WKAR Features
5:57 am
Thu July 30, 2009

A look at Lansing's 4th Ward race for City Council

LANSING, MI – WKAR's City Hall reporter Rob South talks with Melissa Ingells about the primary election in Lansing next week, specifically the race for the city's 4th Ward.

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Sports
5:43 am
Thu July 30, 2009

Rocker Bob Seger joins Tiger in pro-am

GRAND BLANC, MI – Rock star Bob Seger has played in front of thousands of people over his career but he was awfully nervous on Wednesday.

Seger was paired up with Tiger Woods in the pro-am at the Buick Open, not far from Flint, Michigan. Seger grew up in Ann Arbor and thousands of fans came out to cheer him.

Seger thrilled the crowed with a long birdie putt on the fourth hole. It helped make up for an ugly drive off the first tee. He also got help from a tree on 13, as his errant approach rebounded back into the fairway.

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Sports
5:41 am
Thu July 30, 2009

LumberKings beat Lugnuts

LANSING, MI – The Clinton LumberKings ended the four-game winning streak of the Lansing Lugnuts with a 7-5 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Oldsmobile Park. The Lugnuts and LumberKings play the rubber match of their three-game series tonight at Oldsmobile Park.

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Sports
5:36 am
Thu July 30, 2009

Granderson, Tigers beat up Rangers 13-5

ARLINGTON, TX – Curtis Granderson led off the game with a home run and connected again in the second inning, and Justin Verlander equaled a career high by striking out 13 as the Detroit
Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 13-5 Wednesday night.

The Tigers scored in each of the first seven innings and matched a season high with 19 hits.

Miguel Cabrera, who had four hits and four RBIs, and Marcus Thames also homered for Detroit. Andruw Jones homered twice for Texas.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Wed July 29, 2009

Draft plan would keep Mich. wetlands program alive

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – A state Senate leader is developing a plan to prevent Michigan's wetlands protection program from being axed to save money.

Republican Sen. Patricia Birkholz, who chairs the Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee, told The Associated Press on Wednesday she'll introduce a bill this fall.

It's still on the drawing board. But the plan would use money from a clean water bond fund to keep the program going for three more years. An advisory council would develop a long-term funding source.

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Top Stories
5:15 pm
Wed July 29, 2009

St. John parishioners appeal to Vatican

EAST LANSING, MI – Members of an East Lansing Catholic parish have filed an appeal with the Vatican. They're asking the Vatican to overturn a decree by the Bishop of Lansing to merge their parish with another.

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In Michigan
5:10 pm
Wed July 29, 2009

St. John parishioners appeal to Vatican

Lansing, MI – Members of an East Lansing Catholic parish have filed an appeal with the Vatican. They're asking the Vatican to overturn a decree by the Bishop of Lansing to merge their parish with another.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Wed July 29, 2009

Lawmaker says Mich. not recovering medical bills

LANSING, MI – A Michigan lawmaker says the state could avoid some budget cuts by simply making sure the government is reimbursed for medical bills that should have been paid by private health insurers.

Rep. John Walsh cites the state auditor's finding that Michigan isn't effectively recovering Medicaid costs from insurance companies.

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In Michigan
4:37 pm
Wed July 29, 2009

Governor, legislative leaders to meet on budget

EAST LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm will meet again Thursday morning with legislative leaders to try to come to an agreement on cuts and spending in the budget for the coming fiscal year.

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The governor and the Legislature have two months to finalize a plan that bridges a $1.8 billion spending gap. That's almost 10% of this year's budget.

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Arts & Culture
7:43 am
Wed July 29, 2009

Traverse City Film Festival gets under way

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The annual Traverse City Film Festival is under way.

And the state of the festival is good.

Founder Michael Moore says 25 percent more tickets have been sold than last year at this time, and there's been a 37 percent increase in sponsors.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports the opening night film, "Troubled Water," screened Tuesday at the City Opera House.

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