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6:24 am
Mon October 19, 2009

Michigan St. has won 3 straight; Iowa up next

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State is riding three straight wins into its home game against unbeaten Iowa next weekend.

The Spartans had lost three straight games in September and looked like a long shot to have any chance in the Big Ten race. Now they're one of three teams with just one conference loss in the Big 10.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says his team has persevered despite early losses to Central Michigan, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.

The Spartans since have beaten Michigan, Illinois and Northwestern.

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Sports
6:15 am
Mon October 19, 2009

Rodgers shakes off sacks, Packers beat Lions 26-0

GREEN BAY, WI – Aaron Rodgers got knocked around again but still managed to have a big day against the Detroit Lions' defense, throwing for 358 yards with two touchdowns and an
interception in the Green Bay Packers' 26-0 victory Sunday.

Donald Driver became the franchise's career receptions leader with a first-quarter catch and rookie outside linebacker Clay Matthews III had two sacks as the Packers (3-2) turned in a dominant defensive effort against an undermanned Lions offense.

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In Michigan
6:02 am
Mon October 19, 2009

Regulators seek public comment on Dow dioxin deal

MIDLAND, MI – Federal and state officials say they're seeking public comment on a proposed deal with Dow Chemical Co. on designing a cleanup of dioxin contamination near a plant in
Midland.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Quality say the comment period begins Monday and runs through Nov. 17. A public meeting is set for Nov. 5 in Saginaw.

The EPA and DEQ will consider public comment before signing any agreement. More talks will be needed to determine how the cleanup will be done.

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In Michigan
6:00 am
Mon October 19, 2009

Lansing cemetery getting historical marker

LANSING, MI – A Michigan Historical Marker for Mount Hope Cemetery in Lansing will be dedicated this week.

A ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday. It's part of a yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lansing's incorporation as a city.

The cemetery opened in 1874 and is the final resting place of many Lansing-area leaders in business, civic life and culture.

Lansing was officially designated as the state's capital in 1847, before its 1859 incorporation.


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In Michigan
5:55 am
Mon October 19, 2009

Number of homeless grows in western Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 13,000 people are homeless across five counties in western Michigan, an increase of more than 10 percent over the year before.

The Grand Rapids Press, Kalamazoo Gazette and Muskegon Chronicle report that many homeless in the area work steady jobs and are without homes for the first time. Kimberlee Reinking with the Housing Resource Center of Allegan County says the center is seeing people who have never had to deal with homelessness before.

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Sports
7:38 pm
Sat October 17, 2009

Michigan State defeats Wildcats 24-14

In Michigan
8:06 pm
Fri October 16, 2009

MI hall owners seek BYOB bill

LANSING, MI – Michigan's banquet hall owners may soon be allowed to host bring-your-own-booze parties and fundraisers without having to register as a not-for-profit organization.

A state House committee approved a bill that would make it easier for private banquet hall owners to host B-Y-O-B events - or cabarets. Lewis Vincent - a private hall owner in Detroit - testified before the committee.

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Top Stories
7:55 pm
Fri October 16, 2009

Ingham officials aim to dispel worries about flu vaccine

LANSING, MI – Ingham County health officials say unjustified fears of the H1N1 vaccine could lead to a more severe flu season in mid-Michigan. Officials say worries that the new vaccine is untested may lead to fewer inoculations and many more cases of the disease.

Marcus Cheatham is a spokesman for the Ingham County Health Department.

"There are only a few dozen really bad episodes reported every year from getting flu vaccine, even though millions and millions of people use it," he says.

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In Michigan
7:53 pm
Fri October 16, 2009

Mich. legislation aims to stop foreclosure scams

LANSING, MI – Democratic lawmakers say Michigan needs legislation to stop scam artists from taking advantage of homeowners at risk of foreclosure.

Bills being introduced by Democrats in the state Senate would create protections designed to ensure loan modification consultants do business legitimately. The measures also would require lenders to notify homeowners when they sell their mortgage to a third party and to post loan modification criteria online.

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In Michigan
7:50 pm
Fri October 16, 2009

Feds prevail in dispute over education law

DETROIT, MI – A lawyer says a dispute involving school districts, teacher unions and the federal No Child Left Behind law has ended in an 8-8 tie at a federal appeals court.

Nine districts in Michigan, Texas and Vermont argued they shouldn't have to comply with certain requirements of the education law if the federal government doesn't pay for them.

Lawyer Dennis Pollard says Friday's 8-8 vote by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means a lower court's decision stands.

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In Michigan
10:45 am
Fri October 16, 2009

Former US Rep. Bob Davis of Michigan dies at 77

GAYLORD, MI – Former U.S. Rep. Bob Davis of Michigan has died. He was 77.

Mark Ruge previously served as chief of staff for Davis. He says the congressman died Friday at a hospice in Arlington, Va., and had suffered kidney and heart failure.

Davis represented northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula in Congress from 1979 to 1993. In recent years, he worked as a lobbyist in the Washington, D.C., area.

Ruge remembers Davis as "a great man who just cared very much for the people of his district."

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Sports
5:38 am
Fri October 16, 2009

Terry's hot 3rd quarter leads Mavericks over Pistons

DALLAS – Jason Terry scored 10 of his 21 points during a decisive third-quarter run, and the Dallas Mavericks went on to a 113-88 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.

Drew Gooden added 16 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 15 and Kris Humphries contributed 14 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks (3-1).

Rodney Stuckey had 20 points and Kwame Brown added 11 for the Pistons (3-2).

Dallas opened the third quarter with a 15-3 run that included two 3-pointers from Terry and gave it a 71-53 lead.

