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reWorking Michigan
3:06 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

State offers reimbursements for exporting companies

KTM Industries in Lansing processes corn starch into sheets of biodegradable packing foam.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

ReWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as the people of the Great Lakes State explore new ways to make a living and build a future.

Today, our reWorking Michigan Monday report looks at Michigan’s “STEP” program.  That’s short for State Trade and Export Promotion.  The initiative uses federal dollars to help Michigan companies with fewer than 500 employees enter or expand into the export market.  The funding helps businesses pay for things like overseas trade missions and foreign language translation services.   

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NewsRoom
11:02 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Museum Curator's Private Collection on Display in "The Art of Christmas"

MSU Museum curator Val Berryman at "The Art of Christmas" exhibit at the Williamston Depot Museum.
Photo: Courtesy of Val Berryman

An exhibit by Val Berryman, called “The Art of Christmas," is on display at the Williamston Depot Museum.  Berryman is curator of history at the Michigan State University Museum.  He’s been collecting vintage Christmas decorations, figurines and illustrations since 1984.  Berryman tells WKAR’s Gretchen Millich that for this exhibit, he chose some favorites from his personal collection.

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NewsRoom
3:01 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Snyder to sign laws lowering worker benefit costs

LANSING, MI (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder is getting ready to sign bills aimed at saving Michigan employers money on unemployment insurance and worker's compensation benefits. 

He plans to sign the bills at a 3:05 p.m. Monday news conference.

The bills would further limit the ability of a person who was fired for cause or who may have left a job voluntarily from collecting jobless benefits.    

They would require some unemployed workers to take jobs after 10 weeks of benefits even if the jobs are outside the unemployed worker's previous experience or pay lower wages.    

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon December 19, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce

Angela Pruitt is president of the Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce.
Scott Pohl WKAR

reWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as citizens of the Great Lakes State explore new ways to make a living and build a future for their families.

This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at a new organization in Lansing that's trying to help African-American owned businesses.

The Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce was chartered in August. Ask president Angela Pruitt why a black chamber is needed, and she'll answer with a question of her own: why not?

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NewsRoom
3:28 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

LSD official confident students will meet higher test standards

Michigan educators are raising the bar on the state’s public school students. In the past, students could answer fewer than half the questions correctly on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, or MEAP, and still earn a ‘proficient’ rating.  Those scores arrive next March.  And this time, students will need to get an average of about two-thirds right.  Ericka Harris is the Lansing School District’s interim chief academic officer. She tells WKAR’s Mark Bashore that she doesn’t think the higher standards will result in significantly more Lansing students rated “not proficient.”

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NewsRoom
2:39 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Lawmakers don't back funds for health exchange

WKAR photo

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's efforts to begin setting up a statewide health exchange as required by the federal health care law are hitting a snag. 

The GOP governor urged lawmakers in September to quickly pass bills allowing the state to tap federal funds to set up the exchange. He says the federal government will step in with its own plan if Michigan doesn't have one in place by January 2013. 

GOP House Speaker Jase Bolger wants to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court decides next summer if the federal health care law should stand before setting up an exchange. 

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NewsRoom
6:36 am
Fri December 16, 2011

With the Author: Lev Raphael on Rosedale in Love

Our book reviewer Lev Raphael switches places with WKAR's Melissa Benmark, and she interviews him about his latest Kindle book, Rosedale in Love.

LEV RAPHAEL: I've always been in love with the Gilded Age. I mean, it's an incredible period in New York's history, in American history, which makes people like Donald Trump seem like pikers. People back then knew how to spend money in ways that our millionaires and billionaires cannot imagine. So that's one aspect of it.

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NewsRoom
1:58 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Book Traces History of Jacobson's

Historical photo of the Jacobson's building on Grand River in East Lansing.
Photo: Courtesy of the Ella Sharp Museum

Not too long ago, Michigan had its own department store chain, where shoppers enjoyed a relaxed and elegant atmosphere and friendly customer service.  Jacobson's operated stores in cities all over Michigan for more than a century. 

In East Lansing, the Jacobson’s building on Grand River Avenue is now a Barnes and Noble bookstore. But lots of shoppers remember its department store heritage.

Now, there’s a new book that traces the history of Jacobson’s.  It's called Jacobson's, I Miss it So!

