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6:31 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Lansing Red Cross Strike Ends

WKAR file photo

Around 50 American Red Cross workers in Lansing have returned to work after an 11-week strike.

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2:32 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

MSU Trustees To Consider Budget, Renovations

Hannah Administration Building, MSU.
WKAR File Photo

    The Michigan State University Board of Trustees will discuss the budget on Friday.
    Plans for several projects on campus are also on the agenda.
    The Board is expected to adopt the 2012-13 budget development guidelines, along with the 2013-14 preliminary general fund budget guidelines.
    Among projects to be considered are construction of a new high bay in the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, renovations to the College of Music Community School, and energy saving measures for Anthony Hall.

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12:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Broad Art Museum Opening A Pop-Up Museum In Old Town Lansing

Kristin Cammermeyer works on installing her piece "Painting #2" at her Old Town exhibition.
Scott Pohl WKAR

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is opening another exhibition away from the MSU campus.

In Old Town Lansing, a show featuring the work of Kristin Cammermeyer, a recent graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, kicks off Friday.

The exhibit is at the former Chrome Cat bar on Grand River Avenue.

Broad Art Museum curator Alison Gass likes the notion of taking over a found space not designed to be a museum. That’s what they’re doing at this pop-up museum in Lansing.

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NewsRoom
6:51 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Casino Drive Says It Has Enough Signatures

clarita morgueFile

A drive to allow eight new privately owned casinos in Michigan says it’s gathered more than enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:44 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Judge Blocks Law to Stop Health Care Union Dues

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

A judge has blocked a new Michigan law that was intended to cut off union dues paid by home health care workers.

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NewsRoom
6:38 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Mich. Communities Move to Silence Bigger Fireworks

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Grand Rapids is among a growing number of Michigan communities seeking to silence more powerful fireworks that now are legal in the state.

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NewsRoom
2:21 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Davenport University To Create New Downtown Lansing Campus

This artist's rendering shows the planned site of Davenport University's new downtown Lansing campus. The university will renovate the 55,000 square foot Grand View Center building. Classes are slated to begin in the fall of 2013.
Courtesy Davenport University

Davenport University is announcing plans to create a new campus in downtown Lansing.  The private non-profit school will renovate a nine-story building on Grand Avenue.

Davenport University will remodel the 55,000 square foot Grand View Center building in Lansing to accommodate up to two thousand students.  The new space will house a number of medical and IT programs and will include hi-tech classrooms and labs. 

President Richard Pappas says the location is ideal for its plans to be part of a downtown educational corridor.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Washington Post Online Project Includes MSU Journalism Student

Andrew Krietz of the MSU campus newspaper the State News is one of 12 young reporters covering the election for the Washington Post.
Courtesy Andrew Krietz

A Michigan State University journalism student is among a dozen college reporters around the country chosen for a Washington Post internet project.

Andrew Krietz is a senior from Portage, Michigan. In the fall, he’ll become editor in chief of the MSU campus newspaper, the State News.

This summer, along with an internship at the Muskegon Chronicle and MLive.com, Krietz is working on The 12, a series of blogs on the Tumblr website.

You can follow the project at the12.washingtonpost.com.

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Election 2012
6:45 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Romney Attacks Obama in Michigan Appearances

Gage Skidmore flickr creative commons

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney toured Michigan Tuesday with stops in Frankenmuth, DeWitt, and Holland.

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6:42 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

State to Begin K2 Crackdown July 1

WKAR file photo

On July 1, the state will launch a crackdown to clear store shelves of a type of synthetic marijuana called K-2. Governor Rick Snyder signed a law Tuesday that outlaws K-2 and other designer drugs.

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6:36 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

EL Official Updates Damage to 'Lofts' Site

East Lansing's St. Anne Lofts before Monday's floor collapse.
WKAR file photo

East Lansing officials say a damaged downtown development will need more repairs than originally thought.

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4:39 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

New Health Report Seeks to Identify Regional Priorities

A new report outlines causes for many health conditions among residents in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties.
WKAR File Photo

Mid-Michigan health officials say they’ve issued the most comprehensive study of its kind in this region.  The survey takes an extensive look at many social and environmental causes of health outcomes. 

The study tracks a number of physical health indicators, including obesity, smoking and stress.  The report also probes socioeconomic and environmental factors, and not surprisingly, it finds a direct correlation between poverty and poor health. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

After Costly e-Data Hemorrhage, Ingham County Looks at Tighter IT Ops

A sign at the Ingham County Clerk’s office in Mason advises residents of possible delays getting documents.
Mark Bashore WKAR

Doing business with Ingham County is gummed up for a while after the loss of more than 130,000 electronic records. 

In late May--after removing a server thought to contain expired data--techs discovered it included many active files needed by clerk Mike Bryanton.  Even worse,  they later learned a back-up duplication system failed. WKAR’s Mark Bashore looks into what went wrong and at plans to prevent a repeat.

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NewsRoom
6:28 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Democrats, Protesters Prep for Romney Visit

GOP presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney greets supporters during a visit to Lansing Community College in May.
WKAR File Photo

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will visit Michigan Tuesday on the final leg of a tour of battleground states.

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NewsRoom
6:24 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Floors Collapse at EL's St Anne Lofts Development

East Lansing's St. Anne Lofts before Monday's floor collapse.
WKAR file photo

The St. Anne Luxury Lofts development in downtown East Lansing suffered major structural damage Monday.

