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10:15 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Town backed by ex-Domino's chief gets 1st pizzeria

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) – Domino's Pizza money may have helped build the new town of Ave Maria, but the first pizza place in the south Florida development will not be part of that chain.

The News-Press of Fort Myers reports that Milano's Pizza will open this fall in the town that serves a new Roman Catholic university. The school and town are both backed by Domino's founder Thomas Monaghan, who sold Domino's in 1998 and has used his fortune to create Ave Maria.

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In Michigan
10:12 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Michigan Senate panel approves Cobo legislation

LANSING, MI (AP) – LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A plan aimed at keeping the North American International Auto Show in southeast Michigan is advancing in the state Legislature.

The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee approved bills Tuesday that would establish a regional authority to oversee Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. The center would be expanded so it could keep the auto show beyond 2010.

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Sports
10:02 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Tigers' Verlander shuts down Royals in 13-1 win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Justin Verlander held slumping Kansas City to five hits through seven scoreless innings and Miguel Cabrera had three RBIs and four of Detroit's season-high 19 hits as the Tigers routed the Royals 13-1.

Gerald Laird, Brandon Inge and Clete Thomas had two RBIs each for the Tigers, who won for the 23rd time in their last 31 outings at Kauffman Stadium and increased their lead over Kansas City to four games in the AL Central.

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Sports
9:57 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Red Wings look to advance in Game 5 for a change

DETROIT (AP) – DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings had 3-1 series leads twice in the playoffs last year and failed to advance on home ice either time.

Detroit did, though, beat the Pittsburgh Penguins to win the Stanley Cup after eliminating the Dallas Stars. Both series ended in Game 6 on the road.

The defending champions would like to make things a little easier on themselves tomorrow night against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

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Sports
9:43 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Lugnuts lose to Kernels

Cedar Rapids, IA – Cedar Rapids, IA (WKAR) - Adam Younger lined a two-run walk-off double off the left field wall with none out in the bottom of the ninth, completing the Cedar Rapids Kernels' 6-5 comeback victory over the Lansing Lugnuts on Memorial Day at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Lugnuts return home to Oldsmobile Park tonight to begin a six-game homestand with a 7:05 p.m. affair against the Burlington Bees.

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WKAR Features
8:39 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Capital Region International Airport opens permanent customs facility

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (WKAR) - The Capital Region International Airport in Lansing has completed a major expansion. Today, the airport is opening the permanent headquarters of its U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Station.

The $4.3 million facility will process cargo and passengers arriving from and departing on international flights.

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In Michigan
8:38 am
Tue May 26, 2009

U.S. Customs station opens in Lansing

Regional leaders cut the ribbon on the new $4.3 million U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Station.
Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

LANSING, Mi – Lansing now becomes only the second Michigan city to offer 24-hour federal customs and inspection services as an international port of entry.

The airport is helping to develop a network of industries that will function as a foreign trade zone to process goods in and out of the region. Lansing businessman Chris Holman points to alternative energy products such as wind turbines as an example.

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In Michigan
6:26 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Gay rights rally planned following California marriage ruling

(Lansing, MI) – Supporters of same-sex marriage plan to rally in front of the state Capitol tonight. The rally is timed to follow an expected decision by the California Supreme Court on same-sex marriage.

Organizers say the rally will take place regardless of whether California's high court upholds or rejects a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. Michigan has a similar ban on place. An amendment to the Michigan Constitution was approved by voters in 2004 by a margin of 60 percent to 40 percent.

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In Michigan
6:00 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Port Lansing Customs Station opens today

(Lansing, MI) – (Lansing, MI) - The Capital Region International Airport in Lansing is opening a new federal customs inspection station today. The move makes the airfield only the second in Michigan to offer 24-hour customs services for international flights.

The 17,000 thousand square foot checkpoint will process passengers and cargo arriving on international flights. Regional businesses see the facility as a tool for penetrating global export markets, and to ship incoming goods faster.

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In Michigan
9:37 am
Mon May 25, 2009

Obama may announce Supreme Court pick as early as Tuesday

(Washington, DC) – Washington, DC (AP) - The White House is preparing to announce President Barack Obama's pick to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Those involved with Obama's decision hint that it could come as early as tomorrow.

