In Michigan
6:06 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Granholm to order more department mergers

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm will sign an executive order early next month merging two more state departments. The governor's says she will combine the Departments of Information Technology with the Department of Management and Budget.

The governor is trying to make the case that she is making government smaller and more efficient at the same time she battles legislative Republicans over revenue to restore some budget cuts.

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Sports
5:55 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Lions facing possible 8th TV blackout in 11 games

ALLEN PARK, MI – Detroit fans may be denied yet another chance to watch the Lions on television.

Team spokesman Bill Keenist says that as of Wednesday afternoon, more than 7,000 tickets remained available for Sunday's game against Cleveland at Ford Field.

If the game isn't sold out by 1 p.m. Thursday - or 1 p.m. Friday, if the NFL grants an extension - the matchup of 1-8 teams will be blacked out in the Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw-Flint and Toledo, Ohio, TV markets.

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Sports
5:47 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Roy, Aldridge help Blazers hold off Pistons 87-81

PORTLAND, OR – Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 20 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the tired but tenacious Detroit Pistons 87-81 on Wednesday night.

The Blazers led by as many as 20 points in the second half, but the Pistons chipped away and closed to 76-70 on Charlie Villanueva's jumper with 3 minutes left.

Villanueva hit another jumper to make it 78-75 with 1:29 to go, and after Steve Blake made a bad pass on Portland's end, Villanueva's fast-break layup cut it to 78-77.

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Sports
5:43 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Auld backstops Stars to 3-1 win over Red Wings

DETROIT – Alex Auld made 31 saves, and Mike Ribeiro, Matt Niskanen and Loui Eriksson scored in the Dallas Stars' 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Brad Richards and James Neal each had two assists for the Stars.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard stopped 29 shots. The loss snapped the Red Wings' winning streak at three.

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In Michigan
5:33 am
Thu November 19, 2009

MI House Education pushes forward with "Race To The Top"

LANSING, MI –

State lawmakers are running short on time to approve several education-reform bills to make Michigan eligible for a half-billion dollars from the federal government.
The Legislature is expected to meet for two weeks in December before the winter holiday break. The deadline to compete for the schools-reform money is mid-January.
Chuck Wilbur is the governor's education advisor. He told lawmakers that the money is important, but the reforms should happen no matter what.

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Michigan added 16,000 jobs in October

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's jobless rate dipped slightly in October. The state's new unemployment rate of 15.1% is a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point from the September number.

Michigan saw a net gain of 39,000 jobs in October, mostly in construction and health care. Governor Granholm says she's pleased by the uptick in jobs, however slight, but adds that people should not read too much into the jobless numbers that have hovered at around 15% since June.

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WKAR Features
3:11 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

MSU students rally for Promise Scholarship funding

The Hannah Administration building at Michigan State University.
WKAR Photo

EAST LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm brought her tour of Michigan college campuses to Michigan State University today. She's drumming up support for restoring the Promise Scholarship.

Students hoping the scholarships will continue were at the rally, but so were others who aren't happy with the governor, the legislature, or the MSU administration.

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In Michigan
3:09 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Mid-Mich Vaccination Program Faces Challenges

LANSING, MI –
The Ingham County Health Department is concerned that fewer people are getting vaccinated against the H1N1 virus than they expected.

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In Michigan
12:43 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Michigan's jobless rate dropped in October

East Lansing, MI – The national jobless rate went up last month, but Michigan's unemployment rate dropped slightly in October.

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Michigan's rate dropped by two-tenths of a percentage point in October. At the same time, the national rate hit 10.2 percent. But Michigan's new jobless rate of 15.1 percent is still significant. The state has had the nation's highest jobless rate for most of the past four years.

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In Michigan
8:26 am
Wed November 18, 2009

Loomis re-elected East Lansing mayor

EAST LANSING, MI –

The East Lansing city council re-elected Victor Loomis to the mayor's post last night.

Loomis won re-election on November 3rd. At the council meeting last night, he was sworn in for another four-year term, as was Kevin Beard, who also was re-elected to council.

That was followed by the council's leadership vote. Loomis will serve as mayor for two more years, as will mayor pro tem Diane Goddeeris.

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