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marijuana plant
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.

Rod Sanford / Refuge Lansing

The city of Lansing is a destination for many refugees looking to start their lives in the United States. The Refugee Development Center in Lansing estimates that anywhere between 400 and 700 refugees are resettled in Lansing every year. That’s on top of the over 10,000 refugees who already call Mid-Michigan their home.


marijuana logo
flickr/Democracy Chronicles

 

The petition drive to place legalized marijuana on the November 2018 ballot in Michigan is underway. 


river and buildings
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Flint River was once the site of buzzing auto factories and tranquil parks.  Urban planners are hoping a new project will bring people back to the river once again.  


Lansing Labor Holiday photo
Courtesy photo / Ralph W. Lewis Collection, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

The city of Lansing is commemorating an important event in labor history this weekend. On June 7th, 1937, businesses and factories in the city were shut down by what has come to be known as the Lansing Labor Holiday.

cars on highway
WKAR File Photo

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
WKAR File Photo

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.”

Dr. Sonia Rana photo
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.


two flags
Wikimedia Commons

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
Flickr/larrysphatpage

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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