In Michigan
6:15 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

ACLU: Breath tests ordered by MI deputies are illegal

SUTTONS BAY, MI – A northern Michigan sheriff says his office will investigate allegations that deputies have illegally entered homes and forced young people to take a breath test for alcohol.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan sent a letter to Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Oltersdorf asking him to stop the practice. The letter mentions two Breathalyzer incidents during summer.

In a third incident in August, the ACLU says deputies entered a home and asked for everyone's identification.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

Granholm wants to use veto power to shape budget

DETROIT, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants the Republican-led state Senate to send her budget measures that already have been passed so she can use her veto power to shape the final spending plan.

The Democratic governor told reporters after a Midwestern Governors Association event Wednesday in Detroit that some budget measures "are not satisfactory."

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

MI Legislature considers physicians tax

LANSING, MI – A tax on physicians' earnings approved by the state House may have come to a standstill in the Senate. Democrats approved the bill in an effort to fill cuts made to Medicaid in the budget last week.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says he does not think his fellow Republican senators would vote for any new taxes. But Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon says he thinks he can find some Republican support.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

Michigan K-12 deal stalls again

LANSING, MI – A school budget deal fell apart Wednesday at the state Capitol. The state will be without a school aid budget for a full week Thursday because lawmakers are at an impasse.

State Representative Terry Brown chairs the House schools budget subcommittee. He says it's tough for lawmakers to force big spending rollbacks on K-12 education.

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Arts & Culture
7:03 am
Wed October 7, 2009

Detroit's Sphinx orchestra again playing NYC's Carnegie Hall

DETROIT – Some of the best up-and-coming string players in the U.S. will take the stage at Carnegie Hall for their annual stop at the prestigious New York venue.

The Sphinx Chamber Orchestra is made up of top alumni of the Sphinx Competition for young black and Latino players.

Started better than a decade ago in the Detroit area, the Sphinx Organization strives to increase the participation of minorities in music schools, as professional musicians and as members of classical music audiences.

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Sports
6:57 am
Wed October 7, 2009

Spartans hope win a springboard for season

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio is talking about his team's biggest game. As always, it is the next one.

After a 26-20 overtime win against Michigan, the Spartans (2-3, 1-1 Big Ten) will try to reach .500 with their first road win in three tries when they visit Illinois (1-3, 0-2) this Saturday.

Dantonio says Michigan State needs to use its last game as a springboard for the rest of the season. Otherwise, it is just a win for state bragging rights.

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Sports
6:55 am
Wed October 7, 2009

Tigers blow game, division against Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – Misplayed flyballs, poor baserunning, squandered at-bats.

The Detroit Tigers put a fitting end to a historic collapse by committing every blunder imaginable in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday that cost them their first division title since 1987.

The Tigers held a seven-game lead on the Twins on Sept. 6, but limped to an 11-16 finish that made them the first team since 1901 to miss out on the playoffs after holding a three-game lead with four to play.

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In Michigan
6:28 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

Mich. House votes to suspend income tax exemption

LANSING, MI – The Democratic-led state House has voted to suspend an inflationary increase in the personal exemption on Michigan's income tax to help avoid deeper spending cuts in state government.

A bill approved Tuesday 58-51 mostly along party lines would save roughly $55 million in the new budget year. The legislation next will be considered by the Republican-controlled Senate.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

Lansing clean coal rally draws huge crowd

LANSING, MI – A huge crowd gathered on the state Capitol lawn Wednesday to call on state regulators to approve permits for new coal-fired power plants.

Most of the men wore hardhats and work boots. They say new power plants would create new construction jobs.

The state will have lost an estimated one-million jobs by the end of next year. House Speaker Andy Dillon says part of that job loss comes from Governor Granholm blocking construction of more coal plants.

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Watch Video
5:00 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

Orquesta Ritmo | BackStage Pass

Big band salsa from Michigan, a dance favorite led by Mike Eyia.

Originally aired 10/6/09

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