In Michigan
4:42 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Michigan governor still hesitant on Gitmo proposal

DETROIT, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she would rather take in prisoners from California than those from Guantanamo Bay.

Granholm told reporters Wednesday she needs to hear from the Department of Homeland Security before making decisions about accepting Guantanamo detainees. Federal officials say a maximum security prison in Standish and the military penitentiary in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., are among possible locations to hold 229 foreign fighters now detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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In Michigan
4:11 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Senate Majority Leader calls for more transparency from Governor

LANSING, MI – State Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says Governor Granholm should make her revenue proposals public.

Bishop says the governor gave legislative leaders in closed-door budget negotiations a list of ways she thinks the state could collect more money through taxes. Bishop says if the Senate's proposals for program cuts are public knowledge, the governor's revenue list should be as well.

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In Michigan
3:33 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Citizens rally to save Library of Michigan

Hundreds of people formed a chain around the Michigan Historical Center in Lansing Wednesday.
Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

LANSING, MI – Hundreds of people concerned about the future of the Library of Michigan rallied at the state capitol and the Michigan Historical Center Wednesday. They fear state budget cuts could shut down all or part of the state library.

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Last month, Governor Granholm transferred responsibility for the library to the Department of Education. Under her executive order, much of the library's vast collection would be scattered over many physical locations.

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WKAR Features
11:40 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Granholm, legislators to resume talks amid budget protests

Hundreds of people rally at the Michigan Historical Center to voice their concerns for its future.
WKAR Photo

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm will resume meeting Thursday with the legislature's Republican and Democratic leaders to try and resolve the state's $1.8 billion budget crisis. Little has changed since last week's exchange between the leaders - except that more people are going public with their complaints of the proposed budget cuts. There were two protests Wednesday at the state Capitol.

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"Preserve our Michigan treasures. Save our libraries."

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In Michigan
11:14 am
Wed August 5, 2009

DPS project $2.1M savings from health audit

DETROIT – The emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools says the removal of 411 ineligible dependents from its health insurance coverage will save the district about $2.1 million a year.

Robert Bobb told reporters Wednesday the audit begins a broader review of dependent health insurance coverage in the state's largest school district.

He says the names surfaced during a two-week amnesty for employees to report those no longer entitled to coverage.

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In Michigan
8:37 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Wood to face Bernero in November

Lansing City Hall.
WKAR Photo.

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Virg Bernero and Carol Wood will face off in November for the mayor's office in Lansing. Only six points separated the two candidates after Tuesday's primary. WKAR's Rob South reports.

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Turnout for yesterday's primary was low. Of the 9,600 votes cast, Virg Bernero got fewer than 44 percent. Carol Wood was only six points lower with 38 percent. Wood says she's still excited about the results.

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Sports
6:38 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Lugnuts defeat TinCaps

FORT WAYNE, IN – The Lansing Lugnuts defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps 9-4 last night at Parkview Field. The Nuts and Caps play the third game of their four-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m.

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Sports
6:33 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Buick ends title sponsorships with PGA Tour

UNDATED – Buick has ended its sponsorship agreements with the PGA Tour, including the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines where Tiger Woods has won a record six times.

Buick is one of the oldest sponsors in golf and once had its name on five PGA Tour events, including four tournaments in one year. It also signed Woods to a personal endorsement contract, which the world's No. 1 player ended last season, one year ahead of schedule.

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Sports
6:22 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Nolan's double-double leads Shock past Liberty

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Deanna Nolan had 26 points and a career-high 14 rebounds as the Detroit Shock beat the New York Liberty 76-64 Tuesday night.

Katie Smith added 16 points for the Shock (7-10), who won for the fifth time in eight games.

Shameka Christon scored 14 points and Janel McCarville and Tiffany Jackson added 12 each as the Liberty (6-13) lost their season-high fifth straight. New York has lost twice since Anne Donovan replaced Pat Coyle as head coach on Friday.

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Sports
6:05 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Matusz wins debut as Orioles beat Tigers 8-2

DETROIT – Brian Matusz and the Baltimore Orioles spoiled Jarrod Washburn's debut with the Detroit Tigers with an 8-2 win Tuesday night.

Cesar Izturis and Nick Markakis each homered, drove in three runs and had three hits for Baltimore. Izturis also made two outstanding defensive plays.

Matusz (1-0), the fourth pick overall in the 2008 draft, allowed a run and six hits in five innings in his debut. He walked three and striking out five.

He was 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA for Double-A Bowie before being recalled on Tuesday.

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