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5:14 pm
Wed September 2, 2009

Granholm leads energy town hall in Saginaw

SAGINAW, MI – Governor Granholm led an invitation-only town meeting in Saginaw on Wednesday. She was joined by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and White House officials to try and generate support for President Obama's energy plan.

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The president's proposal for cap-and-trade credits as part of an energy policy overhaul has been controversial in manufacturing states, where big utility bills can stifle job growth.

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WKAR Features
7:39 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Chinese Enrollment At Michigan State Exploding

Michigan State University's Beaumont Tower.
Melissa Ingells, WKAR News

EAST LANSING, MI – China's higher education system doesn't come close to meeting the needs of its fast-growing economy. That leads many students to leave the country to study.

Like many American colleges, Michigan State University has become a popular destination for Chinese students.

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Sports
6:57 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Kirk Cousins named starting quarterback for Spartans

East Lansing, MI – As the Michigan State football team continues to prepare for their opening game against the Bobcats of Montana State this Saturday, one of the big question marks facing Head coach Mark Dantonio was who would be the starting quarterback.

The race to determine who would replace the graduated Brian Hoyer under center entering the season for the green and white has been a very competitive throughout the spring and summer.

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Sports
6:56 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Kirk Cousins embraces opportunity to start at quarterback for Michigan State

East Lansing, MI – After being named the starting quarterback to open the season this Saturday against Montana State, Kirk Cousins looks to take advantage of his opportunity. Entering his Sophomore season, Cousins has had some game experience last season as a freshmen backing up Brian Hoyer.

During spring and summer practice Cousins and fellow sophomore Keith Nichol have had a very close competition for the starting role at quarterback.

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In Michigan
6:31 am
Wed September 2, 2009

US Rep. Gary Peters holds forum on health care

WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI – Backers and opponents of proposed health care reforms jockeyed for position before U.S. Rep. Gary Peters held a town hall meeting on the contentious issue.

The forum at West Bloomfield High School began at 6 p.m. Tuesday. A pro-reform group, Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength, said in an e-mail that opponents had been urged to arrive at 5 p.m. and pack the meeting.

MOSES in turn asked supporters to arrive at 4 p.m.

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In Michigan
6:13 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Mich. high court considers new recusal rules

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Supreme Court is considering formal rules for when justices should step aside from hearing cases.

The disqualification issue has been a bone of contention for several years. The high court has an unwritten tradition that leaves it up to each justice to decide if he or she should recuse himself or herself.

Under one proposal, all the justices could review if a colleague should be disqualified. Another idea is letting justices decide for themselves as long as they give their reason in writing.

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Sports
6:00 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Michigan St. to start Cousins at QB in opener

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State has picked Kirk Cousins to start the season opener at quarterback Saturday against Montana State.

Coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday that Keith Nichol also will see action at quarterback in the first half.

Dantonio appears comfortable with both QBs but said Cousins is getting the nod because he has more experience in the Michigan State system.

Cousins completed 32 of 43 passes for 310 yards last season as a backup to Brian Hoyer. Cousins was named one of the team's captains for this season.

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In Michigan
5:52 am
Wed September 2, 2009

State House passes Wixom tax credit extension

WIXOM, MI – The state House has passed legislation that will extend $100 million in tax credits to turn the shuttered Ford plant in Wixom into a green technology center.

Ford plans to sell the property to companies that make solar panels and energy-saving batteries. This would be the first major overhaul of an auto plant to green technology. The Legislature must pass the tax credits before September 14th to insure the companies can secure federal loans.

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Sports
5:47 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Ford, Nolan lead Shock over Mercury

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Cheryl Ford had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Deanna Nolan scored 21 as the Detroit Shock kept their playoff hopes alive with a 101-99 victory over the Phoenix Mercury
on Tuesday night.

The Shock (14-15) are part of a five-way battle for the final three playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

Phoenix (20-10) got 25 points from Cappie Pondexter and 20 from Diana Taurasi.

The Shock led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, but Phoenix rallied to pull within 42-39 at the half.

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Sports
5:45 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Lugnuts lose to Silver Hawks, nearly out of playoff contention

SOUTH BEND, IN – The South Bend Silver Hawks nearly eliminated the playoff aspirations of the Lansing Lugnuts last night with a 6-3 victory. With the loss, the Lugnuts fell four games behind the Silver Hawks for the Eastern Division's final playoff spot with five games remaining in the season. The Lugnuts return home tonight to begin a three-game series at Oldsmobile Park against the West Michigan Whitecaps.

