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Stockbridge schools are closed today due to threat of violence. 

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You may have noticed an odd set of coincidences on your calendar this year. Today is Valentine’s Day, but it also happens to be Ash Wednesday. Here’s another: Easter will fall on April Fool’s Day. This is the first time the Lenten calendar has played out this way since 1945.


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Faculty members at Michigan State University are claiming a moral victory.  By an overwhelming majority, the MSU Faculty Senate approved a Vote of No Confidence in the Board of Trustees. 

The statement carries no legal weight.  It’s not a mandate for the board to act, nor does it prompt the resignation or removal of any of the trustees.  However, MSU professors see their vote as a  symbolic show of force.

 


 

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The Michigan State University Faculty Senate passed a vote of no confidence in the schools’ Board of Trustees.


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People convicted of crimes would have to listen to victim statements at their sentencing hearings – if a bill making its way through the state Legislature becomes law. 


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A ballot campaign will begin gathering signatures to add a voting rights amendment to the state constitution. If the effort gathers enough signatures, the question will go on the November ballot for voters to decide.


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Michigan State University announced it has hired an outside firm to look into sexual assault and harassment cases.


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Plans call for a new $10 million nature center in suburban Detroit that will focus on the water and wildlife of the Great Lakes region.

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A Michigan autism therapy provider has been accused of running a Medicaid fraud scheme and targeting poor and minority communities in Detroit.

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Former Michigan State defensive tackle Craig Evans spoke passionately on Current Sports with Al Martin, coming to the aid of head coach Mark Dantonio in light of the ESPN "E:60" report. The report details alleged mishandling of sexual assault claims within Dantonio's program.

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The Trump administration wants to allow insurance companies to offer more policies that have limited health benefits and that can reject customers if they have pre-existing medical conditions.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says the plans – which don't meet the legal requirements for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act — will allow consumers who can't afford insurance now to find cheaper plans.

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An onslaught by the Syrian government and its allies has killed about 100 civilians since Sunday in the suburbs of the country's capital, Damascus, according to a U.K.-based monitoring group and a consortium of aid groups. The groups say the aerial bombardment has targeted a rebel-held region known as eastern Gouta, smashing parts of at least five hospitals and leaving more than 500 people wounded.

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In keeping with his promise to make health care at Michigan State University a national model for quality and safety, Interim President John Engler has announced a new structure for the university’s health colleges, clinical practice and student wellness programs, including two leadership appointments.


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Lori Strom is Lifespan and Family Services Coordinator at the MSU WorkLife Office. She presented a session titled Surviving and Thriving as an Elder Caregiver at the Broad College of Business Executive Development Program’s Business and Bagels series.

Strom’s talk addressed the wellness concerns of working caregivers and their elder loved ones.  The presentation explored caregivers’ needs for healthy living and resources to balance their work, life and caregiving responsibilities.


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WKAR StayTuned Update

Maya Angelou | American Masters

Feb 14, 2018
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Fri., Feb. 16 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Journey through the prolific life of the ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons, and others.

Parsifal | Metropolitan Opera

Feb 14, 2018
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Sat., Feb. 17 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Wagner’s final opera is a musical journey unlike any other.

Tell Them We Are Rising | Independent Lens

Feb 13, 2018
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Mon. Feb. 19 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Explore the pivotal role that historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in shaping American history, culture and national identity.

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WKAR takes home national awards

Feb 8, 2018
(l-r) Robin Pizzo, WKAR director of education; Susi Elkins, WKAR director of broadcasting and general manager; and Julie Sochay, WKAR content and community engagement manager all honored to accept two awards at the 2017 NETA conference on January 23.
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WKAR was honored to receive two awards at the 2018 National Education Telecommunications Association (NETA) Conference on January 23 in Washington, DC.

Curious Crew Returns for Fourth Season

Feb 1, 2018
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Curious Crew returns for its fourth season on Monday, February 5 at 5:30 p.m. on WKAR HD 23.1.

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Sun. Mar. 18, 1pm-3:30pm at Hannah Community Center | Join WKAR for children's activities, music, storytelling and meet some your favorite storybook characters!

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