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6:38 am
Mon August 10, 2009

City Council to consider Complete Streets ordinance tonight

LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council tonight could vote to approve an ordinance designed to make Lansing's streets friendlier to walkers and bikers.

The Complete Streets ordinance was introduced to council through a petition drive. It would require the city to include a network of trails and paths for non-motorized transportation.

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Sports
6:15 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Lugnuts defeated by Dragons

LANSING, MI – The Dayton Dragons defeated the Lansing Lugnuts 10-9 yesterday at Oldsmobile Park.

The two teams combined for 19 runs, 19 hits, and 19 runners stranded in the three-hour 21-minute game, topping the duration of the previous day's 18-5 Dayton rout.

The two teams play the finale of the four-game series tonight at 7:05 at Oldsmobile Park.

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Sports
6:12 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Zellous helps Shock beat Sky

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Shavonte Zellous scored 19 points and Katie Smith added 14 to help the Detroit Shock beat the Chicago Sky 64-58 on Sunday.

Zellous' 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds left in the third quarter gave the Shock (8-11) the lead for good at 47-44.

Candice Dupree led the Sky (11-12) with 16 points, and Dominique Canty had 13.

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Sports
6:10 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Polanco's clutch hit helps Tigers beat Twins 8-7

DETROIT – Placido Polanco hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 8-7 on Sunday.

The AL Central-leading Tigers have won five of seven games to keep their lead over the Chicago White Sox and third-place Twins.

Minnesota has lost seven of nine to trail the Tigers by 5 1/2 games after being behind by just two games before the recent slide.

Brandon Lyon (5-4) pitched a scoreless eighth and Fernando Rodney closed the game for his 23rd save in 24 chances.

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In Michigan
6:05 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Barnett Rosenberg dead at 82

EAST LANSING, MI – One of the most prominent researchers in Michigan State University history, Doctor Barnett Rosenberg, has died.

Rosenberg's career at MSU spanned 36 years, until 1997. He and his colleagues created the chemotherapy drug cisplatin, which was FDA approval in 1978.

He was named Michiganian of the year in 1979.

There will be no funeral services.

Barnett Rosenberg was 82.

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In Michigan
6:21 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

Mich. court splits on Lansing sex offender with no address

LANSING, MI – A Michigan court will consider whether a homeless Lansing sex offender can be punished for not registering an address with law enforcement.

61-year-old Randall Dowdy was told he could no longer stay at a Lansing shelter because he was a convicted sex offender.

Dowdy didn't give law enforcement a new address when he left the shelter in 2006 or check in once every three months. So prosecutors charged him with a felony and three misdemeanors.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

GM to issue 3.5 billion shares of stock in 2010

DETROIT, MI – General Motors Co. says it aims to register 3.5 billion shares of stock for a potential public offering sometime in 2010.

The company says that 2.5 billion shares would be common stock and 1 billion would be preferred.

The company is not saying when the shares would be sold.

GM also says that it will not report second-quarter earnings. It will report earnings for three- and nine-month periods before Sept. 30.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

Central Michigan seeks OK for new medical school

MT. PLEASANT, MI – A proposal to open a new Michigan medical school is advancing with Central Michigan University submitting an application to the national accrediting group for doctor training.

The Mount Pleasant-based university made the request to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education at a Wednesday meeting in Chicago.

Central Michigan's trustees voted in September 2008 to start a medical school. Students would spend the first two years on campus and the next two at area clinical facilities.

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Top Stories
4:53 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

State Rep: repeat of '07 would be "absolute worst thing"

EAST LANSING, MI – A ranking Republican in the state House says legislative leaders in budget negotiations with Governor Granholm want to avoid a repeat of 2007's government shutdown.

State Representative Chuck Moss is vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee. He was in the Legislature during a five-hour shutdown in 2007 that resulted from a budget standoff. And he says it's critical to reach consensus to avoid a repeat predicament.

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In Michigan
3:33 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

Music Festivals In Lansing and East Lansing

EAST LANSING, MI – Both Lansing and East Lansing will attract throngs of music lovers starting tonight, with big festivals on the same dates.

WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

The National Folk Festival began a three-year run in East Lansing in 1999. It became an annual event, known as the Great Lakes Folk Festival, in 2002.

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In Michigan
3:19 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

East Lansing police identify suspect linked to explosions

The East Lansing City Hall and police headquarters.
WKAR Photo

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing police say they've identified a suspect linked to at least two small explosions in the city in the last two months.

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In Michigan
10:31 am
Fri August 7, 2009

Detroit mayor: Unions ignore concession deadline

DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says city unions have ignored a 30-day deadline for wage concessions needed to help reduce a $300 million budget deficit.

Bing said in a release Thursday that "every day that union leaders ignore the fiscal realities of the city is another missed opportunity to stabilize" finances.

He met with union leaders last month at the start of contract negotiations. Bing has said concessions are necessary to prevent layoffs and cuts to city services.

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Arts & Culture
10:29 am
Fri August 7, 2009

US grant funds West African Islam database at MSU

EAST LANSING, MI – The federal government is sponsoring a three-year effort at Michigan State University to build an online library about Islam and Muslims in West Africa.

The university says the National Endowment for the Humanities grant will underwrite creation of a "digital repository of information for scholars, researchers, teachers and students."

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In Michigan
10:27 am
Fri August 7, 2009

Central Michigan seeks OK for new medical school

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI – A proposal to open a new Michigan medical school is advancing with Central Michigan University submitting an application to the national accrediting group for doctor training.

The Mount Pleasant-based university made the request to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education at a Wednesday meeting in Chicago.

Central Michigan's trustees voted in September 2008 to start a medical school. Students would spend the first two years on campus and the next two at area clinical facilities.

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WKAR Features
9:18 am
Fri August 7, 2009

State Capitol Artisan Earns Michigan Heritage Award

LANSING, (MI) – Every year, the Michigan State University Museum recognizes artists who sustain traditional arts practices in the state with the Michigan Heritage Awards, given at the Great Lakes Folk Festival.

This year, one of the winners is the state capitol building's master decorative painter and preservationist.

WKAR's Scott Pohl recently spent some time with Bill Finch at the building he's lovingly cared for since the early 1980's.

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Sports
5:28 am
Fri August 7, 2009

Lugnuts lose to TinCaps

FORT WAYNE, IN – The Fort Wayne TinCaps scored six runs in the second inning and four runs in the third to blow open the finale of a four-game series, defeating the Lansing Lugnuts 12-6 last night at Parkview Field. The Lugnuts return home tonight to open up a four-game series with the Dayton Dragons at Oldsmobile Park.

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Sports
5:25 am
Fri August 7, 2009

AL Central-leading Tigers beat Orioles 7-3

DETROIT – Brandon Inge hit a two-run homer in a four-run second inning and Rick Porcello didn't give up a hit until the fifth, helping the Detroit Tigers coast to a 7-3 win against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.

The Tigers won three of four games in the series to stay atop the AL Central, heading into a matchup with the third-place Minnesota Twins.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Deal could raise some Blue Cross rates in Michigan

LANSING, MI – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has tentatively agreed to raise rates for nearly 200,000 of its health insurance customers by an average of 22%, a significantly lower rate increase than originally sought.

The agreement reached Thursday with Attorney General Mike Cox is subject to approval by state regulators before it could take effect.

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In Michigan
5:53 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Little progress in state budget talks

LANSING, MI – There was little progress reported Thursday in state budget talks. Governor Granholm had a conference call with the Legislature's Republican and Democratic leaders.

Governor Granholm and legislative leaders continue to trade ideas, but have apparently not made any more decisions on how to retire a deficit of $1.8 billion in the state's General Fund, and almost a billion dollars in the School Aid Fund.

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Top Stories
5:12 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Lawmakers and lobbyists call for gas tax hike

LANSING, MI – Conservative business groups are putting pressure on Republican lawmakers to fund repairs to the state's aging bridges and roads through a gas tax increase.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

MSU, U/M get energy research grants

LANSING, MI – Michigan State University and the University of Michigan are getting multi-year grants from the federal government to study advanced energy issues.

Michigan State University will get $12.5 million over five years
to investigate the underlying chemical principles of materials used
to turn heat into electricity.

