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2:55 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

More From Auto Show With WKAR

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12:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Hundreds Of Vehicles Displayed At 2013 Detroit Auto Show

The Lansing-built Cadillac ATS was named North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show.
Scott Pohl WKAR

The North American International Auto Show returns to Detroit's Cobo Center with a Charity Preview tonight. The show opens to the public tomorrow.

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8:45 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

LISTEN: State of the State Address 2013

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder delivered his third State of the State address before state lawmakers at the Capitol Wednesday evening.

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3:42 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Lansing Adds Its Voice to Immigration Reform Debate

Immigrant rights advocates in mid-Michigan are adding their voice to a national campaign calling for renewed efforts to create a path to citizenship.
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Immigrant families in mid-Michigan are supporting a new national campaign pushing for comprehensive immigration reform.

The campaign includes a reform provision that would allow deported immigrants to be reunited with their families in the U.S.  Advocates say that’s a key part of creating a path to citizenship.  Maximo Anguiano with Action of Greater Lansing says it’s time to bring the undocumented into American society.

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12:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

MSU Unveils $1.4-million Renovation Of MSU Union

The MSU Union opened in 1924. Today, renovations will be celebrated from 4 to 7 p.m.

The MSU Union Building opened in 1924, and over the years there have been several renovations.

A $1.4-million dollar project will be dedicated today, sprucing the Union up for another generation of MSU students.

Dedication events at the renovated MSU Union are from 4 to 7 p-m today. There will be a live webcast of the ceremonies.

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3:18 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Mayors Put Feds Under the Gun for Weapons Reform

Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth (left), Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero bow in prayer at the start of a press conference on ending gun violence. Walling and Bernero are part of the national campaign Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
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A coalition of mayors, law enforcement officials and faith leaders is demanding Congress enact three specific gun control measures. 

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero and Flint mayor Dayne Walling are part of a national campaign to end gun violence.  They want Congress to require criminal background checks for all gun sales, a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines and a federal ban on gun trafficking.  Mayor Walling says Flint has seen the counter argument to the assertion that guns don’t kill.

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7:11 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Attention In Lansing Turns To Road Funding

A Lansing-area freeway.
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Governor Rick Snyder says he’ll outline a new plan to fund road improvements during his State of the State address on Wednesday. The plan could include higher vehicle registration fees to pay for road projects and maintenance.

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6:05 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Confirmed Flu Cases At Michigan Labs Rise To 338

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Michigan health officials have confirmed 338 flu cases at state-run labs as the virus continues to send children and adults to hospitals, doctor offices and urgent care centers.

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5:23 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Michigan Economy Headed Into 4th Year Of Growth

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Michigan is entering the fourth year of slow improvements in the economy even though job growth slowed down in 2012. That’s the word from economists who spoke at a conference Friday at the state Capitol.

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4:39 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

MSU Trustees Elect Ferguson And Breslin

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Democrat Joel Ferguson has been re-elected Chairman of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.

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6:18 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Mich. Budget Chief Says Revenue Is Mostly Stable

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Michigan's budget director says the state budget picture remains stable despite softer-than-expected economic growth.

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6:08 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

First State Bills Of 2013 Aim To End “Lame Duck” Sessions And Cut FOIA Filing Costs

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State lawmakers are already sorting through bills introduced on the first day of their new session. They include ones that would boost funding for roads and make public information requests cheaper.

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6:25 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Legislature Begins Session With Tension, Protests

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The 97th session of the Legislature opened Wednesday at the state Capitol. The formality of swearing in new lawmakers, choosing leaders, and picking seats played out as protesters picketed outside. 

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6:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Union Members Protest In Lansing On First Day Of New Legislative Session

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Union groups say they won’t stop shouting over the state’s new “right-to-work” law any time soon.

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5:38 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Court Of Appeals Upholds State Worker Live-In Partner Benefits

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A divided Michigan Court of Appeals panel has upheld extending health benefits to the live-in partners of state employees. 

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4:33 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Freshman Reps Take Oath of Office

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Twenty-eight new state lawmakers have been sworn in as members of the Michigan House of Representatives.

Among the Lansing-area lawmakers of the 2013 freshman class are Democrats Tom Cochran, Andy Schor, Sam Singh and Teresa Abed.  Republican Tom Leonard represents part of Clinton and Gratiot counties. 

Cochran says he’s optimistic about the coming session.

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6:26 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Professionals Gather In Lansing For Bullying Summit

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More than 200 school counselors….social workers and mental health professionals were in Lansing Tuesday for a summit on bullying.

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6:21 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Bing: Decision On State Takeover Could Come Friday

Downtown Detroit's Hart Plaza.
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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says a review team as early as this week could make a recommendation to Gov. Rick Snyder's on whether to order a takeover of the struggling city's finances.

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6:15 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Snyder OKs Ban On Phone Use By Teen Drivers

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A new law will soon ban cell phone use by probationary teen drivers unless they’re using a hands-free device or reporting an emergency. 

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1:55 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Lansing's Poor Targeted For $1.5 Million Financial Counseling Grant

Lansing Treasurer Amy Kraus addresses a press conference at City Hall announcing a $1.5 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant for financial counseling.
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The city of Lansing has announced a $1.5 million grant from a program started by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to establish a financial empowerment center.

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6:28 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Justice Diane Hathaway Resigns

Embattled state Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway has agreed to resign effective January 21. 

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6:18 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Ex-Con Charged With Murdering Daughter, 3 months

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Lansing police say a 37-year-old ex-convict has been arrested on murder and abuse charges in the death of his 3-month-old daughter. 

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6:08 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

National Advocacy Group Ranks Michigan 6th In Nation For Education Policy

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Michigan ranks sixth in the nation for education policy in a report released Monday by a controversial national advocacy group. 

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9:06 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Bear Cub Petting Zoo Bill Will Come Up Again In 2013

Black bear at a Michigan petting zoo.
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State lawmakers start their new session this week. Some of the first bills likely to come up would ease restrictions on owning and breeding large carnivores like tigers and bears.

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12:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

MSU Community Music School Opens At New Location

MSU Community Music School Executive Director Rhonda Buckley in the school's new performance hall
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The new location of the Michigan State University Community Music School will open for instruction today.

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6:13 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Bill Sponsor Hopes Blue Cross Overhaul Will Pass Quickly Without Abortion Language

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Some state lawmakers say they hope to pass an overhaul of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan after dropping some controversial abortion language.

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5:14 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Food Aid Back For Nearly 50,000 Mich. Recipients

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Money has been added to debit cards for more than half of 85,000 Michigan food assistance recipients who were without the aid for a day.

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4:43 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Lansing Officials Report 12 Homicides In 2012

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Lansing officials say the city had 12 homicides last year, the most since 2008 when it had the same number. 

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12:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

LSO To Play Brahms, "Red Violin"

Timothy Muffitt, Music Director and Conductor of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.
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The Lansing Symphony Orchestra is resuming its 2012-2013 season with a concert featuring Brahms’ Symphony #1 and music of Corigliano from the movie “The Red Violin.” WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with conductor Timothy Muffitt for a preview.

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6:17 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Michigan May Be Short Revenue For Next Budget

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Michigan's government may close last budget year with $1.2 billion on hand, but it will be needed to balance the current budget.

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