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Current Sports | February 20, 2017

Feb 20, 2017
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Eron Harris; Michigan State Men's Basketball; MSU Women's Basketball; Tori Jankoska; Jason Ruff; Spartan Hockey; All-Star Weekend.


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You might think that the gap between the far left and the far right in American politics is getting larger, but MSU College of Law professor Frank Ravitch thinks there are ways these opposing forces could work together.


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In the 2016 election, Michigan House Republicans edged out Democrats by just 3,000 votes.  Yet, the GOP won more than 57 percent of all state House seats.  Their victory was the result of creative map making.

 

State legislative districts are drawn by whichever political party is in power.  Both Democrats and Republicans tend to draw those boundaries to consolidate their voting base.  The practice is called “gerrymandering,” and opponents say it diminishes the voice of the people.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

We continue our conversations with Lansing city council candidates today with James McClurken. He’s running against incumbent Jessica Yorko, who is expected to run for re-election in the fourth ward.


Calley seeks trade in Mexico on three day trip

Feb 18, 2017
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New business opportunities for Michigan are on the mind of Michigan's Calley as he heads for Mexico.

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U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein plans to introduce legislation requiring Olympic national governing bodies to immediately report sexual abuse allegations.  

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An Ingham County judge ruled Friday that Dr. Larry Nassar will be tried on three counts of first degree sexual assault.

The decision by Ingham district judge Donald Allen came after more than two hours of often graphic testimony from an alleged victim.

The 25-year old woman described being digitally penetrated by the former MSU sports doctor multiple times when she was a child.

Nasser, who has been accused of assaulting dozens of women and girls, also faces three federal charges for child pornography and civil suits.

Current Sports | February 17, 2017

Feb 17, 2017

NBA All-Star Weekend; Michael Jordan; Jay Vincent; MSU Women's Basketball; UM Men's Basketball; Reflection Friday.


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Today’s MSU Trustees meeting was tumultuous, with calls to do more to prevent sexual assaults on campus and for President Lou Anna Simon to resign over allowing controversial Breitbart News writer Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus last year.


Governor Snyder’s recently released 21st Century Infrastructure Commission’s report confirmed, in spades, what many of us already knew; Michigan’s transportation, water, energy and communications infrastructure is in very bad shape.  The report validated and underscored Michigan’s “D” infrastructure grade on the 2009 American Society of Civil Engineers’ report card—one of the lowest grades among states evaluated.  


Larry Nassar
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A 25-year-old woman has testified that former Michigan State University sports doctor, Larry Nassar, repeatedly molested her as a child during family visits to his Holt home.

 

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“Our mission is to inform state public policy and improve governance in Michigan, and a forum like this one is part of our broader mission to connect the university with the Capitol downtown,” Matt Grossmann tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes from the February 15 "Michigan's Drive toward Autonomous Vehicles" forum held by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) at Michigan State University.


A sports doctor who treated female gymnasts at Michigan State University and through USA Gymnastics faces a key hearing Friday to determine if he will go to trial on sexual assault charges.

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The United Auto Workers union is preparing an ad campaign that urges consumers to buy U.S.-made cars and trucks as it tries to tap into President Donald Trump's efforts to rebuild the country's manufacturing sector.

There were two important announcements today from Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon.

Her office charged a 22-year old man with the murder of a Lansing man over the weekend. 

Shawn Pickens of Detroit was charged in Saturday’s shooting death of Dominique Simmons at a barber shop on East Kalamazoo Street. 

Pickens faces other felony charges in the incident.

He’s being held in Wayne County, but will be arraigned in Lansing. 

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