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6:00 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Royals rout division-leading Tigers 11-1

DETROIT – Alberto Callaspo, David DeJesus and Miguel Olivo all hit three-run homers, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 11-1 on Tuesday night.

The last-place Royals have beaten the AL Central-leading Tigers five straight times, four in the last eight days.

Robinson Tejada (3-1) beat the Tigers for the second time in less than a week, allowing one run and two hits in five innings.

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In Michigan
8:30 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Granholm administration sends layoff notices to state workers

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's administration formally notified thousands of state workers Tuesday that they will be laid off there is no budget deal by the October first deadline.

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The letter was sent from state department directors to 52,000 state employees. It says state employees will be laid off effective a minute after midnight on October first if there is no budget in place.

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In Michigan
8:23 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Lansing's PHP sold to Blue Care Network

LANSING, MI – Physicians Health Plan---a Lansing-based health maintenance organization---has been sold to a unit of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Terms of the deal were not revealed.

Blue Care Network announced the purchase of the Sparrow-owned HMO on Tuesday. Scott Wilkerson is President and CEO of Physician's Health Plan.

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In Michigan
5:28 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Donohue: free trade will help Michigan economy

Lansing, MI – US Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue says Michigan workers and businesses can recover from the recession by expanding trade with other countries. Donahue spoke Tuesday at the annual meeting of the state Chamber of Commerce.

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In Michigan
5:22 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

MSU Student Democrats protest Beck

Lansing, MI – Student Democrats at Michigan State University are expecting more than 200 people at a protest against TV and radio talk show host Glenn Beck. Beck is scheduled to speak Tuesday evening at the annual meeting of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce in East Lansing.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Report: Great Lakes toxic cleanups lagging badly

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – A federal report says the government is moving so slowly to clean up the most polluted sites in the Great Lakes that it will take 77 more years to finish the job at the current pace.

The inspector general's office with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the report this week.

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Top Stories
3:38 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

MI House and Senate are close to joint targets

LANSING, MI – Michigan's legislative leaders say they are close to an agreement on $1.2 billion in budget cuts. That is the amount of spending rollbacks the state Senate proposed earlier this summer.

But House Speaker Andy Dillon says the Democrats still want more spending than Republicans for K-12 schools, higher education and the Michigan Promise college scholarship.

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WKAR Features
12:48 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Dr. Gary Morgan becomes MSU Museum director

EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The MSU Museum is beginning a new chapter. This week, the 152 year-old East Lansing institution welcomes its new director, Dr. Gary Morgan. WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with Morgan about his new mid-Michigan posting.

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WKAR Features
12:46 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Daniels talks about "Escanaba"

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WKAR Features
11:16 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Daniels talks about "Escanaba"

UNDATED – UNDATED (WKAR) - Actor and playwright Jeff Daniels talks about the opening of his new play "Escanaba" at the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea, Michigan--and what it's like to write, act, play music, and try to keep sane.

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WKAR Features
11:16 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Daniels talks about "Escanaba"

UNDATED – UNDATED (WKAR) - Actor and playwright Jeff Daniels talks about the opening of his new play "Escanaba" at the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea, Michigan--and what it's like to write, act, play music, and try to keep sane.

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Top Stories
10:47 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Bishop says he, Dillon agree to proceed with cuts

LANSING, MI – The top Republican in the Michigan Senate says he and the Democratic House speaker are moving ahead with a plan to balance the state budget with at least $1.2 billion in spending cuts.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop also told WWJ-AM radio Tuesday that there so far is no agreement to take up bills later that would avoid some cuts by raising additional tax revenue.

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In Focus Today
7:22 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Political ambitions play role in MI budget drama

LANSING, MI – Budget talks at the state Capitol dragged into another day with no deal imminent. Legislative leaders say they're continuing to talk in hopes of reaching an agreement with just two weeks before the October first deadline.

There are sincere philosophical differences pitting legislative leaders against each other and Governor Granholm. But political ambitions may also be playing a role as they attempt to negotiate a compromise.

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Sports
5:53 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Shock extend contracts of Nolan, Smith, Pierson

AUBURN HILLS, MI – The Detroit Shock say they've signed contract extensions with Deanna Nolan, Katie Smith and Plenette Pierson.

The team withheld financial terms of the deals announced Monday.

Nolan is a three-time WNBA champion with the Shock. She appeared in 33 games this season and averaged 16.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals.

Smith was the 2008 WNBA Finals MVP and has appeared in 27 games this season for the Shock. She's averaging 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

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Sports
5:48 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Error gives Tiger 6-5 comeback win over Jays

DETROIT – Marco Scutaro's second error of the game allowed Brandon Inge to score from second base in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Monday night.

Pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff belted a tying three-run homer in the ninth and Ryan Raburn also went deep for the American League Central-leading Tigers.

Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion homered for Toronto.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Mon September 14, 2009

Mich. teen sentenced to 6-9 months in attack

KALAMAZOO, MI – One of two teens accused of beating a 15-year-old boy because he is gay will spend six to nine months in juvenile detention after pleading guilty to aggravated assault.

The 16-year-old defendant was sentenced Monday in Kalamazoo County Family Court.

