UPDATED AT 6:45 a.m. - Strong winds on Wednesday caused power outages around the Lansing area. As a result, a number of schools are without electricity and will be closed today, including East Lansing schools.

In Lansing, Averill, Lewton, North, Post Oak, Fairview, Woodcreek and Elmhurst schools are closed. Cole Academy,  the Greater Lansing Islamic School and the El-Shabazz Academy are also closed.

Grand Ledge schools are also closed today, as is St. Gerard School.

There's no school today at Elmwood Elementary in the Waverly school district.

Lobbyist Naeyaert resigns in wake of remarks

Mar 7, 2017
Gary Naeyaert, during a radio interview
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

A well-known Michigan lobbyist has resigned in the wake of recent remarks he made that triggered controversy.

The board of the Great Lakes Education Project--a school choice advocacy group--accepted Gary Naeyaert’s resignation Tuesday.

Last week, Naeyaert told a gathering of the Senate Education committee that he wanted to “shake” Michigan School Reform Officer Natasha Baker “like I like to shake my wife” for admitting her office was unable to hold persistently failing schools accountable.

portrait: Governor Rick Snyder
Courtesy photo

Gov. Rick Snyder says the state will wait until May at the earliest to decide whether to close any of the state’s lowest-performing schools.

Students in Michigan and Ohio retire to new homes

Feb 24, 2017

Three Western Michigan University graduate students moved into their on-campus apartments at the beginning of the fall semester. The campus on which they are living, though, is not Western Michigan's. And their neighbors are not college students — at least they have not been for a long time.

MSU Trustees photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Today’s MSU Trustees meeting was tumultuous, with calls to do more to prevent sexual assaults on campus and for President Lou Anna Simon to resign over allowing controversial Breitbart News writer Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus last year.