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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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