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6:26 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Lansing prepares for Silver Bells in the City

Lansing, MI –

Preparations are wrapping up at this hour in Lansing for the annual Silver Bells in the City celebration. The event is expected to draw over 100,000 people to the city's downtown streets and shops. WKAR's Marites Woodbury and Kevin Lavery produced this audio montage.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Detroit mayor: 1,000 job cuts amid budget crisis

DETROIT –

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says 1,000 job cuts are planned by early next year to help deal with the city's budget crisis.

The mayor's office said in a statement Friday that layoff notices will be delivered the week of Dec. 5. He says the cuts represent 9 percent of the city's about 11,000 employees and will save about $12 million.

On Wednesday, Bing said the city faces a $45 million cash shortfall by the end of its fiscal year in June.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Governor says the state is setting up for an economic comeback

LANSING, MI –

A report just released by the University of Michigan says the state's economy will likely add jobs over the next two years - but slowly. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes to accelerate job growth by making Michigan a North American trade hub.

The U-of-M report says unemployment in Michigan is expected to remain above 10 percent for the next two years.

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In Michigan
5:17 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Speaker: No additional money for cash-strapped Detroit

EAST LANSING, MI –

Republican leaders in Lansing say more money from the state is not the answer to fixing Detroit's financial problems. Detroit Mayor David Bing says the city is owed $220 million in state aid because of a deal made a dozen years ago.

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In Michigan
4:24 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Lansing City Hall, state office building reopened

WKAR File Photo

LANSING, MI –

Lansing police says a bomb threat that earlier evacuated city hall and a state office building was not credible. Workers have re-entered those buildings.

Police spokesman Lt. Noel Garcia says an investigation continues into who placed the call.

The city's annual "Silver Bells in the City" event will take place this evening as scheduled.

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4:24 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Gov. wins major tax ruling at Mich. Supreme Court

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan Supreme Court says a new law taxing public pensions does not violate the state Constitution.

The advisory opinion released Friday is a major victory for Gov. Rick Snyder, who signed the sweeping tax changes earlier this year. Employee unions were opposed.

State officials expect the law will generate as much as $330 million in 2013. The court found that only a portion of the law doesn't pass muster.

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WKAR Features
3:52 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Former NPR journalist, MSU grad chronicles Soviet collapse

East Lansing, MI – Twenty years ago, then-president Mikhail Gorbachev made a stunning announcement: the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formally dissolved. The Soviet empire - America's ally in World War II and its adversary in the Cold War - was no more. The breakdown severed the communist monolith into a string of fledgling independent republics.

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12:16 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

All Clear given at Lansing City Hall

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Lansing, MI – Lansing police have cancelled the evacuation of Lansing City Hall after a search of the building discovered no evidence of an explosive device. Police responded to an anonymous phone call around 9 a.m. indicating a bomb was in the building on Michigan Avenue. Employees were evacuated to the Lansing Center as a precaution. After an extensive search turned up no evidence of a device, the all clear was given just after 11 a.m.

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11:04 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Lansing city hall evacuated

LANSING, MI –

Lansing police are investigating a report of a bomb threat at Lansing City Hall. Police received a phone call around 9 a.m. indicating a possible explosive device. Police Lieutenant Noel Garcia says no such device has been found. Employees were evacuated to the Lansing Center.

The state House Office Building was also reportedly evacuated.

We'll have more on this story as we learn more details.

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WKAR Features
9:11 am
Fri November 18, 2011

MSU Symphony to play Mozart, Ginastera, Rachmaninoff

Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras Designate Kevin Noe. Photo: Melissa Benmark/WKAR Photo: Melissa Benmark/WKAR

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EAST LANSING, MI – WKAR'S Melissa Benmark talks with the MSU College of Music's Kevin Noe about the next MSU Symphony Orchestra concert at Wharton Center. The performance includes selected works from Ginastera and Rachmaninoff, and Mozart's Symphony No. 36.

