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:
JACKSON, MI – There's a new candidate for Michigan's seventh Congressional District.
AUDIO: 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:"
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.
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.
LANSING, MI – A state House committee voted Wednesday to include gay, lesbian and transgendered people in the state's civil rights law.
AUDIO: The decision comes on the heels of a Kalamazoo election that upheld a civil rights ordinance protecting gay, lesbian, and transgendered people from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
LANSING, MI – The state House Appropriations Committee has taken a step toward averting a $300 per-student cut to schools later this month. The committee voted to tap federal stimulus money the state has been saving to help balance next year's schools budget.
The action would not eliminate the cuts. Instead, schools would lose just $165 per student -- which would still force many districts to lay off teachers and other staff.
LANSING, MI – Desperate state caseworkers who have been assaulted inside Michigan welfare offices say they are afraid for their lives because they are behind addressing bulging caseloads caused by the ailing economy.
Seven Department of Human Services employees told lawmakers on Wednesday that residents who need help are waiting up to four hours in county DHS offices. The workers say nerves are frayed and people getting state aid are taking out their frustration on state employees.
LANSING, MI – There were few surprises in yesterday's elections in mid-Michigan.
AUDIO: Lansing voters said yes to a second term for Mayor Virg Bernero. He captured 62% of the vote to challenger Carol Wood's 37%. Council members Brian Jeffries and Kathie Dunbar retained their seats, while challenger Tina Houghton ousted 16-year council veteran Sandy Allen. Jessica Yorko won the city's fourth ward council seat.