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3:31 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

Granholm budget chief says there may not be political will to pass plan

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm's budget chief says it will be tough to round up enough votes in the Legislature for the governor's budget proposals.

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Budget Director Robert Emerson was appearing on the Michigan Public Television show "Off the Record." Emerson acknowledged the governor's new budget - the final budget proposal of her administration -- is controversial -- especially expanding the sales tax to cover services.

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WKAR Features
2:12 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

Governor presents final budget

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
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LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has vowed she will veto any budget plans that cut money for schools, and asked the Legislature to expand Michigan's sales tax to stabilize funding for K-through-12 education. The governor presented her final budget proposal to lawmakers Thursday.

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WKAR Features
10:07 am
Fri February 12, 2010

Olympic men's hockey: the Michigan connection

EAST LANSING, MI –

Tonight, the Winter Olympic games begin with opening ceremonies in Vancouver.

Ever since the Team USA "miracle on ice" in 1980, men's ice hockey has been one of the most closely followed sports in the Olympics.

This year's squad has a distinct Michigan flavor. The state's youth hockey system has a lot to do with that.

AUDIO: The path to Olympic glory starts in places like Suburban Ice in East Lansing.

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Sports
9:51 am
Fri February 12, 2010

3 more Mich. St. players plead guilty to assault

EAST LANSING, MI – Three more current or former Michigan State football players have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault charges in connection with a Nov. 22 fight.

Receiver Fred Smith pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit assault. An assault charge was dropped.

Former safety Roderick Jenrette pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and assault and battery. A conspiracy charge was dropped.

Former linebacker Jamiihr Williams pleaded guilty to assault. A conspiracy charge was dropped.

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Sports
9:49 am
Fri February 12, 2010

Tigers' Harwell to receive Vin Scully award

NEW YORK – Ernie Harwell will receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting.

The Hall of Fame broadcaster for the Detroit Tigers will receive the award on May 5 in New York. The 92-year-old Harwell was the voice of the Tigers from 1960 to 2002.

He said last September he has inoperable cancer, a month after surgery for an obstructed bile duct. He was honored with a tribute during a game at Comerica Park on Sept. 16.

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Sports
9:47 am
Fri February 12, 2010

Sharks take 3-2 win over Wings

DETROIT – Patrick Marleau scored the lone goal in a shootout to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

Evgeny Nabokov stopped a career-high 50 shots, and Joe Thornton and Dwight Helminen scored in regulation for the Sharks. It was Western Conference-leading San Jose's first win over Detroit this season after three losses.

Johan Franzen and Jason Williams scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard made 24 saves.


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Sports
9:45 am
Fri February 12, 2010

MSU women beat Michigan

ANN ARBOR, MI – Behind a strong defensive effort, Michigan State held off Michigan, 50-45, Thursday at Crisler Arena. The Spartans, who improve to 16-8 overall and 7-6 in the Big Ten, held the Wolverines to a season-low 45 points and 28.8% shooting from the field. Allyssa DeHaan tied the NCAA Division I career blocks record in the win, tallying a block on Krista Phillips 13 seconds into the second half.

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In Michigan
6:29 pm
Thu February 11, 2010

Reaction to Governor's tax proposals

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm's budget proposal for the coming year includes a tax on physicians' services to cover holes in Medicaid. And she says she wants it approved by lawmakers before July.

The physicians' tax has been unpopular in Lansing and was booted out of the state capital by a large group of protesting doctors last year.

Republican state Senator Roger Kahn says without the support of the medical community, the governor's plan is left with a $200 million shortfall.

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In Focus Today
6:25 pm
Thu February 11, 2010

Governor Granholm presents final budget

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm has vowed she will veto any budget plans that cut money for schools, and asked the Legislature to expand Michigan's sales tax to stabilize funding for K-12 education. The governor presented her final budget proposal to lawmakers Thursday.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Thu February 11, 2010

3 more Mich. St. players plead guilty to assault

EAST LANSING, MI –

Three more current or former Michigan State football players have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault charges in connection with a Nov. 22 fight.

Receiver Fred Smith pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit assault. An assault charge was dropped.

Former safety Roderick Jenrette pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and assault and battery. A conspiracy charge was dropped.

Former linebacker Jamiihr Williams pleaded guilty to assault. A conspiracy charge was dropped.

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