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In Michigan
7:16 am
Fri November 18, 2011

MI Supreme Court upholds tax on pensions

LANSING, MI –

Retired public employees in Michigan who are 67 years old or younger will have to start paying state taxes on their pension income in January. That's according to a ruling Friday by the state Supreme Court. But, as we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, the state Supreme Court also struck down part of the law.

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In Michigan
6:06 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Forecasters see only moderate US growth in 2012-13

LANSING, MI –

University of Michigan economists expect the U.S. economy to grow only moderately the next two years, generating just enough jobs to slowly reduce unemployment.

They said Thursday they expect economic output growth to be about 2.5 percent in both 2012 and 2013, up from this year's projected rate of 1.8 percent.

They also expect the national jobless rate to drop from 9 percent now to 8.8 percent in late 2012 and to 8.5 percent in late 2013.

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In Michigan
5:18 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Survey: Modest job growth for new college grads

EAST LANSING, MI –

A new survey says the job market for upcoming college graduates has settled down and could show slow but steady growth.

The report Thursday comes from Michigan State University's annual Recruiting Trends study.

The survey of more than 3,300 employers nationwide forecasts hiring will increase by 4 percent overall for students graduating late this year or in the spring and summer of 2012.

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In Michigan
4:40 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

State ed system head leading community forums

DETROIT –

The head of Michigan's new system for failing schools plans to hold forums across the state to hear from parents and community members as the district prepares to launch.

Education Achievement System Chancellor John Covington is attending two community forums in Detroit Thursday with Detroit Parent Network Executive Director Sharlonda Buckman.

System spokesman Bob Berg says about 10 other forums are planned statewide, with a schedule being developed during next several days.

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In Michigan
4:15 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

U.S. Census: Michigan among states receiving most food assistance

LANSING, MI –

Michigan ranks third highest in the nation for the percent of households that receive food stamps. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau show nearly 17 percent of Michigan households have at least one person who receives food assistance from the federal government.

Karen Holcomb-Merrill is with the Michigan League for Human Services. She says about two million people receive aid to buy food. But she says that number has gone down since the beginning of the year.

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In Michigan
3:48 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Students petition for stronger anti-bullying bill

ANN ARBOR, MI –

Two students in Ann Arbor have collected more than 50,000 petition signatures they hope will help strengthen an anti-bullying proposal in the state Legislature. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.

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In Michigan
11:02 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Schor launches state House bid

LANSING, MI –

Ingham County Commissioner Andy Schor has launched a campaign for state representative in the 68th district.

Democrat Joan Bauer cannot run for re-election to the seat because of term limits.

Schor is also a Democrat. He was elected to the county board of commissioners in 2002.

The 68th House district includes Lansing and Lansing Township.

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WKAR Features
10:30 am
Thu November 17, 2011

MSU animal researchers urge vaccination against life-threatening infection

Carole Bolin is director of the MSU Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health.
Photo: MSU Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health.

EAST LANSING, MI – Animal researchers at Michigan State University are urging dog owners to vaccinate their pets against a life-threatening bacteria. A number of dogs in the Detroit area are getting sick from the bacteria, and some are dying. Experts at MSU's Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health have identified the bacteria as a rare strain of leptospirosis.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Coalition calls on Legislature to free-up money to keep homes heated

LANSING, MI –

Human services advocates say the state Legislature needs to make sure people in low-income households do not have their heat turned off this winter. The federal government has proposed dramatic cuts to home-heating assistance.

Susan Sherer is CEO of the Heat and Warmth Fund. She says families in low-income homes cannot withstand the cut.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Police to pass out flyers in search for 3 boys

MORENCI, MI –

Police plan to pass out flyers on the anniversary of the day three young Michigan brothers last were seen.

Morenci police said in a statement Tuesday that the "road canvass" is from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Nov. 25 at the intersection of U.S. 127 and Morenci Road in Lenawee County, near the near the Ohio-Michigan border.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Doctors urge immunizations for Michigan children

LANSING, MI –

A physicians' group says measles outbreaks in Indiana and Minnesota are big reasons more Michigan children should get their shots.

