In Michigan
6:10 pm
Mon January 25, 2010

'Bilal's Stand' goes from UM film class to Sundance

ANN ARBOR, MI –

A movie that began in a University of Michigan film class has made it to the top of the ski hill, beating thousands of other entries for a spot at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

"Bilal's Stand" is the creation of 25-year-old Michigan graduate Sultan Sharrief. It's being screened Monday night in Sundance's new NEXT category for very low budget films.

It's one of eight films in the category.

Sharrief says the story is "highly personal" and based on him and his family in Detroit.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Mon January 25, 2010

Midwest attorneys general want to attend carp summit

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

Attorneys general from five states want to attend a White House meeting on preventing an Asian carp invasion of the Great Lakes.

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and his counterparts from Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin made the request Monday in a letter to President Barack Obama.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Mon January 25, 2010

AG Cox to Supreme Court to reconsider carp barrier ruling

LANSING, MI – Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox says the US Supreme Court was not told the whole story before it refused to shut down a Chicago shipping canal to stop the Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. Cox says he will ask the court to revisit its ruling, and consider new evidence that the invasive species poses an urgent threat.

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WKAR Features
2:51 pm
Mon January 25, 2010

Slatkin to speak at MSU

Detroit Symphony Orchestra conductor Leonard Slatkin.
Courtesy Photo

EAST LANSING, MI –

Detroit Symphony Orchestra conductor Leonard Slatkin will deliver a World View Lecture tonight at the Pasant Theatre in MSU's Wharton Center.

While in East Lansing, Slatkin will spend time with students at the Michigan State University College of Music.

WKAR's Scott Pohl recently spoke with Slatkin about American orchestras, his lecture, and what he gets out of working with students.

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WKAR Features
2:26 pm
Mon January 25, 2010

Idea competition moves ahead

EAST LANSING, MI –

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In Michigan
12:09 pm
Mon January 25, 2010

Interim GM CEO Whitacre named as permanent CEO

DETROIT –

General Motors Chairman and interim CEO Ed Whitacre is dropping the interim from his title as the automaker's CEO.

Whitacre announced the change this morning at GM's Detroit headquarters.

The 68-year-old Whitacre had been GM's interim CEO since last month, when the company's board ousted former CEO Fritz Henderson. He says GM's board asked him to become permanent CEO last week.

Whitacre is the former CEO of AT&T. He was named chairman of GM
last summer after the automaker emerged from bankruptcy.

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Sports
7:04 am
Mon January 25, 2010

MSU Women beat Minnesota

UNDATED – In college basketball, the Michigan State women have topped Minnesota 66-57. They've earned back-to-back wins after losing three Big Ten games in a row and dropping out of the Top 25.

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In Michigan
6:18 am
Mon January 25, 2010

MI Superintendent stresses early childhood education funding

LANSING, MI –

The state schools superintendent says it's important to make early-childhood-development program funding a higher priority in the state. Last year lawmakers gave school districts the option of diverting early child funds to plug budget holes.

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In Michigan
6:16 am
Mon January 25, 2010

Are Michigan's 20j school districts history?

LANSING, MI –

Some Democratic lawmakers in Lansing say the state's highest-spending school districts could soon be forgotten in budget negotiations.

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Extra funds for the state's highest-spending school districts were cut from the budget last year. These are districts that chose to tax themselves for more school funding before Proposal A eliminated their ability to do so. The so-called 20-J fund was created to lessen the blow to those districts.

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Sports
2:45 pm
Sat January 23, 2010

Michigan State rallies past Minnesota 65-64

Minneapolis, MInn – Kalin Lucas scored 22 points, Raymar Morgan added 17 and Michigan State (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) rallied to beat shorthanded Minnesota 65-64 on Saturday in a game the Spartans never led until the final minutes.

The Spartans (17-3) have won eight straight and matched their best start in the Big Ten since also starting 7-0 during the 1977-78 season.

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