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6:21 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Bing: State Likely Will Withhold Revenue Sharing

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing told City Council that state revenue sharing likely will be withheld unless a lawsuit challenging Gov. Rick Snyder's consent agreement with the city is dropped.

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6:17 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Lawmaker Hopes Michigan Will Follow California’s Example On Term Limits

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Barely a week ago, California voters approved changes to the state’s term limits law. California will now allow state lawmakers to serve up to a dozen years in one chamber before they are forced out of office. A Republican legislator in Michigan hopes this state will follow California’s example.

California’s old term limits law was similar to the one in Michigan that allows lawmakers no more than six years in the House and eight years in the Senate.

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6:25 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Court of Appeals Punts on Emergency Law Decision

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A special seven-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals will decide whether a referendum challenging Michigan’s emergency manager law will appear on the November ballot.

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2:30 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Sparrow joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Sparrow Health Systems is joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network.
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Sparrow Health System in Lansing is joining forces with one of the nation’s most renowned names in health care. 

Sparrow Health System is the first in Michigan to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network.  The alliance will give Sparrow caregivers and patients direct access to Mayo’s research and expertise.  Sparrow joins four other U.S. health providers in the Mayo network. 

Sparrow CEO Dennis Swan says his organization and the Mayo Clinic share core values.

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12:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

MSU Develops Flu Fighting Protein

MSU's Tim Whitehead.
Kurt Stepnitz

A Michigan State University scientist is the lead author of a paper that outlines MSU's work in manufacturing a protein that's showing promise as an effective agent against serious flu viruses.  MSU performed the study in partnership with the Baker Laboratory at the University of Washington and the Wilson Lab at the Scripps Research Institute. 

Tim Whitehead is an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science as well as Biosystems Engineering at MSU.  He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark about the research.

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6:49 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Michigan Rising Hangs Up Snyder Recall Effort

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The group trying to recall Governor Rick Snyder says it’s giving up.

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6:29 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

House Committee Moves Abortion Measures to Floor

A state House committee has approved a sweeping new set of restrictions and requirements on abortion providers and women who want to end their pregnancies.

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6:21 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

MI Budget Czar: Go Slow on Teacher Retirement Changes

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Michigan's budget director says he doesn't want lawmakers to pass legislation next week putting new teachers into a 401(k)-style retirement plan.

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1:54 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Meridian Mall Theatres Find New Life As Studio C!

When the former Meridian Mall Theatres become Studio C!, the Celebration! Cinema operation will include stadium seating and chef-prepared food service.
Scott Pohl WKAR

The long-shuttered Meridian Mall Theatres in Okemos are being renovated, and will become a Celebration! Cinema operation.
   
When Studio C! opens by the end of the year, the movie-going experience will include reserved seating and chef-prepared food options.

Marketing Vice President Steve Van Wagoner says the building will undergo extensive renovations.

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11:30 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Border Collie Owners Take Sheep Herding Lessons

At Windswept Farm, Dot watches attentively while Tim drives the sheep.
Gretchen Millich, WKAR News

Until recently, Border Collies were bred specifically to work livestock.  Now, they’re getting more popular as pets, but sometimes people who have a Border Collie find themselves accommodating the dogs’ natural instinct to herd. 

Keeping a Border Collie busy can become a new way of life for some dog owners.

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6:27 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

MI House Approves Income Tax Rollback

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The state House has approved an election year tax reduction. The measures now head to the state Senate.

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6:23 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Michigan Senate Passes 'Conversion School' Bill

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A bill that has passed the Michigan Senate would allow the lowest-performing 5% of schools to leave their districts and become so-called "conversion" schools.

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6:18 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

McCotter Officially Removed from Ballot, AG Takes Over

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Republican Congressman Thad McCotter has been officially removed from the August primary ballot by a state elections board.

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12:00 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Penn Jillette Brings Atheism Message To East Lansing

Penn Jillette will talk about his latest book at the Hannah Center in East Lansing tonight.
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Penn Jillette is half of the famous magic act Penn and Teller. Other magicians have criticized their act because they often show the audience the reality of how a trick is performed. That’s an act of sacrilege in the magic community, but audiences love it.

Jillette has become prominent with another act of sacrilege. He’s an outspoken atheist.

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6:19 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Education Budget Headed to Snyder

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A budget for schools, universities, and community colleges is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder.

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6:15 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Michigan Bill on Job Seekers' Social Media Privacy

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A Michigan House committee has approved legislation that would bar employers and universities from asking prospective employees or students for access to their social media and personal email accounts.

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1:47 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

East Lansing Downtown Development Hits A Snag

Work has begun on a fifth floor at the St. Anne Luxury Lofts in downtown East Lansing. The city council had only approved four stories.
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The St. Anne Luxury Lofts development in East Lansing has hit a snag.
    

WKAR's Scott Pohl reports that work has begun on a fifth story, when the city council had only approved four.
 

