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5:47 pm
Thu January 21, 2010

Tigers Miguel Cabrera treated for alcoholism

Detroit, MI – Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has spent three months in a treatment program for alcoholism following a much-publicized drinking binge during the final weekend of the regular season.

Cabrera said Thursday that he's turned his life around and hasn't had a drink since he was taken into custody by police after a domestic-abuse complaint was filed by his wife in the early morning of Oct. 3 -- hours before a crucial game against the Chicago White Sox.

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5:46 pm
Thu January 21, 2010

Texting bills stall in MI Senate

LANSING, MI –

A bill that would make it a crime to send text messages while driving seems to have been shelved in the state Senate.

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In Michigan
5:15 pm
Thu January 21, 2010

Regional planners approve long-range draft transportation plan

East Lansing, MI – The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission has approved a draft plan that addresses transportation infrastructure needs in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties through 2035.

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4:00 pm
Thu January 21, 2010

String Doctors | BackStage Pass

Good humor, hot-picking and great tunes with Michigan mainstays Joel Mabus, Ray Kamalay.

Originally aired 1/21/10

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WKAR Features
2:29 pm
Thu January 21, 2010

LSO's Muffitt previews MasterWorks 3

Lansing Symphony Orchestra conductor and music director, Timothy Muffitt.
Photo by David Trumpie, Trumpie Photography

EAST LANSING, MI – Lansing Symphony Orchestra conductor Timothy Muffitt has a preview of Saturday's MasterWorks 3 concert. It features a suite from Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Don Juan" by Richard Strauss, and the Double Concerto in A Minor by Brahms, with soloists Ilya Kaler and Amit Peled.

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In Michigan
11:55 am
Thu January 21, 2010

COMING UP: Lev Raphael reviews "The Imperial Cruise" on Friday

EAST LANSING, MI – Our book reviewer Lev Raphael has been reading a book critical of one of America's iconic presidents. It's called "The Imperial Cruise" by James Bradley, and Lev says it basically blames Teddy Roosevelt for the Pacific part of World War Two. Melissa ingells talks to Lev Raphael about the book, tomorrow on Morning Edition from 5 to 9 on 90.5 WKAR.

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Sports
10:15 pm
Wed January 20, 2010

Spartans hang on to beat Iowa 70-63 stay unbeaten in confrence

East Lansing, MI – Raymar Morgan scored 16 points and Michigan State (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) remained unbeaten in Big Ten play by holding off Iowa's furious comeback bid in a 70-63 victory Wednesday night.

The Spartans led by 19 midway through the second half before Iowa got back into it. Matt Gatens hit a 3-pointer with 2:05 left to cut the deficit to 64-61, but the Hawkeyes couldn't get any closer.

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In Michigan
6:31 pm
Wed January 20, 2010

Asian carp summit could be held in early February

LANSING, MI –

The White House wants to hold a meeting next month with Great Lakes governors concerned about Asian carp invading the lakes.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality suggested Wednesday that the meeting be held the first week of February in the Midwest or Washington.

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's spokeswoman says the governor looks forward to the meeting.

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In Michigan
6:26 pm
Wed January 20, 2010

Report: Number and rate of Midwest poor is growing

EAST LANSING, MI –

Poverty in America appears to be growing fastest in suburban areas, especially in the Midwest.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Wed January 20, 2010

MI State Senate panel approves stem cell legislation

LANSING, MI –

A Republican-led state senate panel has approved a set of bills that aim to tighten restrictions around embryonic stem cell research. Supporters of the bills say there needs to be more regulations in place that ensure ethical practices, especially in clinics outside of research universities.

Senator Tom George chairs the Senate Health Policy Committee. He opposed the ballot proposal allowing embryonic stem cell research. But he says his goal is not to outlaw the research.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Wed January 20, 2010

Jobless rate stable at 14.6% in December

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's jobless rate was stable in December at 14.6%. That's a drop of one-tenth of a percentage point from the November rate.

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The state Department of Labor and Economic Growth says the slight drop in the rate was the result of fewer people looking for jobs in December. There were 701,000 people in Michigan looking for work last month.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Wed January 20, 2010

Democrats/Republicans assess Massachusetts impact on MI

LANSING, MI –

Democratic state Senator Gretchen Whitmer has dropped out of the state attorney general race. She was considered the toughest Democratic contender against prospective GOP candidates Bill Schuette and Mike Bishop.

Republican House Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer says he does not agree with Whitmer's politics. But he says she is one of the strongest members of the Democratic party.

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In Michigan
5:09 pm
Wed January 20, 2010

767 circling Lansing is on training exercise

LANSING, MI – Responding to concerned callers, officials at Lansing Capital Region International Airport say a jet circling the airport this afternoon is part of a training exercise. Delta Airlines is conducting pilot and crew training with the jet, a Boeing 767.

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11:37 am
Wed January 20, 2010

Whitmer out of AG race

LANSING, MI –

State Senator Gretchen Whitmer has pulled out of the race for Michigan attorney general.

Whitmer was considered by many Democrats to be a near shoo-in to win the nomination at the party's convention this coming summer. She had also raised a respectable $200,000 in campaign funds.

But Whitmer says she found the rigors of a statewide race were taking too much time away from her six- and seven-year-old daughters. Whitmer says she will instead seek re-election to her state Senate seat.

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Sports
9:50 am
Wed January 20, 2010

Backstrom, Steckel rally Caps past Red Wings

WASHINGTON – Nicklas Backstrom and David Steckel scored 46 seconds apart late in the third period, rallying the Washington Capitals past the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.

Backstrom erased a 2-1 Red Wings lead by taking Alex Ovechkin's pass and skating by Brad Stuart in the left circle before beating Chris Osgood from close range on a power play with 6:45 left. Steckel's fourth goal, a deflection of Alexander Semin's shot, put Washington ahead less than a minute later.

