In Michigan
6:12 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

MI summer tourism ads may not run if lawmakers lag

LANSING, MI –

Those ads promoting Michigan's lakes and summer shorelines may never run for the upcoming tourist season if lawmakers don't act soon.

Michigan Economic Development Corp. CEO Greg Main said Tuesday that unless lawmakers find a way to fund the "Pure Michigan" campaign in the next two weeks, the window for running the ads will close.

State officials would like to spend at least $30 million on the campaign.

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In Michigan
6:06 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

MI Senate to begin voting on budgets next week

LANSING, MI –

The state Senate is expected to begin voting on budget proposals next week. The proposals assume Republicans will be able approve a pay freeze for all state employees. And Republican leaders have yet to find enough support for that freeze.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

MI Senate debates national health care

LANSING, MI –

The debate over national health care was an issue Tuesday on the floor of the Michigan Senate.

AUDIO:
The Senate debated a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would allow Michigan residents to opt out of a national health care plan. Republicans such as Senator Wayne Kuipers say states should resist creating a large new federal bureaucracy.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

Brownfield option brings Sonic to Lansing

LANSING, MI –

A dilapidated former hotel in South Lansing will become the site of the area's first Sonic Drive-In.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

Granholm asks Legislature to act on retirement incentives

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm is asking the Legislature to act within two weeks on incentives to encourage 47,000 veteran teachers and other state workers to retire. She says that would give school districts time to make a retirement offer and hire replacements for the coming school year.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

MSU breaks ground on new art museum

An artist's rendering of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at night.
Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, MI –

Hundreds of people gathered at Michigan State University today to break ground on the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.

WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

AUDIO: As music played and a giant crane raised the Sparty mascot above their heads, dignitaries turned the first spadefuls of dirt to begin construction on the Broad Art Museum.

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In Michigan
11:40 am
Tue March 16, 2010

MSU-Dubai executive director leaving

EAST LANSING, MI –

The executive director of Michigan State University's campus in Dubai is leaving that post.

Brendan Mullen's two-year contract to direct the Dubai campus from its inception expired in December. He will continue in the post through the end of the academic year.

Mullen plans to return to the East Lansing campus. As of July first, he'll join the department of sociology faculty.

In it's second year, the Dubai campus has 25 instructors and staff, and about 100 students.

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Sports
5:28 am
Tue March 16, 2010

Cabrera homers in Tigers' victory

LAKELAND, FL – Miguel Cabrera hit his first homer of spring training and Scott Sizemore and Brennan Boesch also went deep for the Detroit Tigers as they knocked off the Toronto Blue
Jays 10-7, with the wind blowing out on Monday.

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Sports
5:27 am
Tue March 16, 2010

East Lansing G Klarissa Bell wins Miss Basketball

DETROIT – Klarissa Bell says she isn't surprised that this year's Miss Basketball winner for Michigan came from Michigan State's loaded recruiting class.

The East Lansing senior just didn't think it would be her, despite averaging 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals this season. East Lansing plays Rockford in Tuesday's Class A quarterfinals.

Bell is a shooting guard who finished with 1,267 points in voting done by the Basketball Coaches of Michigan, putting her well ahead of a three-way battle for second.

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Sports
5:25 am
Tue March 16, 2010

Michigan State women seeded 5th in region

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State will meet Mid-American Conference champion Bowling Green in the first round of the Kansas City region in the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

The fifth-seeded Spartans (22-9) are making their second straight tournament appearance and seventh in the past eight seasons. They finished No. 24 in the final Associated Press poll after losing to Iowa in the Big Ten tournament semifinals.

Bowling Green, the No. 12 seed, is 27-6.

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