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5:33 am
Tue September 22, 2009

MSU finds 16,000-year-old sand dune on campus

EAST LANSING, MI – Researchers have found an undisturbed 16,000-year-old sand dune on the campus of Michigan State University.

It's far from the water, and researchers say it was left behind when the ice sheets were melting away as the climate warmed.

The university said Monday the find is underneath a grove of pine trees between Demonstration Hall and Munn Ice Arena.

Michigan State geography professor Alan Arbogast says it's the first time he's seen an inland sand dune so far south.

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Sports
5:18 am
Tue September 22, 2009

Rangers use 3-goal 1st period to top Red Wings 4-2

NEW YORK – Newcomers Vinny Prospal and Enver Lisin scored on the power play in New York's three-goal first period, and the Rangers held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Monday night in star forward Marian Gaborik's pre-season debut.

Prospal, Lisin - off a beautiful feed from Gaborik - and Ryan Callahan scored in a span of 5 minutes, 12 seconds to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead against beleaguered goalie Daniel Larsson.

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In Michigan
6:30 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Detroit unveils vaccination plan for swine flu

DETROIT, MI – Detroit and state health officials have released a plan to prevent and control swine flu in Michigan's largest city.

Detroit is expected to get a limited supply of the H1N1 virus vaccine in October.

Authorities say the first round of vaccine will go to pregnant women, children between 6 months and 4 years old, and their caregivers, parents and siblings. It also will go to anyone between 5 and 18 with underlying illnesses.

Clinics will be held in Detroit Public Schools for students in that group.

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In Michigan
6:26 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Loomis Supports Continuation Budget

EAST LANSING, MI – East Lansing Mayor Vic Loomis says he'd support a temporary state budget if lawmakers can't reach a final deal before October 1. Loomis and other elected leaders are worried about a Senate plan that owuld impose $163-million in shared revenue cuts.

Cities rely heavily on that funding to pay for vital services such as police and fire support. Loomis says East Lansing has a balanced budget and cash reserves because it protects basic needs.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Legislative leaders hope to get budget to governor this week

LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol, legislative leaders hope this is the week they seal a budget deal, and send it to Governor Granholm. The deadline for wrapping up the budget is now nine days away.

Lawmakers spent the weekend trying to find a consensus on at least one-point-two (b) billion dollars in cuts.

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In Michigan
6:06 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Dillon and Bishop speak with Detroit Economic Club

DETROIT, MI – State House Speaker Andy Dillon and Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop are confident the Legislature will reach a budget deal with Governor Granholm before the October 1st deadline. The legislative leaders appeared together Monday in Detroit.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Schuette launches AG campaign

LANSING, MI – The election is still a year away but the race for Michigan's Attorney General's office is heating up. Former Michigan congressman Bill Schuette is formally launching his campaign for state Attorney General this week with stops in Midland, Southfield, Grand Rapids and Lansing.

Schuette says Michigan's next attorney general must protect people and support law enforcement.

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WKAR Features
12:53 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Budget talks continue with deadline looming

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
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In Michigan
9:19 am
Mon September 21, 2009

Lansing teachers appear supportive of new contract

LANSING, MI – Lansing teachers appear supportive of a tentative new two-year contract with the district.

Hundreds of teachers gathered Sunday afternoon at Everett High School for their first look at the document. The deal includes consecutive yearly pay increases of one-half percent for most members. Union leaders call salary and benefit provisions "concessionary" but realistic considering state and local deficits.

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Sports
6:30 am
Mon September 21, 2009

Tigers beat Twins, increase lead to 3 games

MINNEAPOLIS – Placido Polanco drove in three runs, Detroit's bullpen pitched four shutout innings and the Tigers avoided a three-game sweep with a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins
on Sunday to increase their AL Central lead to three games.

Ryan Raburn homered for slumping Detroit, which won for the second time in six games and fourth in 13.

Minnesota, which had won six straight, got two hits from Joe Mauer, who increased his batting average to a major league-best .374.

