In Michigan
6:32 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Mich. gets concessions deal with corrections staff

LANSING, MI –
The state of Michigan and a labor union for corrections staff have reached a tentative agreement on contract concessions that the union says gets about $8.2 million in savings from workers.

The state on Thursday announced the deal with the Michigan Corrections Organization. The tentative agreement is subject to ratification by union members. The deal would extend the contract one year until Dec. 31, 2011.

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In Michigan
6:29 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Michigan gives final OK to nickel, copper mine

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –
Michigan regulators have given final approval for construction and operation of a bitterly contested nickel and copper mine in the Upper Peninsula.

The Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday it has determined the Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. project meets the requirements of the state's mining laws.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Granholm commuted 57 sentences in 2009

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm commuted 57 prison sentences of felons last year. The Granholm administration filed a report outlining the commutations with the state Senate this week.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

MI House Education Committee discusses district takeover

LANSING, MI –
A state House panel is discussing a plan that would expand the role of a school-reform officer. The position was created in the new "Race To The Top" law, but won't be filled until later this year. That officer will be allowed to take over the curriculums of failing schools.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Support for changes in MI tax policy grows after poll

EAST LANSING, MI –
A recent poll shows more support for increasing Michigan's income and sales taxes after those surveyed had a chance to learn more about the state's economic challenges. Public television stations across Michigan--including WKAR-TV--will broadcast a program about the survey Monday night at 9 pm.

Social scientist James Fishkin is the creator of "deliberative" polling. He oversaw the event that is featured in PBS' "Hard Times, Hard Choices."

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Watch Video
4:00 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

organissimo | BackStage Pass

w.r. richards WKAR

Soul jazz from Michigan's internationally acclaimed organ trio led by Jim Alfredson.

Originally aired 1/14/10

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WKAR Features
2:37 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Cadillac line important to GM's emergence from bankruptcy

DETROIT, MI –

As General Motors continues to emerge from bankruptcy, the success of the Cadillac nameplate, led by models built in Lansing, is crucial.

GM's luxury line may not lead the automaker in sales volume compared to Chevrolet or Buick, but it's important to GM's image.

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Sports
5:38 am
Thu January 14, 2010

Suspended Mich. St. players allowed to rejoin team

EAST LANSING, MI – Several of the Michigan State football players suspended from the Alamo Bowl because they were involved in an on-campus fight have been allowed to rejoin the team
for some offseason activities.

Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said Wednesday that he will allow the legal process for those players to take its course. That could affect players' future status.

Seven players, in addition to two permanently kicked off the team, face misdemeanor assault charges related to a Nov. 22 fight with members of a campus fraternity.

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Sports
5:37 am
Thu January 14, 2010

No. 7 Michigan State holds off Minnesota 60-53

EAST LANSING, MI – Durrell Summers scored all but one of his 13 points in the first half and Kalin Lucas had 11 of his 14 in the second, helping No. 7 Michigan State hold off Minnesota for a 60-53 win on Wednesday night.

The Spartans (14-3, 4-0 Big Ten) moved into a first-place tie with Illinois in the conference and will host the Fighting Illini on Saturday.

Lawrence Westbrook had 15 points and Damian Johnson scored 14 for the Golden Gophers (12-5, 3-2).

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

MI group: Slash business taxes, expand sales tax

LANSING, MI –
A group of Michigan business executives is trying to build momentum for changes it says would help the state budget and improve the state's economic climate.

Business Leaders for Michigan says Wednesday it wants to slice the state's main business tax in half and replace the lost money with a sales tax on some services.

The sales tax would be broadened but its rate would be lowered from the current 6 percent to 5.5%.

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