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4:43 pm
Fri November 20, 2009

Asian carp may have breached electronic barrier

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

Federal officials say the despised Asian carp may have breached an electronic barrier designed to prevent it from invading the Great Lakes and jeopardizing their $7 billion sport fishery.

Officials with the Army Corps of Engineer say Friday that DNA of the giant carp have been found north of the barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

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In Michigan
3:40 pm
Fri November 20, 2009

Lansing could charge nightclubs for police service

LANSING, MI –

The city of Lansing might start charging nightclubs for emergency services if police and fire departments are repeatedly called to quell disturbances. The city council could consider and ordinance next week that would charge nightclub owners the cost of emergency response if the city gets more than two emergency calls to the club.

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WKAR Features
8:16 am
Fri November 20, 2009

Plan to close SoS branch office draws criticism

The East Lansing branch of the Michigan Secretary of State's office.
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East Lansing, MI – A plan to consolidate one of the more public functions of state government has some civic officials concerned. Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is proposing to close branch offices in downtown Lansing and East Lansing. Land says consolidating those services into a single "super center" would allow for better customer service and save money.

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Sports
6:37 am
Fri November 20, 2009

MSU Hockey ties Notre Dame

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State and Notre Dame skated to a 1-1 tie on Thursday evening at Munn Ice Arena, but the Irish earned the extra point in the standings as they won the shootout in four rounds, 2-1. Derek Grant had the lone goal for the spartans, who will face the Irish again on Sunday in a mantinee effort in Fort Wayne, IN.

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Sports
6:31 am
Fri November 20, 2009

Browns-Lions game to be blacked out in Motor City

DETROIT, MI – The Detroit Lions' game against the Cleveland Browns in the Motor City will be blacked out on local TV.

Lions spokesman Bill Keenist confirmed Thursday the team did not sell the 7,000-plus tickets that were available the previous day.

The lackluster game featuring the 1-8 Lions and 1-8 Browns will be not be shown on TV in the Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw-Flint and Toledo, Ohio, markets.

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Sports
6:19 am
Fri November 20, 2009

Barlow leads No. 5 Notre Dame past MSU, 68-67

EAST LANSING, MI – Ashley Barlow scored 18 points and hit a tie-breaking free throw with 10 seconds left, lifting No. 5 Notre Dame to a 68-67 victory over No. 21 Michigan State on
Thursday night.

The Spartans had a chance to win after Barlow's late foul shot for the Fighting Irish (2-0), but Aisha Jefferson missed a jumper with 4 seconds to go.

Allyssa DeHaan led Michigan State (1-2) with 20 points.

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Sports
8:55 pm
Thu November 19, 2009

MSU women lose thriller to Notre Dame 68-67

East Lansing, MI – EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Ashley Barlow scored 18 points and hit a tiebreaking free throw with 10 seconds left, lifting No. 5 Notre Dame to a 68-67 victory over No. 21 Michigan State on Thursday night.

The Spartans had a chance to win after Barlow's late foul shot for the Fighting Irish (2-0), but Aisha Jefferson missed a jumper with 4 seconds to go.

Allyssa DeHaan led Michigan State (1-2) with 20 points.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Thu November 19, 2009

Detroit police seize 14 kilos of cocaine

DETROIT, MI –

Police have seized 14 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $6 million on Detroit streets.

More than $200,000 in cash also was recovered from Wednesday's bust - at least the third major drug-related seizure this month in Detroit. More details were to be released Thursday afternoon.

Five kilograms of cocaine were confiscated over the weekend in what police say is a related case. A kilogram is 2.2 pounds.

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Sports
3:47 pm
Thu November 19, 2009

Predictions of Earle FINALE

Sports Talk AM870 host Earle Robinson

East Lansing, MI – Sports Talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson gives his prediction on the MSU Penn State match up

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In Michigan
3:09 pm
Thu November 19, 2009

Students rally for school funding

Lansing, MI – High school students rallied at the state Capitol again Wednesday, carrying signs that read "We are Michigan's future" and "Michigan schools are too big to fail." They want legislators to restore funding for education.

Lawmakers are on an informal break for deer-hunting season, but that didn't stop students from Grand Ledge, Lansing, East Lansing and Waverly from gathering at the Capitol to protest huge cuts in funding for their schools.

