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11:14 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

MSU Game Conference Focuses on "Meaningful Play"

"DNA Roulette," designed by MSU professor Carrie Heeter, helps players learn about the probabilities of genetics.
Courtesy Michigan State University/GEL

Game designers and researchers from around the world are meeting at Michigan State University this week to talk about the concept of “meaningful play.”  MSU  is recognized as a leader in computer game development.  So-called “serious games” help players build problem solving skills, spur civic engagement and maintain their health. It’s a niche market with the potential for broad commercialization.

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6:21 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

ACLU Sues Over Campaign Sign Ban For Bars And Restaurants

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A rule banning Michigan bar and restaurants from displaying campaign signs faces a legal challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union.

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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

GM To Hire 3,000 Workers From Hewlett-Packard

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General Motors will hire 3,000 workers from Hewlett-Packard as the carmaker moves more computer functions in-house.

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

University Of Phoenix To Close 8 Mich. Locations

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University of Phoenix plans to close eight of its 10 Michigan locations as part of a broader effort to phase out some of its campuses and learning centers.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

ELECTION 2012: In 71st, Abed Challenges Shaugnessy in Re-Match of 2010 Race

Rep. Deb Shaughnessy (left) defeated Theresa Abed (right) in 2010.
Scott Pohl WKAR

In Eaton County this year, the state house election is a rematch of the 2010 vote.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Blue Cross Bills Easily Pass State Senate

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Legislation to overhaul Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan easily passed the state Senate Wednesday.

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6:21 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Family Sues State Of Michigan In Elderly Woman’s Murder

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The state Department of Corrections says it’s improving how it supervises parolees and how it handles parole violators.

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

State's Jobless Rate Dropped By 1 Point Over Past 12 Months

Kevin_P morgueFile

Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped in September for the first time in six months. The decline was a very slight one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.3%.

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NewsRoom
4:27 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Michigan's Fungal Meningitis Case Count Up To 44

Authorities are reporting 44 Michigan cases of fungal meningitis in the national outbreak, along with four non-meningitis infection cases related to the same contaminated steroids.

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Michigan Court Of Appeals Hears Arguments On Juvenile Lifer Case

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

Judges on a Michigan Court of Appeals panel say state lawmakers should figure out how to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on so-called “juvenile lifers.”

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NewsRoom
3:45 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Michigan Man Dodges Meningitis That Killed Wife

Tests show a Livingston County man whose wife died in the national meningitis outbreak doesn't have the illness.

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NewsRoom
2:30 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Careers In Sight, 'Millennial' Students Explore Lansing

Michigan College Students Tour Lansing's Accident Fund Co on Tuesday
Courtesy Michigan Colleges Foundation

Some Michigan college students with doubts about staying in the state are reconsidering Lansing.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Dems Expected to Dominate Key Ingham County Races

In three weeks, voters will determine who will occupy 20 elected positions in Ingham County for the next two to four years.  Democrats are expected dominate the county-wide contests which include county clerk, treasurer and register of deeds. WKAR’s Mark Bashore sat down with Kyle Melinn--the editor of the Michigan Information and Research Service, MIRS--to take a closer look.

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NewsRoom
6:18 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Report: If Passed, Bridge Proposal Could Cost Taxpayers Big

If passed, a ballot proposal meant to stall a new international bridge in Detroit could cost Michigan taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. That’s according to a report from the Senate Fiscal Agency.

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NewsRoom
6:12 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Michigan Reports Its First Cases of Seasonal Flu

The state says 12 influenza cases are the first seasonal flu reports it has confirmed in Michigan during the 2012-2013 season.

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7:23 am
Mon October 15, 2012

MI Appeals Court To Decide How State Will Comply With Lifer Law Decision

Detail of a court building.
Courtesy Kevin Rosseel

The Michigan Court of Appeals hears arguments this week on how the state should comply with a US Supreme Court decision on so-called juvenile lifers. It struck down sentences of automatic life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder.

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NewsRoom
6:45 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

$30 Million Poured into Ballot Proposal TV Ads Since August

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Interest groups are spending unprecedented amounts of money on TV ads supporting or opposing initiatives to amend the state constitution. That’s according to a report from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

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6:40 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Ann Romney Campaigns in Michigan

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The wife of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been making stops in Michigan Friday.

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NewsRoom
6:16 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Snyder: Bond Agencies Eyeing Ballot Initiatives

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Gov. Rick Snyder says bond rating agencies are keeping an eye on what happens with ballot proposals before Michigan voters next month.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Under The Radar: Raphael Reviews “Companion To An Untold Story”

The cover of “Companion to an Untold Story.”
Courtesy Author's website

In our Under the Radar segment this month, Lev Raphael talks with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about a thought-provoking book about grief from an MSU author.

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NewsRoom
7:23 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

MI Supreme Court Hears Medical Marijuana Cases

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The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday on the future of medical marijuana dispensaries and growing cooperatives.

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NewsRoom
7:17 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Senate Leader: Blue Cross Vote Eyed for Next Week

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Senate Majority Randy Richardville says the proposed overhaul of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan could be taken up next week during the chamber's last session until after the election.

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NewsRoom
7:14 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

McCotter Testifies in Staffers' Election Fraud Case

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Testimony has begun in the case of two staffers of former Congressman Thaddeus McCotter accused of ballot petition fraud.

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NewsRoom
9:32 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Child Welfare Officials Say State’s System Greatly Improving

The Rotunda of Michigan's Capitol building.
file photo WKAR

The state is well on its way to meeting its obligations to foster children and families. That’s according to testimony by the Michigan Department of Human Services.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Project Explores Historic East Lansing Architecture

The Michigan State Medical Society Building was designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki.
Courtesy photo/East Lansing Assessment Office

The city of East Lansing was fertile ground for noteworthy architecture between 1940 and 1970. An upper-level class of Michigan State University students is working on a project to document a selection of those homes, businesses and churches. There’s a concern that these buildings aren’t old enough to be on historic registries, and that some could be demolished or remodeled before becoming eligible.

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NewsRoom
7:07 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Ruth Johnson: Citizenship Question Will Not Be on November Ballot Applications

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says she will not contest a federal judge’s ruling that a citizenship question may not be on the ballot applications people will fill out at the polls in November.

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NewsRoom
6:37 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Proposal 5 Files Complaint That Snyder Campaigns On Public’s Dime

Governor Rick Snyder.
file photo WKAR

A ballot campaign has filed an elections complaint against Governor Rick Snyder. It says he’s using his official website and other state resources illegally to campaign against the proposal.

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NewsRoom
6:17 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Senate Panel Hears Arguments On Public Defense Bill

The dome of Michigan's Capitol.
File photo WKAR

A Senate panel has begun hearing arguments on a bill to fix the way Michigan counties provide defense attorneys to the poor. The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he’s still skeptical about the legislation.

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Downtown Eaton Rapids Added to National Register

The National Park Service has named downtown Eaton Rapids to the National Register of Historic Places.

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NewsRoom
6:11 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Michigan Meningitis Cases Up to 25 with 3 Deaths

Federal officials say Michigan now has at least 25 cases of fungal meningitis, including a new third death.

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