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6:10 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

State seeks federal funds for retraining

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is asking the federal government for emergency funding to enroll more than 9,000 people in a job training program.

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Governor Granholm says over the past two years, 88,000 people have enrolled in the No Worker Left Behind program, but thousands more are waiting to learn new job skills.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

Unemployment stable across all Michigan regions

LANSING, MI – Unemployment remained stable across the state in July. That's according to a breakdown of the numbers released Thursday by the state Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth.

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Michigan's unemployment rate was largely unchanged from June to July - it dipped very slightly to 15%. The same held true when the numbers were broken down by regions.

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In Michigan
3:33 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

Ingham Board seeking applicants

MASON, MI – The Ingham County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications until September 9 to fill a vacancy on the Board. Commissioner Marc Thomas from East Lansing has resigned because he's moving out of his district.

Board Chair Debbie De Leon says the Democratic caucus, which makes up the majority, will recommend an applicant for appointment.

"We will have an interview process with our Democratic caucus and the appointment will be made on September 22nd at our next Board meeting," she said.

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In Michigan
11:51 am
Thu August 27, 2009

Attorney General says Michigan needs ethics law

LANSING, MI – Attorney General Mike Cox says Michigan needs an ethics law for elected officials and state department directors. He's supporting a Republican-backed package of bills in the Legislature.

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In Michigan
9:09 am
Thu August 27, 2009

Proposed legislation aimed at saving Michigan's wetlands protection program

Lansing, MI – A state senator is proposing legislation to spare Michigan's wetlands protection program from being eliminated to save money.

Sen. Patricia Birkholz (R-Saugatuck Township), who chairs the Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee, tells The Associated Press she expects to introduce the measure Thursday.

Birkholz has been negotiating for months with the state Department of Environmental Quality and groups representing environmentalists and businesses in hopes of
sparing the program.

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In Michigan
7:25 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Granholm expects to avoid shutdown

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says she's frustrated with the pace of budget negotiations. But she says it's tough to come up with an agreement on a plan to retire a $2.8 billion dollar deficit.

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In Focus Today
7:23 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Granholm says she expects to avert shutdown

LANSING, MI – Budget negotiations are stepping up with the start of the state's new fiscal year now less than six weeks away. Governor Granholm says she still believes a shutdown can be averted. But there are a lot of details and disagreements to be settled first.

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In Michigan
7:00 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Granholm says health care bill should carry Kennedy name

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy will be remembered as a voice for the under-privileged. She says he knew how to forge deals with those who disagreed with him.

"He came from a family of privilege, but he used that position in a way to be the megaphone for children, and for the elderly, and for people with disabilities," she says. "It's a huge loss in the Senate. It's not just a huge loss for Massachusetts. It's a huge loss for the nation."

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In Michigan
6:42 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Retail association index shows improvement

EAST LANSING, MI – The health of retail businesses in Michigan continues to be weak but is slowly gaining strength.

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The Michigan Retailers Association says July was the best month for state retailers in a year. Overall, businesses with sales declines still outnumber those with increasing sales. But for the third straight month, the gap has narrowed.

James Hallan is the association's President and CEO.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Mich. gov says budget talks should move faster

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm says there's a "ridiculously short" amount of time left to get the state budget done and avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1.

Speaking at a Wednesday news conference, the Democratic governor said budget talks are continuing between the state budget director and the heads of the Senate and House appropriations committees.

She expressed frustration at how long it's taking to reach a
budget deal. Granholm says it's ridiculous "that we are at the end of August
and we're not there yet."

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In Michigan
4:12 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Wixom Ford plant to become green technology hub

WIXOM, MI – Ford plans to sell its vacant Wixom plant to manufacturers of solar panel and batteries. Legislative committees in Lansing heard testimony Wednesday from Wixom officials and representatives from the companies.

AUDIO: The green-technology manufacturers need the Legislature to create tax credits in order to receive federal funding as well to set up shop in Wixom. Those refundable tax credits would not be reflected in the budget until 2012.

