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5:38 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Court Of Appeals Upholds State Worker Live-In Partner Benefits

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A divided Michigan Court of Appeals panel has upheld extending health benefits to the live-in partners of state employees. 

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4:33 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Freshman Reps Take Oath of Office

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Twenty-eight new state lawmakers have been sworn in as members of the Michigan House of Representatives.

Among the Lansing-area lawmakers of the 2013 freshman class are Democrats Tom Cochran, Andy Schor, Sam Singh and Teresa Abed.  Republican Tom Leonard represents part of Clinton and Gratiot counties. 

Cochran says he’s optimistic about the coming session.

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6:26 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Professionals Gather In Lansing For Bullying Summit

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More than 200 school counselors….social workers and mental health professionals were in Lansing Tuesday for a summit on bullying.

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6:21 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Bing: Decision On State Takeover Could Come Friday

Downtown Detroit's Hart Plaza.
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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says a review team as early as this week could make a recommendation to Gov. Rick Snyder's on whether to order a takeover of the struggling city's finances.

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6:15 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Snyder OKs Ban On Phone Use By Teen Drivers

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A new law will soon ban cell phone use by probationary teen drivers unless they’re using a hands-free device or reporting an emergency. 

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1:55 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Lansing's Poor Targeted For $1.5 Million Financial Counseling Grant

Lansing Treasurer Amy Kraus addresses a press conference at City Hall announcing a $1.5 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant for financial counseling.
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The city of Lansing has announced a $1.5 million grant from a program started by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to establish a financial empowerment center.

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6:28 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Justice Diane Hathaway Resigns

Embattled state Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway has agreed to resign effective January 21. 

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6:18 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Ex-Con Charged With Murdering Daughter, 3 months

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Lansing police say a 37-year-old ex-convict has been arrested on murder and abuse charges in the death of his 3-month-old daughter. 

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6:08 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

National Advocacy Group Ranks Michigan 6th In Nation For Education Policy

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Michigan ranks sixth in the nation for education policy in a report released Monday by a controversial national advocacy group. 

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9:06 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Bear Cub Petting Zoo Bill Will Come Up Again In 2013

Black bear at a Michigan petting zoo.
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State lawmakers start their new session this week. Some of the first bills likely to come up would ease restrictions on owning and breeding large carnivores like tigers and bears.

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12:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

MSU Community Music School Opens At New Location

MSU Community Music School Executive Director Rhonda Buckley in the school's new performance hall
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The new location of the Michigan State University Community Music School will open for instruction today.

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6:13 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Bill Sponsor Hopes Blue Cross Overhaul Will Pass Quickly Without Abortion Language

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Some state lawmakers say they hope to pass an overhaul of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan after dropping some controversial abortion language.

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5:14 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Food Aid Back For Nearly 50,000 Mich. Recipients

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Money has been added to debit cards for more than half of 85,000 Michigan food assistance recipients who were without the aid for a day.

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4:43 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Lansing Officials Report 12 Homicides In 2012

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Lansing officials say the city had 12 homicides last year, the most since 2008 when it had the same number. 

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12:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

LSO To Play Brahms, "Red Violin"

Timothy Muffitt, Music Director and Conductor of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.
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The Lansing Symphony Orchestra is resuming its 2012-2013 season with a concert featuring Brahms’ Symphony #1 and music of Corigliano from the movie “The Red Violin.” WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with conductor Timothy Muffitt for a preview.

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6:17 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Michigan May Be Short Revenue For Next Budget

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Michigan's government may close last budget year with $1.2 billion on hand, but it will be needed to balance the current budget.

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6:12 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Lt. Governor Signs Dozens Of Bills: Dead Bodies, Conservation Corps, Medical Pot

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It will still be a misdemeanor in Michigan to find a dead body and not report it.

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4:15 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Jobless Rates Fall Across Michigan, Rise Up North

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Unemployment figures have dropped for the majority of Michigan's regional labor markets, but have risen up north. 

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9:20 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Acting MSU Provost Looks Ahead

Acting MSU Provost June Youatt
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Michigan State University Senior Associate Provost June Youatt has been promoted to acting provost, following the resignation of Kim Wilcox.

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4:16 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Judge Says Car Insurance Fund Records Are Public

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An insurance fund that charges Michigan drivers a fee to cover catastrophic injuries has been told to open its books to the public. 

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7:17 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Expanding State-Run School District A Top Priority For Governor Snyder

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
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Governor Rick Snyder says expanding a state-run district for struggling schools is one of his top priorities for 2013.

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9:24 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Forced Out By Age, Kelly Retiring From Top Court

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly is retiring Tuesday, but not by choice.

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9:17 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Michigan Is Closer To Wolf Hunting Under New Law

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A Michigan commission now has the authority to establish hunting seasons for the gray wolf under a law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. 

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9:53 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Legendary WKAR Sportscaster Jim Adams Dies

Jim Adams
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Jim Adams, WKAR's Sports Director from 1961 to 1993, has died at the age of 82.

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12:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

2012 A "Surreal" Year In Michigan Politics

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As 2012 winds down, we’re looking back at some of the events and trends of the year. Most people are unlikely to remember 2012 as an uneventful year, politically—especially in Michigan. Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network has been covering Michigan politics for 25 years now, and he says it was a year that surprised even him.

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12:00 am
Thu December 27, 2012

MSU President Simon Looks Back, Looks Ahead

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon
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As the end of the year approaches, Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon is reflecting on 2012 and looking ahead to 2013. She talked with WKAR’s Scott Pohl about the state of affairs at MSU.

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6:10 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Despite Concealed Weapons Veto, Gov. Snyder Signs Other Gun Bills Into Law

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A bill meant to streamline the permitting process for handguns is set to become state law. 

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5:14 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Snowstorm Dumps More Than 19 Inches On Michigan

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A snowstorm hitting the Midwest dumped more than 19 inches of snow in northern Michigan and knocked out power to at least 142,000 state electricity customers.  

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4:25 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Governor Snyder Reflects On A Busy 2012 In Lansing

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Heading into 2013, Governor Rick Snyder is hoping to shift conversation away from controversial new policies like “right-to-work”.

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9:04 am
Fri December 21, 2012

A Primer on Michigan's Concealed Carry Laws

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Governor Rick Snyder’s veto of a concealed pistols bill this week preserves the status quo concerning where people may or may not carry firearms. The measure he rejected would have allowed concealed guns in schools, day cares, and hospitals.

But the veto did little to settle the confusion on guns and where they are allowed.

Michigan laws that deal with carrying firearms:

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