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10:17 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Brazil: More debris from crashed jet found

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, Brazil (AP) – FERNANDO DE NORONHA, Brazil (AP) - A Brazilian air force spokesman says more debris from the crashed Air France jet has been spotted.

The new debris includes what appears to be a seven-meter (23-foot) long chunk of the plane. But Col. Jorge Amaral says there were no obvious markings that would identify the jet.

Amaral says no bodies were seen in the latest wreckage spotted about 90 kilometers (55 miles) south of where the main debris field lies.

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WKAR Features
9:57 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Peter Leonard joins father Elmore Leonard in writing crime fiction

East Lansing, MI – Elmore Leonard might be America's most famous writer of crime fiction.

The author of "Get Shorty" and "Be Cool" is 83 now, and he's just published "Road Dogs", his 43rd novel.

His son, Peter Leonard, has become a published novelist, too. His second book, "Trust Me," just came out.

They'll appear together at a book-signing event Thursday night at the Schuler Book Store in the Eastwood Towne Center.

WKAR's Scott Pohl interviewed both Leonards.

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In Michigan
8:34 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Senate Republicans further delay legislation

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - Michigan Senate Republicans put drug company immunity legislation on the backburner Tuesday, delaying action until October.

State Senate Democrats say the GOP was showing cowardice by further delaying a vote on the legislation. The bills would repeal the law protecting pharmaceutical companies from being sued over FDA-approved drugs.

But Republicans say Democrats are playing partisan games when they should be focused on budget issues and a collapsing auto industry.

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In Michigan
8:32 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Report designates promising areas for wind farms

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - A state commission has identified regions bordering Lake Michigan and Lake Huron as the most promising zones in Michigan to locate wind farms.

The regions are the northern tip of the Thumb, and areas north and south of Grand Traverse Bay in northwest Michigan. The report by the Michigan Wind Energy Resource Zone board also identifies more land near the Lake Michigan shoreline and in the Thumb, as well as the Upper Peninsula's Keewanau Peninsula as areas with potential.

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In Michigan
8:19 am
Wed June 3, 2009

GOP field getting crowded

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - A fifth prospect has entered the already-crowded field of G-O-P candidates for governor. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard has formed a campaign committee, and went on an announcement tour Wednesday.

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In Michigan
8:18 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Locke says government ready to help business and auto communities hit by recession

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI - (WKAR) U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says the federal government is making $27 million in grants available to communities struggling due to the decline of American automakers.

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Nation
6:57 am
Wed June 3, 2009

White House requests flu-fighting funding

WASHINGTON (AP) – WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is asking Congress for $2 billion to help prepare for a possible swine flu pandemic.

The request is included in a huge funding bill for military and diplomatic efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

President Barack Obama requested the new anti-flu funding out of "an abundance of caution" even as the panic surrounding the swine flu outbreak has faded considerably.

Obama also sent lawmakers a request for $200 million in humanitarian aid to Pakistan.

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Sports
6:05 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Lugnuts win against TinCaps

(FORT WAYNE, IN) – The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Fort Wayne TinCaps Tuesday night at Parkview Field, 4-3.

The Lugnuts and TinCaps play the second game of their four-game series tonight at 7:05.

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Sports
6:03 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Matsuzaka gets first win, 5-1 over Tigers

DETROIT (AP) – DETROIT (AP) - Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched five strong innings to win for the first time this season and manager Terry Francona earned his 500th victory as the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1.

Francona became the third Boston manager to reach that plateau with the Red Sox, joining Joe Cronin (1,071) and Mike Higgins (560).

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Sports
6:01 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Penguins beat Red Wings in Game 3 of Cup finals

PITTSBURGH (AP) – PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sergei Gonchar scored the go-ahead goal with 9:31 left in the third period and Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.

The Penguins won at home after losing twice on the road against the defending champions just as they did last year in the finals.

Pittsburgh's Max Talbot scored 4:38 into the game and had an empty-net goal.

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Top Stories
5:52 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Chrysler, GM heads on Capitol Hill today

WASHINGTON (AP) –

WASHINGTON (AP) - Top Chrysler and GM officials go before a Senate panel today to discuss their transformations.

With thousands of jobs and dealerships about to disappear, Chrysler President James Press and GM CEO Fritz Henderson can expect some tough questions about the upheaval hitting the auto industry.

