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4:24 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

LBWL “Tops Out” New REO Town Plant

Scott Pohl WKAR

The Lansing Board of Water and Light is celebrating an early milestone in the construction of its new cogeneration plant in REO Town.

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3:29 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Ingham Road Official Reassumes Position

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A top administrator at the Ingham County Road Commission says he is “elated” to be back at his old position.

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6:45 am
Tue May 29, 2012

McCotter Expected To Announce Plans

Congressman Thad McCotter
Courtesy photo

Michigan Congressman Thad McCotter is expected to announce his plans following news that his campaign may not have gathered enough petition signatures to qualify for the primary ballot.

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12:00 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Haslett Resident Speaks Out on Controversial EM Role

Emergency Financial Manager Dr. Don Weatherspoon
Courtesy Michigan State Univ School of Criminal Justice

While efforts continue to reverse Michigan’s controversial Emergency Manager law, seven of these appointees continue their work across the state. They’re trying to restore financial stability in four cities and three school districts.  

Opponents of last year’s law say it subverts the democratic process by granting Emergency Managers unprecedented authority.  That includes the power to cancel union contracts, dismiss employees and sell assets.  Proponents, including Governor Rick Snyder, say it’s the only way out for cities and school districts mired in debt.  

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7:31 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Film Subsidy Boost Part Of Budget Deal

The Legislature is expected to adopt a budget deal this week that includes doubling the amount of money set aside to subsidize making movies, TV shows, and commercials in Michigan.

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7:17 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Lansing Lands Piece of MI Brownfield Grant

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Several Michigan communities--one of them Lansing--are getting a share of $2.4 million in federal grants to help clean up brownfield sites.

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9:06 am
Fri May 25, 2012

State Shakes Up Prisons Around Michigan

The state Department of Corrections plans to close two prisons and convert one of them to a holding facility for alleged parole violators.

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12:00 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Under The Radar: Raphael Reviews "The Murder of the Century"

"Under The Radar" reviewer Lev Raphael.
Courtesy Lev Raphael

Our book reviewer Lev Raphael is especially fond of the Gilded Age, and he has a review of Paul Collins' book, "The Murder of the Century." It's about a sensational murder in New York City in 1897.

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12:38 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

MSU And Sparrow Hospital Alliance Expanded

Sparrow Hospital in Lansing is adding a new Center for Innovation to its affiliation with Michigan State University.
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Michigan State University and Sparrow Hospital in Lansing have added a new Center for Innovation to their three-year-old affiliation.

 

The new center will be devoted to researching how to improve the patient experience. A search for a director to lead the effort is underway.

 

Dr. Brian Schroeder is Sparrow's Chief of Medical Affairs. He says the hospital and MSU want to learn more about how patients perceive the quality of their care.

 

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6:59 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Lansing Budget Faces Likely Mayoral Veto

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On Monday, the Lansing city council approved a budget for the coming fiscal year, but Mayor Virg Bernero is expected to veto some or all of the spending plan today.

WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke with Angela Wittrock, who covers the city for MLive.com, about what happens next.

SCOTT POHL: What are the major differences between what Mayor Bernero wants and what the city council gave him on Monday?

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6:16 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Income Tax Rollback Grows More Likely

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It appears a budget deal between Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders could include an election year tax cut.

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6:10 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Bill Would Exempt Booze in Pouches from Bottle Deposit Law

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There’s a debate underway in Lansing on whether to extend the 10-cent bottle deposit to alcoholic beverages sold in pouches.

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11:30 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

LCC Dean Calls Student Debt "A Bubble About to Burst"

Dr. Evan Montague is Dean of Student Services at Lansing Community College.
Photo courtesy of Lansing Community College

Last Saturday, hundreds of students graduated from Lansing Community College.  It was a time for celebration, but many of them are already in debt.  Some will go on to four-year universities, where they’ll probably have to borrow a lot more money.

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6:29 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Court Rules Review Teams Can Meet in Secret

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Review teams that recommend whether a city or school district should be taken over by a state-appointed emergency manager don’t have to meet in public.

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6:26 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Mich. House to Vote on Election Law Changes

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Protesters have disrupted a meeting in which a Michigan House committee approved a series of proposed election law changes, including one that would require a voter to present a photo ID or birth certificate when registering to vote.

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12:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Eaton Rapids Considers Response to Teen Fighting

Courtesy City of Eaton Rapids

Residents of Eaton Rapids are watching a disturbing trend in their city.  Officials there have been looking into a rise in teen fighting.

