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5:57 am
Mon February 15, 2010

MSU women beat Northwestern

EAST LANSING, MI – The Michigan State women's basketball team won for the sixth time in its last seven games Sunday with a 68-55 over Northwestern at the Breslin Center. The Spartans, who have now won 13 straight over the Wildcats, were led by a balanced attack, as 10 Spartans scored, including 33 points off the bench. MSU improved to 17-8 overall and 8-6 in the Big Ten, remaining a half game out of second place.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

Attacks spring up in Mich. GOP governor's race

LANSING, MI –

If the attacks taking place in the Republican governor's race so far are any indication, the five-way contest could soon become a brawl.

Radio ads, billboards and automated calls to voters have been launched by an independent group in Macomb County against Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard and Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

Environmentalists criticize Asian carp strategy

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

Environmental activists say a federal plan to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes has good points but also serious flaws.

The government released its $78.5 million proposal this week for preventing the invasive fish from entering Lake Michigan through Chicago waterways.

Five environmental groups Friday praised its promises to erect new barriers and step up processing of DNA tests needed to tell how close the carp have gotten to the lake.

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In Michigan
3:40 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

MI Senate Committee to take up lifetime health benefits for lawmakers

LANSING, MI –

A state Senate panel is expected to start discussing reforms to public employee health benefits soon. But first the committee will negotiate a plan to eliminate lifetime health benefits for lawmakers.

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Top Stories
3:31 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

Granholm budget chief says there may not be political will to pass plan

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm's budget chief says it will be tough to round up enough votes in the Legislature for the governor's budget proposals.

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Budget Director Robert Emerson was appearing on the Michigan Public Television show "Off the Record." Emerson acknowledged the governor's new budget - the final budget proposal of her administration -- is controversial -- especially expanding the sales tax to cover services.

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WKAR Features
2:12 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

Governor presents final budget

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
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LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has vowed she will veto any budget plans that cut money for schools, and asked the Legislature to expand Michigan's sales tax to stabilize funding for K-through-12 education. The governor presented her final budget proposal to lawmakers Thursday.

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WKAR Features
10:07 am
Fri February 12, 2010

Olympic men's hockey: the Michigan connection

EAST LANSING, MI –

Tonight, the Winter Olympic games begin with opening ceremonies in Vancouver.

Ever since the Team USA "miracle on ice" in 1980, men's ice hockey has been one of the most closely followed sports in the Olympics.

This year's squad has a distinct Michigan flavor. The state's youth hockey system has a lot to do with that.

AUDIO: The path to Olympic glory starts in places like Suburban Ice in East Lansing.

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Sports
9:51 am
Fri February 12, 2010

3 more Mich. St. players plead guilty to assault

EAST LANSING, MI – Three more current or former Michigan State football players have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault charges in connection with a Nov. 22 fight.

Receiver Fred Smith pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit assault. An assault charge was dropped.

Former safety Roderick Jenrette pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and assault and battery. A conspiracy charge was dropped.

Former linebacker Jamiihr Williams pleaded guilty to assault. A conspiracy charge was dropped.

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Sports
9:49 am
Fri February 12, 2010

Tigers' Harwell to receive Vin Scully award

NEW YORK – Ernie Harwell will receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting.

The Hall of Fame broadcaster for the Detroit Tigers will receive the award on May 5 in New York. The 92-year-old Harwell was the voice of the Tigers from 1960 to 2002.

He said last September he has inoperable cancer, a month after surgery for an obstructed bile duct. He was honored with a tribute during a game at Comerica Park on Sept. 16.

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Sports
9:47 am
Fri February 12, 2010

Sharks take 3-2 win over Wings

DETROIT – Patrick Marleau scored the lone goal in a shootout to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

Evgeny Nabokov stopped a career-high 50 shots, and Joe Thornton and Dwight Helminen scored in regulation for the Sharks. It was Western Conference-leading San Jose's first win over Detroit this season after three losses.

