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marijuana leaf
flickr/DonkeyHotey

A petition drive to block a new medical marijuana ordinance in Lansing has failed. 

 


Bonney Bowman and pets photo
Courtesy photo / Bonney Bowman

It isn’t unusual to see new faces on local television, but the incoming morning news anchor on WLNS-TV is getting some attention before she even arrives in Lansing.


colonial statehouse
flickr/xlquinhosilva

Fifty years before the Bill of Rights, a German immigrant had his day in court. 

 In 1735, newspaper publisher John Peter Zenger was accused of writing unfavorably about the New York colonial government.  Zenger won his case, because his reporting – though politically unpopular – was true. 

The Zenger case laid the groundwork for the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of the press.

Moms with babies in front of the state Capitol photo
Steve Barosko / Courtesy Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently released a plan to boost breastfeeding rates in the state. Breastfeeding decreases infant mortality rates and reduces ailments like diabetes, leukemia, allergies, asthma, ear infections and obesity. Mothers who nurse tend to experience less post-partum depression, breast and ovarian cancer, type II diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease.


Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

After addressing a standing-room only crowd at Michigan State University Thursday evening, the daughter of civil rights icon Malcolm X made a personal journey in Lansing Friday morning.

 


Lisa Castillo and Aaron Mahoney
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are very early in the process of rebuilding and recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Two local volunteers are scheduled to leave Lansing this morning to help American Red Cross aid efforts.


map of Michigan
Courtesy / U.S. Dept. of Interior

The U.S. Supreme Court began its new term last week with a case that’s destined to make history.  For the first time, the court will decide if partisan gerrymandering is, in fact, constitutional. 

In the meantime, a citizens group in Michigan is hoping to bypass the traditional legislative process and put the job back in the hands of the people.

 


Emerald Morrow

  Former WLNS reporter Emerald Morrow talks with former colleague Al Martin about being in Las Vegas at the time of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Morrow was in Vegas attending wedding at the time. 

 

 


John Schneider and Jim Hough photo
Courtesy photo / John Schneider

One of Lansing’s favorite writers has died. Jim Hough wrote the daily column called “The Onlooker” for the Lansing State Journal for a quarter of a century. He died early Monday at the age of 85 after a short illness.


Juliana Powell and Kellie Dean at Alex's Great State Race in 2016.
Stepheni Schlinker / APUE MSU

Alex Powell was a Lansing Catholic High School graduate who was about to fulfill his dream of attending Michigan State University when he was diagnosed with cancer. That diagnosis didn’t stop him from going to MSU, though it was for only a short time before he passed away. Powell is the namesake of Alex’s Great State Race.


Dr. Antonio Nuñez photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

This week, the Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to three American researchers for their work on internal clocks. The Nobel Foundation announcement praised the trio for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms. MSU psychology professor Dr. Antonio Nuñez says that a single cell can be a circadian clock.


emergency vehicles
WKAR File Photo

In the wake of Sunday’s deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, Michigan law enforcement agencies are reminding the community to be aware of their surroundings at public venues.


 

Sparrow Hospital photo
Sparrow Hospital

Local hospitals hold monthly meetings to discuss how to handle an incident with mass casualties like the Las Vegas shooting.


Inclusive restroom photo
Ted Eytan / flickr creative commons

The Williamston Community Schools will take public comments Monday evening on a proposal regarding accommodations for transgender students. 

 


Muster at the Mill photo
Carol-Anne Mann

Civil War re-enactments are common events for people interested in the history and warfare of that era. Less common are events that bring the Revolutionary War back to life. This weekend, the Muster at the Mill at Uncle John’s Cider Mill remembers what organizer Scott Mann describes as the “gentlemanly nature of warfare” in those days.


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