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In Michigan
2:55 pm
Thu November 19, 2009

Ratepayers petition against proposed coal-fired power plant

Lansing, MI – Environmental groups are joining utility ratepayers in a statewide petition to block Consumers Energy from building a proposed $2 billion coal-fired power plant.

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Consumers Energy wants to build an 800-megawatt plant to augment its existing facility near Bay City. The company says the facility will control carbon dioxide emissions by burning low-sulfur grade coal at higher temperatures than conventional power plants.

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In Michigan
10:04 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Detroit schools seek to force board member to talk

DETROIT – The state's emergency financial manager for the Detroit school district says he's seeking a court order to force a school board member to testify about his role in a $1.5 billion construction bond issue.

Robert Bobb said Thursday the Detroit Public Schools will ask a judge Monday to require Anthony Adams and three others to testify in the probe.

Adams is a former deputy Detroit mayor and served as a top lawyer for the school district during the time of the questioned transactions.

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In Michigan
9:38 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Group challenges Silverdome's $583,000 sale

PONTIAC, MI – A judge has temporarily blocked the sale of the Pontiac Silverdome.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Edward Sosnick is expected to decide Monday whether a $583,000 high bid submitted this week by an unnamed Canadian company was proper.

Silver Stallion Corp. asked Sosnick to nullify the auction sale. The group says their 2008 purchase agreement for $17 million should take precedent and alleges racial discrimination.

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Science/Tech
8:42 am
Thu November 19, 2009

EPA: No dioxin in Bay, Saginaw, Midland city water

SAGINAW, MI – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials says a second series of tests on samples collected from the Midland, Saginaw and Bay City water systems show no
contamination by highly toxic dioxins or furans.

The tests were conducted in response to residents' concerns about how drinking water might be affected by sediment stirred up by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers navigational dredging project in the Saginaw River.

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In Michigan
6:17 am
Thu November 19, 2009

House committee passes driver fee bills

LANSING, MI – Michigan's drivers may soon not have to worry about annual fees for too many points on their licenses. A bill that would repeal a law that fines drivers for their points passed easily Wednesday through a state House committee.

The driver responsibility law has been around since 2003, but lawmakers have agreed for the past few years that the law does not reduce bad driving.

James Walker is with the National Motorists Association.

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In Michigan
6:06 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Granholm to order more department mergers

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm will sign an executive order early next month merging two more state departments. The governor's says she will combine the Departments of Information Technology with the Department of Management and Budget.

The governor is trying to make the case that she is making government smaller and more efficient at the same time she battles legislative Republicans over revenue to restore some budget cuts.

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Sports
5:55 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Lions facing possible 8th TV blackout in 11 games

ALLEN PARK, MI – Detroit fans may be denied yet another chance to watch the Lions on television.

Team spokesman Bill Keenist says that as of Wednesday afternoon, more than 7,000 tickets remained available for Sunday's game against Cleveland at Ford Field.

If the game isn't sold out by 1 p.m. Thursday - or 1 p.m. Friday, if the NFL grants an extension - the matchup of 1-8 teams will be blacked out in the Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw-Flint and Toledo, Ohio, TV markets.

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Sports
5:47 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Roy, Aldridge help Blazers hold off Pistons 87-81

PORTLAND, OR – Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 20 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the tired but tenacious Detroit Pistons 87-81 on Wednesday night.

The Blazers led by as many as 20 points in the second half, but the Pistons chipped away and closed to 76-70 on Charlie Villanueva's jumper with 3 minutes left.

Villanueva hit another jumper to make it 78-75 with 1:29 to go, and after Steve Blake made a bad pass on Portland's end, Villanueva's fast-break layup cut it to 78-77.

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Sports
5:43 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Auld backstops Stars to 3-1 win over Red Wings

DETROIT – Alex Auld made 31 saves, and Mike Ribeiro, Matt Niskanen and Loui Eriksson scored in the Dallas Stars' 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Brad Richards and James Neal each had two assists for the Stars.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard stopped 29 shots. The loss snapped the Red Wings' winning streak at three.

