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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In Michigan
6:40 am
Mon October 18, 2010

Marijuana law author: MI law should evolve

LANSING, MI – A key figure in Michigan's medical marijuana law says the measure needs to evolve to include a framework for state regulated distribution. Karen O'Keefe was the lead author of the law that was approved by 63% of state voters in 2008.

"We've actually had six states that have either set up or have enacted laws to allow well regulated state level distribution," O'Keefe says. "And I think that it would be wonderful if Michigan were to follow suit and to also have its law evolve."

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Sports
6:36 am
Mon October 18, 2010

Spartans climb to No. 8, top ranking in Big Ten

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State is now No. 8 in the AP poll, the highest ranking of any Big Ten team.

The Spartans moved up from No. 13 after beating Illinois 26-6 on Saturday, and they caught a break when top-ranked Ohio State lost to Wisconsin and dropped 10 spots.

Michigan State plays at Northwestern next weekend, the Spartans' first trip outside the state of Michigan.

Ohio State's loss was big because the Buckeyes aren't on Michigan State's schedule.

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Sports
6:31 am
Mon October 18, 2010

Manning throws 2 TDs as Giants top Lions 28-20

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes to lead the New York Giants to a 28-20 victory over Detroit and send the error-prone Lions to an NFL record-tying 24th straight road loss.

Safety Deon Grant preserved the third straight win for the Giants (4-2) on Sunday by forcing and recovering a fumble by Lions' receiver Nate Burleson at the Giants 42 with about five minutes to go and New York ahead by four points.

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In Michigan
6:25 am
Mon October 18, 2010

Ex-Kalamazoo mayor, MI Senate hopeful Jones dies

KALAMAZOO, MI – Michigan House member and state Senate candidate Robert B. Jones has died. He was 66.

The cause of his death Sunday wasn't immediately known, but the Kalamazoo Gazette says he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer about a year ago.

Jones was a former Kalamazoo mayor and was running for a state Senate seat now held by term-limited Republican Tom George. State Rep. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, also seeks the seat.

Jones has worked as a research chemist and production supervisor at The Upjohn Co. and Pharmacia Corp.

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Sports
11:33 pm
Sat October 16, 2010

Spartans beat Illinois 26-6 improve to 7-0

East Lansing, MI – Michigan State's latest letdown lasted only a half -- and that's one sign these Spartans could be headed for a memorable season.

Kirk Cousins threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Cunningham in the third quarter, helping No. 13 Michigan State to its best start in more than four decades with a 26-6 win over Illinois on Saturday. The Spartans started slowly a week after beating Michigan, but they outscored the Illini 23-0 in the second half.

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WKAR Features
7:15 pm
Fri October 15, 2010

Pat Metheny brings his "orchestrion" to MSU

Pat Metheny and his orchestrion
Wharton Center courtesy photo

EAST LANSING, MI –

Pat Metheny is one of the world's most renowned jazz guitarists.

On Sunday night, he'll bring an ambitious project to the Wharton Center at Michigan State University.

He calls it an "orchestrion". It's a complicated musical device he controls from his guitar. Among the things it includes are pianos, marimbas, bells, and blown bottles.

Metheny talked with WKAR's Scott Pohl.

AUDIO:

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