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12:08 pm
Fri March 26, 2010

An Hour With Governor Granholm - 2010

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
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East Lansing, MI –



Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm took questions from the citizens across the state during her annual call-in show on WKAR AM 870.

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WKAR Features
8:32 am
Fri March 26, 2010

Lansing Symphony features Barber concerto, Schumann symphony

LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt.

EAST LANSING, MI – Melissa Ingells talks to Lansing Symphony Orchestra conductor Timothy Muffitt about the MasterWorks 5 concert, "Reflections of Romanticism." It features the Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber, the "Rhenish" Symphony #3 by Schumann, and a suite of Ancient Airs and Dances by Respighi.

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In Michigan
8:26 am
Fri March 26, 2010

House votes to repeal helmet law

LANSING, MI – The state House has voted to repeal Michigan's mandatory motorcycle helmet law.

The Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta reports.

AUDIO: The measure would allow anyone over the age of 21 who buys a special $20,000 insurance policy to ride without a helmet. Riders younger than 21 or who don't have the policy would still have to wear a helmet.

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In Michigan
8:24 am
Fri March 26, 2010

Legislature rescues summer Pure Michigan ad campaign

LANSING, MI – The Pure Michigan tourism ads will be back on the air in neighboring Midwestern states as people are making summer travel plans.

The Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta reports that the Legislature has approved a temporary funding measure to pay for the ads.

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In Michigan
8:21 am
Fri March 26, 2010

House Dems call to consolidate Legislative services

LANSING, MI – A new proposal in the Legislature would save the state a few million dollars by consolidating services at the Capitol.

The Michigan Public Radio Network's Laura Weber reports.

AUDIO: The plan unveiled by House Democrats would consolidate House and Senate business offices and support services. That includes the fiscal agencies that crunch numbers for the House and Senate.

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Sports
7:01 am
Fri March 26, 2010

Mid-major NIowa a real threat to beat Michigan St

ST. LOUIS – Northern Iowa has a big anchor in the middle, a tenacious point guard and a fearless shooter who has already taken down two teams in the NCAA tournament.

These Panthers aren't underdogs or Cinderellas. They're just good and a threat to beat Michigan State in the round of 16 on Friday in St. Louis.

Northern Iowa knocked off UNLV in the opening round on a last-second 3-pointer, then took down No. 1 overall seed Kansas on another late 3 by Ali Farokhmanesh.

Next up is the limping Spartans.

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Sports
7:00 am
Fri March 26, 2010

Red Wings' Jimmy Howard has helped playoff push

DETROIT – Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard says he's not surprised by his success as a rookie.

Howard ranks among the NHL's top 10 in wins, goals-against average and save percentage.

He has been a key reason Detroit will be in a position to pad its lead for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs Friday night at home against the Minnesota Wild.

Howard insists he knew he was prepared for his pressure-packed job after four years of seasoning in the minors and three seasons at the University of Maine.

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Sports
6:47 am
Fri March 26, 2010

Bonderman goes 4 1-3, Tigers beat Nationals 8-2

VIERA, FL – Trying to earn rotation spots, Detroit's Jeremy Bonderman worked out of trouble over 4 1-3 innings, while Washington's J.D. Martin began poorly but finished well, and Johnny Damon's two hits helped a Tigers split squad beat the Nationals 8-2
Thursday night.

Still working his way back from shoulder surgery in 2008, Bonderman allowed five hits and two runs - one earned. He also threw a wild pitch and walked a batter while recording only one 1-2-3 inning. He's competing with Dontrelle Willis and Nate Robertson for two openings.

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In Michigan
5:25 pm
Thu March 25, 2010

Mich. Dems protest AG suit against health care

LANSING, MI –

Michigan Democrats are criticizing Republican Attorney General Mike Cox for filing a legal challenge to the new federal health care law.

Michigan Democratic Chairman Mark Brewer, Progress Michigan executive director David Holtz and Ryan Irvin of Organizing for America protested Thursday outside Cox's office near the Capitol to express their disapproval.

Brewer calls the lawsuit "frivolous" and says it's a waste of taxpayers' money.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Thu March 25, 2010

Students march on Capitol to protest budget cuts

LANSING, MI –

Several hundred university students marched on the state Capitol Thursday to protest the loss of the Michigan Promise scholarship and proposed budget cuts to higher education. Earlier this week, state workers and nurses also rallied against budget cuts.

AUDIO:
("higher education, higher priorities .)

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