In Michigan
5:40 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Senate panels approve higher ed funding cuts

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
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Lansing, MI – The state Senate panels that deal with budgets for Michigan's universities and community colleges have approved a three percent cut in state funding.

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The cuts made to community colleges and universities are the biggest cuts the senate subcommittees could make without jeopardizing money from the federal government.

State Senator Jim Barcia was the only Democrat to vote in favor of the higher education budget.

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In Michigan
5:25 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Universities may have to report details of embryonic stem cell research

Lansing, MI – The state Senate subcommittee that oversees the higher education budget has approved a measure requiring universities to report the number of embryos it receives and stores for stem cell research.

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The measure to require reports on embryonic stem cell research is being added into the universities budget after more serious stem cell bills have failed to generate support in the Legislature.

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In Michigan
1:46 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Prominent Lansing attorney Stuart Dunnings Jr. dies

LANSING, MI –

Stuart Dunnings Jr., founder of Lansing's first black-owned law firm and father of Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III, has died.

The elder Dunnings was admitted to the bar in 1950. He opened his Lansing law office as a sole practitioner that same year.

Dunnings led the Lansing branch of the NAACP from 1952 to 1958.

He won numerous awards over his lengthy career, including induction into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame.

Stuart Dunnings Jr. was 85.


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In Michigan
10:39 am
Thu March 11, 2010

Mich. congresswoman called to Detroit grand jury

DETROIT – A congresswoman who is the mother of Detroit ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been summoned to appear before a grand jury in Detroit.

The notice from U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, a Detroit Democrat, was in yesterday's Congressional Record.

Kilpatrick's office manager, Andrea Bragg, has also been told to appear at the grand jury. Her disclosure was in Tuesday's Congressional Record. The dates of their appearances were not disclosed.

A message seeking comment was left with Kilpatrick's spokeswoman today.

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WKAR Features
8:55 am
Thu March 11, 2010

Unemployed? The 2010 census is hiring

LANSING, MI –

For someone who's been unemployed for a while, the 2010 census could be a place to find work.

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Sports
6:23 am
Thu March 11, 2010

Granderson gets 2 hits as Yankees top Tigers 9-8

LAKELAND, FL – Curtis Granderson, playing against Detroit for the first time since being traded to New York, singled in his first two at-bats, and Greg Golson hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning to lift the Yankees to a 9-8 win over the Tigers on
Wednesday.

Granderson also made a spectacular one-handed catch against the center-field wall.

Johnny Damon, who signed with Detroit after four seasons with the Yankees, did not play because of a sore big toe on his right foot.

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Sports
6:22 am
Thu March 11, 2010

Top Big Ten teams still have much to prove

INDIANAPOLIS – It seems every team has something to prove heading into the Big Ten tournament.

Ohio State's Evan Turner, the conference player of the year, will try to give the No. 5 Buckeyes a shot at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. No. 6 Purdue wants to prove it can beat the big boys without injured forward Robbie Hummel. No. 13 Wisconsin wants to beef up its resume for NCAA seeding.

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Sports
6:18 am
Thu March 11, 2010

Williams leads high-scoring Jazz over Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Deron Williams had 18 points and 12 assists, and the Utah Jazz beat the Detroit Pistons 115-104 Wednesday night.

The Jazz had seven players in double figures as they posted their 10th straight victory over Detroit. Former Pistons center Mehmet Okur finished with 18 points, while Carlos Boozer had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Detroit also had seven players score at least 10 points, led by Charlie Villanueva's 19, but couldn't avoid its seventh loss in eight games.

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Top Stories
4:41 pm
Wed March 10, 2010

Lawmaker says voters may have to settle budget impasse

LANSING, MI – Some Democratic leaders in the Legislature say voters may be asked to resolve a budget impasse at the state Capitol.

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Some Democrats say voters may be willing to approve new taxes if they're convinced the Legislature is sincere about being frugal and finding new ways to save taxpayers money.

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In Michigan
4:13 pm
Wed March 10, 2010

Senate approves directors of Ag and NRE departments

LANSING, MI – The state Senate has approved Governor Granholm's appointment of directors for the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Granholm named Rebecca Humphries to lead the new Department of Natural Resources and Environment. She had served as the director of the Department of Natural Resources, which was combined with the Department of Environmental Quality.

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