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9:26 am
Thu September 17, 2009

H1N1 vaccine may be available in Lansing sooner

LANSING, MI – Ingham County's top health official says swine flu vaccine could now arrive in Lansing in early October. Original estimates targeted the middle of the month.

Ingham County Medical Director Doctor Dean Sienko says the situation is changing constantly and that officials are keeping close tabs on some parts of the country:

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Sports
5:55 am
Thu September 17, 2009

Red Wings beat Flyers 3-1 in pre-season opener

DETROIT – Kris Draper, Jamie Tardif and Jeremy Williams scored to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night in the pre-season opener for both teams.

Red Wings' starting goalie Jimmy Howard made six saves in a little over 30 minutes and Daniel Larsson stopped 14 shots.

James Van Riemsdyk scored for Philadelphia and Flyers' goalie Ray Emery made 23 saves in two periods. Brian Boucher stopped eight shots.


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Sports
5:54 am
Thu September 17, 2009

Ernie Harwell thanks Tigers fans at Comerica Park

DETROIT – Ernie Harwell has said a goodbye of sorts to the Detroit Tigers' fans.

The long-time radio play-by-play man humbly waved to the crowd at Comerica Park on Wednesday night after thanking them for their "devotion, support, loyalty and love." Harwell was the voice of the Tigers for more than 40 years.

He spoke halfway through the third inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals.

Harwell drew loud ovations before and after he came to the batter's box to speak.

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Sports
5:49 am
Thu September 17, 2009

Polanco's RBI single gives Tigers 4-3 win over KC

DETROIT – Placido Polanco hit a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Zach Miner (7-5) and three other relievers kept the Royals scoreless for five innings to help the Tigers stay 4 1/2 games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth to earn his 33rd save in 34 chances.

Adam Everett drove in a pair of runs against Royals starter Lenny DiNardo (0-1), including a tying single that chased him in the sixth.

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Sports
5:45 am
Thu September 17, 2009

"Predictions of Earle" episode 3

EAST LANSING, MI – Welcome sports fans to the third installment of Predictions of Earle. Sports Talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson gives his predictions on the Michigan State Notre Dame match up as well as the "Who is the Man" contest.

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In Michigan
6:11 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

Mich. bill would swap tax credits for scholarships

LANSING, MI – A state lawmaker wants to make sure 96,000 Michigan college students eventually get the state scholarship money they were expecting even if the program is cut during budget negotiations.

The bill announced Wednesday by Republican Rep. Ken Horn of Frankenmuth would create an income tax credit to reimburse students if they don't get as much money as expected through the Michigan Promise scholarship program.

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In Michigan
6:07 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

Michigan jobless rate hits 15.2% in August

LANSING, MI – There were 736,000 people without jobs and looking for work in Michigan last month as the ranks of the unemployed grew by 6,000. Michigan's unemployment rate bumped up very slightly in August to 15.2%. The July rate was 15%.

Bruce Weaver is with the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth. He says the state is not seeing enough new jobs created in other sectors to make up for the loss of factory and construction jobs.

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Top Stories
6:06 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

House, Senate leaders agree on MI spending targets

LANSING, MI – Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon have signed an agreement to cut $1.2 billion in spending to resolve a deficit in the budget year starting Oct. 1.

Bishop says the deal requires no new tax increases.

Lawmakers will be given budget targets and it will left for them to try and come up with plans that could pass both the Democratic-led House and the Republican-led Senate.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

Memorial service held for anti-abortion activist

OWOSSO, MI – A memorial service was held Wednesday in Owosso for anti-abortion activist James Pouillon. Pouillon was shot to death last Friday across the street from Owosso High School.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

BWL chilled water plant starts operation downtown

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Board of Water and Light on Wednesday dedicated its new chilled water facility in downtown Lansing. The plant will provide air conditioning for many downtown office buildings. BWL general Manager Peter Lark says the new facility will save its customers money.

"The plant is 60% more efficient than the old one, which keeps steam costs low for customers and translates into drmatic reductions in greenhouse gases," he said.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

MI budget deal allegedly reached

LANSING, MI – Democratic state House Speaker Andy Dillon and Republican Senator Mike Bishop may have reached a budget deal for the coming fiscal year. It's believed Governor Granholm was not included in their decision.

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In Michigan
3:35 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

Bouchard names Land running mate in gov race

DETROIT – Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard says he will seek the Republican nomination for governor with Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land as his running mate.

Bouchard made the announcement Wednesday in downtown Detroit. Land, who's from the Grand Rapids area, had been considering her own run for governor but said no in June, the same month Bouchard jumped in.

Bouchard says Land's experience means she can step in on the first day and "begin to move the ship."

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In Michigan
3:27 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

Senate says rules should require budgets by June 1

LANSING, MI – The state Senate on Wednesday voted to change the Legislature's rules to speed up the budget process. Senate lawmakers say a new rule should require the House and the Senate to adopt budget plans by June 1.

State Senator Alan Cropsey says budget negotiations should not have gone down to the wire in two of the last three years.

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Sports
6:04 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Dantonio: Don't read too much into Spartans' loss

EAST LANSING, MI – Mark Dantonio knows that his Michigan State Spartans will need to play better this Saturday to win at Notre Dame in a matchup of disappointed 1-1 teams. He also knows
that they can.

