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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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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