WKAR Features
10:30 am
Thu October 15, 2009

MSU's Dubai campus is looking for economic turnaround

East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University's campus in Dubai is now in its second year of operation. Once regarded as the most prosperous economy in the Middle East, there's been a downturn in the United Arab Emirates...including Dubai.

WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke this week with Brendan Mullen, MSU-Dubai's executive director, during a return visit to East Lansing.

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In Michigan
7:27 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

MEDC legislation passes House

LANSING, MI – The state House and Senate may be close to approving more economic development tax credits designed to attract new businesses to Michigan.

The organization that hands out the incentives ran out of a year's worth of credits in six months. Lawmakers disagreed over whether to give the group more credits, and how to make sure they were being used wisely.

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In Michigan
7:24 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

Speaker Dillon speaks out

LANSING, MI – State House Democrats and Senate Republicans don't appear to be close to reaching a deal over revenue. Their divide over how to generate more money to fill cuts made to the budget last month may be widening.

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Neither the House nor the Senate has plans to vote on the other's proposals for revenue. Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon.

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Top Stories
6:36 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

Michigan jobless rate is 15.3%

LANSING, MI – Michigan's jobless rate was virtually unchanged in September. It bumped up last month by one-tenth of a percentage point to 15.3%.

The state Department of Labor and Economic Growth say the most job losses were in retail and tourism. The numbers are seasonally adjusted, so they don't just reflect the end of the summer travel season. There was a slight increase in manufacturing jobs because workers were called back from short-term layoffs.

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In Michigan
6:09 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

No thaw in Michigan budget talks

LANSING, MI – Governor Granhom will meet Thursday with legislative leaders after a sit-down Wednesday with the Senate Republican leader failed to yield a budget compromise.

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Top Stories
2:39 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

BCBSM will consolidate employees in Lansing in 2011

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero (left) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan president and CEO Daniel Loepp.
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Lansing, MI – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has announced plans to consolidate 250 employees into the current Accident Fund Insurance Company building in downtown Lansing. The move is set to take place in two years.

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Top Stories
2:33 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

Michigan Unemployment Rate Up Slightly

LANSING, MI – Michigan's unemployment rate was virtually unchanged last month. The jobless rate rose 0.1% to 15.3%.

The U-S jobless rate also rose by 0.1% to 9.8%.

The state's jobless rate rose by 6.4% since September of last year.


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In Focus Today
12:44 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

MSU-Dubai: Year Two

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University's campus in Dubai is now in its second year of operation.

Once regarded as the most prosperous economy in the middle east, there's been a downturn in the United Arab Emirates...including Dubai.

WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke this week with Brendan Mullan, executive director of MSU-Dubai, during a return visit to East Lansing.

Mullan says in year two, applications were up by 40%, and admissions rose by 34%...to about 100 students.

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WKAR Features
6:16 am
Wed October 14, 2009

Regional cooperation is an issue in Lansing mayoral race

East Lansing mayor Victor Loomis (left) and Lansing mayor Virg Bernero.
WKAR Photo

Lansing, MI – On November 3, Lansing residents will choose between incumbent Virg Bernero and councilmember Carol Wood for their next mayor. In today's economy, the mayor of Lansing must be a regional leader who can forge partnerships with neighboring governments. Those agreements ensure residents receive vital services the city might not otherwise be able to deliver on its own.

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Sports
5:30 am
Wed October 14, 2009

Arenas leads Wizards over Pistons

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Gilbert Arenas, who was fined $25,000 by the NBA earlier in the day for not making himself available to the media, scored 24 points to lead the Washington Wizards to a
101-98 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

Antawn Jamison added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards (2-2), who led 46-45 at halftime. Arenas scored 13 points in the third quarter as Washington opened a a 75-68 lead.

Will Bynum scored 23 points for the Pistons (3-1).

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