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USDA offers aid to help Michigan farmers with damaged crops

Posted: 11/15/2007 - Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner says farmers in all 83 counties will be eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency. Applications will be considered based on the extent of losses and other considerations.

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Michigan Democrats say they'll stick with primary -- for now

Posted: 11/15/2007 - The state Court of Appeals plans to hear oral arguments tomorrow on whether it should overturn a lower court's ruling that the law setting up the primary is unconstitutional, derailing the upcoming election.

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Pet store fire kills animals

Posted: 11/14/2007 - Dozens of animals are dead following a fire at a pet shopin Warren, southeast Michigan.

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Michigan says 21,000 acres burned in the state this year

Posted: 11/14/2007 - About 87 percent of those acres were scorched in a fire this summer in the Upper Peninsula's Luce County. That was the largest wildfire in the state since 1980. It cost more than $7 million to fight.

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Michigan-born soldier killed in Iraq

Posted: 11/14/2007 - McCall was 24 when he died on October 30th. He was buried November 8th in Pensacola, Florida. He was born in Flint and moved to Florida when he was a toddler.

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Banana workers can seek punitive damages against Dole

Posted: 11/14/2007 - Last week, a jury decided six of the 12 men who sued Westlake-based Dole Food Co. and Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Co. were entitled to more than $3 million in damages. The jury will begin considering punitive damages for five of the men Wednesday.

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Bill Ford announces formation of Transformation Advisory Council

Posted: 11/14/2007 - Ford says the council will be made up of innovative thinkers, including senior executives from the Dearborn-based automaker and others interested in promoting energy independence and curtailing the threat of global warming.

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Father, son arrested on home invasion, kidnapping charges

Posted: 11/14/2007 - Dustin Burrows and his father Richard were arraigned yesterday on allegations of kidnapping Dustin's 4-year-old son from his wife in October. Dustin Burrows has filed for divorce and has received temporary custody pending the outcome of the Michigan charges. The boy is with Dustin Burrows' mother in Texas.

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Families of 2 Livingston County mauling victims sue dog owner

Posted: 11/14/2007 - The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus reports prosecutors have charged Cockrell with two 15-year felonies for having dangerous animals causing death. She's expected back in a Brighton court on Thursday for an exam conference.

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Sad reminder: Brittney Beers' case

Updated: 11/13/2007 - While investigators search for Jodi Parrack's killer, many people in St. Joseph County, Michigan are reminded of another sad case. 6-year-old Brittney Beers disappeared in 1997. She hasn't been seen since.

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Senate plan would hurt Michigan rivers, critics say

Posted: 11/13/2007 - A coalition of environmental groups says the Senate measures would allow major users to cut the flows of rivers such as the AuSable, Betsie and Jordan by 22 percent or more.

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Man charged with Flint-area sexual assaults sent for testing

Posted: 11/13/2007 - Kevin Thomas will be examined for competency and criminal responsibility. A judge approved a request from Thomas' attorney that the suspect be sent to the state forensic center based on his history of mental problems.

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