Top Stories
2:50 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

GM posts big profit; CEO says he's done

DETROIT –

General Motors reports a second quarter profit of $1.3 billion in the second quarter. That is a positive reflection of its improving position as it prepares to sell stock to the public. The results were strong enough that CEO Ed Whitacre announced he will step down next month, saying his job was done.

It was the second straight quarterly profit for the Detroit automaker, which made $865 million in the first quarter, and sets the stage for GM to file paperwork soon to start the public stock sale process.

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WKAR Features
8:43 am
Thu August 12, 2010

One year after eviction, siblings celebrate being back on the farm

Jim Crosby co-owns the farm his great-grandfather started in 1912.
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St. Johns, MI – Thousands of people are expected in St. Johns this weekend for the city's annual mint festival. They'll meet vendors from in and around "Mint City U.S.A." to sample their products. For two local farmers, this year's crop is especially sweet. One year ago, siblings Jim and Linette Crosby faced eviction from the farm their great-grandfather started nearly a century ago. But today, they're back in business, running the nation's oldest family-owned mint farm.

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Top Stories
8:05 am
Thu August 12, 2010

Virginia authorities arrest man connected with three-state stabbing spree

Flint, MI – Authorities in Virginia have announced the arrest of a man in connection with a three-state serial stabbing spree that resulted in at least 20 attacks and five deaths, many in Michigan.

Police in Leesburg, Virginia said Thursday the man was arrested late Wednesday afternoon and was being held on unrelated charges.

Leesburg Police Officer Chris Jones says authorities believe the man could be the suspect and has ties to Leesburg and Flint. Jones says police "have information that he was trying to leave the country."

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In Michigan
6:37 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

MI Senate may still push big cuts, despite fed aid

LANSING, MI –

Republican leaders in the state Senate say money approved by Congress to help states with Medicaid and schools may not help budget negotiations at the state Capitol.

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The money Congress approved for schools must be used for schools. But some state officials call the Medicaid funds "funny money" that could be used at the Legislature's discretion.

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In Michigan
6:34 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Garbage washing up again on western Mich. beaches

PERE MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI – Garbage washing up on Lake Michigan beaches has some in western Michigan wondering if it's a return to the summer of 2008, when Wisconsin trash rolled in.

The Ludington Daily News says shoreline residents in Mason and Manistee counties have found the trash. A resident of Mason County's Pere Marquette Township says she's picked up bottles, straws, cups, cigarette butts and syringes.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Rehabbed birds find new home after Mich. oil spill

AUGUSTA, MI –

The first group of Canada geese and mallard ducks rescued after an oil spill in southern Michigan's Kalamazoo River are headed to a new home.

State and federal wildlife officials say 19 birds rehabilitated after the oil spill were to be released Wednesday into the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Augusta.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Analyst: Don't expect "Governor Superman"

UNDATED –


Michigan voters should not expect their next Governor to be the catalyst for a major economic revival. That's according to an analyst with a southeast-Michigan political think tank. John Bebow is the Executive Director of Ann Arbor's 'Center for Michigan.' He says the electorate needs to remember a Governor's role in economic development.

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Sports
4:36 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio discusses the upcoming season

Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio

East Lansing, MI – As the Michigan State football program prepares to open up the 2010 season, head football coach Mark Dantonio enters with championship aspirations both on and off the field.

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In Michigan
11:14 am
Wed August 11, 2010

US gives Michigan $128M for jobless homeowners

LANSING, MI –

The Obama administration says more money is headed to Michigan to help unemployed homeowners avoid foreclosure.

Michigan is expected to get about $128 million from the grants announced Wednesday. The state is one of several getting extra help because its unemployment rate is well above the national average.

The new money is in addition to $154.5 million in federal money awarded to Michigan earlier this year to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.

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In Michigan
8:17 am
Wed August 11, 2010

Minority parties believe they may control state legislative chambers

Lansing, MI – Lawmakers in Lansing are waiting anxiously to see what shake-ups could occur in state government with the general election in November. The minority parties in both the House and Senate are looking for gains.

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Many current Senators on both sides of the aisle are term limited out after this year. The Democrats hope that means they can make a solid run at control of the chamber. But they know there's a lot of work to be done.

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