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12:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

JORDYN WIEBER AND THE OLYMPICS: DeWitt Has "Wieber Fever"

Elena and Mason Sermak are rooting for Jordyn Wieber to bring a gold medal home to DeWitt. They got her autograph on a cereal box.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

WKAR’s Scott Pohl pays a visit to DeWitt, the little town north of Lansing that’s awash with Wieber Fever.

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6:17 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

State Figures: Mich. Retains More Veteran Teachers

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State figures say Michigan schools are retaining more of their veteran K-12 educators, leaving fewer job openings for newcomers.

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1:44 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Spartan Stadium Sound System Tested

Workers began installing a helmet logo on the south scoreboard at Spartan Stadium Thursday. Along with new video boards, the stadium is getting new audio equipment.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

Work on the new video boards at Spartan Stadium took a step forward Thursday.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl reports that crews began testing the stadium’s new sound system.

You might expect that a sound system test at Spartan Stadium would mean the fight song blaring at you a few hundred times.

Alas, it was smooth jazz coming out of the speakers shortly before noon on Thursday.

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12:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

JORDYN WIEBER AND THE OLYMPICS: Rita Wieber Offers Advice as ‘Gym Mom’

Mark Bashore WKAR

Only three days remain before DeWitt gymnast Jordyn Wieber begins her much-anticipated medal quest at the 2012 Olympics.

Long before her daughter’s Olympic potential was clear, Rita Wieber wanted to write a book to help guide other gymnastics parents with what she learned. That part of the Wiebers’ journey can be explored in the new book, “Gym Mom:  Surviving Your Daughter's Gymnastics Career.”

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6:32 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Groups Waiting For MI Supreme Court Ruling

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The Michigan Supreme Court will decide the fate of a referendum on the state’s emergency manager law after spending more than an hour and half listening to arguments. The case also brought a few hundred demonstrators to Lansing.

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6:26 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Regulator Urges Action On MI Online Health Exchange

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State House members held a hearing Wednesday on a federal law requiring states to set up a website to help people buy health insurance. The mandate is part of the Affordable Care Act.

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4:02 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

City, Tribe Extend Deadline to Complete Casino Land Transfer

An artist's rendering of the Kewadin Lansing casino. Planners are extending their self-imposed deadline for transferring land from the city of Lansing to the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, which will operate the casino.
Courtesy City of Lansing

The city of Lansing and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians are extending their self-imposed deadline for finalizing a land transfer in preparation for a new downtown casino. 

Project leaders had initially set an August 1 completion date to transfer ownership of the land adjacent to the Lansing Center from the city to the tribe.  Now, they’re pushing their deadline back 90 days to November 1.  Officials insist the Kewadin Lansing casino project is following what they call an “aggressive” timeline, but say they simply need more time to finalize some details. 

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7:15 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Governor Declares Energy Emergency In U.P.

The Mackinac Bridge leading to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Melissa Benmark WKAR

Governor Rick Snyder has declared an energy emergency in parts of the Upper Peninsula due to a pipeline break in Wisconsin.

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7:10 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Protestors To Rally Outside MI Supreme Court

The Michigan Supreme Court building.
File Photo WKAR

Opponents of a proposal to allow eight new casinos in Michigan will ask the state Court of Appeals to order the question off the November ballot.

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12:00 am
Wed July 25, 2012

JORDYN WIEBER AND THE OLYMPICS: Lansing Sportswriter Will Cover The Games

Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal will cover the Olympic Games for Gannett Newspapers.
Scott Pohl, WKAR

The Olympic Games begin with opening ceremonies in London on Friday.

DeWitt’s Jordyn Wieber will compete for a gymnastics Gold Medal beginning on Sunday. Over the next three days, we’ll have several stories looking at the excitement that’s building around her quest for a medal.

Sportswriter Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal will be in London to write about the Games. This will be his first Olympics.

Rexrode told WKAR’s Scott Pohl that his coverage will extend beyond the Jordyn Wieber story.

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6:17 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Hoekstra Files Charges over Super PAC's Reports

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra's campaign has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission over an independent political action committee that's running TV ads attacking him.

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12:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

East Lansing Train Depot On Track For Upgrade

The East Lansing Amtrak station near the MSU campus has seen a 130 percent increase in ridership since 2001.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

The Amtrak train station just off the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing is getting a major renovation.  The Capital Area Transportation Authority has received a $6.3 million federal grant to rebuild the station and add a separate bus terminal.

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6:15 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

East Lansing's Amtrak Station To Get an Upgrade

A federal grant will enable regional officials to renovate the 37-year-old Amtrak station in East Lansing.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Regional transportation planners will use a federal grant to rebuild and enhance the Amtrak train station in East Lansing. 

The $6.3 million grant will help the Capital Area Transportation Authority expand the Amtrak station near Michigan State University.  CATA will create a 200-acre multi-modal facility, with a separate bus terminal, upgraded waiting platform and accommodations for taxis and bicycles. 

U.S.  Department of Transportation general counsel Robert Rivkin says the project is part of a $12 billion federal program to improve intercity rail service.

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3:33 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Clare Man Is First in Area with 'Bionic' Ankle

Mike Coon gets acclimated to his new 'bionic' knee Monday in Lansing.
Mark Bashore WKAR

A Clare man has become the first mid-Michigan recipient of what's being called a "bionic" ankle.

