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6:19 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

Other states, Canada send less trash to Michigan

LANSING, MI - –

The amount of trash sent to Michigan from other states and Canada continues to decline.

Michigan officials said Friday that the amount of imported waste fell 24% in the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30. The amount of waste sent to landfills by Michigan businesses and residents fell 13%.

Trash disposal likely has declined overall because of the poor economy and increased recycling. An agreement with Canada to lower trash imports also plays a role.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

Simpson seat will be vacant until November

LANSING, MI –

The Democratic majority in the state House will be down by one for most of this year. Governor Granholm has called a November special election to fill the vacancy created by the death of Jackson-area state Representative Mike Simpson.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

Feds question suspicious airplane passenger in Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

Police say a passenger on board a plane en route to northern Michigan was acting suspiciously, and the crew asked police to meet the aircraft when it landed.

Traverse City Police Capt. Steve Morgan says the passenger went into the bathroom "carrying an article" and left the bathroom without it on United Airlines Flight 6036 from Chicago Friday.

He says flight crew also reported a panel in the bathroom had been disturbed. Morgan says authorities came to the airport and detained the passenger.

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Top Stories
2:44 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

Students assist Haiti relief effort

East Lansing, MI – Students at Michigan State University are working with the American Red Cross to provide relief for victims of the earthquake in Haiti, and to give emotional support to their relatives here.

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WKAR Features
2:43 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

Detroit auto show creates optimism in the car business

DETROIT, MI –

The North American International Auto Show opens to the public in Detroit tomorrow, and carmakers hope the event will spark a rebound following a bad year.

Some companies are back at the show in Detroit after deciding not to display vehicles in 2009.

WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke with Barron Meade, vice-chairman of the Detroit Auto Show, at a press preview this week.

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Sports
6:10 am
Fri January 15, 2010

Wurtz leads Badgers past No. 20 Spartans 48-45

EAST LANSING, MI – Reserve Taylor Wurtz scored 16 points, including the game-winning layup, to complete a comeback and push Wisconsin past No. 20 Michigan State 48-45 on Thursday night.

Wurtz had 11 points in the first half for the Badgers (14-4, 4-3 Big Ten), who trailed 39-25 but closed with a 23-6 run.

Teah Gant scored all 10 of her points in the second half and made a game-saving deflection, while Alyssa Karel finished with 10 points after a 2-for-10 start from the field.

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Sports
6:04 am
Fri January 15, 2010

Miller, Howard lead Wings past Hurricanes, 3-1

DETROIT – Drew Miller had a goal and an assist, and Jimmy Howard made 37 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Thursday night.

Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg also scored, and Valtteri Filppula had two assists for the Red Wings. Tom Kostopoulos scored for Carolina, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Cam Ward stopped 32 shots.


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In Michigan
6:39 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Vote delayed on Michigan texting while driving ban

LANSING, MI –

The effort to ban the practice of texting while driving in Michigan might be hitting at least a temporary roadblock.

The Republican-led state Senate on Thursday postponed a scheduled vote on legislation that would have prohibited the use of cell phones to read or write texts or e-mails while driving.

Republicans who run the chamber are still debating the legislation.

A key question is whether texting while driving would be considered a primary or secondary offense.

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In Michigan
6:36 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Stupak, other Dems still mulling MI governor run

LANSING, MI –
U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak is heading to Detroit to get a better feel for whether he wants to join other Democrats running for governor.

Stupak said in a phone conversation Thursday that he has been talking to supporters and will meet Saturday with party activists in southeast Michigan to weigh a possible run.

The congressman from Menominee says he could be tied up for weeks trying to keep language restricting how abortions are covered by insurance in the federal health care overhaul bill.

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In Michigan
6:32 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Mich. gets concessions deal with corrections staff

LANSING, MI –
The state of Michigan and a labor union for corrections staff have reached a tentative agreement on contract concessions that the union says gets about $8.2 million in savings from workers.

The state on Thursday announced the deal with the Michigan Corrections Organization. The tentative agreement is subject to ratification by union members. The deal would extend the contract one year until Dec. 31, 2011.

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In Michigan
6:29 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Michigan gives final OK to nickel, copper mine

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –
Michigan regulators have given final approval for construction and operation of a bitterly contested nickel and copper mine in the Upper Peninsula.

The Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday it has determined the Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. project meets the requirements of the state's mining laws.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Granholm commuted 57 sentences in 2009

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm commuted 57 prison sentences of felons last year. The Granholm administration filed a report outlining the commutations with the state Senate this week.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

MI House Education Committee discusses district takeover

LANSING, MI –
A state House panel is discussing a plan that would expand the role of a school-reform officer. The position was created in the new "Race To The Top" law, but won't be filled until later this year. That officer will be allowed to take over the curriculums of failing schools.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Support for changes in MI tax policy grows after poll

EAST LANSING, MI –
A recent poll shows more support for increasing Michigan's income and sales taxes after those surveyed had a chance to learn more about the state's economic challenges. Public television stations across Michigan--including WKAR-TV--will broadcast a program about the survey Monday night at 9 pm.

Social scientist James Fishkin is the creator of "deliberative" polling. He oversaw the event that is featured in PBS' "Hard Times, Hard Choices."

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4:00 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

organissimo | BackStage Pass

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Soul jazz from Michigan's internationally acclaimed organ trio led by Jim Alfredson.

Originally aired 1/14/10

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WKAR Features
2:37 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Cadillac line important to GM's emergence from bankruptcy

DETROIT, MI –

As General Motors continues to emerge from bankruptcy, the success of the Cadillac nameplate, led by models built in Lansing, is crucial.

GM's luxury line may not lead the automaker in sales volume compared to Chevrolet or Buick, but it's important to GM's image.