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In Michigan
9:33 am
Mon May 25, 2009

Granholm asks Michigan to honor war dead

Lansing, MI – (Lansing, MI) - AP
Governor Granholm used her weekly radio address to encourage people to recall members of the armed forces from Michigan who've been killed in combat.

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In Michigan
9:28 am
Mon May 25, 2009

Toyota denies report on possible GM hybrid deal

Tokyo, Japan – TOKYO (AP) - Toyota is denying a Japanese media report that it is studying a possible deal to offer its hybrid technology to General Motors Corp. if the Detroit automaker expresses any interest.

The Yomiuri, Japan's largest newspaper, says Toyota is looking into the possibility of offering its hybrid technology to GM. The report says Toyota sees it as an opportunity to make its hybrid technology more widespread.

Toyota is the maker of the Prius, the world's top-selling hybrid.

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In Michigan
10:59 pm
Fri May 22, 2009

Michigan's jobless rate again nation's highest

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Michigan's April jobless rate of 12.9% percent was once again the highest in the nation.

This month marks almost three years that Michigan has had the nation's highest jobless rate, or tied with another state for the distinction. Oregon was second on the list released by the U-S Department of Labor with an unemployment rate in April of 12%, .9 behind Michigan.

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In Michigan
10:58 pm
Fri May 22, 2009

Lawmakers want Obama to slow down on GM, Chrysler

Washington, DC – Washington, DC (AP) - Dozens of Congress members want the Obama administration to slow down the restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler, because they're worried the process could cost tens of thousands of jobs. A group of 36 lawmakers, mostly Republican, wrote President Barack Obama to ask his administration's auto task force to slow down its work.

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In Michigan
10:57 pm
Fri May 22, 2009

GM borrows additional $4 billion from government

New York, NY – New York, NY (AP) - General Motors Corp. says it has borrowed an additional $4 billion from the U.S. government.

GM had already borrowed $15.4 billion and previously said it would need to borrow an additional $2.6 billion more by June 1. But in a regulatory filing Friday, GM says it needs an extra $1.4 billion before that date. The company borrowed the additional money Friday.

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In Michigan
6:07 pm
Fri May 22, 2009

Holiday travellers expected to number one-million plus in Michigan

(Detroit, MI) – (Detroit, MI) - Drivers planning to travel this Memorial Day weekend will see slightly higher gas prices.

AAA Michigan says gas prices typically rise as the summer tourism season begins. Spokesperson Nancy Cain says the prices won't be anywhere near last year's record highs: "The interesting thing this year is gas prices have been significantly lower than the same time last year. For example right now gas prices are about a $1.58 less a gallon than they were the same time last year."

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Arts & Culture
2:38 pm
Fri May 22, 2009

Under the Radar: Raphael reviews The End Game

East Lansing, MI – In our Under the Radar segment, book reviewer Lev Raphael reviews "Burn Notice: The End Game" by Tod Goldberg. It's a recession special--a mass-market paperback that crosses over into the land of TV, but is still a good read even if you don't know the program it's based on.

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In Michigan
1:23 pm
Fri May 22, 2009

Upper Peninsula forest fires mostly contained

Traverse City, MI – Traverse City, MI (AP) - Crews have mostly reined in two wildfires in the Upper Peninsula, but officials say the danger of other fires breaking out remains high across northern Michigan.

Teams were winning the battle against fires in Marquette and
Baraga counties Friday morning.

The Department of Natural Resources says the 811-acre fire
southwest of Ishpeming is 98% contained. 33 structures have been lost, including 21 homes. No injuries have been reported.

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In Michigan
1:22 pm
Fri May 22, 2009

Michigan's jobless rate still tops in U.S.

(Washington, DC) – Washington, DC (AP) - New U.S. Labor Department figures show Michigan's unemployment rate again topped the nation in April at 12.9%.

The state lost 38,400 jobs in the month, trailing California and Texas in that category, as the recession continued its toll on U.S. workers. Employers in California slashed 63,700 positions, the most in the country.

