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In Michigan
7:07 am
Tue August 11, 2009

About 27K remain without power in Mich.

DETROIT – About 27,000 Michigan utility customers remain without power after thunderstorms battered the region and left about 249,000 homes and businesses in the dark.

DTE Energy Co. spokeswoman Lorie Kessler says about 7,000 customers were without power Tuesday morning. That's down from about 130,000 that were out earlier.

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Sports
6:03 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Lugnuts swept by Dayton

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts lost to the Dayton Dragons 6-2 last night. Dayton swept the four-game series.

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Sports
5:57 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Michigan opens $26-plus million football facility

ANN ARBOR – Michigan assistant athletic director Scott Draper says the school's new indoor football facility is the tallest of its kind in the country.

Draper provided a tour Monday of the 104,000-plus square foot building that is as high as 85 feet from artificial turf to the nearest obstruction. Meanwhile, the Wolverines went through their first practice on adjacent fields outdoors.

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