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5:14 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

Michigan officials report 6 more swine flu deaths

LANSING, MI – Michigan officials say they've received reports this week of six more deaths from the swine flu, including a 6-month-old child.

The deaths announced Thursday are in addition to 16 since Sept. 1 that state health officials reported in a Monday update. Most of those who died from H1N1 complications had underlying health problems.

The state says Michigan has had 32 H1N1-related deaths this year, including 10 from April to September.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

MI House approves using more stim to fund schools

LANSING, MI – The state House has voted to dig further into Michigan's federal stimulus money to cushion schools from bigger budget cuts this year. But some lawmakers are questioning the wisdom of diverting money that's supposed to help schools balance their budgets next year.

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Sports
11:12 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Predictions of Earle

Sports Talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson

East Lansing, MI – WKAR Sports Talk AM870 host Earle Robinson predicts the Michigan State match up on the gridiron against Western Michigan.

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WKAR Features
7:51 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Lansing Symphony goes "Into the Heavens" with Holst, Poulenc

LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt.

UNDATED – WKAR's Morning Edition host Melissa Ingells speaks with the conductor of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Timothy Muffitt, about the next Masterworks concert at Wharton Center. The program features Holst's "The Planets" and Poulenc's "Gloria." Melissa Ingells first asked Muffitt if the orchestra would perform all of "The Planets," with the caveat that Pluto hadn't been discovered yet when Holst was composing, and has since been demoted:

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In Michigan
6:32 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Newest candidate in MI 7th denies "carpetbagger" claim

JACKSON, MI – There's a new candidate for Michigan's seventh Congressional District.

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Republican Brian Rooney formally announced Thursday he's a 2010 candidate for the seat currently held by Democrat Mark Schauer. First, Rooney will square off in the GOP primary against Republican Tim Walberg and others. Walberg supporters have called Rooney a 'carpetbagger,' claiming he recently moved into the district to run for office there. Rooney calls the comment "silly:"

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Sports
6:04 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Bargnani, Bosh lead Raptors past Pistons

TORONTO – Andrea Bargnani had 22 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season, Chris Bosh scored 25 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 110-99 on Wednesday night.

Hedo Turkoglu added 16 points and Antoine Wright had 12 for the Raptors, who had lost seven of their previous eight games against the Pistons.

Toronto became the first team this season to score more than 100 points against Detroit, which came in second behind Boston in points allowed at 85.3.

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In Michigan
5:51 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Granholm's office says some laid off troopers may not be re-hired

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's office says she cannot say how many Michigan State Police troopers will be called back from layoff. There is money for re-hiring 55 troopers in the state police budget she signed last week. But her spokeswoman says the state's revenue picture is so bleak that another round of cuts in January is a near-certainty. She says the governor won't re-hire troopers that she will have to lay off early next year.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

Officials confirm cougar sighting in eastern U.P.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – State wildlife officials say they've confirmed the sighting of a
cougar in Michigan's eastern Upper Peninsula.

The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday it had determined that a trail camera in Chippewa County snapped a photo of a cougar wandering by one night last month.

Also, the DNR said it had verified two sets of cougar tracks found recently in the same county. One set was spotted near DeTour in late October and the other this week near Gulliver.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

Mich. agriculture commissioner Byrum steps down

LANSING, MI – James Byrum has resigned from the Michigan Commission of Agriculture.

The Onondaga resident said in a release Wednesday that he disagrees with "some of the recent decisions made" affecting the agriculture industry and feels it's time to step down.

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In Michigan
5:46 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

MI House deals with LGBT rights

LANSING, MI – A state House committee voted Wednesday to include gay, lesbian and transgendered people in the state's civil rights law.