Johan Franzen and Jason Williams scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard made 24 saves.


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Sports
9:45 am
Fri February 12, 2010

MSU women beat Michigan

ANN ARBOR, MI – Behind a strong defensive effort, Michigan State held off Michigan, 50-45, Thursday at Crisler Arena. The Spartans, who improve to 16-8 overall and 7-6 in the Big Ten, held the Wolverines to a season-low 45 points and 28.8% shooting from the field. Allyssa DeHaan tied the NCAA Division I career blocks record in the win, tallying a block on Krista Phillips 13 seconds into the second half.

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In Michigan
6:29 pm
Thu February 11, 2010

Reaction to Governor's tax proposals

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm's budget proposal for the coming year includes a tax on physicians' services to cover holes in Medicaid. And she says she wants it approved by lawmakers before July.

The physicians' tax has been unpopular in Lansing and was booted out of the state capital by a large group of protesting doctors last year.

Republican state Senator Roger Kahn says without the support of the medical community, the governor's plan is left with a $200 million shortfall.

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In Focus Today
6:25 pm
Thu February 11, 2010

Governor Granholm presents final budget

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm has vowed she will veto any budget plans that cut money for schools, and asked the Legislature to expand Michigan's sales tax to stabilize funding for K-12 education. The governor presented her final budget proposal to lawmakers Thursday.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Thu February 11, 2010

3 more Mich. St. players plead guilty to assault

EAST LANSING, MI –

Three more current or former Michigan State football players have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault charges in connection with a Nov. 22 fight.

Receiver Fred Smith pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit assault. An assault charge was dropped.

Former safety Roderick Jenrette pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and assault and battery. A conspiracy charge was dropped.

Former linebacker Jamiihr Williams pleaded guilty to assault. A conspiracy charge was dropped.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Thu February 11, 2010

STATE BUDGET UPDATE

LANSING, MI –

Governor Jennifer Granholm has begun briefing a joint meeting of the House and Senate appropriations committees on her budget proposal for the coming fiscal year. She was greeted with a standing ovation as she prepares to present the final budget plan of her administration.

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4:00 pm
Thu February 11, 2010

Steppin' In It/Shout Sister Shout | BackStage Pass

Old-time country swing and swing-era jazz classics from two of Michigan's hottest acts.

Originally aired 2/11/10

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Top Stories
2:52 pm
Thu February 11, 2010

Councilman wants East Lansing to become broadband network test site

East Lansing City Hall.
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East Lansing, MI – City councilman Nathan Triplett wants East Lansing to be a test site for a national high-speed fiber optic network now in the planning stage.

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This week, Google announced plans to build a broadband network capable of delivering data at 1 gigabit per second to up to 500,000 people. The company is encouraging civic leaders and individuals to apply to make their local community a test site.

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Top Stories
2:52 pm
Thu February 11, 2010

Councilman wants East Lansing to become broadband network test site

East Lansing City Hall.
WKAR Photo

East Lansing, MI – City councilman Nathan Triplett wants East Lansing to be a test site for a national high-speed fiber optic network now in the planning stage.

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This week, Google announced plans to build a broadband network capable of delivering data at 1 gigabit per second to up to 500,000 people. The company is encouraging civic leaders and individuals to apply to make their local community a test site.

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In Michigan
12:02 pm
Thu February 11, 2010

Bowman Forms Committee For Gubernatorial Bid

LANSING, MI –

Former state Treasurer Robert Bowman has formed a committee to explore a run for Michigan's Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Bowman, now CEO of Major League Baseball's online and interactive media operations, filed the paperwork Thursday with the Michigan secretary of state.

He works in New York City but has a summer home in Harbor Springs, in northern Michigan. He's also president of the Michigan Education Trust.

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In Michigan
9:54 am
Thu February 11, 2010

Governor Granholm unveils her final budget proposal

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm says her budget for the coming fiscal year will require difficult cuts. But she says schools, community colleges, universities, and local governments have already been cut too much and should be shielded from more reductions.

