In Michigan
5:53 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Bernero asks campaign treasurer to step down

LANSING, MI –

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has asked a local rental property owner, who owes more than $90,000 in back taxes, to step down as treasurer of his gubernatorial campaign committee.

Democrat Bernero says he asked Charles L. Moore to resign Wednesday until his tax issues are resolved. Bernero says he doesn't want Moore to get "caught up in a media sideshow" that would take attention away from his campaign's message of "putting people back to work."

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Sports
5:49 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Howard hits 1st spring homer, Phillies beat Tigers

CLEARWATER, FL – Ryan Howard hit his first home run of the spring and highly touted Domonic Brown connected twice, leading Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies over the Detroit Tigers 6-1 Tuesday.

Hamels held the Tigers to an unearned run and two hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked none.

Howard launched a two-run drive off Justin Verlander. Brown also connected against the Tigers ace and finished 3 for 3 with a walk and four RBIs.

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Sports
5:46 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Cavs top Pistons 113-101, LeBron has triple-double

AUBURN HILLS, MI – LeBron James had his fourth triple-double of the season, lifting the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 113-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

James scored 29 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had 12 assists.

He blocked a shot and made a jumper on consecutive possessions to give the Cavs a five-point cushion with a minute left, then sealed the victory on a 3-pointer with 29.5 seconds remaining.

Cleveland has won four in a row and lost only one of its last 11 games, improving to an NBA-best 53-15.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

MI summer tourism ads may not run if lawmakers lag

LANSING, MI –

Those ads promoting Michigan's lakes and summer shorelines may never run for the upcoming tourist season if lawmakers don't act soon.

Michigan Economic Development Corp. CEO Greg Main said Tuesday that unless lawmakers find a way to fund the "Pure Michigan" campaign in the next two weeks, the window for running the ads will close.

State officials would like to spend at least $30 million on the campaign.

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In Michigan
6:06 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

MI Senate to begin voting on budgets next week

LANSING, MI –

The state Senate is expected to begin voting on budget proposals next week. The proposals assume Republicans will be able approve a pay freeze for all state employees. And Republican leaders have yet to find enough support for that freeze.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

MI Senate debates national health care

LANSING, MI –

The debate over national health care was an issue Tuesday on the floor of the Michigan Senate.

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The Senate debated a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would allow Michigan residents to opt out of a national health care plan. Republicans such as Senator Wayne Kuipers say states should resist creating a large new federal bureaucracy.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

Brownfield option brings Sonic to Lansing

LANSING, MI –

A dilapidated former hotel in South Lansing will become the site of the area's first Sonic Drive-In.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

Granholm asks Legislature to act on retirement incentives

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm is asking the Legislature to act within two weeks on incentives to encourage 47,000 veteran teachers and other state workers to retire. She says that would give school districts time to make a retirement offer and hire replacements for the coming school year.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

MSU breaks ground on new art museum

An artist's rendering of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at night.
Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, MI –

Hundreds of people gathered at Michigan State University today to break ground on the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.

WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

AUDIO: As music played and a giant crane raised the Sparty mascot above their heads, dignitaries turned the first spadefuls of dirt to begin construction on the Broad Art Museum.

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In Michigan
11:40 am
Tue March 16, 2010

MSU-Dubai executive director leaving

EAST LANSING, MI –

The executive director of Michigan State University's campus in Dubai is leaving that post.

Brendan Mullen's two-year contract to direct the Dubai campus from its inception expired in December. He will continue in the post through the end of the academic year.

Mullen plans to return to the East Lansing campus. As of July first, he'll join the department of sociology faculty.

In it's second year, the Dubai campus has 25 instructors and staff, and about 100 students.

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