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5:44 am
Tue July 21, 2009

Lugnuts rout Timber Rattlers

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts enjoyed their most comfortable win of the season Monday night at Oldsmobile Park, scoring five runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to rout the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 15-1. The Lugnuts are off today before starting a six-game road trip with the opener of a three-game series at Peoria on Wednesday.

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Sports
5:41 am
Tue July 21, 2009

Tigers to face Seattle tonight

UNDATED – The Detroit Tigers are back after a day off. They'll face Seattle tonight to kick off a seven-game homestand that will include a Friday double header against the Chicago White Sox.

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In Michigan
6:28 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

Snyder plans to announce run for Michigan governor

LANSING, MI – Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder is expected to formally enter the race to become Michigan's next governor.

The Republican has scheduled press events in Lansing, Dearborn, Flint and Grand Rapids on Tuesday.

Snyder is a venture capitalist and former president of computer-maker Gateway Inc.

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In Michigan
6:25 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

Grand Valley State University hikes tuition 5.3%

ALLENDALE, MI – Tuition will increase 5.3% next year for Michigan students entering Grand Valley State University.

The university's Board of Trustees voted Monday to set in-state first-year tuition and fees for the 2009-2010 academic year of $4,315 per semester, or $8,630 for the year.

That's an extra $434 over the Allendale-based university's tuition of $8,196 last year.

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In Michigan
6:21 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

AG opinion says charter schools can come into Detroit

EAST LANSING, MI – Attorney General Mike Cox says more charter schools should be allowed to compete in Detroit Public School territory. His official opinion was requested by the state school superintendent.

New charter schools were not allowed in Detroit. But Detroit schools recently dipped below the 100 thousand student requirement to keep additional charter schools out.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

More money available for factories to shift to alt energy

LANSING, MI – Small manufacturers in Michigan will soon be able to dip into a $15 million fund to help them shift into the alternative energy business. Governor Granholm announced Monday that the federal stimulus funds will become available next month.

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In Michigan
3:14 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

Mich. AG: Detroit can have more charter schools

LANSING, MI – Michigan's attorney general says Detroit can have more charter schools because the school district's head count has dropped below 100,000.

Cox wrote a legal opinion Monday in response to a question from the state superintendent.

Detroit Public Schools was recently a first-class district. The designation prevents community colleges from opening charter schools in the city.

But Cox says Detroit is no longer a first-class district because enrollment fell to about 93,000.

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In Michigan
3:09 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

Granholm cool to statewide public employee insurance pool

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says she's not convinced a plan to put 400,000 public employees into a statewide insurance pool will produce big savings. The plan was rolled out last week by state House Speaker Andy Dillon. Like Granholm, Dillon is a Democrat.

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In Michigan
2:40 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

Mich. has $15M for small manfacturers to diversify

LANSING, MI – Small manufacturers in Michigan will split $15 million in federal recovery money to start making wind turbines, solar panels and other renewable energy components.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced Monday that the funds are part of $82 million in stimulus dollars Michigan will get for its state energy program.

Any manufacturer with 500 or fewer full-time workers can apply for a piece of the $15 million. Applications are due Aug. 14.

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2:37 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

Granholm has reservations about health care plan

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she has reservations about an overhaul of public employee health benefits proposed by the top Democrat in the Michigan Legislature.

Granholm told reporters Monday it would be tough to address the proposal as part of budget negotiations that must be wrapped up in 2 1/2 months.

She questions the timing and whether House Speaker Andy Dillon's plan would save as much money as he says.

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In Michigan
6:55 am
Mon July 20, 2009

DNR to close deer check stations

LANSING, MI – There will be half as many Department of Natural Resources deer check stations in the field during the upcoming firearm hunting season. DNR officials say they don't have the money to hire the additional people to staff the stations this year.

AUDIO: The DNR is getting less money from the Legislature and from hunting and fishing licenses. Reducing check stations and temporary hiring is expected to save about half a million dollars.

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In Michigan
6:52 am
Mon July 20, 2009

Southbound I-75 lanes reopen 4 days after fire

DETROIT, MI – Southbound lanes of a section of Interstate 75 near Detroit have reopened to traffic for the first time since a fiery crash.

