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5:38 am
Thu September 10, 2009

Tejeda, Butler lead KC past Detroit 5-1

KANSAS CITY, MO – Robinson Tejeda tossed six shutout innings to outpitch Justin Verlander, Billy Butler hit three doubles and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on
Wednesday night for their first three-game winning streak since July.

Butler picked up his club-record fourth three-double game of the season and fifth consecutive multihit game. The first baseman's emergence has been one of the few bright spots in Kansas City's otherwise dismal season.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

GOP leader says prospects for shutdown growing

LANSING, MI – The state House Republican leader says the odds of a state government shutdown increase dramatically each week there's not a budget deal in Lansing. The deadline for wrapping up the budget is September 30.

Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer says the budget plan just made public by Governor Granholm this week represents progress. But he says Republicans still think it relies too heavily on tax hikes and stimulus funds that add to the federal deficit.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

More talks ordered in Oakland Univ. profs strike

ROCHESTER, MI – A judge has ordered around-the-clock negotiations between Oakland University and a union as part of an effort to resolve a nearly weeklong strike by the school's
professors.

Oakland County Circuit Judge Edward Sosnick on Wednesday said that if an agreement can't be reached by 10 a.m. Thursday he'll hold a hearing on the school's request for a back-to-work order for professors.

The strike has delayed the start of classes for 18,000 students.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

PSC sees no increase in state electricity demand

LANSING, MI – A report by a state agency says there will be no new demand for electricity in Michigan until 2022.

The Michigan Public Service Commission says proposed new coal plants by Consumers Energy and Wolverine Power are unnecessary and unjustified.

But their report also says Consumer's plant near Bay City might be needed if the utility first closes one of its old coal-fired plants.

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In Michigan
4:40 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

Tempers cool in MI budget battle

LANSING, MI – State House Speaker Andy Dillon tried to turn down the heat today on his feud with Governor Granholm, and said Democrats are still on the same side in the budget debate in Lansing. Granholm and Dillon engaged in a round of name-calling Tuesday over progress on the state budget.

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In Michigan
4:12 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

Democrats bicker over revenue to balance the budget

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm floated a plan Tuesday that would use spending cuts and new taxes on vending machine sales, bottled water, and live entertainment to balance the budget. The plan was quickly torpedoed by the Democratic leader of the state House.

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WKAR Features
9:42 am
Wed September 9, 2009

Lansing Symphony starts off season with "Espana" concert

EAST LANSING, MI – The Lansing Symphony Orchestra begins its new season of concerts Saturday night at Wharton Center. Conductor Timothy Muffitt came to the WKAR studios recently to talk about the music on the program. The concert starts with a French take on the music of Spain--"Espana" by Emmanuel Chabrier.

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In Michigan
6:56 am
Wed September 9, 2009

PSC says new coal plants not needed in Michigan

LANSING, MI – The state Public Service Commission has released a report that says Michigan does not need new coal-burning power plants to meet its energy needs. The report is a setback for Consumers Energy, which is seeking permission to build a large capacity power plant near Bay City that has fewer emissions than a traditional coal plant.

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In Michigan
6:56 am
Wed September 9, 2009

State offers anti-radiation tablets to people near nuke plants

LANSING, MI – Michigan is stockpiling a supply of anti-radiation tablets to help protect people within 10 miles of a nuclear plant in the event of an accident. People can get a one-day supply from a local pharmacy now that Michigan's joined a federal program to get the potassium iodide pills. They help protect from radiation damage to the thyroid gland.

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Sports
6:27 am
Wed September 9, 2009

KC pulls out 7-5 win to stop Detroit's streak

KANSAS CITY, MO – Billy Butler drove in two runs, Kansas City's bullpen pitched 4 1-3 scoreless innings and the Royals ended the Detroit Tigers' six-game winning streak with a 7-5 victory Tuesday night.

The Royals had 11 hits and a rare strong performance from their bullpen to win
consecutive games for the first time since July 27-28 against Baltimore.

