In Michigan
5:45 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Minnesota AG: Keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

ST. PAUL, MN – Minnesota's attorney general is backing the effort to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, saying they threaten her state's commercial and recreational fishing
industries.

Lori Swanson filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday supporting Michigan's request for an injunction to close a Chicago canal that connects Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River basin. The high court is expected to consider it Jan. 8.

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In Michigan
5:31 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Online Muslim group to stage anti-terrorism rally

DEARBORN, MI – An online group composed mainly of Michigan Muslims plans a live rally against the man accused of trying to bring down a Detroit-bound jet on Christmas.

A Facebook group called Dearborn Area Community Members invites local Muslims and others to gather Jan. 8 at U.S. District Court in downtown Detroit. It's scheduled to coincide with a hearing for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, charged with trying to detonate an explosive device on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Friday.

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In Michigan
5:46 pm
Mon December 28, 2009

Senator pushes for hearing on "sexting"

Lansing, MI – A state senator hopes she can bring attention to sexy text messaging endemic among school-aged children. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer asked the chairmen of a few legislative panels at the state Capitol to hold hearings about the problems children face when they send text and picture messages of a sexual nature.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Mon December 28, 2009

Gov. Granholm signs park fee extension

Lansing, MI – Governor Granholm has extended the current system for funding state parks until April 1. That gives lawmakers more time to come up with a new system that adequately funds state parks, recreation areas, and boat launch sites.

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WKAR Features
11:33 am
Mon December 28, 2009

Budget will remain an issue for Ingham County in 2010

East Lansing, MI –

Ingham County faces major budget issues again next year.

The county's budget totals $204,000,000, with the general fund making up $79,000,000 of that. Board of Commissioners chairperson Debbie DeLeon tells WKAR's Scott Pohl that figure already looks to be $2,500,000 too high.


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Sports
6:25 am
Mon December 28, 2009

Bosh, Bargnani lead Raptors past Detroit, 102-95

TORONTO – Chris Bosh had 25 points and 16 rebounds, Jarrett Jack scored 17 points and the Toronto Raptors extended their winning streak to a season-high four games, beating the Detroit Pistons 102-95 on Sunday.

Even with Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Ben Gordon all back in the lineup, the Pistons couldn't stop their losing streak from reaching seven games. Detroit has not topped 100 points in any of those defeats.

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Sports
6:22 am
Mon December 28, 2009

Gore leads Niners past Lions 20-6

SAN FRANCISCO – Frank Gore scored on a 1-yard run and topped the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth straight year, and the San Francisco 49ers moved within one win of avoiding a seventh
straight losing season by beating the Detroit Lions 20-6 Sunday.

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In Michigan
6:18 am
Mon December 28, 2009

Chair of Ingham County Commissioners says small pay raise needed

UNDATED – The chairperson of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners says the board should consider small pay increases for future commissioners.

Commissioner Mark Grebner has long said paying commissioners more would attract talent and retain experienced office-holders.

Debbie DeLeon chairs the board. She's reluctant to endorse higher pay, although she says in the big picture of the county's budget, it wouldn't cost much.

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In Michigan
6:03 am
Mon December 28, 2009

AP source: Man on Sunday flight posed no threat

WASHINGTON – A law enforcement official says the man removed from a Sunday flight to Detroit posed no security risk to the plane.

The official says the passenger was taken into custody after becoming verbally disruptive on landing. Subsequent interviews by investigators determined he was a businessman who became ill during the flight.

The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation and therefore spoke on condition of anonymity.

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In Michigan
6:02 am
Mon December 28, 2009

Alleged airline terrorist transferred to prison

DETROIT – An attorney for a Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane near Detroit says he's been transferred to a federal prison.

Miriam Siefer says she hasn't had in-depth talk yet with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab
since he was charged Saturday. Siefer, the chief federal defender in Detroit, called the charges serious but declined further comment.

She said Sunday he's now at a prison in Milan, about 50 miles away from Detroit, after being released from a hospital where he was treated for burns.

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