Portage's Steve Harmon says he was attacked Aug. 13 in a Portage parking lot. He says his attackers used anti-gay slurs as they struck him about 20 times in the head and face.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Mon September 14, 2009

Mich. gets $19.6M for energy projects

LANSING, MI – Michigan will get about $19.6 million in federal stimulus money for energy efficiency and conservation projects.

The U.S. Department of Energy said in a release Monday the block grant will go toward energy efficiency projects and programs, and to building audits, upgrades and codes.

The Michigan package is part of $354 million awarded to 22 states.

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In Michigan
5:15 pm
Mon September 14, 2009

House Democrats could push budgets this week

LANSING, MI – There are 16 days until the deadline to complete a new state budget. Talks will resume in Lansing this week to try and resolve the impasse. The Democratic leader of the state House says he expects there will be budget votes this week.

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In Michigan
10:48 am
Mon September 14, 2009

MI Senate GOP cuts of $1.2B could become reality

LANSING, MI – Facing an Oct. 1 deadline to get a budget in place, Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon is talking about adopting all $1.2 billion in cuts that Senate Republicans passed in June.

In return, the Republican Senate majority might agree after Oct. 1 to put money back into the budget for some programs important to Democrats, who want to to keep a college scholarship program and money for early childhood development and local police and firefighters.

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Sports
6:46 am
Mon September 14, 2009

Laird, Inge help Tigers snap losing streak

DETROIT – Gerald Laird and Brandon Inge each had two RBIs, helping the Detroit Tigers snap a season-worst five-game skid with a 7-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

Rick Porcello won a matchup with fellow rookie Ricky Romero. Porcello (13-8) gave up two runs on four hits in six innings to improve to 3-0 in his last four starts.

Romero (12-8) also went six innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits.


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Sports
6:44 am
Mon September 14, 2009

Brees sharp, extends Lions' losing streak, 45-27

NEW ORLEANS – Drew Brees looked even better than last year, which was bad news for a Detroit Lions team trying to win for the first time since 2007.

Brees tied a Saints record with six touchdown passes and threw for 358 yards as the Saints beat the Lions 45-27 Sunday to extend Detroit's regular-season losing streak to 18.

Two of Brees' touchdown passes went to Jeremy Shockey, who hadn't scored since being traded from the New York Giants to New Orleans last season.

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In Michigan
6:03 am
Mon September 14, 2009

Detroit mayor looks toward privatizing services

DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says the economically troubled city will focus on core public safety services while outsourcing or privatizing others.

Bing described his plan in an interview published Sunday in the Detroit Free Press.

Detroit faces a $300 million budget deficit and its revenue could be $80 million short as the city tries to pay bills this fiscal year.

Bing said he must shrink the city's 13,000-member work force by 10 percent, lower labor costs and cut services to keep the city afloat financially.

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In Michigan
6:02 am
Mon September 14, 2009

State Rep says Michigan students should get free tuition

LANSING, MI – A state lawmaker says Michigan's constitution should be amended so high school graduates can go to in-state universities and colleges for free.

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In Michigan
2:59 pm
Sun September 13, 2009

Simon: new center would promote economic development in Lansing

Lansing, MI – Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon says a proposed multi-use facility for the building that now houses the state library and historical center would benefit downtown Lansing.

MSU is proposing a new state museum called the Center for Innovation and Reinvention. President Lou Anna Simon says the facility would combine the Historical Center collections with exhibits from the MSU Museum and also serve as a new headquarters for the Impression 5 Science Center.

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Sports
7:54 pm
Sat September 12, 2009

Central Michigan head coach Butch Jones is proud of his team after a 29-27 victory over MSU

East Lansing, MI – Central Michigan football coach Butch Jones discusses the heart of his team after the Chippewas thrilling 29-27 victory over Michigan State.

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Sports
6:54 pm
Sat September 12, 2009

Central Michigan stuns MSU with second chance last second field goal

East Lansing, MI – Central Michigan makes good on a second chance 42 yard field goal with just 3 seconds remaining clinched a 29-27 victory at Spartan Stadium.

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In Michigan
6:30 pm
Fri September 11, 2009

Advocate says health reform would strengthen Medicare

GRAND LEDGE, MI – A national Medicare advocate says federal health care reform would strengthen the program. Max Richtman is an executive with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. He says there's a misperception that reform would reduce benefits for seniors:

"Actually it's just the opposite," he says. "Without health care reform, seniors on Medicare are going to suffer. They're gonna pay more for their deductibles, premiums, co-payments they're gonna get less care "

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In Michigan
6:28 pm
Fri September 11, 2009

Mich. Govt. TV will go 24/7 to air budget battles

LANSING, MI – Viewers statewide will have ringside seats as lawmakers struggle to reach a budget deal and avoid an Oct. 1 government shutdown.

Michigan Government Television said Friday it will begin providing around-the-clock coverage Monday that will continue until 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. The cable station usually is on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Fri September 11, 2009

Granholm thanks 911 volunteers in radio address

LANSING, MI – Flags were at half-staff at state office buildings to commemorate the 8th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. A small group of people gathered at the state Capitol to read the names of everyone who died in the attacks.

Friday was also a national day of service and remembrance by an act of Congress. In her weekly radio address, Governor Granholm says there are more than 100 service projects underway in Michigan.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Fri September 11, 2009

Granholm headed to Japan

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is headed to Japan this weekend on a business recruitment trip.

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