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In Michigan
6:03 am
Wed September 9, 2009

Cox releases blueprint for fixing Michigan

LANSING, MI – Attorney General Mike Cox says he would cut the state's primary business tax in half in his first year if elected governor. That would cost the state $2 billion in lost revenue. And Cox says he would eventually phase out the Michigan Business Tax altogether. He says he'd also ask the Legislature to reduce the state income tax.

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In Michigan
6:57 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Mich. coal plant proposals get negative reviews

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Public Service Commission is giving negative reviews to proposals for two coal-fired power plants.

Commission staffers said Tuesday that Wolverine Power Cooperative has failed to show a need for the plant it wants to build in Rogers City.

In a separate report, the staffers also say Consumers Energy hasn't made the case for a new coal plant near Bay City unless some of the company's existing power generation is taken offline.

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In Michigan
6:53 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Oakland U. asks judge to order profs back to work

ROCHESTER, MI – Oakland University has asked a judge to order striking professors back to work as classes remain canceled at the suburban Detroit university.

A hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday before Oakland County Circuit Judge Edward Sosnick on the university's complaint that the strike is illegal.

The campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors authorized a walkout Sept. 2 after the university proposed a three-year wage freeze along with cuts in health-insurance benefits.

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In Michigan
6:46 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Business groups call for reforms

LANSING, MI – Business groups met in Lansing Tuesday to call for structural reforms from the Legislature and Governor Granholm. They say their list of 20 reforms would help eliminate future embarrassment from state budget failures.

Jim Holcombe is with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

"We simply cannot keep going down the path we've set ourselves upon where each year we path together a budget, we cobble something together, and put off the tough choices for another two years," he said.

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Top Stories
6:43 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Governor makes budget plan public

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's released her plan for balancing the state budget for the new fiscal year that begins October 1. Her proposal to lawmakers includes a one-penny tax on bottled water, extending the sales tax to sports and entertainment tickets, and increasing the state tax on cigarettes to $2.25 cents a pack. She also wants to end some business tax breaks.

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In Michigan
6:38 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

State offers anti-radiation tablets to people near nuke plants

Michigan Public Radio Network – The state Department of Community Health is offering a free one-day supply of potassium iodide pills for people who live near a nuclear power plant. The pills can help reduce the effects of radiation in the event of a nuclear accident.

Janet Olzewski is the director of the department of community health. She says getting the pills to people who face possible exposure to radiation is now part of the state's plans for dealing with a nuclear emergency.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

MI officials: vaccination, common sense will prevent flu outbreak

LANSING, MI – Immunization and common sense would help Michigan avoid serious outbreaks of two types of flu this coming season. That was the message from two state agencies Tuesday at a Lansing news conference.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Gov. candidate Cox releases plan to change Mich.

LANSING, MI – Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox says he wants to reduce taxes by $2 billion and cut spending in part by changing public employee benefits and renegotiating vendor contracts.

The Michigan attorney general told reporters Tuesday that revitalizing Michigan will involve "a lot of shared sacrifice."

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Top Stories
5:09 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Gov. reveals budget plan details

EAST LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm has released a plan to cut spending by more than $550 million while raising that much in additional revenue to fill a shortfall in the general fund.

The governor put out written details Tuesday on how she would close a $1.8 billion general fund in the budget year that starts Oct. 1.

Her plan includes trimming some business tax breaks, including the film credits.

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In Michigan
7:46 am
Tue September 8, 2009

Classes remain canceled at Oakland University

ROCHESTER, MI – Classes at Oakland University remain canceled, but a statement on the suburban Detroit university's Web site said officials will be asking an Oakland County circuit court judge to order striking professors back to work.

WWJ-AM and WJBK-TV say talks between the professors' union and school officials broke off without an agreement early Tuesday morning.

About 18,000 students attend the public four-year school in Rochester.

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In Michigan
6:57 am
Tue September 8, 2009

Health care reform committee continues testimony

LANSING, MI – The director of the state House Fiscal Agency says a statewide health care pool won't solve Michigan's budget problems.

Mitch Beam says if the Legislature passes House Speaker Andy Dillon's plan to pool the health care of all state workers and teachers, the savings will not be reflected in the 2010 budget. And he says it's impossible to know what the actual savings would eventually be without legislation drawn up with specific details.

