In Michigan
10:59 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

MI universities to focus on math and science teacher programs

LANSING, MI –
Six major Michigan universities will restructure their education programs to create the highest quality teachers for urban school districts and districts of "high need" in the state.

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In Michigan
10:54 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Lansing teachers wait on endorsing "Race to the Top"

LANSING, MI –
The Lansing Board of Education has signed off on reforms required to receive federal "Race to the Top" money. But the district's teacher's union says state officials have not disclosed details that may impact teachers. Jerry Swartz is President of the Lansing Schools' Education Association.

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In Michigan
4:53 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

MI House Speaker Andy Dillon formally announces Gov bid

LANSING, MI –
State House Speaker Andy Dillon formally announced Thursday that he has entered the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Whether Dillon would run as a Democratic or Independent candidate has been a topic of conversation for many months at the state capital. That's because he has found more support for his politics from business groups than from unions and other traditional Democratic supporters.

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Watch Video
4:00 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Big Willy | BackStage Pass

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A driving guitar and brassy sax punctuate the songwriting of Michigan's C.W. Rideoutt.

Originally aired 1/7/10

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In Michigan
2:21 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Lansing School Board to consider Race To The Top money

LANSING (MI) –

The Lansing Board of Education tonight will hear a presentation on how the district could benefit from the federal "Race To The Top" funding program.

Late last year, lawmakers passed a series of education reforms to become eligible to apply for the money. Governor Granholm signed those changes into law.

If chosen, Michigan could get as much as $400,000,000. Lansing schools could pick up $3,000,000 from "Race To The Top".

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In Michigan
11:40 am
Thu January 7, 2010

GM rolls out first electric car battery

BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP (MI) –

General Motors has made its first mass-produced electric car battery as it gears up to sell the new Chevrolet Volt to the general public later this year.

The lithium-ion battery was made Thursday at GM's Brownstown Battery Pack Assembly Plant that will produce the batteries for the automaker's Volt assembly line in Detroit. Regular production at both facilities is expected to begin in the fourth quarter.

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Top Stories
11:35 am
Thu January 7, 2010

Dillon entering race for governor

LANSING (MI) –

State House Speaker Andy Dillon formally announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor today.

Dillon has been criticized by some Democratic Party faithful for his favoritism towards business groups and conservative politics. But Dillon says he makes a good candidate because he knows how to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

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Arts & Culture
8:38 am
Thu January 7, 2010

Japan conductor Seiji Ozawa diagnosed with cancer

TOKYO – Japan's conductor Seiji Ozawa says he has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

The 74-year-old Ozawa said Thursday at a news conference he will cancel all his concerts from January to June to focus on treatment.

A doctor who accompanied Ozawa at the news conference said the cancer is in an early stage.

Ozawa is currently chief conductor of the Vienna State Opera.

Before that, he served 29 years as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


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Sports
6:02 am
Thu January 7, 2010

No. 10 Michigan State beats No. 17 Wisconsin

EAST LANSING, MI – Chris Allen scored 16 points and Draymond Green had 11, helping No. 10 Michigan State hold off No. 17 Wisconsin for a 54-47 victory Wednesday night.

The Spartans (12-3, 2-0 Big Ten) did not trail, but they could not put the pesky Badgers (12-3, 2-1) away in a closely contested defensive struggle.

Jon Leuer scored 18 of his 21 points after halftime to keep Wisconsin in the game.

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Sports
6:00 am
Thu January 7, 2010

Parker, Mason help Spurs past Pistons

SAN ANTONIO – Tony Parker and Roger Mason Jr. keyed a decisive run early in the fourth quarter Wednesday night as the San Antonio Spurs sent the Detroit Pistons to their 11th consecutive loss, 112-92.

Parker's three-point play a little more than two minutes into the final period was followed by consecutive baskets by Mason as part of an 11-0 stretch after the Pistons tied the score at 77 on Ben Gordon's driving layup to open the quarter.

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