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6:16 am
Wed October 14, 2009

Regional cooperation is an issue in Lansing mayoral race

East Lansing mayor Victor Loomis (left) and Lansing mayor Virg Bernero.
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Lansing, MI – On November 3, Lansing residents will choose between incumbent Virg Bernero and councilmember Carol Wood for their next mayor. In today's economy, the mayor of Lansing must be a regional leader who can forge partnerships with neighboring governments. Those agreements ensure residents receive vital services the city might not otherwise be able to deliver on its own.

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5:30 am
Wed October 14, 2009

Arenas leads Wizards over Pistons

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Gilbert Arenas, who was fined $25,000 by the NBA earlier in the day for not making himself available to the media, scored 24 points to lead the Washington Wizards to a
101-98 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

Antawn Jamison added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards (2-2), who led 46-45 at halftime. Arenas scored 13 points in the third quarter as Washington opened a a 75-68 lead.

Will Bynum scored 23 points for the Pistons (3-1).

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5:27 am
Wed October 14, 2009

Sabres find scoring touch in 6-2 win over Wings

BUFFALO, NY – Thomas Vanek scored twice and Derek Roy had three assists as part of a four-goal second period in leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Paul Gaustad and Patrick Kaleta had a goal and assist each, and Drew Stafford and Clarke MacArthur also scored for the Sabres (3-0-1), who along with Dallas (1-0-3) are the only NHL teams without a regulation loss this season.

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5:25 am
Wed October 14, 2009

Michigan St. has banged-up backfield at midseason

EAST LANSING – The Michigan State football team has reached midseason with a banged-up backfield.

Running back Glenn Winston, the Spartans' second-leading rusher, is done for the season after injuring his right knee in last week's victory over Illinois.

That means more of the rushing burden will shift to freshman Larry Caper when the Spartans (3-3, 2-1 Big Ten) host Northwestern (4-2, 1-1) on Saturday.

Coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday that Caper is capable of handling more of the load for the Michigan State offense.

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In Michigan
7:21 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

Mich. investigating underage drinking at GOP event

LANSING, MI – The state Liquor Control Commission is looking into statements made in a college student's blog that underage drinking took place at candidates' parties during a recent gathering of Michigan Republicans on Mackinac Island.

Commission spokeswoman Andrea Miller said Tuesday an investigation has been opened.

The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference was held Sept. 25 and 26.

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In Michigan
7:17 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

MI regulators ask utility why money not refunded

LANSING, MI – State regulators are asking Consumers Energy Co. to show why it hasn't returned unspent funds to its Michigan customers.

The Michigan Public Service Commission on Tuesday directed the Jackson-based utility to file a response by Oct. 30 saying why it hasn't paid the refunds required under a 2005 order.

Consumers Energy spokesman Dan Bishop says the utility is studying the latest order.

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6:38 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

GOP leader: No second shutdown

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm and state Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop are scheduled to meet Wednesday in an effort to end a budget standoff.

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The Senate Republican leader is refusing to send the Democratic governor half a dozen budget bills that are waiting on her signature. He says that's because she's threatening to veto major portions of the budgets to free enough money to restore cuts to college scholarships, Medicaid, and local governments.

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In Michigan
6:36 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

Senate GOP and business groups talk tax reforms

LANSING, MI – Business groups are speaking out in support of a state Senate Republican plan to reform Michigan's tax structure and limit tax credits to generate new revenue.

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The Senate GOP plan would reduce the Michigan Business Tax over three years. Bringing down the cost of the MBT has been a high priority of Senate Republicans and business leaders. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop.

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6:11 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

State House Appropriations discusses horse race tracks

LANSING, MI – The state House Appropriations Committee began talking about the expansion of gambling in Michigan to draw more revenue to the state.

Representatives from the casino and gaming industry say the market could become too saturated if horse tracks are allowed to have casino-style gambling. They say casinos are competing for less business during the downturn in the economy.

And James Moffett from the Foundation for Traditional Values says there are moral issues to consider as well.

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3:37 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

GOP leader: Governor risks over-stepping her power

LANSING, MI – The Republican leader of the state Senate says Governor Granholm will open herself to a constitutional challenge if she tries to use line-item vetoes to fund her budget priorities. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says the governor risks over-stepping her authority.

"The Legislature is here for a purpose, and that is to pass these budgets and do so in a timely and effective way," he says. "We passed a balanced budget and to usurp the powers of the Legislature here is unwarranted."

