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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

As the Trump administration prepares to enact its updated travel ban, a number of U.S. churches have stated they will offer sanctuary to refugees and immigrants.  No definitive action has taken place in mid-Michigan...but the conversation is growing.  

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery talks with Oscar Castaneda with Action of Greater Lansing what a formal sanctuary policy might look like here.

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BackStage Pass, Faces of Flint, Flint news coverage among Best in Category winners

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

UPDATE: With powerful winds knocking down trees and power lines on Wednesday, Michigan utilities are working to restore service. A month ago, Kevin Lavery reported on tree trimming efforts aimed at reducing the impact of storms.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Forty years ago Thursday, Francine Hughes of Dansville entered the Ingham County Jail and confessed to setting her house on fire with her sleeping ex-husband inside. James “Mickey” Hughes had long abused the mother of three. Asleep in bed when the fire started, he died of smoke inhalation.


MI Hops Growers Bring New Life to Old Crop

Mar 8, 2017
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Jim Peck / WKAR-MSU

Beer is big business and it’s driving the hops industry in Michigan.  Now, there’s new life for a crop with some very old roots.


A romance novelist from Belleville, Michigan, will be in Lansing on Thursday to talk about her stories. Beverly Jenkins has published almost three dozen historical romances aimed at African-American readers.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

In 2016, Michigan landfills took in more than 49 million cubic yards of solid waste. Some of that total included food particles that were thrown out by restaurants and food processing facilities.  

The city of Lansing is trying to reduce that environmental impact with a pilot program known as “Scraps to Soil.”


There’s nothing new about cover versions of Beatles songs, but the local band Organissimo has decided to create jazzy renditions of some of your favorite Beatles tunes. It's called "B3tles: A Soulful Tribute to the Fab Four."


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Winter is slowly coming to an end in Michigan.  But the arrival of spring means watching out for severe storms.  Last Tuesday, three confirmed tornado touchdowns were reported in southwest Michigan.

When the storms strike, the National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids relies on a network of volunteer weather spotters to keep an eye on the sky. 

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Hall of Fame will host its next induction ceremony in a brand new location. In April, the organization will move out of the historic Cooley-Haze House in Lansing and into a space in the Meridian Mall in Okemos.

 


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Courtesy / Michigan State University

President Trump delivered his first address before Congress Tuesday.  He touched on themes ranging from immigration reform to counter terrorism to education.  One prominent guest in the audience came to hear Mr. Trump’s plans to resolve a crisis in Michigan that’s resounded around the world.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The State of Ingham County address is Wednesday night. The chairperson of the county board of commissioners, Sarah Anthony, will speak at the Potter Park Zoo.


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Courtesy photo

Stand-up comic W. Kamau Bell has long made his mark by making people laugh while addressing serious matters of race. His most recent TV project is “United Shades of America” on CNN.


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Courtesy photo / Big Ten Network

Televised sports come in all sorts of forms. This time of year, basketball dominates sports broadcasting, but there’s hockey, too, and spring training baseball is getting started. At the Big Ten Network, they’re adding something different to the lineup: League of Legends. Teams from conference schools are competing right now in the popular video game, and the championship will be televised at the end of March.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The state of Michigan has filed nearly two dozen new charges against Dr. Larry Nassar.  The former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University physician is accused of sexually assaulting a number of young women who came to him as patients seeking medical treatment.  Nassar now stands accused of 25 counts of criminal sexual conduct.


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