WKAR Features
7:52 am
Mon November 2, 2009

State budget affects City of Lansing budget

Lansing City Hall.
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LANSING, MI – WKAR's City Hall reporter talks with Morning Edition host Melissa Ingells about the cutbacks in state shared revenue and how those cutbacks affect the City of Lansing's budget.

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In Michigan
7:30 am
Mon November 2, 2009

Detroit seeks political stability with election

DETROIT – The look of the Detroit City Council could change drastically when voters go to the polls in the city's fourth election in just over eight months.

Mayor Dave Bing is expected to easily win re-election in Tuesday's nonpartisan race, but five incumbents are being challenged by 13 newcomers for the nine open seats on the council.

The board has been the subject of a federal corruption probe that nabbed Councilwoman Monica Conyers for taking money for her vote on a waste hauling deal.

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In Michigan
7:26 am
Mon November 2, 2009

Michigan lottery ticket sales up despite economy

LANSING, MI – Officials say the Michigan Lottery is thriving despite the economic recession.

According to unofficial figures cited by the Detroit Free Press, the state lottery saw a 2 percent increase in ticket sales from Oct. 1, 2008, through Sept. 30, with $2.3 billion in total sales.

Lottery spokeswoman Andrea Brancato says hefty jackpots played a role in the rise in ticket sales, including large jackpots for the multistate Mega Millions game.

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Sports
6:56 am
Mon November 2, 2009

Wings and Pistons off today

DETROIT – UNDATED (AP) - It's an off day for the Detroit Red Wings and the
Pistons. The Red Wings play at home tomorrow night against the
Boston Bruins, while the Pistons will be hosting the Orlando Magic.

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Sports
6:47 am
Mon November 2, 2009

Rams beat Lions 17-10 in battle of bad teams

DETROIT – Steven Jackson's 25-yard touchdown run with 1:38 left lifted the St. Louis Rams to a 17-10 win over the Detroit Lions, snapping their 17-game losing streak.

The Rams (1-7) avoided matching their worst start in franchise history. They also ended talk about joining Detroit (1-6) as the only teams in NFL history to have an 0-16 season.

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In Michigan
6:45 am
Mon November 2, 2009

Kalamazoo votes Tuesday on gay rights ordinance

KALAMAZOO, MI – On Tuesday, Kalamazoo voters will decide whether to keep a city ordinance protecting gay, lesbian, and transgendered people. It prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, or public accommodations. It's being challenged by a group that says gay activists are seeking special rights.

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In Michigan
5:33 am
Mon November 2, 2009

MDCH reports 16 H1N1 deaths

LANSING, MI – Officials with the state Department of Community Health say 16 people in Michigan have died from the H1N1 flu virussince the outbreak began two months ago. Health officials say most of those who died also suffered from underlying health conditions.

Nearly 60,000 cases of flu-like illness have been reported. Close to 400 people have been hospitalized.


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Top Stories
5:18 pm
Fri October 30, 2009

MSU proposes sweeping cuts

East Lansing, MI – Administrators at Michigan State University are proposing sweeping cuts and consolidations, in anticipation of reductions in state funding.

A plan presented to MSU Trustees Friday would see cuts and mergers campus-wide.
They include a reduction of Agriculture departments from 13 to 6. Geological studies and veterinary technician programs are among others on the chopping block.

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Top Stories
4:16 pm
Fri October 30, 2009

Granholm wraps up new state budget, but wants cuts restored

Lansing, MI – Governor Granholm signed the last of the bills Friday that make up the new state budget. The governor made 75 line item vetoes, but could not restore money for cuts she opposed that were forced on her by the Legislature.

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WKAR Features
1:21 pm
Fri October 30, 2009

Jobs An Issue In Lansing Mayor's Race

LANSING, MI –

When voters cast their ballots for mayor in Lansing next week, many will be thinking about their jobs. Thousands have lost the job they had on election day four years ago.

WKAR's Scott Pohl reports on how the local unemployment numbers could affect the election.

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