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WKAR Features
2:21 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

Lansing voters consider economic development in Mayoral vote

Renovations continue on the future site of the Accident Fund Insurance Co. headquarters in downtown Lansing.
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LANSING, MI – As Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero shoots for re-election, many voters consider whether his record on jobs and development is worthy of their vote. Many say the administration's economic agenda is just what the city needs. Others, including challenger Carol Wood, say the Mayor's attention-grabbing style shows there's less there than meets the eye.

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In Michigan
7:10 am
Tue October 13, 2009

Governor threatens line-item veto to fund budget priorities

Lansing, MI – Governor Granholm says if the Legislature won't fund her budget priorities, she will use line-item vetoes to free more money for local governments, nursing homes, and college scholarships. She is trying to put pressure on lawmakers to agree to new revenue as a new budget deadline draws near. The Legislature is debating budget proposals this week. At the same time, people affected by the political gridlock in Lansing are growing frustrated with the uncertainty.

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Sports
7:04 am
Tue October 13, 2009

Lions want wins, not rest for Stafford and Johnson

ALLEN PARK, MI – Lions coach Jim Schwartz says he will not take an upcoming bye into consideration when deciding if quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson will play
at Green Bay.

Schwartz said Monday "we're trying to win" when asked if he might rest Stafford and Johnson against the Packers because Detroit is off the following week.

Stafford did not play in Sunday's loss against Pittsburgh after injuring his right knee the previous week.

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Sports
7:26 pm
Mon October 12, 2009

MSU womens basketball coach Suzy Merchant discusses upcoming season

East Lansing, MI – Entering her third season as head coach of the Michigan State woman's basketball program Suzy Merchant looks to build off a twenty-two win season a year ago which included a trip to the sweet sixteen.

The Michigan State lady Spartans return 9 players who started at least one game last season, their top six scorers return from a a squad that was an eyelash away from advancing to the elite eight last March.

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In Michigan
7:08 pm
Mon October 12, 2009

Mich. governor signs law giving farm animals room

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed legislation requiring that farm animals confined in small cages have enough room to turn around and fully extend their limbs.

The bill signed Monday makes Michigan the second state to ban commonly used cages for egg-laying chickens, the fifth to ban common crates for veal calves and the seventh to ban certain stalls for pregnant pigs.

The cages for hens and stalls for pregnant pigs will go away in about 10 years. The veal crates will be banned in three years.

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In Michigan
6:35 pm
Mon October 12, 2009

State reports 19,500 jobs saved or created by federal stimulus

LANSING, MI – The state is reporting that since February about 20,000 jobs have been created or retained as a result of federal stimulus money.

The numbers come from a quarterly report the state files with the federal government. Michigan has received nearly $3.7 billion under the Recovery Act.

Leslie Fritz is with the state agency overseeing the stimulus money. She says Michigan's experience is similar to what has happened in other states.

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In Michigan
6:05 pm
Mon October 12, 2009

Wharton Center unveils completed renovations

East Lansing, MI – The Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University held an open house Sunday to take the wraps off a major improvement project.

There's 24,000 square feet of new space, and another nine thousand square feet of space was renovated.

Wharton Center executive director Mike Brand says the project has taken about three years from its inception to its completion. He says new amenities will be the most notable to patrons.

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In Michigan
3:37 pm
Mon October 12, 2009

Granholm says she will use vetoes to free up money

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says she will use her line item veto power to free up money in the state budget to restore proposed cuts to Medicaid, local governments, and college scholarships.

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Governor Granholm says payments to doctors and nursing homes that take Medicaid patients, local police and fire services, and the Michigan Promise scholarship are too crucial to endure the big cuts in budgets approved by the Legislature.

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WKAR Features
2:31 pm
Mon October 12, 2009

Mayor's political fund draws criticism

Lansing City Hall.
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Lansing, MI – The Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network says a political fund set up by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero could lead to accusations that the city has a "pay to play" system of awarding contracts. The City Administrative Account has collected about $200,000 since it was created when Bernero took office in 2006.

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In Michigan
10:26 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Crews to begin rebuilding collapsed I-75 overpass

HAZEL PARK, MI – Crews are to begin replacing an overpass destroyed nearly three months ago in a fiery tanker crash on Interstate 75 near Detroit.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Rob Morosi tells The Detroit News workers are to get started this morning.

The $11.8 million project will close one lane of the two north- and southbound service drives and cause intermittent single-lane closures on both directions of I-75.

