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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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Mon December 7, 2009

MI lawmakers edge closer to possible smoking ban

LANSING, MI –
A statewide smoking ban that has stalled for years in the Legislature could be in place by Christmas.

Although nothing is scheduled yet, a Senate committee this week could take up a bill that would ban smoking in all work places. The ban would include all restaurants and bars, but could exempt casino floors and cigar bars.

Republican Sen. Ron Jelinek of Three Oaks is hoping to push through a compromise soon.

He thinks "most legislators want to get it done."

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Mon December 7, 2009

GM to invest $336M in Volt plant

DETROIT, MI –
General Motors plans to invest $336 million in its Detroit-Hamtramck plant next year to begin building the Chevy Volt.

AUDIO:
GM officials say the Volt will be constructed on an existing production line at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant.

The company plans to begin building Volt prototypes there in the spring. Full production is expected to start in the fall.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Mon December 7, 2009

MI Schools to be dealt financial blow on December 21

LANSING, MI –
Michigan school districts are scheduled to receive reduced payments on December 21 due to budget cuts. Democrats in Lansing say lawmakers need to approve new revenue soon so a handful of schools aren't forced to close.

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Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon says the immediate future calls for quick, decisive action to avert cuts to schools that will be almost impossible to restore later.

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Sports
5:28 pm
Sun December 6, 2009

Michigan State ladies lose Big Ten opener to Indiana 68-63

East Lansing, MI – EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Jori Davis came alive in the second half and finished with 19 points to help Indiana beat Michigan State (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) 68-63 in the teams' Big Ten opener on Sunday.

Davis was just 2-for-7 from the field in a five-point first half, but got hot after the break to help the Hoosiers (5-3) rally from a 10-point deficit.

Reserve Whitney Lindsay had 13 points for Indiana and Aulani Sinclair added 12.

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