In Michigan
6:14 pm
Fri February 19, 2010

Mich. court upholds cap on payday loan bounce fees

DETROIT –

The Michigan Court of Appeals says payday loan companies can no longer charge borrowers triple damages plus $250 if their checks bounce.

The court's ruling released Friday reverses an Oakland County court decision in favor of a lenders group.

The decision upholds state regulators enforcing a law designed to rein in practices by an industry used mainly by low-pay workers.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Fri February 19, 2010

Governor creates position of health cost cutter

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm has signed an executive order to create an inspector general to investigate reports of waste and fraud in Medicaid and other taxpayer-financed health programs.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Fri February 19, 2010

Ingham prosecutor decries crime lab backlogs

LANSING, MI –

Ongoing staff shortages in state police crime labs are creating more and longer delays in mid-Michigan courts. Ingham county prosecutor Stuart Dunnings says the situation amounts to a breach of justice for victims and defendants alike. He says the average wait for DNA evidence in Ingham County now exceeds 135 days.

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WKAR Features
8:23 am
Fri February 19, 2010

Under the Radar: Raphael reviews <em>The American Leonardo</em>

EAST LANSING, MI – It's time for Under the Radar, when our book reviewer Lev Raphael talks about books you may not have heard about yet. Lev reviews a book about an infamous painting that's been in the news lately--The American Leonardo by John Brewer.

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Sports
5:55 am
Fri February 19, 2010

Porcello says Tigers must get past 2009 collapse

LAKELAND, FL – Detroit pitcher Rick Porcello says the team must move past last year's late collapse, although the memory of watching the Minnesota Twins celebrate the AL Central championship can motivate the Tigers for 2010.

A 14-game winner as a rookie, Porcello will join other pitchers and catchers Friday for the Tigers' first official workout of spring training.

Only pitcher Jose Valverde and catchers Gerald Laird and Max St. Pierre had yet to arrive as of Thursday afternoon, and all are expected to be in camp by Saturday.

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In Michigan
5:54 am
Fri February 19, 2010

Kildee to jump into MI Dem race

LANSING, MI –

Former Genessee County Treasurer Dan Kildee says he will file the paperwork next week forming a campaign committee to seek the Democratic nomination for governor.

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Kildee is not widely known outside the Flint area, but his name is well-known in Democratic circles. He is a long time party activist and his uncle is Congressman Dale Kildee.

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Sports
5:54 am
Fri February 19, 2010

MSU women win over Illinois; DeHaan breaks record

EAST LANSING, MI – The Michigan State women's basketball team cruised to a 64-43 win over Illinois last night at the Breslin Center, but the story of the night was senior Allyssa DeHaan breaking the NCAA Division I blocked shots record. DeHaan deflected a running shot by Lydia McCully along the baseline for 487th career block, surpassing St. Mary's junior Louella Tomlinson, who set the mark last Thursday.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Thu February 18, 2010

CMU breaks ground for $24M med school building

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI –

Central Michigan University has broken ground for a $24 million home for a medical school. It's one of three new medical schools planned for the state.

The university held a ceremony Thursday for a 60,000-square-foot addition to the Health Professions Building on its Mount Pleasant campus. Completion is planned for 2012.

Central says it's designed to meet the accrediting standards of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Thu February 18, 2010

MI Education Committee seeks reforms not taxes

LANSING, MI –

A panel of state lawmakers has begun hearings on reform ideas to reduce the cost of operating Michigan's K-12 schools.

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A white board filled with bullet points hangs on the wall in Democratic House Education Committee Chairman Tim Melton's office.

"There's twenty reforms on our board that we've actually taken ideas that are out there and just started to try and vet them," he says.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Thu February 18, 2010

12,000 Detroit rape kits go unexamined

LANSING, MI –

Officials told state lawmakers Thursday that Detroit Police forensics personnel has neglected 12,000 rape examination kits dating back to the mid-1990s.

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Democratic state Representative Richard Leblanc says he found out about the misplaced rape kits a couple of weeks ago. He says the kits were discovered in an unprocessed and unrecorded box, and he says that's unacceptable. But Leblanc also knows there isn't enough time or resources to process the kits.

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