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Sports
5:35 am
Wed September 2, 2009

3 HRs lift Tigers past Indians, 8-5

DETROIT – Placido Polanco and Carlos Guillen homered on successive pitches and Brandon Inge also went deep, lifting the Detroit Tigers to an 8-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

Aubrey Huff added three RBIs for Detroit, which won its second straight.

Edwin Jackson (11-6) allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings, walking two and striking out six. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 30th save in 31 chances.

Andy Marte homered for Cleveland.

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In Michigan
6:09 pm
Tue September 1, 2009

Mich. gov to walk, not run, Labor Day bridge walk

LANSING, MI – For the first time in seven years, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm plans to walk rather than run across the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day.

The 50-year-old governor turned the holiday tradition on its head her first year in office, when she led off the 2003 crossing at a brisk walk and then broke into a jog. She ran most of the way, leaving puffing friends and aides in her wake and finishing the 5-mile trek in 47 minutes.

Last year, she finished in her best time ever: 35 minutes, 27 seconds.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Tue September 1, 2009

State: Saginaw homes no longer tainted with dioxin

SAGINAW, MI – State officials say there's no longer a public health hazard in a Saginaw residential area that had been contaminated with dioxin from a Dow Chemical Co. plant.

The Michigan Department of Community Health said Tuesday it has completed an evaluation of the neighborhood following a cleanup last year by contractors Dow hired.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Tue September 1, 2009

Groups say Mich. gov MIA on protecting the poor

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm in the past has championed a tax credit for the working poor and spoken passionately about protecting the state's neediest citizens. But social services groups say the Democratic governor hasn't spoken out loudly enough against some lawmakers' calls for cuts in welfare benefits and less money for a tax credit for low-income working families.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue September 1, 2009

Lansing City Council changes rules

LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council last night approved changes to the rules governing its meetings. The changes move open public comment time to the end of the meeting.

Council president Derrick Quinney says the changes will help improve the efficiency of the meetings. He says he's not sure if overall decorum will improve, saying that all the steps taken so far to fix that problem have not changed it.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue September 1, 2009

Speaker Dillon says 2009-2010 budget deal close

LANSING, MI – State House Speaker Andy Dillon says legislative leaders are close to reaching a budget deal in closed-door negotiations with Governor Granholm.

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Dillon says the leaders are close to agreement on the budget for the coming fiscal year. But he says they want to reach a two-year deal, and that's where they are finding more disagreements over where to cut programs and spend federal stimulus money.

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Sports
9:36 am
Tue September 1, 2009

Tiger Stadium's demolition to resume after pause

DETROIT – The demolition of Detroit's Tiger Stadium soon will resume after a brief break.

Only a small section of the historic ballpark remains standing along Michigan Avenue, alongside piles of rubble and demolition equipment.

Officials tell The Detroit News columnist Laura Berman that work paused because permission was required from the state to partially close the avenue. The permit was issued last week and demolition is due to finish by Oct. 1.

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In Michigan
6:15 am
Tue September 1, 2009

State Senate holds hearing on future of Michigan Central Depot

LANSING, MI – State lawmakers say the old Michigan Central Depot in Detroit could bring federal stimulus money into the state if it's renovated. The state Senate held a hearing Monday to discuss the future of the building and of the state as a hub for international trade.

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Sports
5:56 am
Tue September 1, 2009

Michigan coach says school complies with rules

ANN ARBOR, MI – Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez says his football program has abided by the rules, despite allegations of NCAA violations.

At a news conference in Ann Arbor, Rodriguez became emotional and had to gather himself as he denied any wrongdoing.

Rodriguez said his staff knows the rules "and we comply by the rules."

The school has launched an investigation into allegations that its football program regularly violates NCAA rules limiting how much time players can spend on training and practice.

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Sports
5:54 am
Tue September 1, 2009

Lugnuts best Dragons

DAYTON, OH – The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Dayton Dragons 7-3 last night at Fifth Third Field. The victory gave the Lugnuts a fifth consecutive series split of a four-game series, one against each opponent in the Midwest League's Eastern Division. It also pulled Lansing within three games of South Bend for the final playoff spot in the division, setting up a battle tonight between the Lugnuts and Silver Hawks.

