In Michigan
10:02 am
Tue January 5, 2010

Fundraiser says Cherry will not run for governor

LANSING (MI) –

Longtime fundraiser Faylene Owen says lieutenant governor John Cherry has decided against running to succeed democratic governor Jennifer Granholm.

Owen confirmed Tuesday morning that the lieutenant governor, who has not formally entered the race, plans to announce that he won't be running.

Owen, an East Lansing resident and Michigan State University trustee, says the tough economy and Granholm's record has made it difficult for Cherry to raise money.


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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

MI natural gas customers paying less this winter

LANSING, MI –
Most natural gas customers in Michigan are seeing lower bills so far this heating season because of warmer than normal temperatures and high levels of gas in underground storage.

The Michigan Public Service Commission said Monday that temperatures are 2% above average so far this heating season. Storage levels are nearly 14% above the five-year average.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

MI House to take testimony on further education reforms

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm says she would like to see some of the measures in the "Race To The Top" education-reform package pushed further. Granholm wants a state reform officer to be able to take over an entire failing school district, rather than just individual failing schools.

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In Michigan
5:15 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

Governor Granholm signs hard-fought school reforms

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm has signed a package of major education reforms that advocates say will be a crucial step toward improving Michigan's schools. State officials hope the new laws will help the state win federal school-reform grants.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

Race to the Top bill signing today

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm plans to sign a package of education-reform bills today. The reforms will allow Michigan to compete for as much as $400 million in federal "Race To The Top" funds.

Democrats and Republicans at the state Capitol battled for months over the reforms before they were completed on the last day of the 2009 session. Democrat Tim Melton chairs the House Education Committee. He thinks the reforms are serious enough to give the state a good shot at the money.

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In Focus Today
4:01 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

A'Lynne Robinson in line to become Lansing city council president

Lansing (MI) –

This week, A'Lynne Robinson is expected to be voted president of the Lansing City Council.

That will make her next in line to serve as mayor, if Virg Bernero were to leave office this year.

The prospect of such an event has kicked up a notch with the recent announcement that Bernero has formed an exploratory committee to consider running for governor.

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In Michigan
3:51 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

MSU releases labor deal details

East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University employees would see no pay increase this year under a tentative agreement between their unions and the university.

The four-year deal includes a 1% lump sum payment and a 1% base pay raise next year. There would be 2% raises in the third and fourth years of the deal.

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WKAR Features
11:31 am
Mon January 4, 2010

A'Lynne Robinson in line to become Lansing city council president

Lansing, MI –

This week, A'Lynne Robinson is expected to be voted president of the Lansing City Council.

That will make her next in line to serve as mayor, if Virg Bernero were to leave office this year.

The prospect of such an event has kicked up a notch with the recent announcement that Bernero has formed an exploratory committee to consider running for governor.

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Sports
6:30 am
Mon January 4, 2010

Defense helps No. 16 Spartans beat Indiana 53-44

BLOOMINGTON, IN – Allyssa DeHaan had 16 points, 12 rebounds and moved into second place on the list for career blocked shots in leading No. 16 Michigan State past Indiana 53-44 on
Sunday.

DeHaan passed IUPUI's Brooke McAfee (447) when she blocked Jori Davis' layup with 5:18 left in the first half. DeHaan finished with three blocks, giving her 449 in her career. TCU's Sandora Irvin holds the national record of 480.

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Sports
6:17 am
Mon January 4, 2010

Bears beat Lions 37-23 to finish disappointing 7-9

DETROIT – Jay Cutler matched a career high for a second straight week with four touchdown passes, leading the Chicago Bears to a 37-23 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The Bears (7-9) won the final two games of the season and three of the first four. The problem: Chicago lost eight of 10 games between its strong start and finish.

Detroit (2-14) was bad again after becoming the NFL's first team to finish 0-16 last season.

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