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In Michigan
5:33 am
Thu November 19, 2009

MI House Education pushes forward with "Race To The Top"

LANSING, MI –

State lawmakers are running short on time to approve several education-reform bills to make Michigan eligible for a half-billion dollars from the federal government.
The Legislature is expected to meet for two weeks in December before the winter holiday break. The deadline to compete for the schools-reform money is mid-January.
Chuck Wilbur is the governor's education advisor. He told lawmakers that the money is important, but the reforms should happen no matter what.

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Michigan added 16,000 jobs in October

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's jobless rate dipped slightly in October. The state's new unemployment rate of 15.1% is a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point from the September number.

Michigan saw a net gain of 39,000 jobs in October, mostly in construction and health care. Governor Granholm says she's pleased by the uptick in jobs, however slight, but adds that people should not read too much into the jobless numbers that have hovered at around 15% since June.

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WKAR Features
3:11 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

MSU students rally for Promise Scholarship funding

The Hannah Administration building at Michigan State University.
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EAST LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm brought her tour of Michigan college campuses to Michigan State University today. She's drumming up support for restoring the Promise Scholarship.

Students hoping the scholarships will continue were at the rally, but so were others who aren't happy with the governor, the legislature, or the MSU administration.

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In Michigan
3:09 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Mid-Mich Vaccination Program Faces Challenges

LANSING, MI –
The Ingham County Health Department is concerned that fewer people are getting vaccinated against the H1N1 virus than they expected.

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In Michigan
12:43 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Michigan's jobless rate dropped in October

East Lansing, MI – The national jobless rate went up last month, but Michigan's unemployment rate dropped slightly in October.

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Michigan's rate dropped by two-tenths of a percentage point in October. At the same time, the national rate hit 10.2 percent. But Michigan's new jobless rate of 15.1 percent is still significant. The state has had the nation's highest jobless rate for most of the past four years.

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In Michigan
8:26 am
Wed November 18, 2009

Loomis re-elected East Lansing mayor

EAST LANSING, MI –

The East Lansing city council re-elected Victor Loomis to the mayor's post last night.

Loomis won re-election on November 3rd. At the council meeting last night, he was sworn in for another four-year term, as was Kevin Beard, who also was re-elected to council.

That was followed by the council's leadership vote. Loomis will serve as mayor for two more years, as will mayor pro tem Diane Goddeeris.

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In Michigan
6:02 am
Wed November 18, 2009

MI House panels debate film credits

LANSING, MI –

State lawmakers took testimony from film industry insiders Wednesday as debate over economic growth continues at the Capitol.

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Republican state Representative Pete Lund has led the battle cry in the state House against handing out refundable tax credits to attract filmmakers.

"Is it working?," he asks. "Well of course it's working - we're paying 40% of their bills."

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Sports
5:44 am
Wed November 18, 2009

No. 2 Michigan State rallies to beat Gonzaga 75-71

EAST LANSING, MI – Durrell Summers hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:02 left, made two at the line with 5.7 seconds to go and finished with 21 points to help No. 2 Michigan State rally
for a 75-71 win over Gonzaga on Tuesday night.

The Spartans (2-0) won their 41st straight game at home against a nonconference team, extending a streak that started after a lost to Duke on Dec. 3, 2003.

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Sports
5:42 am
Wed November 18, 2009

Michigan State headed to bowl, but not satisfied

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says his team's sixth win had special significance, but not as much as a seventh win would.

After rallying from an 11-point deficit this past weekend to beat Purdue 40-37 and become bowl eligible, the Spartans (6-5, 4-3 Big Ten) can take a major step on Saturday with a triumph over Penn State (9-2, 7-2).

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Sports
5:41 am
Wed November 18, 2009

Kobe gets 40 in Lakers' 106-93 win over Pistons

LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant scored 40 points for the 100th time in his career, and the Los Angeles Lakers avoided a rare three-game losing streak with a 106-93 victory over the Detroit
Pistons on Tuesday night.

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In Michigan
6:33 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Lansing hosts "Root Beer Summit"

LANSING, MI –

Around 30 governmental, educational and civic figures sat down Tuesday in Lansing to talk about race and ethnicity.

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Lansing's Foster Community Center was the site of Tuesday afternoon's "root beer summit." Harold Core is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, which helped organize about a dozen such gatherings around the state. He says regional economic development in Michigan means creating a diverse workforce.

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