Sports
5:45 am
Fri July 17, 2009

Lugnuts beaten by Kernels

LANSING, MI – The Cedar Rapids Kernels scored 11 unanswered runs to break open a tight game, trouncing the Lansing Lugnuts 13-6 before a crowd of 7,700 last night in Lansing. The rubber match in the three-game series will be played tonight at 7:05 at Oldsmobile Park.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Mich. to reduce check stations during deer season

LANSING, MI – Michigan wildlife officials will operate fewer check stations to monitor deer hunting this fall.

It's another sign of state government's budget problems. The Department of Natural Resources said Thursday it doesn't have the money to run as many check stations as it has in the past.

The department plans to close more than half of its 125 check stations and operate the remaining stations only during the Nov. 15-30 firearms season. A final list of open stations and hours will be established in the coming months.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Mich. gets stimulus cash for wind energy projects

LANSING, MI – Michigan is getting nearly $2 million from the federal stimulus package to support wind energy projects.

Three projects across the state were awarded grants this week
from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Michigan Aerospace Corp. in Ann Arbor will receive $748,000 for a study related to wind turbine reliability and efficiency. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will get about $413,500 to study techniques for voltage control and stability.

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In Michigan
5:46 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Michigan Tech hikes freshman tuition, fees 5.45%

HOUGHTON, MI – It will cost a Michigan resident freshman 5.45% more to attend Michigan Technological University starting this fall.

The Upper Peninsula university's Board of Control on Thursday increased in-state freshman tuition and fees to $11,347 for the 2009-2010 academic year, an increase of 5.45%.

Both out-of-state undergrad tuition and graduate tuition will increase 5% next year.

The board approved a $155 million budget for fiscal year 2010, including an 8% increase in financial aid.

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In Michigan
4:13 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

CMU increases undergrad tuition 4.8% for 2009-10

MT. PLEASANT, MI – Most undergraduates at Central Michigan University will see a 4.8% tuition hike starting this fall.

The university announced Thursday its Board of Trustees decided to increase tuition to $339 per credit hour for the 2009-2010 school year. That's up from $324 per credit hour last year.

But the Mount Pleasant school says 48.7% of returning undergraduates will see no tuition increase thanks to the CMU Promise program, which was offered from fall 2005 until summer 2008 and locked in tuition rates for participating students.

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In Michigan
3:17 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Ingham commissioners to propose millage to keep deputies

EAST LANSING, MI – Members of the Ingham County Commission plan to propose a countywide millage today that could prevent significant cuts in county Sheriff's deputies. Supporters of the plan will announce details at a 5:15 news conference in Lansing.

Ingham County is looking at projected budget deficits of $5.5 million in both 2010 and 2011. Commissioners have already discussed a plan to reduce Sherriff's deputies from 31 to as few as 8. That plan would curtail police patrols in 13 rural townships.

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Sports
11:27 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Mich. to reduce check stations during deer season

LANSING, MI – Michigan wildlife officials will operate fewer check stations to monitor deer hunting this fall.

It's another sign of state government's budget problems. The Department of Natural Resources said Thursday it doesn't have the money to run as many check stations as it has in the past.

The department plans to close more than half of its 125 check stations and operate the remaining stations only during the Nov. 15-30 firearms season. A final list of open stations and hours will be established in the coming months.

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In Michigan
11:24 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Detroit political hand due in court on indictments

DETROIT – A Detroit political consultant is going to federal court for his first appearance on corruption charges.

Sam Riddle is charged in two indictments with receiving and delivering bribes. Authorities say he conspired with a now-former Detroit City Council member, Monica Conyers, to shake down businesses in exchange for favors.

Riddle is due in federal court in Detroit at 1 p.m. Thursday. On Twitter.com, he says it's a "start of a legal battle" to affirm his innocence.

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WKAR Features
9:54 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Under the Radar: Raphael reviews "Every Man Dies Alone"

EAST LANSING, MI – WKAR's Under the Radar segment this month is REALLY under the radar. It's a book from a German author who was well-known about 70 years ago during World War II. Lev Raphael reviews Hans Fallada's "Every Man Dies Alone."

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In Michigan
9:52 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Granholm, leaders huddle on budget

Melissa Ingells, WKAR News

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm spent much of Thursday huddled behind closed doors with her budget team and legislative leaders. They're trying to decide how much to cut, and how much federal stimulus funding they'll use to balance the budget.

The budget for the coming fiscal year has a deficit officially pegged at $1.8 billion. In reality, tax collections are flagging, so the deficit's probably even bigger.

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