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6:24 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Flint Judge Sets Deadline for State Welfare Review

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A judge in Flint has given the Michigan Department of Human Services until Aug. 10 to process 5,000 or more remaining applications for cash assistance from people whose benefits were ended because of a five-year federal limit.

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NewsRoom
6:22 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Criminal Justice Hearings Begin This Week At Capitol

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Two hearings this week at the state Capitol will address problems in Michigan’s criminal justice system.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Complaints Continue on MI Fireworks Law

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Some state lawmakers are already discussing possible changes to Michigan’s new fireworks law.

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Election 2012
5:19 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Trio Bids for GOP Nod in 69th House Race

Frank Lambert (left), Susan McGillicuddy and George Nastas III are competing in the Republican primary on Aug. 7 to represent Michigan's 69th House district. The district includes East Lansing, Meridian Township and part of Ingham County.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Three candidates are competing for the Republican nomination to represent Michigan’s 69th state House district.  Last night, the trio appeared on a local government access TV show to debate the issues.

The GOP candidates for the 69th House district are Frank Lambert, a General Motors employee and part-time paralegal, George Nastas the Third, a 35-year Meridian Township resident, and current township supervisor Susan McGillicuddy.  The district encompasses Meridian Township, East Lansing and much of Ingham County.

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Election 2012
8:55 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Singh, Schmidt Debate Issues Facing Michigan's 69th House District

Democrats Susan Schmidt and Sam Singh are vying for Michigan's 69th district House seat.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

The two Democrats vying for Michigan’s 69th House district seat met last night in Meridian Township for a televised debate.  

Former East Lansing Mayor Sam Singh and career educator Susan Schmidt are running in the Democratic primary on August 7 for the right to represent the 69th House district, which encompasses East Lansing, Meridian Township and much of Ingham County. 

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Snyder Might Sign Voter ID Bill

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s open to re-visiting three controversial elections bills he vetoed recently.

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6:24 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Michigan St. Plans November Opening for Broad Art Museum

Courtesy Michigan State University

A new opening date has been set for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on the campus of Michigan State University.

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NewsRoom
6:19 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

It Looks Like a Primary in The 11th Congressional District

Taxpayers might be able dodge the $650,000 cost of a special primary to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Congressman Thad McCotter. But only if the election is cancelled due to a lack of candidates.

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NewsRoom
6:38 am
Thu July 12, 2012

MI Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments On PA 4 Referendum

The Michigan Supreme Court building.
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The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on whether a referendum on Michigan’s emergency manager law should appear on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Will The Tigers Make The Playoffs? Sportswriter Says Odds Are Fifty-Fifty

First baseman Prince Fielder won the Home Run Derby during the All-Star break. He has 15 home runs.
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The signing of slugger Prince Fielder was supposed to lead the Detroit Tigers to the American League Central Division crown and the playoffs this year, but so far, they’ve struggled.

        

At the All-Star Game break, Detroit is in third place, behind Chicago and Cleveland, three-and-a-half games out of first. A five-game winning streak heading into the break is cause for optimism, though.

        

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NewsRoom
6:49 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

For Second Time, Ingham Officials Stop Home Auction

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For the second time, Ingham County officials have intervened in the public auction of a Meridian Township home they say has been wrongfully foreclosed.

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NewsRoom
6:41 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Business Groups Form “Vote No” Coalition

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A coalition of business groups will urge voters to say “no” to every question that appears on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

New Bus Service Aims To Serve East Lansing Travelers

The Megabus.com service serving East Lansing will eventually run double-decker buses with a capacity of 81 passengers.
Courtesy Megabus.com

A motorcoach service with prices as low as one dollar will begin serving East Lansing tomorrow.

Megabus.com is adding a route that will include three daily trips linking Chicago, Grand Rapids, East Lansing and Detroit.

The Amtrak station on Harrison Road will be East Lansing’s pickup and dropoff site. Tickets can only be purchased online.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with Dale Moser, President of the Megabus parent company Coach USA, about the six-year-old business.

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Election 2012
6:37 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Special Election Called to Fill McCotter Seat

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has called a special election to fill the vacancy created by the sudden resignation last week of Congressman Thad McCotter.

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NewsRoom
6:31 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Lansing Council Member Blasts Bernero Over Comment

Lansing City Council member Jody Washington
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First term Lansing City Council member Jody Washington has upbraided Mayor Virg Bernero, alleging he referred to her as "Eric Hewitt in drag."

