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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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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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In Michigan
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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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.
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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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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

MI Legislature considers physicians tax

LANSING, MI – A tax on physicians' earnings approved by the state House may have come to a standstill in the Senate. Democrats approved the bill in an effort to fill cuts made to Medicaid in the budget last week.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says he does not think his fellow Republican senators would vote for any new taxes. But Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon says he thinks he can find some Republican support.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

Michigan K-12 deal stalls again

LANSING, MI – A school budget deal fell apart Wednesday at the state Capitol. The state will be without a school aid budget for a full week Thursday because lawmakers are at an impasse.

State Representative Terry Brown chairs the House schools budget subcommittee. He says it's tough for lawmakers to force big spending rollbacks on K-12 education.

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Arts & Culture
7:03 am
Wed October 7, 2009

Detroit's Sphinx orchestra again playing NYC's Carnegie Hall

DETROIT – Some of the best up-and-coming string players in the U.S. will take the stage at Carnegie Hall for their annual stop at the prestigious New York venue.

The Sphinx Chamber Orchestra is made up of top alumni of the Sphinx Competition for young black and Latino players.

Started better than a decade ago in the Detroit area, the Sphinx Organization strives to increase the participation of minorities in music schools, as professional musicians and as members of classical music audiences.

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Sports
6:57 am
Wed October 7, 2009

Spartans hope win a springboard for season

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio is talking about his team's biggest game. As always, it is the next one.

After a 26-20 overtime win against Michigan, the Spartans (2-3, 1-1 Big Ten) will try to reach .500 with their first road win in three tries when they visit Illinois (1-3, 0-2) this Saturday.

Dantonio says Michigan State needs to use its last game as a springboard for the rest of the season. Otherwise, it is just a win for state bragging rights.

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Sports
6:55 am
Wed October 7, 2009

Tigers blow game, division against Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – Misplayed flyballs, poor baserunning, squandered at-bats.

The Detroit Tigers put a fitting end to a historic collapse by committing every blunder imaginable in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday that cost them their first division title since 1987.

The Tigers held a seven-game lead on the Twins on Sept. 6, but limped to an 11-16 finish that made them the first team since 1901 to miss out on the playoffs after holding a three-game lead with four to play.

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In Michigan
6:28 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

Mich. House votes to suspend income tax exemption

LANSING, MI – The Democratic-led state House has voted to suspend an inflationary increase in the personal exemption on Michigan's income tax to help avoid deeper spending cuts in state government.

A bill approved Tuesday 58-51 mostly along party lines would save roughly $55 million in the new budget year. The legislation next will be considered by the Republican-controlled Senate.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

Lansing clean coal rally draws huge crowd

LANSING, MI – A huge crowd gathered on the state Capitol lawn Wednesday to call on state regulators to approve permits for new coal-fired power plants.

Most of the men wore hardhats and work boots. They say new power plants would create new construction jobs.

The state will have lost an estimated one-million jobs by the end of next year. House Speaker Andy Dillon says part of that job loss comes from Governor Granholm blocking construction of more coal plants.

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5:00 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

Orquesta Ritmo | BackStage Pass

Big band salsa from Michigan, a dance favorite led by Mike Eyia.

Originally aired 10/6/09

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

House passes new revenues

LANSING, MI – The state House was locked from the inside Tuesday night as lawmakers debated tax hikes proposed by Democrats. Lawmakers passed a 3% tax on physicians, intended to backfill cuts to Medicaid.

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