In Michigan
6:16 pm
Tue December 8, 2009

Support growing for MI ban on texting while driving

LANSING, MI –
Support is growing at the state Capitol for measures to outlaw sending text messages while driving.

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A handful of Michigan cities have already outlawed drivers tapping away on their cell phones while they're behind the wheel. The measure approved by the state House would allow police officers to ticket drivers who are caught sending text messages - but only if the drivers are also stopped for some other offense.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Tue December 8, 2009

Michigan expanding swine flu vaccine availability

DETROIT, MI –
Michigan health officials say they're expanding the availability of swine flu vaccine to all residents by next week.

The Michigan Department of Community Health announced Tuesday that the general public will be eligible to get H1N1 vaccine by next Monday. Health agencies previously had concentrated on target groups at higher risk for swine flu.

The department says demand has ebbed for the vaccine among those groups, which include pregnant women, health workers and people 6 months to 24 years old.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Tue December 8, 2009

County's elder death review team releases three-year results

The Ingham County Courthouse in Mason.
WKAR Photo

Lansing, MI – Health and law enforcement officials in Ingham County say a three-year partnership is helping to uncover otherwise unreported cases of elder abuse.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue December 8, 2009

Dillon: Scholarships, local funding cuts won't be restored this year

LANSING, MI –
State House Speaker Andy Dillon says he does not expect there will be a deal to restore funding for college scholarships, health care, or local governments, before the Legislature begins its winter break.

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WKAR Features
10:33 am
Tue December 8, 2009

Ingham Land Bank looks ahead to expanding role, challenges

Old Town Manor in Lansing.
WKAR photo.

LANSING, MI –
2009 has been the busiest year yet for the Ingham County Land Bank. The agency's main mission is to rehabilitate foreclosed and abandoned properties and get them back on the tax rolls. With a still-hobbling state economy and growing numbers of commercial foreclosures, 2010 promises to be even busier.

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WKAR Features
8:21 am
Tue December 8, 2009

Questions continue on Houghton's ethics

The Lansing City Council chamber.
WKAR Photo

LANSING, MI – The city of Lansing's Board of Ethics and the Lansing City Council are both meeting tonight. They are expected to review requests to investigate how councilmember-elect Tina Houghton's tax problems went unnoticed for two years while she served on the city's Parks and Recreation Board. WKAR's Rob South has been following the story, and spoke with Melissa Ingells.

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In Michigan
6:17 am
Tue December 8, 2009

Protesters rally for Lansing police

LANSING, MI – About 2 dozen people protested at Lansing city hall last night against a plan to lay off 14 police officers. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero announced last week that he would cut 14 officers from the payroll as part of a plan to save the city about $3 million this fiscal year. Kathi Dibean organized the picket. She says the Lansing police department is already understaffed and taking more patrols off the streets would jeopardize public safety.

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Sports
6:12 am
Tue December 8, 2009

12th-ranked Spartans hold on to beat Citadel 69-56

CHARLESTON, SC – Kalin Lucas had 17 points and No. 12 Michigan State withstood Citadel's hot three-point shooting with a 69-56 victory Monday night.

The Spartans (7-2) figured to have an easier time in their second trip South in less than a week. Michigan State fell at North Carolina 89-82 on Dec. 1.

But the Spartans didn't count on the Bulldogs' long-range threat. Citadel (6-5) made its first seven threes and finished 12 of 20 for the game.

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In Michigan
6:23 pm
Mon December 7, 2009

MSU honors breast cancer 'Race for Cure' founder

EAST LANSING, MI –
The founder of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure road-running series that's raised $1.3 billion to fight breast cancer is speaking at Michigan State University's
December graduation.

Nancy Brinker named the races for a sister killed by breast cancer. She talks Saturday on the second day of Michigan State's commencements and gets an honorary doctorate of humanities.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Mon December 7, 2009

Police wrap up investigation of MSU campus brawl

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University police have presented most of the findings from their investigation of a campus fight to Ingham County prosecutors.

The Nov. 22 brawl at a campus dormitory led to the dismissal of two football players and the suspensions of eight others.

Police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor says the bulk of the investigators' report was sent to the prosecutor's office Friday. She did not say whether police would request arrest warrants.

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