In Michigan
2:57 pm
Mon September 13, 2010

Bernero begins accepting debate offers

Lansing, MI – Lansing Mayor and Democratic nominee for governor Virg Bernero has begun accepting televised debate offers, although the first TV station he said "yes" to, WXYZ in Southfield, has not decided if it will sponsor a debate without Republican nominee Rick Snyder.

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In Michigan
10:42 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Health officials want vigilance on encephalitis

KALAMAZOO, MI – Health officials are reminding people to be vigilant about taking steps to prevent the spread of Eastern equine encephalitis in Michigan.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports there have been recent reports of seven more dead horses from the disease. They include two in Calhoun County and one each in Allegan, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Eaton and Shiawassee counties.

Lab testing in recent months has confirmed 42 Michigan horses with mosquito-borne disease. Another 77 have been diagnosed with symptoms.

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In Michigan
10:37 am
Mon September 13, 2010

AAA Michigan: State gas prices up 12 cents

DEARBORN, MI – AAA Michigan says gasoline prices are up 12 cents per gallon over the past week to a statewide average of $2.90 after a leak forced the closure of a Chicago-area oil pipeline.

The auto club says Monday the statewide average is 36 cents per gallon higher than last year at this time.

Of the cities it surveys, AAA Michigan says the cheapest price for self-serve regular fuel is in the Traverse City area, where it's $2.75 a gallon. The highest average can be found in the Ann Arbor area at $2.96.

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WKAR Features
8:41 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Coalition works to prevent "town & gown" conflicts

Downtown East Lansing.
WKAR Photo.

East Lansing, MI – For the last 10 years, the Community Relations Coalition has worked to bring Michigan State University students and their neighbors together. The idea is that better relationships between students and the full-time East Lansing residents they live around will prevent town-and-gown problems.

Activities for this academic year begin in earnest with a couple of CRC-sponsored block parties this week.

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Sports
7:37 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Cabrera's double keys 6-2 win for Tigers

DETROIT – Miguel Cabrera hit a bases-loaded double in a five-run eighth inning that backed Justin Verlander's 16th win, and the Detroit Tigers got back to .500 with a a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

With Detroit railing 2-1, Will Rhymes singled off Mike Gonzalez (0-3) leading off the eighth, Ryan Raburn doubled and reliever David Hernandez got ahead 1-2 in the count to pinch-hitter Austin Jackson before loading the bases with a walk.

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Sports
7:35 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Bears escape with 19-14 win over Lions

CHICAGO – Jay Cutler had 372 yards passing and threw a late 28-yard touchdown pass to Matt Forte, and the Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions 19-14 in the season opener after Calvin Johnson's apparent touchdown catch was ruled an incompletion.

The controversial call came with 25 seconds left, after Johnson outjumped Chicago's Zackary Bowman for what looked like a 25-yard touchdown. He appeared to have gotten both feet down inbounds before letting the ball go, but what looked like a game-winner was ruled an incomplete pass by the officials.

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Sports
7:32 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Michigan Sports Hall inducting dozen new members

NOVI, MI – NASCAR team owner Jack Roush, University of Michigan quarterback-turned-major-leaguer Rick Leach and prolific Detroit Lions wide receiver Herman Moore are among the newest inductees heading into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

The trio and nine others will be inducted Monday night at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi.

The event is the 54th in the Hall's history. The inductees were announced in 2008, but due to financial issues, ceremonies over the past two years have been postponed.

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In Michigan
6:05 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Trial date may be set in Detroit airline attack

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - A Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up an international flight near Detroit on Christmas is returning to a federal courtroom for the first time since January.

A pretrial hearing is being held Monday in the case against Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds could set a trial date.

Abdulmutallab is in custody awaiting trial on charges that include attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Nearly 300 people were aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253.

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In Michigan
6:02 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Bernero tries to restart debate talks

LANSING, MI – Discussions on scheduling debates between the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor have broken off, with no word on whether they'll start again. Democratic nominee Virg Bernero is anxious to debate.

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In Michigan
5:28 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Finalizing budget hinges on state employee retirement

Lansing, MI – A proposal to save money by requiring state employees to contribute more to their retirement plan may prove to be controversial in a budget deal at the state Capitol.

Governor Granholm and legislative leaders agreed to the retirement plan. They told lawmakers if they did not approve the proposal it would mean deep cuts to local governments.

Ray Holman is with UAW local 6000, which represents many state employees. He says it's not fair to make lawmakers choose one or the other.

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