In Michigan
7:07 am
Mon January 18, 2010

Race To The Top application on its way to Washington

LANSING, MI – Michigan's application for $400 million in federal education-reform money is expected to head to Washington today. But only a handful of local teachers unions support the "Race To The Top" reforms, which could jeopardize Michigan's chances to win the money.

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Sports
8:15 pm
Sat January 16, 2010

#8 Spartans take out Illinois 73-63

East Lansing, MI – Tom Izzo put Kalin Lucas on the bench a couple of minutes into Saturday's game.

The Michigan State coach heard what he wanted from his star player, then liked what he saw.

When Izzo didn't like how Lucas was leading the team last month, he held him out of a practice and didn't start him a game.

Lucas' lackluster start Saturday put him next to Izzo after two missed shots led to the defending Big Ten champions trailing by six points.

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Sports
5:13 pm
Sat January 16, 2010

Red Wings lose 3-2 to Dallas in shoot out

Dallas Tx – Steve Ott scored a controversial goal in the sixth round of the shootout, and the Dallas Stars ended a three-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Dallas goalie Alex Auld and Detroit's Jimmy Howard were perfect before Ott backhanded a shot through Howard's pads.

Howard pulled the puck off the goal line, but after a lengthy video review officials ruled that Ott's shot had crossed the line.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

State Senator wants monthly schools attendance count

LANSING, MI –

The chairman of the state Senate Education Committee says schools should be required to report student counts every month to the Department of Education.

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State Senator Wayne Kuipers says a monthly count would eliminate a lot of problems with charter schools and public schools arguing over stolen students. The schools receive payments based on the student counts. Kuipers says the schools put too much energy in the bi-annual count.

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In Michigan
6:23 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

EPA, Michigan sign order on dioxin cleanup plan

MIDLAND, MI –

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Michigan have signed an administrative order on a road map for the planned cleanup of dioxin contamination near the Dow Chemical Co. plant in Midland.

The signing was announced Friday. The agreement with Dow Chemical Co. outlines the next steps in a Superfund evaluation of contamination in the Tittabawassee River, the Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay and their floodplains.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

Other states, Canada send less trash to Michigan

LANSING, MI - –

The amount of trash sent to Michigan from other states and Canada continues to decline.

Michigan officials said Friday that the amount of imported waste fell 24% in the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30. The amount of waste sent to landfills by Michigan businesses and residents fell 13%.

Trash disposal likely has declined overall because of the poor economy and increased recycling. An agreement with Canada to lower trash imports also plays a role.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

Simpson seat will be vacant until November

LANSING, MI –

The Democratic majority in the state House will be down by one for most of this year. Governor Granholm has called a November special election to fill the vacancy created by the death of Jackson-area state Representative Mike Simpson.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

Feds question suspicious airplane passenger in Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

Police say a passenger on board a plane en route to northern Michigan was acting suspiciously, and the crew asked police to meet the aircraft when it landed.

Traverse City Police Capt. Steve Morgan says the passenger went into the bathroom "carrying an article" and left the bathroom without it on United Airlines Flight 6036 from Chicago Friday.

He says flight crew also reported a panel in the bathroom had been disturbed. Morgan says authorities came to the airport and detained the passenger.

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Top Stories
2:44 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

Students assist Haiti relief effort

East Lansing, MI – Students at Michigan State University are working with the American Red Cross to provide relief for victims of the earthquake in Haiti, and to give emotional support to their relatives here.

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WKAR Features
2:43 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

Detroit auto show creates optimism in the car business

DETROIT, MI –

The North American International Auto Show opens to the public in Detroit tomorrow, and carmakers hope the event will spark a rebound following a bad year.

Some companies are back at the show in Detroit after deciding not to display vehicles in 2009.

WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke with Barron Meade, vice-chairman of the Detroit Auto Show, at a press preview this week.

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