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8:21 pm
Sat October 3, 2009

Michigan State defeats Michigan in overtime thriller

East Lansing, MI – For the first time in 42 years the Michigan State football program has defeated Michigan in two consecutive seasons after Saturdays 26-20 overtime victory. Spartan head coach; Mark Dantonio discusses the keys to the victory as well as what the win does for this program and its young players for the future.

Michigan State improves to 2-3 overall on the season and 1-1 in the Big Ten. Michigan falls from the unbeaten to 4-1 on the year and 1-1 in Big Ten Play.

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Top Stories
5:14 pm
Fri October 2, 2009

MI budget deal hinges on K-12

LANSING, MI – The state Legislature gave itself one more month to finalize a budget deal. And much of the discussion in October is expected to hinge on the K-12 budget - the only budget the House and Senate did not approve.

Governor Granholm says she will pick and choose which budgets to veto. And she says lawmakers must start evaluating new revenue options to fund programs vital to the state.

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In Michigan
6:42 am
Fri October 2, 2009

Questions raised over New Lansing City Market

LANSING, MI – Lansing city officials say the New Lansing City Market is on target to open the first of December. But the scope of the project has changed. The New Market will be smaller than originally proposed and have fewer amenities.

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In Michigan
6:31 am
Fri October 2, 2009

MSU opens Detroit Center

DETROIT – Michigan State University officially opened its Detroit Center Thursday afternoon. The center, located just north of downtown, will house programs for the College of Education and the Community Music School. Office for admissions and government affairs will also be housed there.

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Sports
6:24 am
Fri October 2, 2009

Reshaped Red Wings hope they're still contenders

DETROIT – Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says he knew his team was one of the NHL's best a year ago.

Now, Holland hopes that's still the case.

Detroit fell one victory short of repeating as NHL champions in June, losing to Pittsburgh in a Stanley Cup finals rematch. Since then, the salary cap prevented the Red Wings from keeping star Marian Hossa, other key players and their backup goaltender.

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Sports
6:20 pm
Thu October 1, 2009

Twins beat Tigers 8-3 and avoid elimination

DETROIT, MI – Scott Baker had a strong start and got plenty of run support with a three-run third inning and a four-run eighth, helping the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 8-3 Thursday to avoid elimination from playoff contention.

The AL Central-leading Tigers had a chance to clinch their first division title since 1987 in the finale of the four-game series, but their bats were quieted and their pitchers got roughed up.

The tightest race in baseball won't be decided until this weekend - or early next week if a tiebreaker is necessary.

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In Michigan
6:06 pm
Thu October 1, 2009

Local governments want veto of Mich. budget bill

LANSING, MI – A group representing local governments is among those calling on Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to reject pieces of the state budget approved by the Legislature.

Granholm on Thursday signed a continuation budget that keeps government running for 30 days while lawmakers try to agree on a yearlong spending plan. Lawmakers missed a midnight deadline to balance the budget, forcing a partial government shutdown of less than two hours.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Thu October 1, 2009

Granholm: Vetoes coming, wants new taxes

LANSING, MI – The budget debate at the state Capitol is not over. Governor Granholm says she will veto major portions of the budget bills sent to her Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Granholm says she wants the Legislature to reverse cuts to Medicaid, and the Michigan Promise college scholarship. But she cannot order the Legislature to put money in the budget.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop.

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Sports
3:46 pm
Thu October 1, 2009

Predictions of Earle episode 4

Sports Talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson

East Lansing, MI – Sports Talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson predicts the big match up between Michigan and Michigan State. Earle breaks down the match up between the 1-3 Spartans and the 4-0 Wolverines plus Who is the Man continues

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In Michigan
3:23 pm
Thu October 1, 2009

Bill would force earlier Michigan budget deadline

LANSING, MI – A bipartisan group of first-term House lawmakers is sponsoring a constitutional amendment that would require the state to have a budget in place by July 1.

The group said Thursday the state's second government shutdown since 2007 prompted the move. The proposal calls for lawmakers to forfeit their pay for each day budget bills aren't presented to the governor after the summer deadline.

