In Michigan
6:37 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

Michigan state troopers rehired as of Nov. 16

LANSING, MI – The Michigan State Police is recalling 55 state troopers who had been laid off this summer to save money.

The state police director, Col. Peter Munoz, said Thursday in a release that just over half of the 100 troopers laid off June 28 would be back on the job starting by Nov. 16.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Jennifer Granholm had said Wednesday the state budget office needed a week to 10 days to go over the State Police budget the governor signed last week to make sure enough money was available to keep the troopers on the job.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

MI lawmakers attempt to ready school reform for federal stimulus

LANSING, MI – State lawmakers say they nearly have all the pieces lined up to be competitive for about one half-billion dollars in federal school-reform money.

The House and Senate must agree on a handful of bills before the end of the year to be eligible for the money.

Andrew Rotherham is co-founder of a national education think-tank. He told lawmakers what they need to do in the next few weeks.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

Michigan officials report 6 more swine flu deaths

LANSING, MI – Michigan officials say they've received reports this week of six more deaths from the swine flu, including a 6-month-old child.

The deaths announced Thursday are in addition to 16 since Sept. 1 that state health officials reported in a Monday update. Most of those who died from H1N1 complications had underlying health problems.

The state says Michigan has had 32 H1N1-related deaths this year, including 10 from April to September.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

MI House approves using more stim to fund schools

LANSING, MI – The state House has voted to dig further into Michigan's federal stimulus money to cushion schools from bigger budget cuts this year. But some lawmakers are questioning the wisdom of diverting money that's supposed to help schools balance their budgets next year.

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Sports
11:12 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Predictions of Earle

Sports Talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson

East Lansing, MI – WKAR Sports Talk AM870 host Earle Robinson predicts the Michigan State match up on the gridiron against Western Michigan.

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WKAR Features
7:51 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Lansing Symphony goes "Into the Heavens" with Holst, Poulenc

LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt.

UNDATED – WKAR's Morning Edition host Melissa Ingells speaks with the conductor of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Timothy Muffitt, about the next Masterworks concert at Wharton Center. The program features Holst's "The Planets" and Poulenc's "Gloria." Melissa Ingells first asked Muffitt if the orchestra would perform all of "The Planets," with the caveat that Pluto hadn't been discovered yet when Holst was composing, and has since been demoted:

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In Michigan
6:32 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Newest candidate in MI 7th denies "carpetbagger" claim

JACKSON, MI – There's a new candidate for Michigan's seventh Congressional District.

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Republican Brian Rooney formally announced Thursday he's a 2010 candidate for the seat currently held by Democrat Mark Schauer. First, Rooney will square off in the GOP primary against Republican Tim Walberg and others. Walberg supporters have called Rooney a 'carpetbagger,' claiming he recently moved into the district to run for office there. Rooney calls the comment "silly:"

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Sports
6:04 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Bargnani, Bosh lead Raptors past Pistons

TORONTO – Andrea Bargnani had 22 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season, Chris Bosh scored 25 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 110-99 on Wednesday night.

Hedo Turkoglu added 16 points and Antoine Wright had 12 for the Raptors, who had lost seven of their previous eight games against the Pistons.

Toronto became the first team this season to score more than 100 points against Detroit, which came in second behind Boston in points allowed at 85.3.

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In Michigan
5:51 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Granholm's office says some laid off troopers may not be re-hired

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's office says she cannot say how many Michigan State Police troopers will be called back from layoff. There is money for re-hiring 55 troopers in the state police budget she signed last week. But her spokeswoman says the state's revenue picture is so bleak that another round of cuts in January is a near-certainty. She says the governor won't re-hire troopers that she will have to lay off early next year.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

Officials confirm cougar sighting in eastern U.P.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – State wildlife officials say they've confirmed the sighting of a
cougar in Michigan's eastern Upper Peninsula.

The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday it had determined that a trail camera in Chippewa County snapped a photo of a cougar wandering by one night last month.

Also, the DNR said it had verified two sets of cougar tracks found recently in the same county. One set was spotted near DeTour in late October and the other this week near Gulliver.

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