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9:22 am
Fri January 1, 2010

New Year's to be a winter blast in much of Mich.

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Forecasters say occasionally heavy snow, stiff winds and frigid temperatures will greet Michigan residents near lakes Michigan and Superior as 2010 begins.

The National Weather Service says a foot of snow or more could fall by Saturday evening from Charlevoix to Manistee along the Lake Michigan shoreline in the northwest Lower Peninsula. Farther south, more than 8 inches was possible from Ludington to South Haven.

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In Michigan
9:19 am
Fri January 1, 2010

MI Supreme Ct: Direction reverses, divide remains

DETROIT –
The Michigan Supreme Court is a new place since 2009, when a Democrat who defeated a Republican incumbent set in motion a series of rulings favoring injured people with damage claims and tightening judicial ethics.

One thing that hasn't changed is a bitter ideological split that has led to sharp attacks, ridicule and mockery by justices against their colleagues.

Conservative forces that dominated the court for a decade lost their 4-3 majority after the November 2008 election.

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WKAR Features
11:51 am
Thu December 31, 2009

East Lansing city manager looks ahead to 2010

Downtown East Lansing.
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EAST LANSING, MI – When East Lansing City Manager Ted Staton looks back at how his city fared in 2009, he refers to the Charles Dickens classic, "A Tale of Two Cities."

The "best of times" factors include the Entrepreneur Magazine story naming East lansing one of the nation's 10 best college towns for starting a business.

The "worst of times" come in the form of state revenue sharing cuts and the resulting budget cuts, including 130 employees voluntarily taking five furlough days.

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Sports
5:56 am
Thu December 31, 2009

Michigan State hockey team rips RPI 6-1 to capture GLI title

DETROIT – Brett Perlini, Dustin Gazley and Andrew Rowe each had a goal and assist to lead Michigan State to a 6-1 win over RPI on Wednesday night in the championship game of the Great Lakes Invitational Tournament at Joe Louis Arena.

Chris Forfar, Dean Chelios and Jeff Petry also scored for the Spartans (14-6-2). Drew Palmisano made 19 saves.

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Sports
5:54 am
Thu December 31, 2009

No. 11 Michigan State beats Texas-Arlington

EAST LANSING, MI – Durrell Summers and Draymond Green combined for 39 points to lead No. 11 Michigan State to an 87-68 victory over Texas-Arlington on Wednesday night.

Summers had 20 points, 13 in the first half, for the Spartans (10-3), while Green added 19 in a balanced attack in their final nonconference game.

But Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had to be happiest with the play of reigning Big Ten Player of the Year Kalin Lucas, who responded to a benching with 16 points.

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In Michigan
6:36 pm
Wed December 30, 2009

Judge denies request to keep Houghton off Lansing council

MASON, MI –
An Ingham County judge has denied a request to block Lansing city council member-elect Tina Houghton from taking office. A Lansing resident had petitioned the court earlier this month claiming Houghton is ineligible to serve on the council due to her delinquent property taxes.

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In Michigan
6:28 pm
Wed December 30, 2009

Granholm to sign Mich. school law changes Monday

LANSING, MI –
Sweeping changes in Michigan education policy will be signed into law by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Monday.

The legislation recently passed by the Legislature will allow the state to take over districts that are performing poorly in academics. Charter school operators with good track records will be able to open new locations and the state's dropout age will rise from 16 to 18.

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In Michigan
6:25 pm
Wed December 30, 2009

Relatively few new laws approved for Mich. in 2009

LANSING, MI –
A flurry of legislation passed just before adjourning for 2009 saved the Michigan Legislature from its lowest total of new laws enacted in any one year of the decade.

Michigan likely will wind up with roughly 240 new public acts from 2009. That's higher only than the 221 recorded in 2007 for this decade.

The 2009 total includes more than 50 measures passed in mid-December. Some of those bills aren't yet officially enrolled and won't be eligible for signing by Gov. Jennifer Granholm until January.

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In Michigan
6:22 pm
Wed December 30, 2009

Wis. attorney general joins fight against carp

MADISON, WIS –
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is joining the effort to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

Van Hollen filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday supporting Michigan's request for an injunction to close a Chicago canal that connects Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River basin. The goal is to keep invasive big head and silver carp out of Lake Michigan.

Minnesota and Ohio have also filed a supportive brief.

