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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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In Michigan
11:14 am
Wed August 5, 2009

DPS project $2.1M savings from health audit

DETROIT – The emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools says the removal of 411 ineligible dependents from its health insurance coverage will save the district about $2.1 million a year.

Robert Bobb told reporters Wednesday the audit begins a broader review of dependent health insurance coverage in the state's largest school district.

He says the names surfaced during a two-week amnesty for employees to report those no longer entitled to coverage.

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In Michigan
8:37 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Wood to face Bernero in November

Lansing City Hall.
WKAR Photo.

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Virg Bernero and Carol Wood will face off in November for the mayor's office in Lansing. Only six points separated the two candidates after Tuesday's primary. WKAR's Rob South reports.

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Turnout for yesterday's primary was low. Of the 9,600 votes cast, Virg Bernero got fewer than 44 percent. Carol Wood was only six points lower with 38 percent. Wood says she's still excited about the results.

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Sports
6:38 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Lugnuts defeat TinCaps

FORT WAYNE, IN – The Lansing Lugnuts defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps 9-4 last night at Parkview Field. The Nuts and Caps play the third game of their four-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m.

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Sports
6:33 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Buick ends title sponsorships with PGA Tour

UNDATED – Buick has ended its sponsorship agreements with the PGA Tour, including the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines where Tiger Woods has won a record six times.

Buick is one of the oldest sponsors in golf and once had its name on five PGA Tour events, including four tournaments in one year. It also signed Woods to a personal endorsement contract, which the world's No. 1 player ended last season, one year ahead of schedule.

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Sports
6:22 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Nolan's double-double leads Shock past Liberty

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Deanna Nolan had 26 points and a career-high 14 rebounds as the Detroit Shock beat the New York Liberty 76-64 Tuesday night.

Katie Smith added 16 points for the Shock (7-10), who won for the fifth time in eight games.

Shameka Christon scored 14 points and Janel McCarville and Tiffany Jackson added 12 each as the Liberty (6-13) lost their season-high fifth straight. New York has lost twice since Anne Donovan replaced Pat Coyle as head coach on Friday.

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Sports
6:05 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Matusz wins debut as Orioles beat Tigers 8-2

DETROIT – Brian Matusz and the Baltimore Orioles spoiled Jarrod Washburn's debut with the Detroit Tigers with an 8-2 win Tuesday night.

Cesar Izturis and Nick Markakis each homered, drove in three runs and had three hits for Baltimore. Izturis also made two outstanding defensive plays.

Matusz (1-0), the fourth pick overall in the 2008 draft, allowed a run and six hits in five innings in his debut. He walked three and striking out five.

He was 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA for Double-A Bowie before being recalled on Tuesday.

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In Michigan
6:03 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Incumbent Detroit mayor advances to general election

DETROIT – Incumbent Dave Bing will move on to the Nov. 3 general election in his pursuit of a four-year term as Detroit mayor.

The professional basketball Hall-of-Famer and former businessman had more than 71 percent of the vote with 69 percent of Detroit's 629 precincts reporting in Tuesday's nonpartisan primary.

Jerroll Sanders had 12 percent of the vote, followed by Tom Barrow with 11.7 percent. The top two vote-getters will compete in November.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

Rogers and Kan. Senator will fight Guantanamo plan

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas says he'll use every parliamentary maneuver at his disposal to prevent terrorism suspects from being sent to his state.

Roberts issued the warning Tuesday in a telephone news conference with fellow Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan.

Federal officials say a maximum security prison in Standish, Mich., and the military penitentiary in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., are among possible locations for a site to hold 229 foreign fighters now detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

Closed door budget talks could last until September

LANSING, MI – The state's legislative leaders are expected to meet again later this week with Governor Granholm for private budget negotiations.

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State Representative George Cushingberry chairs the House Appropriations Committee. He says closed-door meetings with the administration are going so well they are close to making some agreements on the budget.

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In Michigan
4:17 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

MEA opposes "fast track" teacher certification

MT. PLEASANT, MI – The Michigan Education Association is speaking out against a proposal that would lessen the requirements needed to become a teacher.

The lower requirements call for a "fast track" certification process that would take 15 months to complete. That compares to the four or five years it takes teachers now.

