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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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In Michigan
4:40 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Report: Stimulus saving Michigan schools jobs

LANSING, MI – A federal report suggests six of every 10 jobs saved or created by the federal stimulus package in Michigan is tied to education.

The report Monday from the U.S. Department of Education says more than 13,600 Michigan jobs affected by the Recovery Act are in education. Last week the federal government said that about 22,500 jobs in the state had been supported by the stimulus package overall.

The recently released education job numbers were revised downward from an initial report of more than 14,000 last month.

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In Michigan
4:15 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Lansing insiders launch primer on state government for candidates

LANSING, MI – A bipartisan group of Lansing insiders has launched an online effort directed at whoever is elected governor next year. The Next Michigan Governor Project is made up of retired political advisors, ex-cabinet officials, lobbyists, and a university president.

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In Michigan
3:36 pm
Mon November 2, 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
1:01 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Perles pledges run for Mich. governor

DETROIT, MI – Former Michigan State University football coach George Perles says he intends to begin his campaign for governor after New Year's Day.

The third winningest coach in Spartan history (68-67-4) tells The Detroit News he would bring "a football atmosphere" to Michigan's state Capitol.

The 75-year-old Democrat and Detroit native said he has enough experience to do the job. He's been a member of MSU's Board of Trustees since 2006.

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WKAR Features
7:52 am
Mon November 2, 2009

State budget affects City of Lansing budget

Lansing City Hall.
WKAR Photo

LANSING, MI – WKAR's City Hall reporter talks with Morning Edition host Melissa Ingells about the cutbacks in state shared revenue and how those cutbacks affect the City of Lansing's budget.

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In Michigan
7:30 am
Mon November 2, 2009

Detroit seeks political stability with election

DETROIT – The look of the Detroit City Council could change drastically when voters go to the polls in the city's fourth election in just over eight months.

Mayor Dave Bing is expected to easily win re-election in Tuesday's nonpartisan race, but five incumbents are being challenged by 13 newcomers for the nine open seats on the council.

The board has been the subject of a federal corruption probe that nabbed Councilwoman Monica Conyers for taking money for her vote on a waste hauling deal.

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In Michigan
7:26 am
Mon November 2, 2009

Michigan lottery ticket sales up despite economy

LANSING, MI – Officials say the Michigan Lottery is thriving despite the economic recession.

According to unofficial figures cited by the Detroit Free Press, the state lottery saw a 2 percent increase in ticket sales from Oct. 1, 2008, through Sept. 30, with $2.3 billion in total sales.

Lottery spokeswoman Andrea Brancato says hefty jackpots played a role in the rise in ticket sales, including large jackpots for the multistate Mega Millions game.

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Sports
6:56 am
Mon November 2, 2009

Wings and Pistons off today

DETROIT – UNDATED (AP) - It's an off day for the Detroit Red Wings and the
Pistons. The Red Wings play at home tomorrow night against the
Boston Bruins, while the Pistons will be hosting the Orlando Magic.

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Sports
6:47 am
Mon November 2, 2009

Rams beat Lions 17-10 in battle of bad teams

DETROIT – Steven Jackson's 25-yard touchdown run with 1:38 left lifted the St. Louis Rams to a 17-10 win over the Detroit Lions, snapping their 17-game losing streak.

The Rams (1-7) avoided matching their worst start in franchise history. They also ended talk about joining Detroit (1-6) as the only teams in NFL history to have an 0-16 season.

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In Michigan
6:45 am
Mon November 2, 2009

Kalamazoo votes Tuesday on gay rights ordinance

KALAMAZOO, MI – On Tuesday, Kalamazoo voters will decide whether to keep a city ordinance protecting gay, lesbian, and transgendered people. It prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, or public accommodations. It's being challenged by a group that says gay activists are seeking special rights.

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In Michigan
5:33 am
Mon November 2, 2009

MDCH reports 16 H1N1 deaths

LANSING, MI – Officials with the state Department of Community Health say 16 people in Michigan have died from the H1N1 flu virussince the outbreak began two months ago. Health officials say most of those who died also suffered from underlying health conditions.

Nearly 60,000 cases of flu-like illness have been reported. Close to 400 people have been hospitalized.


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Top Stories
5:18 pm
Fri October 30, 2009

MSU proposes sweeping cuts

East Lansing, MI – Administrators at Michigan State University are proposing sweeping cuts and consolidations, in anticipation of reductions in state funding.

A plan presented to MSU Trustees Friday would see cuts and mergers campus-wide.
They include a reduction of Agriculture departments from 13 to 6. Geological studies and veterinary technician programs are among others on the chopping block.

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Top Stories
4:16 pm
Fri October 30, 2009

Granholm wraps up new state budget, but wants cuts restored

Lansing, MI – Governor Granholm signed the last of the bills Friday that make up the new state budget. The governor made 75 line item vetoes, but could not restore money for cuts she opposed that were forced on her by the Legislature.

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WKAR Features
1:21 pm
Fri October 30, 2009

Jobs An Issue In Lansing Mayor's Race

LANSING, MI –

When voters cast their ballots for mayor in Lansing next week, many will be thinking about their jobs. Thousands have lost the job they had on election day four years ago.

