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7:48 am
Fri March 27, 2009

Mich. lawmakers ask governor. to reconsider coal policy

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Seventy-two Michigan lawmakers, including 34 Democrats, are asking Gov. Jennifer Granholm to reconsider an order slowing down the approval of proposed coal-fired electric plants.

Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon, Republican Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer and others say thousands of new construction jobs promised under a 2008 energy law shouldn't be stalled. Granholm says she did NOT issue a moratorium against new coal plants.

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Economy 2009
7:09 am
Fri March 27, 2009

Stimulus sends more to Michigan for health centers

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (AP)

Michigan is expected to get $8.6 million in federal stimulus money to expand services offered at community health centers.

The plans for investment were announced Friday by President Barack Obama's administration.

The funds will be distributed to 29 federally qualified health centers in Michigan.

The health centers will use the money over the next two years to create or retain about 150 health center jobs and to provide care for nearly 54,000 additional patients.

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Top Stories
6:44 am
Fri March 27, 2009

Gov to approve carbon capture coal plants

East Lansing, MI – Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network
East Lansing, MI

Governor Granholm says she is ready to approve permits for utilities that get federal grants to build coal-fired power plants that store carbon gasses below ground.

The governor ordered new coal plant permits to be delayed while environmental regulators review the requests.

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In Michigan
6:39 am
Fri March 27, 2009

AP Source: Government may seek more auto givebacks

Detroit, MI – Detroit, MI (AP)

A person briefed on the government's efforts to save Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp. says the Obama administration is likely to require further concessions from the companies and their stakeholders in exchange for more aid.

The requirements could go beyond concessions outlined in the terms of the first government loans given to the automakers by the Bush administration, according to the person, who did not want to be identified because the administration's plans have not been revealed.

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Top Stories
9:14 am
Thu March 26, 2009

Wind energy panel meets

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - A state panel is examining the feasibility of locating electricity-generating windmills off Michigan's Great Lakes shoreline.

The Michigan Wind Energy Council is part of Governor Granholm's plan to reduce the state's reliance on fossil fuels, and develop an alternative energy industry.

Rich Vanderveen is a commission member who runs a wind power company in northern Michigan.

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Top Stories
6:18 am
Thu March 26, 2009

Dems propose tax break for auto suppliers

Lansing, MI – Democrats at the state Capitol are calling for some up-front financial help for automotive suppliers that consolidate their operations in Michigan.

There are about five thousand automotive suppliers in the US.

And state House Speaker Andy Dillon says he expects about half of them will be downsizing and combining their operations in the coming year.

He says up front tax breaks could convince them to move operations from other states to Michigan.

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In Michigan
5:22 am
Thu March 26, 2009

MSU Golfer to Play in Masters

MSU golfer Jack Newman
Scott Pohl, WKAR

EAST LANSING, MI – Listen during the week of April 6 to hear WKAR's Scott Pohl report on Jack Newman, the MSU golfer who has qualified to play in the 2009 Masters Tournament.

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In Michigan
2:58 am
Thu March 26, 2009

MI Senate approves salary rollbacks

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (Rick Pluta, MPRN)

State lawmakers have taken a first step toward cutting the paychecks of elected officials.

The state Senate approved the recommendations of a salary commission that elected officials pay and be reduced by 10%.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop said it s necessary for elected officials to lead by example during the budget crisis.

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In Michigan
2:50 am
Thu March 26, 2009

AP Source: 7,500 GM hourly workers decide to leave

Detroit, MI – Detroit, MI
AP

A person familiar with the numbers says about 7,500 General Motors Corp.
hourly workers have signed up to take buyout and early retirement offers.

That's about 12% of the company's U.S. hourly work force of 62,400.

The person says most of the workers took early retirement options and few took buyouts to leave the company.

The person did not want to be identified because the number has not been released publicly.

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Top Stories
9:15 am
Wed March 25, 2009

Jobless rate hits 12%

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Top Stories
7:45 am
Wed March 25, 2009

Michigan Senate panel OKs stimulus road funding

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (AP) A Michigan Senate panel has voted to authorize $873 million in federal stimulus money to pay for road, bridge and other transportation projects in the state.

The Republican-led Senate is expected to OK the legislation tomorrow. It passed 7-0 yesterday in a special Senate stimulus committee, with one senator abstaining.

The measure already has won approval from the Democratic-controlled House.

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Top Stories
6:43 am
Wed March 25, 2009

Mich. lawmakers halt teacher pension proposal

State
6:37 am
Wed March 25, 2009

Cockrel, Bing to participate in one-on-one debate

DETROIT –

DETROIT (AP) - Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. and Dave Bing will meet in their first one-on-one debate going into a May 5 runoff election.

The televised debate is sponsored by WADL-TV 38 and begins at 8 tonight at the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit. Bing decided to participate after initially saying he would not debate with Cockrel until the mayor disclosed his personal
finances.

