News

Pages

In Michigan
4:45 pm
Fri July 17, 2009

Granholm vows to save Michigan Promise from budget cuts

Lansing, MI – In her weekly radio address, Governor Granholm vows to protect the Michigan Promise scholarship from the budget axe. The governor is engaged in budget talks with the Legislature's Democratic and Republican leaders.

Read more
In Michigan
7:35 am
Fri July 17, 2009

MI Civil Rights Commission to hear migrant worker concerns

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is starting a statewide tour of several rural communities to hear the concerns of migrant and seasonal farm workers.

AUDIO:

Read more
In Michigan
7:29 am
Fri July 17, 2009

Ingham Commissioners propose countywide millage

The Ingham County Courthouse in Mason.
WKAR Photo

LANSING, MI – Ingham County commissioners have approved a .65 mill proposal to fund the sheriff's department. Supporters of the measure want to avoid budget cuts that would reduce the number of deputies who patrol roads in rural townships.

Commissioner Randy Schafer says the entire county would benefit from the millage, including those cities and townships that have their own police protection.

Read more
Sports
5:45 am
Fri July 17, 2009

Lugnuts beaten by Kernels

LANSING, MI – The Cedar Rapids Kernels scored 11 unanswered runs to break open a tight game, trouncing the Lansing Lugnuts 13-6 before a crowd of 7,700 last night in Lansing. The rubber match in the three-game series will be played tonight at 7:05 at Oldsmobile Park.

Read more
In Michigan
6:12 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Mich. to reduce check stations during deer season

LANSING, MI – Michigan wildlife officials will operate fewer check stations to monitor deer hunting this fall.

It's another sign of state government's budget problems. The Department of Natural Resources said Thursday it doesn't have the money to run as many check stations as it has in the past.

The department plans to close more than half of its 125 check stations and operate the remaining stations only during the Nov. 15-30 firearms season. A final list of open stations and hours will be established in the coming months.

Read more
In Michigan
6:10 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Mich. gets stimulus cash for wind energy projects

LANSING, MI – Michigan is getting nearly $2 million from the federal stimulus package to support wind energy projects.

Three projects across the state were awarded grants this week
from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Michigan Aerospace Corp. in Ann Arbor will receive $748,000 for a study related to wind turbine reliability and efficiency. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will get about $413,500 to study techniques for voltage control and stability.

Read more
In Michigan
5:46 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Michigan Tech hikes freshman tuition, fees 5.45%

HOUGHTON, MI – It will cost a Michigan resident freshman 5.45% more to attend Michigan Technological University starting this fall.

The Upper Peninsula university's Board of Control on Thursday increased in-state freshman tuition and fees to $11,347 for the 2009-2010 academic year, an increase of 5.45%.

Both out-of-state undergrad tuition and graduate tuition will increase 5% next year.

The board approved a $155 million budget for fiscal year 2010, including an 8% increase in financial aid.

Read more
In Michigan
4:13 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

CMU increases undergrad tuition 4.8% for 2009-10

MT. PLEASANT, MI – Most undergraduates at Central Michigan University will see a 4.8% tuition hike starting this fall.

The university announced Thursday its Board of Trustees decided to increase tuition to $339 per credit hour for the 2009-2010 school year. That's up from $324 per credit hour last year.

But the Mount Pleasant school says 48.7% of returning undergraduates will see no tuition increase thanks to the CMU Promise program, which was offered from fall 2005 until summer 2008 and locked in tuition rates for participating students.

Read more
In Michigan
3:17 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Ingham commissioners to propose millage to keep deputies

EAST LANSING, MI – Members of the Ingham County Commission plan to propose a countywide millage today that could prevent significant cuts in county Sheriff's deputies. Supporters of the plan will announce details at a 5:15 news conference in Lansing.

Ingham County is looking at projected budget deficits of $5.5 million in both 2010 and 2011. Commissioners have already discussed a plan to reduce Sherriff's deputies from 31 to as few as 8. That plan would curtail police patrols in 13 rural townships.

Read more
Sports
11:27 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Mich. to reduce check stations during deer season

LANSING, MI – Michigan wildlife officials will operate fewer check stations to monitor deer hunting this fall.

