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3:02 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

More Improvements Coming To Spartan Stadium

The north side of Spartan Stadium could look very different after renovation planning approved by MSU Trustees.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

A week after unveiling $10-million message boards at Spartan Stadium, MSU trustees have authorized more planning for football facility upgrades. WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

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2:08 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

MSU Trustees approve next step at FRIB

At the FRIB website, webcams monitor construction progress.
Courtesy FRIB

Michigan State University trustees have approved the next step in the development of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB. WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

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12:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Grand Ledge H.S. Honors Fallen Heroes

Special education teacher Beth Boyd and football coach and social studies teacher Matt Bird co-coordinate the "Fallen Heroes" tribute at Grand Ledge High School.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

When the Grand Ledge Comets take the field against Lansing Sexton tonight, the players will be wearing special uniforms.  The team has been studying the lives of some 60 Michigan soldiers killed in combat.  Each member’s football jersey will bear a soldier’s name in tribute.  At the end of the game, those nameplates will be given to each of the veterans’ families.

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery sat down with Matt Bird, Grand Ledge High School head football coach, and special education teacher Beth Boyd.  Now in its third year, the school’s “Fallen Heroes” project began as a sort of civics lesson.  But Coach Bird says the event has grown to mean something greater, both for the students and the community.

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6:45 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Capitol Building Vandalized Overnight

Capitol employee Greg Hess tries to scrub graffiti off war memorial on Thursday.
Jake Neher MPRN

State police are trying to find who is responsible for vandalizing the state Capitol building early Thursday morning. Facilities workers say the damage is the worst they’ve seen in decades.

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NewsRoom
6:35 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Reimbursement To Be Sought for Special Primary

WKAR file photo

Oakland County wants to be reimbursed for the $200,000 spent on a special primary to fill the final weeks of Thaddeus McCotter's term in the U.S. House.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

East Lansing Seeks Public Input On Former City Center II Development

The former City Center II development is now known as the Park District Planning Area in East Lansing.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

A $105 million development project in East Lansing known as City Center II has fallen apart after close to a decade of work. Now, officials are trying to decide what to do with the prime real estate at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Abbot Road.           

The city will hold public forums tonight and Friday to gather ideas from residents about the next course of action.

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NewsRoom
6:28 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

MI Supreme Court Orders Three Questions onto Ballot

The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered three additional questions onto the statewide November ballot. But it blocked a proposal to allow eight new non-tribal casinos.

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NewsRoom
6:23 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Judge Blocks Full Implementation of Benefits Law

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

A judge has temporarily blocked full implementation of a new law requiring Michigan public school employees to pay more for their pensions.

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NewsRoom
6:41 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Governor Signs Pension Law as Court Battle Looms

WKAR file photo

The return of children to classrooms on Tuesday coincided with Governor Rick Snyder approving some big changes to how teachers will save for retirement.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Cochran, Schor, Abed Call For Restoration of MI School Funding

Democratic MI House candidates Tom Cochran, Andy Schor and Theresa Abed
Courtesy Michigan House Democrats

Several key Lansing-area Democrats say almost a billion dollars in state education funding should be restored to Michigan schools.

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NewsRoom
6:27 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

In New School Year, MSU Expands Engineering 'CoRe' Program

Tens of thousands of Michigan State University students are a few days into the new academic year.  

At the university's engineering school, administrators contend with one of MSU's highest transfer and dropout rates.  But they're hoping a program that combines class work with non-curricular activities will help more students stick with the major.

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NewsRoom
7:47 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Snyder to Sign Teacher Retirement Legislation

WKAR File Photo

Teachers unions are already in court trying to block legislation to be signed into law tomorrow (Tue.) by Governor Rick Snyder. It w ill change how public school employees save for retirement and pay for health  coverage after they’re done working.

The lawsuit was filed Friday. Teachers unions say the new plan breaks contracts, and they want a judge in Lansing to hold up the new law while their legal challenge plays out.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue September 4, 2012

WKAR Welcomes New Radio Manager Peter Whorf

Mark Bashore WKAR

WKAR is welcoming a key new member to its management staff.  Peter Whorf joined our organization last week as manager of WKAR Radio--a total of six programming streams spread across FM, AM and the web.

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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Sen. Stabenow Offers to Debate Hoekstra Twice

WKAR File Photo

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she will participate in two debates with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra.

