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