In Michigan
7:33 am
Mon April 6, 2009

60 arrests in East Lansing after Sat. game

East Lansing, MI – Police say there were about 60 arrests in East Lansing following Saturday night's MSU victory in the Final Four.

About two-thousand people were estimated to be in the Cedar Village area after the game. East Lansing police chief Tom Wibert describes the crowd as "celebratory."

The arrests were for offenses like throwing objects and indecent exposure.

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In Michigan
9:54 am
Fri April 3, 2009

Medical marijuana takes effect Saturday

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Michigan's medical marijuana law takes effect Saturday.

Patients can grow and smoke marijuana for medical purposes under the law passed by voters last November.

Jon Dunbar is a patient from Kalamazoo who suffers from a degenerative spinal injury that affects his ability to walk.

He says he started taking strong pain pills, but the side affects were too heavy.

So he began talking to doctors in other states with legalized medical marijuana.

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In Michigan
6:47 am
Fri April 3, 2009

Desmond Tutu to speak at Michigan State graduation

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University says South African activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu will speak at the school's undergraduate commencement ceremony May 8.

The East Lansing school says it's giving Tutu an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Past honorees include Nelson Mandela, Coretta Scott King and Maya Angelou.

Tutu is the retired Anglican archbishop of Cape Town and became the first black general secretary of the South African Council of Churches in 1979.

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In Michigan
6:24 am
Fri April 3, 2009

Lansing area braces for worker shortage

East Lansing, MI – Kevin Lavery, WKAR Radio News
Local economists say the Lansing area workforce will decline once the state climbs out of recessions.

A study by the group 'Capital Area Michigan Works' finds the region's "replacement gap"--the inability to replace retiring workers with younger ones--is nearly five times the national average.

Between 2000-2007, the region's population growth rate lagged significantly behind cities such as Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor.

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In Michigan
6:19 am
Fri April 3, 2009

East Lansing ready for Final Four

East Lansing, MI – Gretchen Millich, WKAR Radio News
East Lansing residents and the police department are hoping for the best this weekend.

Michigan State University is heading into the NCAA Final Four, and the city wants to put an end to its history of riots.

Riots broke out after the M-S-U Spartans appeared in the final four in 1999 and in 2005.

And the memory of last year's Cedarfest - where 56 people were arrested - is still fresh.

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In Michigan
11:36 am
Thu April 2, 2009

Cartoonist Hopes His Humor Will Heal

Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Lansing, MI – Full Description:
Lansing, MI (WKAR) - Since 2001, comic strip fans have been following the adventures of "Frazz," a beloved janitor who dispenses wit and wisdom to children in a fictious elementary school.

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In Michigan
9:55 am
Thu April 2, 2009

MEAP results show higher test scores

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Test scores in math rose for the fourth year in a row in the Michigan Education Assessment Program.

The 2008 MEAP test results were released Thursday.

While math, social studies and writing all showed higher test scores, reading scores saw some incremental slips in past years.

Marty Ackley is with the state Department of Education.

He says MEAP scores are a diagnostic tool for the schools.

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In Michigan
9:54 am
Thu April 2, 2009

Legal fight over Mich. girls sports will cost $6M

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (AP) - The Michigan High School Athletic Association has agreed to pay $6 million in legal fees in a landmark case that changed the seasons for girls basketball and volleyball.

The MHSAA would immediately pay $2.5 million, then make smaller annual payments until May 2015.

Without a settlement, the high school association could be on the hook for millions more, including interest.

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In Michigan
7:09 am
Thu April 2, 2009

Ingham Cty ID's cause of stomach illness at MSU

East Lansing, MI – Mark Bashore, WKAR Radio News

Ingham County health officials have identified norovirus as the cause of a sudden outbreak of intestinal illness at Michigan State University.

The contagious virus sent about 25 people---most of whom dined at MSU's Shaw Hall---to Sparrow Hospital for treatment of stomach pain, nausea and diarrhea beginning early Wednesday morning.

All of those afflicted were expected to be discharged on Thursday.

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Top Stories
7:02 am
Thu April 2, 2009

Mich. House OKs version of higher education budget

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (AP)

The Michigan House has passed a budget bill that would replace a proposed 3% funding cut to public universities with money from the federal stimulus package.

The higher education budget was passed by a 89-21 vote Thursday as the Democratic-led chamber began approving bills for the fiscal year that starts in October.

The measure now goes to the Republican-led Senate.

Final budget bills could look much different than the early versions passed Thursday.

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