Sports
5:46 am
Tue June 16, 2009

Lugnuts rout Dayton

DAYTON, OH – A night after getting routed 13-0, the Lansing Lugnuts had their best win of the year, beating the Dayton Dragons 11-2 last night at Fifth Third Field. Tonight at 7 p.m., Lansing and Dayton play the third game in their four-game series.

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In Michigan
6:22 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

LCC unions oppose dismissal of counselors

EAST LANSING, MI – Lansing Community College President Brent Knight says the economy is forcing the school to consider the termination of three long-time counselors at the school. Unionized faculty and staff say the school should tap its general fund to keep the counselors. But Knight says he's reluctant to do that: "Most people think the college should have more money in reserves. And those who would spent that money---I would like to ask them---do you think that the next 24 months in Michigan are going to be better or worse?"

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In Michigan
6:11 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

State Rep backs MagLev, if privately funded

EAST LANSING, MI – State Representative Bill Rogers says he would support a proposed elevated rail system between Detroit, Ann Arbor and Lansing, if private investors finance the project.

Rogers heads a legislative task force looking into a Magnetic Levitation rail line that would run above existing highways. One Michigan company, Interstate Traveler, says there's enough money now to build a prototype of the MagLev.

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Top Stories
3:49 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

LCC employees protest plan to cut school counselors

Lansing Community College.
Melissa Ingells, WKAR News

LANSING, MI – Unionized employees at Lansing Community College are urging the administration not to dismiss three school counselors. Administrators are considering the cuts to address a $3.2 million budget deficit.

Opponents say the counselors perform a critical service at the school. Michigan Association of Higher Education spokeswoman Sally Pierce says LCC should take a closer look at its spending priorities.

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In Michigan
12:07 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

State House committee to continue tax reform discussion

LANSING, MI – A state House committee will continue hearings this week on how to change Michigan's tax structure.

Republicans and Democrats throughout Lansing agree state taxes need to be updated to help fix Michigan's budget deficit and mend its economy. But ideas of how to tweak the sales tax, the business tax or the income tax are as varied as the economists and lobbyists testifying at the Capitol.

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Top Stories
11:50 am
Mon June 15, 2009

State task force considers MagLev train

Gretchen Millich, WKAR News

EAST LANSING, MI – Rep. Bill Rogers (R-Brighton) says he would recommend building a hydrogen-powered rail line in Michigan, if the project does not require any public funding.

Rogers heads a task force exploring the feasibility of the MagLev train.

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Business
11:02 am
Mon June 15, 2009

AAA Michigan: State gas prices drop 10 cents

DEARBORN, MI – AAA Michigan says gasoline prices are down 10 cents per gallon over the past week to a statewide average of $2.83.

The auto club said Monday the statewide average is $1.29 per gallon lower than last year at this time.

Of the cities it surveys, AAA Michigan says the cheapest price for self-serve regular fuel is in the Benton Harbor area, where it's $2.77 a gallon. The highest average can be found in the Marquette area at $2.90.

The statewide average for biodiesel is $2.62 and $2.48 for ethanol.

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Business
11:00 am
Mon June 15, 2009

Classic boat maker Grand Craft Corp. shuts down

HOLLAND, MI – Classic wooden boat builder Grand Craft Corp. has shut down operations, apparently left high and dry by the foundering economy.

The 30-year-old company specialized in handcrafted mahogany runabouts reminiscent of classic designs from the 1920s and 1930s. Customers included entertainers Jennifer Lopez, Tim Allen, Kid Rock and Robert Redford, who purchased two of them.

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Arts & Culture
10:58 am
Mon June 15, 2009

Pontiac fest to go on without Chrysler as sponsor

PONTIAC, MI – The annual Arts, Beats & Eats festival in Pontiac is looking for new funding after getting word that Chrysler, its main sponsor in past years, won't be funding the
event this year.

The Oakland Press, the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report Monday that organizers say the event still will go on Sept. 4-7.

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Arts & Culture
10:53 am
Mon June 15, 2009

National arts test scores offer clouded picture

WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) - Half of the country's eighth graders answered multiple-choice questions about music correctly on national tests.

But the results for music and art tests issued Monday by the National Assessment of Educational Progress raise more questions than they answer.

Considered the benchmark of how students perform across the country, the NAEP report doesn't say how many students are actually taking classes in the arts.

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