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Thu May 27, 2010

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Orquesta Ritmo, Root Doctor, organissimo, String Doctors, Jen Sygit, Steppin' In It, more.

Originally aired 5/27/10

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In Michigan
4:46 pm
Thu May 27, 2010

Consumers pauses plans for new coal plant

LANSING, MI –

The utility Consumers Energy says it's shelving plans to build a state-of-the-art coal-fired power plant near Bay City. Consumers officials say they over-estimated customer demand for more electricity.

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In Michigan
5:42 am
Thu May 27, 2010

Dillon says MI will eventually need more big power plants

LANSING, MI –

State House Speaker Andy Dillon says Michigan's two-year-old energy law is working as planned. He says the utility Consumers Energy's decision to mothball plans to build a state-of-the-art coal plant on the Saginaw Bay is proof of that. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, Dillon was an architect of that law.

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WKAR Features
5:42 am
Thu May 27, 2010

Dunnings insists marijuana dispensaries are illegal, urges moratorium

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III supports a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.
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LANSING, MI – Lansing officials drafting a medical marijuana ordinance for the city are considering a moratorium on marijuana dispensaries. Ingham County prosecutor Stuart Dunnings supports the move, insisting dispensaries are illegal. He says a person-to-person relationship between caregiver and patient is the only model allowed by the state's new statute. WKAR's Mark Bashore sat down with Dunnings to discuss the matter.

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Sports
5:40 am
Thu May 27, 2010

Lugnuts beat Whitecaps

UNDATED – The Lansing Lugnuts scored eight runs in the third inning and coasted to a 9-5 victory over the West Michigan Whitecaps last night.

The Whitecaps and Lugnuts play the finale of their four-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m.

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Sports
5:28 am
Thu May 27, 2010

Mariners rally in 8th to sting Tigers 5-4

SEATTLE – Mike Sweeney gave Seattle new life with a two-run homer off Detroit reliever Ryan Perry, Josh Wilson capped the eighth-inning rally with a two-run single and the Mariners rallied for a 5-4 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.

Seattle swept the two-game set with a most unlikely comeback. Down 4-1 entering the eighth and having done nothing against starter Jeremy Bonderman, the Mariners took advantage of the Tigers' bullpen.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Wed May 26, 2010

DNRE: Fire danger 'very high' across N. Michigan

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment says warm, dry weather across northern Michigan means wildfire danger will be "very high" during the
Memorial Day weekend.

Lynne Boyd, chief of the DNRE's Forest Management Division, said Monday in a release that officials are especially concerned about northern pine forests.

Last week firefighters battled a forest fire that burned more than 8,500 acres in Crawford County's South Branch Township, and a range fire in Kalkaska County.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Wed May 26, 2010

Lawyer: Ex-Detroit mayor to appeal prison sentence

DETROIT – Kwame Kilpatrick's attorney will request an emergency stay from the Michigan Court of Appeals, which could spring the former Detroit mayor from prison.

Michael Alan Schwartz on Wednesday is expected to announce that he will file the appeal. If granted, Kilpatrick could be free pending a decision.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner sentenced Kilpatrick to up to five years in prison Tuesday for violating his probation stemming from his conviction for lying under oath about an affair with his chief of staff.

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Top Stories
5:11 pm
Wed May 26, 2010

Michigan Democrats vote to restore schools money

LANSING, MI –

The Democratic-run Michigan House has voted to restore some state aid money to public schools.

A bill passed 64-42 Wednesday mostly along party lines would give schools $65 more per student than now scheduled for the rest of this budget year. The restoration would remain in the budget for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

The move would restore part of a $165 per student cut now in effect.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Wed May 26, 2010

Mich. energy demand rising as economy recovering

LANSING, MI –

Demand for electricity, natural gas and gasoline is increasing in Michigan, but prices are expected to remain about the same.

The Michigan Public Service Commission's summer energy appraisal released Wednesday said that energy demand is expected to grow because of an improving economy.

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