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6:12 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Lt. Governor Signs Dozens Of Bills: Dead Bodies, Conservation Corps, Medical Pot

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It will still be a misdemeanor in Michigan to find a dead body and not report it.

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4:15 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Jobless Rates Fall Across Michigan, Rise Up North

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Unemployment figures have dropped for the majority of Michigan's regional labor markets, but have risen up north. 

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9:20 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Acting MSU Provost Looks Ahead

Acting MSU Provost June Youatt
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Michigan State University Senior Associate Provost June Youatt has been promoted to acting provost, following the resignation of Kim Wilcox.

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5:24 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

State’s Top Budget Official Praises Congress For Averting Fiscal Cliff

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State officials are applauding a deal in Washington to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.” 

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4:16 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Judge Says Car Insurance Fund Records Are Public

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An insurance fund that charges Michigan drivers a fee to cover catastrophic injuries has been told to open its books to the public. 

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7:17 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Expanding State-Run School District A Top Priority For Governor Snyder

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Governor Rick Snyder says expanding a state-run district for struggling schools is one of his top priorities for 2013.

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9:28 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Judge Halts Contraceptive Mandate For Mich. Firm

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A federal judge has ruled a property management company owned by the founder of Domino's Pizza doesn't have to immediately implement mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law.

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9:24 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Forced Out By Age, Kelly Retiring From Top Court

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly is retiring Tuesday, but not by choice.

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9:17 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Michigan Is Closer To Wolf Hunting Under New Law

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A Michigan commission now has the authority to establish hunting seasons for the gray wolf under a law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. 

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9:53 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Legendary WKAR Sportscaster Jim Adams Dies

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Jim Adams, WKAR's Sports Director from 1961 to 1993, has died at the age of 82.

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6:38 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Snyder Vetoes Blue Cross Overhaul Over Abortion Coverage

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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.

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12:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

2012 A "Surreal" Year In Michigan Politics

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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.

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5:16 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

MSU Provost Announces 2013 Departure

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A high-ranking Michigan State University administrator has announced he's leaving soon.

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11:30 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Snyder Signs Updated Local Emergency Manager Law

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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.

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12:00 am
Thu December 27, 2012

MSU President Simon Looks Back, Looks Ahead

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon
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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.

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6:10 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Despite Concealed Weapons Veto, Gov. Snyder Signs Other Gun Bills Into Law

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A bill meant to streamline the permitting process for handguns is set to become state law. 

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12:00 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Lahanas Reflects on 2012, Optimistic About Future Projects

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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.

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5:14 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Snowstorm Dumps More Than 19 Inches On Michigan

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A snowstorm hitting the Midwest dumped more than 19 inches of snow in northern Michigan and knocked out power to at least 142,000 state electricity customers.  

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4:25 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Governor Snyder Reflects On A Busy 2012 In Lansing

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Heading into 2013, Governor Rick Snyder is hoping to shift conversation away from controversial new policies like “right-to-work”.

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9:04 am
Fri December 21, 2012

A Primer on Michigan's Concealed Carry Laws

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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.

Michigan laws that deal with carrying firearms:

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12:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Looking To A Michigan Tragedy For Perspective On Sandy Hook

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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.

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6:28 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Governor Signs Factory Tax Phaseout

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation that will phase out the tax on industrial and business equipment. 

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6:22 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

State Attorney General Files Terrorism Charges Against I-96 Shooter

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State Attorney General Bill Schuette is filing a terrorism charge against a man suspected of being the “I-96 shooter”. 

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6:15 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Governor Signs Mine Production Tax

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a tax overhaul that he says will encourage more mining in northern Michigan. 

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2:54 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Lansing Everett, Holt District Briefly Initiate Lockdowns

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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.

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6:34 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Young Immigrants File Suit Against SOS

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Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson faces a lawsuit over her refusal to grant drivers licenses to some young immigrants. 

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6:27 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

GM To Move Camaro Production To Lansing

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General Motors says production of its "next generation" Chevrolet Camaro will take place in Lansing.

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6:21 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

New Program Requires Three-Week Assessment For Cash Assistance Applicants

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Michigan residents applying for cash assistance will have to get through a new three-week assessment and training period. 

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12:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Sen. Jones Discusses GOP Losses In Eaton County

Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge)
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Before he was a state senator, Republican Rick Jones was Eaton County's state representative, and before that, sheriff. In November, the GOP lost both of those offices.

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6:16 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Snyder Vetoes Concealed Gun Bill

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Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed legislation that would have allowed people with concealed pistol permits to carry their guns in school buildings. 

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