In Michigan
4:45 pm
Wed February 10, 2010

Area health pros discuss hospital readmissions

LANSING, MI –

Mid-Michigan health professionals gathered in Lansing Wednesday to discuss how to keep heart patients from returning to the hospital for more treatment. Studies show a high number of patients with heart problems are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their release.

Dr. James Haering is with the Sparrow Health System. He says more personalized check-out instructions could reduce readmissions.

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In Michigan
3:14 pm
Wed February 10, 2010

Congressman Ehlers to retire

LANSING, MI –

Congressman Vern Ehlers of Grand Rapids announced Wednesday that he will retire after this year. And the list of people who could run for his seat is already getting long.

State Senator Bill Hardiman, a former mayor of Kentwood, says he will decide over the next few days whether to run for the congressional seat.

"For quite some time I've felt that this might be a good next position for me to serve," he says. "And it is all about service."

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In Michigan
2:34 pm
Wed February 10, 2010

Governor Granholm to release budget proposal

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm will present her final budget proposal Thursday to a joint meeting of the state House and Senate appropriations committees.

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The governor will outline her plans to retire a $1.7 billion deficit with a mix of cost-saving measures, cuts and new sources of revenue.

Republican Ron Jelinek chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee. He says the budget should be balanced without new taxes or fees.

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Top Stories
12:30 pm
Wed February 10, 2010

Ilitch won't run for governor; Ehlers to bow out

LANSING, MI –

Democrat Denise Ilitch says she won't run for governor.

The University of Michigan regent said in a statement Wednesday that she has decided against joining the race because the compressed election calendar "would not allow me to run the kind of campaign for governor I believe Michigan needs at this time."

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WKAR Features
8:46 am
Wed February 10, 2010

Dairy farmers seek price relief in tough times

David Wittkop manages the MMPA milk manufacturing plant in Ovid, MI. The plant is expanding daily production by 2,000,000 pounds per day.
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Clinton County, MI – In 2009, dairy farmers from California to Connecticut found themselves in the midst of one of their worst years in decades. The global credit crisis evaporated milk exports. Prices fell through the floor -- and many producers went bankrupt.

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Sports
6:53 am
Wed February 10, 2010

No. 6 Purdue wins 76-64 at No. 10 Michigan State

EAST LANSING, MI – E'Twaun Moore scored a season-high 25 points and JaJuan Johnson added 19, lifting No. 6 Purdue to a 76-64 victory over No. 10 Michigan State on Tuesday night.

The Boilermakers (20-3, 8-3) have won six straight, while the Spartans (19-6, 9-3) have dropped three in a row to lose their commanding lead in the Big Ten.

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Sports
6:52 am
Wed February 10, 2010

Prince, Stuckey lead Detroit past Milwaukee, 93-81

MILWAUKEE – Tayshaun Prince scored a season-high 18 points and Rodney Stuckey added 18 to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Milwaukee Bucks 93-81 on Tuesday night.

Leading 64-62 going into the fourth, the Bucks tied it twice before Jason Maxiell's short jumper ignited a 16-6 run that turned the game decisively in the Pistons' favor. Ben Gordon's jumper capped the run and gave Detroit an 87-75 lead with 2:50 to go and they never looked back.

Ben Gordon scored 18 for the Pistons (18-32), who had lost six of the last eight games.

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Sports
6:48 am
Wed February 10, 2010

Blues beat Red Wings 4-3 in shootout

ST. LOUIS – Paul Kariya scored twice for his first goals at home in more than 15 months, and the St. Louis Blues recovered after blowing a two-goal cushion, beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday night.

T.J. Oshie and Brad Boyes scored in the shootout for St. Louis. Goalie Chris Mason clinched it with a left pad save on Henrik Zetterberg in the third round.

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Top Stories
6:49 pm
Tue February 9, 2010

Educators wait on Granholm school funding plan

LANSING, MI –

Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she will draw the line against further cuts to education funding and restore Michigan's main college scholarship program.

But the Democratic governor hasn't yet said exactly how she plans to pay for those proposals and Republicans say they will fight back if she proposes tax increases. That leaves some educators skeptical about efforts to protect funding as Michigan's new budget debates begins.

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In Michigan
6:45 pm
Tue February 9, 2010

Activists ask Congress to protect Great Lakes from carp

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

Scientists and environmentalists say the only sure way to keep Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes is to permanently separate them from the Mississippi River basin.

They told a congressional panel Tuesday in Washington that the Obama administration's $78.5 million strategy for blocking the carp's advance is a stopgap plan at best.

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