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In Michigan
9:12 am
Wed December 30, 2009

Granholm combines IT, budget departments in quest to shrink agencies

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm has issued executive orders combining two more state departments. It's part of a plan to shrink the size of state government during tight budget times.

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The governor says the goal is to make state government smaller and more efficient as Michigan struggles economically. The state Department of Internet Technology will be folded into the Department of Management and Budget as of March 21.

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In Michigan
6:22 am
Wed December 30, 2009

Student wins lawsuit over access to campus housing

ROCHESTER, MI – Oakland University in suburban Detroit has been ordered to provide housing for a student whose learning disability prevents him from pursuing a traditional degree.

A school official claimed it would change campus culture. A judge, however, says Oakland is breaking federal law.

Micah Fialka-Feldman filed a lawsuit last year after Oakland said he could live on campus but then denied the request. He attends classes at Oakland but is not in a degree-granting program, typically a condition to live in a dorm.

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In Michigan
6:17 am
Wed December 30, 2009

Detroit's Riddle can leave Flint to prep for trial

DETROIT – A Detroit political consultant can leave his mother's home in Flint to prepare for a corruption trial, but there will be no bubbly to celebrate the new year.

A federal judge said Tuesday that Sam Riddle can move to a Detroit apartment. He was forced to leave a Detroit residence last week after being charged with domestic violence against his companion, Mary Waters.

Riddle has been staying with his mother in Flint.

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Sports
6:03 am
Wed December 30, 2009

MSU's Izzo not happy with leadership from Lucas

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is not satisfied with the leadership on his team, particularly from guard Kalin Lucas.

Izzo told Lucas he was not to practice Tuesday with the No. 11 Spartans (9-3) and should spend the time thinking about his leadership role. Izzo wants Lucas to take more responsibility for leading Michigan State.

Izzo says Lucas is not suspended. But it isn't yet known if the 2008-2009 Big Ten Player of the Year will be in Michigan State's lineup for Wednesday's game against Texas-Arlington.

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Sports
6:01 am
Wed December 30, 2009

Lions rookie QB Stafford's knee surgery successful

ALLEN PARK, MI – The Detroit Lions say quarterback Matthew Stafford has undergone successful surgery on his right knee.

Stafford had what the Lions called minor surgery on Tuesday. He was placed on injured reserve last week after a physical exam revealed he wouldn't be ready to play in Sunday's season finale against Chicago.

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Sports
5:57 am
Wed December 30, 2009

MSU routs MTU 10-1 in GLI semifinal

DETROIT – Brett Perlini had two goals and an assist and Michigan State beat Michigan Tech 10-1 in a semifinal of the Great Lakes Invitational on Tuesday.

Daultan Leveille and Trevor Nill had a goal and two assists each and Zach Josepher, Dustin Gazley and Matt Crandell had a goal and an assist for the Spartans (13-6-2). Corey Tropp, Zach Golembiewski and Nick Sucharski also scored for Michigan State. Drew Palmisano made 28 saves.

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Sports
5:38 am
Wed December 30, 2009

Knicks rout Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, MI – David Lee had a season-high 30 points and 12 rebounds, and the New York Knicks handed the Detroit Pistons their eighth straight loss, 104-87 Tuesday night.

Wilson Chandler added 23 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks. Richard Hamilton had 16 points and Rodney Stuckey scored 15 for Detroit despite combining to shoot just 11 of 34.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

WSJ: GM offering deep discounts on Saturn, Pontiac

NEW YORK –
General Motors Co. is offering deep discounts on its remaining Saturn and Pontiac vehicles as it looks to move the leftover inventory of the soon-to-be-dead brands.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

Mich. Muslims condemn al-Qaida role in jet attack

SOUTHFIELD, MI –
Nigerian-American and other Michigan Muslim leaders have condemned al-Qaida and its claim of responsibility for the Christmas attack on a Detroit-bound plane.

They spoke Tuesday at a news conference in the Detroit suburb of Southfield at the Michigan office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Chapter head Dawud Walid calls the attack part of a "war against the spirit of Islam itself."

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

GOP lawmaker: Threat from terrorism not going away

WASHINGTON –
The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee says the government needs to do a better job of telling Americans about the threat from terrorism.

Michigan congressman Pete Hoekstra says the threat is real and has been in place for more than 20 years. And, says Hoekstra, it's a threat that's not going away.