The governor wants to expand the sales tax to services and use that money to shore up the School Aid Fund. She says services now make up two thirds of all commercial transactions.

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In Michigan
9:43 am
Thu February 11, 2010

Councilman wants East Lansing to become broadband network test site

East Lansing City Hall.
WKAR Photo

East Lansing, MI – City councilman Nathan Triplett wants East Lansing to be a test site for a national high-speed fiber optic network now in the planning stage.

AUDIO:

This week, Google announced plans to build a broadband network capable of delivering data at 1 gigabit per second to up to 500,000 people. The company is encouraging civic leaders and individuals to apply to make their local community a test site.

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In Michigan
9:17 am
Thu February 11, 2010

LCC announces tuition refund initiative

LANSING, MI –

Lansing Community College President Brent Knight says the school will roll out a unique job guarantee program soon.

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Sports
7:28 am
Thu February 11, 2010

Holmstrom's injury might open up spot for Franzen

DETROIT – Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says Niklas Kronwall will not play against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday and Tomas Holmstrom is questionable because of knee injuries.

If Holmstrom doesn't get healthy soon, Team Sweden might replace him on the roster with a Detroit teammate when Olympic rosters are set Monday.

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Sports
7:27 am
Thu February 11, 2010

Martin leads Kings to 103-97 win over Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Kevin Martin scored 26 points and Beno Udrih added 22 as the Sacramento Kings beat the Detroit Pistons 103-97 on Wednesday night.

The Kings have won back-to-back road games after winning just three of their first 25 away from home. Andres Nocioni added 13 for Sacramento, while Tyreke Evans scored seven of his 13 in the final five minutes.

Tayshaun Prince led the Pistons with 23, while Rodney Stuckey finished with 17. Detroit has lost five of six at home, with the only win coming over hapless New Jersey.


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In Michigan
8:45 pm
Wed February 10, 2010

Dairy producers try to rebound after price collapse

MMPA president Ken Nobis manages a 950-head herd of Holstein cows near St. Johns.
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Clinton County, MI – Dairy producers from across the Upper Midwest are meeting in Frankenmuth today (Thursday) for the start of their annual regional conference. Farmers across the country are trying to recover from a very difficult year.

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Milk producers spent most of 2009 struggling with high input costs and rock-bottom prices. Milk exports dropped sharply starting in 2008 after one of the best price years on record.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Wed February 10, 2010

Illitch pulls name from governor's race

LANSING, MI –

Denise Illitch of the Little Caesar's Pizza family has taken herself out of the race for governor. Illitch explored joining the campaign for the Democratic nomination for the past month, since Lieutenant Governor John Cherry dropped out.

Ilitch's status as a Lansing outsider and her access to money to fund a campaign made her attractive to many Democrats.

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Wed February 10, 2010

Winter storm subsides, 3 killed on Mich. roads

UNDATED – A winter storm is subsiding after dumping up to 10 inches of snow on some parts of Michigan and causing three deaths, leaving in its wake treacherous roads and more than 500 school closings.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Wed February 10, 2010

Cox says MI no closer to an agreement on carp threat

LANSING, MI –

Attorney General Mike Cox says a 90-minute phone conference Wednesday failed to yield an agreement with the federal government on a plan to stop the Asian carp from escaping into Lake Michigan.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Wed February 10, 2010

Mich. AG says no deal with feds on Asian carp

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

Michigan's attorney general says the Obama administration offered to settle a legal dispute over how to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, but no deal was reached.

Mike Cox said he and attorneys general from five other states had a conference call Wednesday with a U.S. Department of Justice lawyer.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Wed February 10, 2010

Area health pros discuss hospital readmissions

LANSING, MI –

Mid-Michigan health professionals gathered in Lansing Wednesday to discuss how to keep heart patients from returning to the hospital for more treatment. Studies show a high number of patients with heart problems are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their release.

Dr. James Haering is with the Sparrow Health System. He says more personalized check-out instructions could reduce readmissions.

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