WKAR Features
8:41 am
Tue August 25, 2009

County commissioners to vote on sheriff's department millage

The Ingham County Courthouse in Mason.
WKAR Photo

Mason, MI – Ingham County Commissioners will vote tonight on whether to put a county-wide millage proposal on the November ballot that would guarantee funding for the sheriff's department. Budget cuts could eliminate sheriff's patrols in several rural townships that don't have their own police.

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Deputy Jacob Newton is part of the sheriff's rural road patrol. Most of his time is spent making traffic stops and he's about to make another one.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Michigan asks for $800 million for high-speed rail

SOUTHERN MICHIGAN – Governor Granholm climbed aboard an Amtrak train Monday to call attention to the states's efforts to win $800 million in federal stimulus funds. Michigan is part of an eight-state consortium trying to build a Midwest regional high-speed line with Chicago as its hub.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Feds Approve Lansing's Foreign Trade Zone

LANSING, MI – The federal government has approved the Capital Region International airport's request for designation as a foreign trade zone.

The designation from the U.S. Commerce Department was nearly a year in the making. Brent Case directs Lansing's foreign trade zone. He says this status means local companies will not have to pay duties on import products until they ship them out of the foreign trade zone.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

House Dems call Senate to take action on unemployment bills

LANSING, MI – State House Democrats are urging the Republican-controlled Senate to extend unemployment benefits. They say Michigan's 15% jobless rate shows it is time to act.

Legislation passed by the House would provide $138 million in federal stimulus for some unemployed workers completing job training programs. But business groups say that would create new unemployment taxes and financial strain on small businesses.

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In Michigan
3:29 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

International Students Arriving At MSU

Melissa Ingells, WKAR

EAST LANSING, MI – International students are beginning to arrive on the Michigan State University campus for the new academic year.

AUDIO: Students from all parts of the globe are in East Lansing to get acclimated to their new surroundings.

Peter Briggs, director of the Office for International Students and Scholars at MSU, says orientation events began on Sunday.

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Top Stories
1:40 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Granholm announces high-speed rail moves

DEARBORN, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has announced the state is applying for more than $800 million in federal stimulus money for what's envisioned to be the first step
toward a high-speed rail network.

Granholm made the announcement Monday with local and federal lawmakers in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, a stop on the proposed Detroit-to-Chicago line.

Granholm says the funding isn't guaranteed. Monday is the deadline for federal grant applications.

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In Michigan
10:33 am
Mon August 24, 2009

GM's Delta Township Plant Moves To Two Separate Full-time Shifts

LANSING, MI – Hundreds of Lansing General Motors' workers are getting reacquainted with regular shift work. Laid-off hourly workers began returning to work at GM's Delta Township facility in late July. But they've overlapped shifts for retraining and retooling purposes. Monday, for the first time in eight months, the facility is running two, separate full-time shifts.

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In Michigan
6:47 am
Mon August 24, 2009

Governor To Boost High-Speed Rail

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm will announce the next step her administration is taking to build a high-speed rail line that will connect metro Detroit with Chicago and the rest of the Midwest. The governor will make the announcement today at train stations in Dearborn and Jackson.

Michigan is part of a consortium of eight states seeking a share of $8,000,000,000 in federal stimulus money set aside to build rail lines for trains that will travel as fast as 110 miles per hour.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Fri August 21, 2009

Kroger recalls bread in 13 states including Michigan

CINCINNATI – Kroger is recalling a store-brand bread that could contain ingredients not listed on the label. The ingredients could cause reactions in people allergic to milk. The recall affects stores in Michigan and a dozen other states.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Fri August 21, 2009

MSU Dean finalist for West Virginia position

MORGANTOWN, WV – The Dean of Michigan State University's college of Agriculture and Natural Resources is a finalist for a job in West Virginia. Jeffrey Armstrong is among a group of three finalists to become Provost of the West Virginia University in Morgantown.

The university is looking to fill the vacancy created when former Provost Gerald Lang resigned in the wake of a scandal involving a master's degree that was improperly awarded to the daughter of the state's Governor.

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