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6:12 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Promise scholarship becomes signature budget fight

LANSING, MI – The state Senate adopted a higher education budget Tuesday that removes funding for the Michigan Promise scholarship and other types of financial aid for students.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Feds loan Ford billions toward fuel efficiency

DEARBORN, MI – Ford's effort to build more fuel efficient cars and trucks is getting a nearly $6 billion boost from the Obama Administration.

The money comes from a $25 billion loan program designed to help all automakers that manufacture vehicles in the US. In addition to Ford, the federal government is giving a combined $2 billion to Nissan and electric car maker Tesla.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Europe trip canceled after Mich. orchestra students get flu

TWIN LAKE, MI – A Michigan arts camp has canceled a three-week orchestra tour of Europe after several students came down with the flu.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp says its International Youth Symphony Orchestra was scheduled to depart Monday evening from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. But several students were diagnosed with type-A influenza while touring Ohio over the weekend.

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In Michigan
3:52 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Michigan lawmakers debate college scholarship cash

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Senate has passed a bill that would eliminate funding for a state-sponsored college scholarship program but keep debate about the program alive.

The Republican-led chamber's version of the higher education bill passed 19-17 Tuesday eliminates money for the Michigan Promise scholarship for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. But it keeps a placeholder for the program in the bill in case lawmakers figure out a way to at least partially fund the scholarships.

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In Michigan
2:44 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Ionia Flooding To Impact Fair Parking?

IONIA, MI – IONIA, MI (WKAR) - About 1,000 cars remain stranded at the Ionia County Fairgrounds after the Grand River flooded during a concert on Saturday.

The flooded area is also used for parking at the Ionia Free Fair, just over three weeks from now.

AUDIO: Ionia City Manager Jason Eppler says the affected area will need repairs after the floodwaters recede and the cars are removed.

He says the driveway leading into the mowed, grassy parking area will need the most work.

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In Michigan
12:39 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Ingham County approves PLA's

The Ingham County Courthouse in Mason.
Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

Mason, MI – The Ingham County Board of Commissioners has approved the use of project labor agreements for certain types of construction projects.
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The commission's 13 to 2 vote in favor of project labor agreements gives the county the discretion to use them on a case by case basis.

PLA's are collective bargaining agreements that set workplace rules before contractors are hired. Non-unionized workers argued PLA's would shut them out of the county bidding process.

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In Michigan
10:04 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Michigan lawmakers debate college scholarship cash

LANSING, MI – Lt. Gov. John Cherry says Michigan lawmakers should restore money for the state's primary publicly funded college scholarship program.

Cherry said in a teleconference Tuesday that while the Michigan Promise scholarship program may not be immune from budget cuts, lawmakers should not completely eliminate it. Cherry, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for governor in 2010, says eliminating the program would break a promise to the 96,000
students expecting to receive some money from it this fall.

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In Michigan
10:02 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Europe trip canceled after Mich. students get flu

TWIN LAKE, MI – TWIN LAKE, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan arts camp has canceled a three-week orchestra tour of Europe after several students came down with the flu.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp says its International Youth Symphony Orchestra was scheduled to depart Monday evening from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. But several students were diagnosed with type-A influenza while touring Ohio over the weekend.

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In Michigan
9:45 am
Tue June 23, 2009

State House Appropriations committee to vote on budget cut for HAL

LANSING, MI – The state House Appropriations Committee plans to vote Wednesday to cut spending for the department of History, Arts and Libraries, but save it from elimination.


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The committee plans to roll back spending on the department by more than ten percent. Governor Granholm wants to get rid of the department altogether, and have its programs absorbed by other departments.

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Business
6:27 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Obama wants new council to help auto industry

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is creating a White House council to handle issues that affect American communities and workers tied to the automotive industry.

The White House says Obama will sign an executive order Tuesday to establish the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers. The council will be chaired by the president's economic adviser, Larry Summers, and his labor secretary, Hilda Solis.

The executive director will be Obama's director of recovery for auto communities and workers, Ed Montgomery.

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Sports
5:52 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Most Mich. HS teams can't have ads on uniforms

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - Even in tough economic times, the body that regulates high school athletics in Michigan says most team uniforms are off-limits to schools looking to make some extra cash.

