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9:38 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Group challenges Silverdome's $583,000 sale

PONTIAC, MI – A judge has temporarily blocked the sale of the Pontiac Silverdome.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Edward Sosnick is expected to decide Monday whether a $583,000 high bid submitted this week by an unnamed Canadian company was proper.

Silver Stallion Corp. asked Sosnick to nullify the auction sale. The group says their 2008 purchase agreement for $17 million should take precedent and alleges racial discrimination.

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Science/Tech
8:42 am
Thu November 19, 2009

EPA: No dioxin in Bay, Saginaw, Midland city water

SAGINAW, MI – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials says a second series of tests on samples collected from the Midland, Saginaw and Bay City water systems show no
contamination by highly toxic dioxins or furans.

The tests were conducted in response to residents' concerns about how drinking water might be affected by sediment stirred up by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers navigational dredging project in the Saginaw River.

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In Michigan
6:17 am
Thu November 19, 2009

House committee passes driver fee bills

LANSING, MI – Michigan's drivers may soon not have to worry about annual fees for too many points on their licenses. A bill that would repeal a law that fines drivers for their points passed easily Wednesday through a state House committee.

The driver responsibility law has been around since 2003, but lawmakers have agreed for the past few years that the law does not reduce bad driving.

James Walker is with the National Motorists Association.

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In Michigan
6:06 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Granholm to order more department mergers

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm will sign an executive order early next month merging two more state departments. The governor's says she will combine the Departments of Information Technology with the Department of Management and Budget.

The governor is trying to make the case that she is making government smaller and more efficient at the same time she battles legislative Republicans over revenue to restore some budget cuts.

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Sports
5:55 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Lions facing possible 8th TV blackout in 11 games

ALLEN PARK, MI – Detroit fans may be denied yet another chance to watch the Lions on television.

Team spokesman Bill Keenist says that as of Wednesday afternoon, more than 7,000 tickets remained available for Sunday's game against Cleveland at Ford Field.

If the game isn't sold out by 1 p.m. Thursday - or 1 p.m. Friday, if the NFL grants an extension - the matchup of 1-8 teams will be blacked out in the Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw-Flint and Toledo, Ohio, TV markets.

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Sports
5:47 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Roy, Aldridge help Blazers hold off Pistons 87-81

PORTLAND, OR – Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 20 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the tired but tenacious Detroit Pistons 87-81 on Wednesday night.

The Blazers led by as many as 20 points in the second half, but the Pistons chipped away and closed to 76-70 on Charlie Villanueva's jumper with 3 minutes left.

Villanueva hit another jumper to make it 78-75 with 1:29 to go, and after Steve Blake made a bad pass on Portland's end, Villanueva's fast-break layup cut it to 78-77.

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Sports
5:43 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Auld backstops Stars to 3-1 win over Red Wings

DETROIT – Alex Auld made 31 saves, and Mike Ribeiro, Matt Niskanen and Loui Eriksson scored in the Dallas Stars' 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Brad Richards and James Neal each had two assists for the Stars.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard stopped 29 shots. The loss snapped the Red Wings' winning streak at three.

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In Michigan
5:33 am
Thu November 19, 2009

MI House Education pushes forward with "Race To The Top"

LANSING, MI –

State lawmakers are running short on time to approve several education-reform bills to make Michigan eligible for a half-billion dollars from the federal government.
The Legislature is expected to meet for two weeks in December before the winter holiday break. The deadline to compete for the schools-reform money is mid-January.
Chuck Wilbur is the governor's education advisor. He told lawmakers that the money is important, but the reforms should happen no matter what.

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Michigan added 16,000 jobs in October

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's jobless rate dipped slightly in October. The state's new unemployment rate of 15.1% is a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point from the September number.

Michigan saw a net gain of 39,000 jobs in October, mostly in construction and health care. Governor Granholm says she's pleased by the uptick in jobs, however slight, but adds that people should not read too much into the jobless numbers that have hovered at around 15% since June.

