In Michigan
4:13 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Laws signed aimed at keeping auto show in Detroit

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (AP) - Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed legislation aimed at keeping the North American International Auto Show in Michigan beyond 2010, preferably at its current home in Detroit's Cobo Center.

The new laws signed Thursday call for a nearly $300 million expansion of Cobo and the creation of a regional authority to run and renovate the aging building.

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In Michigan
2:26 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Fenner sex sting could cause legal trouble for Lansing

Lansing City Hall.
Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

LANSING, MI – A Lansing City Council Committee Wednesday raised legal and ethical concerns about a gay sex sting operation conducted by Lansing Police in May. The sting at Fenner Nature Center netted two arrests. But a breakdown in communication between the offices of the City Attorney and the County Prosecutor could mean legal trouble for the city.

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WKAR Features
10:44 am
Thu July 2, 2009

Under the Radar

EAST LANSING, MI – One Friday each month on Morning Edition from WKAR, author Lev Raphael joins WKAR's Melissa Ingells to discuss a book that might have slipped past the notice of other book reviewers.

Nationally-known author and reviewer Lev Raphael lives and writes in mid-Michigan. Raphael likes to feature books that may not receive a lot of publicity elsewhere, and his choices have ranged from a history of the Roman Republic, to a biography of Napoleon's sister, to a mass market paperback based on a TV series about spies.

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In Michigan
6:46 am
Thu July 2, 2009

Schauer holds health forums

CHARLOTTE, MI – Seventh District Congressman Mark Schauer kicked off a series of town hall meetings on health care Wednesday in Charlotte.

There was a focus on the lack of primary health care providers, and employers who are dropping health coverage plans for their workers.

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Sports
5:57 am
Thu July 2, 2009

Dumars says he wants new coach by next Tuesday

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Detroit Pistons executive Joe Dumars says he wants to name a replacement for fired coach Michael Curry in time for next week's developmental league opening in Las Vegas.

The Pistons' president for basketball operations announced Curry's dismissal Tuesday. The first-year coach led the Pistons to a 39-43 regular-season record and a four-straight-game loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening round of the NBA playoffs.

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Sports
5:55 am
Thu July 2, 2009

Lugnuts rained out

MIDLAND, MI – The scheduled Wednesday night game between the Lansing Lugnuts and the Great Lakes Loons was rained out. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader at 6:05 p. m. tonight. The rainout is Lansing's 10th of 2009, leading into the club's ninth doubleheader of the year.

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Sports
5:48 am
Thu July 2, 2009

Cust, Giambi lead A's past Tigers

OAKLAND, CA – Jason Giambi and Jack Cust broke out of funks with two-run homers, Dallas Braden ended a four-start winless stretch and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 Wednesday.

Giambi's drive in the sixth off Justin Verlander (8-4) was home run No. 407, tying him with Duke Snider for 43rd place. Giambi, who has been dealing with sore legs and entered the game with an American League-low .197 batting average, was in a 2-for-28 stretch before the homer after striking out in his first two at-bats.

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Top Stories
6:15 pm
Wed July 1, 2009

62 Michigan sex offenders mistakenly released

LANSING, MI – Michigan has put 62 sex offenders back behind bars in the past week who were mistakenly released after being classified in a treatment category that doesn't exist.

Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said Wednesday
the parolees were picked up immediately after officials discovered
the mistake.

Republican state Rep. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge sent out a news
release Wednesday making the matter public.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Wed July 1, 2009

Some Lansing GM models show June sales gains

EAST LANSING, MI – General Motors on Wednesday said June vehicle sales in the United States fell 33% compared to year-ago numbers. But Lansing-made crossover vehicles fared better, all posting sales gains.

Sales of the Buick Enclave were up 26%. The GMC Acadia posted a 10% gain. And the Saturn Outlook climbed by 6%. All are assembled at GM's Lansing Delta Township plant.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Wed July 1, 2009

62 Michigan sex offenders mistakenly released

LANSING, MI – Michigan has put 62 sex offenders back behind bars in the past week who were mistakenly released after being classified in a treatment category that doesn't exist.

Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said Wednesday the parolees were picked up immediately after officials discovered the mistake.

Republican state Rep. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge sent out a news release Wednesday making the matter public.

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