The Detroit News reports the Michigan High School Athletic Association doesn't allow member schools to accept sponsorship for their athletics uniforms. That rule applies to sports governed by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

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Sports
5:51 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Tigers to recall RHP Dolsi from Triple-A Toledo

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers will call up right-hander Freddy Dolsi from Triple-A Toledo before tonight's game against the Chicago Cubs.

It will be Dolsi's first stint with the Tigers this season after he went 1-5 with two saves and a 3.97 ERA in 42 appearances with Detroit in 2008.

The Tigers also outrighted catcher Dane Sardinha to Toledo. Sardinha hit .097 in 12 games. He was designated for assignment on Saturday to make room for starter Alfredo Figaro.

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Sports
5:47 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Holland: Chelios not returning to Wings in 2009-10

DETROIT – Chris Chelios won't be with the Detroit Red Wings next season.

Wings general manager Ken Holland tells The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press he met with the 47-year-old and Chelios wouldn't be offered another contract.

The Associated Press left a message for Holland seeking comment.

Holland tells the News it was "kind of understood last summer" when Chelios signed a one-year deal that it would be his last.

Holland says Chelios wants to play another season and believes the veteran player can still play.

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In Michigan
5:42 pm
Mon June 22, 2009

Study: Detroit lifts quality but Toyota still king

NEW YORK – A closely watched study of new vehicle quality says Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have improved, but they still lag behind foreign competitors like Toyota.

J.D. Power and Associates' study of initial vehicle quality shows 2009 model year vehicles sold by the Detroit Three improved by an average of 10% from 2008. That's compared with an industrywide improvement of 8%.

Toyota's Lexus brand topped the rankings released Monday, followed by Porsche, GM's Cadillac, Hyundai and Honda.

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In Michigan
5:25 pm
Mon June 22, 2009

AP Interview: Iacocca urges fast loan repayments

DETROIT, MI – Former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca, who led the automaker out of a previous near-collapse, says priority one for the automakers is to get the government out of the mix as soon as possible.

While Iacocca says government intervention was necessary for both Chrysler and GM, "Their oversight is just too extreme."

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Mon June 22, 2009

MI debates expanded unemployment benefits

LANSING, MI – Labor groups want Michigan to pass legislation that would extend unemployment benefits for people in job training programs and to some who were laid off as part-time workers.

The federal stimulus plan would make about $138 million available to temporarily pay the expanded jobless benefits. But Michigan would be on the hook to continue the payments once stimulus money runs out in 2011.

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In Michigan
11:13 am
Mon June 22, 2009

MI Legislature plans to combine DEQ and DNR to save on budget

EAST LANSING, MI – The state Senate plans to vote this week on melding the Department of Environmental Quality with the Department of Natural Resources.

The Senate plan approved by the Appropriations Committee last week would create a new department - the Department of Conservation. The department would be similar to the Department of Natural Resources before the DEQ was created by then-Governor John Engler.

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In Michigan
9:59 am
Mon June 22, 2009

DNR: Wolf plan is working

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan wildlife officials say a federal lawsuit that challenges the state's takeover of wolf management is a waste of time and money.


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The Humane Society and four other groups want wolves in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to remain on the federal endangered species list.

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In Michigan
9:52 am
Mon June 22, 2009

East Lansing conference addresses refugee recertification

EAST LANSING, MI – Refugees with professional backgrounds often have difficulty getting re-certified to work in the United States. A national conference in East Lansing this week is addressing that problem.

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Obstacles facing refugees include getting paperwork such as diplomas into the U. S. Conference organizer Linda Rabben says it's particularly tough for Iraqis.

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Arts & Culture
7:56 am
Mon June 22, 2009

US soprano, Ukrainian pianist win $50K

LOS ANGELES – An American soprano singer and a Ukrainian pianist have won top honors at a competition that combines elements of "American Idol" and classical music.

Leah Crocetto, a 29-year-old first-year fellow with the San Francisco opera, won the $50,000 first prize in the vocal portion of the third annual Jose Iturbi International Music Competition at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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In Michigan
5:46 am
Mon June 22, 2009

Conference aims to ease refugee return to work

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University is hosting a conference meant to help refugees find jobs within their professions in the U.S.

The three-day gathering starts today. It will include federal and state officials, resettlement agencies, professional training groups, higher education administrators and refugees themselves.

