In Michigan
6:15 pm
Wed December 2, 2009

MI lawmakers approve alternative teacher certification

LANSING, MI –
State lawmakers continue to debate legislation to enter Michigan into the competition for federal "Race To The Top" education-reform money. Wednesday, there was a lot of talk about how to help professionals who aspire to teach get into classrooms.

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In Michigan
4:46 pm
Wed December 2, 2009

Lansing lays off 14 police officers

A view of Lansing's City Hall.

Lansing, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says the city is laying off 14 police officers. The layoffs are part of an effort to close a $3 million deficit in the current year's budget.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Wed December 2, 2009

Swine flu vaccine rules loosened, more change seen

LANSING, MI –
Michigan health officials say they're loosening guidelines for who gets the swine flu vaccine and hope to make it available to the general public soon.

The state Department of Community Health says health agencies for now will concentrate on target groups to receive the H1N1 vaccine.

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In Michigan
4:14 pm
Wed December 2, 2009

MSU: Michigan population loss costs $4.4 billion

EAST LANSING, MI –
A new study says Michigan has lost $1.9 billion in economic output and $2.5 billion in home equity value over three years because of population declines in 63 of its
83 counties.

The report comes from Michigan State University's Land Policy
Institute.

It says Michigan service jobs generated $208 billion in income in 2007, while manufacturing generated $54 billion. The report says only Michigan and Rhode Island lost people in 2006-08. Michigan lost about 80,000 people and Rhode Island about
2,000.

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WKAR Features
1:55 pm
Wed December 2, 2009

Film maker Ken Burns visits MSU

WKAR's Rob South interviews acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns during his visit to MSU.
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East Lansing, MI – Documentary film maker Ken Burns was on the Michigan State University campus Wednesday. Burns met with students and also spoke at the Wharton Center.

Burns says his current projects include an addition to his documentary "Baseball," the history of the Roosevelt family and a film on the Vietnam War. Burns' latest documentary: "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," aired on WKAR-TV in October. WKAR's Rob South caught up with him at MSU's Student Union.

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Sports
7:27 am
Wed December 2, 2009

Michigan State suspends 8 more football players

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University has suspended eight more football players for being present at a disturbance at a campus dorm.

The university says in a statement that Coach Mark Dantonio on Tuesday suspended starting receivers Mark Dell and B.J. Cunningham and defensive back Chris L. Rucker.

Others suspended are reserves: running back Ashton Leggett, receiver Fred Smith, defensive back Brynden Trawick, defensive lineman Ishmyl Johnson and linebacker Jamiihr Williams.

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Sports
5:43 am
Wed December 2, 2009

No. 10 Tar Heels beat No. 9 Spartans 89-82

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Ed Davis scored a career-high 22 points Tuesday night to help No. 10 North Carolina beat No. 9 Michigan State 89-82 in a rematch of last season's national championship
game won by the Tar Heels.

Larry Drew II had a career-best with 18 points for the Tar Heels (7-1), who led most of the game before having to hold off a rally in the final minutes. North Carolina shot 58 percent and led by as many as 19 points early in the second half, beating Michigan State (5-2) for the second straight year in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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In Michigan
5:38 am
Wed December 2, 2009

DNR experts, fish poison heading to Chicago

UNDATED – Michigan is sending wildlife experts and fish poison to Chicago to help keep the Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan.

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In Michigan
5:33 am
Wed December 2, 2009

Detroit mayor makes first visit to state Capitol

LANSING, MI – Detroit Mayor Dave Bing made his first official visit to the state Capitol Tuesday. He says the fortunes of Michigan's largest city affect the entire state.

Bing met with Democratic and Republican lawmakers and had lunch with Governor Granholm. He says the effects of Detroit's troubles ripple across the state, and he wants to forge alliances that will help all of Michigan. But Bing says he knows finding consensus on how to help Detroit and other struggling cities won't always be easy.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Tue December 1, 2009

Jobless rate in Lansing, East Lansing second lowest in state

East Lansing, MI –
Unemployment statistics for October show the Lansing, East Lansing area faring better than most of the state. The jobless rate for Lansing and East Lansing was down .4% from September, at 10.6%. That's second lowest unemployment rate in the state.

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