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11:41 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Right Leaning Farm Bureau Endorses Stabenow

Michigan Republicans are doing without a key supporter in 2012.  The right-leaning Michigan Farm Bureau is endorsing Democrat Debbie Stabenow for another U.S. Senate term.

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6:29 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Hearings Launch on Blues Overhaul

WKAR File Photo

A state Senate committee began its examination Wednesday of a proposed overhaul of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan.

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6:26 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

MI Jobless Rate Inches Higher

Kevin_P morgueFile

Michigan’s unemployment rate rose in August.

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5:11 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Supporters Ponder How to Save Old Okemos House

Mark Bashore WKAR

Some supporters of an historic home in Okemos are considering a last-minute fund-raising effort to save it from demolition.

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12:38 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Boyle Appointed To East Lansing City Council

Kathy Boyle will take the oath of office to serve on the East Lansing City Council next week.
Courtesy White, Schneider, Young & Chiodini, PC

The East Lansing city council appointed Kathy Boyle to fill a vacancy on the panel last night.

She replaces Donald Power, who resigned his council seat last month. She’s an attorney with an Okemos law firm.          

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9:06 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Snyder Off On Mission To China

Governor Rick Snyder.
Courtesy State of MI

Governor Rick Snyder is on his way to China on a mission to build stronger business ties between Michigan and Asia’s largest economy.

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7:44 am
Wed September 19, 2012

East Lansing City Council Chooses Replacement For Power

The East Lansing city council appointed Kathleen Corkin Boyle to fill a vacancy on the panel last night.

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6:17 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Coalition Opposes Relaxing Alcohol Rules

Bob Stevenson, Executive Director, Michigan Association of Police Chiefs
Jake Neher/MPRN

A coalition of public health groups, law enforcement, and businesses have joined together to oppose to a plan to relax state alcohol rules. 

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12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Amid Some Skepticism, Lansing Panel Launches Financial Review

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero introduces ex-Mayor David Hollister as chair of the administration's new 'Financial Health Team' last week in city hall.
Mark Bashore WKAR

In Lansing, a panel of prominent business and civic leaders is diving into an  initiative with far-ranging implications. Last week, Mayor Virg Bernero announced the formation of a ‘Financial Health Team’ to study how the city might--over time--move beyond chronic budget deficits.   Bernero called it his “most serious and important endeavor.” The team--headed by former Mayor Dave Hollister--will explore whether the time has come for a new model of municipal finance. 

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12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

EL Council Could Fill Vacancy Tuesday

WKAR file photo

The East Lansing city council is expected to fill a vacancy on the council tonight.

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6:33 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Ruth Johnson Sued Over Citizenship Box on Voter Forms

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

A coalition of unions, voters, county clerks and civil rights groups is suing Secretary of State Ruth Johnson in federal court.

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6:31 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

State Could Lose $260 Million in Medicaid Funds with Tax Shortfall

WKAR File Photo

State funding for Medicaid could take a big hit this year.

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12:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

MICHIGAN AND THE CIVIL WAR: Antietam

Gen. Israel Richardson was wounded at Antietam, and never recovered.
Roger Rosentreter collection

Today marks the 150th anniversary of a turning point in the Civil War: the battle of Antietam.

The Maryland battle marked the Confederate army’s first invasion of the north, and it would become the bloodiest day in American history. More than

23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or reported missing.           

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6:36 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Study Finds No High-Risk Pathways for Asian Carp

Asian Carp Reg'l Coordinating Committee

A federal study of 18 potential aquatic links between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds says none of them are likely pathways to the lakes for Asian carp.

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12:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

LSO MasterWorks Season Begins with Votapek Tribute

LSO Music Director and Conductor Timothy Muffitt
Courtesy Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra is beginning its 2012-2013 season with a celebration of pianist Ralph Votapek. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with LSO music director and conductor Timothy Muffitt about the program.

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6:13 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Public Defense Bill Stalled in Committee

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The state Attorney General has stalled a plan to overhaul Michigan’s public defense system.

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6:42 am
Thu September 13, 2012

State Lawmakers Want To Revive MCCC

Inside the Michigan Capitol.
File Photo WKAR

A group of state Senators is trying to revamp Michigan’s Civilian Conservation Corps.

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12:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Pianist Ralph Votapek Remembers Van Cliburn Competition Win

Ralph Votapek, in his practice space at Michigan State University.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

Renowned pianist Ralph Votapek is in his rehearsal space in the Michigan State University Music Practice Building, working on Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #4. It’s one of the pieces that helped him win the gold medal in the first Van Cliburn international piano competition in 1962.

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7:02 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Bernero Forms 'Financial Health Team' for Review, Recommendations

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero introduces ex-Mayor David Hollister as chair of the administration's new 'Financial Health Team'
Mark Bashore WKAR

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero wants more 'blue ribbon' input on the city's shaky financial future.

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6:36 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Detroit Lighting Bills Stalled in State Senate

WKAR file photo

State Lawmakers failed to move a bill Wednesday that offers a possible solution to serious public lighting problems in Detroit and other cities.

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4:41 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Broad Art Museum On Track for Nov. 9 Opening

WKAR File Photo

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is steadily taking shape.  Founding director Michael Rush says the site will be a launch point for emerging talent.

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6:29 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Snyder Calls for Big Changes for Blue Cross

Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan would become a policyholder-owned company under changes outlined by Gov. Rick Snyder. The governor explains his proposal as Department of Community Health Director James Haveman looks on.
Rick Pluta MPRN

Governor Rick Snyder has called for some big changes for Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan. He says Blue Cross should become a not-for-profit company that pays taxes and competes with other insurance companies.

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6:25 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

State Legislature Gives Green Light to Veterans Courts

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Military veterans in Michigan could soon have a network of courts to deal specifically with issues affecting them.

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12:42 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

AG Files Suit Against Lansing Casino

Michigan’s Attorney General has filed a lawsuit to block plans for a casino in Lansing.

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12:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Emmy Winner Tim Busfield Stars In "Vigil" At LCC

Kemp (Tim Busfield) measures Grace (Carmen Decker) for a casket in LCC's production of "Vigil".
Kevin Fowler/LCC

East Lansing native Tim Busfield is starring in “Vigil” by Morris Panych, with local acting legend Carmen Decker, at Lansing Community College’s Black Box Theatre. The first of eight performances of "Vigil" is Friday. Busfield recently talked with WKAR’s Scott Pohl.

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7:05 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Police Have Suspect in Capitol Building Graffiti Incident

Jake Neher MPRN

Police say they’ve zeroed-in on the person who defaced the state Capitol building last week with spray paint.

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7:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

'Lansing Remembers 9-11' Set for Tuesday Morning

WKAR file photo

Civic leaders and the public will gather Tuesday morning in downtown Lansing to remember the 9-11 tragedy.

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6:56 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Report: Electricity Will Cost More if Proposal 3 Passes

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The campaigns squaring off against each other over Proposal 3 on the November ballot are arguing the economic merits of renewable energy.

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6:45 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Wide Variation Found in Drunk Driving Arrest Rates

WKAR file photo

A news organization has found wide variations in the rates of drunken driving arrests among Michigan police agencies, with the hometowns of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan showing one of the sharpest contrasts.

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7:25 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Public Union To Bid On Privatization Contract

A public employees’ union says it will offer a counter-proposal if the state goes ahead with plans to privatize prison health care.

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