It's another sign of state government's budget problems. The Department of Natural Resources said Thursday it doesn't have the money to run as many check stations as it has in the past.

The department plans to close more than half of its 125 check stations and operate the remaining stations only during the Nov. 15-30 firearms season. A final list of open stations and hours will be established in the coming months.

Read more
In Michigan
11:24 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Detroit political hand due in court on indictments

DETROIT – A Detroit political consultant is going to federal court for his first appearance on corruption charges.

Sam Riddle is charged in two indictments with receiving and delivering bribes. Authorities say he conspired with a now-former Detroit City Council member, Monica Conyers, to shake down businesses in exchange for favors.

Riddle is due in federal court in Detroit at 1 p.m. Thursday. On Twitter.com, he says it's a "start of a legal battle" to affirm his innocence.

Read more
WKAR Features
9:54 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Under the Radar: Raphael reviews "Every Man Dies Alone"

EAST LANSING, MI – WKAR's Under the Radar segment this month is REALLY under the radar. It's a book from a German author who was well-known about 70 years ago during World War II. Lev Raphael reviews Hans Fallada's "Every Man Dies Alone."

Read more
In Michigan
9:52 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Granholm, leaders huddle on budget

Melissa Ingells, WKAR News

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm spent much of Thursday huddled behind closed doors with her budget team and legislative leaders. They're trying to decide how much to cut, and how much federal stimulus funding they'll use to balance the budget.

The budget for the coming fiscal year has a deficit officially pegged at $1.8 billion. In reality, tax collections are flagging, so the deficit's probably even bigger.

Read more
In Michigan
9:46 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Michigan Legislature takes more time off from session

Michigan Public Radio Network – The Michigan Legislature is taking another break after returning this week from a two week summer recess. The state House held a procedural roll call Thursday, but regular session was canceled for both the House and the Senate.

AUDIO: In the empty House chamber there was just one name flagged "present" on the attendance board of more than a hundred state representatives.

Read more
Sports
7:25 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Lansing Lugnuts win

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Cedar Rapids Kernels 11-7 in the opener of a three-game series last night at Oldsmobile Park. The two teams play again tonight.

Read more
Sports
7:22 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Detroit Red Wings to open regular season in Sweden

DETROIT – The Red Wings will face Pittsburgh twice this season, coming off the Penguins' Game 7 victory last month that denied Detroit a second straight Stanley Cup championship.

The Red Wings released their 2009-2010 schedule on Wednesday.

Detroit will open the regular season Oct. 2-3 with two games against the St. Louis Blues in Stockholm, Sweden. The Red Wings' opener at Joe Louis Arena is Oct. 8 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Read more
Sports
7:18 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Shock hang on to beat Storm 66-63

SEATTLE – Katie Smith scored 19 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:01 left, to lift the Detroit Shock to a 66-63 victory over the Seattle Storm on Wednesday night.

Smith scored 16 points in the second half for the defending champion Shock (4-7), who won their second straight road game.

Camille Little had 12 points to lead the Storm (8-6), which dropped their second consecutive home game after winning 15 in a row on their floor.

Read more
In Michigan
7:14 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Supreme Court upholds breaking up Indian family

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Supreme Court says state welfare workers followed the rules when they removed an American Indian child from her mother's home, and asked a court to terminate her parental rights.

Read more
In Michigan
7:13 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Court of Appeals says docs must report bumps, bruises to authorities

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Court of Appeals is allowing a lawsuit to go forward against a Detroit hospital and two of its doctors for failing to report a suspected case of child abuse.

AUDIO: The sister of Rufus Lee Junior is suing the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit and two of its doctors. The lawsuit says the doctors and, by extension, the hospital are liable for failing to report cuts and bruises on the boy.

Read more
In Michigan
6:47 am
Thu July 16, 2009

House Speaker Dillon introduces statewide insurance pool

LANSING, MI – State House Speaker Andy Dillon unveiled his plan Wednesday for a statewide insurance pool for public employees. He thinks it would be a big money-saver for the state.

AUDIO: All state, local and public school workers would be covered by one insurance provider, under that plan. That would be close to half a million people. Dillon says the plan would save the state up to $900 million. He says part of that money would come as providers compete for business with the state.