WKAR's Scott Pohl reports on how the local unemployment numbers could affect the election.

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WKAR Features
10:21 am
Fri October 30, 2009

Under the Radar: Raphael reviews Trotsky biography

Reviewer Lev Raphael.
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EAST LANSING, MI – Lev Raphael reviews Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary by Bernard Patenaude in his monthly Under the Radar segment. He talked with WKAR's Melissa Ingells about the book.

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In Michigan
7:01 am
Fri October 30, 2009

Much of Michigan stimulus money not yet spent

LANSING, MI – The state of Michigan has crossed the $10 billion mark in federal stimulus money.

According to Leslee Fritz, director of the Michigan Economic Recovery Office, federal stimulus money has helped Michigan offset the budget deficit. Money has also gone to local governments, and to non-profits.

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In Michigan
6:12 am
Fri October 30, 2009

Southside Community Center opens to the public

LANSING, MI – The city of Lansing held an open house last night for the new southside Community Center in the former Harry Hill High School. The city has been talking about putting a community center on the southside for nearly two decades.

City Council President Derrick Quinney was on the search committee that chose the school. He also was in the first graduating class from Harry Hill in 1973. Quinney says the city invested two-point-two million dollars fixing up the building which includes a pool, gym and auditorium.

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Sports
6:04 am
Fri October 30, 2009

Oilers beat Red Wings in shootout

EDMONTON, ALBERTA – Patrick O'Sullivan beat Jimmy Howard with a wrist shot in the third round of a shootout, and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped Henrik Zetterberg on Detroit's final attempt to give the Edmonton Oilers a 6-5 victory Thursday night.

The Red Wings overcame a 5-1 deficit to force overtime.

Zetterberg started the rally midway through the second period, and Jonathan Ericsson, Todd Bertuzzi and Patrick Eaves had third-period goals. Darren Helm also scored.

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In Michigan
4:10 pm
Thu October 29, 2009

House committee passes community college B.A. degrees

Sports
2:53 pm
Thu October 29, 2009

Predictions of Earle

Sports Talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson

East Lansing, MI – Sports Talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson breaks down the Michigan State Minnesota match up. The who is the man contest continues as well.

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In Michigan
11:48 am
Thu October 29, 2009

Survey: Michigan Voters May Be Ready To Relax Term Limits

LANSING, MI –

A Michigan State University survey suggests voters may be ready to relax term limits for legislators. The survey of 1,036 Michigan residents over 18 was conducted by the MSU Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.

The survey found that most Michigan residents don't know the details of the state's term limits amendment. It limits House members to six years in office and senators to eight years.

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In Michigan
11:19 am
Thu October 29, 2009

Poll puts Bernero in lead for Mayor's office

LANSING, MI – A new poll on Lansing's Mayor's race puts Incumbent Mayor Virg Bernero in a considerable lead over his challenger, Carol Wood.

The poll was commissioned by political consultant Bill Ballenger for his news letter Inside Michigan Politics. It puts the race in Bernero's favor at 58 to 42 points. Ballenger says Wood hasn't lost the race yet.

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WKAR Features
10:22 am
Thu October 29, 2009

LCC Board: Three To Be Elected

LANSING, MI –

In 2007, three candidates ran as a slate for the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees, promising harmony on a board often troubled by discord...and all three were elected.

One of them, Deb Canja, has become the board's chairwoman.

Canja is running for re-election next week. And this year, voters have two slates of candidates to consider.

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In Michigan
5:56 am
Thu October 29, 2009

Feds: Leader of MI Islamic group killed in raid

DETROIT – Federal authorities in Detroit say they fatally shot the leader of a radical fundamentalist Sunni Islam group after he failed to surrender on several criminal charges.

The U.S. attorney's office says Luqman Ameen Abdullah was killed while exchanging gunfire with federal agents Wednesday at a warehouse in Dearborn. An FBI dog also died.

A court document says Abdullah, also known as Christopher Thomas, is an imam, or prayer leader, of a radical group whose primary mission is to establish an Islamic state within the United States.

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Sports
5:44 am
Thu October 29, 2009

Ray, Anderson no longer on Mich. St. active roster

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State reserve running backs Caulton Ray and Andre Anderson have been removed from the team's active roster.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio confirmed the move in a written statement Wednesday but did not elaborate.

Associate athletic director John Lewandowski said he will not speculate on the players' future with the program.

Both running backs had fallen behind true freshmen Larry Caper and Edwin Baker on the Spartans' depth chart.

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Sports
5:40 am
Thu October 29, 2009

Hamilton, Gordon lead Pistons past Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, TN – Richard Hamilton scored 25 points, Ben Gordon added 22, and the Detroit Pistons ran away from the Memphis Grizzlies 96-74 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.

The two guards were a combined 17 of 31 from the floor, and that was after Hamilton started the game missing five of his first six shots.

Hamilton left the game after spraining his right ankle on a shot with just under 5 minutes to play. He hit one of the two ensuing free throws, then went straight to the dressing room on the next dead ball.

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