July 1 is the start of the fiscal year for most states. Michigan and Alabama are the only two that start on Oct. 1.

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In Michigan
3:18 pm
Thu October 1, 2009

State government shuts down for two hours

LANSING, MI – State government shut down at midnight for two hours. The Legislature failed to pass a complete budget deal, but approved a bill that would continue funding for one month.

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3:18 pm
Thu October 1, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE (3:18pm) : Granholm plans budget vetoes

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says the budget sent to her by the Legislature is not acceptable, and she will be making vetoes. She says the Legislature must go back to work on "the right budget."

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WKAR Features
2:41 pm
Thu October 1, 2009

Frank Kelley partners with MSU College of Law

Known as the \"Eternal General,\" Frank Kelley served as Michigan's Attorney General from 1961 to 1998.
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Lansing, MI – Former Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley is lending his name and expertise to a new program at the Michigan State University College of Law. The Frank J. Kelley Institute of Ethics will bring specialists in legal ethics from around the country to lecture and teach.

Known as "The Eternal General", Kelley served as Attorney General from 1961 until 1998. When he left office, he established his own law firm in downtown Lansing.

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In Michigan
7:02 am
Thu October 1, 2009

Mich. art competition down to 10 finalists

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – It's the midway point of a big, new art competition in Grand Rapids and organizers have narrowed down the 10 finalists for the $250,000 top prize.

ArtPrize officials are to announce the finalists Thursday evening.

About 1,260 artists are displaying their works at indoor and outdoor venues throughout the city's downtown. The 18-day event opened Sept. 23 and runs through Oct. 10.

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Sports
5:45 am
Thu October 1, 2009

Red Wings rout Farjestad in final pre-season game

KARLSTAD, SWEDEN – Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-2 rout of Swedish club Farjestad on Wednesday in their last pre-season game.

Detroit will open the NHL regular season in Stockholm with a two-game series against the St. Louis Blues on Friday and Saturday.

Zetterberg, a Swedish native who sat out the first eight pre-season games in North America because of a sore groin, received the biggest ovation before the game from the record crowd of 8,398.

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Sports
5:43 am
Thu October 1, 2009

Bonine, Ordonez help Tigers beat Twins 7-2

DETROIT – Magglio Ordonez hit a three-run double and the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 7-2 on Wednesday night to move closer to the AL Central title.

Eddie Bonine pitched five effective innings after getting off to a rough start for Detroit, which can clinch its first division title since 1987 by beating Minnesota again in Thursday afternoon's series finale.

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Sports
8:24 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

Michigan State hockey coach Rick Comley ready for upcoming season

East Lansing, MI – As the puck is ready to drop on a new hockey season in just a few days, Michigan State coach Rick Comley looks back on last year and previews the upcoming season. After one of the worst seasons for the Michigan State hockey program both on and off the ice last year, Coach Comley belives a much more successful season is ahead with key players returning from a very young team last year and a large freshmen class that will bring size, toughness and skill at every position.

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In Focus Today
7:10 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

MI House and the Senate continue to debate budgets as deadline looms

State Capitol, Lansing.
WKAR photo.

LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol, the House and the Senate continue to debate and vote on budgets with a midnight deadline only few hours away.

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With the deadline approaching, budget bills inched forward, and lawmakers began discussing the need for more revenue to avert spending cuts to scholarships, schools, local governments, and health care.

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In Michigan
6:50 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE (3:01 pm) MI House passes transportation bill

LANSING, MI – The Michigan House has passed a transportation spending bill that includes about $1.2 billion in cuts from the current year.

The bill passed 108-0, with two lawmakers excused. It now goes back to the Senate to await a vote giving it immediate effect.

The measure includes about $10 million in cuts to public transportation, including Amtrak.

The bill would give the transportation department $3.3 billion to spend overall in state and federal funds.

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In Michigan
6:48 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE (3:59 pm) Michigan governor issues temporary layoff notices

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm has begun the process of preparing for a possible partial government shutdown.

The Democratic governor's administration told state employees Wednesday afternoon that they will be temporarily laid off at 12:01 a.m. Thursday unless an interim budget or final budget is in place or they are told to report to work.

