In Michigan
4:44 pm
Thu April 1, 2010

Bernero questions Dillon's response on health care

LANSING, MI –

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is questioning why his main opponent in the Democratic race for governor isn't more supportive of the new federal health care law.

Bernero said in a Thursday news release that House Speaker Andy Dillon's measured support of the changes puts him close to being in the same camp as Republicans such as Attorney General Mike Cox, who's challenging the law in court. Cox also is running for governor.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Thu April 1, 2010

Local pastor, civil rights leader dies at 58

The Rev. Lester Stone was pastor of Friendship Baptist Church since 1982.
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Lansing, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The Rev. Lester Stone, a leading spiritual and civil rights figure in Lansing, has died.

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Sports
6:02 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Ex-MSU player Wilson gets 21 days in jail in fight

EAST LANSING, MI – Former Michigan State defensive tackle Oren Wilson has been sentenced to 21 days in jail on misdemeanor assault and battery charges in connection with a Nov.
22 on-campus fight with fraternity members.

The 22-year-old also was ordered Wednesday to perform community service as part of his sentence. He's the last of 11 current or former Michigan State football players who pleaded guilty in the case to be sentenced.

Wilson was sentenced in East Lansing District Court.

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Sports
5:57 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Verlander touched up in final spring start

LAKELAND, FL – Justin Verlander was roughed up for five runs, three earned, over 5 1-3 innings in his final start of spring training, though the Detroit Tigers downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-5 Wednesday.

Verlander, who will face Kansas City's Zach Greinke on Monday, allowed 10 hits and walked two as his spring ERA ballooned to 5.48.

Verlander said he felt ready to go and was using the game to make adjustments he would not normally make in the regular season.

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Sports
5:50 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Beasley ends slump to lead Heat past Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Michael Beasley snapped out of a slump with 28 points and nine rebounds as the Miami Heat won their sixth straight, beating the Detroit Pistons 98-81 Wednesday night.

Beasley came into the game averaging 10.1 points in his last seven games, but he scored eight in the first quarter against the struggling Pistons.

Dorell Wright added 17 points off the bench for Miami, while Quentin Richardson had 16. Dwyane Wade finished with 10, shooting 4 for 13 on the night.

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In Michigan
6:21 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Governor Granholm defends new healthcare law

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm visited a hospital in Lansing to sign an executive order that will start preparing Michigan for the new federal healthcare law. The governor created a healthcare council and ombudsman to start making plans and informing people about their options.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

House committee measure would lighten juvenile crime record

LANSING, MI –

The state House Judiciary Committee met Wednesday in Lansing while the Legislature continues its two-week spring break. The lawmakers approved a measure that would require juvenile fingerprints and arrest cards to be thrown out in certain circumstances.

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The fingerprints and arrest records of juveniles would be thrown out if they complete a probationary period that dismisses the case.

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In Michigan
5:16 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Prosecutor: Agent infiltrated MI Christian militia

DETROIT –

Detention hearings for members of a Christian militia group who authorities say plotted to incite a violent revolt are recessed until Thursday.

A federal prosecutor who argued to hold them without bail said Wednesday that an undercover agent infiltrated the group and built explosives under the direction of suspected ringleader David Brian Stone.

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In Michigan
5:16 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Spartans head to Indianapolis

East Lansing, MI –

Michigan State Spartan fans gathered on campus Wednesday to send their basketball team off to the NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis.

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WKAR Features
2:59 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Robinson looks back on 25 years of sportscasting

WKAR Sports Director Earle Robinson.
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East Lansing, MI – WKAR Sports Director Earle Robinson opened the mic on his first call-in show 25 years ago. On April 1, 1985, "SportsTalk AM 870" debuted on WKAR. Over the years, Earle and co-host Rob Bennett have chatted with thousands of sports lovers and luminaries, from Magic Johnson to Tom Izzo. WKAR's Kevin Lavery asked Earle how it all began.

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