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7:25 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Lansing Lugnuts win

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Cedar Rapids Kernels 11-7 in the opener of a three-game series last night at Oldsmobile Park. The two teams play again tonight.

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Sports
7:22 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Detroit Red Wings to open regular season in Sweden

DETROIT – The Red Wings will face Pittsburgh twice this season, coming off the Penguins' Game 7 victory last month that denied Detroit a second straight Stanley Cup championship.

The Red Wings released their 2009-2010 schedule on Wednesday.

Detroit will open the regular season Oct. 2-3 with two games against the St. Louis Blues in Stockholm, Sweden. The Red Wings' opener at Joe Louis Arena is Oct. 8 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Sports
7:18 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Shock hang on to beat Storm 66-63

SEATTLE – Katie Smith scored 19 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:01 left, to lift the Detroit Shock to a 66-63 victory over the Seattle Storm on Wednesday night.

Smith scored 16 points in the second half for the defending champion Shock (4-7), who won their second straight road game.

Camille Little had 12 points to lead the Storm (8-6), which dropped their second consecutive home game after winning 15 in a row on their floor.

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In Michigan
7:14 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Supreme Court upholds breaking up Indian family

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Supreme Court says state welfare workers followed the rules when they removed an American Indian child from her mother's home, and asked a court to terminate her parental rights.

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In Michigan
7:13 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Court of Appeals says docs must report bumps, bruises to authorities

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Court of Appeals is allowing a lawsuit to go forward against a Detroit hospital and two of its doctors for failing to report a suspected case of child abuse.

AUDIO: The sister of Rufus Lee Junior is suing the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit and two of its doctors. The lawsuit says the doctors and, by extension, the hospital are liable for failing to report cuts and bruises on the boy.

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In Michigan
6:47 am
Thu July 16, 2009

House Speaker Dillon introduces statewide insurance pool

LANSING, MI – State House Speaker Andy Dillon unveiled his plan Wednesday for a statewide insurance pool for public employees. He thinks it would be a big money-saver for the state.

AUDIO: All state, local and public school workers would be covered by one insurance provider, under that plan. That would be close to half a million people. Dillon says the plan would save the state up to $900 million. He says part of that money would come as providers compete for business with the state.

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In Michigan
5:49 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Stretch of I-75 closed after fuel tanker explosion

HAZEL PARK, MI – A two-mile stretch of Interstate 75 just north of Detroit remains closed as authorities investigate a fuel tanker explosion and overpass collapse.

Police say I-75 in both directions is indefinitely closed between Interstate 696 and 8 Mile Road. Drivers are being encouraged to use Woodward Avenue as an alternate route.

Michigan State Police Lt. Shannon Sims says three drivers suffered minor injuries in the explosion and fire Wednesday night.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

EPA seeks public's input on Great Lakes cleanup

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Federal officials are preparing for a series of public meetings to discuss President Barack Obama's Great Lakes restoration initiative.

Obama requested $475 million in his 2010 budget for the plan. Among its goals are cleaning up contaminated river bottoms, restoring wildlife habitat, preventing runoff and erosion, and preventing more exotic species invasions.

The public sessions begin Tuesday in Milwaukee. Seven others are planned in cities around the region.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Mich. senator wants to keep cultural assets intact

LANSING, MI – Advocates for the state museum and library have told a state Senate committee that they don't like the governor's plan to split up the state's cultural treasures.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm issued an executive order Monday closing the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries and splitting its functions among seven other departments and some outside groups, including possibly Michigan State University.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Michigan jobless rate jumps to 15.2%

LANSING, MI – Michigan's unemployment rate jumped by more than a full percentage point in June to 15.2%

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The state Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth says manufacturing job losses were the chief cause of Michigan's worsening jobless rate. But the ranks of jobseekers also grew as people sought seasonal employment.

