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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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

Legislature heads into final day of fiscal year

LANSING, MI – The state House and Senate have only a few more hours to finalize a budget deal before the end of the fiscal year. But negotiations are progressing slowly.

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Fierce negotiations over the K-12 school budget, Medicaid and local government revenue sharing have slowed the final stages of a budget deal.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says he's continuing to negotiate with Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE: Lawmakers hold closed door session on state budget; deadline looming

Lansing, MI – House Democrats are meeting in a closed-door caucus on the budget. House leaders have been unable to round up the votes for big spending cuts. Senate Republicans say they won't agree to new taxes to balance the budget. The deadline for finishing the budget is midnight.


WE'LL HAVE MORE on the state budget process later today. Check this website and listen to All Things Considered starting at 4 p.m. on 90.5 WKAR.

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