WKAR Features
7:37 am
Thu September 30, 2010

Muffitt previews MasterWorks 2

Lansing Symphony Orchestra conductor Timothy Muffitt.
Courtesy photo

EAST LANSING, MI – The Lansing Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks 2 concert is Friday at the Wharton Center. WKAR's Melissa Ingells spoke with conductor Timothy Muffitt recently about the concert, which features pianist Michael Gurt on the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1.

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Sports
6:46 am
Thu September 30, 2010

Gaborik has goal, assist in NYR 5-1 win over Wings

NEW YORK – Marian Gaborik had a goal and assist in New York's three-goal first period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves in going the distance to lead the Rangers to a 5-1 preseason victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Gaborik put the Rangers ahead 1-0 just one minute in with his third goal. He also helped set up defenseman Mike Sauer's first goal that made it 3-0 with 58.1 seconds remaining in the frame.

Gaborik led the team with 42 goals and 86 points in his first season with New York.

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Sports
6:44 am
Thu September 30, 2010

Rookies Talbot and Tomlin win as Indians sweep Tigers

CLEVELAND – Mitch Talbot and Josh Tomlin both finished their rookie seasons with wins as the Cleveland Indians swept a doubleheader from the Detroit Tigers, 4-0 and 4-3, Wednesday night.

Tomlin (6-4) went five innings to beat Tigers ace Justin Verlander (18-9) after Talbot (10-13) pitched seven innings for only his third win in his last 13 starts to beat Max Scherzer (12-11) in the opener.

Cleveland tied its season-high six-game winning streak and beat the Tigers for the eighth straight time at home.

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In Michigan
6:40 am
Thu September 30, 2010

Michigan might allow Sunday morning liquor sales

LANSING, MI – It might soon be legal to sell liquor in Michigan on Sunday mornings.

The Michigan Legislature on Wednesday approved a wide-ranging bill that would allow for alcohol sales starting at 7 a.m. on Sunday. Dealers would have to buy special $160 licenses to get permission to sell on Sunday morning.

Current law bans Sunday morning alcohol sales.

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In Michigan
6:38 am
Thu September 30, 2010

MSU athletes accused of sexual assault

EAST LANSING, MI – Two Michigan State University basketball players have been accused of sexual assault, but the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office has decided not to file charges.

Names of the accused and the alleged victim have not been made public.

The Michigan Messenger website reports that the alleged assault occurred in Wonders Hall in late August.

According to a police report, one of the players made a statement that backs up the story told by the alleged victim.

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In Michigan
6:23 pm
Wed September 29, 2010

Michigan takes steps to keep federal road funds

LANSING, MI –
It looks like Michigan won't lose nearly $500 million in federal road dollars after all.

A legislative conference committee on Wednesday drafted a plan to raise the $84 million Michigan needed to put up in matching funds to get the federal dollars.

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Top Stories
6:18 pm
Wed September 29, 2010

New state budget is in sight

LANSING, MI –
The Legislature is nearly done with the state budget. Lawmakers are expected to wrap up the work Wednesday evening.

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The state House has approved all the department budgets, but not before tempers flared over the controversial spending plan for the Department of Human Services. Lawmakers also approved a measure that keeps discussions alive on a possible second bridge between Detroit and Canada.

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In Michigan
6:11 pm
Wed September 29, 2010

Michigan schools would get cuts restored in budget

LANSING, MI –
Michigan's public schools will get more money through a distribution of federal assistance approved by the state Legislature.

The Republican-led Senate and Democratic-led House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that will restore $154 per student to every district in the state in the fiscal year that starts Friday. That essentially would return schools to at least the annual minimum of $7,316 per student that districts were supposed to get before budget cuts in the 2009-10 fiscal year.

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In Michigan
5:42 pm
Wed September 29, 2010

Mich. state worker retirement bill clears hurdle

LANSING, MI –
The Michigan Senate has given a bill that would create a retirement incentive package for state government workers immediate effect after it gets signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

The procedural vote Wednesday would allow the law to take effect roughly three months earlier than it would have otherwise.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Wed September 29, 2010

MI legislature rescues "boot camp" from budget axe

LANSING, MI –
The Legislature has voted to keep open the state's "boot camp" for first-time, non-violent felons. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, the facility would have been forced to close Thursday without legislative action.

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