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8:20 am
Fri September 25, 2009

MI Senate passes targeted budgets

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
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LANSING, MI – The state Senate started voting on budgets Thursday night. But beyond that, not much forward progress was seen in budget negotiations at the state Capitol.

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Political differences and party lines were drawn as House and Senate conference committees dealing with Medicaid and local government revenue sharing made little or no movement toward an agreement.

House Speaker Andy Dillon.

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In Michigan
6:32 am
Fri September 25, 2009

Senate's OK of $400M Great Lakes bill draws praise

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - A leading environmental group is praising the U.S. Senate's approval of $400 million for cleaning up and restoring the Great Lakes.

The Senate passed the measure Thursday night as part of a $32 billion spending measure for the Interior Department for the budget year that starts next week.

It passed on a 77-21 vote, with Michigan Democrats Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow voting yes.

In June, the House approved $475 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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In Michigan
6:18 am
Fri September 25, 2009

Poll: Most voters like mix of cuts, tax increases

LANSING, MI – A new poll indicates about 6 of every 10 Michigan voters want lawmakers to use a combination of spending cuts and tax increases to balance the state's budget.

The survey released Thursday by EPIC-MRA of Lansing says a cuts-only approach was favored by about a quarter of respondents, while 5 percent said increases alone should be used.

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In Michigan
6:16 am
Fri September 25, 2009

MSU grad killed in Korea gets posthumous medal

EAST LANSING, MI – A Michigan State University graduate who died as a Chinese prisoner during the Korean War is being awarded the Purple Heart medal in a campus ceremony next week.

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers will preside over the ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Demonstration Hall. Army 1st Lt. Baldwin R. Carr was captured on April 25, 1951, and died in captivity. His family never received his body.

Rogers' office says Gordon Carr will accept the medal on his brother's behalf.

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Sports
5:41 am
Fri September 25, 2009

Blackout: Redskins-Lions game won't be on local TV

DETROIT – The Detroit Lions failed to sell all their tickets for Sunday's game against the Redskins, meaning there will be a TV blackout in some local markets.

Team spokesman Bill Keenist said Thursday the game will be blacked out in the Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw-Flint and Toledo, Ohio, markets.

More than 10,000-plus tickets were available on Wednesday.

Last week, the Lions were able to sell 1,700 tickets for the home game against Minnesota. No such luck this time.

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Sports
5:38 am
Fri September 25, 2009

Verlander strikes out 11, Tigers sweep Tribe

CLEVELAND – Justin Verlander pitched the Detroit Tigers closer to a division title and pushed the Cleveland Indians within one loss of matching a franchise record for futility with a 6-5 win on Thursday night.

Verlander struck out 11 in seven innings and Carlos Guillen had three hits and an RBI as the Tigers handed Cleveland its 11th straight loss.

With the win, Detroit moved three games ahead of the idle Minnesota Twins in the AL's Central Division. The Tigers open a three-game series at the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

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In Focus Today
6:54 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Budget negotiations drag into another day

LANSING, MI – There was little progress made on breaking the budget deadlock Thursday at the state Capitol as lawmakers prepare to meet into the night.

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The session is expected to drag into Friday and maybe into the weekend as legislative leaders try to round up votes for big, painful budget cuts.

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In Michigan
6:40 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Shouting SC congressman to attend Walberg event

JACKSON, MI – The South Carolina congressman who shouted at President Barack Obama during his health care speech to Congress will take part in a Jackson fundraiser for Michigan congressional candidate Tim Walberg.

Walberg's campaign Web site says he and Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson will discuss health care reform at the Oct. 2 event.

Tickets cost $20. Supporters paying $150 get two tickets and can pose for a photo with Wilson.

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In Michigan
6:35 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Granholm: Cuts inevitable in Michigan state budget

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm acknowledges Michigan's next government budget will include some cuts to K-12 education but says she's fighting to protect against deep
reductions.

Granholm visited with a few members of her administration and Democratic lawmakers on the House floor Thursday. Legislators are racing to avoid a possible partial government shutdown by an Oct. 1 deadline.

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In Michigan
6:32 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Lawmakers uneasy about cuts to Mich. governments

LANSING, MI – Uneasy legislative negotiators say a proposed cut in state payments to local governments is too deep.

Thursday's conference committee meeting has been delayed as House and Senate lawmakers struggle to approve a $163 million cut in revenue-sharing payments to cities, townships and villages.

The estimated 15% cut was agreed to by the Legislature's top Democrat and Republican.

