Sports
6:11 am
Thu September 3, 2009

Lugnuts' playoff hopes dim with loss to Whitecaps

LANSING, MI – The West Michigan Whitecaps romped past the Lansing Lugnuts 10-2 last night at Oldsmobile Park. With the loss, Lansing's elimination number was reduced to one. The two teams play the second game of the three-game series tonight at 7:05.

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In Michigan
6:02 am
Thu September 3, 2009

County Prosecutor says Secretary of State is not the gatekeeper

LANSING, MI – A case before the state Court of Appeals asks the question whether the Secretary of State has the final word in handling elections violations.

The Secretary of State's office fined Meijer Incorporated 190 thousand dollars for manipulating elections in Grand Traverse County. County prosecutors said a fine did not go far enough and Meijer should face criminal charges as well. But a judge ruled last year the Secretary of State had the final authority and had handled the issue.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Wed September 2, 2009

Lansing Schools' mobile enrollment wraps at rally Wednesday night

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Public Schools begin a new school year Wednesday evening with their annual Round-Up Rally. The gathering offers students and families the chance to celebrate with music and games as well as take care of important business.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Wed September 2, 2009

Mich. groups call for higher taxes to save budget

LANSING, MI – A coalition of social service, education and labor groups wants the state to change its tax structure to raise more revenue and prevent deep cuts in the budget year that starts Oct. 1.

The plan released Wednesday includes expanding the sales tax to "non-essential" items such as entertainment and landscaping services to raise nearly $1.7 billion.

The partnership also wants to change the flat income tax rate to a graduated one, raising about $400 million, and end tax exemptions to generate $600 million.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Wed September 2, 2009

Granholm leads energy town hall in Saginaw

SAGINAW, MI – Governor Granholm led an invitation-only town meeting in Saginaw on Wednesday. She was joined by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and White House officials to try and generate support for President Obama's energy plan.

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The president's proposal for cap-and-trade credits as part of an energy policy overhaul has been controversial in manufacturing states, where big utility bills can stifle job growth.

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WKAR Features
7:39 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Chinese Enrollment At Michigan State Exploding

Michigan State University's Beaumont Tower.
Melissa Ingells, WKAR News

EAST LANSING, MI – China's higher education system doesn't come close to meeting the needs of its fast-growing economy. That leads many students to leave the country to study.

Like many American colleges, Michigan State University has become a popular destination for Chinese students.

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Sports
6:57 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Kirk Cousins named starting quarterback for Spartans

East Lansing, MI – As the Michigan State football team continues to prepare for their opening game against the Bobcats of Montana State this Saturday, one of the big question marks facing Head coach Mark Dantonio was who would be the starting quarterback.

The race to determine who would replace the graduated Brian Hoyer under center entering the season for the green and white has been a very competitive throughout the spring and summer.

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Sports
6:56 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Kirk Cousins embraces opportunity to start at quarterback for Michigan State

East Lansing, MI – After being named the starting quarterback to open the season this Saturday against Montana State, Kirk Cousins looks to take advantage of his opportunity. Entering his Sophomore season, Cousins has had some game experience last season as a freshmen backing up Brian Hoyer.

During spring and summer practice Cousins and fellow sophomore Keith Nichol have had a very close competition for the starting role at quarterback.

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In Michigan
6:31 am
Wed September 2, 2009

US Rep. Gary Peters holds forum on health care

WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI – Backers and opponents of proposed health care reforms jockeyed for position before U.S. Rep. Gary Peters held a town hall meeting on the contentious issue.

The forum at West Bloomfield High School began at 6 p.m. Tuesday. A pro-reform group, Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength, said in an e-mail that opponents had been urged to arrive at 5 p.m. and pack the meeting.

MOSES in turn asked supporters to arrive at 4 p.m.

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In Michigan
6:13 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Mich. high court considers new recusal rules

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Supreme Court is considering formal rules for when justices should step aside from hearing cases.

The disqualification issue has been a bone of contention for several years. The high court has an unwritten tradition that leaves it up to each justice to decide if he or she should recuse himself or herself.

Under one proposal, all the justices could review if a colleague should be disqualified. Another idea is letting justices decide for themselves as long as they give their reason in writing.

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