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10:23 am
Mon October 12, 2009

MI Air lab on wheels studies effect of fine pollution

EAST LANSING, MI – A new air quality lab on wheels will be making the rounds of southeastern Michigan to study the effects of small pollution particles that can kill or sicken people and
livestock.

Michigan State University veterinary professor Jack Harkema directs the work of the 53-foot, $400,000 converted semitrailer called AirCARE2.

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10:02 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Budget debate continues at Capitol

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is expected to resume signing and vetoing parts of budget bills this week. At the same time, she and the Legislature still have to decide how they will pay for spending plans.

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Sports
7:31 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Michigan St RB Winston needs season-ending surgery

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says running back Glenn Winston needs season-ending knee surgery.

Dantonio made the announcement Sunday, a day after the Spartans won 24-14 at Illinois.

Winston's right knee buckled and he had to be helped off the field and carted to the locker room at halftime after running for 69 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

Winston had 60 carries this season for 204 yards rushing, ranking second on the team, and two scores.

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Sports
7:18 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Steelers beat Lions 28-20 for 2nd straight win

DETROIT – Ben Roethlisberger had a season-high three touchdowns passes and the Pittsburgh Steelers held on to beat the Detroit Lions 28-20 Sunday, winning two straight for the first time this season.

The Steelers (3-2) went ahead on Rashard Mendenhall's TD run midway through the first quarter and took a 15-point lead in the third on Roethlisberger's 47-yard pass to rookie Mike Wallace.

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Sports
7:12 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Gordon, Stuckey help Pistons over Hawks

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Ben Gordon scored 22 points and Rodney Stuckey added 20 as the new-look Detroit Pistons remained undefeated in the preseason with a 100-91 victory over the Atlanta
Hawks on Sunday night.

The Pistons are now 3-0 even though Charlie Villanueva (hamstring) has yet to play. Richard Hamilton and Will Bynum combined for 26 more points, helping Detroit overcome just eight points from its starting frontcourt.

Marvin Williams led the Hawks (1-1) with 19 points, while Othello Hunter had 14 and rookie Jeff Teague scored 12.

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In Michigan
6:15 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Education reform conference committee could be close

LANSING, MI – The chairs of state House and Senate Education Committees are working to reach consensus on reform plans. A key difference right now is the urgency of getting something done quickly.

The Senate Education Committee began discussing the House education reform plan last week.

Democratic House Education Committee Chairman Tim Melton said, "I'm thrilled that they're finally moving the ball down the court."

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Sports
5:03 pm
Sat October 10, 2009

Spartans run past Illiniois 24-14

Champiagn Ill. – CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Keith Nichol threw for 179 yards in his first start to lead Michigan State to a 24-14 win over Illinois on Saturday.Larry Caper rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown for Michigan State (3-3, 2-1). Glenn Winston ran for 69 yards and a score in the first half before leaving with a knee injury.

Nichol, a sophomore, started in place of Drew Cousins, who entered the game late. Nichol was 13-for-25 with an interception.

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6:40 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

Mich. officials say 12 infected with salmonella

LANSING, MI – State officials say an outbreak of salmonella linked to alfalfa sprouts has sickened 12 people in Michigan, with two cases requiring hospitalization.

The Michigan Departments of Agriculture and Community Health issued a public-health alert Friday warning residents to avoid eating raw alfalfa sprouts until the outbreak's origin can be determined.

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6:36 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

MI winter home heating costs expected to be lower

LANSING, MI – Home heating costs this winter are expected to be lower than last year for many Michigan households because of a drop in natural gas prices and the probability of a
warmer winter.

The Michigan Public Service Commission issued its winter energy
appraisal Friday.

It says residential natural gas prices are expected to average
12%-16% lower than last year, although some of those savings won't be realized if several utilities raise their rates.

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6:13 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

Legislature passes K-12 budget

LANSING, MI – The state Legislature worked until midnight Thursday night to pass the K-through-12 schools budget. The budget needed to be approved this week in order to avoid losing millions of dollars from the federal government, and to insure schools continue getting checks.