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Drought Begins to Worry Mid-Michigan Corn Growers

With more plentiful rain, Lane Cook's sweet corn would be a few feet taller. The Okemos farmer is bracing for a poor harvest.
Mark Bashore WKAR

2012 is already unfolding as a year that many Michigan crop growers would like to forget. The state’s warmest March ever led to the destruction of almost all of its apples and tart cherries--a combined loss in the hundreds of millions of dollars. As summer settles in, a prolonged dry spell has thousands of mid- and south-Michigan corn growers praying for rain.

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Electin 2012
6:38 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Four More Campaigns File Questions for November Ballot

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Monday was the deadline for ballot campaigns to turn in their petitions. A total of six questions and a referendum have filed to appear on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:31 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

NWS: Lansing Sets Its All Time High Temperature Record

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The National Weather Service says Lansing set a record Friday for its highest temperature ever officially recorded.

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NewsRoom
6:21 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Renewable Energy Campaign Files for November Ballot

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The campaign to get voters to place renewable energy standards in the Michigan Constitution filed petition signatures Friday to get on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:16 am
Fri July 6, 2012

550,000 Names Support Health Workers' Ballot Question

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A campaign to guarantee union bargaining rights for home health care workers says it will turn in more than half a million signatures to get on the statewide ballot.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Common Ground Festival To Bring Music To Downtown Lansing

Courtesy Common Ground Music Festival

The 2012 Common Ground Music Festival starts next week on the banks of the Grand River in downtown Lansing. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with the co-executive director of the festival, Scott Keith, for a preview of the Festival.

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NewsRoom
6:34 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

About 400,000 Lose Power in Michigan Amid Storms

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Utilities say about 400,000 homes and businesses across Michigan lost power following several days of thunderstorms and hot weather.

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NewsRoom
6:30 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Voters Have Until Monday to Register for Primary

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Michigan residents who want to vote in the August 7 primary election have only a few days left to register.

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NewsRoom
8:04 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Landowners Still Need Approval to Dig Up Beaches

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Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation recently that allows Great Lakes property owners to use tillers to dig up plants on the shoreline as long as they get a federal permit. But another fight is brewing over relaxing environmental rules to make it easier for developers to build on sand dunes.

Michigan has very stringent rules that prohibit building on environmentally sensitive dunes. Developers say it is possible to build on dunes set back from the shoreline without harming the view, or causing other environmental damage.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Meet "Wicked" Star Billy Tighe

Billy Tighe stars as Fiyero in the production of "Wicked," now at the Wharton Center.
Scott Pohl WKAR

The Broadway musical “Wicked” is in its second and final week of another run at the Wharton Center. Billy Tighe plays Fiyero, the male lead in "Wicked," the story of the witches Elpheba and Glinda. Fiyero is a key figure in how the others transform into the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the North in the land of Oz. Tighe speaks with WKAR’s Scott Pohl about playing the role of the love interest in “Wicked.”

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed July 4, 2012

New Law, Heat Wave Bring Ups and Downs for Fireworks Vendors

A new state law allows retailers to sell a more diverse array of fireworks in Michigan. But for some vendors, the recent heat wave is causing a drop in sales.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Happy Independence Day!  As we celebrate our 236th birthday as a nation, you might not see as many fireworks light up the sky this evening.  The long stretch of hot, dry weather we’re experiencing is forcing many local authorities to postpone their fireworks displays.  For fireworks retailers, the season has been a good news, bad news story.  Some vendors are seeing the weather bite into their revenues, but they’re also reveling in a new state law that allows them to sell more pyrotechnics than ever before.

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NewsRoom
6:37 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Snyder Vetoes GOP-Backed Election Measures

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Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed bills sent to him by the Republican-led Legislature that would have required people to show a photo I-D, and affirm their U.S. citizenship by checking a box on a form before they could get an absentee ballot.

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6:34 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Health Officials: West Nile Found Early in Mich.

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Health officials say they've identified West Nile virus in two Michigan counties, the earliest such detection in several years as weather conditions encourage the presence of mosquitoes.

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NewsRoom
2:33 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

President Simon Expects F-RIB Strategy in 2-3 Weeks

Courtesy Michigan State University

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon says she expects to announce a strategy for the school's much anticipated F-RIB project in two to three weeks.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Judge Economy: Life Prison Sentence Still Possible for Lansing Teen

Judge George Economy
Courtesy Ingham County

A ruling last week by the U.S. Supreme Court has confusing repercussions for a recent court decision in Lansing.  The high court ruled that laws like Michigan’s that sometimes mandate life sentences for juveniles found guilty of serious crimes are unconstitutional.

In January, a jury found 15-year old Charles Lewis Junior of Lansing guilty of accomplice to murder, a felony. WKAR’ Mark Bashore spoke with Ingham County Judge George Economy to clarify how the ruling impacts Lewis’ sentence.     

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