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NewsRoom
7:17 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Judge orders Flint EM to hold off on decisions

A judge in Ingham County has ordered Flint’s emergency manager to take no official actions until after a hearing scheduled for next Tuesday. The city’s largest public employee union has filed a lawsuit challenging the process that resulted in the appointment of an emergency manager.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri March 16, 2012

New Play About Magic Johnson and Larry Bird Coming To Broadway

The rivalry between Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird began with Michigan State’s victory over Indiana State in the 1979 NCAA basketball title game.

It continued in the NBA, with Magic’s Lakers vying with Bird’s Celtics for championships.

Over time, their rivalry turned into a close friendship.

The story is told in is Magic/Bird, a new Broadway play. The first preview performance of Magic/Bird at the Longacre Theatre in New York is next Wednesday; the official opening is April 11th.

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NewsRoom
6:34 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Snyder: No Cash to Help Detroit Bridge Budget Crisis

Governor Rick Snyder is standing by his proposed consent agreement as an alternative to placing Detroit under the control of an emergency manager with sweeping power.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Comedian Marc Maron Heading to Gilda's LaughFest In Grand Rapids

Marc Maron is a veteran comedian who has seen his popularity skyrocket on the internet.

Maron hosts WTF, a twice-weekly hour-long podcast he records in a studio built into his California garage. Each episode is over an hour long, and his guests have included some of the top names in comedy. In two-and-a-half years, episodes have been downloaded more than 40-million times.

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NewsRoom
5:45 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Stem Cell Expert Visits MSU

A leading expert on stem cell research and in vitro fertilization has visited MSU. Alan Trounson was the first scientist to freeze human embryos for womb implantation. He is now the president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, or CIRM, the stem cell research agency funded by California voters a few years ago. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with him yesterday and asked him first about the lag between lab research and actual medical cures.

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NewsRoom
3:42 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Task Force to Create Strategies for Former Auto Plant Redevelopment

A new task force will devise strategies for bringing more automotive manufacturing to the Lansing area, and redeveloping former General Motors properties that have been idle for years. 

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NewsRoom
3:36 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Snyder: “Personal Attacks” Don’t Change What’s Happening in Detroit

Governor Rick Snyder says he has not given up on reaching a deal with Detroit elected officials on a legal agreement to fix the city’s finances without a state takeover.

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NewsRoom
11:30 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Most Michigan Residents Value Wolves

A big majority of Michigan residents value having wolves in our state.  A small minority, though, mostly in the Upper Peninsula, would like to see a wolf hunting season.

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NewsRoom
6:29 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Gov says Agreement Retains Detroit Officials' Influence

Governor Rick Snyder says a controversial plan to prevent the appointment of an emergency manager for the city of Detroit allows current city officials to play a significant role in their financial recovery. 

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NewsRoom
5:23 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

House Passes Ban on Threats to Coerce Abortions

The state House approved a package of bills that creates punishments the use of threats or coercion to try to force a woman to have an abortion.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Campus Archaeologists Dig MSU

A team of archaeologists at Michigan State University continues to explore what lies beneath the East Lansing campus.  

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NewsRoom
6:40 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Snyder to Propose Consent Deal to Detroit Council

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration will reveal details Tuesday of a proposal to help the city of Detroit fix its finances and avert a state takeover. The plan will be presented to members of an emergency financial review team and to the Detroit city council.

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NewsRoom
6:35 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Abortion Debate to Resume with Vote on Coercion Bill

The debate over abortion is expected to resume Tuesday at the state Capitol.

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NewsRoom
5:40 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Michigan in line for $100 million foreclosure settlement

A federal judge is expected to approve a settlement between states and some of the nation’s biggest mortgage lenders. The deal is expected to net Michigan about $100 million. State Attorney General Bill Schuette  has a plan for how to use the money.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri March 9, 2012

LSO Preview: MasterWorks 5

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra plays music of Debussy, Brahms and Strauss for the upcoming MasterWorks 5 concert at Wharton Center. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with Lansing Symphony Music Director Timothy Muffitt about the program, starting with the Brahms Piano Concerto #2.