East Lansing Planning and Community Development Director Tim Dempsey describes the situation as a miscommunication between the city and developer Kris Elliott. When the city learned that work had begun on a fifth floor, it was made clear that the change required council's OK.
    

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12:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Embattled Samaritan: Lansing’s Michael Brown Leads Flint During Emergency

Mark Bashore WKAR

Michael Brown has spent decades in public service putting out fires.  Nine years ago, he restored order at the Capital Area United Way after a $900,000 embezzlement scandal.  He’s also served as interim mayor of the city he grew up in, Flint.Today, Brown is battling his biggest firestorm yet.  For the last six months, he has served as Flint’s Emergency Manager.  WKAR’s Mark Bashore has this profile of a Lansing resident in the eye of a political storm.

 

Take a seat in Michael Brown’s downtown Flint office and it’s impossible not to see the man who inspired his career.

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7:23 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Report: Governor Has Plan to Bypass Legislature on Bridge

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A published report says Governor Rick Snyder is ready to bypass a reluctant Legislature and move ahead with a new international border crossing in Detroit.

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6:47 am
Mon June 4, 2012

LaHood Visits Detroit For Mass Transit Meeting

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The future of mass transit in Detroit will be the topic of a meeting that brings U. S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to Michigan. City, state, and federal officials are hoping to get some financial support for a light rail project down Detroit’s main thoroughfare.

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12:00 am
Mon June 4, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Raising Money With Kickstarter

NyShell Imari is the author of "Scarred: The Beauty In My Pain." She used Kickstarter to raise seed money to publish the book.
Photo: Scott Pohl WKAR

Some local entrepreneurs in need of start-up funding are turning to Kickstarter.  It's a website for raising those crucial first dollars that can get a project started.

NyShell Imari is a young poet from Lansing who needed to raise money so she could publish some of her work. To do that, she turned to Kickstarter.

“I was hoping to raise $700,” Imari says. “That was to go towards the publication and distribution of the book. Online, within the 30 days, I was able to raise $825.”

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3:20 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Michigan Business Leaders to Sign Trade Partnership with Turkey

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About 65 Michigan business and civic leaders are traveling to Turkey this weekend to sign a historic partnership.  Members of the East Lansing-based Prima Civitas Foundation and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, or LEAP, will meet with automotive parts makers and exporters in Istanbul.  There, they’ll sign two “memorandums of understanding” that will facilitate trade alliances between Michigan and Turkey. 

Ray DeWinkle is leading the Lansing area team.  He’s the senior vice-president of global business development for LEAP. 

De Winkle told WKAR’s Kevin Lavery the trip stems from a prior meeting with the head of a leading auto parts association in Turkey.

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5:25 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Hundreds of School Districts to Receive Raise in Per Pupil Funding

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Hundreds of school districts that now get the minimum amount of state aid will get $120 more per student this fall under a compromise reached by state lawmakers.

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5:21 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Snyder Says Michigan Should Be North America's Manufacturing Capital

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Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan can be the leading center of manufacturing in North America – if the state makes the right moves.

The governor delivered an address to 1,500 people attending a business conference on Mackinac Island.

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5:11 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

MI Supreme Court Rules on Medical Marijuana Defense

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An opinion by the state Supreme Court adds some definition to Michigan’s 2008 voter-approved medical marijuana law.

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6:55 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Hoekstra Says Agency Idea Is To Avert Future Birther Controversies

Former west Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra is defending his idea to have a federal agency check the qualifications of presidential candidates.

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12:00 am
Thu May 31, 2012

MSU Benefactor Eli Broad Talks About His New Book: "The Art Of Being Unreasonable"

The cover of "The Art Of Being Unreasonable" depicts Eli Broad with one of artist Jeff Koons' famous balloon animal sculptures.
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At Michigan State University, few names are as recognizable as that of Eli Broad.

Broad’s financial support of his alma mater is unmatched. In total, Broad and his wife Edythe have given MSU more than $60 million. Those gifts have primarily supported the College of Business, the school’s new art museum, and MSU’s partnership with Detroit public schools.

Forbes magazine estimates his net worth at $6.3 billion.

In a new book, Broad now tells the story of how he made his fortune.

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6:35 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Formal Investigation into McCotter Petitions Will Wait

MI Congressman Thad McCotter
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The formal investigation into possible petition fraud by Congressman Thaddeus McCotter’s reelection campaign will wait until after an elections board meets next week.

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6:33 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

MI Business Leaders Seek Greater Pre-School Access

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A coalition of business leaders says Michigan’s economic future depends on preschool accessibility for children at risk.

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6:24 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Emergent BioSolutions Breaks Ground on New Project

Groundbreaking ceremonies Tuesday at Lansing's Emergent BioSolutions. L-R: MI Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Mayor Virg Bernero, Emergent CEO Daniel J. Abdun-Nabi, Emergent Executive Vice President Adam Havey, Lansing City Councilperson A'Lynne Robinson
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Five weeks after announcing a planned $108 million expansion in Lansing, Emergent BioSolutions has broken ground on the first phase of the project.

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