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The Michigan State hockey team finished last in the Big Ten regular season, but the Spartans are hopeful about their chances in the conference tournament in Detroit this week. MSU opens play against Ohio State at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday.


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A small coalition of interfaith churches is making a big statement in Michigan.  The group is declaring itself a “sanctuary network,” and says it will protect individuals and families on the verge of being deported. 

 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

A state commission is meeting in Lansing Monday to learn more about the condition of a controversial oil pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac. 

The Pipeline Safety Advisory Board wants to hear Enbridge Energy’s plans to address deterioration on parts of Line 5.  An independent report finds nearly 20 sites along the pipeline where an anti-corrosive coating is deteriorating.

Head librarian Kathy Johnson at the downtown Lansing library service desk
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The Capital Area District Library branch in downtown Lansing reopens Monday after a major renovation. The $670,000 project has been completed on time and on budget.


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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.


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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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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