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Top Stories
6:12 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

MI legislature turns focus to revenue

LANSING, MI – State lawmakers have approved the budget for this fiscal year, but now they must discuss revenue options to fill some of the holes created by deep cuts.

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Through months of budget negotiations, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop has remained committed to a plan that balanced the budget with cuts alone.

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Sports
6:02 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

Red Wings forward Johan Franzen out 4 months

Detroit, MI – DETROIT (AP) Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen is out for at least four months with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

The club announced the injury Friday.

The team says Franzen was injured in Thursday night's 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Franzen scored the game-winning goal in the second period of Detroit's home opener.

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In Michigan
2:45 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

Public disclosure comes with Mich. schools budget

LANSING, MI – Michigan's public schools will be required to make more of their financial information available on the Internet under terms of a budget bill that soon will be signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

The K-12 schools bill cuts funding by the equivalent of $165 per student. Schools will get about 3 percent less money overall this academic year than during 2008-09.

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In Michigan
10:14 am
Fri October 9, 2009

Governor Will Sign School Budget

LANSING (MI) – Gov. Jennifer Granholm will sign a budget providing state aid to Michigan's K-12 schools.

Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd says the governor will sign the legislation passed by Michigan lawmakers. The bill cuts funding by the equivalent of $165 per student in the current academic year.

The school deal passed late Thursday compares to the $218 per-student cut that lawmakers rejected last week.

Lawmakers still have not approved a revenue plan to come up with the $100,000,000 needed to allow for the smaller reduction in schools funding.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Mich. took in $130M less than expected in Sept.

LANSING, MI – Michigan's financial picture is worse than expected more than four months ago.

The nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency reported Thursday that the state has taken in $130 million less in revenue through September than projected in May.

Half of the revenue would have gone to K-12 schools. The other half would have paid for general government services such as prisons and health care.

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5:11 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Governor Granholm orders merger of DNR/DEQ

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm issued an executive order to combine the functions of the Department of Environmental Quality with the Department of Natural Resources. The new Department of Natural Resources and Environment is expected to go into effect next January.

Granholm estimates the merger will save the state up to $1.5 million. However, the state House and Senate committee overseeing the D-N-R and D-E-Q budgets estimated savings at about $350,000.

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Top Stories
4:42 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Michigan looks to finalize K-12 budget

LANSING, MI – State lawmakers hope to finalize the K-through-12 schools budget Thursday evening.

Officials say millions of federal dollars are on the line, and some form of a budget must be passed this week to make sure schools continue to get checks.

Democratic state Representative George Cushingberry chairs the House Appropriations Committee. He says if the cuts made to schools are too deep for lawmakers to approve, it's time to find new revenue.

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Sports
4:31 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Predictions of Earle

Sports Talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson

East Lansing, MI – Welcome sports fans to another edition of Predictions of Earle. The sports talk AM 870 host breaks down the match up with Illinois as well as his picks for the Who is the Man contest

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In Michigan
3:29 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Gov. Granholm orders merger of DNR, DEQ

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has ordered the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality be merged into one department by January. The new name will be the Department of Natural Resources and Environment. There will be one director to oversee all DNRE programs. The chair of the House committee for natural resources says they will begin hashing out details of the department next week.

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Sports
11:48 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Michigan State hockey preview

Sports Talk AM870 producer Rob Bennett

East Lansing, MI – WKAR sports talk producer and co-host Rob Bennett previews the Michigan State hockey team for the upcoming year.

As the new season for the green and white skaters opens this Friday night against Clarkston, Sports Talk producer Rob Bennett who has been covering Michigan State hockey for the past 6 years looks at what fans can expect from this young team.

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In Michigan
9:24 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Tax proposals stall in Legislature

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
WKAR Photo

Lansing, MI – New revenue proposals from Democratic lawmakers in Lansing are having trouble gaining momentum.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says because the Senate was able to pass a balanced budget with no new revenue, he does not think his fellow Republicans will vote for new taxes now. The Senate is sitting on a tax on physicians' earnings passed by the House.

