Sports
5:46 am
Wed September 29, 2010

Cabrera on crutches with sprained right ankle

CLEVELAND – Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is out of the lineup with a sprained right ankle, and it's not clear when he'll return.

He was on crutches in the clubhouse Tuesday before what was scheduled to be the second game of a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians. The game was postponed because of rain.

Cabrera was injured on a pickoff attempt at first base Monday night. He landed awkwardly as he got back to the bag safely. He limped to the dugout, and X-rays were negative.

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Sports
5:44 am
Wed September 29, 2010

Tigers-Indians postponed by rain

CLEVELAND – The game between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians was postponed by rain Tuesday night.

A steady drizzle kept the field covered and forced the teams into a doubleheader on Wednesday, scheduled to start at 4:05 p.m.

It will be the Indians' final home games of the season.

A year ago, the Indians concluded their home season with a makeup doubleheader.
Cleveland split two games with the Chicago White Sox to end their 2009 home season.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Tue September 28, 2010

MI legislature nears end of budget work

LANSING, MI –
Lawmakers are just a few days away from the deadline to finish the state budget. They approved a few more pieces Tuesday, but there's still work to be done.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Tue September 28, 2010

Jay Vincent pleads guilty in Internet scam

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –
Former Michigan State basketball star Jay Vincent has pleaded guilty to two crimes linked to a $2 million Internet scam.

Vincent pleaded guilty Tuesday to a fraud charge and a tax charge in federal court in Grand Rapids.

Prosecutors say the 51-year-old Vincent and an associate defrauded 20,000 people by charging them to become certified home inspectors through a business called Foreclosure Bank Inspection Co.

The government says no inspectors were hired and the business had no contracts with banks.

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Top Stories
3:43 pm
Tue September 28, 2010

Universities would take cut in Mich. budget plan

LANSING, MI –
The Michigan Legislature has approved a budget plan that would cut state aid to universities by about 2.8% in the upcoming fiscal year.

The measure was approved by a 31-6 vote Tuesday in the Republican-led Senate and a 61-43 vote in the Democratic-led House.

Universities would not be required to file reports with the state related to embryonic stem cell research.

The Legislature is trying to erase a projected $484 million budget deficit before the new fiscal year begins Friday.

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Sports
2:27 pm
Tue September 28, 2010

Mark Dantonio returns to coach Spartans

East Lansing, MI – Michigan State's Mark Dantonio plans to be in a coaching box above the field Saturday when the No. 24 Spartans face No. 11 Wisconsin, just two weeks after he was hospitalized following a mild heart attack.

Dantonio announced his intentions Tuesday after showing up at the team's weekly news conference.

"I'm going to ease back into this much like anybody would after any injury," Dantonio said. "I'm going to listen to our doctors, but I am going to ease back into this and do something daily with our football team."

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In Michigan
10:28 am
Tue September 28, 2010

Automakers, utilities say they're ready for plug-in electric vehicles

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Public Service commission heard from automakers and utility companies Monday about plans to roll out new plug-in electric vehicles.

Automakers have been working with electric power companies to make sure the vehicles don't overtax the power grid as they become more popular.

Anthony Earley is the Chairman of DTE Energy. He says the state's power grid has plenty of capacity to meet the overall demand. But Earley says utilities will have to make sure local communities are up to par.

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WKAR Features
9:07 am
Tue September 28, 2010

"Smoking fetish" videos worry MSU researcher

EAST LANSING, MI –
A Michigan State University researcher is shedding light on an
exotic segment of the internet that she and some others find disturbing. In it, women---usually young and often provocatively dressed----appear in videos and ritualistically smoke cigarettes. MSU Professor Hye-Jin Paek worries the videos may be a new hurdle in efforts to control tobacco use among young people. WKAR's Mark Bashore has more on the bizarre world of "smoking fetishism."

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In Michigan
8:29 am
Tue September 28, 2010

Michigan secretary of state debate to be held October 8

EAST LANSING, MI –


Michigan secretary of state candidates Ruth Johnson and Jocelyn Benson are expected to meet for a debate next month.

The campaigns confirmed Tuesday that Johnson, the Republican Oakland County clerk, would debate Benson, a Democratic Wayne State University law professor.

The two will meet Oct. 8 at the WKAR television studios in East Lansing.

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Sports
6:25 am
Tue September 28, 2010

McGrady feeling healthy after arriving in Detroit

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Tracy McGrady says he feels healthy and at ease after knee problems ruined his last two seasons.

McGrady is with the Detroit Pistons now and will compete for playing time with Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince, who are trying to rebound from their own injury-plagued seasons. The Pistons went 27-55 in 2009-10.

McGrady met with reporters at media day Monday and says he went through "a lot of dark nights" while trying to recover.

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