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DETROIT — Some Michigan airports that could be forced to shutter their air traffic control towers or sacrifice midnight shifts are pressing their cases with federal transportation officials to preserve those services. Six air traffic control towers in the state are among 238 that could close nationwide, and two other airports could eliminate overnight shifts in early April as the Federal Aviation Administration prepares to shut off funding for those services. The shutdowns are the result of the FAA's move to reduce spending by $600 million under automatic federal budget cuts. By Jeff Karoub.
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— DEAD PEOPLE-WELFARE — A Republican Michigan lawmaker is seeking to crack down on welfare abuse by ensuring the state isn't giving out food assistance to dead people. The House Family, Children and Seniors Committee approved a bill last week that would require monthly checks to see if a Bridge Card recipient has died.
— FISHING REGULATIONS — — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is planning a series of public meetings on proposed fishing regulations and fisheries management policies. Officials also will explain newly adopted changes to rules that deal specifically with northern pike and muskellunge.
HOUGHTON LAKE — For two weeks, everyone at the club talked about what Chase Wood had done. And for those two weeks, his brother Hunter Wood had to listen to it. The 13-year-old twins come every Wednesday to the Houghton Lake Sportsmen's Club, where the National Rifle Association sponsors a series of target-shooting programs that the brothers take part in. But it was Chase who shot so well during a proficiency program in early February that he qualified for the NRA's Distinguished Expert Status, its highest level of recognition. By John Carlisle. Detroit Free Press.
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GRAND RAPIDS — Ashley McGrath is following her bliss and leaving a wonderful trail of music and art in her wake. A professionally trained musician, McGrath, 25, is a member of The Soil And The Sun, the popular Grand Rapids-based band that just snagged two Jammie Awards in February. She's married to lead singer and guitarist, Alex McGrath. On stage, she sings and plays oboe, keyboard and a slick, red accordion. By Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood. The Grand Rapids Press.
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ANN ARBOR — No. 2 Indiana needs to close the regular season with a win at No. 7 Michigan on Sunday afternoon to avoid sharing the Big Ten men's basketball title. By Larry Lage. Game started at 4 p.m.
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EAST LANSING — No. 10 Michigan State is hoping a win over Northwestern on Sunday night and an Indiana loss will give the Spartans a share of the Big Ten men's basketball title. By Noah Trister. Game starts at 6 p.m.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Purdue faces Michigan State on Sunday afternoon in the unlikely championship of the Big Ten women's tournament. The Boilermakers beat No. 21 Nebraska 77-64 in the semifinals on Saturday, then Michigan State upset eighth-ranked Penn State 54-46 to advance to the final. By Andrew Seligman. Game started at 4 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers try to gain ground in the West playoff race Sunday night when they host the Detroit Pistons, who have lost four straight. By Beth Harris. Game starts at 9:30 p.m.
LAKELAND, Fla. — Rick Porcello pitched five shutout innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 Sunday. Porcello gave up three hits and struck out four. He has fanned 14 without a walk this spring, and has a 2.08 ERA. Porcello is competing with Drew Smyly for the final opening in the Tigers' rotation. Smyly has yet to allow a run in nine innings.
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