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In Michigan
8:32 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Mich. agriculture offices to close to save money

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Department of Agriculture is permanently closing all of its regional offices statewide to save money.

Agriculture Director Don Koivisto said Wednesday in a release that a district office in Marquette and regional offices in Detroit, Escanaba, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Saginaw, St. Joseph and Traverse City will be closed to save $600,000 annually.

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In Michigan
7:21 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Granholm wants Robert Bobb to stay on for 2nd year

DETROIT – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she wants the emergency financial manager of Detroit's schools to stay on for a second year to continue efforts to improve the struggling district.

Granholm told reporters Wednesday after a Midwestern Governors Association event that Robert Bobb is "doing a very tough but very important job" for the district, which faces a $259 million budget deficit.

Bobb said this week he wouldn't commit to staying on beyond his contract but has been in talks with Granholm's office.

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In Michigan
7:06 am
Thu October 8, 2009

9,200 still without power after winds batter Mich.

DETROIT – About 9,200 Michigan utility customers remain without power after wind gusts of up to 61 mph battered parts of the state.

The high winds originally left nearly 110,000 DTE Energy Co. and Consumers Energy customers throughout the Lower Peninsula without electrical service on Wednesday.

DTE spokesman Scott Simons said Thursday about 4,000 outages remain scattered throughout Wayne and Oakland counties, but power should be restored by later in the day.

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Sports
7:03 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Gordon's 24 lead Pistons over Bucks, 113-104

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Ben Gordon scored 24 points to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 113-104 pre-season victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

Reserve Will Bynum scored 23 for Detroit (2-0), while rookie Brandon Jennings led the Bucks (0-2) with 18.

The game was tied at 55 after a foul-filled first half, but Detroit outscored the Bucks 28-16 in the third and won going away.

The officials called 68 fouls and ejected Carlos Delfino and Austin Daye for fighting in the final minute.

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Sports
6:48 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Lions QB Stafford misses practice with knee injury

ALLEN PARK, MI – Matthew Stafford was held out of practice Wednesday by the Detroit Lions because of his injured right knee.

The Lions chose to not say anything more than that.

Detroit coach Jim Schwartz replied, 'We'll see on Sunday,' when told the Pittsburgh Steelers said they expected to face Stafford.

Daunte Culpepper took snaps with the first-string offense while Stafford watched, wearing a red No. 9 jersey, a Tigers cap, black shorts and shoes.

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Sports
6:44 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Tigers' Leyland says 'shame on us' for not winning

DETROIT – Jim Leyland says the Detroit Tigers have no one to blame but themselves for losing a three-game lead in the AL Central with four scheduled games left.

That doesn't change how Detroit's manager felt Wednesday about a key moment in the 163rd game of the season.

Brandon Inge's jersey was grazed by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 12th inning at Minnesota, but the umpire didn't put him on first to force home a go-ahead run.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

Thousands mob Detroit center in hopes of free cash

DETROIT, MI – Police say authorities had to break up scuffles after thousands of Detroit residents tried to apply for free federal money.

Long lines snaked into a downtown center Wednesday morning, but applications ran out quickly on the final day to get paperwork for a homelessness prevention program.

Police say fights broke out as people pushed and shoved for spots in line. Several people have been treated for fainting and exhaustion.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

ACLU: Breath tests ordered by MI deputies are illegal

SUTTONS BAY, MI – A northern Michigan sheriff says his office will investigate allegations that deputies have illegally entered homes and forced young people to take a breath test for alcohol.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan sent a letter to Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Oltersdorf asking him to stop the practice. The letter mentions two Breathalyzer incidents during summer.

In a third incident in August, the ACLU says deputies entered a home and asked for everyone's identification.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

Granholm wants to use veto power to shape budget

DETROIT, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants the Republican-led state Senate to send her budget measures that already have been passed so she can use her veto power to shape the final spending plan.

The Democratic governor told reporters after a Midwestern Governors Association event Wednesday in Detroit that some budget measures "are not satisfactory."

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