Sports
6:36 am
Mon November 30, 2009

Wallace leads Pistons past Hawks 94-88

DETROIT – Ben Wallace had 18 rebounds, including 11 offensive boards, to help the undermanned Detroit Pistons end a seven-game losing streak with a 94-88 victory over the Atlanta
Hawks on Sunday.

Rodney Stuckey had 23 points and eight assists for Detroit, which was again without starters Richard Hamilton (ankle), Tayshaun Prince (back) and Ben Gordon (ankle). Will Bynum added 19 points off the bench.

Josh Smith led Atlanta with 21, but the Hawks couldn't overcome Detroit's 30-10 advantage in second-chance points.

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In Michigan
6:27 am
Mon November 30, 2009

Compromise on reorganization order could come soon

LANSING, MI – State House Democrats want to avoid a confrontation with Governor Granholm on her plan to take over naming the director of the state Department of Agriculture. The appointment is currently made by the independent Michigan Agricultural Commission.

The current system is popular with farmers who think it ensures agriculture policy is set by someone who understands their needs.

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In Michigan
6:27 am
Mon November 30, 2009

Supreme Court to decide expulsion case

LANSING, MI – The state Supreme Court will decide whether teachers can sue to force their school districts to expel violent students.

Four Lansing public school teachers are suing their school district for not expelling students who assaulted them. State law requires districts to remove students who commit violent acts against school employees for the balance of the school year.

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The Economy Project
4:11 pm
Fri November 27, 2009

Lansing Area Holiday Hiring Will Likely be Down in 2009

Lansing, MI – A mid-Michigan jobs analyst says holiday hiring will likely reflect the struggling economy.

Retail job data is available only through August, but Mark Reffitt with the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth says the numbers suggest less hiring is likely compared to 2008. He says an anomaly that appeared last December is apt to repeat this year.

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WKAR Features
8:18 am
Fri November 27, 2009

Under the Radar: Raphael reviews <em>Waiting on a Train</em>

WKAR Book Reviewer Lev Raphael.
WKAR Photo

EAST LANSING, MI – Our book reviewer Lev Raphael comes in once a month to tell us what he's been reading for our "Under the Radar" segment. He recently spoke to WKAR's Melissa Ingells about a book that looks America's trains and the people who ride them. The book is called Waiting on a Train by James McCommons.

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In Michigan
6:43 am
Fri November 27, 2009

State lawmakers return Monday to debate school reforms

Lansing, MI – State lawmakers are back in Lansing next week after taking a couple weeks off for deer hunting and Thanksgiving. They will return to debate school reforms.

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In Michigan
6:26 am
Fri November 27, 2009

Federal food assistance helps Michigan economy

Lansing, MI – A new report says federal stimulus funds that help low-income families buy food are also putting more money into Michigan's economy.

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Arts & Culture
6:15 am
Thu November 26, 2009

Detroit conductor Slatkin to stay out longer

DETROIT – Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Leonard Slatkin will be taking some more time away from the podium.

The 65-year-old conductor has been sidelined since suffering a heart attack on Nov. 1.

He had been expected to lead the DSO in concerts from Dec. 10 to 13, but after consulting with his doctors has chosen to take additional time for rest.

Slatkin's next scheduled appearance with the orchestra is Jan. 14 through 17.

Conductor Andrew Litton will replace him for the December concerts.

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Sports
6:10 am
Thu November 26, 2009

LeBron scores 34 in Cavs' 98-88 win vs. Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, MI – LeBron James scored 12 of his 34 points in the first quarter, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers build a cushion it used to cruise to a 98-88 win over the Detroit Pistons
on Wednesday night.

James' strong start gave the Cavs a nine-point lead to start the second quarter. Reserve Daniel Gibson and Mo Williams combined to score 18 points in the second quarter to put them ahead by 18 at halftime.

When the Pistons pulled within 10 midway through the fourth quarter, James responded with a 3-pointer and a double-pump dunk.

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Sports
6:04 am
Thu November 26, 2009

Thrashers blank Red Wings

DETROIT – Ondrej Pavelec made 40 saves for his second shutout of the season and his career to lift the Atlanta Thrashers to a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Vyacheslav Kozlov had a goal and an assist, and Nik Antropov also scored to help Atlanta snap a three-game losing streak.

Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots for Detroit. The Red Wings have lost four of their last five games.

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