Michigan

crowd at high school
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

In the 2016 election, Michigan House Republicans edged out Democrats by just 3,000 votes.  Yet, the GOP won more than 57 percent of all state House seats.  Their victory was the result of creative map making.

 

State legislative districts are drawn by whichever political party is in power.  Both Democrats and Republicans tend to draw those boundaries to consolidate their voting base.  The practice is called “gerrymandering,” and opponents say it diminishes the voice of the people.


map of Michigan
Courtesy / U.S. Dept. of Interior

In 2021, Michigan will re-draw its congressional and state legislative boundaries.  The law says each of these geographic tracts of land must contain as equal a number of people as possible.  This mandate creates a jigsaw puzzle of irregular shapes across the political map.

For decades, political parties have “gerrymandered” these borders to their own advantage.  Technically, it’s illegal for a single party to group its voting base in a specific area, but the practice can be hard to prove.   Now, grassroots support is building to place redistricting back in the hands of the people.

 


Human Trafficking: A condition of chaos

Feb 15, 2017
Jane White
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

There are many misconceptions surrounding Human Trafficking. Some assume it is runaways mixed up with prostitution, or homeless girls looking for a sugar daddy. In reality, it can adults or children, of all race and ethnicities. There is no discrimination against victims of human trafficking. 

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After 27 years as a Michigan State University gymnastics coach, Kathie Klages has decided to retire. Klages was suspended by the university yesterday in the midst of a sexual assault investigation related to former team doctor Larry Nassar. 

dam on Grand River
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Michigan is all about water.  Aside from touching four of the five Great Lakes, our state has some 300 rivers.  A handful of them help generate power through 13 hydroelectric plants.

A Michigan State University team is using a $2.6 million federal grant to study more environmentally efficient ways to produce hydropower.  They believe their work overseas could provide lessons for improving American waterways. 

 


man standing near vegetables
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

We may be going through a mild patch now, but Michigan winters can be pretty fierce.  Sometimes it’s a little challenging picking up your favorite locally grown food.

But our ag industry doesn’t just stop cold when the snow flies.  Winter farmers’ markets are on the rise.

 


MSU Women Fall to Purdue Marking Third Straight Loss

Jan 22, 2017
WKAR

The MSU women's basketball team lost to Purdue, 76-66, on Alumni Day Sunday night at the Breslin Center. The Spartans have lost three-straight games for the first time since the 2014-15 season. MSU is now 13-7 overall and 3-4 in Big Ten action. Purdue improves to 13-8 overall and 4-3 in league play.

Ex-Spartan athlete Molly Fletcher blazes trail as sports agent and motivational speaker

Dec 21, 2016
MollyFletcher.com

Molly Fletcher was always a Spartan, starting with being born in East Lansing. She grew up surrounded by the life around Michigan State’s campus, and eventually decided to go to school there and play tennis.

MSU Club Football season finishes strong despite coming short of goal

Dec 13, 2016
Luke Robins

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Only five points kept the Michigan State club football team reaching the playoffs and getting a chance to compete for its ultimate goal: a national championship.

Harris leads Spartans to third straight win

Dec 10, 2016
Al Martin

Senior guard Eron Harris tallied 20 points for the MSU men's basketball team in a win over Tennessee Tech Saturday afternoon, 71 to 63 the final. Freshman Joshua Langford and Nick Ward followed the lead of Harris, each chipping in 10 points in the third straight victory for the Spartans. Sophomore guard Matt McQuaid sat out due to a head injury suffered in practice this week. 

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The Michigan State Men's basketball team may have beaten Oral Roberts on Saturday afternoon at home, but head coach Tom Izzo isn't pleased. He called out his team saying "They didn't play hard enough." Listen to his postgame tirade as WKAR's Al Martin reports. 

Spartans Push Buckeyes to the Brink

Nov 20, 2016
WKAR

The Michigan State football team almost upset the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium, 17-16 the final. The Spartans were down 17-10 when LJ Scott scored on a 1-yard run with 4:41 to play. Tyler O'Connor's pass was intercepted in the end zone on a 2pt conversion attempt that would've given MSU the lead. 

MSU tennis star Forman working on comeback

Nov 12, 2016
Zachary Barnes / WKAR's Current Sports

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State tennis player Brett Forman refuses to let his career be defined by injuries.

Amy Fouty Brainchild Behind Spartan Stadium Turf

Nov 4, 2016
WKAR

Amy Fouty has served as Michigan State's sports turf manager since 2003. Her 26-year career is one that has brought her acclaim and even Field of the Year honors from the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) in 2005. 

Lights-Out for MSU Football After Fall to UM

Oct 29, 2016
WKAR

The Michigan football team topped Michigan State on Saturday afternoon, 32-23, for only the second time in the last nine meetings. Amara Darboh caught eight passes for a career-high 165 yards, and De'Veon Smith ran for two touchdowns. Michigan also scored on every offensive possession in the first half. 

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