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In Michigan
6:28 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Effort to restore Michigan Promise scholarship takes small first step

Lansing, MI – A state House panel has taken a small step toward restoring the Michigan Promise college scholarship.

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The House Appropriations Committee adopted a budget bill to fund the scholarship close to its current level. But the effort remains largely symbolic until a revenue source is identified to generate $120 million.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman George Cushingberry says the bill won't move any further until that happens.

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Top Stories
6:27 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE: Budget debacle expected to go into wee hours

LANSING, MI – State lawmakers are expected to continue budget negotiations through the night and into Friday morning.

Legislators are waiting to vote on budget bills from House and Senate conference committees. Major discrepancies on where to cut and how deep are slowing the process.

Democratic state Representative Fred Durhal sits on the General Government budget committee. He says the Senate proposal for cutting to local government revenue sharing goes too far.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

MI Republicans gather to hear 2010, 2012 hopefuls

LANSING, MI – Michigan Republicans are heading to Mackinac Island to look over the 2010 crop of gubernatorial candidates as well as two possible 2012 presidential candidates.

Current Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will give keynote speeches Saturday. Romney also ran for president last year.

Five of the six gubernatorial candidates will meet for a 90-minute radio debate Saturday morning hosted by the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance. Tim Rujan of Bay Port wasn't invited.

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In Michigan
5:09 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Michigan House committee working to save Michigan Promise

Lansing, MI – The state House Appropriations Committee has taken a step toward rescuing the Michigan Promise college scholarship from the budget axe. There are now dueling bills on the House floor. One would fund the scholarship. At the same time, a higher education budget bill zeroes out money for the Promise. The effort to keep the scholarship is still waiting on a revenue source that would generate $120 million.

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In Michigan
6:53 am
Thu September 24, 2009

Teamsters Protest Contract Stalemate in Lansing

LANSING, MI – A union which represents about a quarter of the City of Lansing's workforce picketed in front of Mayor Virg Bernero's Campaign headquarters Wednesday. Teamsters Local 580 has been without a contract for three years.

About a dozen Teamsters showed up for the rally carrying signs claiming Bernero is "anti-family" for not settling the union's contract. Other city unions have agreed to eliminate medical coverage for family members of retirees. The deals only apply to new-hires and not current city employees.

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Sports
5:55 am
Thu September 24, 2009

Zellous, Nolan help Shock beat Fever, 72-56

AUBURN HILLS, MI –

Shavonte Zellous scored 23 points and Deanna Nolan added 22 as the Detroit Shock easily cruised to a 72-56 victory over the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night in Game 1
of the Eastern Conference finals.

The Shock, seeking their fourth straight trip to the WNBA finals, have knocked out the Fever in each of the last three post-seasons. Game 2 is Friday night at Indiana.

Katie Douglas led Indiana with 16 points.

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Sports
5:54 am
Thu September 24, 2009

Tigers send Indians to 10th straight loss, 11-3

CLEVELAND – Carlos Guillen hit two of Detroit's three home runs to help Rick Porcello and the Tigers defeat Cleveland 11-3 on Wednesday night, the Indians' season-high 10th straight loss.

Porcello (14-9) allowed one run and six hits over five innings as the Tigers won their third straight. Detroit entered play 2 1/2 games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central. The Twins open a four-game series in Detroit on Monday.

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In Michigan
6:41 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

Community College budget is only budget without cuts

LANSING, MI – It appears Michigan's community colleges may survive the budget debate at the state Capitol without any budget cuts.

The House and Senate budget committee dealing with funding for community colleges unanimously approved a budget bill that maintains current spending.

Democratic Representative Fred Miller chaired the committee.

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In Michigan
6:35 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

Ingham Launches System to Prevent Property Fraud

MASON, MI – Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Junior has announced the launch of a new system designed to help residents prevent property fraud.

Subscribing to the system is free. Those who register will get a phone call or an email any time a property document is filed in their name.

Hertel says victims could find a cloud on their title when they try to sell their home, or be billed for a mortgage they hadn't applied for. He says the easiest way to commit property fraud has been to forge a quit-claim deed.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

K-12 conference committee approves deep per-student cut

LANSING, MI – A spending plan approved by a state legislative panel would cut funding to K-12 schools by $218 for every student.

Representative Terry Brown chaired the K-12 House and Senate conference committee. He says declining revenues from sales and property taxes are taking a toll on public education.

