In Michigan
5:14 pm
Tue July 14, 2009

Legislature returns from summer break

LANSING, MI – Lawmaker are back at the state Capitol after the Legislature ended its two-week summer break.

AUDIO: "The House will come to order."

Lawmakers returned to the news that the state's budget troubles are growing worse. The economy's struggling and tax collections are failing to meet projections. That means another $120-million just got piled onto a budget shortfall already pegged at $1.8 billion.

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In Michigan
4:32 pm
Tue July 14, 2009

Lansing students improve in math, social studies

Lansing schools superintendent Dr. T.C. Wallace.
Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

Lansing, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The Lansing School District posted some gains in standardized high school test scores this year, but generally remained below the statewide average.

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Top Stories
12:35 pm
Tue July 14, 2009

Walberg announces re-election bid

Lansing, MI – Former U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg wants his old job back. Walberg announced Tuesday that he is running for Congress in 2010. That could set up a rematch between the Republican from Tipton and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer of Battle Creek to represent the southern Michigan district.

Walberg was elected to Congress in 2006. But Schauer beat him last year as Democrats benefited from having Barack Obama at the top of the ticket.

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WKAR Features
10:47 am
Tue July 14, 2009

Lansing primary three weeks away

Lansing City Hall.
WKAR Photo

Lansing, MI – Lansing's August primary is three weeks away. The Mayor's office and four council seats are on the ballot. City Hall Reporter Rob South talked to Melissa Ingells about the mayor's race and how things are starting to shape up.

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In Michigan
10:01 am
Tue July 14, 2009

Michigan's Walberg eyes return to Congress in 2010

LANSING, MI – Former U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg wants his old job back.

Walberg announced Tuesday that he is running for Congress in 2010. That could set up a rematch between the Republican from Tipton and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer of Battle Creek to represent the southern Michigan district.

Walberg was elected to Congress in 2006. But Schauer beat him last year as Democrats benefited from having Barack Obama at the top of the ticket.

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In Michigan
6:27 am
Tue July 14, 2009

Report finds losses in Mich., local pension funds

LANSING, MI – State and local retirement pension funds in Michigan lost a fourth to a fifth of their value in the past fiscal year.

A report released Monday by the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council said steep losses in the stock market, real estate market and other investments cut pension assets in the year leading to Sept. 30, 2008. That could mean the loss of $21 billion to $26 billion.

Michigan has 138 pension systems run by state and local governments, the fourth-highest number in the country. They serve 742,000 people.

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In Michigan
6:15 am
Tue July 14, 2009

Granholm closes Dept of History, Arts & Libraries

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm has closed the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries.

The department's functions will be handled by other state departments under an executive order the Democratic governor signed Monday. She announced her plan to close the department in her February budget proposal.

Michigan now has 17 state departments.

Granholm on Monday also announced potential plans for the Michigan Library and Historical Center in downtown Lansing.

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Sports
6:01 am
Tue July 14, 2009

Nuggets acquire Afflalo, Sharpe from Pistons

DENVER – The Denver Nuggets are acquiring Arron Afflalo and Walter Sharpe from Detroit in exchange for a future second-round draft pick.

The Nuggets also received cash in Monday's deal. The Pistons freed up close to $1.8 million in salary cap space.

Afflalo averaged 4.9 points in 74 games last season. The former UCLA star scored a career-high 24 at Houston on March 18.

Sharpe, a 6-foot-9 forward, appeared in nine games.

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In Michigan
5:53 am
Tue July 14, 2009

Walberg announces for 7th in 2010

EAST LANSING, MI – A hard fought race for a key Michigan Congressional district may unfold again in 2010. Republican Tim Walberg Tuesday announced he'll pursue his old job representing the 7th district. Democrat Mark Schauer defeated Walberg last November with 49-percent of the vote. Michigan political analyst Bill Ballenger:

"There's no question that Tim Walberg would have been re-elected if he'd had any kind of help at the top of the ticket in 2008. He didn't get it," he says.

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Sports
5:52 am
Tue July 14, 2009

Lugnuts lose to Bees

BURLINGTON, IA – The Burlington Bees had a 7-4 comeback win over the Lansing Lugnuts last night at Community Field. The Lugnuts are off today for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game before beginning a six-game homestand on Wednesday with the opener of a three-game series vs. Cedar Rapids.

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