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TECHNOTE: 90.5 FM Reception Affected by Ice on Antenna

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 9:26 AM: Some 90.5 FM listeners will have poor reception or no reception due to ice build up on the 90.5 FM main antenna.

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New! Serving Up Science

All about food: where it comes from and how it impacts our health and our planet

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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From NPR News

Lower-income countries get a lot of old stuff from the U.S. and Europe. Used cars and buses and trucks, for instance, roll onto ships to be resold at their destination.

But you'd be surprised at what might be inside these vehicles. Two photocopiers plus two TVs can typically fit in a car. A bus might carry six to nine refrigerators, two to four washing machines, 20 TVs and maybe a few DVD players. A truck might hold up to 50 refrigerators and 50 TVs.

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

In the struggling canned goods industry, Pacific Coast Producers is a survivor, taking some 700,000 tons of fruit grown by California farmers each year and canning it for sale in supermarkets and large institutions such as hospitals.

This year the company, based in Lodi, Calif., is facing another challenge that promises to make turning a profit that much harder: President Trump's tariffs on steel imports.

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Russ White

It was 48 years ago we celebrated the inaugural Earth Day, April 22, 1970. Created by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, an estimated 20 million folks participated nationwide.  The observance has since become a global phenomenon.  MSU Today is marking Earth Day 2018 with a roundtable conversation among environmental experts working in Michigan— three individuals who have devoted much of their lives to the environmental, social and economic sustainability of our planet.


Russ White

To showcase the latest in student-led research at Michigan State University, two student investigators presented their academic endeavors at the Board of Trustees meeting on April 13.

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WKAR StayTuned Update

will.i.am in concert at Royal Albert Hall.
Courtesy of Christie Goodwin / PBS

Fri. Apr. 20 at 10pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Experience will.i.am live in concert from London’s Royal Albert Hall. 

Bill Nye: Science Guy | POV

Apr 12, 2018
Bill Nye
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Wed. Apr. 18 at 10pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Follow Bill Nye as he seeks to change the world through science.

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WKAR NewsTalk now at 105.1FM

Mar 9, 2018
Peter Whorf / WKAR-MSU

Attention newshounds! You can now hear 24/7 radio news from WKAR at our new frequency - 105.1FM.

MAB BEA Awards 2018
WKAR-MSU

EAST LANSING, Mich. --- WKAR was honored to receive the 2017 Michigan Public Television Station of the Year award along with multiple other awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters at the Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony last night.

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Education | Pop-Up Stories Lansing

Apr 12, 2018
Pop-Up Stories
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Thu. Apr. 26, 6:30 pm at Impression 5 | Join us at Impression 5 to share stories related to education!

2018 BackStage Pass Concert Series!

Apr 6, 2018
BackStage Pass
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FREE | April 18 - 20 | 7:00- 9:00pm at WKAR Studios | We're very excited to host nine bands in this year’s 2018 Backstage Pass Concert Series! RESERVE SEATS NOW 

Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky
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FREE – Wed. Apr. 11, 7pm at WKAR | View a special screening and join the conversation. RESERVE SEATS HERE

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