A 29-27 loss to Central Michigan left questions for Michigan State about the lack of a rushing attack, a weakness in the secondary and a lack of poise.

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Sports
6:02 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Tigers to honor long-time broadcaster Ernie Harwell

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers will honor Ernie Harwell at Comerica Park.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Harwell will be honored Wednesday night during a game against the Kansas City Royals.

Harwell is expected to address the team before the game and watch it from team owner Mike Ilitch's suite. A video tribute will be shown.

The 91-year-old recently announced he has inoperable cancer.

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Sports
6:00 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Royals rout division-leading Tigers 11-1

DETROIT – Alberto Callaspo, David DeJesus and Miguel Olivo all hit three-run homers, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 11-1 on Tuesday night.

The last-place Royals have beaten the AL Central-leading Tigers five straight times, four in the last eight days.

Robinson Tejada (3-1) beat the Tigers for the second time in less than a week, allowing one run and two hits in five innings.

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In Michigan
8:30 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Granholm administration sends layoff notices to state workers

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's administration formally notified thousands of state workers Tuesday that they will be laid off there is no budget deal by the October first deadline.

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The letter was sent from state department directors to 52,000 state employees. It says state employees will be laid off effective a minute after midnight on October first if there is no budget in place.

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In Michigan
8:23 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Lansing's PHP sold to Blue Care Network

LANSING, MI – Physicians Health Plan---a Lansing-based health maintenance organization---has been sold to a unit of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Terms of the deal were not revealed.

Blue Care Network announced the purchase of the Sparrow-owned HMO on Tuesday. Scott Wilkerson is President and CEO of Physician's Health Plan.

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In Michigan
5:28 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Donohue: free trade will help Michigan economy

Lansing, MI – US Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue says Michigan workers and businesses can recover from the recession by expanding trade with other countries. Donahue spoke Tuesday at the annual meeting of the state Chamber of Commerce.

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In Michigan
5:22 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

MSU Student Democrats protest Beck

Lansing, MI – Student Democrats at Michigan State University are expecting more than 200 people at a protest against TV and radio talk show host Glenn Beck. Beck is scheduled to speak Tuesday evening at the annual meeting of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce in East Lansing.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Report: Great Lakes toxic cleanups lagging badly

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – A federal report says the government is moving so slowly to clean up the most polluted sites in the Great Lakes that it will take 77 more years to finish the job at the current pace.

The inspector general's office with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the report this week.

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Top Stories
3:38 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

MI House and Senate are close to joint targets

LANSING, MI – Michigan's legislative leaders say they are close to an agreement on $1.2 billion in budget cuts. That is the amount of spending rollbacks the state Senate proposed earlier this summer.

But House Speaker Andy Dillon says the Democrats still want more spending than Republicans for K-12 schools, higher education and the Michigan Promise college scholarship.

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WKAR Features
12:48 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Dr. Gary Morgan becomes MSU Museum director

EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The MSU Museum is beginning a new chapter. This week, the 152 year-old East Lansing institution welcomes its new director, Dr. Gary Morgan. WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with Morgan about his new mid-Michigan posting.

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WKAR Features
12:46 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Daniels talks about "Escanaba"

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WKAR Features
11:16 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Daniels talks about "Escanaba"

UNDATED – UNDATED (WKAR) - Actor and playwright Jeff Daniels talks about the opening of his new play "Escanaba" at the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea, Michigan--and what it's like to write, act, play music, and try to keep sane.

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WKAR Features
11:16 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Daniels talks about "Escanaba"

UNDATED – UNDATED (WKAR) - Actor and playwright Jeff Daniels talks about the opening of his new play "Escanaba" at the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea, Michigan--and what it's like to write, act, play music, and try to keep sane.

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Top Stories
10:47 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Bishop says he, Dillon agree to proceed with cuts

LANSING, MI – The top Republican in the Michigan Senate says he and the Democratic House speaker are moving ahead with a plan to balance the state budget with at least $1.2 billion in spending cuts.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop also told WWJ-AM radio Tuesday that there so far is no agreement to take up bills later that would avoid some cuts by raising additional tax revenue.

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In Focus Today
7:22 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Political ambitions play role in MI budget drama

LANSING, MI – Budget talks at the state Capitol dragged into another day with no deal imminent. Legislative leaders say they're continuing to talk in hopes of reaching an agreement with just two weeks before the October first deadline.

There are sincere philosophical differences pitting legislative leaders against each other and Governor Granholm. But political ambitions may also be playing a role as they attempt to negotiate a compromise.

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Sports
5:53 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Shock extend contracts of Nolan, Smith, Pierson

AUBURN HILLS, MI – The Detroit Shock say they've signed contract extensions with Deanna Nolan, Katie Smith and Plenette Pierson.

The team withheld financial terms of the deals announced Monday.

Nolan is a three-time WNBA champion with the Shock. She appeared in 33 games this season and averaged 16.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals.

Smith was the 2008 WNBA Finals MVP and has appeared in 27 games this season for the Shock. She's averaging 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

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Sports
5:48 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Error gives Tiger 6-5 comeback win over Jays

DETROIT – Marco Scutaro's second error of the game allowed Brandon Inge to score from second base in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Monday night.

Pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff belted a tying three-run homer in the ninth and Ryan Raburn also went deep for the American League Central-leading Tigers.

Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion homered for Toronto.

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