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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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In Michigan
1:04 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

K-12 Education Budget May Be Near

LANSING (MI) – House and Senate leaders at the state Capitol say they are close to a deal on a K-12 schools budget. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says the Senate will either adopt a budget on Wednesday, or approve a temporary spending plan that will allow schools to receive federal funds and state aid payments. There has been no schools budget since the state's new fiscal year began six days ago.


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In Michigan
6:53 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Investment adviser sentenced in fraud case

MASON, MI – A Lansing-area investment adviser accused of defrauding investors of hundreds of thousands of dollars has been sentenced to five to 30 years in prison.

Ingham County Circuit Judge Joyce Draganchuk also ordered Jeffrey Sadlak of Delta Township to pay $487,384 in restitution to his victims.

Draganchuk said during Monday's sentencing hearing: "I think our prison space is very, very well-used with your person being in it, Mr. Sadlak."

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In Michigan
6:48 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Deal in place for group to buy Michigan dunes

SAUGATUCK, MI – A conservation group has agreed to buy 171 acres of Lake Michigan shoreline sand dunes in Saugatuck from Aubrey McClendon, co-owner of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Land Conservancy of West Michigan has been working with The Nature Conservancy and the city of Saugatuck to acquire the property. The cost would be about $23.2 million.

The deal hinges on getting a $12.6 million state grant in early December. Contributions would cover the rest.

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In Michigan
6:46 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Governor pressing lawmakers to support revenue

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is lobbying lawmakers to approve new revenue to backfill big budget cuts in bills sent to her last week by the Legislature. The governor says she will veto many parts of those budgets if lawmakers don't approve more revenue.

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In Michigan
6:45 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Legislative leaders say K-12 budget deal near

LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol, House and Senate leaders say they're close to a deal on K-12 schools spending. The state's been operating without a K-12 budget since the new fiscal year began on Thursday. That's put federal school funds and state aid payments at risk.

The House and the Senate have split on how much money the state will cut from K-12 schools this year. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says funding for schools has been delayed for too long.

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In Michigan
6:05 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Wayne St. prof runs for Mich. secretary of state

LANSING, MI – A Wayne State University assistant law professor is announcing her candidacy to become Michigan's next secretary of state.

Democrat Joceyln Benson is making stops Tuesday in Detroit and Lansing, followed by Wednesday visits to Flint and Grand Rapids.

Benson helped develop the Democratic National Committee's first nationwide "election protection" program in 2004.

The Harvard law graduate has written a book about democracy and state-level secretaries of state to be published later in the year. She lives in Detroit.

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In Michigan
5:48 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Bing says AFSCME given city's final contract offer

DETROIT – Mayor Dave Bing says little progress has been made in negotiations with the city's largest union over a 10-percent pay cut and other concessions.

Bing met several hours Monday with negotiators for the 3,500-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

The Detroit News reports that Bing says he may have to lay off more workers after the city presented its final offer to the union. Bing says the concessions are needed to help trim a $300 million budget deficit.

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Sports
5:42 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Lions say Stafford is day to day with knee injury

ALLEN PARK, MI – Lions coach Jim Schwartz says Matthew Stafford is day to day with a knee injury.

Schwartz refused to say Monday whether Stafford's right kneecap was dislocated, adding "we'll know more," on Wednesday.

Stafford, the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, had the knee twisted on a sack in Sunday's 48-24 loss against the Chicago Bears. Daunte Culpepper replaced Stafford on the Detroit's next possession, and Stafford got the knee wrapped on the sideline.

Detroit (1-3) hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) on Sunday.


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Sports
5:40 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Game No. 163 (again): Twins host Tigers for title

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins seem to think that 162 regular-season games aren't enough.

The Twins will host the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday in a tiebreaker for the American League Central title and a trip the playoffs. It is the second straight season that the Twins have needed a 163rd game to finish the season.

The Twins lost a playoff to the White Sox in Chicago last year. But they get homefield advantage in the Metrodome this time around.

