Sports
5:41 am
Wed July 29, 2009

Michigan plans drawing for multi-species hunt

LANSING, MI – Three hunters will get a rare opportunity to pursue four species of game animal next year under a new program called the Pure Michigan Hunt.

The winners will be allowed to hunt elk, bear, spring and fall wild turkeys and antlerless deer. They'll get their choice of hunting sites at managed waterfowl areas.

Hunters can apply as many times as they like. Each application costs $4 and can be purchased at license retailers through December. Winners will be selected during a random computer drawing in January.

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Sports
5:40 am
Wed July 29, 2009

Lugnuts beat LumberKings

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts had a season-high fourth straight victory, 3-2 over the Clinton LumberKings last night at Oldsmobile Park. The Lugnuts and LumberKings play the second game of their three-game series at 12:05 this afternoon.

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Sports
5:36 am
Wed July 29, 2009

Kinsler, Andrus lead Rangers past Tigers

ARLINGTON, TX – Ian Kinsler drove in three runs, rookie Elvis Andrus homered and had three hits, and the Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Kinsler, who was in a huge funk at the plate that shrunk his batting average from .272 to .242., highlighted a four-run second with a two-run triple.

The Rangers have taken two straight from the Tigers after dropping the previous seven meetings and have won eight of nine overall.

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In Michigan
6:03 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

AP Source: GM to end sponsorship of Buick Open

DETROIT, MI – A person briefed on the decision says this week's Buick Open golf tournament will be the last because General Motors Co. will end its sponsorship after more than a half-century.

The person said GM and tour officials will announce after the tournament that GM is pulling out. The person did not want to be identified because the announcement has not been made.

The troubled automaker has been cutting back on professional sports sponsorships for the past year as it tries to focus more marketing dollars on its cars and trucks.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

Report: More Michigan children living in poverty

LANSING, MI – A new report says Michigan's rough economy drove more of the state's children into poverty.

The annual Kids Count state-by-state survey by the Annie E.Casey Foundation said Tuesday that 19 percent of Michigan children lived in poverty in 2007. That's up from 14 percent in 2000.

The national average was 18% in 2007 and 17% in 2000.

Michigan ranked 34th among the states in the poverty measure in
2007.

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In Michigan
5:26 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

Dillon continues to promote insurance pool plan

LANSING, MI – Speaker of the House Andy Dillon says his plan for a statewide insurance pool for all public employees would create benefits so affordable private sector employees would want to buy in.

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Dillon says his plan could save the state nearly a billion dollars. He says opening the pool to the private sector would boost savings, and make benefits more affordable for everyone who joins.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

House panel approves "sunshine law" on tax breaks

LANSING, MI – A state House committee has voted to require Michigan's economic development agency to provide more information on how it uses job-creation tax credits. It's a step toward authorizing more of the tax breaks.

The Michigan Economic Growth Authority has almost reached its limit for the year, and wants the Legislature to approve a new round of credits. But a key Republican lawmaker says she wants more proof the program is working.

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Top Stories
4:44 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

LPD gets stimulus grant

EAST LANSING, MI – The Lansing Police Department is getting a grant of more than $867,000 from the federal stimulus plan.

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In all, a billion dollars in grants to police departments across the country were announced by Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder. Michigan agencies get $34-million to hire and rehire 160 officers. Lansing's grant will pay for four officers.

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Sports
9:27 am
Tue July 28, 2009

AP Source: GM to end sponsorship of Buick Open

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - A person briefed on the decision says this week's Buick Open golf tournament will be the last because General Motors Co. will end its sponsorship after more than a half-century.

The person said GM and tour officials will announce after the tournament that GM is pulling out. The person did not want to be identified because the announcement has not been made.

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WKAR Features
8:42 am
Tue July 28, 2009

Michigan Army National Guard trains with GPS

The Michigan Army National Guard is learning to use a GPS device that tracks troop movements in combat.
Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

Camp Grayling, MI – U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan train for a range of tasks. They hunt for suspected terrorists and hidden weapons, evacuate the wounded and provide security during elections.

This week, soldiers with the Michigan Army National Guard are playing war games at Camp Grayling. They're testing out a GPS system that records everything that happens on the battlefield. WKAR's Kevin Lavery reports on how troops are using digital clarity to penetrate the fog of war.

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