Lawmakers are still trying to pass a few budget bills by Wednesday's midnight deadline.

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In Michigan
6:40 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

MSU's Farm Lane reopens

EAST LANSING, MI – Drivers on the Michigan State University campus are back on Farm Lane, 18 months after the start of a major construction project. The improved road now features a railroad bridge, wider lanes and two pedestrian walkways.

Emergency crews say the new underpass will enhance their response time. And students like freshman Lauren Cetnor say it will speed up their daily routines too.

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In Michigan
6:33 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

Lansing Schools' aim to boost attendance on "Count Day"

LANSING, MI – Lansing public schools officials are hoping a growing effort to get kids in classrooms on Wednesday was successful. The head count will help determine state funding for the cash-strapped district for the current school year.

At Lansing's Pattengill Middle School, principal Kirk Sulzman says attendance trends are encouraging.

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Top Stories
6:26 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE (5:00 pm) K-12 budget locks legislators in

LANSING, MI – The state Legislature is heading into the final hours of the fiscal year, and no budget deal has been reached. Both the House and the Senate have passed many targeted budgets. But as Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, a few budgets are keeping the Legislature in a holding pattern.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

Legislature heads into final day of fiscal year

LANSING, MI – The state House and Senate have only a few more hours to finalize a budget deal before the end of the fiscal year. But negotiations are progressing slowly.

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Fierce negotiations over the K-12 school budget, Medicaid and local government revenue sharing have slowed the final stages of a budget deal.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says he's continuing to negotiate with Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE: Lawmakers hold closed door session on state budget; deadline looming

Lansing, MI – House Democrats are meeting in a closed-door caucus on the budget. House leaders have been unable to round up the votes for big spending cuts. Senate Republicans say they won't agree to new taxes to balance the budget. The deadline for finishing the budget is midnight.


WE'LL HAVE MORE on the state budget process later today. Check this website and listen to All Things Considered starting at 4 p.m. on 90.5 WKAR.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE: Michigan House approves a 30-day budget

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
WKAR Photo

LANSING, MI – The Michigan House is voting on a temporary budget that would continue current spending levels for 30 days. That would buy lawmakers more time to reach a budget deal with the midnight deadline drawing closer. The Senate would also have to adopt the temporary plan. But Republican leaders want a temporary budget to cut spending.


WE'LL HAVE MORE on the state budget later today. Check this website, and listen to All Things Considered at 4 p.m. on 90.5 WKAR.

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE: Gov asking for temp budget; House may restore Promise

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is calling on the state Senate to send her a temporary budget right away while the Legislature continues working toward tonight's midnight deadline. The House approved the budget this morning. It's waiting now on a procedural vote in the state Senate. Senate Republican leaders would prefer not to give the governor that kind of leverage in what they hope are the final hours of the budget debate.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE (12:40 pm): House approves Medicaid, higher education budgets

Lansing, MI – The state House has approved Medicaid and higher education budgets by very slim margins. Many Democrats oppose the pact made by House leaders, despite assurances that budget cuts to health care and scholarships will be restored.


WE'LL HAVE MORE on the state budget later today. Check this website and listen to All Things Considered starting at 4 p.m. on 90.5 WKAR.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE (2:05 pm): House, Senate adopt budgets with big cuts to college scholarships, Medicaid

Lansing, MI – At the state Capitol, the House and the Senate are adopting controversial budgets with big cuts to college scholarships and Medicaid. The budgets generally match reduction targets called for by Senate Republicans. But the Senate is not sending budgets to Governor Granholm because they are waiting on procedural votes that allow the budgets to take effect when the new fiscal year begins at midnight. Those votes require some support from Senate Democrats, who oppose the cuts.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE (4:15pm) K-12 budget locks legislators in

LANSING , MI – State lawmakers are heading into the final hours of the fiscal year. A stalemate over the K-12 education budget has stalled the process of reaching a deal.

Some Democrats in the House say the cuts to schools and early childhood education would hurt Michigan's future more than any other proposed cut. But House Appropriations chairman George Cushingberry says the state has to live within its means.

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