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3:01 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

MSU Appoints Hsu VP For Research And Graduate Studies

Dr. Steve Hsu becomes vice president for research and graduate studies at MSU August 20.
Scott Pohl, WKAR

Michigan State University has appointed a new vice president for research and graduate studies.

Dr. Steve Hsu is director of the Institute for Theoretical Science and a professor of physics at the University of Oregon.

Hsu has also started two software companies, and has experience in venture capital. He says he hopes to unlock the value in the research done at MSU.

With a background in physics, Hsu adds that the development of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams on campus helped attract him to the post.

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6:30 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Board Of Canvassers To Meet On Ballot Questions

File Photo WKAR

A state elections board will meet to finalize the September 5 special primary that will narrow the field of candidates running to complete the term of Congressman Thad McCotter. The Livonia Republican resigned suddenly on July 6. The board will also make decisions about half a dozen petition drives that turned in signatures to put questions on the November ballot.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Motorcycle Culture at Heart of Haslett Company’s Success

Mark Bashore WKAR

A unique mid-Michigan business is succeeding in keeping it loose at work.  Baker Drive Train in Haslett has carved out a profitable niche in the motorcycle business with cutting edge transmissions it designs and sells all over the world.  WKAR’s Mark Bashore reports on a married couple who left their buttoned-down GM jobs to embrace the rowdier culture of high performance motorcycles. 

There’s energy on the shop floor to start the workday at Baker Drive Train.  A little ‘liquid metal’ with your caffeine of choice is just the ticket for clearing out the morning cobwebs.

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6:17 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Snyder: Locals Should Not Expect State Funding to Help with Election Cost

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Governor Rick Snyder says local governments in the 11th congressional district should not expect the state to help cover the costs of a special primary to replace Congressman Thad McCotter. The cost is pegged at about $650,000.

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12:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

'Placemaking' Challenge To Begin In Mid-Michigan

File Photo WKAR

There's a new ‘placemaking’ project in the Lansing area. It’s called the Lighter Quicker Cheaper Challenge, and it’s run by the Greater Lansing Association of Realtors and several other state and national organizations. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with Gil White, past president of the Michigan Association of Realtors, about placemaking, and the program.

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6:29 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Snyder Says He’s Still Willing to Work with Legislature on Health Care Law

Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes Republican lawmakers will act before the end of the summer to create an online place for people to comparison shop for health coverage.

The governor and Republicans in the state House have been at odds over the health care exchanges called for in the federal Affordable Care Act. GOP leaders say they wanted to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule before acting. Now that the court has upheld the law, Republicans say they still have a lot of questions.

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6:28 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Dem Chair Brewer Re-Files Campaign Complaint on Bolger, GOP Staff

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The chair of the Michigan Democratic Party says a prosecutor’s report shows his complaint of election law violations deserves another look. Mark Brewer says state House Speaker Jase Bolger and other Republicans used state resources to plot a lawmaker’s defection to the GOP and put a fake Democrat on the ballot.

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6:26 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Protesters Abound at Legislature’s Only Session Day in July

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The Legislature’s only session day in July was a magnet that drew protesters to Lansing.

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6:24 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Detroit Mayor Imposes New Contracts, Wage Cuts

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says he has imposed new union contracts aimed at saving the cash-strapped city more than $100 million annually.

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6:10 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

MSU Conducts Full-Scale Emergency Exercise

Regional first responders conducted a simulation involving a campus shooting Wednesday at Michigan State University
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Training to respond to acts of violence is a basic function of emergency personnel across the country.  On Wednesday, dozens of first responders from the Lansing region gathered at Michigan State University to test their skills in a mass casualty drill. 

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery watched the drill unfold.

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3:41 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Democrats Call for House Inquiry into Actions by Schmidt, Bolger

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Democrats at the state Capitol are calling for an investigation into whether House Speaker Jase Bolger and state Representative Roy Schmidt broke ethics rules.

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12:00 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Lansing Councilwoman Jody Washington Speaks About Her Roller Coaster Term

Lansing City Council member Jody Washington
Mark Bashore WKAR

Six months ago, political newcomer Jody Washington became Lansing’s First Ward representative on the city council.  She ran to address serious challenges like the city’s burgeoning, long-term pension and health care deficit. Washington calls her brief tenure a 'roller coaster' and admits being disappointed.  WKAR’s Mark Bashore sat down with her to explore why.

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7:12 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Superintendent: School Funding Reform Should Include Early Childhood, College

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The state’s education chief says money for early childhood education and community colleges needs to be part of fixing Michigan’s school funding system.

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7:06 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Juvenile Lifer Ruling Requires Authorities to Track Down Victims

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

A state House committee held a hearing Tuesday on what Michigan needs to do to comply with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

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12:00 am
Tue July 17, 2012

The War Of 1812: A Michigan Bicentennial

The British took Fort Mackinac 200 years ago today. The British had built the fort and knew it was vulnerable from behind. Their surprise attack led to a quick surrender.
Courtesy Mackinac State Historic Parks

July 17 marks the bicentennial of a key date in the War of 1812, when the British captured Fort Mackinac at the onset of war. WKAR’s Scott Pohl speaks with Phil Porter about the historic date.

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6:28 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

School Funding Overhaul Could Be on The Way

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An overhaul of Michigan’s school funding system is in the works. Governor Rick Snyder wants to include school funding reform in his budget proposal next year.

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