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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Sports
6:10 am
Fri January 15, 2010

Wurtz leads Badgers past No. 20 Spartans 48-45

EAST LANSING, MI – Reserve Taylor Wurtz scored 16 points, including the game-winning layup, to complete a comeback and push Wisconsin past No. 20 Michigan State 48-45 on Thursday night.

Wurtz had 11 points in the first half for the Badgers (14-4, 4-3 Big Ten), who trailed 39-25 but closed with a 23-6 run.

Teah Gant scored all 10 of her points in the second half and made a game-saving deflection, while Alyssa Karel finished with 10 points after a 2-for-10 start from the field.

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Sports
6:04 am
Fri January 15, 2010

Miller, Howard lead Wings past Hurricanes, 3-1

DETROIT – Drew Miller had a goal and an assist, and Jimmy Howard made 37 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Thursday night.

Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg also scored, and Valtteri Filppula had two assists for the Red Wings. Tom Kostopoulos scored for Carolina, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Cam Ward stopped 32 shots.


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In Michigan
6:39 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Vote delayed on Michigan texting while driving ban

LANSING, MI –

The effort to ban the practice of texting while driving in Michigan might be hitting at least a temporary roadblock.

The Republican-led state Senate on Thursday postponed a scheduled vote on legislation that would have prohibited the use of cell phones to read or write texts or e-mails while driving.

Republicans who run the chamber are still debating the legislation.

A key question is whether texting while driving would be considered a primary or secondary offense.

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In Michigan
6:36 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Stupak, other Dems still mulling MI governor run

LANSING, MI –
U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak is heading to Detroit to get a better feel for whether he wants to join other Democrats running for governor.

Stupak said in a phone conversation Thursday that he has been talking to supporters and will meet Saturday with party activists in southeast Michigan to weigh a possible run.

The congressman from Menominee says he could be tied up for weeks trying to keep language restricting how abortions are covered by insurance in the federal health care overhaul bill.

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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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