The proposal was introduced as a way to increase the number of teachers in schools across the state.

But Ed Sarpolus of the MEA says Michigan already has too many teachers.

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In Michigan
1:55 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

Homeland Security facility coming to Michigan

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI – HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Federal authorities say they'll build a northern border data collection center in Michigan to fight cross-border crime.

Authorities said Tuesday the $30,000,000 Operational Integration Center at Selfridge Air National Guard Base is the first on the U.S.-Canada border and opens next May. The Department of Homeland Security has several centers on the U.S.-Mexico border.

It will analyze and act on aircraft video, border camera images and other data from federal, state and local agencies.

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WKAR Features
11:12 am
Tue August 4, 2009

MEA says Dillon plan would 'gut' benefits

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EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan House Speaker Andy Dillon has triggered an intense debate with his idea to pool the benefits of all the state's current and former public employees. He says the plan could reduce the state budget up to $900 million. The Michigan Education Association and other critics say savings are exaggerated and the proposal lacks important detail. WKAR's Mark Bashore interviewed MEA spokesman Doug Pratt.

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In Michigan
10:08 am
Tue August 4, 2009

Primary Election Day today

LANSING (MI) – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Voters in Lansing go to the polls today to vote in a city-wide primary election. WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

AUDIO: Mayor Virg Bernero is being challenged by three candidates, including city council member Carol Wood, Lansing Board of Education member and former Lansing city councilman Charles Ford, and musician Ben Hassenger. The top two vote-getters move on to the November general election.

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Sports
5:33 am
Tue August 4, 2009

Tigers beat Orioles with ninth-inning homer

DETROIT – Clete Thomas homered with two outs in the ninth to give the Detroit Tigers a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.

Baltimore led 5-0 with one out in the top of the first, but never scored again. The game was tied at 5 going into the ninth, and Danys Baez (4-5) retired the first two batters, but Thomas hit a 1-2 pitch into the shrubs above the fence in center.

Fernando Rodney (2-2) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief.

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Sports
5:28 am
Tue August 4, 2009

Lugnuts lose to TinCaps

FORT WAYNE, IN – The Fort Wayne TinCaps defeated the Lansing Lugnuts last night at Parkview Field, 8-7.

The Lugnuts grabbed a 7-0 lead three innings into the game, thanks to a four-run first and thre-run third inning, only to watch their lead vanish three innings latter as the TinCaps tallied once in the fourth, five times in the fifth, and once more in the sixth inning.

The two teams play the second game of their four-game series tonight.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

GM: Over 6,000 have taken early retirement or buyout offers

DETROIT, MI – General Motors announced more than 6,000 hourly workers have taken early retirement or buyout offers.

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The Detroit automaker says the workforce reductions are needed to position the company for long-term viability and success.

GM officials say about two-thirds of the employees responding to the special attrition plan took early retirement. The others took buyouts.

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In Michigan
5:42 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

AG to investigate release of Lansing arrest report

EAST LANSING, MI – Lansing City Attorney Brigham Smith says he would welcome an investigation into his office's release of private medical information.

In June the HIV status of a man arrested at Fenner Nature Center was included in a Freedom of Information Act request. The request was sent to several media outlets, including WKAR. The State Public Health Code and HIPAA prohibit the public release of a person's HIV status.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

Governor looking at beer tax hike

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm will have to fight an uphill battle if she pushes for a two cent beer tax hike to generate revenue. She reportedly proposed the hike in closed-door budget negotiations with legislative leaders in Lansing.

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A two cent increase per bottle could generate more than $40 million in tax revenue a year. Advocates of the hike say it's long overdue, with Michigan not touching the beer tax since the mid-1960s.

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Top Stories
4:11 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

Jobs trump fears of terrorism in Michigan town

STANDISH, MI – A number of residents in the Michigan town of Standish say they'd welcome detainees from Guantanamo Bay with open arms to save their biggest employer - a state prison.

The Standish Maximum Correctional Facility is among several in the state scheduled for closure because of budget cuts.

Prison workers and some local officials say keeping the jobs it provides would trump any fears about having suspected terrorists around.

