In Michigan
1:36 pm
Tue January 19, 2010

Democrats call for ending lifetime benefits for MI lawmakers

LANSING, MI –

A group of Democratic lawmakers say members of the state Legislature should not be given lifetime health care benefits. They say getting rid of politicians' lifetime benefits would save taxpayers $5 million.

State Senator Gretchen Whitmer says the measure would not make a significant dent in the budget deficit of almost $2 billion. But she says it's still an important symbolic gesture.

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In Michigan
1:35 pm
Tue January 19, 2010

Lawmakers consider changes to MI medical pot law

LANSING, MI –

Patients authorized to have marijuana for medical purposes in Michigan would no longer be allowed to grow their own supply under legislation pending in the state Senate.

The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony Tuesday on bills that would change the voter-approved program that began last year.

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In Michigan
1:31 pm
Tue January 19, 2010

Michigan sends off application for education money

LANSING, MI –

Michigan has sent in its application for up to $400 million for schools through the federal Race to the Top competition.

Applications are due Tuesday.

Michigan's application was signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan and State Board of Education President Kathleen Straus. Most local school districts endorsed the state's plan but their local unions did not.

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Sports
5:57 am
Tue January 19, 2010

Robinson scores 27, as Knicks beat Pistons 99-91

NEW YORK – Nate Robinson showed his game is much more than dunks, scoring 27 points Monday to lead the New York Knicks to a 99-91 victory and a split of a home-and-home series with the Detroit Pistons.

Chosen earlier in the day to defend his slam dunk title at All-Star weekend, Robinson made five 3-pointers, one during a 7-0 spurt that started the fourth quarter and gave the Knicks the lead for good.

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In Michigan
6:29 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

Detroit-area city still on the hook in bias case

HAMTRAMCK, MI –

A woman has received the keys to a new home in a small Detroit-area city as Hamtramck works to solve a discrimination case that began in the 1960s.

A judge found Hamtramck had violated the civil rights of blacks by destroying housing in the name of urban renewal. In 1980, the city agreed that 200 units of family housing would be developed to make up for what happened.

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In Michigan
6:26 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

Abernathy in Lansing to mark King holiday

LANSING, MI –

Hundreds of people gathered at the Lansing Center to hear a keynote address from Juanita Abernathy at the annual Martin Luther King Junior holiday luncheon today.

Scott Pohl reports.

AUDIO: Abernathy's husband was the late Reverend Ralph David Abernathy. She earned a spot in the International Civil Rights Hall of Fame for work that included organizing in Birmingham, Alabama during the 1955 bus boycott.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

Dunnings says he won't pursue perjury charges against Houghton

LANSING, MI –

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings says he won't pursue perjury charges against Lansing city council member Tina Houghton. Some of Houghton's critics allege she lied about delinquent property taxes when she applied to run for office.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

MI researcher calls for changing heart health effort

ANN ARBOR, MI –

New University of Michigan research suggests heart attack prevention efforts have
focused too much on one factor that may not be that important.

For decades, doctors and patients have focused on decreasing LDL--or bad'
cholesterol--as key to lowering a patient's risk of suffering a heart attack.
That's often meant doctors prescribing cholesterol lowering drugs, even for
patients with few other risk factors.

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In Michigan
3:32 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

Automotive X-Prize coming to Michigan

DETROIT, MI –

A multi-million dollar incentive program to produce highly efficient and marketable cars will play itself out in Michigan this year.

90.5-WKAR's Scott Pohl reports on the Automotive X-Prize.

AUDIO: The X-Prize Foundation first gained attention for a $10,000,000 prize for developments in practical space flight. In 2007, it announced rules for a similar prize, hoping to lead to reduced fuel consumption and environmental impact in the auto industry.

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WKAR Features
2:48 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

MSU Formula Racing Team at Detroit auto show

One of the MSU-built racecars on display at the Detroit auto show
Courtesy photo

DETROIT, MI –

At one of the entrances to the Cobo Center in Detroit, the first display people attending the North American International Auto Show will see is a booth for the Michigan State University Formula Racing Team.

The team of collegians is affiliated with the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Members get to do more than work on racecars; they also spend time with industry bigshots and car fanatics.

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