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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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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