Lawmakers charge that shutting down dealerships won't do much to help the companies. Some are concerned the Chrysler closings are happening too quickly, with less than a month's notice.

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In Michigan
10:22 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

MSU's non-tenure track faculty vote to unionize

EAST LANSING, Mich. – EAST LANSING, MI (AP) - Non-tenure track faculty members at Michigan State University have voted to unionize.

Non-tenure track faculty lack long-term job security and generally get lower pay than tenure-track teachers.

Organizer Richard Manderfield says Friday's vote was 240 to 113 in favor of unionizing.

He says the group will draft a contract proposal and hopes to begin negotiations in the fall.

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In Michigan
6:14 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Report designates promising areas for wind farms

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI - (MPRN) A state commission has identified regions bordering Lake Michigan and Lake Huron as the most promising zones in Michigan to locate wind farms. The regions are the northern tip of the Thumb, and areas north and south of Grand Traverse Bay in northwest Michigan.

The report by the Michigan Wind Energy Resource Zone board also identifies more land near the Lake Michigan shoreline and in the Thumb, as well as the Upper Peninsula's Keewanau Peninsula as areas with potential.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Senate Republicans further delay legislation

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Michigan Senate Republicans put drug company immunity legislation on the backburner Tuesday, delaying action until October.

State Senate Democrats say the G-O-P was showing cowardice by further delaying a vote on the legislation. The bills would repeal the law protecting pharmaceutical companies from being sued over F-D-A-approved drugs.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

GM's May sales down 30% but improving

Detroit – Detroit (AP) - A day after filing for bankruptcy protection, automaker General Motors Corp. says its U.S. sales in May fell 30% from a year ago but were 11% better than in April.

GM said Tuesday that improved consumer confidence levels last month helped buyers shrug off concerns about the automaker's impending Chapter 11 filing.

GM says it sold 191,875 cars and light trucks in May.

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In Michigan
4:24 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Labor secretary pledges $49M in aid for Michigan

Romulus, MI – Romulus, MI (AP) - U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has announced an additional $49 million in federal aid to help Michigan workers who lose their jobs because of foreign trade. The announcement comes Tuesday as Solis and other cabinet officials are touring Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. The region has been hard hit by the loss of automotive and other manufacturing jobs.

Solis made the announcement at a General Motors Corp. plant in Romulus. GM filed for bankruptcy this week.

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In Michigan
3:32 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

School leaders, public discuss growing budget shortfall

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR) - The Lansing School District is meeting Tuesday evening to discuss how to address its growing budget deficit. School Board President Hugh Clarke says changing state rules on paying for all-day Kindergarten could add several million dollars to the district's tab. Lansing also expects enrollment to fall by up to a thousand next year. That means millions fewer state dollars. District planners now expect a deficit as high as $18-million.

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In Michigan
12:25 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Cabinet secretaries to visit Mich., 3 other states

LANSING, Mich. – LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The man in charge of the White House's efforts to help auto-dependent communities and workers get back on their feet is returning to Michigan.

Ed Montgomery will attend meetings today in hard-hit Pontiac and attend events in Romulus and Detroit with two other federal officials.

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Sports
11:33 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Detroit commission votes to level Tiger Stadium

DETROIT (AP) – DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit city commission has voted to demolish the section of Tiger Stadium left standing after much of the historic ballpark was knocked down last year.

The city's Economic Development Corp. board voted 7-1 on Tuesday to authorize the complete demolition of the stadium.

Detroit Economic Growth Corp. vice president Waymon Guillebeaux says the stadium will be leveled as soon as a contract is negotiated with a contractor.

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Science/Tech
10:48 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Michigan identifies 4 regions with wind potential

LANSING, Mich. – LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A state board has identified four regions in Michigan with the most potential to harvest wind into energy.

Region 1 includes parts of Allegan County southwest of Grand Rapids.

Region 2 includes parts of Antrim and Charlevoix counties northeast of Traverse City.

Region 3 includes parts of Benzie, Leelanau and Manistee counties to the west and south of Traverse City.

And Region 4 includes parts of Huron, Sanilac, Tuscola, Bay and Saginaw counties.

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Science/Tech
10:43 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Warning on antidepressants has been followed by decline in diagnoses

CHICAGO (AP) – CHICAGO (AP) - Researchers are finding a persistent decline in the rate of Americans -- especially children -- who are newly diagnosed with depression. But that doesn't mean there are fewer cases of it.