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In Michigan
10:34 am
Wed August 26, 2009

Ingham County Commissioners Reject Millage Proposal

MASON, MI – Ingham County Commissioners have voted against putting a county-wide millage proposal on the ballot. The millage would have guaranteed funding for the sheriff's department for the next five years.

AUDIO: The millage would have offset cuts to the sheriff's department and provided funding for road patrols in rural townships that don't have their own police department.

Last night, the proposal was rejected by a vote of 10 to 6.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Tue August 25, 2009

Mich. judge who made woman remove hijab to be sued

SOUTHFIELD, MI – A Michigan judge is being sued by a woman who says she was forced to remove her Muslim headscarf in his courtroom.

Melanie Elturk, an attorney for the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says the federal lawsuit against Wayne County Circuit Judge William Callahan will be filed Wednesday. The Michigan CAIR chapter is joining in the suit.

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In Michigan
4:40 pm
Tue August 25, 2009

Study shows murderers and rapists are least likely to return to prison

EAST LANSING, MI – A new study suggests paroling more people convicted of violent crimes would not pose a significant risk to the public.

Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending - or CAPPS - conducted the study. It showed 3% of sex offenders in Michigan returned to prison for another sex crime. The study also showed murderers and rapists are often denied their first parole.

Barbara Levine is with CAPPS.

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In Michigan
2:12 pm
Tue August 25, 2009

Bill lets Mich. towns decide on restaurant smoking

LANSING, MI – A Michigan lawmaker says local governments should be able to ban smoking in restaurants and bars since a proposed statewide ban is stalled in the Legislature.

A bill sponsored by Rep. Gary McDowell would let each county, city, township and village decide if people can smoke in local bars and restaurants.

Michigan law allows only the Legislature to ban smoking in food establishments.

McDowell says the law should be changed because legislators will not pass a statewide ban.

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WKAR Features
8:41 am
Tue August 25, 2009

County commissioners to vote on sheriff's department millage

The Ingham County Courthouse in Mason.
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Mason, MI – Ingham County Commissioners will vote tonight on whether to put a county-wide millage proposal on the November ballot that would guarantee funding for the sheriff's department. Budget cuts could eliminate sheriff's patrols in several rural townships that don't have their own police.

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Deputy Jacob Newton is part of the sheriff's rural road patrol. Most of his time is spent making traffic stops and he's about to make another one.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Michigan asks for $800 million for high-speed rail

SOUTHERN MICHIGAN – Governor Granholm climbed aboard an Amtrak train Monday to call attention to the states's efforts to win $800 million in federal stimulus funds. Michigan is part of an eight-state consortium trying to build a Midwest regional high-speed line with Chicago as its hub.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Feds Approve Lansing's Foreign Trade Zone

LANSING, MI – The federal government has approved the Capital Region International airport's request for designation as a foreign trade zone.

The designation from the U.S. Commerce Department was nearly a year in the making. Brent Case directs Lansing's foreign trade zone. He says this status means local companies will not have to pay duties on import products until they ship them out of the foreign trade zone.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

House Dems call Senate to take action on unemployment bills

LANSING, MI – State House Democrats are urging the Republican-controlled Senate to extend unemployment benefits. They say Michigan's 15% jobless rate shows it is time to act.

Legislation passed by the House would provide $138 million in federal stimulus for some unemployed workers completing job training programs. But business groups say that would create new unemployment taxes and financial strain on small businesses.

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In Michigan
3:29 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

International Students Arriving At MSU

Melissa Ingells, WKAR

EAST LANSING, MI – International students are beginning to arrive on the Michigan State University campus for the new academic year.

AUDIO: Students from all parts of the globe are in East Lansing to get acclimated to their new surroundings.

Peter Briggs, director of the Office for International Students and Scholars at MSU, says orientation events began on Sunday.