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Sports
5:38 am
Tue October 6, 2009

New-look Pistons beat Heat, 87-83

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Will Bynum scored 15 points and the new-look Detroit Pistons got off to a successful start with a 87-83 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night in the pre-season
opener for both teams.

Dwyane Wade led Miami with 18 points.

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

Detroit papers raise daily newsstand price

DETROIT, MI – The newsstand price of The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press has doubled to $1, the first increase since 2003.

The change covers papers sold Monday through Saturday at coin boxes or at retailers. The $1.50 price of the Sunday edition of the Free Press won't change in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, although some dealers must stop selling it for $1.

The News doesn't publish a print edition on Sunday. Home delivery prices aren't changing.

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In Michigan
6:14 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

Lansing airport adds Minneapolis route

LANSING, MI – Lansing's Capital Region International Airport is resuming flight service to Minneapolis.

Delta Air Lines has announced plans to add direct flights to and from Minneapolis beginning in January. The service had been dropped in August.

The Lansing State Journal reports that the Lansing to Minneapolis departure will be at 7:25 am. Flights from Minneapolis to Lansing will arrive at about 10 pm.

Delta is also resuming a 5:40 am flight to Detroit Metropolitan Airport in November.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

Lansing focuses on revenue discussion

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is getting ready to veto some parts of budgets passed by the Legislature. State lawmakers are discussing new revenue options. The Democratic-controlled House could start voting on new taxes and fees to help balance the budget as early as Tuesday.

House Majority Floor Leader Kathy Angerer.

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In Michigan
5:16 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

Supreme Court to take up credit scoring controversy

LANSING, MI – The state Supreme Court opens its new session Tuesday with a hearing on whether insurance companies can use their customers' credit scores to help set their rates.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

Federal funds to MI schools halted because of budget impasse

LANSING, MI – The state Department of Education says it cannot distribute millions of dollars in federal funds to local schools because Michigan does not have a K-12 schools budget.

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In Michigan
7:16 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Governor says Legislature still has long way to go

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says the Legislature still has a lot of work to do as she readies her pen to veto parts of budgets sent to her last week.

Governor Granholm says she will meticulously review budgets before making her decisions on what to sign and what to veto. But she says there's a lot that she finds unacceptable. This is from her radio address that aired over the weekend.

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In Michigan
7:01 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Judge will size up new Detroit police monitor

DETROIT – A judge overseeing reforms at the Detroit Police Department is holding a hearing on the appointment of a new monitor to keep track of the city's progress.

Detroit and the U.S. Justice Department recently settled on Robert Warshaw for the job. He's supposed to attend a hearing Monday in front of U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr.

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Sports
5:33 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Cutler leads Bears over Lions 48-24

CHICAGO – Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, and the Chicago Bears pulled away in the second half to beat the Detroit Lions 48-24 on Sunday after they snapped their 19-game losing streak last week.

Matt Forte ran for 121 yards, rookie Johnny Knox returned a kickoff 102 yards and the Bears headed into their bye with their third straight win.

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Sports
5:31 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Tigers extend season with 5-3 win over White Sox

DETROIT – Justin Verlander and Ryan Raburn gave the Detroit Tigers at least one more game.

Raburn hit two homers and Magglio Ordonez had a solo shot to lead slumping Detroit over the Chicago White Sox 5-3 Sunday, assuring the Tigers of at least a tiebreaker for the AL Central title.

The Tigers and Twins began the day tied for the division lead. The Twins won at home against Kansas City.

The Twins will host a one-game playoff Tuesday.

Detroit won for only the third time in eight games.

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5:27 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Census: Detroit population difficult to estimate

DETROIT – The Detroit Free Press reports that census takers have a harder time accurately counting residents in Detroit than in other large cities.

Two recent estimates of the city's population showed a 17.3 percent difference.

While all cities show some variance in the two estimates, no other city in the top 25 in the United States showed a comparable difference. Most large cities showed differences between the estimates of less than 3 percent.

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Sports
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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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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