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon December 12, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Lansing Diner Answers Demand for Local Food

Customers can see all the local vendors who sell to the restaurant.
Kenita Nichols WKAR

reWorking Michigan visits a new restaurant on Lansing's west side that's attracting customers with locally-sourced food. It's a trend that's catching on across Michigan.

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NewsRoom
6:14 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Gregorian Previews "Home for the Holidays"

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MSU Symphony conductor Leon Gregorian has been on research leave this semester. He'll be back to conduct the MSU Symphony Orchestra next semester, and then plans to retire in April. He'll be conducting the upcoming "Home for the Holidays" concert, and WKAR's Melissa Benmark recently spoke with him, asking him first about his time off.

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NewsRoom
2:26 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Hospice Service for Pets Offered at MSU

Isabel (Izzy) received care from MSU's pet hospice service.
courtesy Casey Williamson and Brandt Peterson

In the last few days of a dying person's life, hospice care can provide comfort in the home setting. Now, the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine is offering hospice care for pets.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Broad Museum Preparing Inaugural Exhibit

The Broad Museum is slated to open on April 21, 2012.
Melissa Benmark WKAR

EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Workers are busy building the new art museum on the Michigan State University campus. They've finishing laying the concrete floors and installing heating and air conditioning.

The university recently announced that the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum will open to the public on April 21st.

Meanwhile, next door, in temporary offices overlooking the construction site, director Michael Rush and his staff are busy preparing the inaugural exhibits.

WKAR's Gretchen Millich asked Rush what visitors will see when the museum opens.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Ingham Commissioner Schor Supports Road Agency Change

Ingham County Road Commission crew at work.
Mark Bashore WKAR

After 98 years, the Ingham County Road Commission could come to an end soon. Next week, the county board of commissioners is expected to approve a measure that would bring road operations under its purview.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri December 2, 2011

MSU takes on Wisconsin in Big Ten Championship game

The home of MSU's football program, Spartan Stadium.
Photo: Melissa Benmark WKAR

WKAR's Melissa Benmark talked with sports writer Jack Ebling about MSU playing in the first ever Big Ten Championship game.

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NewsRoom
3:22 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Governor to outline workforce training plans

Governor Rick Snyder will deliver his fifth special message of the year tomorrow (Thu.) at Delta College near Saginaw. The governor will outline a strategy to better match worker skills to positions that are available right now. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, the governor is looking for ways to bring down Michigan’s persistently high unemployment rate.

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NewsRoom
2:03 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Snow follows heavy rain in parts of southern Michigan

WKAR photo

Storms brought heavy snow to parts of southern Michigan, with up to 10 inches reported in the Lansing area.

The National Weather Service says 7 to 9.5 inches of snow fell by Wednesday morning around Lansing. WLNS-TV reports 10 inches in St. Johns. Most Lansing-area schools were closed.
 

The snow came after heavy rains flooded some areas and roadways Tuesday. The storms left thousands without power.

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NewsRoom
12:03 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Ingham will consider disbanding road commission board

The Ingham County Board of Commissioners will consider a proposal to dismantle the county road commission board.  The county services committee unanimously approved the tentative measure Tuesday night.

County Commissioner Andy Schor sponsors the proposal.  He says the move would bring road operations under the direct authority of the board of commissioners and create a 'Department of Transportation and Roads.'

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NewsRoom
3:59 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

EL superintendent defends Red Cedar decision

The East Lansing school district is preparing for a federal review of allegations of racial bias. The review was triggered by a complaint that its decision to close Red Cedar Elementary School will disproportionately harm students of color at the school.  District officials defend their decision by pointing to various demographic patterns-mainly one that shows a declining student population in the neighborhood. 

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NewsRoom
3:48 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Eaton Rapids foundry to create up to 200 jobs

EATON RAPIDS, MI (WKAR) - Plans are underway to build a new foundry in mid-Michigan that will make components for wind turbines. Business and civic leaders say the plan will create about 200 new jobs for the region.

Dowding Industries and Astraeus Wind Energy make wind turbines in Eaton Rapids. The foundry that will be located at the plant will cast the 20-ton hubs that attach to the blades.

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NewsRoom
8:27 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Lawmakers expected to approve statewide anti-bullying proposal

LANSING, MI (MPRN) - Michigan is one of just three states without an anti-bullying law to protect students in K-12 schools. The state Legislature is expected to approve a proposal this week that would require all schools to adopt anti-bullying policies.

