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6:08 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

Tea Party challenge likely to go to MI Supreme Court

LANSING, MI –

A state elections board will decide Monday whether a group calling itself the "Tea Party" deserves a spot on the November ballot. Elections officials say the group appears to have gathered enough petition signatures to qualify. But, as Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta tells us, there may be other challenges from people who say this is a fake Tea Party.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

2 tornadoes hit Macomb County, 84K out of power

DETROIT –

Two tornadoes touched down in Macomb County on Thursday, and at the storm's height, 84,000 Michigan homes and businesses were without power.

The National Weather Service made the determination Friday that the pair of twisters hit the suburban Detroit county the evening before.

As of late Friday afternoon, DTE Energy Co. spokeswoman Eileen Dixon said 53,000 customers still were without power. Of those, she says, 45,000 were in Macomb County.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

State rejects Holland's bid to build new power plant

LANSING, MI –

The state Department of Natural Resources and Environment has said "no" to the city of Holland's request to build a new coal-fired power plant. Environmental regulators relied on a report by the Michigan Public Service Commission that says city-owned Holland Board of Public Works failed to demonstrate it needed a new plant. The state says the Holland area can meet its energy needs by purchasing electricity from other sources.

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WKAR Features
10:15 am
Fri August 20, 2010

Under the Radar: Raphael reviews two short thrillers

EAST LANSING, MI – In the warm days of late summer, one's attention span for a 600-page novel might not be the greatest, so book reviewer Lev Raphael recently brought in two short but intense thrillers to add to your reading list.

The two books are A Jew Must Die and The Vampire of Ropraz by Swiss writer Jacques Chessex, and translated by Donald Wilson. Our book reviewer is Lev Raphael, and his most recent book is the memoir, My Germany.

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Sports
6:21 am
Fri August 20, 2010

Cano keys 9-run inning, Yankees beat Tigers 11-5

NEW YORK – Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking double and a two-run homer in New York's nine-run sixth inning, sending Phil Hughes and the Yankees to an 11-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

Austin Kearns added a two-run double and Derek Jeter had a two-run triple as New York's offense broke loose for the second consecutive day. The offense was still missing Alex Rodriguez and Lance Berkman because of injuries.

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Sports
6:17 am
Fri August 20, 2010

Silver Hawks beat Lugnuts

LANSING, MI – The South Bend Silver Hawks topped the Lansing Lugnuts 4-2 last night on Jackson Field.

The Lugnuts and Silver Hawks play the rubber match of their three-game series tonight at 7:05.

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In Michigan
6:07 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Michigan gets $21M grant to boost college access

LANSING, MI –

Michigan is getting $21.3 million from the federal government over the next five years to help more people attend and complete college.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Thursday the programs the money will fund particularly target low-income residents and those who are the first generation in their families to attend college.

Part of the federal money will go for a new unit in the Michigan Department of Education dedicated to promoting college access in K-12 schools.

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In Michigan
5:25 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

MI House takes punch out of SLAPP

LANSING, MI –

A Facebook page has pushed lawmakers at the state Capitol to approve a measure to protect First Amendment rights to complain about businesses.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Michigan bill would ban medical marijuana clubs

LANSING , MI –

Legislation headed for the Michigan House seeks to ban marijuana clubs that have opened since voters approved use of the drug for medical purposes in 2008.

Republican Rep. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge says Thursday he is introducing legislation to ban the clubs because marijuana users shouldn't be encouraged to drive. Jones says it's a safety risk, and people authorized to use marijuana should do so at home.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Ex-NBA, MSU star Jay Vincent charged in jobs scam

LANSING, MI –

Ex-NBA player and Michigan State star Jay Vincent has been indicted for what authorities say was an Internet employment scam that bilked about 20,000 jobseekers of about $2 million.

The U.S. attorney's office says the 51-year-old Vincent and 53-year-old Anthony Portee are charged with mail fraud, and Vincent is charged with an income tax violation. Both live in Lansing.

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