Sports
5:46 am
Thu May 6, 2010

Span sparks Twins to 5-4 win, sweep of Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS – Leadoff man Denard Span was the catalyst for Minnesota with three singles and a walk, and the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Wednesday for their first sweep in nine series this season.

The crowd at Target Field held a moment of silence before the game in honor of former Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who died Tuesday night. Detroit's uniforms had a black, circular "EH" patch on the sleeves.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

School retirement deal eludes Michigan lawmakers

LANSING, MI –

There's still no agreement among Michigan lawmakers on how to craft a proposal that might entice thousands of public school employees to retire this summer.

The Democrat-run House and Republican-led Senate both adjourned Wednesday without a compromise on a retirement plan. Negotiators from both sides continue to talk.

Many school employees won't decide whether to retire after this school year until they know what financial incentives they might get for doing so. The plan could be a major factor in school budgets.

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In Michigan
6:21 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Lawmakers seek more review of state tax credits

LANSING, MI –

Michigan lawmakers want auditors to dig deeper into the state's tax incentive programs for businesses.

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Top Stories
6:16 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Baseball world remembers Tigers' Ernie Harwell

DETROIT –

Legendary Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell has died.

Harwell came to Detroit in 1960 and spent more than 40 years announcing Tigers games. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.

Harwell called his last Tigers game in September, 2002. Here's how he ended that broadcast.

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In Michigan
5:15 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Cox turns in petitions needed to run for MI governor

LANSING, MI –

Republican Mike Cox is the latest candidate to turn in the signatures needed to run for governor on Michigan's August primary ballot.

Cox turned in more than 25,000 signatures to state elections officials on Wednesday. Only 15,000 valid signatures are needed to make the ballot.

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Top Stories
4:41 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Feds will appeal release of Mich. militia members

DETROIT –

Federal prosecutors in Detroit say they're appealing the release of nine jailed members of a Michigan militia.

They filed a one-page notice Wednesday. It will be up to a judge to decide whether to continue to keep the release of the militia members on hold or send them home pending the appeal.

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WKAR Features
10:06 am
Wed May 5, 2010

Jewish Israeli singer Noa shares the stage with Arab Israeli vocalist Mira Awad

EAST LANSING, MI –

One of Israel's most popular female singers will appear at the Wharton Center tonight.

She's an Israeli Jew who goes by the single name of Noa. On her current tour, she's sharing the stage with Arab-Israeli singer Mira Awad.

WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke with both Noa and Mira Awad about their musical and political collaboration.

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In Michigan
5:55 am
Wed May 5, 2010

MI legislature approves feral pig kill

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan legislature has approved a measure that will allow some people to shoot feral swine.

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Democratic state Representative Mike Huckleberry says feral pigs are a bigger nuisance than many people realize.

"These things get as big as 400 pounds," he says. "They're a menace, they destroy crops, they're dangerous, they carry diseases ..there's nothing good about them."

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In Michigan
5:22 am
Wed May 5, 2010

Tigers' longtime broadcaster Harwell dies at 92

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers say longtime broadcaster Ernie Harwell has died. He was 92.

Harwell called Tigers games for more than four decades and was one of Michigan's most beloved sports figures. Spokesman Brian Britten said Tuesday that the team learned about Harwell's death from his agent.

Harwell announced in September that he had been diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the bile duct.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Tue May 4, 2010

AP Source: GM to build small Buick at Mich. plant

DETROIT –

A person briefed on General Motors Co.'s new products says the automaker is gearing up to build a small Buick crossover vehicle at a factory north of Detroit.

The person says the upscale new vehicle will be built in Orion Township, Michigan. It will be on the same frame as the new Chevrolet Aveo subcompact. GM is putting machinery in place to build the Aveo at the Orion plant. It will go on sale next year.

The person did not want to be identified because the company has not released details.

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