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Eli Broad, the benefactor of Michigan State University’s College of Business and modern art museum, is retiring. The New York Times reports that the 84-year-old billionaire is stepping down from public life. Broad told the paper, quoting here, “I am retiring. Now. Right now.”

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The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are very early in the process of rebuilding and recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Two local volunteers are scheduled to leave Lansing this morning to help American Red Cross aid efforts.


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A second Lansing-area singer has passed an audition on the NBC-TV show “The Voice.” Rebecca Brunner is from Mason. She now lives in Chicago.

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Courtesy photo / John Schneider

One of Lansing’s favorite writers has died. Jim Hough wrote the daily column called “The Onlooker” for the Lansing State Journal for a quarter of a century. He died early Monday at the age of 85 after a short illness.


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Four football players at Lansing Catholic High School face benching at tonight’s game against Ionia if they take a knee during the National Anthem.

Juliana Powell and Kellie Dean at Alex's Great State Race in 2016.
Stepheni Schlinker / APUE MSU

Alex Powell was a Lansing Catholic High School graduate who was about to fulfill his dream of attending Michigan State University when he was diagnosed with cancer. That diagnosis didn’t stop him from going to MSU, though it was for only a short time before he passed away. Powell is the namesake of Alex’s Great State Race.


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The city of Lansing has agreed to sell the building housing the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum to the museum’s operators.

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Sparrow Hospital

Local hospitals hold monthly meetings to discuss how to handle an incident with mass casualties like the Las Vegas shooting.


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Michigan State University graduate, now SportsCenter host on ESPN, Jemele Hill, made national headlines earlier this week when she called President Donald Trump a white supremacist via Twitter. ESPN issued a statement noting that Hill's comments do not represent the company and that they had addressed it with Hill. This morning on Twitter President Trump said ESPN "is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth."


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In the summer of 2011, Michigan State University started a fundraising campaign called Empower Extraordinary. The goal was $1.5-billion dollars by the end of 2018. Today, more than a year ahead of schedule, MSU announced that the goal has been met.


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One of the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma is St. Maarten, where widespread destruction and several deaths have been reported. Rina Risper of Lansing is anxiously awaiting news on relatives on the island.


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The Ingham County Sheriff’s office says the suspect in a home invasion in Holt is now in custody.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

MSU has made some changes to campus parking regulations for moped riders.


The Justice Department says an investigation has found Chicago police are systematically violating the civil rights of people in the city through excessive use of force, poor oversight and inadequate training of officers.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the investigation's findings on Friday, saying the DOJ had concluded there was ample evidence the Chicago Police Department "engages in a pattern or practice of the use of excessive force," in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

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China's island building raises concerns with U.S. relationship

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