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12:44 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

State Speaker Andy Dillon to propose statewide insurance pool

EAST LANSING, MI – State House Speaker Andy Dillon is expected to propose a statewide insurance pool Wednesday. The plan would eliminate independent insurance providers for state workers, such as MESSA, the provider for Michigan teachers.

State Superintendent Michael Flanagan supports a statewide insurance plan. He says it would save Michigan a lot of money.

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In Michigan
12:32 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Michigan students hold 'Promise' scholarship rally

EAST LANSING, MI – About 25 college students rallied at Michigan State University on Wednesday in support of a state-funded scholarship that helps them pay tuition bills.

The Michigan Senate has voted to eliminate funding for the Michigan Promise scholarship in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants to save at least a portion of the program that now provides up to $4,000 per student.

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In Michigan
12:28 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Mich. senator wants to keep cultural assets intact

LANSING, MI – Advocates for the state museum and library have told a state Senate committee that they don't like the governor's plan to split up the state's cultural treasures.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm issued an executive order Monday closing the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries and splitting its functions among seven other departments and some outside groups, including possibly Michigan State University.

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WKAR Features
11:16 am
Wed July 15, 2009

Assistance agencies bracing for calls for foreclosure help

Melissa Ingells, WKAR News

LANSING, MI – Part of Michigan's response to the foreclosure crisis is a new law that gives homeowners the chance to freeze for 90 days any action to repossess houses or condominiums. The idea is to give borrowers who've hit a rough patch a chance to renegotiate the terms of their loans, and, hopefully, keep them in their homes.


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In Michigan
10:35 am
Wed July 15, 2009

Mich. senator wants to keep cultural assets intact

LANSING, MI – Advocates for the state museum and library have told a state Senate committee that they don't like the governor's plan to split up the state's cultural treasures.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm issued an executive order Monday closing the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries and splitting its functions among seven other departments and some outside groups, including possibly Michigan State University.

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Science/Tech
10:32 am
Wed July 15, 2009

Michigan researcher tests drops as chemical weapons aid

DETROIT – A medical researcher is testing newly developed eye drops as a protection for U.S. soldiers against the blinding effects of some chemical weapons.

Dr. Gabriel Sosne is an associate professor at Wayne State University's medical school. He's working with Bethesda, Md.-based RegeneRx Biopharmaceuticals Inc. and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense to evaluate the drops as protection from the blinding effects of mustard gas and similar chemicals.

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In Michigan
7:15 am
Wed July 15, 2009

Detroit school board to seek court order

DETROIT – The Detroit Board of Education will seek a court order to stop the emergency financial manager from privatizing the management of most of the district's high schools.

Board President Carla Scott tells The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press that Tuesday night's unanimous vote will force Robert Bobb to include the board in academic decisions. Board members say Bobb overstepped his legal authority when he announced last week that four companies will manage 17 of the cash-strapped district's 22 high schools.

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In Michigan
6:52 am
Wed July 15, 2009

House Speaker Dillon introduces statewide insurance pool

LANSING, MI – State House Speaker Andy Dillon unveiled his plan Wednesday for a statewide insurance pool for public employees. He thinks it would be a big money-saver for the state.

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Sports
6:04 am
Wed July 15, 2009

Lugnuts to play Cedar Rapids tonight

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts will begin a six-game homestand today with the opener of a three game series against the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Game time is 7:05 p. m. at Oldsmobile Park.

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In Michigan
5:49 am
Wed July 15, 2009

Michigan Merit Exam math and writing test scores go up

LANSING, MI – Michigan's high school students are improving test scores in writing and math. But results from this year's Michigan Merit Exam also showed worse scores in reading and science.

Michael Flanagan is state superintendent. He says the status quo is no longer acceptable and schools will need to rethink how to teach students effectively.

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In Michigan
5:45 am
Wed July 15, 2009

Students rally to keep Michigan Promise Scholarships

East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University students rallied Wednesday to maintain Michigan Promise Scholarships. The program is on the chopping block as the state legislature attempts to close a $1.8 billion deficit in the 2010 budget.

