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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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In Michigan
10:02 am
Fri March 20, 2009

Mich. St. students briefly kidnapped in Guatemala

EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (AP) - Eleven Michigan State University students are safe after being briefly kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint on a Guatemalan highway during a spring break trip last week.

The State News reported Thursday the students, a tour guide and two bus company employees were near the end of a three-hour drive when several armed men approached their tour bus and boarded it with guns.

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Economy 2009
9:59 am
Fri March 20, 2009

Gov: New tax breaks must include funding

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - Governor Granholm says she will not support new tax breaks or tax cuts unless there is a way to replace the revenue the state budget would lose.

The state Senate approved a $10,000 tax break for first-time homebuyers this week that was widely supported by Republicans and Democrats. The estimated cost to the state budget is more than a billion dollars.

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Business
9:37 am
Fri March 20, 2009

Officials discuss US/Canada relations at MSU

EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Relations between the United States and Canada were discussed Friday at Michigan State University. MSU's Canadian Studies Center and the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research sponsored the gathering of officials from both countries.

Dennis Moore, public affairs officer with the Canadian Consulate in Detroit, says when America's economy suffers, so does Canada's. Moore says the Canadian government is talking with the automakers about their Canadian operations.

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In Michigan
2:58 am
Fri March 20, 2009

IT partnership prepares students for local tech jobs

LANSING, Mi – LANSING, Mi (WKAR) - Information technology is one of the few industries that's actually thriving in today's economy. From e-mail screens to e-coli scanners, IT permeates nearly every aspect of our lives. We tend to take for granted the genius of electronic convenience. But educators and employers say we cannot do the same for the human skills that bring technology to life.

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In Michigan
12:33 am
Fri March 20, 2009

An MSU player's journey from Bosnia to basketball

EAST LANSING, Mi – EAST LANSING, Mi (WKAR) - Most of the players in the NCAA basketball tournament have dreamed of playing in the "Big Dance" since they were kids. When Michigan State's Goran Suton was a kid, playing collegiate basketball was the furthest thing from his mind. Suton grew up in Sarajevo. His family's emigration to America has brought him from a life of strife and warfare, to one of bouncing basketballs, championships -- and maybe the NBA.

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In Michigan
1:05 am
Thu March 19, 2009

Lansing district considers restructuring facilities

Lansing, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Parents of Lansing school children are concerned about the district's proposal to close some schools and consolidate others. The district took public comments on the plan last night at Eastern High School.

A district task force recommends the construction of four new elementary schools and one new high school, which would then allow the district to close a dozen or more older schools.

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In Michigan
7:02 am
Wed March 18, 2009

Ottawa Street Power Station on historical list

Lansing, MI – LANSING, Mi (WKAR) - Lansing's Ottawa Street Power Station has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The 70-year-old Art Deco building is being rehabilitated by Accident Fund Insurance.

Bob Christenson is with the State Historic Preservation Office. He says the Power Station was built to provide electricity and steam heat to city during its rapid growth early in the 20th century.

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State
3:40 am
Wed March 18, 2009

House Committee passes drug company immunity

Lansing, MI – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - The House Judiciary Committee passed a package of bills Wednesday to repeal Michigan's drug company immunity law.

Representatives from drug manufacturer Pfizer testified before the committee that if the law is rescinded, drug makers and jobs would leave Michigan.

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Top Stories
1:01 am
Wed March 18, 2009

Food assistance payments will rise April 1

Lansing, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Starting next month, more than one million Michigan residents on the federal food assistance program will have more to spend on groceries. The boost is part of the federal economic stimulus package.

On April 1, eligible families will automatically receive a 13.6 percent increase in their food assistance benefits.

That works out to about $80 more each month for a family of four.

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In Michigan
12:55 am
Wed March 18, 2009

Arts community meets to discuss funding

Lansing, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Artists and leaders of local arts groups gathered Wednesday to discuss how to lobby for greater state funding.

In her budget, Governor Jennifer Granholm proposed a cut of $7.5 million in mini-grants to arts organizations.

State representative Joan Bauer of Lansing told the group how to reach legislators on the appropriate sub-committees about restoring the mini-grants.

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Top Stories
4:28 am
Tue March 17, 2009

Enviros: Keep Michigan wetlands program

Lansing, MI – LANSING, Mi (MPRN) - Environmental groups are preparing to battle Governor Granholm's proposal to scrap Michigan's wetlands protection program and turn it over to the federal government. They will meet at the state Capitol today to make their case to lawmakers.

Michigan is one of just two states to issue its own permits for developing on or near a marsh or stream.

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Top Stories
4:22 am
Tue March 17, 2009

Mental health courts suffer budget cuts

Lansing, MI – LANSING, Mi (MPRN) - Law enforcement officials and judges are pushing Governor Granholm to continue funding mental health courts. The Governor has proposed cutting the funding from Michigan's 2010 budget.

The coalition says the court pilot programs offer irreplaceable treatment for mentally ill, nonviolent offenders, at a bargain to taxpayers who would otherwise pay for their incarceration.

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2:29 am
Tue March 17, 2009

OFIR Disapproves Some Auto Rates

Lansing, MI – LANSING (WKAR) - The Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation is denying the request of seven auto insurance companies who've asked permission to enact rate increases.

The state says those companies are using discriminatory tactics. The disapproved insurers include such names as Progressive and Michigan Millers.

Insurance regulator Ken Ross says those companies use credit scoring to determine how high to set their premiums.

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