WKAR Features
2:15 pm
Tue October 20, 2009

Budget's almost done, but the fight over revenue isn't over

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm expects the last bills that make up the state budget to arrive on her desk as soon as Tuesday. She signed the budget to fund K-12 schools on Monday. The school budget reflects a cut of 165 dollars for every student. But even with a big cut, there's not enough money in the School Aid Fund to cover K-12 spending for the balance of the fiscal year. That means the governor and state lawmakers have to come up with more money.

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Top Stories
12:08 pm
Tue October 20, 2009

MI Senate delivers remaining budgets to Gov

LANSING, MI – The Repubican-controlled state Senate has released the remaining six budgets to Governor Granholm. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop met privately with Granholm last week and agreed to hand over the budgets, which deal with money for corrections, local government revenue sharing and Medicaid. The state is operating under a temporary budget which expires at the end of the month. Granholm will speak on these budgets, as well as her line-item vetoes to the K-12 schools budget this afternoon.

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In Michigan
10:16 am
Tue October 20, 2009

Industrial fire sends up black smoke near Detroit

RIVER ROUGE, MI – An industrial fire is sending thick, black smoke into the air southwest of Detroit.

James Buford is Wayne County's director of homeland security and emergency management. He says the fire began around 9 a.m. Tuesday at a steel plant.

Buford says fire crews from Detroit and other surrounding communities were responding to the fire.

River Rouge police didn't have any immediate information. Detroit and River Rouge fire officials couldn't immediately be reached for comment.


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In Michigan
10:12 am
Tue October 20, 2009

DEQ orders utilities to reduce mercury emissions

LANSING, MI – Coal-fired power plants in Michigan have six years to reduce their mercury emissions by 90%. The state Department of Environmental Quality adopted that rule Monday.

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In Michigan
10:11 am
Tue October 20, 2009

Lansing schools announce H1N1 clinics

LANSING, MI – The Lansing School District says H1N1 flu vaccinations for students will begin Monday, November 2.

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The Ingham County Health Department will conduct several clinics throughout the district through November 12. Lansing School District spokesperson Steve Serkaian says parents of younger children in particular need to be involved.

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Leading Lansing
7:26 am
Tue October 20, 2009

Leading Lansing: Candidate Carol Wood

Lansing mayoral candidate Carol Wood answers listeners' calls on AM870 on Oct. 20, 2009.
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Leading Lansing: Candidate Carol Wood

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East Lansing, MI – Lansing mayoral candidate Carol Wood took listener calls during this AM870 News special moderated by WKAR's Rob South.

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Sports
6:28 am
Tue October 20, 2009

Lions optimistic they will be healthy after bye

ALLEN PARK, MI – Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz says he is optimistic his banged-up team will be at full strength after their bye.

Schwartz said Monday that quarterback Matthew Stafford is doing everything possible to return and the team is doing what it can to get him back on the field.

The No. 1 pick in the NFL did not play for the second straight game because of an injured right knee on Sunday when Detroit was blanked by the Green Bay Packers 26-0.

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Sports
6:26 am
Tue October 20, 2009

AP source: Detroit Shock are moving to Tulsa

UNDATED – A Detroit Shock official says the WNBA team is moving to Tulsa, Okla.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Monday because he was not authorized to make the announcement.

Detroit made its debut in the league in 1998 and won titles in 2008, 2006 and 2003. The Shock lost last month to the Indiana Fever in the Eastern Conference finals after rallying to earn a playoff spot.


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In Michigan
6:17 am
Tue October 20, 2009

Standish council pulls up Guantanamo welcome mat

STANDISH, MI – The Standish City Council has pulled up the welcome mat for a proposal to house Guantanamo Bay prisoners in the northern Michigan community.

A soon-to-close state prison in Standish has been mentioned as one possible site for prisoners from the U.S. base in Cuba. Standish is about 120 miles north-northwest of Detroit.

The council was considering a resolution expressing interest in housing detainees at the prison. The commission for surrounding Arenac County has endorsed the idea.

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In Michigan
6:14 am
Tue October 20, 2009

MI doctors rally against physicians' tax

LANSING, MI – Several hundred doctors rallied at the state Capitol Tuesday against a tax on physicians. A proposed 3% tax on doctors' earnings would draw down three times as much in federal funds for Medicaid.

Doctor Cheryl Gibson Fountain treats Medicaid patients in Detroit. She says many Medicaid doctors don't believe they'll see big boosts in their rates. And she says the tax will discourage doctors from locating in Michigan.

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