The summit will address issues of recertifying and training refugees including doctors, nurses, teachers and engineers.

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In Michigan
5:44 am
Mon June 22, 2009

Michigan storms spawn 3 tornadoes, darken 119,000

ALLEGAN, MI – Flood warnings remain in effect for much of southwest Lower Michigan as residents clean up from damaging weekend storms.

The storms that slammed the region from late Thursday until Saturday generated three tornadoes, dumped up to as eight inches of rain in some places and knocked out power to 130,000 homes and businesses.

The tornadoes touched down Friday night in Allegan and Kalamazoo counties, destroying or heavily damaging three homes and several other buildings. No injuries were reported.

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In Michigan
5:42 am
Mon June 22, 2009

State Senate expected to make sweeping budget cuts

LANSING, MI – State Senators are planning to vote on budget cuts this week in Lansing.

The Senate Appropriations committee approved sweeping budget cuts for education, corrections and Medicaid last week. Committee member Roger Kahn said when the state faces a $1.7 billion deficit, lawmakers are forced to make cuts where there's a lot of money. And that often results in cuts to programs they'd rather not cut at all.

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Sports
8:41 pm
Sun June 21, 2009

Detroit Shock lose to Fever

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half to beat the Detroit Shock 82-70 on Sunday evening and deny Rick Mahorn his first win as Detroit coach.

It was Mahorn's second game as head coach since Bill Laimbeer resigned.

Katie Douglas scored 23 points and Tamika Catchings had 15 points and six assists for the Fever (4-2), who won their fourth straight after losing their first two.

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Sports
7:49 pm
Sun June 21, 2009

Lugnuts finally beat Loons in fourth game of series

MIDLAND, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts finished out their series against the Great Lakes Loons with a victory on Sunday afternoon, closing out the first half of the Midwest League season with a close 9-8 win. The Lugnuts lost the first three games of the series. The Midwest League now breaks for its 2009 All-Star Game, held on Tuesday at Alliant Energy Field in Clinton, Iowa. Then the Lugnuts start the second half of the season at home on Thursday night with the opener of a four-game series against the Dayton Dragons.

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Sports
6:16 pm
Sun June 21, 2009

Shock lose to Fever

AUBURN HILLS, MI – The Detroit Shock had a new coach and a returning All-Star, and it wasn't enough to beat the Indiana Fever.

Tamika Catchings scored 15 points Friday night and the Indiana Fever beat Detroit 66-54 in Rick Mahorn's debut as Shock coach.

"As a team, we anticipated an emotional game," said Katie Douglas, who added 13 points. "It's a big day for them having Mahorn Bill Laimbeer has been here for so long, that we knew they were going to come out with a lot of mixed emotions, and that we would have to weather the storm."

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Sports
6:11 pm
Sun June 21, 2009

Inge HR helps Verlander lead Tigers past Brewers

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) Brandon Inge hit a three-run homer and Justin Verlander pitched into the eighth inning to help the Detroit Tigers sweep the Milwaukee Brewers with a 3-2 win Sunday.

Verlander (8-3), who no-hit the Brewers in his only other start against them, allowed two runs on five hits in 7 2-3 innings. He struck out eight while improving to 8-1 since April 27. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 14th straight save.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

State House committee opens discussion on urban grocery stores

LANSING, MI – State lawmakers say struggling urban areas without grocery stores will have a hard time ever being revitalized. The state House Urban Policy Committee met Friday to hear testimony on the important role of supermarkets in cities.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Michigan continues to post highest jobless rate

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan still has the nation's highest jobless rate.

Michigan's unemployment rate in May was 14.1%. The US Department of Labor's ranking of states says that was the again the highest jobless rate in the U-S. It's a distinction Michigan's held for 25 of the past 26 months.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Debate heats up on Michigan State Police Lansing HQ

LANSING, MI – The developers of a nearly completed Michigan State Police headquarters aren't happy about lawmakers'efforts to back out of the deal.

The building's private owners said Friday it sends a "terrible message to anyone doing business with this state."

The Senate on Thursday passed a version of next year's state police budget that does not include the more than $3 million needed to pay rent on the building. Some lawmakers say that's all the state has to do to avoid moving into the $40 million building in January.

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