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Sports
5:40 am
Tue September 1, 2009

Carlos Pena leads Rays to 11-7 win over Tigers

DETROIT – Carlos Pena hit his AL-best 38th homer and drove in four runs to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 11-7 on Monday for a split of their four-game series.

Tampa Bay scored six times in the first inning, capped by Pena's two-run drive. James Shields remained unbeaten against Detroit, and Jason Bartlett added a solo homer as the Rays moved within five games of idle Boston in the wild-card race.

Tampa Bay hosts the Red Sox on Tuesday night, the start of a three-game series.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Mon August 31, 2009

Mich. man decries deportation bid over WWII charge

TROY, MI – An 88-year-old Michigan man accused of helping the Nazis during World War II as a Ukrainian policeman says the government's decision to try to deport him is "terrible."

The Justice Department charges that John Kalymon personally shot Jews while serving in the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police.

Kalymon told The Associated Press on Monday that he didn't shoot anybody during the war.

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Mon August 31, 2009

Mich. gov candidate revises college tuition plan

LANSING, MI – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alma Wheeler Smith has revised a plan to raise Michigan income taxes and use the money to cover tuition for college students and preschool for all 4-year-olds.

The state representative from Washtenaw County's Salem Township said Monday her bills now make all taxpayers eligible for full tuition reimbursement through a tax credit. An earlier plan had limited full reimbursement to those making $107,000 or less.

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In Michigan
5:42 pm
Mon August 31, 2009

Mich. Republicans urge protests at Peters' forum

LANSING, MI – Given the tone of an e-mail sent out Monday by the Oakland County GOP, a Tuesday night health care town hall meeting sponsored by U.S. Rep. Gary Peters could be rowdy.

County GOP Chairman David Law urged supporters to ask the Bloomfield Township Democrat to "stop the government takeover of health care."

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Mon August 31, 2009

UM's Rodriguez Defends His Program

ANN ARBOR, MI – University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez is defending his program against allegations the school violated NCAA rules.

The Detroit Free Press reported that players say the amount of time they spend on football training and practice greatly exceeds NCAA limits. Rodriguez says his staff knows the rules and obeys the rules. At an emotional press conference, Rodriguez said he understands the value of athletes spending time on their studies:

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In Michigan
4:33 pm
Mon August 31, 2009

State withholding payment to Detroit because of late report

LANSING, MI – The state is once again refusing to send its monthly revenue sharing payment to Detroit. The cash-strapped city is late filing a legally required audit of its books with the Michigan Treasury.

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In Michigan
6:55 am
Mon August 31, 2009

Schools submit proposals to re-imagine education

DETROIT – State Superintendent Mike Flanagan wanted schools to rethink the way they educate children, and dozens of districts have responded so far to the Michigan Department of Education's Project Reimagine.

Yet the Detroit Free Press reports that it remains to be seen whether the ideas suggested are the type of bold plans that can help children learn while boosting the state's chances of winning a slice of federal stimulus money.

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In Michigan
6:53 am
Mon August 31, 2009

Blueberry virus strikes Michigan State University research center

SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP, MI – The bloom could be off Michigan's $124 million per year blueberry industry after two
destructive viruses infected bushes in three locations.

Particularly upsetting to scientists is where one of the outbreaks occurred -- Michigan State University's agricultural research station in Allegan County's Saugatuck Township, about four miles from Lake Michigan.

An outbreak of blueberry shock is forcing scientists to destroy plants that represent two decades and millions of dollars of research.

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In Michigan
6:47 am
Mon August 31, 2009

Lawmaker to call for tax hike to fund free tuition

LANSING, MI – A Democratic lawmaker and candidate for governor will turn in legislation this week that would guarantee free tuition for in-state students attending public universities and community colleges. Smith says her plan would be an improvement on the Michigan Promise scholarship.

The Michigan Promise is a $4000 scholarship. That covers roughly the cost of two years at a community college.

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In Michigan
6:47 am
Mon August 31, 2009

Council could vote to move public comment time

LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council is considering a set of changes to its rules tonight.The changes include moving public comment time to the end of the meeting. Supporters say the change will make the meetings shorter and more efficient.

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