Sports
3:33 pm
Sat September 25, 2010

Michigan State blasts Northern Colorado 45-7

East Lansing, MI – Kirk Cousins threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 25 Michigan State had no trouble winning without coach Mark Dantonio on Saturday, 45-7 over Northern Colorado.

Dantonio had a mild heart attack shortly after last weekend's win over Notre Dame. He was released from the hospital Tuesday and even visited practice Friday, but offensive coordinator Don Treadwell took over his coaching duties for this game.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Fri September 24, 2010

Jay Vincent to plea guilty in fraud case

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –
Former NBA and Michigan State star Jay Vincent has agreed to plead guilty to two crimes in a $2 million Internet scam.

Vincent has agreed to plead guilty to mail fraud and filing a false tax return. The 10-page deal with his signature was filed Friday in federal court in Grand Rapids.

Vincent is due in court Tuesday. Prosecutors say he and an associate defrauded people by charging them to become certified as home inspectors.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Fri September 24, 2010

Mich. Gov. Granholm to be at White House on Monday

LANSING, MI –
Gov. Jennifer Granholm will be at the White House when President Barack Obama signs a bill designed to help small businesses create jobs.

The president is scheduled to sign the bill Monday afternoon.

Part of the measure is patterned after the Michigan Supplier Diversification Program, which made money available to auto suppliers to shift into other types of manufacturing when the auto industry downsized.

The bill also includes tax breaks and funds to encourage community banks to lend to small businesses.

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In Michigan
4:48 pm
Fri September 24, 2010

Michigan State University breaks ground on new nursing facility

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University officials broke ground Friday on a new nursing building on the school's East Lansing campus.

MSU is aiming to improve its nursing program and address a ongoing national nursing shortage.

Mary Mundt, the Dean of MSU's College of Nursing, says the new facility will allow the college to place more nursing graduates into teaching roles.

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Election 2010
4:43 pm
Fri September 24, 2010

Attorney General candidates tangle in TV debate

EAST LANSING, MI –


The Democratic and Republican candidates for state attorney general accused each other of being soft on crime in their only scheduled debate. The debate will air this weekend on public television stations.

AUDIO:
Much of the debate sounded like this:

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In Michigan
3:57 pm
Fri September 24, 2010

Foes of Mich. child-care union strike out 2nd time

LANSING, MI –
The Michigan Court of Appeals again has rejected a lawsuit seeking to stop the unionization of 40,000 at-home child-care providers.

The appeals court says the Department of Human Services can't ignore the results of a certified union election. But the court also said Thursday there are other options, including a new lawsuit with different defendants.

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In Michigan
3:52 pm
Fri September 24, 2010

Pieces of national health care take effect

LANSING, MI –
Pieces of the national health care reform plan took effect this week. Governor Granholm used her weekly radio address to talk about the changes.

"No longer can insurance companies deny coverage for children under age 19 based on a preexisting medical condition," she said. "Also, in this tough economy, it's difficult for many young people to afford health insurance. Now insurers and employers who provide dependant coverage available to children up to age 26."

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WKAR Features
7:45 am
Fri September 24, 2010

Gregorian talks about MSU Symphony Orchestra concert

MSU Symphony Orchestra conductor Leon Gregorian.
Courtesy of MSU College of Music

EAST LANSING, MI – The MSU Symphony Orchestra is playing at Wharton Center Saturday night. The program includes the Piano Concerto #2 by Prokofiev and the Symphony #5 by Shostakovich, and the William Tell Overture by Rossini. WKAR's Melissa Ingells spoke with conductor Leon Gregorian about the concert, who began with some thoughts on the overture.

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In Michigan
7:01 am
Fri September 24, 2010

Detroit symphony contract talks planned for Friday

DETROIT – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's management and musicians have scheduled a negotiation session to try to reach a contract agreement amid a budget battle.

The meeting with a federal mediator will be Friday morning.

DSO president Anne Parsons and musicians' spokesman Haden McKay have credited mediator Michael Nowakowski with jump-starting talks. The two sides have not met since Aug. 27.

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In Michigan
6:57 am
Fri September 24, 2010

Attorney general candidates to debate Friday

LANSING, MI – Attorney general candidates Bill Schuette and David Leyton are meeting for their first debate.

Schuette is a Republican former congressman, state senator and Court of Appeals judge. Leyton is the Democratic prosecutor of Genesee County.

The hourlong debate will be taped Friday morning at WKAR television studios in East Lansing. It will air during the weekend on public television stations statewide.

Tim Skubick, host of public television's "Off the Record" program, will be the moderator.

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