WKAR Features
8:42 am
Tue July 28, 2009

Michigan Army National Guard trains with GPS

The Michigan Army National Guard is learning to use a GPS device that tracks troop movements in combat.
Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

Camp Grayling, MI – U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan train for a range of tasks. They hunt for suspected terrorists and hidden weapons, evacuate the wounded and provide security during elections.

This week, soldiers with the Michigan Army National Guard are playing war games at Camp Grayling. They're testing out a GPS system that records everything that happens on the battlefield. WKAR's Kevin Lavery reports on how troops are using digital clarity to penetrate the fog of war.

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Sports
5:42 am
Tue July 28, 2009

Obama says WNBA inspires his daughters

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says the WNBA serves as an inspiration for his two young daughters.

Obama on Monday said his daughters, Sasha and Malia, have never known a time when women did not play professional basketball in the United States. He says his girls watch the female players on television.

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Sports
5:40 am
Tue July 28, 2009

Ohio State picked tops in Big 10 pre-season poll

CHICAGO – Ohio State is the media's pre-season favorite to win the Big Ten title.

The Buckeyes boast 12 returning starters from last year's Fiesta Bowl team, which went 10-3 and tied Penn State at 7-1 in conference play. That includes pre-season Offensive Player of the Year Terrelle Pryor, who won eight of nine games as a starter. He was Ohio State's first true freshman to start at quarterback since
1978.

The Buckeyes have won or shared four straight conference titles.

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Sports
5:37 am
Tue July 28, 2009

Hunter, Cruz lift Rangers over Tigers

ARLINGTON, TX – Rookie Tommy Hunter pitched a career-high seven innings, Nelson Cruz and Michael Young homered, and the Texas Rangers finally beat the AL Central-leading Detroit
Tigers 5-2 on Monday night.

The Rangers had lost the first six meetings with the Tigers this season to drop to 3-14 against them over the last three years before Hunter (3-1) pitched Texas to its seventh victory in eight games.

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Sports
5:33 am
Tue July 28, 2009

Lugnuts swamp Snappers

BELOIT, WI – The Lansing Lugnuts pounded out 16 hits while limiting the Beloit Snappers to just four hits, completing a three-game sweep with a 10-1 victory yesterday afternoon at Pohlman Field. The Lugnuts open up a six-game homestand today with the opener of a three-game series against Clinton at 7:05 p. m. at Oldsmobile Park.

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In Michigan
6:37 pm
Mon July 27, 2009

School groups to announce support for Dillon plan

EAST LANSING, MI – A number of educational organizations in Michigan will announce their support Tuesday for a controversial proposal to change health insurance for the state's public employees.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Mon July 27, 2009

Two blueberry diseases ID'd in Michigan for 1st time

EAST LANSING, MI – State officials say two exotic diseases that attack blueberry plants have been identified in Michigan for the first time.

Michigan Department of Agriculture Director Don Koivisto said Monday in a statement that blueberry shock and blueberry scorch could cause "significant losses" to producers but are not threats to food safety or human health.

Blueberry shock was identified at a Michigan State University research station in Fennville and blueberry scorch virus was discovered at a west Michigan farm.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Mon July 27, 2009

Buick Open week begins in Grand Blanc

ANN ARBOR, MI – Practice rounds are underway in Grand Blanc for the Buick Open.

This is the 45th year for the professional golfing tournament near Flint, and it may be the last. Tournament and PGA officials won't comment on reports GM is dropping its longtime sponsorship of the event.

Jerry Preston is the president of the Flint Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. He says it's too soon to start planning for a tournament without GM.

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In Michigan
5:46 pm
Mon July 27, 2009

State House Democrats unveil energy efficiency legislation

LANSING, MI – State House Democrats say Michigan needs tougher energy standards to attract renewable energy businesses to the state. The lawmakers have unveiled legislation that would require 30% of the state's energy come from renewable sources by 2025.

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Top Stories
5:13 pm
Mon July 27, 2009

Granholm signs regional letter re: eight-state high-speed rail

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has signed an agreement with seven other governors to work together to build a high-speed rail line. The train would travel from Detroit and Pontiac to Chicago and other Midwestern cities.

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