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In Michigan
6:22 pm
Tue January 19, 2010

MI Senate committee to vote on research restrictions

LANSING, MI –

The state Senate Health Policy Committee is poised to vote Wednesday on new restrictions surrounding embryonic stem cell research. Voters lifted a ban on state-funded embryonic stem cell research in 2008.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Tue January 19, 2010

MI Senate GOP call 2010 the "Year Of The Reform"

LANSING, MI –

Voters in Michigan may soon have to decide if all public employees and teachers should take a five percent pay cut. A new Senate GOP plan for major governmental reforms would call for a pay cut that would last three years. The measure would require an amendment to the state constitution, and a public vote in November.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says the pay cut would prevent more layoffs of state and local employees.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Tue January 19, 2010

Granholm calls for carp summit

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm is calling for a White House summit of Great Lakes governors to try and hammer out a solution that would ensure the Asian carp does not reach Lake Michigan. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused Michigan's emergency request to close the Chicago shipping canal to keep the carp out of the Great Lakes.

The Asian carp can grow to four-feet long and 100 pounds. It crowds out other species by devouring all the food.

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In Michigan
1:36 pm
Tue January 19, 2010

Democrats call for ending lifetime benefits for MI lawmakers

LANSING, MI –

A group of Democratic lawmakers say members of the state Legislature should not be given lifetime health care benefits. They say getting rid of politicians' lifetime benefits would save taxpayers $5 million.

State Senator Gretchen Whitmer says the measure would not make a significant dent in the budget deficit of almost $2 billion. But she says it's still an important symbolic gesture.

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In Michigan
1:35 pm
Tue January 19, 2010

Lawmakers consider changes to MI medical pot law

LANSING, MI –

Patients authorized to have marijuana for medical purposes in Michigan would no longer be allowed to grow their own supply under legislation pending in the state Senate.

The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony Tuesday on bills that would change the voter-approved program that began last year.

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In Michigan
1:31 pm
Tue January 19, 2010

Michigan sends off application for education money

LANSING, MI –

Michigan has sent in its application for up to $400 million for schools through the federal Race to the Top competition.

Applications are due Tuesday.

Michigan's application was signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan and State Board of Education President Kathleen Straus. Most local school districts endorsed the state's plan but their local unions did not.

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Sports
5:57 am
Tue January 19, 2010

Robinson scores 27, as Knicks beat Pistons 99-91

NEW YORK – Nate Robinson showed his game is much more than dunks, scoring 27 points Monday to lead the New York Knicks to a 99-91 victory and a split of a home-and-home series with the Detroit Pistons.

Chosen earlier in the day to defend his slam dunk title at All-Star weekend, Robinson made five 3-pointers, one during a 7-0 spurt that started the fourth quarter and gave the Knicks the lead for good.

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In Michigan
6:29 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

Detroit-area city still on the hook in bias case

HAMTRAMCK, MI –

A woman has received the keys to a new home in a small Detroit-area city as Hamtramck works to solve a discrimination case that began in the 1960s.

A judge found Hamtramck had violated the civil rights of blacks by destroying housing in the name of urban renewal. In 1980, the city agreed that 200 units of family housing would be developed to make up for what happened.

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In Michigan
6:26 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

Abernathy in Lansing to mark King holiday

LANSING, MI –

Hundreds of people gathered at the Lansing Center to hear a keynote address from Juanita Abernathy at the annual Martin Luther King Junior holiday luncheon today.

Scott Pohl reports.

AUDIO: Abernathy's husband was the late Reverend Ralph David Abernathy. She earned a spot in the International Civil Rights Hall of Fame for work that included organizing in Birmingham, Alabama during the 1955 bus boycott.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

Dunnings says he won't pursue perjury charges against Houghton

LANSING, MI –

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings says he won't pursue perjury charges against Lansing city council member Tina Houghton. Some of Houghton's critics allege she lied about delinquent property taxes when she applied to run for office.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

MI researcher calls for changing heart health effort

ANN ARBOR, MI –

New University of Michigan research suggests heart attack prevention efforts have
focused too much on one factor that may not be that important.

For decades, doctors and patients have focused on decreasing LDL--or bad'
cholesterol--as key to lowering a patient's risk of suffering a heart attack.
That's often meant doctors prescribing cholesterol lowering drugs, even for
patients with few other risk factors.

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In Michigan
3:32 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

Automotive X-Prize coming to Michigan

DETROIT, MI –

A multi-million dollar incentive program to produce highly efficient and marketable cars will play itself out in Michigan this year.

90.5-WKAR's Scott Pohl reports on the Automotive X-Prize.

AUDIO: The X-Prize Foundation first gained attention for a $10,000,000 prize for developments in practical space flight. In 2007, it announced rules for a similar prize, hoping to lead to reduced fuel consumption and environmental impact in the auto industry.

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WKAR Features
2:48 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

MSU Formula Racing Team at Detroit auto show

One of the MSU-built racecars on display at the Detroit auto show
Courtesy photo

DETROIT, MI –

At one of the entrances to the Cobo Center in Detroit, the first display people attending the North American International Auto Show will see is a booth for the Michigan State University Formula Racing Team.

The team of collegians is affiliated with the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Members get to do more than work on racecars; they also spend time with industry bigshots and car fanatics.

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WKAR Features
2:33 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

"Hard Times/Hard Choices" explores challenges of MI economy

LANSING, MI –

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1:20 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

Dillon health pool discussion to push forward

LANSING, MI –

A group of lawmakers are expected to continue discussions privately this week on a plan to create a health insurance pool for all public employees and teachers.

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