The southbound lanes reopened Sunday afternoon, nearly four days after the crash.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Rob Morosi says the northbound lanes might reopen Monday or Tuesday.

A tanker carrying 13,000 gallons of fuel crashed and exploded Wednesday on a bridge over the freeway, causing the span to collapse.

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In Michigan
6:48 am
Mon July 20, 2009

Great Lakes water levels rising after decade-long slump

LUDINGTON, MI – Great Lakes water levels are rebounding after a decade-long slump.

A couple of years ago, Lake Superior set a record low while Lakes Michigan and Huron nearly did likewise. But they've all recovered to near their long-term average levels, while Lakes Erie and Ontario are above theirs.

Scientists say the biggest reason for the rising waters is cooler weather and greater precipitation the past couple of years.

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In Michigan
6:46 am
Mon July 20, 2009

Teenagers may receive pay raise this week

KALAMAZOO, MI – Michigan teenagers who have jobs might see a pay raise this week.

Michigan's subminimum wage, a wage paid to employees younger than 18, will jump from $6.55 to $7.25 when the federal minimum wage rises to that rate on Friday.

Administrator Jack Finn of Michigan's Wage & Hour Division says the federal wage increase will not affect Michigan's minimum wage of $7.40 per hour.

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In Michigan
6:43 am
Mon July 20, 2009

Ag Expo plans water management demos

EAST LANSING, MI – A challenge for mid-Michigan's livestock producers is controlling erosion and runoff into streams and waterways. Presenters at this week's MSU Ag Expo will share methods that address the issue. Matt Hahn is a pasture and dairy specialist who works at the MSU Biological Station. He says cattle crossings can limit erosion:

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Sports
6:04 am
Mon July 20, 2009

McWilliams leads Shock past Monarchs 69-65

SACRAMENTO, CA – Taj McWilliams had 21 points, 12 rebounds, and a clutch basket in the fourth quarter to help the Detroit Shock beat the Sacramento Monarchs 69-65 on Sunday night.

Deanna Nolan and Shavonte Zellous each added 11 points for the Shock (5-8), who have won three of their last four games.

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Sports
6:03 am
Mon July 20, 2009

Lugnuts lose to Timber Rattlers

LANSING, MI – The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers beat the Lansing Lugnuts on Sunday afternoon at Oldsmobile Park. It was the first loss of the season for the Lugnuts against the Timber Rattlers after four consecutive wins to open the season series. There were five different lead changes in the game, the last seeing Lansing blow a 7-5 lead in the 8th inning. The Lugnuts and Rattlers play the finale of their three-game series tonight at 7:05 p. m.

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Sports
5:44 am
Mon July 20, 2009

Chamberlain pitches Yankees to sweep of Tigers

NEW YORK – Joba Chamberlain won for the first time in almost a month and the New York Yankees got home runs from Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez in a 2-1 victory over the Detroit
Tigers on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep of the AL Central leaders.

The Yankees celebrated Old-Timers' Day with an excellent pitching performance by one of their youngsters. Chamberlain rebounded from two ineffective starts and New York edged punchless Detroit 2-1 for the second consecutive day.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Fri July 17, 2009

Granholm vows to save Michigan Promise from budget cuts

Lansing, MI – In her weekly radio address, Governor Granholm vows to protect the Michigan Promise scholarship from the budget axe. The governor is engaged in budget talks with the Legislature's Democratic and Republican leaders.

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In Michigan
7:35 am
Fri July 17, 2009

MI Civil Rights Commission to hear migrant worker concerns

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is starting a statewide tour of several rural communities to hear the concerns of migrant and seasonal farm workers.

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In Michigan
7:29 am
Fri July 17, 2009

Ingham Commissioners propose countywide millage

The Ingham County Courthouse in Mason.
WKAR Photo

LANSING, MI – Ingham County commissioners have approved a .65 mill proposal to fund the sheriff's department. Supporters of the measure want to avoid budget cuts that would reduce the number of deputies who patrol roads in rural townships.

Commissioner Randy Schafer says the entire county would benefit from the millage, including those cities and townships that have their own police protection.

