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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In Michigan
5:27 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Liquor board to review energy drink labels

Lansing, MI – The state Liquor Control Commission plans to review the labels on alcoholic energy drinks. The commission could demand changes if it determines the packaging encourages young drinkers to abuse alcohol.

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Sports
4:33 pm
Sat September 11, 2010

Michigan State beats Florida Atlantic 30-17

Detroit , MI – Edwin Baker ran for an 80-yard touchdown and had 183 yards rushing to lead Michigan State to a 30-17 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

The Spartans (2-0) wore their road whites in the Motor City matchup that was originally scheduled to be at the Owls' new stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.

Florida Atlantic (1-1) chose to play at the Detroit Lions' home because its 30,000-seat venue won't be open until next year.

Baker's 80-yard TD put Michigan State ahead 27-7 early in the third quarter.

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In Michigan
6:02 pm
Fri September 10, 2010

Why are negotiations so quiet this year?

Lansing, MI – Legislative leaders say they could have the budget wrapped up as soon as next week. Most of the big fights appear to be settled, and there seems to be little interest in the fierce partisan bickering that's marked the state budget process in recent years.

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In Michigan
5:55 pm
Fri September 10, 2010

Feral swine work group bores down on compromise

Lansing, MI – A work group made up of hog farmers, owners of hunting ranches, and environmental regulators met for the first time Friday to start developing a plan to deal with the problem of feral swine. Controlling feral swine is an intensely political issue in a state where hunting and livestock farming are huge.

Wild pigs reproduce prolifically and destroy farmland and environmentally sensitive areas. They carry diseases that infect domestic livestock. And they attack other wildlife.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Fri September 10, 2010

Imigrants get legal help from new MSU clinic

East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University's College of Law has started a new clinical program aimed at supplying legal representation to low-income immigrants.

The aim of the program is to supply legal aid to the roughly 250,000 immigrants in Michigan. David Thronson is an MSU law professor and co-creator of the immigration law clinic. He says the clinic will also help state lawmakers better understand immigration law.

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WKAR Features
8:39 am
Fri September 10, 2010

LSO's Muffitt previews first Masterworks concert of season

Lansing Symphony Orchestra conductor Timothy Muffitt.
David Trumpie, Trumpie Photography.

EAST LANSING, MI – The Lansing Symphony Orchestra's first Masterworks concert is Friday night at MSU's Wharton Center. WKAR's Melissa Ingells spoke with conductor Timothy Muffitt about the program. She asked him first about the last selection of the evening, which is the second of four symphonies written by Johannes Brahms.

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Sports
5:53 am
Fri September 10, 2010

Damon helps Tigers beat White Sox 6-3

DETROIT – Johnny Damon had a season-high four hits and scored two runs, helping the Detroit Tigers beat Chicago 6-3 Thursday and hand the White Sox their third straight loss.

The White Sox fell six games behind idle Minnesota in the AL Central, their largest deficit since June 17.

Detroit has won six of eight to get back above .500 for the first time since July 31.

Rick Porcello (9-11) gave up three runs on four hits and no walks in eight innings to win his fourth straight start. Ryan Perry pitched the ninth for his second save.

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