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In Michigan
6:22 pm
Tue July 14, 2009

Obama calls economic crisis transformative

WARREN, MI – President Barack Obama says the current economic crisis is a transformative moment that requires action to compete in a global economy.

The president on Tuesday was unveiling a multibillion-dollar investment in the nation's community colleges at Macomb Community College in southeast Michigan. Michigan has the highest unemployment rate in the country.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Tue July 14, 2009

Okemos man dies, EL man seriously injured in Nevada crash

ELKO, NV – The Nevada Highway Patrol says an Okemos man was killed and an East Lansing man was seriously injured when their car hit a construction zone barrel and overturned on Interstate 80.

Officers say 26-year-old Raman Agrawal of Okemos was taken to a hospital in Salt Lake City where he died.

The driver, 22-year-old Joshua Peters of East Lansing, suffered serious injuries in the Saturday afternoon crash.

Investigators say neither man was wearing a seat belt and both
were ejected.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Tue July 14, 2009

Legislature returns from summer break

LANSING, MI – Lawmaker are back at the state Capitol after the Legislature ended its two-week summer break.

AUDIO: "The House will come to order."

Lawmakers returned to the news that the state's budget troubles are growing worse. The economy's struggling and tax collections are failing to meet projections. That means another $120-million just got piled onto a budget shortfall already pegged at $1.8 billion.

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In Michigan
4:32 pm
Tue July 14, 2009

Lansing students improve in math, social studies

Lansing schools superintendent Dr. T.C. Wallace.
Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

Lansing, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The Lansing School District posted some gains in standardized high school test scores this year, but generally remained below the statewide average.

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12:35 pm
Tue July 14, 2009

Walberg announces re-election bid

Lansing, MI – Former U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg wants his old job back. Walberg announced Tuesday that he is running for Congress in 2010. That could set up a rematch between the Republican from Tipton and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer of Battle Creek to represent the southern Michigan district.

Walberg was elected to Congress in 2006. But Schauer beat him last year as Democrats benefited from having Barack Obama at the top of the ticket.

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WKAR Features
10:47 am
Tue July 14, 2009

Lansing primary three weeks away

Lansing City Hall.
WKAR Photo

Lansing, MI – Lansing's August primary is three weeks away. The Mayor's office and four council seats are on the ballot. City Hall Reporter Rob South talked to Melissa Ingells about the mayor's race and how things are starting to shape up.

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In Michigan
10:01 am
Tue July 14, 2009

Michigan's Walberg eyes return to Congress in 2010

LANSING, MI – Former U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg wants his old job back.

Walberg announced Tuesday that he is running for Congress in 2010. That could set up a rematch between the Republican from Tipton and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer of Battle Creek to represent the southern Michigan district.

Walberg was elected to Congress in 2006. But Schauer beat him last year as Democrats benefited from having Barack Obama at the top of the ticket.

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In Michigan
6:27 am
Tue July 14, 2009

Report finds losses in Mich., local pension funds

LANSING, MI – State and local retirement pension funds in Michigan lost a fourth to a fifth of their value in the past fiscal year.

A report released Monday by the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council said steep losses in the stock market, real estate market and other investments cut pension assets in the year leading to Sept. 30, 2008. That could mean the loss of $21 billion to $26 billion.

Michigan has 138 pension systems run by state and local governments, the fourth-highest number in the country. They serve 742,000 people.

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In Michigan
6:15 am
Tue July 14, 2009

Granholm closes Dept of History, Arts & Libraries

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm has closed the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries.

The department's functions will be handled by other state departments under an executive order the Democratic governor signed Monday. She announced her plan to close the department in her February budget proposal.

Michigan now has 17 state departments.

Granholm on Monday also announced potential plans for the Michigan Library and Historical Center in downtown Lansing.

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