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Ballot proposals to raise the state’s minimum wage and require earned sick time are under fire. Both are being formally challenged.


An attorney says four Michigan teens charged with murder in a fatal rock-throwing incident have agreed to accept a lesser charge of manslaughter.

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Michigan State Univeritiy Interim President John Engler announced the appointment of Bill Beekman as MSU's athletic director on Monday morning. Beekman took over for Mark Hollis back in February, after Hollis stepped down in light of the Larry Nassar scandal. Beekman will now oversee MSU's 25 varsity sports teams and will relinquish his position as secretary fo the Board of Trustees. 

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Michigan State University Museum got a huge boost in its effort to build a "Science on a Sphere." It will project realistic views of the weather and other data on a sphere resembling Earth. 


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Police say a 7-year-old girl was struck and killed as she tried to get help after her father drunkenly crashed into an abandoned vehicle on an interstate in suburban Detroit.

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Michigan State University announced on Monday that interim Athletic Director Bill Beekman is now in the role permanently.

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down for a summit today in Helsinki, Finland. This is the first stand-alone summit between the two leaders and comes just days after an American grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers on charges related to Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The two leaders are holding a news conference following their meetings.

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Summer will be over before we know it and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra has a season of goodies starting in the fall. Maestro Timothy Muffitt sat down with Jamie Paisley to talk about them.


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Michigan State University plans to turn an old power plant built in the 1940s into a place to learn science, technology, engineering and math.

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On April 21, 2008, Florence Machinga lost everything. A mob of hundreds of people showed up at her house, demanded to see her — and, when she didn't materialize, burned it down.

"They destroyed everything," she says. "Cattle were slaughtered, the chickens were slaughtered."

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“I think the state of Spartan Athletics is very, very strong,” new Michigan State University athletic director Bill Beekman tells me on MSU Today. “Our two marquee revenue-producing programs, football and men's basketball, are performing at a very, very high level and a level where they're competing for Big Ten and national championships. I think those two teams can go into every game during the season with the belief that they're going to win. They're very strong programs led by extraordinary individuals of great integrity.


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Fri. Jul. 6, 8am - Livestream and Facebook | Michigan Republican candidates for U.S. Senate Sandy Pensler and John James meet for a debate on public television's Off the Record

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Wednesdays Jul. 11 - 25, 8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Earth's natural wonders are parts of the natural world that nature has carved on such a scale that they defy belief. 

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WKAR Public Media staff at Michigan State University were recently honored with three regional Emmy® awards and three national Telly Awards.

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"It's Sparty Time!" announces 9-year-old host Sailor, as popular Michigan State University mascot Sparty leads a group of kids through jumping jacks. 

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WKAR listeners will soon hear a new voice delivering their trusted local morning news and information. Emily Fox will join WKAR as the Capital Region host and local producer for NPR's Morning Edition on 90.5 FM WKAR at Michigan State University.

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Michigan State University and WKAR have received a license from the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, to launch an experimental Next Generation TV broadcasting station to focus on digital advancements and internet-based connectivity.

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