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In Michigan
5:10 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

House, Senate conference committee cuts Promise scholarship

LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol, a team of House and Senate negotiators has struck a deal on a higher education budget for the coming fiscal year. The spending plan zeroes out funding for the Michigan Promise college scholarship. It also reduces other types of student financial aid.

Representative George Cushingberry chairs the House Appropriations Committee. He says the loss of the scholarship is the result of lawmakers' unwillingness to raise taxes.

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In Michigan
4:49 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

Ingham Road Commission studying speed limit on Jolly

Okemos, MI – The Ingham County Road Commission is studying the 55 mile an hour speed limit on Jolly Road near Okemos High School, following a fatal accident earlier this month. 17-year-old Adam Nevells was turning out the school parking lot when he was hit by a pickup truck.

Director Bill Conklin says the Road Commission will consider the history of accidents on Jolly Road, including the crash that killed Adam Nevells, but driver behavior will be primary factor.

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WKAR Features
1:01 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

House, Senate committees fail to break budget impasse

LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol Tuesday, negotiating teams of House and Senate members hoped to take a big step toward resolving the state's budget crisis. But instead, the impasse continued with most of the state budget trapped in limbo. The deadline for finishing the budget is a week away.

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WKAR Features
12:58 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

Michigan Promise imperiled by budget deal

LANSING, MI – The budget debate at the state Capitol grew more heated Wednesday. A bipartisan budget committee voted to eliminate the popular Michigan Promise college scholarship as part of a higher education spending plan. The controversial budget could be voted on by the state House as soon as Thursday over the objections of Governor Granholm.

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In Michigan
11:46 am
Wed September 23, 2009

Lawmakers plan to keep Michigan wetlands program

LANSING, MI – Michigan would continue to run its own wetlands protection program under terms of a state budget bill that could soon come up for a vote in the state Legislature.

A conference committee made up of House and Senate members approved a version of the natural resources and environmental quality budget Tuesday. It will come up for a vote in the Legislature after the committee approves a new version to correct
the funding source for keeping the program.

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WKAR Features
8:18 am
Wed September 23, 2009

Under the Radar: Raphael reviews triple Mann biography

Lev Raphael.

EAST LANSING, MI – Lev Raphael reviews a triple biography about the famous German writer Thomas Mann's talented and troubled kids. He has a review of Andrea Weiss's book In the Shadow of the Magic Mountain: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story. When he's not reviewing books for us, Lev Raphael is writing them, and his latest is a memoir called "My Germany."

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Sports
6:14 am
Wed September 23, 2009

Mich St coach preps for Badgers

EAST LANSING, MI – Mark Dantonio has never been more excited for Michigan State to begin a Big Ten season.

The Spartans coach knows the team will have to play better defense when it travels to Wisconsin this Saturday. Michigan State is 1-2 and the Badgers are 3-0.

Michigan State has lost back-to-back games by five points or less for just the second time in school history. Dantonio has two new starters penciled in on defense: freshman Chris Norman at strongside linebacker and Kendall Davis-Clark at cornerback.


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Sports
6:10 am
Wed September 23, 2009

Fever hoping to end losing streak to Detroit

AUBURN HILLS, MI – The Indiana Fever are one step away from the WNBA finals, but the remaining obstacle is one they've never been able to overcome.

The Fever open the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday against the Detroit Shock. That's the defending champion and the team that has eliminated Indiana in each of the last three post-seasons.

Detroit went to the finals all three times and won titles twice.

MVP candidate Tamika Catchings of the Fever has been on the losing side of all three series and is desperate to end the streak.

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Sports
6:05 am
Wed September 23, 2009

Flyers get first pre-season win, 5-2 over Red Wings

PHILADELPHIA – James van Riemsdyk, vying for a roster spot at left wing, scored two goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to their first pre-season win, 5-2 over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Mike Pyorala, a 28-year-old free agent playing professionally for the first time outside of Scandanavia, and Dan Carcillo, each had a goal and an assist, and Danny Briere also scored for the Flyers (1-2-1).

Jonathan Ericsson and Kris Newbury scored for the Red Wings (2-3), who dropped their third straight game.

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Sports
6:03 am
Wed September 23, 2009

Tigers down Indians 3-1

CLEVELAND – Edwin Jackson wouldn't allow the AL Central to get any tighter.

Detroit's steady starter pitched seven shutout innings and remained unbeaten against Cleveland this season, and the first-place Tigers kept their slender lead over Minnesota with a 3-1 win over the staggering Indians, who dropped their ninth
straight on Tuesday night.

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