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The director of the Michigan State Police has met privately with black lawmakers more than a week after she shared a Facebook post that called NFL players kneeling during the national anthem "anti-American degenerates."

On May 1-5, Morning Edition with Brooke Allen will take a closer look at coffee, from brewing to business.

Our WKAR staffers and others are posing with their coffee mugs and why they love them so much.

Please click here to upload your mug to the WKAR Newsroom Facebook page! Tell us your city or town and why your mug is special to you. Brooke may read your name on air!

Over 140 faculty members at Michigan State University have signed a letter urging the school to hand over the investigation of Larry Nassar to an external agency.

The letter was read on Tuesday during a university council meeting.

MSU president Lou Anna K. Simon was in attendance.

The investigation is currently being led by the MSU police department.

Nassar faces several charges, including sexual assault, possession of child pornography and also faces civil lawsuits from women who claim they were assaulted by him.

The full text of the letter:

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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.

Earthquake Felt in Mid-Michigan

May 2, 2015

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.

Raphael reviews travel mystery

Apr 10, 2015
Joan Young

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

School Closings for Fri. 2/20

Feb 20, 2015

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

School Closings for Thurs. 2/19

Feb 19, 2015

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

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

Snow Emergency Declared in Lansing

Feb 1, 2015

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

Raphael reviews "The French Intifada"

Jan 16, 2015
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.

Raphael reviews "Danubia"

Nov 26, 2014

Lev Raphael Talks About His Latest Mystery

Oct 6, 2014
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."

Raphael reviews "Headhunters"

Aug 1, 2014
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.