Arts & Culture
1:29 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Book recalls famous and forgotten Michigan authors

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Dave Dempsey is a widely respected environmentalist and writer; his attorney brother, Jack, is also a writer. Together, their love for Michigan and the written word are united in “Ink Trails: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors." The book has been chosen as a Michigan Notable Book for 2013. They join us to talk about Michigan’s rich literary history.

Jack and Dave Dempsey will appear at the Schuler Book Store in Okemos on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. to discuss the book.

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6:07 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Liberal Group Raises Bolger's Business History as Election Issue

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A liberal advocacy group is attacking state House Speaker Jase Bolger’s past business record in attempt to damage his shot at re-election. The attack comes while Bolger is in the midst of a separate election fraud investigation.  The group Progress Michigan says Bolger’s company avoided paying taxes over the course of three years.

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12:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Historical Museum Hosts MI Archeology Day This Saturday

State Archaeologist Dr. Dean Anderson examines artifacts from an abandoned iron smelting site in now deserted Fayette, Michigan.
Mark Bashore WKAR

This past summer, there were about a dozen active archeological projects underway around the state.  Some of what was unearthed is on display this Saturday in Lansing.

Professional and amateur archeologists will gather at the Michigan Historical Museum for ‘Michigan Archeology Day.’  The free event will give anyone interested in historic, pre-historic--even underwater--discoveries a chance to experience them close-up.

WKAR’s Mark Bashore sat down with state archeologists Dean Anderson and Stacy Tchorsiznky to find out more. 

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5:13 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Judge Says State Workers’ 4% Retirement Contribution is Unconstitutional

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State workers would no longer have to fork out four-percent of their salaries to keep their pensions if a judge’s ruling stands.

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8:31 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Snyder Signs New State Budget, Turns to Summer Priorities

Gov. Rick Snyder
Courtesy State of Michigan

Now that the budget’s done, Governor Rick Snyder goes to work on his goals for the balance of the summer. He spent a few minutes with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta just after he signed the new state budget.

RICK PLUTA:  Governor, thanks for sitting down with us.  So, just name one thing in this budget that you consider to be a really major accomplishment.

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2:11 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

USDA Undersecretary Praises Senate Farm Bill Passage

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U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary Dallas Tonsager is praising the Senate’s passage of a $1 trillion farm bill.  Tonsager was in mid-Michigan Friday to meet with farmers and homeowners. 

The farm bill that cleared the Senate Thursday cuts some $24 billion over the next decade.  It would end direct federal subsidies to farmers who’ve relied on those payments since the 1980’s.  Tonsager says farmers are doing well enough economically that there’s less need now for government assistance.

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4:31 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Ron Paul Speaks at MSU on Eve of Michigan Primary

GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul visited Michigan State University Monday on the day before the state primary.
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About 2,500 people gathered at Michigan State University Monday afternoon to attend a rally by GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul.  The Texas congressman is not expected to win tomorrow’s presidential primary in Michigan.  Most polls have him running well behind Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.  However, Paul does have enthusiastic supporters who intend to vote for him.

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9:05 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Gov. Snyder delivers his second State of the State address

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his second annual State of the State address Wednesday evening in Lansing.
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Gov. Rick Snyder highlighted the accomplishments of 2011 and outlined Michigan's goals for 2012 in his second annual State of the State address Wednesday evening in Lansing.

8:27 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Lawmakers expected to approve statewide anti-bullying proposal

LANSING, MI (MPRN) - Michigan is one of just three states without an anti-bullying law to protect students in K-12 schools. The state Legislature is expected to approve a proposal this week that would require all schools to adopt anti-bullying policies.

Experts and students say it's time to have a law in place as bullying in schools becomes a growing concern.

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