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3:41 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Mike Nofs sworn into state Senate

LANSING, MI – Republican state Senator Mike Nofs was sworn into the Michigan state Senate on Tuesday. Nofs was elected in a special election to fill the Senate seat left empty by Democratic Congressman Mark Schauer when he left for Washington in January.

Nofs thanked Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop for his support on the campaign trail.

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In Michigan
6:21 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

East Lansing schools grapple with funding cuts

EAST LANSING, MI – East Lansing school administrators and parents will begin talking this week about how to tackle looming cuts in state funding.

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The district has already reduced spending for the current school year by more than $1 million. Now, East Lansing schools are faced with more cuts that could add up to an additional $2 million.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

Ferris says it will make up $1.15M state aid gap

BIG RAPIDS, MI – Ferris State University says it will make up $1.15 million its students lost this fall with the state's failure to renew the Michigan Promise Grant.

University President David Eisler said Monday the aid goes to 1,312 Ferris students who'd expected to get the Michigan Promise Grant. That's 10.4% of Ferris undergraduates.

The Big Rapids school says it will cover the cost for the fall semester.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

MI Senate committee considers "Stolen Valor" bill

LANSING, MI – A state Senate panel is expected to vote Tuesday on a bill that would make it a crime to impersonate war veteran.

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Supporters call it the Stolen Valor bill, and it would punish impersonators with up to a year in prison and $5,000. It would not punish play-actors or people acting in war reenactments.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

MI health officials urge asthmatics to get vaccinated

LANSING, MI – State health officials say people with asthma need to get vaccinated against the H1N1 flu as soon as possible.

Doctor Gregory Holzman is the state's chief medical executive. Holzman says it's particularly important for health workers, young children, senior citizens, and women in their child-bearing years to get vaccinated. He says more people with asthma also need to get flu shots because they are at risk of serious lung infections if they get sick.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

State approves insurance reduction petition

LANSING, MI – Michigan voters could get to decide next year whether their home and automobile insurance premiums should drop 20%. The Board of State Canvassers has approved a
petition from a group called Fair Affordable Insurance Rates. The group still must collect more than 300,000 valid voter signatures to get on the ballot.

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Top Stories
4:29 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

East Lansing wrangles with state funding cuts

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing school administrators and parents will begin talking this week about how to tackle the looming cuts in state funding.

The district has already reduced spending for the current school year by more than a million dollars. Now, East Lansing schools are faced with more cuts that could add up to an additional $2 million.

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In Michigan
3:41 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

Of 34 H1N1 deaths in Mich. this year, 4 had asthma

LANSING, MI – Michigan health officials urge people with asthma to get the seasonal and swine flu shots as soon as possible.

Chief medical executive Greg Holzman of Michigan's Community Health Department said Monday a third of those hospitalized nationally this year with H1N1 symptoms have had asthma.

He says four Michigan residents who had underlying asthma are among the 34 H1N1 patients who've died in the state since April.

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In Michigan
3:38 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

Group urges raising more money to fix Mich. roads

LANSING, MI – A group representing road builders says lawmakers need to act soon to raise more money for Michigan roads or risk seeing more fall apart.

The Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association put out a list Monday of cities and counties with the largest amount of bad roads. Detroit led the list, followed by Grand Rapids.

Wayne, Oakland and Genesee counties had the most miles of roads in poor condition. Oceana, Osceola and Calhoun counties had the largest percentage of roads in poor condition - over 50%.

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In Michigan
6:55 am
Mon November 9, 2009

Lawmakers to consider DEQ-DNR reunion

Lansing, MI – State lawmakers are expected to begin voting this week on more than 30 bills that would merge the Department of Environmental Quality back with the Department of Natural Resources.

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Sports
11:01 am
Sat November 7, 2009

MSU hockey coach Rick Comley discusses his teams start after taking four points over the weekend against Nebraska-Omaha

East Lansing – After taking four points against tenth ranked Nebraska-Omaha over the weekend, MSU hockey coach Rick Comley is pleased with the growth of his young team early on this season. As the Spartans look ahead to crucial match ups against Michigan and Notre Dame on the horizon. Coach Comley feels confident his team will compete but is wary of the Spartans continued issues taking penalties during critical moments in games.

