Forty years ago, 200 members of the American Indian Movement took over the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. The group was protesting the federal government’s failure to honor various treaties with native tribes. The location was symbolic. In 1890, as many as 300 Lakota Indians were killed at Wounded Knee by the U.S. Army. The standoff lasted 73 days, and claimed three lives.
Michigan business leaders say they’re afraid state lawmakers may miss their best chance to raise the money needed to repair roads.
Governor Rick Snyder has had a tough time selling his plan to increase road spending to the legislature. It would raise the state’s gas tax and vehicle registration fees to boost road funding by more than $1 billion a year.
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce's Jim Holcomb says state officials have to come to an agreement, and fast.
It was a weekend for political battling in Michigan at the Republican and Democratic state conventions. There were spirited fights over who would lead the parties for the next two years. Now, Democrats and Republicans in Michigan have to heal their internal wounds before they face each other next year.
Michigan Republicans said this weekend they want to change the course of future presidential races by changing how the state allocates its electoral votes. Delegates to the state GOP convention voted overwhelmingly to support the proposal.
Tomorrow, East Lansing voters will decide on a school bond issue to upgrade outdated equipment. Officials say hundreds of phones, computers, cameras and clocks in the city’s schools are becoming obsolete. The district is asking residents to approve a millage that would not exceed 1.26 mils over the next five years. The measure would raise more than $5 million for the upgrade.
WKAR’s Kevin Lavery visited East Lansing High School to talk with the district’s director of technology, Christian Palasty, who says there’s a sizable amount of equipment to replace.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo is coming to Wharton Center Wednesday to perform their signature South African Zulu-style choral music. They began singing in competitions in the 1970s, and rose to world-wide fame when they appeared on Paul Simon’s album “Graceland” in 1986. They’ve recorded over 50 albums, and their latest tour has a stop in East Lansing. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke to one of the longest-singing members, Albert Mazibuko, about the music his group performs.
A team of video storytellers from Michigan State University is wrapping up a two-month journey around the world. The crew is documenting the work of MSU researchers in countries such as China, Brazil and Malawi as they tackle challenges ranging from malnutrition and disease to human organ trafficking. The project is called Spartans Will.360.
WKAR’s Kevin Lavery caught up with team leader Jim Peck by phone in Dhaka, Bangladesh a few days ago to learn more.
The Michigan Public Service Commission is holding a series of public forums around the state to gather input on Michigan’s future energy policy. Lansing was the first stop on that tour.
The public service commission regulates the state’s utilities. It wants to hear the public’s suggestions and concerns about the direction of Michigan’s energy policy. The commission says its main focus areas are renewables, energy efficiency and electric power choice.
The Lansing City Council has approved putting the former Waverly golf course up for sale. The focus now moves to how the city and Lansing Township will work together on any future redevelopment.
Lansing mayor Virg Bernero closed the Waverly golf course in 2007 during a tight budget crunch. The city of Lansing owns the site, but it's physically located in Lansing Township. Lansing city councilman Brian Jeffries says once the property is sold, the city would receive a one- time lump sum. However, he's interested in talking with the township about a so-called "425 agreement."
Long before movies were invented, people living in the 19th century were fascinated with a simple device that brought photographs to life. The stereoscope allowed two images to be viewed as one three-dimensional portrait. Photos from that era depicted nearly every aspect of life, from the familiar to the exotic.
On Sunday, the MSU Museum opens an exhibit that pays tribute to stereoscopes and the world of 3-D technology. Many of the items were part of the personal collection of the late Val Berryman, a beloved museum curator who passed away in January.
The MSU Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is Friday at Wharton Center. They’ll play Beethoven’s First Symphony, music from Aaron Copeland’s “Billy the Kid,” and “The Chairman Dances” by John Adams. Adams has described the piece as an “out take” from his opera, “Nixon in China.” WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe about the music.
Environmental advocates are calling on Michigan State University to properly dispose of large deposits of coal ash buried for years beneath the campus.
The group Clean Energy Now says tons of residual toxic ash produced by MSU’s coal-fired power plant were found during a 2007 excavation. Some ash was sent to a landfill, but the group asserts more than 90,000 cubic yards of ash were improperly relocated on university property.
Clean Energy Now’s Nick Clark says buried coal ash poses an immediate public health hazard.
William Shatner brings his one-man show to MSU's Wharton Center on January 24th. It's called "Shatner's World: We Just Live In It." WKAR's Melissa Benmark speaks with William Shatner via phone from California, about the show, what he's done in his 60-year career, and what projects he still hopes to do.
On Monday, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero portrayed, in his words, a city “powered up” for the year ahead. For his annual State of the City address, Bernero chose a refurbished railroad depot in the shadow of the city’s rising co-generation power plant which will come online this summer.
But while Bernero acknowledged Lansing’s financial challenges, he steered clear of details.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will deliver his eighth State of the City address Monday night.
Bernero will speak at the historic Grand Trunk Western Railroad train depot, a century-old landmark that’s undergoing a major refurbishment by the Lansing Board of Water and Light. The mayor will tout the progress of the co-generation power plant that’s rising to life nearby in Lansing’s REO Town neighborhood, as well as other successes.
While Bernero says the city’s outlook is good, he faces a $9 million budget deficit that he says he’s confident he can rein in.
A Republican state lawmaker says he’ll soon make another attempt soon to relax restrictions on concealed guns in schools. That’s after Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a measure last year that would have allowed teachers, parents and visitors to carry concealed weapons in schools.
The first bill to pass a chamber of the state Legislature this year is one of several dealing with firearms. The Michigan Senate approved the legislation Thursday.
The bill would change the state’s definition of a “federally-licensed firearms dealer.”
It's a technical fix, according to supporters of the measure. They say state law isn’t in sync with federal regulations. That means some gun dealers can’t sell certain weapons because of a technicality.
A bill that would shield some guns in Michigan from federal regulations is going to the floor of the state Senate. A panel of state lawmakers Wednesday passed the bill along with other gun-related measures.
The federal government would not be able to regulate guns made and sold in Michigan, as long as they don’t cross state lines. It’s a response to recent Obama administration gun control recommendations.
Republican state Senator Phil Pavlov says the federal proposals could threaten both the Second Amendment and states’ rights.