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NewsRoom
6:46 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Romney Headed Back To Michigan

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
WKAR File Photo

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney returns to Michigan as he winds up a tour of six battleground states. He will make three campaign stops and attend two fundraisers.

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NewsRoom
5:57 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Michigan, Canada Sign International Bridge Span Agreement

The Ambassador Bridge links Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.
WKAR File Photo

Governor Rick Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper have officially signed a deal to build a second bridge crossing between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

 The deal comes after years of battling over creating a second bridge with the owners of the existing Ambassador Bridge pushing to build a second span near their site.  The state legislature forbade Snyder from using Michigan taxpayer’s money to build a new bridge without legislator’s approval.  

But Snyder says Canada will cover the cost of construction.

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12:00 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Hayden Remembers 50th Anniversary of Port Huron Statement

Tom Hayden.
Courtesy photo

Fifty years ago this weekend, a group of students at a Michigan camp finished writing the Port Huron Statement, which was the manifesto for the activist group, Students for a Democratic Society. The principle author was Tom Hayden, who continued his activism throughout his life as well as being a legislator, teacher, and editor. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with Hayden about the occasion.

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NewsRoom
6:26 am
Thu June 14, 2012

House Approves Amendment To Ban Bridge Spending

Detroit's Ambassador Bridge.
WKAR File Photo

A state House committee has approved a budget amendment that would forbid spending public dollars on a new international bridge in Detroit.

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NewsRoom
6:22 am
Thu June 14, 2012

House Approves New Abortion Rules; No Senate Vote Soon

The state House has voted for sweeping new regulations and insurance requirements on abortion providers. The measures are backed by abortion opponents, and opposed by abortion rights advocates.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Mosquito Population Not As Bad As Feared...Yet

MSU entomologist Howard Russell says it hasn't been a bad year for mosquitoes, but there's still time for hot, wet weather to produce more of the biting bugs.
Scott Pohl WKAR

At the end of our mild winter, there were predictions that 2012 would produce a nasty crop of mosquitoes in Michigan. For the most part, it hasn’t played out that way.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with MSU entomologist Howard Russell, who says it hasn’t been a bad year for mosquitoes yet, but that depends on your location.

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NewsRoom
6:23 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Ex-MSU Med Student Gets Probation in Dog Killings

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

An ex-Michigan State University medical student accused of killing at least 12 greyhound puppies has been sentenced to five years' probation.

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NewsRoom
6:20 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Bottle deposit exemption on its way to governor

Legislation that would exempt cocktails sold in pouches from Michigan’s 10-cent bottle deposit law is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder. The state Senate approved a final version of the legislation  and the House concurred.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

With the Author: Rocks Across the Pond

Kathy and Richard Verlander, with the George and Barbara Bush Little League Parents of the Year Award.
Courtesy: Verlanderbook.com

Richard and Kathy Verlander have written a book about raising star athletes. Their credentials? Son Justin of the Detroit Tigers won the American League Cy Young Award and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. His brother, Ben, is a Tigers prospect. WKAR's Scott Pohl talks with Richard Verlander.

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12:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Botanist and the Beast: Uprooting a Toxic Invader

The Giant Hogweed (heracleum mantegazzianum) is native to Central Asia but grows in many parts of the world. It's considered an invasive species in the U.S.
Sorbus sapiens Flickr

An Ovid resident has some giant guests in her yard who've worn out their welcome.

Giant hogweed is a towering plant that can grow as tall as 14 feet, with white flowers spreading up to two feet in diameter.  While it’s nice to look at, giant hogweed is a highly toxic plant that can cause severe burns and even blindness.

Botanist Peter Carrington is the man Michigan State University is sending to uproot this invasive species.  He’s the assistant curator of the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden at MSU. 

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NewsRoom
6:44 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Protesters in Pink Shirts Oppose Abortion Legislation

Amanda Kennedy of Mason and Susie Simons of East Lansing were among the hundreds of protesters at a rally on the Capitol lawn.
Rick Pluta MPRN

There was a demonstration Tuesday at the state Capitol as abortion rights advocates protested legislation up for a vote this week.

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NewsRoom
6:40 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Gov. Snyder Gets Bills Banning Synthetic Marijuana

WKAR file photo

The Michigan Senate has given the Legislature's final approval to bills that would ban so-called synthetic marijuana.

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12:51 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Ingham Waits on Help With Lost e-Records

WKAR file photo

Ingham County officials hope to learn more this week about  the chances of  recovering over 130,000 lost electronic documents.  WKAR has learned county IT workers accidentally deleted the data from the server of County Clerk Mike Bryanton on May 25. Later, they learned the system meant to back up the data was corrupt.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Tue June 12, 2012

MSU Policy Pro Expects Divisive General Election

Courtesy Michigan State Univ Institute for Public Policy and Social Research

As the country inches closer to a presidential election, the ranks of the alienated American voter appear to be growing.   A survey last week by the Pew Center finds that 38-percent of those polled label themselves ‘independent,’ not  ‘Democrat’ or ‘Republican.’  That’s the largest number since the Great Depression. 

As part of our "Election 2012" coverage, WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with a long-time Michigan policy insider about the study. 

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NewsRoom
6:24 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Romney to Make Michigan Visit Next Week

Gage Skidmore flickr creative commons

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney will make a two-day campaign and fundraising swing through Michigan next week.

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