In Michigan
7:02 am
Thu October 1, 2009

Mich. art competition down to 10 finalists

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – It's the midway point of a big, new art competition in Grand Rapids and organizers have narrowed down the 10 finalists for the $250,000 top prize.

ArtPrize officials are to announce the finalists Thursday evening.

About 1,260 artists are displaying their works at indoor and outdoor venues throughout the city's downtown. The 18-day event opened Sept. 23 and runs through Oct. 10.

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Sports
5:45 am
Thu October 1, 2009

Red Wings rout Farjestad in final pre-season game

KARLSTAD, SWEDEN – Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-2 rout of Swedish club Farjestad on Wednesday in their last pre-season game.

Detroit will open the NHL regular season in Stockholm with a two-game series against the St. Louis Blues on Friday and Saturday.

Zetterberg, a Swedish native who sat out the first eight pre-season games in North America because of a sore groin, received the biggest ovation before the game from the record crowd of 8,398.

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Sports
5:43 am
Thu October 1, 2009

Bonine, Ordonez help Tigers beat Twins 7-2

DETROIT – Magglio Ordonez hit a three-run double and the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 7-2 on Wednesday night to move closer to the AL Central title.

Eddie Bonine pitched five effective innings after getting off to a rough start for Detroit, which can clinch its first division title since 1987 by beating Minnesota again in Thursday afternoon's series finale.

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Sports
8:24 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

Michigan State hockey coach Rick Comley ready for upcoming season

East Lansing, MI – As the puck is ready to drop on a new hockey season in just a few days, Michigan State coach Rick Comley looks back on last year and previews the upcoming season. After one of the worst seasons for the Michigan State hockey program both on and off the ice last year, Coach Comley belives a much more successful season is ahead with key players returning from a very young team last year and a large freshmen class that will bring size, toughness and skill at every position.

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In Focus Today
7:10 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

MI House and the Senate continue to debate budgets as deadline looms

State Capitol, Lansing.
WKAR photo.

LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol, the House and the Senate continue to debate and vote on budgets with a midnight deadline only few hours away.

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With the deadline approaching, budget bills inched forward, and lawmakers began discussing the need for more revenue to avert spending cuts to scholarships, schools, local governments, and health care.

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In Michigan
6:50 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE (3:01 pm) MI House passes transportation bill

LANSING, MI – The Michigan House has passed a transportation spending bill that includes about $1.2 billion in cuts from the current year.

The bill passed 108-0, with two lawmakers excused. It now goes back to the Senate to await a vote giving it immediate effect.

The measure includes about $10 million in cuts to public transportation, including Amtrak.

The bill would give the transportation department $3.3 billion to spend overall in state and federal funds.

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In Michigan
6:48 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE (3:59 pm) Michigan governor issues temporary layoff notices

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm has begun the process of preparing for a possible partial government shutdown.

The Democratic governor's administration told state employees Wednesday afternoon that they will be temporarily laid off at 12:01 a.m. Thursday unless an interim budget or final budget is in place or they are told to report to work.

Lawmakers are still trying to pass a few budget bills by Wednesday's midnight deadline.

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In Michigan
6:40 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

MSU's Farm Lane reopens

EAST LANSING, MI – Drivers on the Michigan State University campus are back on Farm Lane, 18 months after the start of a major construction project. The improved road now features a railroad bridge, wider lanes and two pedestrian walkways.

Emergency crews say the new underpass will enhance their response time. And students like freshman Lauren Cetnor say it will speed up their daily routines too.

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In Michigan
6:33 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

Lansing Schools' aim to boost attendance on "Count Day"

LANSING, MI – Lansing public schools officials are hoping a growing effort to get kids in classrooms on Wednesday was successful. The head count will help determine state funding for the cash-strapped district for the current school year.

At Lansing's Pattengill Middle School, principal Kirk Sulzman says attendance trends are encouraging.

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Top Stories
6:26 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE (5:00 pm) K-12 budget locks legislators in

LANSING, MI – The state Legislature is heading into the final hours of the fiscal year, and no budget deal has been reached. Both the House and the Senate have passed many targeted budgets. But as Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, a few budgets are keeping the Legislature in a holding pattern.

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