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Eugene Wanger photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Michigan is the only state that includes a prohibition on the death penalty in its constitution. Eugene Wanger was a young Republican delegate to the constitutional convention in the early 1960’s, and he drafted the capital punishment clause approved by state voters in 1963.


man with mural
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

What was once a dark highway overpass will soon be awash in colorful light.

On Tuesday night, civic leaders will formally turn on the lights at the U.S. 127 bridge over Michigan Avenue.  That’s the spot many people in mid-Michigan view as a symbolic gateway linking Lansing and East Lansing.

 

Joel Murr photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Tuesday is National HIV Testing Day, and the Ingham County Health Department is offering free, confidential tests.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Army veteran Thomas J. Harris Junior is running for one of two at-large seats up for grabs in Lansing this year. He’s a Sexton High School graduate who moved back to Lansing late last year after serving his country around the world.


Karel Vega / WKAR

East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival is this weekend. The festival begins today in downtown East Lansing and runs through Saturday night. Entry is free. The Zach Adleman Quartet stopped by the studio to give WKAR's Karel Vega a sneak preview of what to expect at their performance on Saturday.

 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

An Ingham County judge has ordered former MSU sports physician Larry Nassar to stand trial on 12 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. 

 


 

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flickr/frankieleon

Michigan health care leaders are developing strategies to curb opioid use by pregnant women. 

 


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The MSU Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition this morning, in a meeting that also saw an unusual flurry of interpersonal criticism between members.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing branch of Volunteers of America Michigan is one of the largest homeless services providers in the state.  Now, its director is getting  a promotion.  On July 1, Patrick Patterson will become the next president and CEO of Volunteers of America Michigan. 

 


VA building
Courtesy / VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

The Veterans Administration Healthcare System in Ann Arbor is holding a town hall to take questions from veterans about their medical care.


Kathi Ann Raffone photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

With Jessica Yorko’s decision against running for re-election in Lansing’s fourth ward, seven candidates are pursuing the open seat. WKAR’s conversations with council candidates continue with Kathi Ann Raffone, who’s making her first bid for public office.


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flickr/Snapmann

Four Michigan congressmen will take the field tonight at Washington Nationals Park, one day after a gunman wounded five people at a practice game for the annual charity baseball game.  Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI 4) will be among them.

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flickr/Carlos Gracia

The path of medical marijuana regulation in Michigan is a road full of potholes.  Since 2008, many local governments have struggled to enact ordinances to control medical marijuana production, safety and sales.  Starting in December, the state will begin accepting applications for medical marijuana dispensary licenses.  

 


Police Chief Mike Yankowski photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Marijuana-related arrests in Lansing are way down in recent years, and not just because of the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

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