WKAR Features
12:58 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

Michigan Promise imperiled by budget deal

LANSING, MI – The budget debate at the state Capitol grew more heated Wednesday. A bipartisan budget committee voted to eliminate the popular Michigan Promise college scholarship as part of a higher education spending plan. The controversial budget could be voted on by the state House as soon as Thursday over the objections of Governor Granholm.

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11:46 am
Wed September 23, 2009

Lawmakers plan to keep Michigan wetlands program

LANSING, MI – Michigan would continue to run its own wetlands protection program under terms of a state budget bill that could soon come up for a vote in the state Legislature.

A conference committee made up of House and Senate members approved a version of the natural resources and environmental quality budget Tuesday. It will come up for a vote in the Legislature after the committee approves a new version to correct
the funding source for keeping the program.

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WKAR Features
8:18 am
Wed September 23, 2009

Under the Radar: Raphael reviews triple Mann biography

Lev Raphael.

EAST LANSING, MI – Lev Raphael reviews a triple biography about the famous German writer Thomas Mann's talented and troubled kids. He has a review of Andrea Weiss's book In the Shadow of the Magic Mountain: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story. When he's not reviewing books for us, Lev Raphael is writing them, and his latest is a memoir called "My Germany."

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Sports
6:14 am
Wed September 23, 2009

Mich St coach preps for Badgers

EAST LANSING, MI – Mark Dantonio has never been more excited for Michigan State to begin a Big Ten season.

The Spartans coach knows the team will have to play better defense when it travels to Wisconsin this Saturday. Michigan State is 1-2 and the Badgers are 3-0.

Michigan State has lost back-to-back games by five points or less for just the second time in school history. Dantonio has two new starters penciled in on defense: freshman Chris Norman at strongside linebacker and Kendall Davis-Clark at cornerback.


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Sports
6:10 am
Wed September 23, 2009

Fever hoping to end losing streak to Detroit

AUBURN HILLS, MI – The Indiana Fever are one step away from the WNBA finals, but the remaining obstacle is one they've never been able to overcome.

The Fever open the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday against the Detroit Shock. That's the defending champion and the team that has eliminated Indiana in each of the last three post-seasons.

Detroit went to the finals all three times and won titles twice.

MVP candidate Tamika Catchings of the Fever has been on the losing side of all three series and is desperate to end the streak.

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Sports
6:05 am
Wed September 23, 2009

Flyers get first pre-season win, 5-2 over Red Wings

PHILADELPHIA – James van Riemsdyk, vying for a roster spot at left wing, scored two goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to their first pre-season win, 5-2 over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Mike Pyorala, a 28-year-old free agent playing professionally for the first time outside of Scandanavia, and Dan Carcillo, each had a goal and an assist, and Danny Briere also scored for the Flyers (1-2-1).

Jonathan Ericsson and Kris Newbury scored for the Red Wings (2-3), who dropped their third straight game.

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Sports
6:03 am
Wed September 23, 2009

Tigers down Indians 3-1

CLEVELAND – Edwin Jackson wouldn't allow the AL Central to get any tighter.

Detroit's steady starter pitched seven shutout innings and remained unbeaten against Cleveland this season, and the first-place Tigers kept their slender lead over Minnesota with a 3-1 win over the staggering Indians, who dropped their ninth
straight on Tuesday night.

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In Michigan
9:12 pm
Tue September 22, 2009

GM Will Add Third Shift at Delta Township Plant

LANSING, MI – Assembly line workers in Lansing say they're excited by the news that General Motors will add a third shift to its Delta Township plant. GM will move production of the Chevy Traverse to Lansing in January. The automaker plans to bring on about 800 workers for the third shift no later than April.

Brian Fredline, president of Lansing UAW Local 602, says he hopes to have all Delta Township plant workers back on the job

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Tue September 22, 2009

Auto-Owners plans to expand Lansing headquarters

DELTA TOWNSHIP, MI – Auto-Owners Insurance Group says it will build a new corporate complex when it expands its Delta Township headquarters.

The $105.3 million project will be near the company's Delta Township headquarters. It would add a three-story, 250,000 square-foot building on 143 acres.

Most of the land was bought from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan earlier this year.

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In Michigan
6:11 pm
Tue September 22, 2009

Vets' budget deal approved by committee

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's million-dollar cut to veterans groups would be continued in the new fiscal year under a compromise adopted by a House and Senate budget committee.

The organizations help veterans and service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan connect with services and collect benefits. The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and nine other service organizations have already laid off about a dozen people who assist veterans.

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