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6:33 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

MI Catholic Conference Sues Obama Administration

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The Michigan Catholic Conference is in federal court in an effort to reverse an Obama administration rule that requires employer health plans to cover contraception.

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6:29 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Michigan House Panel Changes Teacher Benefits Bill

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New teachers in Michigan still would get hybrid pensions under changes made to a teacher benefits bill.

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7:58 am
Mon May 21, 2012

School Employees Would Face Higher Benefits Costs Under House Plan

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A state House committee goes to work this morning on a plan that would force teachers and other school employees to pay more for their retirement benefits. 

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12:00 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Muffitt Previews 2012-2013 Lansing Symphony Orchestra Season

Pianist Ralph Votapek, who plays the Lansing Symphony's opening night concert in September.
Courtesy photo

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra played its final concert of the season last week at MSU’s Wharton Center.  Music director Timothy Muffitt took a few minutes to speak with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about the lineup for next season. One of the concerts they talked about was built around the story of composer Antonin Dvorak’s visit to America.

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12:00 am
Fri May 18, 2012

"Cirque" Soloist Skips the Show

Adrienn Banhegyi (right) is a solo jump rope skipper in the upcoming Cirque du Soleil production, "Quidam." The show begins May 23 at the Breslin Student Events Center at Michigan State University.
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A number of professional sports in America trace their roots to the school playground.  Basketball, baseball, football and even hockey.  But can you make a career out of skipping rope?  As it turns out...yes.

Adrienn Banhegyi began her jump rope career growing up in Hungary.  She won three world titles before auditioning for the acclaimed touring company, “Cirque du Soleil.”  She’ll perform with the company next week in East Lansing, when Cirque du Soleil presents its show “Quidam."

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery asked Banhegyi to explain the show’s storyline.

 

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6:17 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Court of Appeals to Rule on EM Referendum

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It’s up to the Michigan Court of Appeals now to determine whether voters will get to approve or reject the state’s emergency manager law.

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6:14 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Senate OKs Bill Ending Pensions for New Teachers

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The Michigan Senate has passed legislation that would end pensions for newly hired public school employees and switch them into a 401 (k)-style retirement plan.
 
The Republican-led Senate on Thursday passed the measure that includes many changes to the state's public school employees' retirement system. The bill now goes to the House.
 
A key provision would end the pension plan for teachers hired after July 1, 2013.
 

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12:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Pensions Now An Issue In Lansing Budget Talks

Tom Krug, Executive Director of the Capitol City Lodge #141 of the Fraternal Order of Police, disagrees with Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero about the urgency of dealing with pension fund shortfalls.
Photo: Scott Pohl WKAR

The Lansing City Council has a budget wrap-up meeting today, leading up to next Monday’s vote to finalize a budget for the coming fiscal year.

Hovering over the meeting is the recent news that Lansing’s two pension funds need an additional $3 million to meet their commitments to retirees.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl reports that while mayor Virg Benero is pushing to deal with the pension system now, one union leader doesn’t see the need for hasty action.

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7:09 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Bernero Drops Plan to Consolidate Police Ops

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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says he is temporarily dropping a plan to consolidate city police operations in a single location.

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7:06 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

April Jobless Rate Drops to 8.3% Amid Reports of Slow Improvement

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Michigan’s unemployment rate fell to 8.3% in April – a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point.

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7:02 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

State Rep Relaunches as a Republican

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State Representative Roy Schmidt took his seat Wednesday on the Republican side of the state House chamber for the first time since he stunned Democrats by switching parties without warning.

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11:30 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Females and Younger Athletes Take Longer to Recover From Concussions

MSU Assistant Professor Tracey Covassin studied concussions in female and young athletes.
Photo courtesy of Michigan State University.

It isn't only football and hockey players who suffer from concussions.  Any athlete is at risk, including females.   Studies show girls are reporting nearly twice as many concussions as boys in sports played by both.  Now, new research out of Michigan State University shows that females and younger athletes who suffered concussions took longer to recover than males and older athletes.

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6:33 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Michigan Gov. Signs Cyber School Measure into Law

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More online charter schools will be allowed in Michigan under a law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

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6:32 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Occupy Lansing Won't Be Welcome at Reutter Park This Year

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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says the city won't let the local Occupy Wall Street affiliate stay in Reutter Park as it did last year.

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