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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.


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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.


 

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Sparrow Hospital

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


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

 


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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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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

In January 1973, the Paris Peace Accords brought a formal end to the Vietnam War.  But in April 1975, the North Vietnamese Army ignored the terms of the treaty and captured Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam. 

As the army approached, the U.S. hastily evacuated some 6,000 American citizens and South Vietnamese nationals.  Many climbed a ladder on the roof of the American embassy to flee by helicopter.  That ladder is on display at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids. 


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Courtesy photo / Paul Drinkwater NBC

Lansing’s “singing cashier,” Lucas Holliday, appeared on NBC’s “The Voice” last night. His audition song was Maxwell’s “This Woman’s Work.”

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Some places hit hard by the opioid epidemic are also seeing an increase in sexually transmitted diseases. The New York Times recently reported on the rise of syphilis in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where officials say the trading of sex for drugs has caused a spike in syphilis cases.

Little Rock Nine student’s journey from Arkansas to EL

Sep 25, 2017
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April Van Buren / WKAR

Editor's Note: this interview originally aired in September 2015.

In September of 1957, Ernest Green and eight other African American students stood outside the all white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, their entrance blocked by a line of Arkansas National Guard Soldiers. The Little Rock Nine became symbols of the fight to integrate public schools in America. We talk to Ernest Green about what it was like to be a part of such a historic moment ahead of his lecture in East Lansing on Thursday.

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

More than 52,000 Americans died in the Vietnam War.  Virtually all who survived came home with some level of emotional trauma.  Decades after the fall of Saigon, thousands of veterans continue to live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

 


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Courtesy / U.S. Navy

One of the most famous incidents of the Vietnam War didn't happen in Vietnam.

 

On January 23, 1968, the USS Pueblo was conducting a surveillance mission off the coast of North Korea when it was seized.  More than 80 men were captured and held prisoner for nearly a year. 

 

One of those men was Michigan native Richard Bame. 

 

WKAR's Kevin Lavery met Mr. Bame at the VA hospital in Ann Arbor to hear his story.

 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Dozens of Michigan National Guard troops welcomed a Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Tuesday at a ceremony in Lansing. 

 


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Courtesy photo / MSU College of Human Medicine

Michigan State University researchers are trying to understand the causes of infertility and why so many women lose their pregnancies.


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Courtesy photo / MSU College of Human Medicine

Early detection and treatment is the best path to reducing the severity of autism in children. The opening of the new MSU College of Human Medicine research facility in Grand Rapids this week will include an expansion of efforts to find markers that could result in earlier detection.


Various signs of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing.
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR Public Media

Lansing City Council approved a medical marijuana ordinance more than a week ago that sets the cap on the number of dispensaries at 25. With unofficial estimates putting the number of dispensaries in the city as high as 70, this has dispensary owners concerned.

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