Michigan

truck and bridge
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The day of the driverless car is gaining ground.  Fast. 

 

What was once a science fiction fantasy is exploding into a legitimate industry.  Connected vehicles have caught the attention of such companies as Tesla, Uber and even Google.  Now, add the U.S. military to that list.  In Michigan, an Army research and development lab is experimenting with cargo hauling trucks to learn how to run automated supply convoys.  The goal is to save time, fuel and human lives.  

 


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The Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps is looking for a few good experts in internet security. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, the law creating the cyber-security team takes effect Thursday.


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Courtesy / U.S. House of Representatives

A grassroots group that’s trying to reform Michigan’s political redistricting process has reached a milestone. 

 


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Pan American Health Organization PAHO / Flickr Creative Commons

Premiums will rise an average of 27 percent for the hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents who buy their own health insurance.

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Michigan needs to create more opportunities for kids of color. That’s according to advocates after a new report was released Tuesday. The report shows that African-American kids in Michigan fare worse in areas like education than in any other state. 

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Michigan would authorize and license midlevel "dental therapists" to do work now performed by dentists under a bill advancing in the Legislature.

Beer Bottles
WKAR File Photo

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission has voted to lift a longstanding rule prohibiting liquor stores from operating within a half-mile (0.8 kilometers) of each other.

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Michigan State University graduate, now SportsCenter host on ESPN, Jemele Hill, made national headlines earlier this week when she called President Donald Trump a white supremacist via Twitter. ESPN issued a statement noting that Hill's comments do not represent the company and that they had addressed it with Hill. This morning on Twitter President Trump said ESPN "is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth."


Mike Bishop photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Health and environmental officials in Michigan are calling on Republican Rep. Mike Bishop to vote against President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget. 

 


Michigan Veteran To Receive Medal Of Honor Today

Jul 31, 2017
James McCloughan
US ARMY

Vietnam veteran James McCloughan will be presented with our nation’s highest military honor Monday at the White House.

Kaleel Gaines Reveals Reason Behind Transfer and Drama-Filled MSU Football Year

Jul 26, 2017
MSU Athletics

Former MSU football player Kaleel Gaines opens up about his reason to transfer from Michigan State to play football at Arizona Western Junior College. He also addresses what went wrong last year, including the sexual assault charges of his former teammates. 

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WKAR File Photo

The state of Michigan, under fire for a computer system that wrongly churned out cases of fraud, is dropping criminal charges against 186 people accused of illegally collecting unemployment benefits, officials said Thursday.

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Wikimedia Commons

A wild turkey that for months made a busy intersection its home is being memorialized after being struck by a vehicle.

Cars on freeway
WKAR file photo

The Latest on a man charged with second-degree murder in a car crash that killed five people (all times local):

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Flickr - Keith Cooper

A church treasurer in southwestern Michigan has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after more than $40,000 in church funds was reported missing.

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