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Top Stories
7:46 am
Tue March 24, 2009

Granholm in DC to lobby for auto aid

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Governor Granholm was in Washington DC on Tuesday to lobby the Obama administration and Congress for more assistance for the Detroit carmakers.

The governor says she knows the public does not support more aid for carmakers, but there is a case to be made.

Granholm says the failure of even one of the Detroit automotive companies would affect suppliers of metal, electrical, and plastic parts across the country.

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Sports
6:27 am
Tue March 24, 2009

Tiger hall of famer George Kell dead at 86

Little Rock, AR – George Kell, a Hall of Fame third baseman who outdueled Ted Williams for the 1949 American League batting title and finished his career with a batting average of .306, died Tuesday morning.

He was 86.

Kell played 14 years in the American League with Philadelphia, Detroit, Boston, Chicago and Baltimore.

He won the American League batting title in 1949 when he hit .3429 and Ted Williams hit .3427.

Kell hit more than .300 nine times and was selected to play in 10 All-Star games.

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State
6:22 am
Tue March 24, 2009

Amnesty Int'l questions Michigan taser death

Bay City, MI – Amnesty International is questioning police use of a Taser to subdue a Michigan teenager who died shortly after being shocked.

Bay City police say the teen was Tasered after trying to fight
officers during a disturbance call early Sunday morning.

They say officers handcuffed him but called an emergency crew
after seeing him in medical distress.

Brett Elder would have turned 16 Tuesday.

An autopsy was conducted Monday, but a cause of death has not
been determined.

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In Focus Today
12:02 am
Tue March 24, 2009

WKAR NewsRoom

EAST LANSING, MI – The WKAR News team invites you to explore the WKAR NewsRoom, a new online area at WKAR.org.

WKAR NewsRoom is now in 'public beta'.

Send us your comments using the 'Email the Newsroom' tool at the left.

We'll continue to develop the look and layout of these pages, as we strive to present the balanced mix of local, state, national and world news that our online visitors seek.

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Economy 2009
11:58 am
Mon March 23, 2009

MI House Republicans call for spending cuts

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - Republicans from the state House of Representatives want Governor Granholm to cut spending by five percent across the board. The G.O.P. is also asking to freeze pay for all state employees.

Representative Chuck Moss says federal stimulus money should not go toward paying state worker salaries. He says state government is headed in the same direction as car companies.

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In Michigan
11:45 am
Mon March 23, 2009

Bernero's city budget at $117m for 2009-10

Rob South, WKAR News

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The City of Lansing is projected to have $117 million to spend in the upcoming fiscal year.

Mayor Virg Bernero says he had to cut $5.5 million of city spending to balance the 2010 fiscal year budget. He was planning to put the plan before the city Council Monday night. Bernero calls the budget "lean and mean."

Bernero says 40 unfilled city jobs will be left vacant to balance the budget. But he says city residents shouldn't notice a decrease in city services.

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Learning
10:32 am
Mon March 23, 2009

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Learning
10:32 am
Mon March 23, 2009

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Learning
10:31 am
Mon March 23, 2009

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Election 2008
10:29 am
Mon March 23, 2009

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Election 2008
10:28 am
Mon March 23, 2009

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Election 2008
10:27 am
Mon March 23, 2009

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Top Stories
10:06 am
Mon March 23, 2009

Stimulus preparations continue

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - Jobless benefits in the state go up by $25 a week starting today. It's one of the ways Michigan benefits from the first wave of federal stimulus spending.

In her radio address that aired over the weekend, Governor Granholm said the state will vie for every available dollar of federal stimulus funds. And she urged local governments and non-profit agencies in Michigan to do the same.

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In Michigan
10:04 am
Mon March 23, 2009

Construction to slow traffic on US-127

EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) A major construction project on US-127 in Ingham County begins with some lane closures today.

Over the next few months, about four miles of US-127 from I-96 to I-496 will be affected by resurfacing and bridge repair projects, with a budget of $7.6 million. 60,000 drivers use the highway every day.

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Economy 2009
2:09 am
Mon March 23, 2009

Ann Arbor News to stop publishing

ANN ARBOR, MI – ANN ARBOR, MI (AP) - The Ann Arbor News says steep losses have forced it to cease publishing a print edition in July after 174 years as a daily paper. The News says it's moving to an online product.

The other seven Newhouse family dailies in Michigan also are making big cuts. The Flint Journal, The Saginaw News and The Bay City Times will print three days a week starting June 1.

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Economy 2009
2:06 am
Mon March 23, 2009

Michigan tourism expected to decline in 2009

EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (AP) - Michigan State University analysts say tourism in the state is expected to decline by 3%-4% this year. The forecast was presented Monday at a tourism conference in Detroit.

Analysts say travel spending and volume both will be down this year because of the economy and low consumer confidence. Michigan's tourism industry typically gets about 70% of its tourists from within the state, which has been hit hard by recession.

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