The University of Michigan will get $19.5 million over the next five years to study materials that could be used to turn solar energy into electricity.

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In Michigan
3:35 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Mass. co. plans 3 battery facilities near Detroit

LIVONIA, MI – The chief executive of an advanced battery company says a nearly $250 million grant from the federal government is a "kick-start" to opening three facilities near
Detroit and making it possible to be competitive in the United States.

A123 Systems Inc. President and CEO David Vieau says the Watertown, Mass.-based company will develop lithium-ion battery technology for Chrysler Group LLC at new facilities in Livonia, Romulus and Brownstown Township.

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Top Stories
3:31 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Granholm, leaders continue budget talks

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm held a conference call this morning with the Legislature's Republican and Democratic leaders to continue negotiations on the budget. The state's new fiscal year begins in eight weeks.

The state's facing a deficit of $1.8 billion in its General Fund. It would be almost a billion dollars bigger without federal stimulus money to help cover a shortfall in Michigan's School Aid Fund.

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In Michigan
6:29 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Granholm joins Biden in Detroit for battery announcement

DETROIT, MI – Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm joined the Vice President in Detroit Wednesday as he announced more than $2 billion in automotive technology grants. Granholm says local lawmakers are responsible for gathering support in Washington for the funds. She says battery technology will be critical to the state's future economy:

"Michigan has put $700 million into battery credits, pack assembly, cell manufacturing, research and development and the integration with the vehicle," she said.

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In Michigan
6:23 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Michigan to get federal money for electric vehicles and batteries

DETROIT, MI – The Obama administration says 11 Michigan manufacturers and research facilities will receive more than $1,000,000,000 of $2,400,000,000 in grants for development of the next generation of electric vehicles and batteries, more than any other state.

Michigan and Indiana combined will receive the largest portion of the grant money. Battery makers, along with General Motors, Ford, Chrysler LLC and Dow Chemical Company are receiving grants.

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In Michigan
6:22 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Human service groups blast budget cuts

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan's infant mortality rate and foster care population will go up if proposed state budget cuts to human services are passed. That's the view of advocacy groups who gathered Wednesday at the State Capitol.

Some are calling for an increase in the state beer tax to address the issue. Jack Kresnak is President of the group "Michigan's Children." He says a 5-cent hike on beer would raise $111-million:

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Michigan governor still hesitant on Gitmo proposal

DETROIT, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she would rather take in prisoners from California than those from Guantanamo Bay.

Granholm told reporters Wednesday she needs to hear from the Department of Homeland Security before making decisions about accepting Guantanamo detainees. Federal officials say a maximum security prison in Standish and the military penitentiary in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., are among possible locations to hold 229 foreign fighters now detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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In Michigan
4:11 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Senate Majority Leader calls for more transparency from Governor

LANSING, MI – State Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says Governor Granholm should make her revenue proposals public.

Bishop says the governor gave legislative leaders in closed-door budget negotiations a list of ways she thinks the state could collect more money through taxes. Bishop says if the Senate's proposals for program cuts are public knowledge, the governor's revenue list should be as well.

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In Michigan
3:33 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Citizens rally to save Library of Michigan

Hundreds of people formed a chain around the Michigan Historical Center in Lansing Wednesday.
Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

LANSING, MI – Hundreds of people concerned about the future of the Library of Michigan rallied at the state capitol and the Michigan Historical Center Wednesday. They fear state budget cuts could shut down all or part of the state library.

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Last month, Governor Granholm transferred responsibility for the library to the Department of Education. Under her executive order, much of the library's vast collection would be scattered over many physical locations.

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WKAR Features
11:40 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Granholm, legislators to resume talks amid budget protests

Hundreds of people rally at the Michigan Historical Center to voice their concerns for its future.
WKAR Photo

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm will resume meeting Thursday with the legislature's Republican and Democratic leaders to try and resolve the state's $1.8 billion budget crisis. Little has changed since last week's exchange between the leaders - except that more people are going public with their complaints of the proposed budget cuts. There were two protests Wednesday at the state Capitol.

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"Preserve our Michigan treasures. Save our libraries."

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