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Sports
6:28 am
Mon September 21, 2009

Streaks alive: Favre and Vikings beat Lions 27-13

DETROIT – Brett Favre set an NFL record with his 271st straight start in the regular season, then threw two touchdown passes to help the Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 27-13 on Sunday.

Adrian Peterson's 27-yard TD run midway through the third quarter gave Minnesota (2-0) its first lead and he finished with 92 yards rushing.

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In Michigan
6:16 am
Mon September 21, 2009

Governments brace for possible property tax loss

DETROIT – Governments and schools across Michigan are bracing for the possible loss of millions of dollars in tax revenue as General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC argue that they should pay less in property taxes.

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In Michigan
6:14 am
Mon September 21, 2009

Schuette announces run for Mich. attorney general

LANSING, MI – Former Michigan congressman Bill Schuette is officially jumping into the 2010 state attorney general's race.

The Republican is announcing his candidacy Monday at stops in Midland, Southfield, Lansing and Grand Rapids.

The Midland resident has served in the U.S. House and Michigan Senate. He also has directed the state Agriculture Department and been a judge on the state appeals court.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Fri September 18, 2009

Lansing braces for possible revenue sharing cuts

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero decries possible state revenue sharing cuts during a press conference at a city fire station.
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Lansing, MI – Lansing mayor Virg Bernero is blasting state lawmakers for not resolving a state budget that he fears could bring huge cuts in shared revenue payments to the city.

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If the legislature approves proposed revenue sharing cuts, Lansing officials say the city could lose more than $2 million this fiscal year. That's nearly two percent of its entire budget.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Fri September 18, 2009

Man accused of Owosso killings was in fatal crash

DETROIT, MI – Records show a trucker charged with fatally shooting two people in Owosso, including an anti-abortion activist, was in a crash that killed two teens in Iowa nearly five years ago.

Harlan Drake was not ticketed in the 2004 wreck in Ottumwa, Iowa. State police records say his truck was northbound on U.S. 63 when it hit a southbound car turning left off the highway.

The crash report says the teen driver didn't yield to Drake. Two passengers, ages 16 and 15, were killed.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Fri September 18, 2009

Ingham Commission filling seat

MASON, MI – Democrats on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners have picked Shelby Bupp to fill a vacancy on the panel.

Candidates for the post were interviewed at a party caucus meeting Thursday, and Bupp reportedly was a consensus choice. Democrats hold a large majority of seats on the Board.

A formal vote is expected at next Tuesday's commission meeting.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Fri September 18, 2009

State Rep says it's time to start trusting

LANSING, MI – A member of the state House Appropriations Committee says his fellow Democrats have many concerns about big budget-cutting targets set by House Speaker Andy Dillon with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop.

But Representative Fred Durhal says it's time for lawmakers to start trusting each other. And he says that includes trusting that the Senate will be open to vote for new revenue if the House is open to deep cuts.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Fri September 18, 2009

DCH director urges people to get flu shots

LANSING, MI – Michigan Department of Community Health Director Janet Olszewski delivers Governor Granholm's radio address this week. She says the threat of an H1N1 flu pandemic makes it particularly important for people to get a seasonal flu shot.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Fri September 18, 2009

Michigan still has highest jobless rate

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan's jobless rate of 15.2% is again the highest in the nation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the state rankings Friday morning.

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In Michigan
4:23 pm
Fri September 18, 2009

Report: Lansing teachers will review new contract with LSD

LANSING, MI – Lansing teachers will reportedly start reviewing a new tentative contract this weekend. The Lansing State Journal reports a tentative agreement was reached earlier this week. Teachers are scheduled to review it Sunday and Tuesday at Everett High School.

According to the report, Lansing Schools Education Association President Jerry Swartz says the deal "reflects the current economic climate." He did not disclose any details of the agreement, but said both sides "worked hard to make sure the district was stable."

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In Michigan
7:16 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Ex-Detroit mayor loses at Mich. appeals court

DETROIT – Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has struck out in an attempt to stop his monthly restitution payments to the city.

Lawyer Michael Alan Schwartz says Kilpatrick's plea agreement called for $1 million due in five years, not large monthly payments as ordered by a Wayne County judge. He says it's unfair.

