In Michigan
6:28 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

MI vote canvas finds win margin of 15

LANSING, MI –


After a county-level canvassing in a tight Republican U.S. House primary race, Crystal Falls surgeon Dan Benishek has a 15-vote lead over state Sen. Jason Allen of Alanson. Both campaigns agreed today that the canvass shows Benishek as the leader, but Allen has not conceded and a re-count request is possible.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Company works on Mich. oil pipeline restart plan

MARSHALL, MI –

The company that owns a pipeline that spilled oil into the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan is revising its proposal to restart the service.

Enbridge Inc. is working to file a revised pipeline startup plan with federal regulators by Friday, according to a statement on a company website. It isn't known when the pipeline service running from Griffith, Ind. to Sarnia, Ontario might restart.

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In Michigan
5:52 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Prosecutor: knife in serial stabbing suspect's car

FLINT, MI –

A Michigan prosecutor says a knife and hammer were found in a vehicle driven by a man suspected in a string of stabbings that left five people dead.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said Thursday the knife and hammer were discovered Aug. 5 when Elias Abuelazam was pulled over in Arlington, Va., during a traffic stop.

He was wanted on a simple assault warrant in Leesburg, Va., but was released by a magistrate.

Leyton says he doesn't know if the hammer and knife were returned to Abuelazam.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Stabbing spree suspect arrested at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA –

Authorities say a suspect in a string of 18 stabbings that terrorized people across three states and left five dead was arrested in front of startled passengers at an airport gate as he tried to board a plane for Israel.

A judge in Flint, where the attacks began in late May, signed a warrant Thursday charging 33-year-old Elias Abuelazam with assault with intent to murder in connection with a July 27th stabbing.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Activists call for constitutional ban on Great Lakes oil drilling

LANSING, MI –

Environmental activists in Lansing say drilling for oil in the Great Lakes should be banned in the state constitution. And most lawmakers agree with them. But as Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber explains, that doesn't mean anything will change.

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Cyndi Roper is with Clean Water Action Michigan. She says the state law against drilling in the Great Lakes could be repealed in the future, but a constitutional ban would prevent that.

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Top Stories
2:57 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Atlanta police describe stabbing suspect arrest

ATLANTA –

Atlanta police say they arrested a posible suspect in a string of 20 stabbings across three states as he approached the ticket counter at a busy Atlanta airport.

An Atlanta Police Department incident report released Thursday says that officers arrested Elias Abuelazam after he approached the ticket counter late Wednesday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The incident report said that police paged the 33-year-old over the intercom and he was immediately detained.

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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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