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Sports
5:45 am
Fri July 17, 2009

Lugnuts beaten by Kernels

LANSING, MI – The Cedar Rapids Kernels scored 11 unanswered runs to break open a tight game, trouncing the Lansing Lugnuts 13-6 before a crowd of 7,700 last night in Lansing. The rubber match in the three-game series will be played tonight at 7:05 at Oldsmobile Park.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Mich. to reduce check stations during deer season

LANSING, MI – Michigan wildlife officials will operate fewer check stations to monitor deer hunting this fall.

It's another sign of state government's budget problems. The Department of Natural Resources said Thursday it doesn't have the money to run as many check stations as it has in the past.

The department plans to close more than half of its 125 check stations and operate the remaining stations only during the Nov. 15-30 firearms season. A final list of open stations and hours will be established in the coming months.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Mich. gets stimulus cash for wind energy projects

LANSING, MI – Michigan is getting nearly $2 million from the federal stimulus package to support wind energy projects.

Three projects across the state were awarded grants this week
from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Michigan Aerospace Corp. in Ann Arbor will receive $748,000 for a study related to wind turbine reliability and efficiency. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will get about $413,500 to study techniques for voltage control and stability.

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In Michigan
5:46 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Michigan Tech hikes freshman tuition, fees 5.45%

HOUGHTON, MI – It will cost a Michigan resident freshman 5.45% more to attend Michigan Technological University starting this fall.

The Upper Peninsula university's Board of Control on Thursday increased in-state freshman tuition and fees to $11,347 for the 2009-2010 academic year, an increase of 5.45%.

Both out-of-state undergrad tuition and graduate tuition will increase 5% next year.

The board approved a $155 million budget for fiscal year 2010, including an 8% increase in financial aid.

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In Michigan
4:13 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

CMU increases undergrad tuition 4.8% for 2009-10

MT. PLEASANT, MI – Most undergraduates at Central Michigan University will see a 4.8% tuition hike starting this fall.

The university announced Thursday its Board of Trustees decided to increase tuition to $339 per credit hour for the 2009-2010 school year. That's up from $324 per credit hour last year.

But the Mount Pleasant school says 48.7% of returning undergraduates will see no tuition increase thanks to the CMU Promise program, which was offered from fall 2005 until summer 2008 and locked in tuition rates for participating students.

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In Michigan
3:17 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Ingham commissioners to propose millage to keep deputies

EAST LANSING, MI – Members of the Ingham County Commission plan to propose a countywide millage today that could prevent significant cuts in county Sheriff's deputies. Supporters of the plan will announce details at a 5:15 news conference in Lansing.

Ingham County is looking at projected budget deficits of $5.5 million in both 2010 and 2011. Commissioners have already discussed a plan to reduce Sherriff's deputies from 31 to as few as 8. That plan would curtail police patrols in 13 rural townships.

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Sports
11:27 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Mich. to reduce check stations during deer season

LANSING, MI – Michigan wildlife officials will operate fewer check stations to monitor deer hunting this fall.

It's another sign of state government's budget problems. The Department of Natural Resources said Thursday it doesn't have the money to run as many check stations as it has in the past.

The department plans to close more than half of its 125 check stations and operate the remaining stations only during the Nov. 15-30 firearms season. A final list of open stations and hours will be established in the coming months.

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In Michigan
11:24 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Detroit political hand due in court on indictments

DETROIT – A Detroit political consultant is going to federal court for his first appearance on corruption charges.

Sam Riddle is charged in two indictments with receiving and delivering bribes. Authorities say he conspired with a now-former Detroit City Council member, Monica Conyers, to shake down businesses in exchange for favors.

Riddle is due in federal court in Detroit at 1 p.m. Thursday. On Twitter.com, he says it's a "start of a legal battle" to affirm his innocence.

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WKAR Features
9:54 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Under the Radar: Raphael reviews "Every Man Dies Alone"

EAST LANSING, MI – WKAR's Under the Radar segment this month is REALLY under the radar. It's a book from a German author who was well-known about 70 years ago during World War II. Lev Raphael reviews Hans Fallada's "Every Man Dies Alone."

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