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Marijuana Ranks High in 2012 Local Ballot Initiatives

WKAR File Photo

The city of Detroit this week officially joined three other cities in Michigan that already placed marijuana questions on their November ballots.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Under The Radar: Raphael Reviews Book About Borgia Family

Cover of "The Borgias And Their Enemies."
Courtesy Barnes and Noble

"Under the Radar" reviewer Lev Raphael has a political book for us in this political season. It’s about a powerful family dynasty in Italy during the Renaissance. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.

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NewsRoom
6:30 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Wis Governor Revs Michigan GOP Delegates

DonkeyHotey flickr creative commons

Michigan Republicans got their marching orders Thursday, ahead of Thursday night's acceptance speech by Mitt Romney.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu August 30, 2012

"Dragonheart" Hopes to Defend Title

Kevin Lavery WKAR

This Sunday, 13 teams will compete in the second annual Capitol City Dragon Boat Race at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing.  That’s two more than last year, when the inaugural race was widely seen as a novelty.  Dragon boat racing started in China more than 2,000 years ago, and its popularity is growing around the world.

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NewsRoom
6:35 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Lansing Councilwoman: Residents Are 'Millaged to Death'

Lansing City Council member Jody Washington
WKAR file photo

A Lansing city councilwoman thinks Ingham County officials were right to table an idea for a regional parks millage on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:33 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Michigan Records 4th West Nile Death This Year

mrooczek262 morgueFile

Michigan health officials say an 86-year-old woman from Wayne County is the fourth person to die from the West Nile virus in the state this year.

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NewsRoom
6:31 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

ELPD: Religion Not Motive in Jewish Student Attack

WKAR file photo

Police say a Michigan State University student's Jewish religion doesn't appear to have been a factor in his assault at an off-campus party.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

MSU College Of Law Adds Programs In Dubai

MSU-Dubai Executive Director Tessa Dunseath.
Courtesy MSU-Dubai

Michigan State University’s presence in the Middle East will take another turn this fall.

MSU opened a branch campus in Dubai in 2008. The worldwide economic downtown coincided with operations there, and enrollment figures never met the university’s goals. Undergraduate programs in Dubai were shut down two years later.

But a master’s program in human resources and labor relations has survived, and a public health program was added last year. Now, the MSU College of Law will soon begin offering two programs at the scaled-back MSU-Dubai.

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NewsRoom
6:38 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

EL Police Doubt 'Religious Hatred' Fueled Assault on Jewish MSU Student

WKAR file photo

A Jewish student at Michigan State University says his jaw was broken in an attack by two assailants who he says displayed "religious hatred."

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NewsRoom
6:35 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Judge Will Lead Inquiry in Schmidt-Bolger Case

southerfried morgueFile

A one-judge grand jury will look into whether there was any illegal activity involved in the party-switching plot between state Representative Roy Schmidt and state House Speaker Jase Bolger.

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NewsRoom
6:29 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Civil Rights Law Author Says It’s Time to Debate Adding Gay Rights

Ex-State Reps. Daisy Elliott (D-Detroit) and Mel Larsen (R-Oxford).
State Bar of Michigan

Michigan’s landmark civil rights law was celebrated as a legal milestone in a ceremony Tuesday at the state Capitol. The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act was enacted 36 years ago.

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NewsRoom
8:14 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Pridgeon, Former Michigan Ag Director and MSU Trustee, Dies

Dean Pridgeon, a former director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture who later served as a Michigan State University trustee, has died. He was 91.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue August 28, 2012

With MSU, Holt Educator Keeps Closer Learning Tabs on Students

This school year, Holt Schools' educator Sean Carmody is helping other area teachers learn 'formative assessment.'
Mark Bashore WKAR

Tens of thousands of school teachers are preparing to make their way back to Michigan classrooms. A growing number of them are adding something new to their skill sets. Advocates of “formative assessment” say it’s important to continually track whether students are learning material—not just at test time.

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6:38 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Casino Question Blocked from Ballot

clarita morgueFile

The campaign to allow eight new non-tribal casinos will have to go back to court to get a spot on the November ballot.

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Election 2012
6:36 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

New Poll Show MI Voters Split Between Pres, Romney

Republicans are excited by the results of a new poll of likely voters in Michigan that shows a tie between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

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NewsRoom
6:14 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Mich. Not Alone on Slow Road to Health Exchange

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration declared this week the state has run out of time to create an online health exchange and must take a back seat to a federally run program.

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