WKAR Features
2:36 pm
Fri April 16, 2010

Entrepreneurs' Small Businesses Have Big Impact

LANSING, MI –

Michigan has been working for years to diversify and modernize its economy. The state has launched numerous programs to attract and retain high-tech entrepreneurs.

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In Michigan
2:32 pm
Fri April 16, 2010

MSU breaks ground on new plant science facility

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East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University has broken ground on a new plant science expansion project. The 80,000 square foot facility will build onto the university's research into nutrition and plant development.

MSU President Lou Anna Simon says the project is an affirmation of the university's investment in an industry that's key to the state's economic future.

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In Michigan
2:32 pm
Fri April 16, 2010

EPA fines Alro Steel $120k

EAST LANSING, MI –

Jackson-based Alro Steel will pay a $120,000 fine for failing to disclose information about hazardous chemicals at four of its facilities, including one in Lansing.

Federal law requires companies give state and local authorities an inventory of its hazardous chemicals. Environmental Protection Agency officials say in case of a fire or other emergency, responders need to know about chemicals for public safety purposes. Alro's Lansing location is at 1800 West Willow Street.

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In Michigan
2:29 pm
Fri April 16, 2010

East Lansing fire displaces 11

EAST LANSING, MI –

Authorities say 11 college students are looking for new quarters after a fire destroyed their East Lansing house Friday morning. Fire officials say all residents at 318 Elm Place escaped safely. They initially estimated damage at $500,000 and call it a total loss. Michigan State University is working to find alternative housing for those displaced.

Officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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WKAR Features
8:34 am
Fri April 16, 2010

The mystique of Sargent's "Daughters" painting

John Singer Sargent's \"The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit\" (1882).
Image Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

EAST LANSING, MI – Lev Raphael recently brought in a book about the history of a painting by John Singer Sargent.

Lev talked with Melissa Ingells about Sargent's Daughters: The Biography of a Painting by Erica E. Hirshler for this month's Under the Radar segment.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

More than 1,000 attend tax day tea party rally at MI Capitol

LANSING, MI –

There were dozens of tea party protests around the state to coincide with Tax Day. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, one of the largest was at the state Capitol in Lansing.

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"Take Michigan back! Take Michigan back!"

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

MI House committee looks at term limits

LANSING, MI –

A state House panel has begun discussions of a proposal to extend term limits of state politicians.

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Democratic state Representative Mark Meadows says most lawmakers in the House get a handle on being an elected official by their third term.

"By the time anybody has learned the system and can really effectively move legislation here, they're ready to go out the door."

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

Ex-Rep Kennedy speaks at MSU 'green commencement'

EAST LANSING, MI –

Michigan State University says ex-U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II will be a featured speaker as part of its environmentally friendly "green commencement" May 7-9.

Among the waste-reducing features of this year's spring graduation are diplomas and programs printed on recycled paper and caps and gowns made from recycled plastic bottles.

The university says about 58,500 plastic bottles have gone to make the gowns, saving 16,500 yards of fabric. Invitations were e-mailed, not mailed.

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In Michigan
5:26 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

Oakland Co. withdraws suit over Mich. smoking ban

PONTIAC, MI –

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has withdrawn a lawsuit filed against the state over a smoking ban that's set to take effect May 1 following calls and e-mails from the public.

Patterson spokesman Bill Mullan said the lawsuit was filed Thursday afternoon with the Michigan Court of Appeals, but residents of the county that includes Detroit's northern suburbs made it clear they opposed the suit.

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WKAR Features
8:30 am
Thu April 15, 2010

Michigan's economic "gardeners" advocate growing our own businesses

EAST LANSING, MI –

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