Michigan's jobless rate was followed by Oregon at 12%, South
Carolina at 11.5% and Rhode Island at 11.1%.

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In Michigan
10:16 am
Fri May 22, 2009

Demmer lays off 125

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (AP) - Lansing-based Demmer Corp. has announced it's laying off about 125 employees because of a delay in securing military manufacturing work.

The Lansing State Journal reports Thursday the defense, aerospace and automotive supplier is awaiting a contract that has been pushed back from May 1 to late June. Demmer hopes to recall the workers once the contract is awarded.

Demmer also laid off 80 employees in October.

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In Michigan
7:32 am
Fri May 22, 2009

Michigan Senate holds Memorial Day ceremony

(Lansing, MI) – (Lansing, MI) - The Michigan Senate honored military veterans Thursday. The annual Memorial Day ceremony includes reading the names of the state's servicemembers killed over the past year. This year, 15 names were read.

The Michigan Public Radio Network's Laura Weber files this audio postcard.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Thu May 21, 2009

AG Cox challenges Blues rate hikes

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN)
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox is challenging Blue Cross-Blue Shield's plans to raise the insurance rates paid by people who buy their own coverage.

Most people still get health coverage through their employers. But that's a shrinking share of the insurance market. The still-small but fastest-growing segment is people who buy their own insurance because they've lost their job, or their employer does not offer health coverage.

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In Michigan
4:54 pm
Thu May 21, 2009

Bernero calls for trade reforms to ensure green energy jobs

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR News)
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says a new federal aid package for auto worker retraining should be joined to trade reforms to keep jobs in the U.S.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Thu May 21, 2009

UAW says it has tentative deal with GM, government

Detroit, MI – DETROIT (AP)
General Motors has nailed down another deal in its battle to stay out of bankruptcy court. It's struck a cost-cutting agreement with the United Auto Workers union.

The tentative three-way deal between the UAW, GM and the government would cut the cost of labor, close plants and change the way health care for retirees is funded.

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In Michigan
12:07 pm
Thu May 21, 2009

Study: Michigan mammals rapidly migrating north

Traverse City, MI – TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP)
Scientists say some of Michigan's mammal species are migrating rapidly northward, probably because of climate change.

Researchers studied records of nine common mammals such as opossums, white-footed mice and eastern chipmunks. They found that species historically from the South are gaining ground in northern Michigan. Meanwhile, historically northern species are declining.

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In Michigan
12:00 pm
Thu May 21, 2009

Auto recovery leader announces $50 million in aid

Dayton, Ohio – DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The federal government is making $50 million in federal funds available for green energy job training in communities hurt by layoffs in the auto industry.

President Obama's director of recovery for auto communities and workers Ed Montgomery announced the program Thursday in Dayton. He says funds will be used to train workers for jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors. It also will provide counseling and placement services to laid-off autoworkers.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Wed May 20, 2009

Michigan House approves hate crime legislation

Lansing, MI – LANSING, Mich. (AP)
The definition of a hate crime in Michigan would be expanded through legislation approved by the state House.

The Democratic-led chamber approved the bills by 66-43 votes Wednesday mostly along party lines. The legislation now goes to the Republican-led Senate where a similar House-approved measure died last year.

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In Michigan
6:11 pm
Wed May 20, 2009

Broadband summit urges libraries to upgrade web service

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR)
Michigan libraries need to upgrade their internet service if they want to better serve their clients. That was the message Wednesday at the Michigan Broadband Summit in East Lansing.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Wed May 20, 2009

Group says health ins is too concentrated

East Lansing, MI (WKAR News) – East Lansing, MI (WKAR News)
A national health care advocacy organization says the high consolidation of private insurance companies in Michigan is driving up the cost of premiums for individuals and businesses.

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Sports
11:21 am
Wed May 20, 2009

Red Wings take 2-0 lead in Western Conference final

(Detroit, MI) – DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings have taken a two-games-to-none lead over Chicago in their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Western Conference final. The Wings beat the 'Hawks last night in overtime 3-2 as Mikael Samuelsson scored the winning goal.

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