Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed an overhaul of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan because the legislation would require insurance companies to offer separate coverage for abortions. But he signed new regulations on clinics that perform abortions that could force some of them to shut down.
As 2012 winds down, we’re looking back at some of the events and trends of the year. Most people are unlikely to remember 2012 as an uneventful year, politically—especially in Michigan. Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network has been covering Michigan politics for 25 years now, and he says it was a year that surprised even him.
Governor Rick Snyder has signed an updated local emergency manager law to replace the one rejected last month by voters. The governor says the new law is an improvement because it gives local governments more options to come up with a plan to dig out of a financial crisis. Critics say it's not very different from what voters said "no" to. It still grants emergency managers sweeping authority over local governments that are taken over by the state. The new law cannot be challenged by a referendum the way the old law was.
As the end of the year approaches, Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon is reflecting on 2012 and looking ahead to 2013. She talked with WKAR’s Scott Pohl about the state of affairs at MSU.
2012 is coming to a close, and the city of East Lansing is ending the year on firm footing. Standard and Poor’s – one of America’s top bond rating agencies – has rated the city’s general obligation bonds as AA+. Fitch Investors Service is renewing its AAA rating on those bonds.
WKAR’s Kevin Lavery sat down with East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas to talk about the city’s financial health and to look back on some highlights from 2012. Lahanas says the city has worked hard to strengthen its fund balance.
Governor Rick Snyder’s veto of a concealed pistols bill this week preserves the status quo concerning where people may or may not carry firearms. The measure he rejected would have allowed concealed guns in schools, day cares, and hospitals.
But the veto did little to settle the confusion on guns and where they are allowed.
It’s been a week now since the deadly school shootings in Connecticut. People are still looking for answers, and trying to come to grips with what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. WKAR's Melissa Benmark talked to someone who has written extensively about the worst school massacre in the U. S. to date—one that happened in Bath, Michigan.
Lansing Everett High School was locked down for a time Thursday after a report that three men fleeing a police officer had entered the school with a gun.
The Lansing State Journal reports the three were arrested inside the school. One of them was carrying a pellet gun.
Meanwhile, the Holt school district instituted a perimeter lockdown at the high school, ninth grade campus and the junior high because of a rumor of threatened violence at the high school. An investigation was conducted and officials say the rumor was unsubstantiated.