WKAR Features
10:13 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Cooley Prof's white paper recommends new state pot law

Cooley Law School Professor Gerry Fisher.
WKAR photo

LANSING, MI – Professor Gerry Fisher is a long-time municipal law attorney. He's currently on the faculty of Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills. He says the recent law has created a huge challenge by creating a "parallel system" in which marijuana use is permissible for some, but not for others. His lengthy policy paper recommends a new Michigan marijuana law. WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with Professor Fisher in the offices of the Michigan Municipal League in downtown Lansing.

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In Michigan
5:51 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Appeals court to review sentence in MSU arson

EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (AP) - A woman who committed arson at Michigan State University and other acts of violent protest is asking a federal appeals court to throw out her long prison sentence.

The Cincinnati-based court will hear arguments Tuesday from Marie Mason's lawyer, who says a sentence of nearly 22 years is excessive. It's considered the longest in the U.S. for acts of eco-terrorism.

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In Michigan
5:47 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Michigan Chamber gives $5.4M to GOP governors fund

LANSING, MI –


The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has given $5.4 million to the Republican Governors Association, which is running negative ads against Democratic candidate Virg Bernero.

The nonpartisan Michigan Campaign Finance Network said Tuesday that the governor's association reported the giving in third-quarter reports to the Internal Revenue Service.

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In Michigan
5:46 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Lansing City Council rejects Gillespie projects again

Lansing, MI – The Lansing City Council again failed to move forward on tax incentives for a pair of redevelopment projects.

The Gillespie Group wants an expanded tax incentive package for its Marketplace and Marshall Street Armory developments.

Lansing Mayor Virg Benero's Chief of Staff Jerry Ambrose says the administration will continue negotiation to move the projects forward.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Bernero: revenue sharing is priority, but not safe

LANSING, MI –


Democratic candidate for governor Virg Bernero says he cannot promise that state payments to local government services would not be reduced if he is elected. He says those services, such as police and fire, are a top priority. But he also says it's important to make sure the services are running efficiently.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Blue Cross-Blue Shield sued by Justice Dept., Michigan attorney general

LANSING, MI –
Michigan's attorney general and the U.S. Justice Department are suing Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, the lawsuit says Blue Cross is driving up health care costs at hospitals by stifling competition between insurance companies.

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The lawsuit accuses Blue Cross of price rigging by forcing hospitals to charge other insurance companies more for the same services.

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Granholm off to Stockholm

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm is in Sweden this week as she wraps up what is likely her final economic development trip overseas. The governor says the Swedish trip is focused on meeting with renewable energy companies and convincing them to locate or expand in Michigan.

This is the governor's 11th trip to Europe or Asia in search of jobs. She says her administration's plan has been to focus on some specific growth industries and countries that offer partnerships in those sectors.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Campaign for Dems AG candidate wants GOP ad pulled

DETROIT –


Democratic attorney general candidate David Leyton's campaign wants a Michigan Republican Party TV ad attacking him pulled, claiming the woman it features made an anti-Semitic statement online.

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In Michigan
4:11 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

5 states make final pitch in Asian carp case

CHICAGO –
Lawyers for five states seeking the immediate closure of Chicago-area shipping locks to stop the spread of Asian carp have made final arguments in federal court.

Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin say the move would ensure the invasive fish won't overrun the Great Lakes and decimate a $7 billion-a-year fishing industry.

Judge Robert Dow's questions during a three-hour hearing Monday in Chicago focused on the reliability of environmental DNA tests indicating the fish may already be near Lake Michigan.

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WKAR Features
10:53 am
Mon October 18, 2010

MSU-Dubai's remaining graduate degree program

Kevin Dunseath Courtesy photo

EAST LANSING, MI –

While Michigan State University has ended undergraduate programs at its campus in Dubai, one Masters program, in Human Resources and Labor Relations, remains. Fourteen students are currently enrolled in the program.

WKAR's Scott Pohl recently spoke with the interim director of MSU-Dubai, Kevin Dunseath on a somewhat unstable phone line from the United Arab Emirates.
They talked about student morale, and how hard Dubai was hit by the worldwide economic crisis.

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