In Michigan
3:29 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

MI Senate expected to vote on moose hunting

LANSING, MI –

The state Senate is expected to vote soon on whether to create a moose-hunting season in Michigan. There are an estimated 500-600 moose living in the state, and the population is growing at 10% a year.

State Senator Jason Allen says it's time to allow for moose to be hunted, even if in very limited numbers.

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In Michigan
2:50 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

Granholm says she would veto stem cell rules

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm says she will not approve any efforts to write new restrictions into the amendment that allows embryonic stem cell research at publicly funded research clinics.

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In Michigan
11:18 am
Fri February 26, 2010

Schwarz to decide on bid for governor soon

EAST LANSING, MI –

Former Republican U.S. Representative Joe Schwarz will decide in the coming days if he'll join the Michigan governor's race as an independent.

The Battle Creek physician and former state senator ran for governor once before, when he unsuccessfully challenged Lieutenant Governor Dick Posthumus in the 2002 GOP primary.

Schwarz said Friday during the taping of WKAR-TV's "Off the Record" program that he no longer considers himself a Republican because the party has swung too far right on social issues.

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WKAR Features
8:36 am
Fri February 26, 2010

Ex-governors make joint appearance

LIVONIA, MI – Former Governors James Blanchard and John Engler were once political adversaries. But agreed far more than they disagreed in an unusual joint appearance Thursday to help raise money to train future political leaders.

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This was the first time the ex-governors shared a stage since they debated each other during the 1990 election. The event was a fundraiser for the Michigan Political Leadership Program, which helps train aspiring public servants.

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Sports
6:40 am
Fri February 26, 2010

MSU women's basketball team beats Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – Junior Kalisha Keane scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Michigan State women's basketball team to a 79-64 victory at Purdue on Thursday night. The Spartans, who have won nine of their last 10, improve to 20-8 overall, their seventh-straight 20 win season, and 11-6 in the Big Ten. The Spartans host Minnesota on Sunday at 2 at Breslin Center.

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Sports
5:55 am
Fri February 26, 2010

3 Mich. St. football players plead guilty in fight

EAST LANSING, MI – Three more Michigan State football players have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a Nov. 22 fight on campus with fraternity members.

Defensive tackle Oren Wilson pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of assault and battery. Defensive back Chris L. Rucker and receiver Myles White each pleaded guilty to one count. Conspiracy charges against the players were dropped.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Thu February 25, 2010

Granholm, Bernero get into tiff over Toyota in MI

LANSING, MI –

After Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero lashed out at Toyota Motor Corp. for a what he called a "long-standing pattern of deception," the woman he wants to replace in the governor's office took exception.

Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Thursday that Michigan has worked hard to attract Toyota's research-and-development center and suppliers, and should be less harsh toward the Japanese automaker.

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Thu February 25, 2010

Scientists seeking methods to control Asian carp

UNDATED –

Scientists are stepping up their search for methods to prevent Asian carp from becoming established in the Great Lakes, where they could threaten the fishing and boating industries.

Leon Carl of the U.S. Geological Survey told a U.S. Senate panel Thursday that researchers are looking at short- and long-term strategies.

They include stopping carp from spawning in rivers that flow into the lakes and developing poisons that would kill Asian carp but not other fish.

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In Michigan
6:05 pm
Thu February 25, 2010

Dow awarded tax credits to pursue alt energy projects

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan Economic Growth Authority has approved tax credits for Dow Chemical to support new jobs building solar panels and lithium-ion batteries. Governor Granholm says that's helping to turn the Saginaw-Midland area into a center of alternative energy manufacturing.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Thu February 25, 2010

Medicaid debate begins in Lansing

LANSING, MI –

State senators overseeing Michigan's Medicaid budget have begun taking testimony on the future of the program. Some lawmakers say the Medicaid debate may be one of the toughest state budget battles this year.

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