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Sports
6:40 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

MSU freshmen hockey forward Derek Grant named National Rookie of the Month

East Lansing, MI – The Michigan State hockey team is off to an impressive 6-2 start to the season. One of the many reasons why is freshman forward Derek Grant. The 6'3 185lb forward out of Abbotsford British Columbia, began the season on a six game scoring streak and currently ranks first amongst CCHA freshmen in points with 11 (5 goals and 6 assists)

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In Michigan
6:05 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

Audit says Mich. slow with bridge inspections

LANSING, MI – A state audit says Michigan didn't complete about 10 percent of routine bridge inspections on time between 2006 and 2008.

There are more than 10,000 state-owned and locally owned bridges that must be inspected at least every two years.

The audit released Friday also says 59 percent of underwater bridge inspections either weren't done or weren't done on time. Auditors lay the blame on local bridge owners and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

State officials says they agree with the audit's recommendations.

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In Michigan
5:42 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

Michigan-Flint expands physical therapy program

FLINT, MI – The University of Michigan-Flint says it's responding to a shortage of physical therapists by increasing the number of students in its training program by 50%.

The university says it will accept 60 students into its doctor in physical therapy program in fall 2010, up from 40 this year.

The school says a 2008 American Physical Therapy Association report found vacancy rates for physical therapy jobs from 13% to 19%.

Students entering the three-year program need to have a bachelor's degree and meet other requirements.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

$16.7M grant to train Mich. science, math teachers

DETROIT, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation have announced a $16.7 million grant to train math and science teachers for work in urban school districts in the state.

Granholm said Friday in Detroit that renewed training for young teachers is necessary to help turn around the state's poor economy.

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In Michigan
2:20 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

MSU student killed in hit-and-run after Red Wings game

DETROIT, MI – Police investigating the hit-and-run death of a Michigan State University student following a Detroit Red Wings hockey game plan to view surveillance video from downtown hotels and shops.

The Detroit Free Press reports Friday that the 19-year-old was leaving the game at Joe Louis Arena with friends late Thursday night when he was hit near Cobo Center.

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In Michigan
9:29 am
Fri November 6, 2009

Officer says Blue Cross rate hike should be lower

LANSING, MI – A hearing officer has denied Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's request to raise rates by more than 30% for some Medicare supplemental policies, calling it
"excessive."

Instead, the officer recommended Friday that Blue Cross increase Medigap rates by less than 4% in February.

Michigan's insurance commissioner is expected to make a final decision in December.

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Sports
6:45 am
Fri November 6, 2009

MSU Women's B-ball beats Wayne State

EAST LANSING, MI – The Michigan State women's basketball team jump started the 2009-10 season with a 79-47 exhibition win over Wayne State on Thursday night at the Breslin Center. The Spartans, ranked No. 10 preseason by The Associated Press and in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll, had 12 different players score, led by 15 from senior Allyssa DeHaan.

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Sports
6:43 am
Fri November 6, 2009

MSU'S hockey team beats Nebraska-Omaha

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State got a 31-save shutout from sophomore netminder Drew Palmisano and a goal and an assist from Corey Tropp in a 3-0 victory over tenth-ranked Nebraska-Omaha on Thursday night. MSU has won four straight games - all in conference - is now 7-2-0 overall and 4-1-0 in CCHA play. The two teams play again Friday night.

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Sports
6:41 am
Fri November 6, 2009

RHP Porcello is Detroit Tigers rookie of the year

DETROIT – Pitcher Rick Porcello has been named the Detroit Tigers' rookie of the year.

The 20-year-old right-hander was picked Thursday by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association.

Porcello led all American League rookies with 14 wins in 2009.

The Morristown, N.J., native notched a 3.96 ERA and 89 strikeouts in his first season.

The team says Porcello's 14 victories are the most ever by a Tigers pitcher 20 years old or younger.

Porcello will be presented with the award before a Tigers home game next year.

