WKAR Features
7:28 am
Tue July 27, 2010

Large field of candidates in 71st state House district primaries

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
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LANSING, MI –

With Republican Rick Jones leaving the state House because of term limits, the primary election in the 71st state House district has attracted a field of nine candidates. The district covers most of Eaton County.

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6:37 am
Tue July 27, 2010

"Tea Party" files slate of MI candidates

LANSING, MI –


A political organization calling itself "The Tea Party" has filed its official list of candidates who will appear on the November ballot. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, conservative tea party activists say they fear this is a political dirty trick to hijack their movement.

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In Michigan
6:15 am
Tue July 27, 2010

Supreme Court puts limits on child porn charges

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that downloading sexual images of children and putting them on a memory device is not the same as creating and distributing child pornography.

Michigan treats possessing and trafficking sexual images of youngsters to be a form of child abuse. Possessing child pornography is a four-year felony. Creating and distributing child porn is a 20-year felony.

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Sports
6:01 am
Tue July 27, 2010

Lugnuts beat LumberKings

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Clinton LumberKings 9-5 yesterday on Jackson Field.

The Lugnuts are off today before opening a three-game series with the Great Lakes Loons on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Cooley Law School Stadium.

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Sports
5:56 am
Tue July 27, 2010

Tigers lose to Rays

ST. PETERSBERG, FL – Matt Garza pitched the first no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history and the fifth in the major leagues this season, beating the Detroit Tigers 5-0 Monday night.

Garza faced the minimum 27 batters, allowing only a second-inning walk, for a team that's often been on the wrong end of pitching gems lately.

The Rays have been held hitless three times since last July, including a pair of perfect games that were thrown against them.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

City Council fears TV show's focus on stereotypes

DETROIT – Members of the City Council are concerned the content of an upcoming crime drama will feed negative stereotypes of Detroit's crime legacy.

The board wants producers of ABC's "Detroit 187" to attend a Tuesday meeting.

Shot in Detroit, the drama set to air in September involves a documentary crew shadowing city homicide investigators.

Part of the title, "1-8-7," refers to a former California police code for homicide.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

White supremacist group to rally in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, TENN – A Michigan-based white supremacist group has obtained parade and noise permits for a rally in Knoxville.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Monday that the National Socialist Movement, based in Detroit, has permits for an event on Aug. 14.

Brian Culpepper, who is the applicant for the permits, told the newspaper it will be an "anti-amnesty" rally to support efforts to pass a state law similar to Arizona's new immigration statute.

Culpepper represents the group's Tennessee chapter, which is based in Decatur.

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Michigan legislative hopefuls raise $17.3 million

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A new analysis says candidates seeking to get elected to the Michigan Legislature have raised about $17.3 million combined so far this election cycle.

The Michigan Campaign Finance Network released the review Monday after looking at filings made by 663 primary election candidates for the House and Senate.

All 148 seats in the Michigan Legislature are up for election this year. The primary election is Aug. 3.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Late plans develop for Michigan governor's race

LANSING, MI –


Michigan's candidates for governor are making late campaign plans headed into the Aug. 3 primary.

Republican Rick Snyder will debut a TV ad featuring Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. on Tuesday. Ford endorsed the Ann Arbor businessman last year.

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In Michigan
5:26 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

State employee retirement could come up soon

LANSING, MI – Many state employees may soon be offered retirement incentives similar to the ones offered to teachers earlier this year.

Lawmakers at the state Capitol are discussing a retirement plan, but it's unclear how quickly they will reach an agreement.

Republican state Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says it's hard to get things done in Lansing when lawmakers are out campaigning for the upcoming primary election.

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