In Michigan
4:41 pm
Mon May 24, 2010

Granholm aides, lawmakers to go to work on $344 M shortfall

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm and state lawmakers are expected to work right away this week on a plan to retire a new budget deficit. But first they have to agree on the size of the problem.

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In Michigan
10:51 am
Mon May 24, 2010

MI campaign finance discussion begins

LANSING, MI –

Lawmakers on a state House panel are expected to vote in coming weeks on a package of bills that would regulate corporate and union spending on political campaigns. The legislation is a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows corporations to spend money on political ads.

A state House panel opened discussion on the legislation this week. Democratic state Representative Dan Scripps sponsored the measure.

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Sports
5:53 am
Mon May 24, 2010

Cabrera, Ordonez homer in Tigers' win

LOS ANGELES – Rick Porcello fought off three line drives right back at him to get his first road victory of the season, and the Detroit Tigers got home runs from Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez in a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

The Tigers avoided a three-game sweep in the first interleague series for both teams.

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In Michigan
5:48 am
Mon May 24, 2010

Militia faces deadline to argue for release

DETROIT – Lawyers for five Midwest militia members are facing a deadline to tell a federal appeals court why the men should be released from jail until trial.

The appeals court is considering the government's challenge to an order releasing the five with electronic tethers and other strict conditions.

The U.S. attorney's office filed arguments May 17. Responses from the defense are due Monday. It's not known when the appeals court will make a decision.

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In Michigan
5:46 am
Mon May 24, 2010

Sentencing documents due in ex-Detroit mayor case

DETROIT – Documents related to the sentencing of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick are due before a judge overseeing his probation violation case.

Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner has told the county prosecutor's office and attorneys representing Kilpatrick to file sentencing memoranda by Monday. Kilpatrick is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday.

Groner also told both sides not to disclose the contents of a pre-sentence report by the state Corrections Department. Probation officials have recommended jail time for Kilpatrick.

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Sports
6:35 pm
Sun May 23, 2010

Lugnuts win third game of series against Loons

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Great Lakes Loons on Sunday afternoon, 5-4 at Cooley Law School Stadium. The Lugnuts look to tie the four-game series with the Loons Monday night at 7:05.

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WKAR Features
6:37 pm
Fri May 21, 2010

Acclaimed British choral director conducts performance in Lansing

Lansing, MI – Princess Diana's funeral in 1997 at Westminster Abbey drew an estimated three million mourners in London as well as countless others viewing it on worldwide television.

The man responsible for choosing the music for that service was Doctor Martin Neary. He's in Michigan this weekend to lead the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys in performances around the state, including Lansing.

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In Michigan
6:36 pm
Fri May 21, 2010

Mixed news in state revenue forecasts

LANSING, MI –

The news was mixed Friday coming out of a conference on the economy and revenues at the state Capitol. The state faces a new budget deficit of almost $244 million. But there are also signals that the economic doldrums may be lifting.

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The deficit is mostly the result of higher-than-expected tax refunds the state owes to businesses. The new numbers will force Governor Granholm and state lawmakers to make a new round of budget cuts.

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In Michigan
6:35 pm
Fri May 21, 2010

MSU tests anti-smoking vaccine

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East Lansing, MI – Researchers at Michigan State University will test a new vaccine designed to help people quit smoking.

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MSU is one of 25 sites around the country that will conduct clinical trials of the NicVax vaccine. The treatment is designed to produce antibodies that prevent nicotine from entering the brain and causing the pleasurable sensation associated with smoking.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Fri May 21, 2010

Chrysler to add 1,100 workers at Detroit factory

DETROIT –

Chrysler says it will add nearly 1,100 workers at a Detroit factory because of expected demand for the redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle.

Most of the workers will be new hires, which Chrysler can pay around $14 per hour. That's about half the hourly wage rate of current factory workers represented by the United Auto Workers.

The workers will staff a second shift at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant.

Chrysler says the new vehicle is due in showrooms in June.

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