Read more
In Michigan
5:49 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Stretch of I-75 closed after fuel tanker explosion

HAZEL PARK, MI – A two-mile stretch of Interstate 75 just north of Detroit remains closed as authorities investigate a fuel tanker explosion and overpass collapse.

Police say I-75 in both directions is indefinitely closed between Interstate 696 and 8 Mile Road. Drivers are being encouraged to use Woodward Avenue as an alternate route.

Michigan State Police Lt. Shannon Sims says three drivers suffered minor injuries in the explosion and fire Wednesday night.

Read more
In Michigan
6:08 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

EPA seeks public's input on Great Lakes cleanup

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Federal officials are preparing for a series of public meetings to discuss President Barack Obama's Great Lakes restoration initiative.

Obama requested $475 million in his 2010 budget for the plan. Among its goals are cleaning up contaminated river bottoms, restoring wildlife habitat, preventing runoff and erosion, and preventing more exotic species invasions.

The public sessions begin Tuesday in Milwaukee. Seven others are planned in cities around the region.

Read more
In Michigan
5:43 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Mich. senator wants to keep cultural assets intact

LANSING, MI – Advocates for the state museum and library have told a state Senate committee that they don't like the governor's plan to split up the state's cultural treasures.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm issued an executive order Monday closing the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries and splitting its functions among seven other departments and some outside groups, including possibly Michigan State University.

Read more
In Michigan
5:14 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Michigan jobless rate jumps to 15.2%

LANSING, MI – Michigan's unemployment rate jumped by more than a full percentage point in June to 15.2%

AUDIO:
The state Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth says manufacturing job losses were the chief cause of Michigan's worsening jobless rate. But the ranks of jobseekers also grew as people sought seasonal employment.

Read more
Top Stories
12:44 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

State Speaker Andy Dillon to propose statewide insurance pool

EAST LANSING, MI – State House Speaker Andy Dillon is expected to propose a statewide insurance pool Wednesday. The plan would eliminate independent insurance providers for state workers, such as MESSA, the provider for Michigan teachers.

State Superintendent Michael Flanagan supports a statewide insurance plan. He says it would save Michigan a lot of money.

Read more
In Michigan
12:32 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Michigan students hold 'Promise' scholarship rally

EAST LANSING, MI – About 25 college students rallied at Michigan State University on Wednesday in support of a state-funded scholarship that helps them pay tuition bills.

The Michigan Senate has voted to eliminate funding for the Michigan Promise scholarship in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants to save at least a portion of the program that now provides up to $4,000 per student.

Read more
In Michigan
12:28 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Mich. senator wants to keep cultural assets intact

LANSING, MI – Advocates for the state museum and library have told a state Senate committee that they don't like the governor's plan to split up the state's cultural treasures.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm issued an executive order Monday closing the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries and splitting its functions among seven other departments and some outside groups, including possibly Michigan State University.

Read more
WKAR Features
11:16 am
Wed July 15, 2009

Assistance agencies bracing for calls for foreclosure help

Melissa Ingells, WKAR News

LANSING, MI – Part of Michigan's response to the foreclosure crisis is a new law that gives homeowners the chance to freeze for 90 days any action to repossess houses or condominiums. The idea is to give borrowers who've hit a rough patch a chance to renegotiate the terms of their loans, and, hopefully, keep them in their homes.


Audio:

Read more
In Michigan
10:35 am
Wed July 15, 2009

Mich. senator wants to keep cultural assets intact

LANSING, MI – Advocates for the state museum and library have told a state Senate committee that they don't like the governor's plan to split up the state's cultural treasures.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm issued an executive order Monday closing the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries and splitting its functions among seven other departments and some outside groups, including possibly Michigan State University.

Read more
Science/Tech
10:32 am
Wed July 15, 2009

Michigan researcher tests drops as chemical weapons aid

DETROIT – A medical researcher is testing newly developed eye drops as a protection for U.S. soldiers against the blinding effects of some chemical weapons.

Dr. Gabriel Sosne is an associate professor at Wayne State University's medical school. He's working with Bethesda, Md.-based RegeneRx Biopharmaceuticals Inc. and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense to evaluate the drops as protection from the blinding effects of mustard gas and similar chemicals.

Read more

Pages