In Michigan
6:28 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

Michigan's Latino community rallies against immigration bills

LANSING, MI –

A decision from a federal judge to limit the scope of a controversial immigration law in Arizona has raised questions about the future of a similar bill in Michigan. A Republican proposal in the state House would require officials to check the immigration status of anyone whom they believe could be an illegal immigrant.

Maximo Anguiano is with Gamaliel, an advocacy organization. He says many Michigan law enforcement officials don't want the bill.

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In Michigan
6:21 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

Daley wants investigation of Michigan oil spill

CHICAGO –

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is demanding a criminal investigation into an oil spill that dumped a million gallons into a waterway leading to Lake Michigan.

Daley made the demand Thursday of Michigan's attorney general, arguing "oil is worse than Asian carp."

The carp remark was a reference to the filing of several lawsuits by Michigan seeking to close the O'Brien and Chicago locks. Michigan officials claim closing the locks will prevent Asian carp from overrunning the Great Lakes and decimating the fishing industry.

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In Michigan
6:21 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

Poll: GOP race is between Cox, Snyder, Hoekstra

LANSING, MI –


With just days left until the Aug. 3 primary, the Republican race for governor is a three-way contest between Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder, Attorney General Mike
Cox and U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra.

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In Michigan
6:14 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

Residents near oil spill advised to evacuate

MARSHALL TOWNSHIP, MI –

Health officials are advising residents in about 30 to 50 homes near the site of a southern Michigan oil spill to evacuate because of air quality concerns.

Calhoun County health official Jim Rutherford says workers were going door-to-door Thursday afternoon to advise them to leave their homes.

Rutherford also says health officials are advising people living in about 100 homes with wells within a certain radius of the riverbank to use bottled water for drinking and cooking.

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In Michigan
5:25 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

EPA: Oil isn't seen at key spot on Michigan river

BATTLE CREEK, MI –

The Environmental Protection Agency says it hasn't seen or detected oil from a spill in southern Michigan at a key point in the river near a Superfund site upstream
of Kalamazoo.

A state official reported seeing oil past a dam at Morrow Lake following a flyover Wednesday of the Kalamazoo River area, and the state on Thursday released photos it says shows a sheen of oil on the lake.

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In Michigan
5:16 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

Granholm says response to spill inadequate, fears L. Michigan in peril

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says the federal government and the Canadian owners of a pipeline need to step up their efforts to contain an oil spill in west Michigan. The spill has already spread into the Kalamazoo River, and the governor says it has the potential to reach Lake Michigan.

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In Michigan
11:18 am
Thu July 29, 2010

Two republicans vie for right to take on Rep. Meadows

LANSING, MI –

Two Republicans will meet in next Tuesday's primary election, with the winner hoping to unseat incumbent state House democrat Mark Meadows in the 69th district.

WKAR's Emily Fox reports.

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Election 2010
8:07 am
Thu July 29, 2010

Cox says he can shake off scandals to win GOP nomination

Michigan Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox.
Courtesy Photo

Lansing, MI –

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has built a formidable war chest and a long list of endorsements in his campaign for governor. But his critics and adversaries continue to try to sink his effort to win the Republican nomination. He's been unable shake old scandals and suspicions.

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WKAR Features
8:05 am
Thu July 29, 2010

Bill Ballenger talks about Michigan's Tea Party movement

Inside Michigan Politics editor Bill Ballenger.
Courtesy Photo

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's primary election is next Tuesday, and this time around there's a new force in state politics that could be an influence on the outcome. Melissa Ingells recently spoke to Bill Ballenger, editor of Inside Michigan Politics, about the impact Michigan's Tea Party movement might have on the primaries.

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In Michigan
7:43 am
Thu July 29, 2010

Poll: Bernero apparently leading Dillon for gov

LANSING, MI –

A new poll shows Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero apparently taking a lead over House Speaker Andy Dillon in the Democratic governor's race.

The poll by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA has 40 percent of likely Democratic primary voters backing Bernero, while 32 percent back Dillon and 28 percent say they're undecided.

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