Sports
7:49 pm
Sun June 21, 2009

Lugnuts finally beat Loons in fourth game of series

MIDLAND, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts finished out their series against the Great Lakes Loons with a victory on Sunday afternoon, closing out the first half of the Midwest League season with a close 9-8 win. The Lugnuts lost the first three games of the series. The Midwest League now breaks for its 2009 All-Star Game, held on Tuesday at Alliant Energy Field in Clinton, Iowa. Then the Lugnuts start the second half of the season at home on Thursday night with the opener of a four-game series against the Dayton Dragons.

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Sports
6:16 pm
Sun June 21, 2009

Shock lose to Fever

AUBURN HILLS, MI – The Detroit Shock had a new coach and a returning All-Star, and it wasn't enough to beat the Indiana Fever.

Tamika Catchings scored 15 points Friday night and the Indiana Fever beat Detroit 66-54 in Rick Mahorn's debut as Shock coach.

"As a team, we anticipated an emotional game," said Katie Douglas, who added 13 points. "It's a big day for them having Mahorn Bill Laimbeer has been here for so long, that we knew they were going to come out with a lot of mixed emotions, and that we would have to weather the storm."

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Sports
6:11 pm
Sun June 21, 2009

Inge HR helps Verlander lead Tigers past Brewers

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) Brandon Inge hit a three-run homer and Justin Verlander pitched into the eighth inning to help the Detroit Tigers sweep the Milwaukee Brewers with a 3-2 win Sunday.

Verlander (8-3), who no-hit the Brewers in his only other start against them, allowed two runs on five hits in 7 2-3 innings. He struck out eight while improving to 8-1 since April 27. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 14th straight save.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

State House committee opens discussion on urban grocery stores

LANSING, MI – State lawmakers say struggling urban areas without grocery stores will have a hard time ever being revitalized. The state House Urban Policy Committee met Friday to hear testimony on the important role of supermarkets in cities.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Michigan continues to post highest jobless rate

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan still has the nation's highest jobless rate.

Michigan's unemployment rate in May was 14.1%. The US Department of Labor's ranking of states says that was the again the highest jobless rate in the U-S. It's a distinction Michigan's held for 25 of the past 26 months.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Debate heats up on Michigan State Police Lansing HQ

LANSING, MI – The developers of a nearly completed Michigan State Police headquarters aren't happy about lawmakers'efforts to back out of the deal.

The building's private owners said Friday it sends a "terrible message to anyone doing business with this state."

The Senate on Thursday passed a version of next year's state police budget that does not include the more than $3 million needed to pay rent on the building. Some lawmakers say that's all the state has to do to avoid moving into the $40 million building in January.

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Top Stories
3:26 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

MSU will raise tuition 5.2% next fall

EAST LANSING, MI – It will cost more to attend Michigan State University next year, and the year after that.

AUDIO: MSU Trustees today approved a two-year budget plan calling for tuition hikes of 5.2% this fall, and another 4.9% the following year.

Officials say getting federal stimulus money could lower that figure to 2.5% to 3% this fall for resident undergrads. The plan includes a 10% budget cut over those two years.

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Top Stories
12:52 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

GM will add 2nd shift at Delta Township Plant in August

Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

(Lansing, MI) – About 900 laid-off Lansing autoworkers will be returning to work in August.

Spokeswoman Heidi Magyar says strong sales of GM's three Lansing-made crossover vehicles prompted the return of the second shift to the Delta Township plant.

"Comparing May total sales with January total sales, the three products have increased more than 60 percent," Magyar says. "So, from looking at that perspective, for the strong sales, that's what we're looking at in the market."

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WKAR Features
11:34 am
Fri June 19, 2009

State employee layoffs and furloughs affect economy

LANSING, MI – Today is a holiday for 37,400 state employees. It's the first of six unpaid furlough days they'll take this summer to help balance the budget. The day off means more than a day of lost pay for state workers. It's also a day of lost income for the businesses that serve them coffee and lunches, and sell them office supplies.

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Sports
6:15 am
Fri June 19, 2009

Wings' Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Hossa named to All-Star second team

LAS VEGAS – LAS VEGAS (AP) - Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom and Marian Hossa of the Red Wings have been named to the NHL All-Star second team.

Datsyuk also went home from last night's ceremony with his fourth straight Lady Byng Award honoring hockey's most gentlemanly player. He drew only 22 penalty minutes in 81 games.

Datsyuk also claimed his second consecutive Selke Award presented to the league's top defensive forward. He ranked second in the NHL with 89 takeaways and is considered one of the league's best two-way forwards.

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