Experts and students say it's time to have a law in place as bullying in schools becomes a growing concern.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lakes State
8:19 am
Mon November 28, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Becoming a snowplow entrepreneur

ReWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as the people of the Great Lakes State explore new ways to make a living and build a future.

Our reWorking Michigan Monday report looks at the snow removal business.

For someone who's unemployed and has a truck, snowplowing might seem to be an idea worth exploring.

At Harrington's Lawn and Power Equipment in Dimondale, the parking lot sports a row of plows for sale.

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NewsRoom
7:16 am
Fri November 25, 2011

GOP scrubs bid to recall Democrats

 It appears there will be no recall questions targeting Democratic lawmakers on the ballot next February. Today is the deadline to submit petitions to elections officials, and Republicans announced earlier this week they are giving up their recall effort.

Republicans launched several recall drives against Democrats to get back at the Michigan Education Association for its ultimately successful effort to oust GOP state representative Paul Scott. But the GOP said earlier this week it was giving up, and would not file any recall petitions.

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NewsRoom
11:09 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Chef Dave Brown grills his turkey

The food at Brody Square dining hall at Michigan State University has become very popular among not only students, but also among faculty and lots of visitors. There's a sushi bar, fresh pasta, carved meats, and international and vegetarian meals.

WKAR's Gretchen Milllich went to Brody Square to talk with Executive Chef Dave Brown about what he's cooking for Thanksgiving dinner.

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NewsRoom
2:45 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Detroiters Will Address MSU Grads

File Photo WKAR

Michigan State University's December commencement ceremonies will include two prominent Detroiters.  Newspaperman, author and broadcaster Mitch Albom will address undergraduates on Saturday, December 10th.  The author of "Tuesdays with Morrie" will also receive an honorary doctorate of humanities. 

Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Roy Roberts will speak to undergraduates that afternoon.  Roberts will be awarded an honorary doctorate of business.

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NewsRoom
5:46 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Michigan House Dems Propose Business Lending, Jobs Measures

chodra morguefile

Lawmakers think more small business lending means more jobs. They've crafted a package of bills called the  'Invest in Michigan' plan.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
1:05 am
Mon November 21, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Shopping Local

Kean's Store in Mason, Michigan.
Gretchen Millich WKAR

 

reWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as the people of the Great Lake State explore new ways to make a living and build a future.

Our reWorking Michigan Monday report looks at the competition for shoppers this Christmas season and how shopping at locally owned stores helps the local economy.

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Meridian Township
9:14 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Meridian Township Deer Harvest Off to Modest Start

Hunter Jon Mayes of Okemos preparing to hunt in the township's Southwest Uplands area.
Mark Bashore WKAR

For the first time, Meridian Township residents are sharing public lands with deer hunters. Township officials have enlisted 16 area bow hunters in an effort to reduce the area's growing population of deer. WKAR's Mark Bashore hit the trail--and the cul-de-sacs--to learn more.

During hunting season, Jon Mayes might otherwise be thousands of miles from home, hunting elk or deer in Colorado or Wyoming. But this year is different. He's set up his deer stand only a mile from his home in Okemos' Briarwood subdivision.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
1:33 am
Sat November 5, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Do-It-Yourself Book Publishing Evolves

Writers can publish their own books using the Espresso Book Machine at the MSU Library.
Kenita Nichols WKAR

This week, reWorking Michigan looks at printing and self-publishing. With the help of high-speed printers like the Espresso Book Machine,  printing a book has become fast, easy, and inexpensive.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
7:43 am
Fri October 21, 2011

reWorking Michigan: Armory becoming home for non-profits

Inside the renovated Marshall Street Armory, the gymnasium floor is preserved beneath new office space.
Kenita Nichols WKAR

reWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as citizens of the Great Lake State explore new ways to make a living and build a future for their families.

This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at the project to repurpose the Marshall Street Armory in Lansing into office space for local non-profits. It's nearing completion.

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Arts - MSU Symphony October
12:41 am
Fri October 21, 2011

MSU Symphony plays Jalbert, Shostakovich, Bernstein

EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - MSU Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras designate Kevin Noe speaks with WKAR's Melissa Benmark about the next MSU Symphony concert at Wharton Center, beginning with a piece by American composer Pierre Jalbert.

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