In Michigan
5:50 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Legislature returns to Lansing and budget issues

LANSING, MI – The state Legislature returns from its spring break this week. Lawmakers are expected to dive back into budget disputes.

Funding for the Department of Transportation is quickly becoming one of the more contentious debates in Lansing. Democratic state Representative Lee Gonzales chairs the subcommittee that oversees that budget in the House.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Sun April 11, 2010

City of Lansing hosts anti-crime summit

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Lansing, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The City of Lansing hosted a public meeting Sunday night to address the recent rash of violence in the city.

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Since March 14, there've been five homicides in metro Lansing and several people have been injured in shootings.

City officials led a discussion about the violence at a meeting that drew about 150 people to Union Missionary Baptist Church.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

Asian carp focus of conservation group resolution

CHICAGO –

The National Wildlife Federation has passed a resolution asking for the separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds in an effort to stop the spread of invasive species like the Asian carp.

Jordan Lubetkin of the national conservation organization's Great Lakes office said the resolution passed unanimously Friday at the group's annual conference in Houston.

Federation board member Clark Bullard of Illinois calls Asian carp a "grave threat" and says the resolution is a "call for action."

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In Michigan
5:23 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

Stupak says he's retiring from Congress

UNDATED – Michigan Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak tells The Associated Press he'll
retire from Congress rather than seek a 10th term this year.

Stupak has drawn stinging criticism from opponents of the recently enacted health care overhaul after leading a bloc of anti-abortion Democrats whose last-minute
support was crucial to its approval by the House.

The Tea Party Express is calling for his defeat at rallies in his sprawling northern Michigan district this week.

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In Michigan
5:22 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

Tea Party target Stupak won't seek re-election

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak of Michigan tells The Associated Press he'll retire from Congress rather than seek a 10th term this year.

Stupak has drawn stinging criticism from opponents of the recently enacted health care overhaul after leading a bloc of anti-abortion Democrats whose last-minute support was crucial to its approval by the House.

The Tea Party Express is calling for his defeat at rallies in his sprawling northern Michigan district this week.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

Candidate pool could increase with Stupak's exit

LANSING, MI –

New potential candidates from northern Michigan are considering a run for Congress because of U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak's decision to retire.

The Democrat from Menominee announced Friday that he would not seek re-election this year.

Michigan House Republican Leader Kevin Elsenheimer of Kewadin says in a statement Friday he is taking a "serious look" at running for Stupak's seat and will announce his decision in the coming days. Elsenheimer can't run for the state House again because of term limits.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

MI House to deal with credit-scoring bill

LANSING, MI –

State House lawmakers are expected to vote next week on a bill that would prevent most employers from using credit scores of potential employees to make hiring decisions.

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The Michigan House approved a similar measure a couple years ago, but it stalled in the Republican-led state Senate.

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Top Stories
3:10 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

Tea Party Express will rally in Lansing Saturday

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) announced Friday he's retiring after 18 years in Congress.
Courtesy U.S. House

Lansing, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - One of Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak's harshest critics is celebrating word of the congressman's retirement. The Tea Party Express is planning to rally in Lansing Saturday evening.

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The grass roots group was holding a rally in Escanaba when Stupak announced he's stepping down after nine terms in Congress. The Tea Party Express had launched a $250,000 media blitz to chastise Stupak for his support of the health care reform bill.

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Sports
6:04 am
Fri April 9, 2010

Lugnuts lose first game of season

DAYTON, OH – The Lansing Lugnuts lost their first game of the season last night. The host Dayton Dragons took a 6-5, 11-inning win over the Lugnuts. Lansing and Dayton play the second game in their three-game series tonight at 7 p.m. at Dayton.

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Sports
5:48 am
Fri April 9, 2010

Cabrera has 4 hits, 4 RBIs as Detroit beats KC

KANSAS CITY, MO – Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in four runs and Dontrelle Willis turned in six solid innings in his first regular-season start in almost 10 months, leading the Detroit
Tigers to a 7-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.

The Royals bullpen blew three saves in the season-opening three-game series against the Tigers.

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