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Sports
5:32 am
Fri October 16, 2009

Lidstrom reaches 1,000 points in Wings' win

DETROIT – Nicklas Lidstrom became the first European defenseman to reach 1,000 points, assisting on two goals in the Detroit Red Wings' 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

The Swedish star has 229 goals and 771 assists in 1,336 career games.

Jonathan Ericsson and Henrik Zetterberg each had a goal and an assist, Tomas Holmstrom, Kirk Maltby and Brian Rafalski also scored, and Chris Osgood made 24 saves for the Red Wings.

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In Michigan
7:59 pm
Thu October 15, 2009

MSU gets $10.4M grant for African food initiative

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University says a five-year, $10.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will help it train African biosafety regulators.

The grant is part of the foundation's new $120 million initiative aimed at using technology to increase food production in sub-Saharan Africa.

The university said Thursday it's working with the New Partnership for Africa's Development "to connect African biosafety regulators with advances in technology."

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In Michigan
7:55 pm
Thu October 15, 2009

Stimulus contracts save or retain 400 Mich. jobs

LANSING, MI – Michigan businesses and agencies have reported saving or creating about 400 jobs so far with the help of federal contracts tied to the federal stimulus package.

More than 30,000 jobs have been supported nationwide. Businesses in states including Colorado, Washington, Kentucky and Ohio reported far higher job retention numbers than Michigan, which has the nation's highest unemployment rate.

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In Michigan
7:55 pm
Thu October 15, 2009

MI Lawmakers, governor seek opening in budget talks

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm met Thursday with legislative leaders. They reported little progress in ending a budget stalemate.

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The governor will get the final budget bills next week, when she's expected to carry out her threat to veto many line items. The governor and Democrats want to restore funding for the Michigan Promise college scholarship, as well as funding for Medicaid and local governments.

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In Michigan
6:39 pm
Thu October 15, 2009

Mich. OKs more tax incentives after running out

LANSING, MI – Michigan lawmakers are agreeing to award more tax incentives for economic development this year, as long as the state reports the number of jobs created and retained by companies getting the tax credits.

The state Senate today overwhelmingly approved a package of four bills after reaching a compromise with the House and Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration. Granholm is expected to sign the legislation once the House finishes voting next week.

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In Michigan
6:35 pm
Thu October 15, 2009

MI House passes bill aimed at collecting unpaid parking ticket fines

LANSING, MI – The state House has passed a bill that would lower the number of unpaid parking tickets drivers could have before they would not be able to renew their licenses. The number would go from six to three unpaid tickets.

State Representative Roy Schmidt says his hometown of Grand Rapids could use the half-million dollars it stands to collect in the first year under the legislation. And he says other cities could also use the money.

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WKAR Features
10:30 am
Thu October 15, 2009

MSU's Dubai campus is looking for economic turnaround

East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University's campus in Dubai is now in its second year of operation. Once regarded as the most prosperous economy in the Middle East, there's been a downturn in the United Arab Emirates...including Dubai.

WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke this week with Brendan Mullen, MSU-Dubai's executive director, during a return visit to East Lansing.

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In Michigan
7:27 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

MEDC legislation passes House

LANSING, MI – The state House and Senate may be close to approving more economic development tax credits designed to attract new businesses to Michigan.

The organization that hands out the incentives ran out of a year's worth of credits in six months. Lawmakers disagreed over whether to give the group more credits, and how to make sure they were being used wisely.

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In Michigan
7:24 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

Speaker Dillon speaks out

LANSING, MI – State House Democrats and Senate Republicans don't appear to be close to reaching a deal over revenue. Their divide over how to generate more money to fill cuts made to the budget last month may be widening.

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Neither the House nor the Senate has plans to vote on the other's proposals for revenue. Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon.

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Top Stories
6:36 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

Michigan jobless rate is 15.3%

LANSING, MI – Michigan's jobless rate was virtually unchanged in September. It bumped up last month by one-tenth of a percentage point to 15.3%.

The state Department of Labor and Economic Growth say the most job losses were in retail and tourism. The numbers are seasonally adjusted, so they don't just reflect the end of the summer travel season. There was a slight increase in manufacturing jobs because workers were called back from short-term layoffs.

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In Michigan
6:09 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

No thaw in Michigan budget talks

LANSING, MI – Governor Granhom will meet Thursday with legislative leaders after a sit-down Wednesday with the Senate Republican leader failed to yield a budget compromise.

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Top Stories
2:39 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

BCBSM will consolidate employees in Lansing in 2011

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero (left) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan president and CEO Daniel Loepp.
WKAR Photo

Lansing, MI – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has announced plans to consolidate 250 employees into the current Accident Fund Insurance Company building in downtown Lansing. The move is set to take place in two years.

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Top Stories
2:33 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

Michigan Unemployment Rate Up Slightly

LANSING, MI – Michigan's unemployment rate was virtually unchanged last month. The jobless rate rose 0.1% to 15.3%.

The U-S jobless rate also rose by 0.1% to 9.8%.

The state's jobless rate rose by 6.4% since September of last year.


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In Focus Today
12:44 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

MSU-Dubai: Year Two

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University's campus in Dubai is now in its second year of operation.

Once regarded as the most prosperous economy in the middle east, there's been a downturn in the United Arab Emirates...including Dubai.

WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke this week with Brendan Mullan, executive director of MSU-Dubai, during a return visit to East Lansing.

Mullan says in year two, applications were up by 40%, and admissions rose by 34%...to about 100 students.

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WKAR Features
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.
WKAR Photo

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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Sports
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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Sports
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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Sports
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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