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Sports
6:31 am
Tue September 8, 2009

Coach Mark Dantonio looks forward to the match up against Central Michigan

East Lansing, MI – As Michigan State (1-0) prepares to take on in state rival Central Michigan (0-1), Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio believes it benefits the state of Michigan to have in-state schools face one another for many different reasons.

Central Michigan comes in to this game after a tough loss to Arizona 19-6 while Michigan State enters this match up with a 44-3 victory over Montana State.

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In Michigan
6:04 am
Tue September 8, 2009

Former official: "Alignment" key to AYP success in Lansing

LANSING, MI – Lansing public school teachers and students return to class today (Tuesday), only days after attaining an important federal learning standard for the first time.

State Education officials announced last week the district and almost all of its individual schools hit "Adequate Yearly Progress" targets. Don Weatherspoon is a former state education official who's worked closely with Lansing schools. He says to maintain AYP, Lansing teachers need to communicate clearly with their students.

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In Michigan
6:03 am
Tue September 8, 2009

Senate to vote on tax credit extension for Wixom, but nothing more

LANSING, MI – The state Senate is expected to vote this week to extend tax credits for a plan to turn a shuttered Ford plant in Wixom into a green technology center.

The Republican-controlled Senate agrees with the Democratic House that the deal is a good use of tax credits. But the House turned down a Senate bill last week that called for more transparency with the Michigan Economic Development Corportation.

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Sports
5:56 am
Tue September 8, 2009

Lions choose Stafford as starter

ALLEN PARK, MI – Matt Stafford has won the Detroit Lions' starting quarterback job.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz told his team Monday morning that the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft would start Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Stafford had been battling veteran Daunte Culpepper for the position, and Schwartz stressed it had
been a case of Stafford winning the job instead of Culpepper losing it.

The Lions are coming off the first 0-16 season in NFL history.


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Sports
5:54 am
Tue September 8, 2009

Lugnuts lose last game to Silver Hawks

SOUTH BEND, IN – The South Bend Silver Hawks used two-run rallies in the fourth and fifth innings to defeat the Lansing Lugnuts 4-3 yesterday afternoon at The Cove, finishing off the 2009 regular season. Lansing finished the campaign with a franchise record for losses, topping the previous mark of 75 defeats set in 2001.

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Sports
5:47 am
Tue September 8, 2009

Tigers start series against Royals

UNDATED – The Detroit Tigers are looking to extend their six-game winning streak and their lead in the AL Central with three games in Kansas City. Standout rookie Rick Porcello will take the ball in today's opener against the woeful Royals, who will start Bruce Chen.

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In Michigan
5:44 am
Tue September 8, 2009

Groups urge Midwest governors to seek clean energy

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Environmental groups want Midwestern governors to push harder for an economy based on clean energy.

The groups are releasing a letter Tuesday to governors representing states that agreed in 2007 to cooperate on reducing carbon pollution.

It asks them to seek legislation requiring utilities to produce at least 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

Additionally, it calls for the region to improve conservation of electricity and natural gas.

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In Michigan
5:41 am
Tue September 8, 2009

Progress made in talks with striking Mich. profs

DETROIT – The head of a union representing professors at a suburban Detroit university says "good progress" is being made toward resolving a faculty walkout.

The president of the Oakland University chapter of the American Association of University Professors said Monday talks with school administrators made progress over the weekend.

But Joel Russell cautioned that "being close" to a deal doesn't mean a new contract is imminent.

Russell spoke to The Associated Press while marching in Detroit's annual Labor Day parade.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Mon September 7, 2009

Dire predictions for 2011 county budget

LANSING, MI – Ingham County Commissioners will hold a public hearing this week on the budget for the health department and other county services.

Commissioner Todd Tennis chairs the human services committee. He says federal stimulus money, along with funding from the state and private foundations, will allow the health department to get through 2010 relatively intact.

But Tennis says in 2011, revenues from property taxes are expected to drop dramatically, while costs continue to rise.

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