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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Detroit.

Friday
Oct172014

Marathon Road Closures Announced

(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon is being held in Detroit this Sunday and that means lots of road closures and delays for motorists.

Detroit Police have released a list of the streets where traffic will be affected. It can be found here.

Police said vehicles will be allowed to cross the course at major intersections when it's safe to do so, however, extended delays are expected at peak runner times. No vehicles are allowed on the course unless on official marathon business.


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Friday
Oct172014

Ben Affleck Surprises Michigan State Football Team

(EAST LANSING, Mich.) -- It's no surprise that Ben Affleck is filming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in East Lansing, but a group of college athletes were surprised to found out he was working out right at their school.

The movie star was lifting weights on Thursday at the Michigan State University football weight room when coach Mark Dantonio asked him to address the team before practice.

Affleck, 42, introduced himself saying, "I'm Batman," according to the Detroit Free Press, and took several photos with the team.


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Friday
Oct172014

Michigan's Unemployment Rate Dips

(LANSING, Mich.) -- Michigan saw a dip in its unemployment rate last month, according to figures released by the state's Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

The report by the department said Michigan's unemployment rate stood at 7.2 percent in September, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month.

Nationally, the U.S. unemployment rate dropped from 6.1 percent in August to 5.9 percent in September.


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Thursday
Oct162014

Former City Cop Takes Charge of Security at Detroit Schools

(DETROIT) -- A former Deputy Chief of the Detroit Police Department has been placed in charge of securing the city's schools.

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin announced Wednesday that Stacy Brackens has been appointed to serve as Chief of the Detroit Public Schools Police Department.

Brackens has been serving as the acting chief of the Schools Police Department since July 1.

"As a product of DPS, this is my way of giving back," Brackens said in a statement. "Working at DPS is not just a vocation, but an avocation."

His appointment took effect on Tuesday.


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Thursday
Oct162014

GM Reports Best Third Quarter Sales Since 1980

(DETROIT) -- General Motors on Wednesday reported its best third quarter sales since 1980, despite a litany of recalls for assorted problems and defects including a faulty ignition switch now linked to 27 deaths.

Between July and September, the automaker said it sold 2,449,595 vehicles worldwide, up 2 percent from 2013.

In the U.S. and China -- GM's largest markets -- third quarter sales were up 8 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

“GM delivered its best third quarter global sales in 34 years thanks to solid growth in the United States and China, and steady improvement in Opel’s market share,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. “We have launches now underway, including the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon in North America, the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa in Europe, and the Buick Envision and Cadillac ATS-L in China, that will keep our momentum going.”

So far this year, GM has sold 7,371,743 vehicles through September -- an increase of 2 percent.


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