In Michigan
6:16 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE (12:40 pm): House approves Medicaid, higher education budgets

Lansing, MI – The state House has approved Medicaid and higher education budgets by very slim margins. Many Democrats oppose the pact made by House leaders, despite assurances that budget cuts to health care and scholarships will be restored.


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

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE (2:05 pm): House, Senate adopt budgets with big cuts to college scholarships, Medicaid

Lansing, MI – At the state Capitol, the House and the Senate are adopting controversial budgets with big cuts to college scholarships and Medicaid. The budgets generally match reduction targets called for by Senate Republicans. But the Senate is not sending budgets to Governor Granholm because they are waiting on procedural votes that allow the budgets to take effect when the new fiscal year begins at midnight. Those votes require some support from Senate Democrats, who oppose the cuts.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE (4:15pm) K-12 budget locks legislators in

LANSING , MI – State lawmakers are heading into the final hours of the fiscal year. A stalemate over the K-12 education budget has stalled the process of reaching a deal.

Some Democrats in the House say the cuts to schools and early childhood education would hurt Michigan's future more than any other proposed cut. But House Appropriations chairman George Cushingberry says the state has to live within its means.

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WKAR Features
2:55 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

After long wait, a safer Farm Lane re-opens on MSU campus

East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University has long had a traffic problem related to the railroad tracks that cross the southern part of the campus. Every day, trains block north-south traffic at MSU, creating an annoying and potentially dangerous situation.

Now, those days are over.

Today Farm Lane reopens, with two new underpasses sending vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians under those train tracks.

AUDIO:

(sound of train passing overhead)

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Sports
11:56 am
Wed September 30, 2009

Coach Mark Dantonio discusses the MSU and Michigan rivalry

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio discusses the rivalry on the gridiron with the University of Michigan. The Spartans come into the game on Saturday losing their last three contests by a combined 13 points. The Wolverines are undefeated at 4-0 coming into Spartan stadium. Michigan comes into East Lansing with a 19-10-2 overall record at Spartan Stadium and leads the all-time series 67-29-5 between the two schools.

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WKAR Features
9:45 am
Wed September 30, 2009

After long wait, a safer Farm Lane re-opens on MSU campus

A fire truck rushes beneath the Farm Lane railroad bridge on the first day the road re-opened for traffic.
WKAR Photo

East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University has long had a traffic problem related to the railroad tracks that cross the southern part of the campus. Every day, trains block north-south traffic at MSU, creating an annoying and potentially dangerous situation.

Now, those days are over.

Today Farm Lane reopens, with two new underpasses sending vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians under those train tracks.

AUDIO:

(sound of train passing overhead)

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Top Stories
9:23 am
Wed September 30, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE: House voting on temporary budget

LANSING, MI – The state House is voting on a 30-day temporary budget that would continue current spending levels for 30 days. That would buy lawmakers more time to reach a budget deal with the midnight deadline drawing closer. The Senate would also have to adopt the temporary plan. But GOP leaders want a temporary budget to cut spending.

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Sports
7:04 am
Wed September 30, 2009

Dantonio says it's too early to judge Michigan St

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio won more games in his first two seasons than any coach in school history.

Dantonio's third season, though, has started with a thud. The Spartans (1-3, 0-1 Big Ten) have lost three straight games.

Dantonio said Tuesday it's too early to write the story for their season, insisting how he, his staff and players respond to adversity will define them.

Michigan State will recharge its season if it can beat No. 23 Michigan (4-0, 1-0) on Saturday at home.


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Sports
7:02 am
Wed September 30, 2009

Comerica Park: Scene of law-enforcement exercise

DETROIT – The Tigers may still be battling to win the AL Central, but officials already are preparing for the possibility of a World Series in Detroit.

Law enforcement personnel were to descend from helicopters into Comerica Park on Tuesday morning as part of an exercise to prepare for a possible championship series.

Officials first delayed the exercise to Wednesday after rain Monday night forced a Tuesday doubleheader between the Tigers and second-place Minnesota Twins. The event later was delayed until an unspecified future date.

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In Michigan
6:55 am
Wed September 30, 2009

Stimulus argument delays budget deal

LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol, work on the budget is progressing slowly with a midnight deadline for getting the job done.

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Lawmakers labored into the night, but there is still not a single budget bill ready to be signed by Governor Granholm. The latest holdup is an argument over how much federal stimulus funds the state will tap to help pay for K-12 schools.

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