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4:42 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Michigan looks to finalize K-12 budget

LANSING, MI – State lawmakers hope to finalize the K-through-12 schools budget Thursday evening.

Officials say millions of federal dollars are on the line, and some form of a budget must be passed this week to make sure schools continue to get checks.

Democratic state Representative George Cushingberry chairs the House Appropriations Committee. He says if the cuts made to schools are too deep for lawmakers to approve, it's time to find new revenue.

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Sports
4:31 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Predictions of Earle

Sports Talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson

East Lansing, MI – Welcome sports fans to another edition of Predictions of Earle. The sports talk AM 870 host breaks down the match up with Illinois as well as his picks for the Who is the Man contest

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In Michigan
3:29 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Gov. Granholm orders merger of DNR, DEQ

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has ordered the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality be merged into one department by January. The new name will be the Department of Natural Resources and Environment. There will be one director to oversee all DNRE programs. The chair of the House committee for natural resources says they will begin hashing out details of the department next week.

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Sports
11:48 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Michigan State hockey preview

Sports Talk AM870 producer Rob Bennett

East Lansing, MI – WKAR sports talk producer and co-host Rob Bennett previews the Michigan State hockey team for the upcoming year.

As the new season for the green and white skaters opens this Friday night against Clarkston, Sports Talk producer Rob Bennett who has been covering Michigan State hockey for the past 6 years looks at what fans can expect from this young team.

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In Michigan
9:24 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Tax proposals stall in Legislature

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
WKAR Photo

Lansing, MI – New revenue proposals from Democratic lawmakers in Lansing are having trouble gaining momentum.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says because the Senate was able to pass a balanced budget with no new revenue, he does not think his fellow Republicans will vote for new taxes now. The Senate is sitting on a tax on physicians' earnings passed by the House.

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In Michigan
8:32 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Mich. agriculture offices to close to save money

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Department of Agriculture is permanently closing all of its regional offices statewide to save money.

Agriculture Director Don Koivisto said Wednesday in a release that a district office in Marquette and regional offices in Detroit, Escanaba, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Saginaw, St. Joseph and Traverse City will be closed to save $600,000 annually.

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In Michigan
7:21 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Granholm wants Robert Bobb to stay on for 2nd year

DETROIT – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she wants the emergency financial manager of Detroit's schools to stay on for a second year to continue efforts to improve the struggling district.

Granholm told reporters Wednesday after a Midwestern Governors Association event that Robert Bobb is "doing a very tough but very important job" for the district, which faces a $259 million budget deficit.

Bobb said this week he wouldn't commit to staying on beyond his contract but has been in talks with Granholm's office.

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In Michigan
7:06 am
Thu October 8, 2009

9,200 still without power after winds batter Mich.

DETROIT – About 9,200 Michigan utility customers remain without power after wind gusts of up to 61 mph battered parts of the state.

The high winds originally left nearly 110,000 DTE Energy Co. and Consumers Energy customers throughout the Lower Peninsula without electrical service on Wednesday.

DTE spokesman Scott Simons said Thursday about 4,000 outages remain scattered throughout Wayne and Oakland counties, but power should be restored by later in the day.

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Sports
7:03 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Gordon's 24 lead Pistons over Bucks, 113-104

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Ben Gordon scored 24 points to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 113-104 pre-season victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

Reserve Will Bynum scored 23 for Detroit (2-0), while rookie Brandon Jennings led the Bucks (0-2) with 18.

The game was tied at 55 after a foul-filled first half, but Detroit outscored the Bucks 28-16 in the third and won going away.

The officials called 68 fouls and ejected Carlos Delfino and Austin Daye for fighting in the final minute.

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Sports
6:48 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Lions QB Stafford misses practice with knee injury

ALLEN PARK, MI – Matthew Stafford was held out of practice Wednesday by the Detroit Lions because of his injured right knee.

The Lions chose to not say anything more than that.

Detroit coach Jim Schwartz replied, 'We'll see on Sunday,' when told the Pittsburgh Steelers said they expected to face Stafford.

Daunte Culpepper took snaps with the first-string offense while Stafford watched, wearing a red No. 9 jersey, a Tigers cap, black shorts and shoes.

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