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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Top Stories
6:26 pm
Fri January 22, 2010

MI House Dems to prepare answer to GOP reforms

LANSING, MI –

State House Democrats are expected to go on a retreat next weekend to sort out their legislative priorities for the coming year. House Speaker Andy Dillon says they will come up with a plan to answer Senate-Republican proposals to save taxpayers' money.

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In Michigan
6:23 pm
Fri January 22, 2010

Dan Kildee brings urban issues to MI Dem gov race

EAST LANSING, MI –

Dan Kildee would like to turn his passion for restoring cities into a chance to restore the state.

The former Genesee County treasurer hasn't decided yet if he wants to join the Democratic race for governor now that Lt. Gov. John Cherry has withdrawn.

But he said Friday on public television's Off the Record program that he knows how to make government work and has "been in the trenches" helping cities such as Flint, Saginaw and Grand Rapids restore blighted areas.

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In Michigan
6:21 pm
Fri January 22, 2010

Suspected Lansing serial killer's convictions upheld

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the murder convictions of a suspected serial killer who was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole in the 2007 slayings of two Lansing women.

In an opinion released Friday, a three-judge panel disagreed with 30-year-old Matthew Macon's claim that didn't have effective legal counsel.

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Fri January 22, 2010

Feds file antitrust suit against Dean Foods

WASHINGTON –

The Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Dean Foods Co., saying a recent acquisition has spoiled a regional market for milk.

The lawsuit says Dean's 2009 acquisition of Foremost Farms USA's Consumer Products Division eliminates substantial competition in the sale of milk to schools, groceries, and convenience stories in Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.

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