Arts & Culture
10:29 am
Fri August 7, 2009

US grant funds West African Islam database at MSU

EAST LANSING, MI – The federal government is sponsoring a three-year effort at Michigan State University to build an online library about Islam and Muslims in West Africa.

The university says the National Endowment for the Humanities grant will underwrite creation of a "digital repository of information for scholars, researchers, teachers and students."

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In Michigan
10:27 am
Fri August 7, 2009

Central Michigan seeks OK for new medical school

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI – A proposal to open a new Michigan medical school is advancing with Central Michigan University submitting an application to the national accrediting group for doctor training.

The Mount Pleasant-based university made the request to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education at a Wednesday meeting in Chicago.

Central Michigan's trustees voted in September 2008 to start a medical school. Students would spend the first two years on campus and the next two at area clinical facilities.

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WKAR Features
9:18 am
Fri August 7, 2009

State Capitol Artisan Earns Michigan Heritage Award

LANSING, (MI) – Every year, the Michigan State University Museum recognizes artists who sustain traditional arts practices in the state with the Michigan Heritage Awards, given at the Great Lakes Folk Festival.

This year, one of the winners is the state capitol building's master decorative painter and preservationist.

WKAR's Scott Pohl recently spent some time with Bill Finch at the building he's lovingly cared for since the early 1980's.

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Sports
5:28 am
Fri August 7, 2009

Lugnuts lose to TinCaps

FORT WAYNE, IN – The Fort Wayne TinCaps scored six runs in the second inning and four runs in the third to blow open the finale of a four-game series, defeating the Lansing Lugnuts 12-6 last night at Parkview Field. The Lugnuts return home tonight to open up a four-game series with the Dayton Dragons at Oldsmobile Park.

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Sports
5:25 am
Fri August 7, 2009

AL Central-leading Tigers beat Orioles 7-3

DETROIT – Brandon Inge hit a two-run homer in a four-run second inning and Rick Porcello didn't give up a hit until the fifth, helping the Detroit Tigers coast to a 7-3 win against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.

The Tigers won three of four games in the series to stay atop the AL Central, heading into a matchup with the third-place Minnesota Twins.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Deal could raise some Blue Cross rates in Michigan

LANSING, MI – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has tentatively agreed to raise rates for nearly 200,000 of its health insurance customers by an average of 22%, a significantly lower rate increase than originally sought.

The agreement reached Thursday with Attorney General Mike Cox is subject to approval by state regulators before it could take effect.

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In Michigan
5:53 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Little progress in state budget talks

LANSING, MI – There was little progress reported Thursday in state budget talks. Governor Granholm had a conference call with the Legislature's Republican and Democratic leaders.

Governor Granholm and legislative leaders continue to trade ideas, but have apparently not made any more decisions on how to retire a deficit of $1.8 billion in the state's General Fund, and almost a billion dollars in the School Aid Fund.

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Top Stories
5:12 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Lawmakers and lobbyists call for gas tax hike

LANSING, MI – Conservative business groups are putting pressure on Republican lawmakers to fund repairs to the state's aging bridges and roads through a gas tax increase.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

MSU, U/M get energy research grants

LANSING, MI – Michigan State University and the University of Michigan are getting multi-year grants from the federal government to study advanced energy issues.

Michigan State University will get $12.5 million over five years
to investigate the underlying chemical principles of materials used
to turn heat into electricity.

The University of Michigan will get $19.5 million over the next five years to study materials that could be used to turn solar energy into electricity.

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In Michigan
3:35 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Mass. co. plans 3 battery facilities near Detroit

LIVONIA, MI – The chief executive of an advanced battery company says a nearly $250 million grant from the federal government is a "kick-start" to opening three facilities near
Detroit and making it possible to be competitive in the United States.

A123 Systems Inc. President and CEO David Vieau says the Watertown, Mass.-based company will develop lithium-ion battery technology for Chrysler Group LLC at new facilities in Livonia, Romulus and Brownstown Township.

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