In Michigan
9:24 am
Fri January 1, 2010

MSU students compete in 'Red Carpet Green Design'

EAST LANSING, MI –
Design students at Michigan State University will be part of a national "Red Carpet Green Dress" competition to develop a high-fashion Hollywood runway outfit that
also promotes sustainability.

The contest is sponsored by actress Suzy Amis Cameron, wife of "Avatar" director James Cameron.

The contest's Web site says she'll pick the winning dress design and wear it "at one of Hollywood's largest film award celebrations" in early 2010.

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In Michigan
9:22 am
Fri January 1, 2010

New Year's to be a winter blast in much of Mich.

UNDATED –
Forecasters say occasionally heavy snow, stiff winds and frigid temperatures will greet Michigan residents near lakes Michigan and Superior as 2010 begins.

The National Weather Service says a foot of snow or more could fall by Saturday evening from Charlevoix to Manistee along the Lake Michigan shoreline in the northwest Lower Peninsula. Farther south, more than 8 inches was possible from Ludington to South Haven.

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In Michigan
9:19 am
Fri January 1, 2010

MI Supreme Ct: Direction reverses, divide remains

DETROIT –
The Michigan Supreme Court is a new place since 2009, when a Democrat who defeated a Republican incumbent set in motion a series of rulings favoring injured people with damage claims and tightening judicial ethics.

One thing that hasn't changed is a bitter ideological split that has led to sharp attacks, ridicule and mockery by justices against their colleagues.

Conservative forces that dominated the court for a decade lost their 4-3 majority after the November 2008 election.

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WKAR Features
11:51 am
Thu December 31, 2009

East Lansing city manager looks ahead to 2010

Downtown East Lansing.
WKAR Photo

EAST LANSING, MI – When East Lansing City Manager Ted Staton looks back at how his city fared in 2009, he refers to the Charles Dickens classic, "A Tale of Two Cities."

The "best of times" factors include the Entrepreneur Magazine story naming East lansing one of the nation's 10 best college towns for starting a business.

The "worst of times" come in the form of state revenue sharing cuts and the resulting budget cuts, including 130 employees voluntarily taking five furlough days.

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Sports
5:56 am
Thu December 31, 2009

Michigan State hockey team rips RPI 6-1 to capture GLI title

DETROIT – Brett Perlini, Dustin Gazley and Andrew Rowe each had a goal and assist to lead Michigan State to a 6-1 win over RPI on Wednesday night in the championship game of the Great Lakes Invitational Tournament at Joe Louis Arena.

Chris Forfar, Dean Chelios and Jeff Petry also scored for the Spartans (14-6-2). Drew Palmisano made 19 saves.

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Sports
5:54 am
Thu December 31, 2009

No. 11 Michigan State beats Texas-Arlington

EAST LANSING, MI – Durrell Summers and Draymond Green combined for 39 points to lead No. 11 Michigan State to an 87-68 victory over Texas-Arlington on Wednesday night.

Summers had 20 points, 13 in the first half, for the Spartans (10-3), while Green added 19 in a balanced attack in their final nonconference game.

But Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had to be happiest with the play of reigning Big Ten Player of the Year Kalin Lucas, who responded to a benching with 16 points.

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In Michigan
6:36 pm
Wed December 30, 2009

Judge denies request to keep Houghton off Lansing council

MASON, MI –
An Ingham County judge has denied a request to block Lansing city council member-elect Tina Houghton from taking office. A Lansing resident had petitioned the court earlier this month claiming Houghton is ineligible to serve on the council due to her delinquent property taxes.

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In Michigan
6:28 pm
Wed December 30, 2009

Granholm to sign Mich. school law changes Monday

LANSING, MI –
Sweeping changes in Michigan education policy will be signed into law by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Monday.

The legislation recently passed by the Legislature will allow the state to take over districts that are performing poorly in academics. Charter school operators with good track records will be able to open new locations and the state's dropout age will rise from 16 to 18.

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In Michigan
6:25 pm
Wed December 30, 2009

Relatively few new laws approved for Mich. in 2009

LANSING, MI –
A flurry of legislation passed just before adjourning for 2009 saved the Michigan Legislature from its lowest total of new laws enacted in any one year of the decade.

Michigan likely will wind up with roughly 240 new public acts from 2009. That's higher only than the 221 recorded in 2007 for this decade.

The 2009 total includes more than 50 measures passed in mid-December. Some of those bills aren't yet officially enrolled and won't be eligible for signing by Gov. Jennifer Granholm until January.

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In Michigan
6:22 pm
Wed December 30, 2009

Wis. attorney general joins fight against carp

MADISON, WIS –
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is joining the effort to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

Van Hollen filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday supporting Michigan's request for an injunction to close a Chicago canal that connects Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River basin. The goal is to keep invasive big head and silver carp out of Lake Michigan.

Minnesota and Ohio have also filed a supportive brief.

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