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Michigan has no long-term plan to repair its crumbling infrastructure.  That’s the message a coalition of engineers, businesses and public policy experts is telling state lawmakers gathering this week on Mackinac Island.

Senator Debbie Stabenow
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U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is troubled by many aspects of the budget President Donald Trump has sent to Congress, notably the elimination of Great Lakes protection funding. “Overall," she says, "this budget makes no sense from a Michigan standpoint.”

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness behind cataracts, but it’s treatable with early detection. Researchers at Michigan State University are developing a device that could help doctors caring for glaucoma patients know when it’s time to act.


Hamilton Dam in Flint
Courtesy photo / Flint River Corridor Alliance

On Tuesday, WKAR and the Flint Institute of Arts will host a screening of a new PBS documentary on the Flint Water Crisis.  "Poisoned Water" is a new production from the acclaimed "NOVA" series. WKAR's Kevin Lavery spoke with NOVA senior executive producer Paula Apsell, who will be moderating the panel discussion at the screening.

Alexander Rusek photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

There are two dozen people running for four seats on the Lansing City Council this year. There will be a primary election in August to narrow the field before the November general election. WKAR is bringing you conversations with the candidates. Alexander Rusek is an attorney with an Okemos-based law firm who’s running for one of two at-large seats to be decided this year.


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Michigan workers will keep a close eye on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) this summer, when the Trump administration prepares to renegotiate the 25-year-old deal.  Michigan's largest foreign trading partner says change is overdue.


Today Marks 90 Years Since Bath School Bombing

May 18, 2017
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Editor's Note:  This story originally aired on WKAR on November 11, 2008 and contains some dated references.

Tina Houghton photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Tina Houghton is in her eighth year representing Lansing’s second ward on the city council, and she’s running for a third term.


Alison Virag McCann sets up her breast pump
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

NOTE: WKAR first aired this story in January. We bring it to you again as Mother's Day approaches this weekend.

When a nursing mother returns to work, finding the time and a private place to use a breast pump can be challenging. We examine what that means for working moms on the Michigan State University campus.


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WKAR File Photo

The city of Lansing continues to struggle under mounting debt obligations to its retirees.  Now, an outside review is shedding light on the numbers.


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Courtesy / Michigan Dept. of Corrections

Oakland County Probation Agent Candice Dunn, who was selected as the Michigan Department of Corrections’ 2017 Parole/Probation Agent of the Year, was killed Tuesday night in a traffic crash in Livingston County.

state lawmaker
Courtesy / Michigan House of Representatives

Michigan State Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette) was found dead Tuesday in Lansing of an apparent suicide.  The discovery comes one day after Kivela was arrested for the second time on a drunk driving charge.

Olivet clay target shooting team photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

When you consider high school sports in the spring, you might imagine the crack of the bat, or the sound of a driver making solid contact with a golf ball. A sound you wouldn't normally associate with high school sports is that of gunshots.


Kyle Bowman photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

We continue our conversations with Lansing city council candidates today with at-large candidate Kyle Bowman. He’s a first lieutenant with the Michigan State Police who has served in a series of roles including the protection details for Governors John Engler and Jennifer Granholm. Currently, he commands state security operations at the capitol building and the state office complex.


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A Washington-based civil rights organization is suing the state of Michigan over what it says is a case of "wealth-based" discrimination.

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