The state will be reimbursed for 90 percent of the costs through the federal Emergency Relief Fund.

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In Michigan
10:24 am
Mon October 12, 2009

MDOT seeks public comment on high-speed rail plan

DETROIT – The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment done as part of an effort to upgrade the Detroit-to-Chicago rail line for high-speed service.

The environmental assessment details proposed upgrades to tracks, trains and amenities.

Among the changes, a new station would be built in Troy to replace a station in Birmingham; a new station would be built in Dearborn combining two existing stations; and the Battle Creek station would be overhauled.

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Science/Tech
10:23 am
Mon October 12, 2009

MI Air lab on wheels studies effect of fine pollution

EAST LANSING, MI – A new air quality lab on wheels will be making the rounds of southeastern Michigan to study the effects of small pollution particles that can kill or sicken people and
livestock.

Michigan State University veterinary professor Jack Harkema directs the work of the 53-foot, $400,000 converted semitrailer called AirCARE2.

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In Michigan
10:02 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Budget debate continues at Capitol

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is expected to resume signing and vetoing parts of budget bills this week. At the same time, she and the Legislature still have to decide how they will pay for spending plans.

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Sports
7:31 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Michigan St RB Winston needs season-ending surgery

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says running back Glenn Winston needs season-ending knee surgery.

Dantonio made the announcement Sunday, a day after the Spartans won 24-14 at Illinois.

Winston's right knee buckled and he had to be helped off the field and carted to the locker room at halftime after running for 69 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

Winston had 60 carries this season for 204 yards rushing, ranking second on the team, and two scores.

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Sports
7:18 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Steelers beat Lions 28-20 for 2nd straight win

DETROIT – Ben Roethlisberger had a season-high three touchdowns passes and the Pittsburgh Steelers held on to beat the Detroit Lions 28-20 Sunday, winning two straight for the first time this season.

The Steelers (3-2) went ahead on Rashard Mendenhall's TD run midway through the first quarter and took a 15-point lead in the third on Roethlisberger's 47-yard pass to rookie Mike Wallace.

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7:12 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Gordon, Stuckey help Pistons over Hawks

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Ben Gordon scored 22 points and Rodney Stuckey added 20 as the new-look Detroit Pistons remained undefeated in the preseason with a 100-91 victory over the Atlanta
Hawks on Sunday night.

The Pistons are now 3-0 even though Charlie Villanueva (hamstring) has yet to play. Richard Hamilton and Will Bynum combined for 26 more points, helping Detroit overcome just eight points from its starting frontcourt.

Marvin Williams led the Hawks (1-1) with 19 points, while Othello Hunter had 14 and rookie Jeff Teague scored 12.

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In Michigan
6:15 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Education reform conference committee could be close

LANSING, MI – The chairs of state House and Senate Education Committees are working to reach consensus on reform plans. A key difference right now is the urgency of getting something done quickly.

The Senate Education Committee began discussing the House education reform plan last week.

Democratic House Education Committee Chairman Tim Melton said, "I'm thrilled that they're finally moving the ball down the court."

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Sports
5:03 pm
Sat October 10, 2009

Spartans run past Illiniois 24-14

Champiagn Ill. – CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Keith Nichol threw for 179 yards in his first start to lead Michigan State to a 24-14 win over Illinois on Saturday.Larry Caper rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown for Michigan State (3-3, 2-1). Glenn Winston ran for 69 yards and a score in the first half before leaving with a knee injury.

Nichol, a sophomore, started in place of Drew Cousins, who entered the game late. Nichol was 13-for-25 with an interception.

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In Michigan
6:40 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

Mich. officials say 12 infected with salmonella

LANSING, MI – State officials say an outbreak of salmonella linked to alfalfa sprouts has sickened 12 people in Michigan, with two cases requiring hospitalization.

The Michigan Departments of Agriculture and Community Health issued a public-health alert Friday warning residents to avoid eating raw alfalfa sprouts until the outbreak's origin can be determined.

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In Michigan
6:36 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

MI winter home heating costs expected to be lower

LANSING, MI – Home heating costs this winter are expected to be lower than last year for many Michigan households because of a drop in natural gas prices and the probability of a
warmer winter.

The Michigan Public Service Commission issued its winter energy
appraisal Friday.

It says residential natural gas prices are expected to average
12%-16% lower than last year, although some of those savings won't be realized if several utilities raise their rates.

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