In Michigan
2:29 pm
Fri April 16, 2010

East Lansing fire displaces 11

EAST LANSING, MI –

Authorities say 11 college students are looking for new quarters after a fire destroyed their East Lansing house Friday morning. Fire officials say all residents at 318 Elm Place escaped safely. They initially estimated damage at $500,000 and call it a total loss. Michigan State University is working to find alternative housing for those displaced.

Officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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WKAR Features
8:34 am
Fri April 16, 2010

The mystique of Sargent's "Daughters" painting

John Singer Sargent's \"The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit\" (1882).
Image Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

EAST LANSING, MI – Lev Raphael recently brought in a book about the history of a painting by John Singer Sargent.

Lev talked with Melissa Ingells about Sargent's Daughters: The Biography of a Painting by Erica E. Hirshler for this month's Under the Radar segment.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

More than 1,000 attend tax day tea party rally at MI Capitol

LANSING, MI –

There were dozens of tea party protests around the state to coincide with Tax Day. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, one of the largest was at the state Capitol in Lansing.

AUDIO:

"Take Michigan back! Take Michigan back!"

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

MI House committee looks at term limits

LANSING, MI –

A state House panel has begun discussions of a proposal to extend term limits of state politicians.

AUDIO:
Democratic state Representative Mark Meadows says most lawmakers in the House get a handle on being an elected official by their third term.

"By the time anybody has learned the system and can really effectively move legislation here, they're ready to go out the door."

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

Ex-Rep Kennedy speaks at MSU 'green commencement'

EAST LANSING, MI –

Michigan State University says ex-U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II will be a featured speaker as part of its environmentally friendly "green commencement" May 7-9.

Among the waste-reducing features of this year's spring graduation are diplomas and programs printed on recycled paper and caps and gowns made from recycled plastic bottles.

The university says about 58,500 plastic bottles have gone to make the gowns, saving 16,500 yards of fabric. Invitations were e-mailed, not mailed.

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In Michigan
5:26 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

Oakland Co. withdraws suit over Mich. smoking ban

PONTIAC, MI –

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has withdrawn a lawsuit filed against the state over a smoking ban that's set to take effect May 1 following calls and e-mails from the public.

Patterson spokesman Bill Mullan said the lawsuit was filed Thursday afternoon with the Michigan Court of Appeals, but residents of the county that includes Detroit's northern suburbs made it clear they opposed the suit.

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WKAR Features
8:30 am
Thu April 15, 2010

Michigan's economic "gardeners" advocate growing our own businesses

EAST LANSING, MI –

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WKAR Features
6:31 am
Thu April 15, 2010

Jeff Haas to play at Creole Gallery

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Sports
6:25 am
Thu April 15, 2010

Lugnuts lose to Captains

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts lost to the Lake County Captains last night, 7-3 at Cooley Law School Stadium.

The two teams play again tonight.

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Sports
6:22 am
Thu April 15, 2010

Villanueva rallies Pistons over Wolves, 103-98

MINNEAPOLIS – Charlie Villanueva scored 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Detroit Pistons to a 103-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night in the season finale for both teams.

Tayshaun Prince added 20 points for the Pistons, who trailed by 16 points in the third quarter. With Ben Gordon, Richard Hamilton, Rodney Stuckey and Chris Wilcox not in uniform, Villanueva hit three 3-pointers and five free throws in the final period to end a tough season on a high note.

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