In Michigan
6:35 pm
Mon October 12, 2009

State reports 19,500 jobs saved or created by federal stimulus

LANSING, MI – The state is reporting that since February about 20,000 jobs have been created or retained as a result of federal stimulus money.

The numbers come from a quarterly report the state files with the federal government. Michigan has received nearly $3.7 billion under the Recovery Act.

Leslie Fritz is with the state agency overseeing the stimulus money. She says Michigan's experience is similar to what has happened in other states.

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In Michigan
6:05 pm
Mon October 12, 2009

Wharton Center unveils completed renovations

East Lansing, MI – The Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University held an open house Sunday to take the wraps off a major improvement project.

There's 24,000 square feet of new space, and another nine thousand square feet of space was renovated.

Wharton Center executive director Mike Brand says the project has taken about three years from its inception to its completion. He says new amenities will be the most notable to patrons.

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In Michigan
3:37 pm
Mon October 12, 2009

Granholm says she will use vetoes to free up money

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says she will use her line item veto power to free up money in the state budget to restore proposed cuts to Medicaid, local governments, and college scholarships.

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Governor Granholm says payments to doctors and nursing homes that take Medicaid patients, local police and fire services, and the Michigan Promise scholarship are too crucial to endure the big cuts in budgets approved by the Legislature.

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WKAR Features
2:31 pm
Mon October 12, 2009

Mayor's political fund draws criticism

Lansing City Hall.
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Lansing, MI – The Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network says a political fund set up by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero could lead to accusations that the city has a "pay to play" system of awarding contracts. The City Administrative Account has collected about $200,000 since it was created when Bernero took office in 2006.

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In Michigan
10:26 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Crews to begin rebuilding collapsed I-75 overpass

HAZEL PARK, MI – Crews are to begin replacing an overpass destroyed nearly three months ago in a fiery tanker crash on Interstate 75 near Detroit.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Rob Morosi tells The Detroit News workers are to get started this morning.

The $11.8 million project will close one lane of the two north- and southbound service drives and cause intermittent single-lane closures on both directions of I-75.

The state will be reimbursed for 90 percent of the costs through the federal Emergency Relief Fund.

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In Michigan
10:24 am
Mon October 12, 2009

MDOT seeks public comment on high-speed rail plan

DETROIT – The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment done as part of an effort to upgrade the Detroit-to-Chicago rail line for high-speed service.

The environmental assessment details proposed upgrades to tracks, trains and amenities.

Among the changes, a new station would be built in Troy to replace a station in Birmingham; a new station would be built in Dearborn combining two existing stations; and the Battle Creek station would be overhauled.

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Science/Tech
10:23 am
Mon October 12, 2009

MI Air lab on wheels studies effect of fine pollution

EAST LANSING, MI – A new air quality lab on wheels will be making the rounds of southeastern Michigan to study the effects of small pollution particles that can kill or sicken people and
livestock.

Michigan State University veterinary professor Jack Harkema directs the work of the 53-foot, $400,000 converted semitrailer called AirCARE2.

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In Michigan
10:02 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Budget debate continues at Capitol

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is expected to resume signing and vetoing parts of budget bills this week. At the same time, she and the Legislature still have to decide how they will pay for spending plans.

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Sports
7:31 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Michigan St RB Winston needs season-ending surgery

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says running back Glenn Winston needs season-ending knee surgery.

Dantonio made the announcement Sunday, a day after the Spartans won 24-14 at Illinois.

Winston's right knee buckled and he had to be helped off the field and carted to the locker room at halftime after running for 69 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

Winston had 60 carries this season for 204 yards rushing, ranking second on the team, and two scores.

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Sports
7:18 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Steelers beat Lions 28-20 for 2nd straight win

DETROIT – Ben Roethlisberger had a season-high three touchdowns passes and the Pittsburgh Steelers held on to beat the Detroit Lions 28-20 Sunday, winning two straight for the first time this season.

The Steelers (3-2) went ahead on Rashard Mendenhall's TD run midway through the first quarter and took a 15-point lead in the third on Roethlisberger's 47-yard pass to rookie Mike Wallace.

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