The decline followed the first federal warning on risks connected with antidepressant drugs. And the researchers believe that the warning may have helped reverse a five-year trend of rising rates of diagnosis for depression.

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Science/Tech
10:37 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Celexa failed autism study; kids got side effects

CHICAGO (AP) – CHICAGO (AP) - A study finds an antidepressant often prescribed for treating autism doesn't work for most kids.

The drug, Celexa, was found to cause nightmares and other side effects.

Celexa is not approved for treating autism. However, many doctors have prescribed it, thinking it might help prevent repetitive behaviors such as spinning, twirling and head-banging that are hallmark autism symptoms.

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Science/Tech
10:34 am
Tue June 2, 2009

The poop on finding penguins: Follow the guano

WASHINGTON (AP) – WASHINGTON (AP) - It does a number on researchers' boots and smells really bad, but the fact that penguin poo on Antarctic ice can be spotted from space is helping researchers.

In an area about one-and-a-half times bigger than the United States, researchers have been unable to figure out just where colonies of emperor penguins live and if their population is in peril.

But because the large penguins stay on the same ice for months, their poo stains make them stand out from space.

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Science/Tech
10:12 am
Tue June 2, 2009

2 at UM share $18M to probe breast cancer therapy

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Two University of Michigan researchers will share in an $18 million grant to study breast cancer therapies targeted at specific forms of the disease.

Drs. Max Wicha and Arul Chinnaiyan will participate in a three-year study sponsored by the group Stand Up to Cancer. The university says the group supports "groundbreaking research aimed at getting new cancer treatments to patients in an
accelerated timeframe."

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In Michigan
9:58 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Former East Lansing mayor Sam Singh returns from trip around the world

On many of his stops, Sam Singh posed for pictures with his MSU flag. Here he is at Machu Picchu, Peru.
Sam Singh

EAST LANSING, MI – When Sam Singh left the East Lansing mayor's office, he really left. Singh spent 17 months traveling the world, visiting places he'd always wanted to go.

It wasn't all fun and games; along the way, he worked on a number of volunteer projects. In all, Singh visited 46 countries...and he lost 40 pounds. He's back now, and WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke with him about the physical toll of all that travel.

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In Michigan
9:51 am
Tue June 2, 2009

GM bankruptcy is the start of something new

(Lansing, MI) – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Governor Granholm says the General Motors bankruptcy is a tragedy for the company that once represented the nation's industrial might. She says it's also a tragedy for the workers who relied on it for a living. But the governor and the other political leaders also hope it represents progress toward some good news for the state with the most-challenged economy in the nation.

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Business
7:47 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Incentive planned to lure Fiat to Detroit suburb

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - The mayor of Sterling Heights says state and local officials expect to present an incentive plan this month aimed at luring Fiat to a Chrysler assembly plant set to close by the end of 2010.

Italy's Fiat is taking a stake in Chrysler as part of the Auburn Hills-based carmaker's reorganization. Chrysler filed for Chapter 11 protection April 30 and seeks to emerge soon.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm has said she wants to interest Fiat in building its small cars in Michigan.

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Nation
7:40 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Sotomayor to make her Capitol Hill debut

WASHINGTON (AP) – WASHINGTON (AP) - Appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor is heading to Capitol Hill for a series of informal chats with top senators who will play a key role in considering her nomination to the Supreme Court.

Sotomayor's schedule Tuesday is packed with half-hour meetings known as "courtesy calls." The sessions help set a courtly tone of the debate over her nomination and provide Sotomayor with some face-time with senators.

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Nation
7:04 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Obama heads for Mideast in Muslim outreach effort

WASHINGTON (AP) – WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama heads for Saudi Arabia today on his latest mission to improve battered ties with the Muslim world.

He'll meet with Saudi King Abdullah in Riyahd at the start of the six-day, four-country trip. It's his second meeting with the king in three months. The two leaders are expected to discuss issues, including rising oil prices and Saudi concerns that Iran may be secretly developing a nuclear bomb.

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World
6:18 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Investigators ponder disappearance of Air France jet over Atlantic

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - What happened to Air France Flight 447?

Investigators are considering several theories about why the plane disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean with 228 people on board.

The plane left Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night en route to Paris.

A few hours into the flight, it sent an automated message that its electrical system had failed. That was the last communication.

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