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Top Stories
1:40 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Granholm announces high-speed rail moves

DEARBORN, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has announced the state is applying for more than $800 million in federal stimulus money for what's envisioned to be the first step
toward a high-speed rail network.

Granholm made the announcement Monday with local and federal lawmakers in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, a stop on the proposed Detroit-to-Chicago line.

Granholm says the funding isn't guaranteed. Monday is the deadline for federal grant applications.

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In Michigan
10:33 am
Mon August 24, 2009

GM's Delta Township Plant Moves To Two Separate Full-time Shifts

LANSING, MI – Hundreds of Lansing General Motors' workers are getting reacquainted with regular shift work. Laid-off hourly workers began returning to work at GM's Delta Township facility in late July. But they've overlapped shifts for retraining and retooling purposes. Monday, for the first time in eight months, the facility is running two, separate full-time shifts.

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In Michigan
6:47 am
Mon August 24, 2009

Governor To Boost High-Speed Rail

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm will announce the next step her administration is taking to build a high-speed rail line that will connect metro Detroit with Chicago and the rest of the Midwest. The governor will make the announcement today at train stations in Dearborn and Jackson.

Michigan is part of a consortium of eight states seeking a share of $8,000,000,000 in federal stimulus money set aside to build rail lines for trains that will travel as fast as 110 miles per hour.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Fri August 21, 2009

Kroger recalls bread in 13 states including Michigan

CINCINNATI – Kroger is recalling a store-brand bread that could contain ingredients not listed on the label. The ingredients could cause reactions in people allergic to milk. The recall affects stores in Michigan and a dozen other states.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Fri August 21, 2009

MSU Dean finalist for West Virginia position

MORGANTOWN, WV – The Dean of Michigan State University's college of Agriculture and Natural Resources is a finalist for a job in West Virginia. Jeffrey Armstrong is among a group of three finalists to become Provost of the West Virginia University in Morgantown.

The university is looking to fill the vacancy created when former Provost Gerald Lang resigned in the wake of a scandal involving a master's degree that was improperly awarded to the daughter of the state's Governor.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Fri August 21, 2009

Michigan Supreme Court will reconsider car accident ruling

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Supreme court has decided to reconsider a court ruling that prevented car accident victims for suing for pain and suffering.

The court ruling known as Kreiner essentially kept anything short of death or paralysis caused by car accidents out of court. David Christiansen is with the Michigan Association for Justice.

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In Michigan
1:37 pm
Fri August 21, 2009

Michigan jobless rate again tops nation

EAST LANSING, MI – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Michigan once again has the nation's highest jobless rate. Michigan's jobless rate has led all other states for most of the past two years.

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In Michigan
11:09 am
Fri August 21, 2009

GM's Thayer announces retirement

EAST LANSING, MI – General Motors highest-ranking local executive is retiring. In a message on his Facebook page, Lansing Regional Plant Manager Randy Thayer says he looks forward to "new opportunities" after 36 years with the automaker. The on-line message did not say when he would leave GM.

Thayer currently heads operations at both of the company's Lansing plants. He is a Lansing native and serves on the boards of a number of community organizations.

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Sports
7:02 am
Fri August 21, 2009

Lugnuts thrash TinCaps

FORT WAYNE, IN – Fresh off their only off-day in August, the well-rested Lansing Lugnuts scored eight runs in the first inning en route to a 15-7 thrashing of the first place Fort Wayne TinCaps in the opener of a four-game series last night at Parkview Field. The two teams play the second game of the series tonight at 7:05.

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Sports
6:41 am
Fri August 21, 2009

Michigan State, MAC teams announce football series

EAST LANSING, MI – Big Ten member Michigan State plans to play games at each of the Mid-American Conference's in-state programs.

The rare football road trips to Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan are part of a 12-game "Celebrate the State" series covering the 2011-2020 seasons announced Thursday.

The Spartans will play four games each against the MAC programs from Michigan. Most of the games will be in East Lansing but each MAC team will host the Spartans once.

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