In Michigan
8:13 am
Tue December 1, 2009

MI Senate Committee approves Race To The Top bills

LANSING, MI –
Lawmakers in Lansing say they will spend the next three weeks focused on education reforms. A package of bills has to be approved before the end of the year for Michigan to compete for a half-billion dollars in school-reform money from the federal government.

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Sports
5:57 am
Tue December 1, 2009

No. 9 Spartans, No. 10 Tar Heels meet Tuesday

UNDATED – Ninth-ranked Michigan State is finally getting its chance for some measure of revenge against North Carolina.

After a pair of lopsided losses to the Tar Heels last season - including in the national championship game - the Spartans travel to face 10th-ranked North Carolina on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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Sports
5:55 am
Tue December 1, 2009

Bertuzzi, Howard lead Red Wings past Stars 4-1

DETROIT – Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist and Jimmy Howard made 29 saves to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

Drew Miller, Darren Helm and Dan Cleary also scored for Detroit, which snapped its home scoreless streak at 1 hour, 56 minutes and 30 seconds. Kris Draper added two assists.

Brenden Morrow scored for Dallas and Marty Turco stopped 28 shots.


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In Michigan
5:40 am
Tue December 1, 2009

Governor Granholm says big changes needed to school funding system

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm says she hopes the Legislature will act this month to avert a new round of cuts to K-12 schools. She says stabilizing school funding should be a part of education reform efforts.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Mon November 30, 2009

Democrats to call for more state control over insurance rates

LANSING, MI – Democrats in the state Legislature and Governor Granholm's insurance advocate will call Monday for measures that they say will bring down the cost of auto coverage. The insurance industry has also released a plan for controlling premiums.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Mon November 30, 2009

MI Dems call for auto insurance reforms

LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol, Democrats are calling for reforms in how auto insurance rates are set. They say the goal is to reduce the number of people who are driving illegally without coverage.

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A key element of the Democrats' plans would allow insurance companies to design policies that drop all but the but the most critical coverage for low-income drivers.

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In Michigan
5:10 pm
Mon November 30, 2009

Bernero says he won't run for Governor, then says he might

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.
WKAR photo.

LANSING, MI –
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says he's seriously considering a run for Governor next year. Bernero says that he's frustrated by the lack of progress state leaders are making on fixing the budget and the economy.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon November 30, 2009

Mich. says flu has killed 59 since April

LANSING, MI –
Michigan health officials say influenza has killed 59 people in the state since April 1 and 49 since Sept. 1, when swine flu began gaining steam.

The Michigan Community Health Department said Monday that 25,074 flu cases were reported in the state from Nov. 15-21.

Since Sept. 1, officials say 1,660 people have been hospitalized in Michigan for the flu.

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In Michigan
11:17 am
Mon November 30, 2009

Remote sales cost Michigan $200-$300 million annually

UNDATED – Today is Cyber Monday, the day when online holiday sales are expected to peak. Online shopping hasn't overtaken traditional retail in terms of sales, but it has taken a bite out of them. It has also taken a bite out of tax revenue.

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WKAR Features
8:19 am
Mon November 30, 2009

Michigan's race for "Race To The Top"

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
WKAR Photo

LANSING, MI –
State lawmakers return to Lansing this week and face a heated debate over education reform. Many details need to be ironed out in a handful of bills that would give Michigan a shot at being one of five states selected to receive schools-reform money from the federal government. But lawmakers are running out of time to make Michigan eligible for a slice of $3.5 billion.

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