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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In Michigan
5:57 am
Mon January 4, 2010

Hoekstra sidesteps question about fund-raising

UNDATED – Michigan Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra sidestepped questions about a fund-raising letter that criticized President Barack Obama's handling of an alleged attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day.

Anchor Terry Moran asked Hoekstra repeatedly about the ethics of trying to raise money for his gubernatorial campaign by capitalizing on an alleged terrorist attack on ABC News' "This Week" Sunday.

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In Michigan
5:47 am
Mon January 4, 2010

Robinson talks about new colleagues

LANSING, MI – Mayor Virg Bernero takes the oath of office for a second term in Lansing tomorrow. Newly-elected and re-elected city councilmembers will also be sworn in.

Councilmember A'Lynne Robinson is expected to be voted president of the council on Thursday.

Robinson is confident that the new councilmembers, Jessica Yorko and Tina Houghton, will fit in with their colleagues.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Fri January 1, 2010

Governor says slow march to diversifying will continue in '10

LANSING, MI –
In her last radio address of 2009, Governor Granholm says efforts this year to diversify the state's economy into alternative energy, life sciences, and films helped reduce Michigan's reliance on the auto industry for jobs.

AUDIO:
Governor Granholm says 2009 was a tough year as Michigan struggled with automotive bankruptcies and near-record unemployment. Michigan's jobless rate was consistently the highest in the nation in 2009.

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WKAR Features
11:35 am
Fri January 1, 2010

Under the Radar: Lev Raphael reviews <em>Jane Bites Back</em>

EAST LANSING, MI – Book Reviewer Lev Raphael speaks with Morning Edition host Melissa Ingells about Michael Thomas Ford's book Jane Bites Back. It's a satire about vampires, Jane Austin, and publishing.

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In Focus Today
9:34 am
Fri January 1, 2010

MSU president Simon facing tough budget year

East Lansing, MI –

Michigan State University is facing tough economic times, with state funding on the decline.

The university is considering a series of department consolidations and closings to address anticipated shortfalls over the next several years.

WKAR's Scott Pohl recently spoke with president Lou Anna Simon about the university's finances.


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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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