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WKAR Features
11:14 am
Mon August 3, 2009

Dillon explains benefits pooling plan

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan continues to look hard at a controversial plan to put all its public employees in the same pool of health benefits. The idea's author---State House Speaker Andy Dillon----says he's learning of more potential savings. Dillon spoke with WKAR's Mark Bashore.

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In Michigan
10:02 am
Mon August 3, 2009

Fiscal year: two months and counting

LANSING, MI – The state Legislature has been quiet for the past month as leading state lawmakers meet behind closed doors to set targets in budget negotiations.

Legislative leaders met in private through much of July to discuss how to fill a $1.8 billion hole in the budget for the coming fiscal year. They say they're getting closer to reaching consensus.

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In Michigan
9:48 am
Mon August 3, 2009

Biden to discuss economy, innovation in Detroit

DETROIT, MI – Vice President Joe Biden will discuss the economy and steps taken by the White House to turn things around on a visit to Detroit.

Biden will speak Wednesday afternoon at NextEnergy.

His office says in a release that Biden's speech will focus on building a new economic foundation to support lasting prosperity and recapturing America's spirit of innovation.

Tickets are limited and available on a first-come basis from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at NextEnergy.

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In Michigan
6:10 am
Mon August 3, 2009

Mayor, council races lead Detroit primary election

DETROIT – Detroit's mayoral and city council candidates are making their final campaign pushes as Tuesday's primary election nears.

Incumbent Mayor Dave Bing faces a field of six competitors. The 65-year-old Bing is finishing out the term of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who resigned in September as part of plea deals in two criminal cases.

Bing faces five other candidates on Tuesday, but only Tom Barrow has real name recognition with voters. Barrow lost to then-Mayor Coleman A. Young in 1985 and 1989.

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In Michigan
6:03 am
Mon August 3, 2009

Flight from Mich. to NY lands safely after alert

ROCHESTER, NY – A flight carrying about 50 people from Detroit to Rochester, N.Y., has landed safely after a sensor indicated that a fire extinguisher in the plane's cargo bay went
off.

Authorities say Northwest Airlines Flight 2903 was about 30 miles outside of Rochester on approach Sunday night when an indicator alerted the crew of a possible problem in the cargo hold.

The flight was being operated by Memphis, Tenn.-based Pinnacle Airlines Inc.

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Sports
6:01 am
Mon August 3, 2009

Lugnuts beat Cougars

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Kane County Cougars 5-0 on Sunday afternoon at Oldsmobile Park. The Lugnuts finished their six-game homestand with at 3-and-3 record. At 7:05 p.m. tonight, Lansing takes to the road to begin a four-game series in Fort Wayne.

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Sports
5:39 am
Mon August 3, 2009

Whalen, Jones lead Sun to 83-65 win over Shock

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Lindsay Whalen scored 22 points, Asjha Jones had 20 and the Connecticut Sun snapped a three-game losing streak with a 83-65 win over the Detroit Shock on Sunday.

Sandrine Gruda added 11 points for Connecticut (10-9), which moved into tie with Washington for second place in the Eastern Conference - five games behind Indiana.

Deanna Nolan scored 20 points and Cheryl Ford had nine points and 10 rebounds for sixth-place Detroit (6-10).

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Sports
5:36 am
Mon August 3, 2009

Tiger Woods wins Buick Open by 3 strokes

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, MI – Tiger Woods has another trophy for his overflowing collection.

Woods shot a 69 Sunday and coasted to a three-shot victory with a 20-under 268 at the Buick Open for the 69th PGA Tour title of his career.

He improved to 36-1 when he has the outright lead after 54 holes. Woods has four wins this season - doubling the total of his nearest competitors - in just 11 starts since returning from knee surgery.

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Sports
5:32 am
Mon August 3, 2009

Pavano pitches Indians to 11-1 win over Tigers

CLEVELAND – Carl Pavano tossed eight sharp innings and the Cleveland Indians routed the Detroit Tigers 11-1 on Sunday to win their weekend series against the AL Central leaders.

Asdrubal Cabrera and Grady Sizemore each hit a two-run homer off Armando Galarraga (5-10) as Cleveland totaled 13 hits and won for the seventh time in 10 games.

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