But the Michigan Court of Appeals, in a one-sentence order, said Thursday it would not take the case.

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In Michigan
7:04 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Group sues to get election proposal on Nov. ballot

DETROIT – A judge has scheduled a hearing on a lawsuit aimed at forcing the Detroit city clerk to place a proposal to elect council members by district on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Wayne County Circuit Court by Detroiters for City Council by Districts. It says Clerk Janice Winfrey "has been hampered" by the current city council, which refuses to draft ballot language for the proposal.

Judge Virgil Smith hears the case at 11 a.m. Friday.

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In Michigan
7:03 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Senate OKs more than $18M for Michigan projects

DETROIT – A federal spending bill includes $18 million for 14 Michigan projects, including $5 million for a commuter rail line serving Detroit, Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Ann Arbor.

The bill for fiscal 2010 covers the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments.

Democratic Michigan U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin say the next-largest appropriation is $3 million to replace the bridge carrying Wadhams Road over the Black River in St. Clair County.

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In Michigan
5:47 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Budget cuts force Detroit office closings Friday

DETROIT – Several city offices are closing with the first of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's 26 budget-mandated unpaid furlough days for nonunion workers and appointees.

Bing's office says Friday's closings include administrative hearings, the Detroit Building Authority, Cable Communications Commission, Environmental Affairs, Targeted Business Development, and Jobs and Business Development.

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Sports
5:43 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Lions get extension to sell 1,700 tix by Friday

ALLEN PARK, MI – The Detroit Lions say the NFL gave them an extension to sell out their home opener against the Minnesota Vikings to avoid a blackout.

The Lions said Thursday they have 1,700 tickets to sell by 1 p.m. Friday for the game to be on TV in the Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw-Flint and Toledo, Ohio, markets.

Detroit had 50 straight sell-outs at Ford Field until Oct. 26, 2008, when it played Washington. The Lions failed to sell out other games later in the season en route to setting an NFL mark with the first 0-16 season.

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Sports
5:41 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Tigers lose to Royals again

DETROIT – Zack Greinke boosted his Cy Young credentials and stalled the Detroit Tigers.

Greinke lowered his major league-leading ERA to 2.14 with five scoreless innings Thursday in the Kansas City Royals' 9-2 victory.

Greinke (14-8) allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked two. He has allowed only one earned run in his past four starts, lowering his ERA from 2.43.

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In Michigan
6:06 pm
Thu September 17, 2009

Legislative leaders make plans for temporary budget

LANSING, MI – Budget negotiations continued for another day at the state Capitol. Lawmakers are starting to make fallback plans in case there's no deal before the deadline that's less than two weeks away.

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In Michigan
9:27 am
Thu September 17, 2009

House passes state police budget

LANSING, MI – The state House passed a state police budget that would restore the jobs of about half the state troopers who were laid off because of budget cuts. The bill had been stagnant since June.

While the lawmakers all agreed it would be good to fund those jobs, the debate quickly turned to the new, empty state police headquarters in Lansing.
Many Republicans would like to sell the building because they say it's too small and too expensive.

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In Michigan
9:26 am
Thu September 17, 2009

H1N1 vaccine may be available in Lansing sooner

LANSING, MI – Ingham County's top health official says swine flu vaccine could now arrive in Lansing in early October. Original estimates targeted the middle of the month.

Ingham County Medical Director Doctor Dean Sienko says the situation is changing constantly and that officials are keeping close tabs on some parts of the country:

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Sports
5:55 am
Thu September 17, 2009

Red Wings beat Flyers 3-1 in pre-season opener

DETROIT – Kris Draper, Jamie Tardif and Jeremy Williams scored to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night in the pre-season opener for both teams.

Red Wings' starting goalie Jimmy Howard made six saves in a little over 30 minutes and Daniel Larsson stopped 14 shots.

James Van Riemsdyk scored for Philadelphia and Flyers' goalie Ray Emery made 23 saves in two periods. Brian Boucher stopped eight shots.


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