In Michigan
4:43 pm
Thu February 18, 2010

Once more, MI high court split 4-3 on malpractice

LANSING, MI –

For the second time in as many days, a divided Michigan Supreme Court has taken action favoring people with medical malpractice claims.

The three-member Republican minority sharply criticized the decision released Thursday to reverse the state Court of Appeals and let a claim proceed against a physician's assistant in Oakland County.

A child's family says the assistant failed to diagnose a bone infection during two clinic visits.

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In Michigan
3:40 pm
Thu February 18, 2010

Governor Granholm says lawmakers, public won't back cuts-only budget strategy

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm says she expects state lawmakers and the public will eventually accept that new revenue must be raised to balance next year's budget. She says efforts by House Democrats to draw up budget plans that rely only on spending cuts without new revenue will still be useful.

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WKAR Features
2:10 pm
Thu February 18, 2010

Lansing Symphony to perform all-Mozart program

EAST LANSING, MI – The Lansing Symphony's Masterworks 4 concert is this Saturday night. It's an all-Mozart program with two symphonies and an overture. Conductor Timothy Muffitt came to our studios to preview the program earlier this week. WKAR's Melissa Ingells asked him what made Mozart's Symphony #41 such a great work.

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In Michigan
2:06 pm
Thu February 18, 2010

NPR's Don Gonyea talks about the White House beat

LANSING, MI – National Public Radio's Don Gonyea has been covering the President of the United States for nearly a decade. This year he's transitioning out of the White House to take on the role of a national correspondent. Gonyea is a Michigan native and a graduate of Michigan State University. He'll be speaking at MSU later today. Gonyea started his career with NPR covering Detroit. He spoke with WKAR's Rob South about his career and how it's changed since his days on the Detroit beat.

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In Focus Today
11:25 am
Thu February 18, 2010

Lansing Symphony to perform all-Mozart program

EAST LANSING, MI – The Lansing Symphony's Masterworks 4 concert is this Saturday night. It's an all-Mozart program with two symphonies and an overture. Conductor Timothy Muffitt came to our studios to preview the program earlier this week, and I asked him what made Mozart's Symphony #41 such a great work.

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In Michigan
11:16 am
Thu February 18, 2010

Pennsylvania inmates arrive in Michigan this week

LANSING, MI –

Prison inmates from Pennsylvania are arriving in Michigan this week to be housed in a state prison in Muskegon that would otherwise be closed. Pennsylvania is paying Michigan $62 per day for each inmate in an effort to relieve its prison over-crowding crisis.

Russ Marlan is the spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections.

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Sports
6:26 am
Thu February 18, 2010

Detroit Pistons president, CEO Tom Wilson resigns

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Tom Wilson has resigned as president and CEO of the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment.

Wilson said in a statement released Wednesday that after the death last year of Pistons owner Bill Davidson, the time was right to pursue other "exciting opportunities."

Wilson says he and Davidson "planned for an orderly leadership transition," and he leaves "the Pistons and Palace in very good hands."

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Sports
6:25 am
Thu February 18, 2010

Dwight Howard powers Magic past Pistons

ORLANDO, FL – Dwight Howard had a season-high 33 points and added 17 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Detroit Pistons 116-91 on Wednesday night.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year added seven blocks in a dominating performance that gave Orlando its 11th win in the last 14 games. Howard was 11 for 13 on free throws, a refreshing reprieve for the Magic from his normal woes.

Vince Carter finished with 20 points, and Jameer Nelson had 14 for Orlando.

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In Michigan
6:28 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Poll: Michigan residents slightly more optimistic

LANSING, MI –

Michigan residents are growing slightly more optimistic about the state economy, despite high unemployment and a shrunken auto industry.

The Michigan State University State of the State survey shows that about half of the 991 people polled statewide from November 2009 through mid-January 2010 expect to be better off a year from now, while about a third expect to be worse off.

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In Michigan
6:25 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Wildlife officials search for carp in Chicago area

CICERO, ILL –

State and federal fisheries biologists are using fishing nets and boats equipped with electric prods for their "search and destroy" mission of the dreaded Asian carp.

The operation that started today includes 20 commercial fishermen and biologists from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Crews are braving frigid temperatures to search Chicago-area waters for silver or bighead Asian carp that have breached electric fish barriers.

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