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Sports
5:38 am
Thu January 14, 2010

Suspended Mich. St. players allowed to rejoin team

EAST LANSING, MI – Several of the Michigan State football players suspended from the Alamo Bowl because they were involved in an on-campus fight have been allowed to rejoin the team
for some offseason activities.

Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said Wednesday that he will allow the legal process for those players to take its course. That could affect players' future status.

Seven players, in addition to two permanently kicked off the team, face misdemeanor assault charges related to a Nov. 22 fight with members of a campus fraternity.

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Sports
5:37 am
Thu January 14, 2010

No. 7 Michigan State holds off Minnesota 60-53

EAST LANSING, MI – Durrell Summers scored all but one of his 13 points in the first half and Kalin Lucas had 11 of his 14 in the second, helping No. 7 Michigan State hold off Minnesota for a 60-53 win on Wednesday night.

The Spartans (14-3, 4-0 Big Ten) moved into a first-place tie with Illinois in the conference and will host the Fighting Illini on Saturday.

Lawrence Westbrook had 15 points and Damian Johnson scored 14 for the Golden Gophers (12-5, 3-2).

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

MI group: Slash business taxes, expand sales tax

LANSING, MI –
A group of Michigan business executives is trying to build momentum for changes it says would help the state budget and improve the state's economic climate.

Business Leaders for Michigan says Wednesday it wants to slice the state's main business tax in half and replace the lost money with a sales tax on some services.

The sales tax would be broadened but its rate would be lowered from the current 6 percent to 5.5%.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

Michigan group seeks to get medical aid to Haiti

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –
The founder of a Michigan-based group that runs a school and clinic in Haiti is working to fly an emergency medical team to the island.

Thousands are feared dead after Tuesday afternoon's magnitude-7.0 quake.

The Grand Rapids-based Haiti Foundation Against Poverty runs a 140-student school and women's clinic in the Le Bours district of Port-au-Prince. It's unknown if any students or teachers were hurt or how much damage the buildings sustained.

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WKAR Features
2:34 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

Michigan legislature begins 2010 session

LANSING, MI –
The Michigan Legislature is back in session. The state constitution requires the Senate and the House to begin its work for the year at noon on the second Wednesday in January. Much of the focus this year will be on government reform. But, as Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta tells us, "reform" is a word that means different things to different people.

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Sports
2:23 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

Spartan LB Jones will return for senior season

East Lansing, MI – The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year decided he's not ready to leave just yet.

Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones will return for his senior season. Jones, who shared defensive player of the year honors with Penn State's Jared Odrick this year, made the announcement Wednesday in East Lansing.

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In Michigan
9:56 am
Wed January 13, 2010

MI Senate Approps discusses federal stimulus

LANSING, MI –
The state Senate Appropriations Committee met Wednesday to discuss what's left of federal stimulus money.

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Michigan has received about $7 billion in federal stimulus money. More than half of that has been used to balance the state budget. But a large chunk of stimulus dollars went toward programs that came with many federal strings attached. Republicans in the state Senate have been vocal about wanting Congress to loosen those restrictions.

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In Michigan
9:52 am
Wed January 13, 2010

THURSDAY: WKAR's Scott Pohl speaks with David Caldwell of Cadillac at Auto Show

East Lansing, MI – COMING UP: WKAR's Scott Pohl visited the press preview at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. Thursday on "Morning Edition," hear his interview with David Caldwell of Cadillac about the luxury line's role in helping GM emerge from bankruptcy.

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Sports
6:14 am
Wed January 13, 2010

Schremp scores 2, Isles blank Red Wings

UNIONDALE, NY – Rob Schremp posted his first two-goal game in the NHL, and Dwayne Roloson earned perhaps the easiest shutout of his career in the New York Islanders' 6-0 victory over
the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Not even hot goalie Jimmy Howard, who earned three wins out West before the Red Wings reached Long Island to conclude a five-game trip, could bail out the defending Western Conference champions. Detroit is below the playoff cutoff and is in danger of missing the postseason for the first time since 1990.

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Sports
6:12 am
Wed January 13, 2010

Pistons beat Wizards 99-90 to end 13-game slide

WASHINGTON – The Detroit Pistons finally found a team in worse shape than they are and ended a 13-game losing streak by beating the Washington Wizards 99-90 behind Charlie Villanueva's 23 points and nine rebounds Tuesday night.

Richard Hamilton and Rodney Stuckey each scored 19 for the Pistons, who hadn't enjoyed a victory in a month: They beat Golden State on Dec. 12.

Detroit lost by 33 points at Chicago on Monday night, and a defeat against Washington would have tied the longest single-season losing streak in franchise history.

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In Michigan
5:31 am
Wed January 13, 2010

Bernero attorney seeks to have fraud suit dismissed

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In Michigan
9:22 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Census officials recruit Lansing area workers

Census official Dichondra Johnson-Geiger talks with Lansing residents about the 2010 census.
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Lansing, MI – The U.S. Census is gearing up for its nationwide count this year, and officials are recruiting Lansing-area residents for temporary jobs. About 100 people came to Otto Middle School in Lansing Tuesday night to find out more.

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In Michigan
6:11 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

MI legislature to resume session

LANSING, MI –
At the state Capitol Wednesday, the House and the Senate will convene for the first meetings of the Legislature's 2010 session.

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In Michigan
6:06 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Officials: Asian Carp DNA found in Chicago River

CHICAGO –
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says more DNA from the invasive Asian Carp has been found near Lake Michigan.

Major Gen. John Peabody said Tuesday that carp DNA - but no live fish - was found in the Chicago River near the Wilmette pumping station north of Chicago. He says the sample was taken in October and the Corps received the results last Thursday.

The news comes two months after officials said they found DNA in a shipping channel near Chicago.

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