Hoekstra says the U.S. needs to be more forward-leaning in its approach to terrorism and put into place the latest technology for dealing with it.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Tue December 29, 2009

MI approves new coal power plant permits

LANSING, MI –
State environmental regulators have given Consumers Energy permission to build a controversial new coal-fired power plant in Michigan's Thumb region. The new plant will be cleaner-burning than existing plants. But environmental groups say the state should not be approving any new coal plants.

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In Michigan
6:04 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Sierra Club reacts to MI coal plant permit approval

LANSING, MI –
Michigan environmental advocates are criticizing the state Department of Environmental Quality's decision to grant an air permit for a proposed coal-fired power plant near Bay City.

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Sports
5:56 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Ex-ABC sportscaster Dave Diles dead at 78

DETROIT – Former ABC-TV sports broadcaster and long-time "Prudential College Football Scoreboard Show" host Dave Diles has died at his home in Athens, Ohio. He was 78.

Detroit's WXYZ-TV said Monday he'd been in failing health since a stroke in April and died Saturday night. Diles was the ABC affiliate's sports director in 1961-72 and 1979-82.

Diles also worked for several newspapers and reported for The Associated Press in Columbus, Ohio, and Detroit in 1951-61.

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Sports
5:55 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Karel leads Wisconsin to upset over Michigan State women

MADISON, WI – Alyssa Karel scored 21 points and Wisconsin shocked No. 16 Michigan State 62-54 on Monday night.

The Spartans failed to overcome a sloppy first half in which they scored 21 points and had 16 turnovers. The 21 first-half points were a season low in a half for the Spartans (9-4, 0-2 Big Ten).

Michigan State scored 19 points below its average in the loss. Leading scorer Allysa DeHaan scored six of the Spartans final eight points in the first half and finished with nine points overall.

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Sports
5:53 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Red Wings shut out by Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OH – Fredrik Modin backhanded in a rebound of his own shot 3:12 into overtime to give Columbus a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night, ending the Blue Jackets' franchise-tying nine-game winless streak.

Steve Mason had 34 saves for his second shutout of the year.

Modin carried the puck into the offensive zone and past defenseman Brett Lebda to flick a shot at Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard. He stopped the shot, but Modin continued to skate and was able to backhand a shot past a diving Lebda that went behind Howard.

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In Michigan
5:48 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Michigan continues Great Lakes cleanup planning

LANSING, MI – Michigan continues to establish its priorities for seeking federal funding available to help clean up the Great Lakes.

The state recently posted on a Web site a framework it will use when applying for a share of the $475 million federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Michigan may seek grants to continue restoration in areas such as the Saginaw Bay, Kalamazoo River and the Huron-Erie corridor.

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In Michigan
5:45 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Minnesota AG: Keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

ST. PAUL, MN – Minnesota's attorney general is backing the effort to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, saying they threaten her state's commercial and recreational fishing
industries.

Lori Swanson filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday supporting Michigan's request for an injunction to close a Chicago canal that connects Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River basin. The high court is expected to consider it Jan. 8.

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In Michigan
5:31 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Online Muslim group to stage anti-terrorism rally

DEARBORN, MI – An online group composed mainly of Michigan Muslims plans a live rally against the man accused of trying to bring down a Detroit-bound jet on Christmas.

A Facebook group called Dearborn Area Community Members invites local Muslims and others to gather Jan. 8 at U.S. District Court in downtown Detroit. It's scheduled to coincide with a hearing for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, charged with trying to detonate an explosive device on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Friday.

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In Michigan
5:46 pm
Mon December 28, 2009

Senator pushes for hearing on "sexting"

Lansing, MI – A state senator hopes she can bring attention to sexy text messaging endemic among school-aged children. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer asked the chairmen of a few legislative panels at the state Capitol to hold hearings about the problems children face when they send text and picture messages of a sexual nature.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Mon December 28, 2009

Gov. Granholm signs park fee extension

Lansing, MI – Governor Granholm has extended the current system for funding state parks until April 1. That gives lawmakers more time to come up with a new system that adequately funds state parks, recreation areas, and boat launch sites.

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WKAR Features
11:33 am
Mon December 28, 2009

Budget will remain an issue for Ingham County in 2010

East Lansing, MI –

Ingham County faces major budget issues again next year.

The county's budget totals $204,000,000, with the general fund making up $79,000,000 of that. Board of Commissioners chairperson Debbie DeLeon tells WKAR's Scott Pohl that figure already looks to be $2,500,000 too high.


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