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The decision comes on the heels of a Kalamazoo election that upheld a civil rights ordinance protecting gay, lesbian, and transgendered people from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

Democratic state Representative Rebekah Warren.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

MI House panel raids stimulus money to avert $300 per student K12 cuts

LANSING, MI – The state House Appropriations Committee has taken a step toward averting a $300 per-student cut to schools later this month. The committee voted to tap federal stimulus money the state has been saving to help balance next year's schools budget.

The action would not eliminate the cuts. Instead, schools would lose just $165 per student -- which would still force many districts to lay off teachers and other staff.

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In Michigan
4:39 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

Mich. caseworkers afraid for lives due to delays

LANSING, MI – Desperate state caseworkers who have been assaulted inside Michigan welfare offices say they are afraid for their lives because they are behind addressing bulging caseloads caused by the ailing economy.

Seven Department of Human Services employees told lawmakers on Wednesday that residents who need help are waiting up to four hours in county DHS offices. The workers say nerves are frayed and people getting state aid are taking out their frustration on state employees.

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In Michigan
2:28 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

Lansing area elections yield few surprises

LANSING, MI – There were few surprises in yesterday's elections in mid-Michigan.

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Lansing voters said yes to a second term for Mayor Virg Bernero. He captured 62% of the vote to challenger Carol Wood's 37%. Council members Brian Jeffries and Kathie Dunbar retained their seats, while challenger Tina Houghton ousted 16-year council veteran Sandy Allen. Jessica Yorko won the city's fourth ward council seat.

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Sports
9:27 am
Wed November 4, 2009

MSU football coach Mark Dantonio looks for his team to rebound this Saturday

East Lansing, MI – The Michigan State football program coming off of two consecutive heartbreaking losses is heading into this weeks game against the Broncos of Western Michigan re-focused and determined to get respect back.

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In Michigan
7:56 am
Wed November 4, 2009

Canja, Meyer and Proctor win LCC Board seats

Lansing, MI – Final vote tallies are in from Clinton County in the race for three seats on the seven-member Board of Trustees at Lansing Community College.

Chairperson Deborah Canja led the pack. The other seats were won by Larry Meyer and incumbent Robert Proctor. Clinton County results were not available until Wednesday, leaving the outcome uncertain last night.

Meyer, a former Lansing City Council member, says he wants to revisit LCC's offer to purchase the city's parking ramp on Capitol Avenue.

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Arts & Culture
6:48 am
Wed November 4, 2009

Detroit symphony's music director hospitalized

DETROIT – The music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has been hospitalized after experiencing chest discomfort while conducting a concert with the Rotterdam Philharmonic in the Netherlands.

A statement released Tuesday by the DSO says Leonard Slatkin was taken to a hospital Sunday with heart problems and coronary procedures were performed.

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Sports
6:21 am
Wed November 4, 2009

Pistons' guard trio leads them over Magic

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Ben Gordon scored 23 points and Rodney Stuckey added 20 as the short-handed Detroit Pistons beat Orlando 85-80 on Tuesday night, handing the Magic their first loss
of the season.

Detroit guard Tayshaun Prince saw his streak of 496 straight games played end as he was sidelined with a back injury. Prince last missed a game on April 13, 2003 - during his rookie season - against Memphis.

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Sports
6:04 am
Wed November 4, 2009

Osgood's shutout helps Red Wings beat Bruins 2-0

DETROIT – Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom scored in the first period, then Chris Osgood finished with his first shutout of the season to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins.

Osgood made 29 saves Tuesday night. He also got help from the posts behind him to prevent a goal in both the first and second periods for the 50th shutout of his career.

The rebuilding Red Wings are 3-0-1 in their last four games and have a point in seven of their last eight games.

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In Michigan
6:11 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Grand Rapids hospital worker refuses flu shot

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids hospital worker is refusing for religious reasons to take a flu shot required of all employees.

Rachel Denherder says she opposes vaccinations because of her Christian beliefs. She is a respiratory therapist at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

Hospital operator Spectrum Health is one of a growing number of health care systems that have started requiring employees to get flu shots.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Detroit symphony's music director hospitalized

DETROIT – The music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has been hospitalized after experiencing chest discomfort while conducting a concert with the Rotterdam Philharmonic in the Netherlands.

