In Michigan
6:37 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

US fines Enbridge for Minnesota pipeline deaths

LANSING, MI –

The company whose pipeline caused a massive oil spill last month in a Michigan river has been fined $2.4 million over an accident that killed two workers in Minnesota.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the penalty Tuesday against Enbridge Energy Partners for pipeline safety violations.

Two Enbridge workers died in 2007 when leaking oil from a pipeline in Clearbrook, Minn., ignited. An investigation found Enbridge failed to safely perform repairs.

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In Michigan
6:34 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

MI Senate rejects Governor's appointments, yet again

LANSING, MI –

Republicans in the state Senate have again rejected a round of appointments by Governor Granholm to state boards and commissions.

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The Senate rejected 21 appointments by the governor to various boards, including Northern Michigan University, and Grand Valley State University boards, and the Natural Resources Commission, among others.

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In Michigan
4:39 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Governor, budget chief say time is growing short to tackle deficit

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm says she will outline her plan Wednesday to balance the state budget and distribute a $300 million federal windfall to schools. As the Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta reports, the state is facing a budget shortfall pegged at about $300 million dollars.

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In Michigan
4:38 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Michigan National Guard aviation unit returns from Iraq

The 238th General Support Aviation Battalion spent 10 months flying medical rescue missions in Iraq.
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Grand Ledge, MI – About 70 Michigan Army National Guard soldiers have returned home from a nearly year-long deployment to Iraq.

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Hundreds of anxious people came to the Grand Ledge Armory to await the return of their loved ones. The 238th Aviation Battalion Charlie Company was home from a 10-month mission in Iraq that saw them perform more than 250 medical evacuation flights.

Don Herbert proudly displayed an American flag signed by everyone in his son's unit.

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Top Stories
2:41 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Granholm to lay out revised 2010-11 budget plan

LANSING, MI –

Gov. Jennifer Granholm plans to lay out a revised spending plan for lawmakers Wednesday.

The nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency estimated in early July that Michigan had a $300 million deficit for the current fiscal year, although the amount may have dropped.

The state also faces a deficit in the budget year that starts Oct. 1, even though the state in line to get about $698 million more federal dollars for public schools and Medicaid.

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In Michigan
11:20 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Hearing set in Asian Carp suit against feds

LANSING, MI – A hearing has been set in a multistate lawsuit that demands tougher federal and municipal action to prevent Asian carp from overrunning the Great Lakes and decimating their fishing industry.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court in northern Illinois accuses the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago of creating a public nuisance by operating locks, gates and other infrastructure through which the carp could enter the lakes.

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In Michigan
9:16 am
Tue August 17, 2010

GM recalls 250K vehicles; seat belts may not latch

WASHINGTON – General Motors is recalling nearly 250,000 crossover vehicles worldwide to inspect second-row seat belts that could be damaged and not latch.

GM says the recall affects 2009-2010 models of the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook.

Most of the recalled vehicles are in the United States but some are also in Canada, Mexico and elsewhere.

GM says the seat belt buckle could be damaged when the seat back is returned to an upright position. That could make the buckle appear to latch when it isn't.

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WKAR Features
8:14 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Lansing area trends higher in manufacturing jobs

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EAST LANSING, MI –


There's been a rebound in the number of manufacturing jobs in the Lansing area over the past year. WKAR's Mark Bashore looks into how good that good news is.

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Sports
6:04 am
Tue August 17, 2010

McGrady ready to revive career in Detroit

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Tracy McGrady doesn't see himself as an old, broken-down basketball player.

He's hoping that his free-agent deal with the Detroit Pistons will help him prove that to the NBA. The 31-year-old McGrady signed his one-year, $1.3 million contract Monday.

Knee problems have limited McGrady to just 65 games over the past two years, and he struggled to make an impact last season with New York. In 24 games with the Knicks, all starts, he averaged just 9.4 points.

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Sports
6:03 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Lugnuts lose to TinCaps

LANSING, MI – The Fort Wayne TinCaps defeated the Lansing Lugnuts 6-4 in the rubber match of a three-game series yesterday on Jackson Field.

The Lugnuts' loss combined with a comeback triumph for West Michigan, the Whitecaps' 12th straight win, to drop Lansing a game behind their intrastate rivals for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Division.

The Midwest League holds its final scheduled day off today before the Lugnuts open a three-game series on Wednesday night against the South Bend Silver Hawks.

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