Top Stories
3:38 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

MI House and Senate are close to joint targets

LANSING, MI – Michigan's legislative leaders say they are close to an agreement on $1.2 billion in budget cuts. That is the amount of spending rollbacks the state Senate proposed earlier this summer.

But House Speaker Andy Dillon says the Democrats still want more spending than Republicans for K-12 schools, higher education and the Michigan Promise college scholarship.

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WKAR Features
12:48 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Dr. Gary Morgan becomes MSU Museum director

EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The MSU Museum is beginning a new chapter. This week, the 152 year-old East Lansing institution welcomes its new director, Dr. Gary Morgan. WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with Morgan about his new mid-Michigan posting.

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WKAR Features
12:46 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Daniels talks about "Escanaba"

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WKAR Features
11:16 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Daniels talks about "Escanaba"

UNDATED – UNDATED (WKAR) - Actor and playwright Jeff Daniels talks about the opening of his new play "Escanaba" at the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea, Michigan--and what it's like to write, act, play music, and try to keep sane.

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WKAR Features
11:16 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Daniels talks about "Escanaba"

UNDATED – UNDATED (WKAR) - Actor and playwright Jeff Daniels talks about the opening of his new play "Escanaba" at the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea, Michigan--and what it's like to write, act, play music, and try to keep sane.

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Top Stories
10:47 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Bishop says he, Dillon agree to proceed with cuts

LANSING, MI – The top Republican in the Michigan Senate says he and the Democratic House speaker are moving ahead with a plan to balance the state budget with at least $1.2 billion in spending cuts.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop also told WWJ-AM radio Tuesday that there so far is no agreement to take up bills later that would avoid some cuts by raising additional tax revenue.

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In Focus Today
7:22 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Political ambitions play role in MI budget drama

LANSING, MI – Budget talks at the state Capitol dragged into another day with no deal imminent. Legislative leaders say they're continuing to talk in hopes of reaching an agreement with just two weeks before the October first deadline.

There are sincere philosophical differences pitting legislative leaders against each other and Governor Granholm. But political ambitions may also be playing a role as they attempt to negotiate a compromise.

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Sports
5:53 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Shock extend contracts of Nolan, Smith, Pierson

AUBURN HILLS, MI – The Detroit Shock say they've signed contract extensions with Deanna Nolan, Katie Smith and Plenette Pierson.

The team withheld financial terms of the deals announced Monday.

Nolan is a three-time WNBA champion with the Shock. She appeared in 33 games this season and averaged 16.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals.

Smith was the 2008 WNBA Finals MVP and has appeared in 27 games this season for the Shock. She's averaging 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

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Sports
5:48 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Error gives Tiger 6-5 comeback win over Jays

DETROIT – Marco Scutaro's second error of the game allowed Brandon Inge to score from second base in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Monday night.

Pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff belted a tying three-run homer in the ninth and Ryan Raburn also went deep for the American League Central-leading Tigers.

Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion homered for Toronto.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Mon September 14, 2009

Mich. teen sentenced to 6-9 months in attack

KALAMAZOO, MI – One of two teens accused of beating a 15-year-old boy because he is gay will spend six to nine months in juvenile detention after pleading guilty to aggravated assault.

The 16-year-old defendant was sentenced Monday in Kalamazoo County Family Court.

Portage's Steve Harmon says he was attacked Aug. 13 in a Portage parking lot. He says his attackers used anti-gay slurs as they struck him about 20 times in the head and face.

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