The Michigan Academy of Family Physicians says Wednesday that children need to be vaccinated against measles and other infectious diseases.

It notes that measles is so contagious that any child who's exposed and isn't immune probably will get the disease, which in some cases can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis and death.

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In Michigan
6:06 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

East Lansing city council elects new mayor

East Lansing city clerk Marie McKenna administers the oath of office to newly-elected mayor Diane Goddeeris, as former mayor Victor Loomis looks on. Photo: Scott Pohl/WKAR

EAST LANSING, MI –

East Lansing has a new mayor.

The city council has voted three-to-two to promote mayor pro-tem Diane Goddeeris to the mayor's post. She succeeds Victor Loomis, who remains on the council.

Goddeeris praised Loomis, saying he has "the highest integrity."

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In Michigan
4:26 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Mich. court ends doubt over foreclosure process

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan Supreme Court has reversed an appeals court ruling that had cast doubt on thousands of home foreclosures across the state.

The Supreme Court said Wednesday that it's legal for Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems to foreclose by advertisement when a loan turns bad. Known as MERS, the company acts as an agent for lenders.

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In Michigan
4:16 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Small plane with 4 people crashes at Mich. airport

FLINT, MI –

Four people aboard a Detroit-to-Wisconsin flight have survived a plane crash during an emergency stop in Flint.

Spokeswoman Pat Corfman at Bishop International Airport says the twin-engine plane arrived without an engine Wednesday, landed and then flipped. She says the plane came in "too fast" and the pilot lost control on the runway.

Corfman says four people were injured but walked away from the crash.

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In Michigan
4:13 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

MI appeals court allows blurted confession to be used as evidence

LANSING, MI –

The state Court of Appeals has ordered a trial to go forward in the case of a man charged with murdering a man during a robbery gone awry. The court says a detective investigating the case did not violate the man's Fifth Amendment rights by continuing a conversation after the defendant invoked his right to remain silent. More from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta.

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WKAR Features
7:37 am
Wed November 16, 2011

East Lansing city council votes for new mayor tonight

Mayor Victor Loomis. Photo: courtesy city of East Lansing

EAST LANSING, MI –

Tonight's East Lansing City Council meeting could see the ouster of mayor Victor Loomis.

East Lansing is governed by a five-member city council and a city manager who reports to the council. Following last week's election, the council tonight will choose one of its members to serve as mayor. The mayor frequently represents the city at major functions, and for four years, Victor Loomis has filled that role.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Tigers' Verlander unanimous choice for AL Cy Young Award

NEW YORK –

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander has won the AL Cy Young Award by a unanimous vote.

Verlander got all 28 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in results announced Tuesday.

Verlander won the pitching Triple Crown in the American League by going 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts.

The 28-year-old righty also pitched a no-hitter, won 12 straight starts and helped the Tigers win their first division title since 1987.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Schuette charges former fire chief with racketeering

LANSING, MI –

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed racketeering and bribery charges against a former fire chief in Pontiac. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, Schuette has filed many corruption charges against public officials since he took office in January.

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WKAR Features
5:29 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Michigan's firearm deer season begins

State Deer Manager Brent Rudolph at the DNR's Rose Lake Wildlife Area near East Lansing.
WKAR photo/Mark Bashore.

BATH TOWNSHIP, MI –

Firearm deer season begins today in Michigan. State officials expect around 290,000 licensed hunters with firearms to pursue a white tail in the southern Lower Peninsula in the next two weeks.

Brent Rudolph manages the state's deer program for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He says the recent removal of baiting restrictions should increase the chances of smaller landowners seeing a deer.

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5:25 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Study: Michigan among states raising poor's taxes

LANSING, MI –

A study says Michigan is among just a handful of states raising taxes on low-income working families to finance tax cuts for other groups.

The Washington-based Center for Budget and Policy Priorities released its report Tuesday. It says Michigan, New Jersey andWisconsin have scaled back tax credits for low-income workers in recent years while cutting business taxes.

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