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6:18 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Governor approves Amtrak subsidy

EAST LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has approved a budget bill that includes 400 thousand dollars to keep two Amtrak lines operating in Michigan through the end of September. The lines run between Chicago and Grand Rapids and Chicago and Port Huron.

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Portland family finds prehistoric bones in yard

PORTLAND, MI – An Ionia County couple just wanted to dig a new pond in their yard. Instead, Rich and Annette Schneider of Portland dug up some history.

The Schneiders unearthed the bones of a 10,000-plus-year-old mastodon, an elephant-like animal that became extinct shortly after humans arrived in the Great Lakes region.

Rich Schneider tells WILX-TV the dig turned up a leg, a rib, a tusk and more.

They plan to donate the bones to the University of Michigan.

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Fest with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson opens Thursday

GRANT TOWNSHIP, MI – Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and the surviving Grateful Dead are headlining this year's Rothbury Festival now under way in rural western Michigan.

State police tell The Grand Rapids Press incoming traffic was moving smoothly. The festival site is near the village of Rothbury in Oceana County's Grant Township, about 45 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.

Area residents are taking advantage of the traffic to sell everything from Rothbury T-shirts to yoga pants to the tens of thousands of concertgoers.

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In Michigan
6:09 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

MI Clerks: Overseas military ballot-count needs fix

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – Clerks from Michigan's three largest counties and a state legislator have proposed a plan they say would ensure the ballots of overseas state residents would be properly counted.

Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson said Thursday at a news conference in Sterling Heights that "Operation Our Troops Count" would fix Michigan's "broken" system.

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In Michigan
6:03 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Granholm signs Cobo improvement bills

EAST LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has signed legislation that will allow a regional authority to assume control over downtown Detroit's Cobo Hall convention center. That would clear the way for the authority to raise money to upgrade the facility, so it remains home to the North American International Auto Show.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

WMU raises tuition 5.7% for 2009-2010 school year

KALAMAZOO, MI – Western Michigan University's governing body has voted to raise tuition and fees 5.7% for in-state students attending the Kalamazoo school.

The university's board of trustees on Thursday approved the tuition hike effective this fall. The board also approved a 7.5% increase in the university's financial aid budget.

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In Michigan
4:13 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Laws signed aimed at keeping auto show in Detroit

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (AP) - Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed legislation aimed at keeping the North American International Auto Show in Michigan beyond 2010, preferably at its current home in Detroit's Cobo Center.

The new laws signed Thursday call for a nearly $300 million expansion of Cobo and the creation of a regional authority to run and renovate the aging building.

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In Michigan
2:26 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Fenner sex sting could cause legal trouble for Lansing

Lansing City Hall.
Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

LANSING, MI – A Lansing City Council Committee Wednesday raised legal and ethical concerns about a gay sex sting operation conducted by Lansing Police in May. The sting at Fenner Nature Center netted two arrests. But a breakdown in communication between the offices of the City Attorney and the County Prosecutor could mean legal trouble for the city.

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WKAR Features
10:44 am
Thu July 2, 2009

Under the Radar

EAST LANSING, MI – One Friday each month on Morning Edition from WKAR, author Lev Raphael joins WKAR's Melissa Ingells to discuss a book that might have slipped past the notice of other book reviewers.

Nationally-known author and reviewer Lev Raphael lives and writes in mid-Michigan. Raphael likes to feature books that may not receive a lot of publicity elsewhere, and his choices have ranged from a history of the Roman Republic, to a biography of Napoleon's sister, to a mass market paperback based on a TV series about spies.

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In Michigan
6:46 am
Thu July 2, 2009

Schauer holds health forums

CHARLOTTE, MI – Seventh District Congressman Mark Schauer kicked off a series of town hall meetings on health care Wednesday in Charlotte.

There was a focus on the lack of primary health care providers, and employers who are dropping health coverage plans for their workers.

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Sports
5:57 am
Thu July 2, 2009

Dumars says he wants new coach by next Tuesday

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Detroit Pistons executive Joe Dumars says he wants to name a replacement for fired coach Michael Curry in time for next week's developmental league opening in Las Vegas.

