WKAR Features
8:46 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Trebuchet Day comes to Lansing

LANSING, MI – A group of Lansing-area middle school students will be competing in a unique challenge of math, science and ancient weaponry. The kids will be firing trebuchets they built with the help of Michigan State University and Impression 5 Science Center.

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WKAR Features
8:43 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Dead or alive: retirement debate raises questions Legislature's effectiveness

LANSING, MI –

State lawmakers will return next week to negotiations on a plan to encourage thousands of veteran teachers to retire. The plan would help school districts save money as they face big budget challenges. But the Legislature has already plowed through several deadlines to get the job done. And some people say it may already be too late for the plan to help school districts avoid teacher layoffs and cuts to services for students.

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In Michigan
7:41 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Milton Muelder, MSU administrator and benefactor, dies

EAST LANSING, MI –

Long-time Michigan State University professor, administrator and benefactor Milton Muelder has died, reportedly from complications related to pneumonia. He was 101.

Muelder arrived at MSU in 1935, and his resume' includes time as dean of science and arts and the graduate school. He also headed the MSU Foundation.

Muelder is credited with an instrumental role in the university's move into nuclear physics research in the 1950s. He helped establish MSU's first office of international programs.

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Sports
6:10 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Former Spartan Robin Roberts dies

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Phillies say Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts has died at the age of 83.

The Phillies said in a statement that Roberts died of natural causes Thursday morning at his home in Temple Terrace, Fla.

At Michigan State, Roberts was a star on both the baseball and basketball teams, graduating in 1948.

Roberts led the Phillies to the 1950 National League pennant as part of the famed "Whiz Kids."

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Sports
6:03 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Former MSU athletics director Kearney dies at 83

EAST LANSING, MI – Joe Kearney, who saw Michigan State win the national men's basketball championship and 11 Big Ten titles while serving as athletics director from 1976 to 1980, has
died. He was 83.

Michigan State's athletics department says in a statement that Kearney died Wednesday at University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., after an eight-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Sports
6:01 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Franzen has 4 goals, 6 points; Wings stay alive

DETROIT – Johan Franzen had a natural hat trick in a 3:26 span of the first period, scored a fourth goal in the third, and set a Red Wings playoff record with six points as Detroit stayed alive with a 7-1 rout of the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night in
Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.

San Jose will host Game 5 on Saturday night with another chance to advance to hockey's final four for the second time in franchise history.

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In Michigan
7:33 pm
Thu May 6, 2010

Detroit school takeovers debated in court, legislature

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan Court of Appeals is allowing the state-appointed Detroit schools emergency financial manager to take control of the district's academic operations. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, parents and school employees from Detroit were also at the state Capitol to stage a sit-down protest.

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In Michigan
7:29 pm
Thu May 6, 2010

Marijuana shop owner's drug record may jeopardize dispensary

LANSING, MI –

The owner of a controversial medical marijuana dispensary in Lansing says his business is unfairly threatened by a provision in the city's pending medical marijuana ordinance.

Earlier this week, city officials revealed the first draft of a measure to regulate medical marijuana in the city. Among other provisions, it calls for criminal background checks for the operators of marijuana dispensaries.

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In Michigan
7:14 pm
Thu May 6, 2010

Fans fondly remember Detroit broadcaster Harwell

DETROIT – Fans have been invited to Comerica Park to pay their final respects to cherished broadcaster Ernie Harwell, whose love of the game enriched the Detroit Tigers' successes and soothed the pain of losing.

The stadium opened at 7 a.m. Thursday to allow fans to view the body of Harwell, who died Tuesday of cancer at age 92. The Tigers said the viewing would continue until the last fan had said goodbye.

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In Michigan
5:16 pm
Thu May 6, 2010

Michigan lawmakers OK substitute for algebra class

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan Legislature has passed a bill that would give high school students more options to avoid taking algebra II and still graduate.

The bill would let students substitute a statistics or data analysis class in place of the advanced algebra class. The legislation passed the House by a 104-3 vote and passed the Senate by a 32-3 vote on Thursday.

The legislation now goes to Gov. Jennifer Granholm for her consideration. Granholm's administration has resisted changes to the graduation standards.

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