In Michigan
7:14 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

Dems air statewide attack ad against Justice Young

LANSING, MI –


The Michigan Democratic Party is running its first statewide TV ad against Republican Supreme Court Justice Robert Young Jr., linking him to the oil spill last summer in the Kalamazoo River.

The ad unveiled Wednesday says Michigan citizens won't be able to hold Enbridge Inc. accountable because of a 2007 court decision supported by Young.

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In Michigan
7:10 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

AP source: Clinton to campaign for Mich Democrats

LANSING, MI –


Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Michigan Sunday to campaign for Democratic candidates.

A person with knowledge of the plans tells The Associated Press that Clinton will campaign with gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero in Detroit. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the visit had not been officially announced.

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In Michigan
6:38 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

State jobless rate drops slightly to 13 percent

LANSING, MI –

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In Michigan
6:05 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

Poll shows Democratic Reps. Schauer, Peters ahead

LANSING, MI –


A new poll shows Democratic U.S. Reps. Mark Schauer and Gary Peters apparently are leading in the 7th and 9th districts.

The EPIC-MRA poll shows 45% back Schauer while 39% support former GOP Rep. Tim Walberg. Seven percent back a third-party candidate, and 9% were undecided.

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In Michigan
5:36 am
Wed October 20, 2010

Stevens T. Mason to lie in state under the dome

Stevens T. Mason

LANSING, MI – For decades, little attention was paid to Michigan's first governor. This summer, Detroit officials remodeling a downtown park dug up the remains of Stevens T. Mason. They plan to move his body to a new plot. But before that happens, Mason will lie in state at the Capitol in Lansing.
WKAR's Gretchen Millich has our story.

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In Michigan
6:39 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Committee decides who will replace Rep. Jones on ballot

KALAMAZOO, MI –


A Democratic committee met Tuesday night in Kalamazoo to decide who will replace Representative Robert Jones on the November ballot. Kalamazoo mayor Bobby Hopewell was chosen.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

MI court rule would allow law students to argue cases

LANSING, MI –
The Michigan Supreme Court is expected to vote Wednesday on a rule that would allow law students who work at legal clinics to argue appeals for clients. Paul Reingold is the director of the Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

MI regulators identify 41 agents in securities case

LANSING, MI –
Michigan regulators say they have identified 41 insurance agents who were selling what state officials consider fraudulent investment products connected to a Kalamazoo area company called American Benefit Concepts.

The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation says Tuesday the agents weren't licensed to sell securities products in Michigan.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Mich. governor to receive Swedish Polar Star award

LANSING, MI –
The king of Sweden will award Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm one of his country's highest awards.

King Carl XVI Gustaf on Thursday will present Granholm with Sweden's Insignia of First Commander, Order of the Polar Star. It's for her work fostering relations between Michigan and Sweden to promote clean energy.

The ceremony is at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

The Order of the Polar Star was created in 1798. It's awarded to foreigners and members of the Swedish royal family for services to Sweden.

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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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