In Michigan
4:12 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

Democrats bicker over revenue to balance the budget

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm floated a plan Tuesday that would use spending cuts and new taxes on vending machine sales, bottled water, and live entertainment to balance the budget. The plan was quickly torpedoed by the Democratic leader of the state House.

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WKAR Features
9:42 am
Wed September 9, 2009

Lansing Symphony starts off season with "Espana" concert

EAST LANSING, MI – The Lansing Symphony Orchestra begins its new season of concerts Saturday night at Wharton Center. Conductor Timothy Muffitt came to the WKAR studios recently to talk about the music on the program. The concert starts with a French take on the music of Spain--"Espana" by Emmanuel Chabrier.

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In Michigan
6:56 am
Wed September 9, 2009

PSC says new coal plants not needed in Michigan

LANSING, MI – The state Public Service Commission has released a report that says Michigan does not need new coal-burning power plants to meet its energy needs. The report is a setback for Consumers Energy, which is seeking permission to build a large capacity power plant near Bay City that has fewer emissions than a traditional coal plant.

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In Michigan
6:56 am
Wed September 9, 2009

State offers anti-radiation tablets to people near nuke plants

LANSING, MI – Michigan is stockpiling a supply of anti-radiation tablets to help protect people within 10 miles of a nuclear plant in the event of an accident. People can get a one-day supply from a local pharmacy now that Michigan's joined a federal program to get the potassium iodide pills. They help protect from radiation damage to the thyroid gland.

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Sports
6:27 am
Wed September 9, 2009

KC pulls out 7-5 win to stop Detroit's streak

KANSAS CITY, MO – Billy Butler drove in two runs, Kansas City's bullpen pitched 4 1-3 scoreless innings and the Royals ended the Detroit Tigers' six-game winning streak with a 7-5 victory Tuesday night.

The Royals had 11 hits and a rare strong performance from their bullpen to win
consecutive games for the first time since July 27-28 against Baltimore.

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In Michigan
6:03 am
Wed September 9, 2009

Cox releases blueprint for fixing Michigan

LANSING, MI – Attorney General Mike Cox says he would cut the state's primary business tax in half in his first year if elected governor. That would cost the state $2 billion in lost revenue. And Cox says he would eventually phase out the Michigan Business Tax altogether. He says he'd also ask the Legislature to reduce the state income tax.

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In Michigan
6:57 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Mich. coal plant proposals get negative reviews

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Public Service Commission is giving negative reviews to proposals for two coal-fired power plants.

Commission staffers said Tuesday that Wolverine Power Cooperative has failed to show a need for the plant it wants to build in Rogers City.

In a separate report, the staffers also say Consumers Energy hasn't made the case for a new coal plant near Bay City unless some of the company's existing power generation is taken offline.

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In Michigan
6:53 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Oakland U. asks judge to order profs back to work

ROCHESTER, MI – Oakland University has asked a judge to order striking professors back to work as classes remain canceled at the suburban Detroit university.

A hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday before Oakland County Circuit Judge Edward Sosnick on the university's complaint that the strike is illegal.

The campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors authorized a walkout Sept. 2 after the university proposed a three-year wage freeze along with cuts in health-insurance benefits.

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In Michigan
6:46 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Business groups call for reforms

LANSING, MI – Business groups met in Lansing Tuesday to call for structural reforms from the Legislature and Governor Granholm. They say their list of 20 reforms would help eliminate future embarrassment from state budget failures.

Jim Holcombe is with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

"We simply cannot keep going down the path we've set ourselves upon where each year we path together a budget, we cobble something together, and put off the tough choices for another two years," he said.

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Top Stories
6:43 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Governor makes budget plan public

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's released her plan for balancing the state budget for the new fiscal year that begins October 1. Her proposal to lawmakers includes a one-penny tax on bottled water, extending the sales tax to sports and entertainment tickets, and increasing the state tax on cigarettes to $2.25 cents a pack. She also wants to end some business tax breaks.

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