The Pistons' president for basketball operations announced Curry's dismissal Tuesday. The first-year coach led the Pistons to a 39-43 regular-season record and a four-straight-game loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening round of the NBA playoffs.

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Sports
5:55 am
Thu July 2, 2009

Lugnuts rained out

MIDLAND, MI – The scheduled Wednesday night game between the Lansing Lugnuts and the Great Lakes Loons was rained out. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader at 6:05 p. m. tonight. The rainout is Lansing's 10th of 2009, leading into the club's ninth doubleheader of the year.

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Sports
5:48 am
Thu July 2, 2009

Cust, Giambi lead A's past Tigers

OAKLAND, CA – Jason Giambi and Jack Cust broke out of funks with two-run homers, Dallas Braden ended a four-start winless stretch and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 Wednesday.

Giambi's drive in the sixth off Justin Verlander (8-4) was home run No. 407, tying him with Duke Snider for 43rd place. Giambi, who has been dealing with sore legs and entered the game with an American League-low .197 batting average, was in a 2-for-28 stretch before the homer after striking out in his first two at-bats.

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Top Stories
6:15 pm
Wed July 1, 2009

62 Michigan sex offenders mistakenly released

LANSING, MI – Michigan has put 62 sex offenders back behind bars in the past week who were mistakenly released after being classified in a treatment category that doesn't exist.

Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said Wednesday
the parolees were picked up immediately after officials discovered
the mistake.

Republican state Rep. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge sent out a news
release Wednesday making the matter public.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Wed July 1, 2009

Some Lansing GM models show June sales gains

EAST LANSING, MI – General Motors on Wednesday said June vehicle sales in the United States fell 33% compared to year-ago numbers. But Lansing-made crossover vehicles fared better, all posting sales gains.

Sales of the Buick Enclave were up 26%. The GMC Acadia posted a 10% gain. And the Saturn Outlook climbed by 6%. All are assembled at GM's Lansing Delta Township plant.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Wed July 1, 2009

62 Michigan sex offenders mistakenly released

LANSING, MI – Michigan has put 62 sex offenders back behind bars in the past week who were mistakenly released after being classified in a treatment category that doesn't exist.

Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said Wednesday the parolees were picked up immediately after officials discovered the mistake.

Republican state Rep. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge sent out a news release Wednesday making the matter public.

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In Michigan
7:48 am
Wed July 1, 2009

Sex sting questions raised at Lansing Public Safety Committee

Lansing City Hall.
Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Public Safety Committee today is expected to review the details of a recent sex sting operation at Fenner Nature Center. City officials had been withholding information about the incident.

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Business
7:15 am
Wed July 1, 2009

Another day in court for GM bankruptcy proposal

NEW YORK – Attorneys, bondholders, consumer groups and others will be back in a Manhattan courthouse this morning for more testimony about General Motors' bankruptcy plan.

If it goes anything like yesterday, it could be another frustrating session for U.S. Judge Robert Gerber, who admonished lawyers for a lack of focus in their questioning.

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In Michigan
7:06 am
Wed July 1, 2009

Detroit school official says police ID suspects

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit school official says police have suspects in mind in a shooting that left seven teenagers wounded.

Robert Bobb, the district's emergency financial manager, told WDIV-TV on Wednesday he's "very confident" someone will be brought to justice within 48 hours.

Bobb's comments come a day after gunmen in a green minivan opened fire on a group of teens waiting at a bus stop near a Detroit school. Two were in critical condition.

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In Michigan
6:41 am
Wed July 1, 2009

Report shows deep impact to children in proposed budget cuts

EAST LANSING, MI – As state lawmakers struggle to find consensus on budget disputes for the coming fiscal year, activists say proposed program cuts that affect children have gone too far.

Among the proposed cuts are $110 per K-12 student, a roll back of before-and-after-school programs and the elimination of early childhood abuse prevention programs.

Jack Kresnak is with Michigan's Children.