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Sports
6:37 am
Fri November 6, 2009

Red Wings win in SO, snap Sharks 6-game win streak

DETROIT – Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored in the shootout to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win over San Jose, snapping the Sharks' six-game winning streak.

Zetterberg also had a goal in regulation, and Chris Osgood made 33 saves for Detroit.

Logan Couture scored his first NHL goal for San Jose. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 35 shots.

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In Michigan
6:40 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

Mich. Supreme Court adopts disqualification rules

LANSING, MI – Michigan Supreme Court justices have adopted formal rules for stepping aside from cases if they have a conflict of interest.

The rules, approved 4-3 Thursday, let justices review another justice's decision not to step aside in some cases. Justices will have to step aside if they are biased or if there is an appearance of impropriety.

The court currently has an unwritten tradition of leaving it up to each justice to decide if he or she should step aside because of a conflict of interest.

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In Michigan
6:37 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

Michigan state troopers rehired as of Nov. 16

LANSING, MI – The Michigan State Police is recalling 55 state troopers who had been laid off this summer to save money.

The state police director, Col. Peter Munoz, said Thursday in a release that just over half of the 100 troopers laid off June 28 would be back on the job starting by Nov. 16.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Jennifer Granholm had said Wednesday the state budget office needed a week to 10 days to go over the State Police budget the governor signed last week to make sure enough money was available to keep the troopers on the job.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

MI lawmakers attempt to ready school reform for federal stimulus

LANSING, MI – State lawmakers say they nearly have all the pieces lined up to be competitive for about one half-billion dollars in federal school-reform money.

The House and Senate must agree on a handful of bills before the end of the year to be eligible for the money.

Andrew Rotherham is co-founder of a national education think-tank. He told lawmakers what they need to do in the next few weeks.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

Michigan officials report 6 more swine flu deaths

LANSING, MI – Michigan officials say they've received reports this week of six more deaths from the swine flu, including a 6-month-old child.

The deaths announced Thursday are in addition to 16 since Sept. 1 that state health officials reported in a Monday update. Most of those who died from H1N1 complications had underlying health problems.

The state says Michigan has had 32 H1N1-related deaths this year, including 10 from April to September.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

MI House approves using more stim to fund schools

LANSING, MI – The state House has voted to dig further into Michigan's federal stimulus money to cushion schools from bigger budget cuts this year. But some lawmakers are questioning the wisdom of diverting money that's supposed to help schools balance their budgets next year.

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Sports
11:12 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Predictions of Earle

Sports Talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson

East Lansing, MI – WKAR Sports Talk AM870 host Earle Robinson predicts the Michigan State match up on the gridiron against Western Michigan.

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WKAR Features
7:51 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Lansing Symphony goes "Into the Heavens" with Holst, Poulenc

LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt.

UNDATED – WKAR's Morning Edition host Melissa Ingells speaks with the conductor of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Timothy Muffitt, about the next Masterworks concert at Wharton Center. The program features Holst's "The Planets" and Poulenc's "Gloria." Melissa Ingells first asked Muffitt if the orchestra would perform all of "The Planets," with the caveat that Pluto hadn't been discovered yet when Holst was composing, and has since been demoted:

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In Michigan
6:32 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Newest candidate in MI 7th denies "carpetbagger" claim

JACKSON, MI – There's a new candidate for Michigan's seventh Congressional District.

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Republican Brian Rooney formally announced Thursday he's a 2010 candidate for the seat currently held by Democrat Mark Schauer. First, Rooney will square off in the GOP primary against Republican Tim Walberg and others. Walberg supporters have called Rooney a 'carpetbagger,' claiming he recently moved into the district to run for office there. Rooney calls the comment "silly:"

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Sports
6:04 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Bargnani, Bosh lead Raptors past Pistons

TORONTO – Andrea Bargnani had 22 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season, Chris Bosh scored 25 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 110-99 on Wednesday night.

Hedo Turkoglu added 16 points and Antoine Wright had 12 for the Raptors, who had lost seven of their previous eight games against the Pistons.

Toronto became the first team this season to score more than 100 points against Detroit, which came in second behind Boston in points allowed at 85.3.

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