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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.