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In Michigan
6:37 am
Wed July 1, 2009

Cox objects to Blue Cross' temporary rate hikes

EAST LANSING, MI – Attorney General Mike Cox is opposing Blue Cross-Blue Shield's request for a rate hike on customers who pay for their own coverage. Blue Cross is planning a temporary rate hike while it waits for permission to permanently boost its premiums.

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Sports
5:38 am
Wed July 1, 2009

Lugnuts lose to Loons Tuesday

MIDLAND, MI – The Great Lakes Loons beat the Lansing Lugnuts 3-2 last night at Dow Diamond. The Lugnuts and Loons play the second game of their four-game series tonight at 7:05.

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Sports
5:37 am
Wed July 1, 2009

Marion Hossa signs with Blackhawks

Sports
5:33 am
Wed July 1, 2009

Galarraga, Polanco lead Tigers past A's 5-3

OAKLAND, CA – Armando Galarraga pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Placido Polanco homered and drove in three runs in the Detroit Tigers' 5-3 victory over the Oakland
Athletics on Tuesday night.

Ryan Raburn went 3 for 3 with a run-scoring single for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who have won nine of their last 12 games.

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Top Stories
6:15 pm
Tue June 30, 2009

Sex sting raises questions at Lansing City Hall

EAST LANSING, MI – The Lansing Public Safety committee Wednesday is expected to review the details of a recent sex sting operation at Fenner Nature Center. City officials have refused to release information about the incident.

AUDIO: In May, Lansing police arrested two men at the nature center for soliciting sex and issued a warrant for a third. No charges have been brought against any of the men.

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In Michigan
6:11 pm
Tue June 30, 2009

Michigan asks schools to identify dropout risks

LANSING, MI – Michigan's top education official wants schools to each identify 10 to 15 students at risk of dropping out and step in to keep them in the classroom.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan announced his "dropout challenge" to 4,000 public schools Tuesday.

Flanagan is asking schools to target 10 to 15 students who show dropout warning signs early on. The schools would intervene with methods specifically designed to prevent dropping out.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Tue June 30, 2009

Police: 7 teens shot near Detroit school

DETROIT, MI – Authorities say gunmen in a minivan opened fire on a group of teenagers waiting at a bus stop near a Detroit school Tuesday afternoon. At least seven of the teens were wounded, including two who are in critical condition.

Detroit Public Schools Police Chief Roderick Grimes says at least five of the teens had just gotten out of summer classes at Cody Ninth Grade Academy when they were shot at the nearby bus stop.

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In Michigan
6:03 pm
Tue June 30, 2009

Grey wolf again an endangered species

EAST LANSING, MI – Grey wolves in the Great Lakes region were removed from the federal endangered species list earlier this year. But now, they're back on the list as part of an out-of-court settlement between the Humane Society and the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service.

AUDIO:
The settlement stops Michigan and other states from enacting their own management plans that allow private citizens and wildlife officials to shoot wolves that prey on pets or livestock.

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Sports
5:36 pm
Tue June 30, 2009

Detroit Pistons fire head coach Michael Curry

Detoit, MI – AUBURN HILLS, MI (AP) - The Detroit Pistons have fired Michael Curry after he went 39-43 in his first year as a head coach.

Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said in a statement Tuesday that while it was a difficult decision, he has "decided to make a change."

The Pistons opened the season with high hopes but couldn't recover from the loss of All-Star point guard Chauncey Billups in a November trade to Denver for Allen Iverson.

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Sports
6:16 am
Tue June 30, 2009

Pistons draftee Daye grew up watching 'Bad Boys'

AUBURN HILLS, MI – The Detroit Pistons have introduced their top draft pick, Austin Daye.

He and DaJuan Summers grew up watching Pistons Joe Dumars and Isiah Thomas on TV.

At the same time, Jonas Jerebko was in Sweden watching Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom.

The trio now find themselves as teammates, the first of what is expected to be a wave of new Detroit Pistons.

Detroit took Daye with the 15th pick of the first round, then added Summers and Jerebko in the second.

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