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A recent report could serve as a blueprint for overhauling the state corrections system and saving taxpayers money. It aligns with Governor Rick Snyder’s plans to save money on prisons, not winning support from the Legislature is a different story.

This just in from the Ingham County Homeland Security and Emergency Management: "A magnitude 4.0 earthquake occurred southwest of Battle Creek just after noon today. While on the low end of the scale, it is still quite rare for Michigan. There has been a report of one structure damaged in East Lansing - if you have additional information or see any damage please contact our office." 517-676-8223 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.

Joan Young

WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael has a look at "Under the Channel" by Gilles Pétel.

Here are the school closings for Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties for Friday, 2/20/15.

Here are the school closings for Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties:

Updated 2/2/2015 6:20 a.m.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has declared a snow emergency in Lansing, according to Ingham County emergency officials.

Joan Young

Our book reviewer Lev Raphael has a timely book for us this month. It's "The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and Its Arabs" by Andrew Hussey.

Lev Raphael is our book reviewer. When he isn’t writing novels or teaching, he occasionally blogs for the Huffington post.

Joan Young

We hear from our book reviewer Lev Raphael each month, but it’s been a while since we looked at one of his own books. Lev is an author as well as the host of our Under the Radar segment. It’s been a number of years since we last heard from character Nick Hoffman, but he’s back. The new book is called "Assault With A Deadly Lie."

Joan Young

Our reviewer Lev Raphael has been reading a tale about supplementing one’s income…with art thefts. The book is “Headhunters” by Jo Nesbo.

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The ride-sharing company called Uber is coming to the Lansing area. An announcement is expected today, which comes on the heels of a new regional approach to the regulation of taxis.

As most Michigan students enjoy their summer vacations, some schools are using new state funding to add air conditioning and other things so they can teach year-round.

The Michigan Court of Appeals says state regulators were correct to deny a drilling permit to developers who want to put oil wells on private land surrounded by a state forest.

Michigan schools begin their new budget year Tuesday.

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s about ready to call it quits on a privatized prison food services contract if there are more problems.

Michigan cannot ban all felons from being caregivers in the state’s Medicaid in-home care program.

There’s a new office in Michigan dedicated to helping highly skilled immigrants find jobs.

Governor Rick Snyder has signed the legislation that authorizes the state’s $195 million contribution to the Detroit bankruptcy settlement.

Governor Rick Snyder has got concerns about legislation headed his way to regulate nicotine vapor devices – or e-cigarettes.

State lawmakers have backed down from penalizing Michigan State University over controversial courses about organized labor.

The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear two more medical marijuana cases.

Governor Rick Snyder says he won’t give up on switching Michigan to a new student test that’s aligned with the controversial “Common Core” education standards.

Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats at the state Capitol over road funding may have resurrected the controversy over Michigan’s right-to-work law.

State lawmakers are getting close to passing a state budget this week.

Governor Rick Snyder wants a road funding solution on his desk by the end of this week.

A new report by the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency is calling for an end to the state’s policy of automatically charging 17-year-olds as adults, and sending them to prison – even for non-violent offenses.

Michigan’s auditor general says the state is doing a better job calculating high school graduation and drop-out rates.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says an energy company cheated northern Michigan landowners out of oil and gas lease payments as part of a scheme to shut out its competitors.

The number of school districts with budget deficits has dropped over the course of this school year.

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