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WKAR Features
3:11 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

MSU students rally for Promise Scholarship funding

The Hannah Administration building at Michigan State University.
WKAR Photo

EAST LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm brought her tour of Michigan college campuses to Michigan State University today. She's drumming up support for restoring the Promise Scholarship.

Students hoping the scholarships will continue were at the rally, but so were others who aren't happy with the governor, the legislature, or the MSU administration.

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In Michigan
3:09 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Mid-Mich Vaccination Program Faces Challenges

LANSING, MI –
The Ingham County Health Department is concerned that fewer people are getting vaccinated against the H1N1 virus than they expected.

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In Michigan
12:43 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Michigan's jobless rate dropped in October

East Lansing, MI – The national jobless rate went up last month, but Michigan's unemployment rate dropped slightly in October.

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Michigan's rate dropped by two-tenths of a percentage point in October. At the same time, the national rate hit 10.2 percent. But Michigan's new jobless rate of 15.1 percent is still significant. The state has had the nation's highest jobless rate for most of the past four years.

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In Michigan
8:26 am
Wed November 18, 2009

Loomis re-elected East Lansing mayor

EAST LANSING, MI –

The East Lansing city council re-elected Victor Loomis to the mayor's post last night.

Loomis won re-election on November 3rd. At the council meeting last night, he was sworn in for another four-year term, as was Kevin Beard, who also was re-elected to council.

That was followed by the council's leadership vote. Loomis will serve as mayor for two more years, as will mayor pro tem Diane Goddeeris.

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In Michigan
6:02 am
Wed November 18, 2009

MI House panels debate film credits

LANSING, MI –

State lawmakers took testimony from film industry insiders Wednesday as debate over economic growth continues at the Capitol.

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Republican state Representative Pete Lund has led the battle cry in the state House against handing out refundable tax credits to attract filmmakers.

"Is it working?," he asks. "Well of course it's working - we're paying 40% of their bills."

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Sports
5:44 am
Wed November 18, 2009

No. 2 Michigan State rallies to beat Gonzaga 75-71

EAST LANSING, MI – Durrell Summers hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:02 left, made two at the line with 5.7 seconds to go and finished with 21 points to help No. 2 Michigan State rally
for a 75-71 win over Gonzaga on Tuesday night.

The Spartans (2-0) won their 41st straight game at home against a nonconference team, extending a streak that started after a lost to Duke on Dec. 3, 2003.

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Sports
5:42 am
Wed November 18, 2009

Michigan State headed to bowl, but not satisfied

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says his team's sixth win had special significance, but not as much as a seventh win would.

After rallying from an 11-point deficit this past weekend to beat Purdue 40-37 and become bowl eligible, the Spartans (6-5, 4-3 Big Ten) can take a major step on Saturday with a triumph over Penn State (9-2, 7-2).

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Sports
5:41 am
Wed November 18, 2009

Kobe gets 40 in Lakers' 106-93 win over Pistons

LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant scored 40 points for the 100th time in his career, and the Los Angeles Lakers avoided a rare three-game losing streak with a 106-93 victory over the Detroit
Pistons on Tuesday night.

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In Michigan
6:33 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Lansing hosts "Root Beer Summit"

LANSING, MI –

Around 30 governmental, educational and civic figures sat down Tuesday in Lansing to talk about race and ethnicity.

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Lansing's Foster Community Center was the site of Tuesday afternoon's "root beer summit." Harold Core is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, which helped organize about a dozen such gatherings around the state. He says regional economic development in Michigan means creating a diverse workforce.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

82 projects filmed in Michigan since April 2008

LANSING, MI –
The Michigan Film Office says 82 projects have been filmed in the state since April 2008, when it introduced tax incentives that are among the nation's most generous.

Spokesman Ken Droz from the film office said Tuesday that 47 of those projects are from 2009. The TV pilots, documentaries, reality projects and feature films and represent a total expenditure of $216 million so far this year.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Granholm plans to merge tech, management offices

LANSING, MI –

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants to consolidate more state government departments.

Granholm on Tuesday announced plans to merge the Department of Management and Budget with the Department of Information Technology.

