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4:25 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Schuette: Changes to Blue Cross Overhaul Bills Not Enough To Protect Seniors

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Michigan’s attorney general says state lawmakers must add more safeguards for seniors to legislation that would overhaul Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. 

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9:32 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Blues Hearing To Focus On “Most-Favored-Nation” Clauses

The Michigan Capitol.
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Hearings continue at the state Capitol on overhauling Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan. The discussion will focus on how Blue Cross has used its market power to keep its costs lower than its competitors.

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6:13 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

State Court Of Appeals Says Juvenile Lifers Can’t Be Re-Sentenced

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A U.S. Supreme Court decision banning automatic life sentences for juveniles does not apply to those already serving in Michigan.  

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4:43 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Michigan Schools Weigh Affirmative Action Ruling

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Some universities in Michigan say they're taking a wait-and-see approach on how to proceed a day after a federal appeals court threw out the state's voter-approved ban on affirmative action in college admissions.

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6:32 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Former MI First Lady Helen Milliken Dies At 89

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Helen Wallbank Milliken, who was Michigan's longest-serving first lady and a staunch supporter of women's rights and the environment, has died. She was 89. WKAR-TV will air The Millikens, a 2006 conversation with the former governor and first lady tonight at 9 p.m. on WKAR-TV.  

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6:22 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Appeals Court Strikes Down MI Affirmative Action Ban

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The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down Michigan’s voter-approved ban on race-based affirmative action in state university admissions and public employment. 

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6:08 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Time Limits For Welfare Cash Assistance Hit State Supreme Court

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Michigan’s highest court will decide when the state should cut off certain families from welfare cash assistance. The state Supreme Court heard arguments today.   

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3:40 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

For Richer, For Poorer: Michigan Households Experience Growing Income Gap

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There’s a steadily growing gap between the incomes of Michigan’s wealthiest and poorest families.  That’s the finding of a new report analyzing national income trends.

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12:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Firearms Season Opens For 600,000 Deer Hunters

600,000 Michigan hunters are hoping to bag a buck this year.
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Today is the opening day of firearms deer hunting season in Michigan.

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6:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

State Lawmakers Considering “Juvenile Lifer” Bills

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Juveniles convicted of murder in Michigan would no longer face mandatory life sentences under bills in the state House.   

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5:47 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

MI Jobless Rate Dips In October

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Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate dipped slightly in October, and is down almost a full point from where it was at this time last year. It’s still higher than the national average. 

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6:17 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Blue Cross Officials Say Overhaul Must Pass Before End Of The Year

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan officials say time is running out for state lawmakers to pass a proposed overhaul of the company.   

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6:09 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

$7.8M Grant to MSU Aims To Improve Farming In Africa

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Michigan State University researchers plan to use a $7.8 million grant from the Seattle-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help African nations improve sustainable farming. 

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4:45 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Michigan Unlikely To Make Friday Obamacare Deadline

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Michigan is unlikely to meet a Friday deadline to tell the Obama administration if it will create a statewide online exchange for people to shop for health insurance.  

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12:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

New Report Shows International Study Thriving At MSU

Chinese Students At Michigan State University
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Michigan State University’s international footprint continues to rank among the biggest in the country.  That fact is borne out again in a new report.


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4:54 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

State House Set To Tackle Blue Cross Overhaul In “Lame Duck"

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A number of high-profile bills are on the agenda for the state legislature’s “lame duck session” before the end of the year. 

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6:05 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

MI. Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

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A man arrested in a shooting spree that targeted motorists in southeastern Michigan has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of attempted murder. 

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2:07 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Broad Art Museum: Opening Preview

Eli Broad speaks to reporters at today's preview event at the new Broad Art Museum at MSU.
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Michigan State University will open the Broad Art Museum on Saturday.

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12:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Rayl To Conduct 'From London To Germany"

David Rayl, Director of Choral Programs at MSU's College of Music.
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An interview with conductor David Rayl.

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra's next concert features a collaboration with choirs from the MSU College of Music.  WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with MSU Director of Choral Programs, David Rayl, about the program, which features Brahms' "German Requiem" and Haydn's Symphony No. 104.

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6:28 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Bolger Holds On To Role As House GOP Leader, Dems Choose Greimel

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State House Republicans are sticking with Jase Bolger.  

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4:45 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

State House Passes Overhaul To Michigan’s Criminal Defense System

A plan to change the way Michigan counties appoint public defenders is headed to the state Senate.

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12:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Broad Art Museum: An Inside Look

Architect Zaha Hadid designed this staircase inside the Broad Art Museum.
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The new Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University will be dedicated on Saturday.

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6:20 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrats Pick Up Handful Of Seats In State House, GOP Keeps Majority

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It looks like Republicans will hold an eight-seat majority in the state House. 

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6:12 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Snyder: RTW Still Not On His Agenda

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’d like to avoid re-visiting contentious issues like right-to-work and local government takeovers now that the 2012 election is over. 

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12:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Broad Art Museum Exhibit To Include Portraits Of Locals

Artist Jochen Gerz examines a German newspaper story on a recent installation similar to his project at the Broad Art Museum. The museum opens this weekend.
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German artist Jochen Gerz is producing a photographic exhibit for MSU’s new Broad Art Museum, and you can be part of it. It’s called “The Gift: Lansing, Michigan 2012.”

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6:31 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Snyder: Petition Reform A Priority After The Election

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’d like to see some changes in the rules for how petition drives put proposals on the ballot. The governor is particularly critical of paying petition circulators for signatures.  


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6:19 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Greimel A Virtual Lock To Lead State House Democrats

The Michigan Capitol.
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After all the votes have been counted in the general election, there’s still another round of elections this week. The legislature will choose its leaders for the coming session on Thursday. News services say the race for state House democratic leader is pretty well decided.

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12:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

ELECTION 2012: MSU Trustees Ferguson, Foster Face Challengers Sakwa, Mosallam

Voters will elect two people to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

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12:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Election 2012: Ballot Props Cover Wide Range Of Issues

The international crossing at Detroit's Ambassador Bridge. The bridge's owners were behind several of the proposals on the 2012 ballott.
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There are six statewide ballot proposals for Michigan voters to decide in the 2012 election. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s State Capitol Bureau Chief, Rick Pluta about the ballot issues, starting with Proposal One.

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6:11 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Election Complaint Against Snyder Dismissed

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State elections officials say Governor Rick Snyder can use his official website and e-mail to express his views on ballot proposals – as long he does not specifically advocate for their approval or defeat.

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