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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In Michigan
5:25 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

State says 3 horses confirmed with encephalitis

LANSING, MI –

Michigan authorities say a viral brain disease that can kill humans has been confirmed in three horses this year in the state.

Mosquitoes can spread eastern equine encephalitis to horses and humans, and authorities say people should use repellant or stay out of areas with heavy mosquito infestations.

The departments of Community Health and Agriculture said Monday that Michigan State University confirms a 3-month-old filly from Calhoun County and a 12-month-old male from Barry County tested positive for the illness.

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In Michigan
5:15 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

MEAP to face changes in 2014

LANSING, MI –

The state's standardized test for middle and high school students could undergo a big change in a couple years. The MEAP test could move from paper and pencil to an online format in 2014.

Joseph Martineau is with the Michigan Department of Education. He says the switch should take care of some old concerns over comparing online and offline test scores throughout the country.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Mich. AG says drug company to pay state $584,000

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan attorney general's office says a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson will pay $584,000 to the state's Medicaid Trust Fund as part of a
lawsuit settlement.

It was announced in April that Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. agreed to pay $75 million to settle claims by the government that it illegally promoted the epilepsy drug Topamax for a variety of psychiatric uses.

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WKAR Features
2:55 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Window restoration course may inject new life to old homes

Double hung windows were popular fixtures in homes built in the early 20th century.
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Lansing, MI –

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Election 2010
12:04 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Dr. George says he has a prescription for Michigan

Sen. Tom George (R-Kalamazoo)

Kalamazoo, MI –

Kalamazoo State Senator Tom George lacks the name recognition of his rivals for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and polls have consistently shown him trailing the rest of the field. But George still thinks he has the right plan for Michigan.

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In Michigan
9:10 am
Mon July 26, 2010

Grand River Expedition ends today in Grand Haven

EAST LANSING, MI – Participants in a journey covering the length of the Grand River celebrate the end of their adventure Monday in Grand Haven.

The Grand River Expedition is a once-a-decade event devoted to exploration, research and the appreciation of the 260-mile waterway. Doug Carter is the Chairman of this year's event. He says tests performed during the trip indicate the health of the Grand is very good.

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