Sports
5:57 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Cavs complete rare sweep of Pistons

CLEVELAND – J.J. Hickson and Anthony Parker combined for 20 points in the decisive third quarter and Cleveland beat Detroit 104-79 on Sunday to give the Cavaliers their first season sweep of the Pistons in 30 years.

Cleveland held a double-digit lead most of the game, although the Pistons cut it to 55-47 on a basket by Jonas Jerebko with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. Hickson and Parker took charge, combining to score 16 of Cleveland's next 19 points while Detroit went more than five minutes without a field goal.

Read more
In Michigan
5:46 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Lansing gathering to explore health care access

LANSING, MI – Michigan civil rights officials say a public forum in Lansing Monday evening could expose disparities in access to health care.

AUDIO:

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission wants to hear first hand accounts of barriers to health care due to race, religion, gender or national origin. Harold Core is a commission spokesman.

Read more
In Michigan
5:17 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Republican AG Cox joins challenge to health bill

LANSING, MI –

Michigan attorney general and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox says he's joining a Florida suit challenging the legality of the health care legislation that Congress passed.

Cox says Congress's requirement for people to buy health insurance "raises serious constitutional concerns."

Democratic critics call such lawsuits frivolous.

The health care legislation backed by President Barack Obama passed the Democratic-led U.S. House on Sunday night after earlier winning Senate approval.

Read more
In Michigan
6:28 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

2 Mich. gubernatorial candidates speak to students

BEVERLY HILLS, MI –

Two Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates found common ground while speaking to private school students in suburban Detroit.

Democratic House Speaker state Rep. Andy Dillon and Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra said Friday a more business-friendly government can help reduce Michigan's nation-leading unemployment rate.

The candidates were invited to Detroit Country Day Upper School in Beverly Hills to offer ideas for Michigan's future.

Read more
In Michigan
6:13 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

Embezzler who got tax credit has $9M bond set

FLINT, MI –

A judge has set bail at $9 million for a convicted embezzler out on parole who snagged a multimillion-dollar business tax credit from the state of Michigan.

RASCO CEO Richard A. Short was charged Friday with 24 counts of fraud, embezzlement and other charges in connection with money taken from an 86-year-old neighbor with dementia.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton asked 67th District Court Judge John Conover to set bond at the same amount that Short attempted to get in the tax credit.

Read more
In Michigan
5:41 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

Granholm may not get retirement bill next week

LANSING, MI –

It's starting to look like the Legislature won't meet Governor Granholm's April first deadline for creating incentives to entice thousands of public employees into early retirement.

AUDIO:
The governor estimates early retirements could save taxpayers $450 million during a budget crisis. But she says if school districts are going to take advantage of the savings, they have to make retirement offers next month.

Read more
reWorking Michigan
2:02 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

Company closing S. Ind. plant, expanding in Mich.

EVANSVILLE, IN – A company that makes sealants and adhesives for the automotive and construction industries is closing a southern Indiana factory as it plans to shift production to a Michigan plant.

ADCO Products has told the nearly 100 workers at its Evansville factory that it will close by the end of the year. Company President Glenn Frommer says the plant is a century old and was inflexible for an expansion.

The company, instead, picked an ADCO factory near Jackson, Michigan, for the expansion that could add more than 200 jobs.

Read more
In Michigan
9:51 am
Fri March 19, 2010

Financial manager briefs leaders on schools' plans

DETROIT – Emergency financial manager Robert Bobb says he is continuing to put together five plans to help lead the struggling Detroit Public Schools into a brighter future.

Bobb briefed a group of elected and community leaders Friday morning on his master plans for education and teaching, safety and security, facilities, parental involvement, and long-term finances for the district.

He is the featured panelist at the first 2010 session of Pancakes & Politics forum in Detroit.

Read more
WKAR Features
6:31 am
Fri March 19, 2010

Under the Radar: Raphael reviews scandal book

WKAR Book Reviewer Lev Raphael.
WKAR Photo

EAST LANSING, MI – Lev Raphael has been indulging in a juicy book about a juicy subject--celebrity gossip, and the magazine that started it all. He reviews Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, "America's Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine" by Henry E. Scott.

Read more
Sports
5:56 am
Fri March 19, 2010

MSU women take on Bowling Green in tourney

UNDATED – Making its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in the last eight seasons, the Michigan State women's basketball team, the No. 5 seed in the Kansas City Regional, will face No. 12 Bowling Green on Saturday at 12:11 p.m. in Louisville, Ky. MSU has won six straight first round games.

Read more

Pages