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Teen bound to stop sign in Ferndale may face prosecution

Posted: 12/10/2007 - Police responding to a citizen's call found the teen bound with reinforced packaging tape to a metal pole supporting a stop sign. Asked what had happened, he allegedly told police that three people wearing ski masks attacked him and stole $20, then bound him to the sign before fleeing.

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Turbocharged? Turkey flies through third-story window

Posted: 12/10/2007 - The 83-year-old Ritter was relaxing Saturday when the uninvited guest arrived. He called Joe Battaglia, the on-call maintenance workers at his Traverse City apartment, and they tried to corral the 25-pound bird as it flapped around on the carpet amid blood and shards of glass.

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Monroe County sheriff's deputy pulls man from burning car

Posted: 12/10/2007 - The Monroe Evening News reports that an 18-year-old Monroe man was driving early Saturday in Monroe Township when his car went airborne, crashed into a utility pole, flipped on its roof and caught fire.

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2 die after car crashes into 'Santa Express' train

Posted: 12/10/2007 - The crash happened Saturday afternoon at a railroad crossing in Isabella Township, near Mount Pleasant. Authorities say there were no injuries on the "Santa Express" train, which had 67 passengers.

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State House passes smoking ban

Updated: 12/07/2007 - The ban may not get very far in the Senate because majority republicans there oppose it.

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Michigan AFL-CIO chief: Clinton needs to get better on trade

Posted: 12/07/2007 - Gaffney says he thinks John Edwards and some of the other Democratic presidential candidates are more in line with union members when it comes to trade. But he says if Clinton changes her stance, union members will back her.

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Former Muskegon County car dealer pleads to fraud charges

Posted: 12/07/2007 - The 43-year-old former owner of the Discovery Ford dealership in Whitehall Township has pleaded no contest to three felony fraud charges. Prosecutors say he cheated customers on extended warranties and by not paying off loans on trade-ins.

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Jury seated in Stephen Grant murder trial

Posted: 12/07/2007 - Stephen Grant is charged with first-degree murder and mutilating a corpse in the February 9th death of 34-year-old Tara Grant. He'd insisted he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

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Central Michigan extends tuition plan

Posted: 12/07/2007 - The program started in 2005 guarantees the tuition rate a student pays as a freshman will not increase for up to five years. It also eliminates mandatory fees and freezes room and board rates for two years.

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AP Interview: Granholm says she won't raise taxes again

Posted: 12/06/2007 - The Granholm administration still is asking for fee increases to help fund the state departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Quality. Lawmakers have agreed to take up the proposals next month.

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Upper Peninsula case begins Michigan's flu season

Posted: 12/06/2007 - The state Department of Community Health says the child's illness has been confirmed as Influenza B, a type of flu. The child was not hospitalized and is getting better.

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Secretary of State Land pushes for new driver's licenses

Posted: 12/06/2007 - Only people who are Michigan residents and legally in the United States would be able to get the new standard license. Michigan now is one of a handful of states where illegal immigrants can get driver's licenses.

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Casino won't make payment

Posted: 12/05/2007 - New Buffalo's new casino isn't willing to make its first revenue sharing payment.

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Deportations up in Michigan this year

Posted: 12/05/2007 - Officials in Michigan have sent more undocumented immigrants back to their native countries this year than in 2006.

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