A statement released Tuesday by the DSO says Leonard Slatkin was taken to a hospital Sunday with heart problems and coronary procedures were performed.

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In Michigan
5:40 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

MI judge throws out man's 2001 murder conviction

DETROIT – A judge has thrown out the 2001 murder conviction of a Detroit man after law students discovered evidence that wasn't shared with him at trial.

Dwayne Provience could be released from custody Tuesday when his family posts bond. Prosecutors agreed with his lawyers to ask Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny to set aside the second-degree murder conviction.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

MI Budget chief says plan on 20% cut in government next year

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's budget chief say Michigan is facing another budget deficit in the coming fiscal year of $1.4 billion. The governor will present her plan for balancing that budget early next year.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Lansing area election results

EAST LANSING, MI – Mid-Michigan winners and results from Tuesday's election:

INGHAM COUNTY:

Lansing Mayor: Virg Bernero
Lansing City Council At Large: Brian Jeffries, Kathie Dunbar
Lansing City Council Ward Two: Tina Houghton
Lansing City Council Ward Four: Jessica Yorko

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

General Motors sales rise 4.7% in October

DETROIT, MI – General Motors Co. says its October sales rose 4.7% over the same month last year, a sign that the U.S. auto market was starting a slow recovery from its yearlong slump.

The nation's largest automaker said it sold 176,632 light vehicles last month, up about 13 percent from September sales. That's when nearly all automakers reported dismal numbers because the government's Cash for Clunkers rebates pulled September buyers into July and August.

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In Michigan
2:57 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Lansing Clerk predicts 25% voter turnout

LANSING, MI – Heading into this election day, Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope had projected that 25% of eligible voters in the city would cast ballots. That would match the turnout of the 2005 mayoral election.

After checking in with poll locations around the city this morning, he expects that number to hold up.

"We do an 11 o'clock call-around to our precincts, and tracking that against a couple of other elections, I think we're on track for 25-percent turnout."

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In Michigan
5:38 am
Tue November 3, 2009

Education Committee to hear about federal stimulus requirements

LANSING, MI – State lawmakers must approve education-system reforms before the end of the year to be eligible for federal school-improvement dollars. The state House Education Committee will take testimony this week from a group that will tell the legislators what the state needs to do to qualify for the money.

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In Michigan
6:09 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Mid-Michigan voters prepare for election day

EAST LANSING, MI – Thousands of mid-Michigan voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide a number of civic and school board races.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Mich.'s Christmas tree to be cut in U.P. Wednesday

LANSING, MI – Michigan's official state Christmas tree has grown for 65 years in the western Upper Peninsula.

The 63-foot spruce will be cut down Wednesday in a neighborhood in Bergland about 30 miles east of Ironwood and 20 miles south of the Porcupine Mountains. The tree will stand in front of the state Capitol in Lansing starting Saturday.

Josh and Amanda Lopac agreed to provide the tree that stands on their side lawn.

It will be lit Nov. 20 at Lansing's Silver Bells in the City celebration.

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In Michigan
5:15 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

GAO: Full recoup of gov't auto investment unlikely

WASHINGTON, DC – Government investigators say the U.S. government is unlikely to recover all of its investment in General Motors or Chrysler because the companies' value would need to
"grow substantially ab ove what they have been in the past."

A Government Accountability Office report released Monday is the latest review to cast doubt on the likelihood that taxpayers will fully recoup more than $80 billion invested in the two U.S. automakers.

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In Michigan
5:10 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Granholm resumes campaign against Senate GOP

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm resumes her campaign Monday to convince the public and the Legislature to raise revenue for schools and other services that she says are too crucial to cut. She has stops scheduled in Traverse City and Saginaw.

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