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NewsRoom
8:23 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Governor Says Jobs, Public Safety Go Together

Governor Rick Snyder was in Flint to roll out a plan to fight high crime rates in Michigan cities.  The governor presented his plan in front of a room filled with police officers, prosecutors, and other local government officials.  The plan has 34 separate initiatives and would cost tens of millions of dollars.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Comedy Festival Will Help Fight Cancer In Grand Rapids

An ambitious comedy festival last year brought some of the nation’s top comedians to Grand Rapids for 10 days of merriment.

The second installment of Gilda’s Laugh Fest begins today. It runs through March 18th.

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Election 2012
6:43 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Unions Push for Labor Rights Amendment

Unions in Michigan have launched a petition drive to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
10:35 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

East Lansing Marks 40th Anniversary of Gay Rights Ordinance

March 7 marks an important anniversary for the city of East Lansing that many people don’t know about.  On this date 40 years ago, the city council passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Turkey Visit Sparks Unexpected Activity at EL’s Prima Civitas

 delegation of East Lansing-based economic developers recently returned from an encouraging visit to Istanbul.  

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NewsRoom
6:18 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Ballot Drive Seeks to Guarantee Union Bargaining Rights

Unions and progressive groups plan to roll out a ballot campaign Tuesday to preempt efforts to pass a right-to-work law in Michigan.

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The Two-Way
7:55 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Update: Limbaugh Loses Ninth Advertiser Over Comments About Law Student

Rush Limbaugh.
Ron Edmonds AP

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 6:10 pm

Update at 6:08 p.m. ET. USA Today's On Politics blog reports that both Sears and Allstate are distancing themselves from Limbaugh as well. Both firms said their media buying firms bought space on the show, today, but they have instructed them not to continue.

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NewsRoom
7:31 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Michigan GOP Awards At-Large Delegates to Romney

There’s a fight brewing over one Michigan delegate to the Republican National Convention this summer. The state Republican Party has awarded both of Michigan’s at-large delegates to Mitt Romney – despite the fact that Rick Santorum was a close runner-up in the popular vote.

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NewsRoom
7:25 am
Fri March 2, 2012

MSU Edits Public Copy of Lawmaker’s Traffic Stop

Michigan State University has cut portions of a videotape and police report on the arrest of a state lawmaker who is a key decision-maker on higher education spending. State Representative Bob Genetski was stopped last month on the MSU campus and arrested for drunk driving.

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NewsRoom
6:22 am
Fri March 2, 2012

The U.P. to The D: Political Allies from the Unlikeliest of Places

A lawmaker from the Upper Peninsula says every region in the state could benefit from a strong and vibrant Detroit. Republican state Senator Tom Casperson has become an unlikely advocate for a regional transit system in southeast Michigan that would connect Wayne, Macomb, Oakland and Washtenaw counties.

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NewsRoom
5:55 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Takeover Law Opponents File Petitions for Referendum

The campaign to challenge Michigan’s local emergency manager law has filed petitions seeking to put the question on the ballot.

Opponents say the state takeover law is an affront to voters’ rights to choose their local elected officials. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Grumpy Snowmen: MSU's Answer To Angry Birds

One of the biggest video games in recent years is “Angry Birds”. In the game, birds slingshot themselves at structures protecting pigs, and the object is to destroy the pigs.

For a few months now, there’s been a similar game on the market, aimed squarely at the Michigan State University market.

It’s called Grumpy Snowmen.

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NewsRoom
7:25 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Santorum can claim partial Michigan win

File photo WKAR

Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum lost the popular vote to Mitt Romney by a slim margin in the Michigan Republican primary. But it appears Santorum’s in line to pick up about half the state’s national convention delegates.

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NewsRoom
5:18 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Romney wins Michigan primary

Candidate Mitt Romeny celebrating a Michigan victory.
Laura Weber MPRN

Mitt Romney says his victory in Michigan’s Republican presidential primary is particularly special to him because he was born and raised in the state. Romney won by a slim margin over his chief opponent Rick Santorum.

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NewsRoom
1:11 am
Wed February 29, 2012

East Lansing Voters Say No to School Bond

East Lansing voters rejected the school bond proposal.
Gretchen Millich WKAR

After months of intense debate, voters in East Lansing have turned down a $53 million school bond proposal. 

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