The move would form a single department to further integrate information technology with the state's other administrative services.

The department would be led by Kenneth Theis, who currently leads the state's information technology department.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Governor taking revenue fight to college campuses

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm will begin a tour of college campuses later this week. She is urging students to pressure legislative Republicans to support funding for the Michigan Promise scholarship.

The tobacco settlement money that used to fund the scholarships was diverted to fill budget holes over the objections of Governor Granholm and other Democrats.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

MI House debates early release of prisoners

LANSING, MI –
The state Department of Corrections says taxpayers would save more than $100 million a year if prisoners were paroled earlier for good behavior.

A House panel is discussing a set of bills that would allow prisoners to collect good-behavior credits to reduce their minimum-sentences. Many prosecutors say that would be unfair to victims who find peace-of-mind in violent offenders serving the entire sentences given to them.

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In Michigan
6:25 am
Tue November 17, 2009

Governor cheers Renaissance Center credits

LANSING, MI –

A state board has approved tax credits to help ensure that General Motors keeps its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. Company officials told the Michigan Economic Growth Authority that without the tax break, the company might have to move its headquarters out of the city. The deal calls for GM to keep at least 2,500 of the four thousand workers employed at its world headquarters.

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In Michigan
6:24 am
Tue November 17, 2009

Governor to visit campuses as part of revenue campaign

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm will visit Michigan State University and Saginaw Valley State University Wednesday as part of her campaign to get the Legislature to vote for new revenue. She says the state is cutting too deeply into funding for K-12 schools and college scholarships.

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Sports
5:45 am
Tue November 17, 2009

Injuries may leave Lions short-handed vs. Browns

ALLEN PARK, MI – Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz isn't sure how many players his team will be missing Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Several Lions players were injured in a 27-10 loss to Minnesota, but he only had a definitive status on defensive back Jack Williams on Monday afternoon. Williams suffered a "significant" knee injury on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, and will be placed on injured reserve.

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Sports
5:38 am
Tue November 17, 2009

MSU takes on Gonzaga

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State's men's basketball team squares off against Gonzaga tonight as one of the featured matchups in ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. It'll be a game between two of the most successful basketball programs of the last decade. This will be the first meeting between the Spartans and Bulldogs since the epic triple-overtime showdown at the 2005 Maui Invitational. Game time is 8 p. m. at Breslin Center.

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In Michigan
6:36 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

GM announces 3Q loss

DETROIT, MI – General Motors is reporting a loss of $1.2 billion for the summer months.

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The loss occurred between the time the "new GM" was created in early July - and the normal end of the quarter on September 30th.

The old GM lost $2.5 billion in the third quarter of 2008.

CEO Fritz Henderson says the results do indicate some progress.

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In Michigan
6:29 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

MSU report: College labor market has hit bottom

LANSING, MI – Businesses hired far fewer college graduates in the past year than they thought they would, and next year's graduates will have to be "patient and persistent" to land
a job.

Those are some of the findings of Michigan State University's annual recruiting trends report released Monday.

The survey of 2,500 companies nationwide shows the job market for college graduates dropped 40 percent in the past year. Overall hiring is expected to be down another 2 percent in 2010.

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In Michigan
6:26 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

Michigan says flu has killed 42 since April

LANSING, MI –
Michigan health officials say influenza has killed 42 people in the state since April 1 and 31 since Sept. 1, when swine flu began gaining steam.

The Michigan Community Health Department says no schools were closed Monday for the flu. It says 38,158 flu cases were reported in the state Nov. 1-8.

Since Sept. 1, officials say 1,226 people have been hospitalized in Michigan for the flu.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

55 MI state troopers go back to work

LANSING, MI –
Fifty-five of 100 state troopers laid off this summer were back at work Monday. The Legislature budgeted money to rehire the troopers last month. But Governor Granholm delayed re-hiring the troopers. Granholm said she didn't want to restore the jobs if the troopers would be laid off again if there are more budget cuts in January.

Shanon Banner is with the Michigan State Police department.

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