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6:15 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Michigan Court Of Appeals Hears Arguments On Juvenile Lifer Case

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Judges on a Michigan Court of Appeals panel say state lawmakers should figure out how to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on so-called “juvenile lifers.”

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3:45 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Michigan Man Dodges Meningitis That Killed Wife

Tests show a Livingston County man whose wife died in the national meningitis outbreak doesn't have the illness.

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2:30 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Careers In Sight, 'Millennial' Students Explore Lansing

Michigan College Students Tour Lansing's Accident Fund Co on Tuesday
Courtesy Michigan Colleges Foundation

Some Michigan college students with doubts about staying in the state are reconsidering Lansing.

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Election 2012
9:32 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Debate Live Chat from NPR | Oct. 16

Tuesday's presidential debate live chat from NPR.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Dems Expected to Dominate Key Ingham County Races

In three weeks, voters will determine who will occupy 20 elected positions in Ingham County for the next two to four years.  Democrats are expected dominate the county-wide contests which include county clerk, treasurer and register of deeds. WKAR’s Mark Bashore sat down with Kyle Melinn--the editor of the Michigan Information and Research Service, MIRS--to take a closer look.

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6:18 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Report: If Passed, Bridge Proposal Could Cost Taxpayers Big

If passed, a ballot proposal meant to stall a new international bridge in Detroit could cost Michigan taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. That’s according to a report from the Senate Fiscal Agency.

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6:12 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Michigan Reports Its First Cases of Seasonal Flu

The state says 12 influenza cases are the first seasonal flu reports it has confirmed in Michigan during the 2012-2013 season.

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7:23 am
Mon October 15, 2012

MI Appeals Court To Decide How State Will Comply With Lifer Law Decision

Detail of a court building.
Courtesy Kevin Rosseel

The Michigan Court of Appeals hears arguments this week on how the state should comply with a US Supreme Court decision on so-called juvenile lifers. It struck down sentences of automatic life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Fall Apple Tradition Hit Hard

Michigan apples.
courtesy Michigan Apple Committee

Michigan apple farmers suffered their largest crop loss since the 1940's this year. Early spring warmth followed by hard frosts killed fruit tree buds. The harvest is not all in yet, but state officials predict a 90 percent reduction in apple yield. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with Michigan Apple Committee executive director Diane Smith about how farmers are coping.

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6:45 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

$30 Million Poured into Ballot Proposal TV Ads Since August

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Interest groups are spending unprecedented amounts of money on TV ads supporting or opposing initiatives to amend the state constitution. That’s according to a report from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

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6:40 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Ann Romney Campaigns in Michigan

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The wife of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been making stops in Michigan Friday.

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6:16 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Snyder: Bond Agencies Eyeing Ballot Initiatives

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Gov. Rick Snyder says bond rating agencies are keeping an eye on what happens with ballot proposals before Michigan voters next month.

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12:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Under The Radar: Raphael Reviews “Companion To An Untold Story”

The cover of “Companion to an Untold Story.”
Courtesy Author's website

In our Under the Radar segment this month, Lev Raphael talks with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about a thought-provoking book about grief from an MSU author.

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7:23 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

MI Supreme Court Hears Medical Marijuana Cases

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The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday on the future of medical marijuana dispensaries and growing cooperatives.

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7:17 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Senate Leader: Blue Cross Vote Eyed for Next Week

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Senate Majority Randy Richardville says the proposed overhaul of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan could be taken up next week during the chamber's last session until after the election.

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7:14 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

McCotter Testifies in Staffers' Election Fraud Case

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Testimony has begun in the case of two staffers of former Congressman Thaddeus McCotter accused of ballot petition fraud.

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9:32 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Child Welfare Officials Say State’s System Greatly Improving

The Rotunda of Michigan's Capitol building.
file photo WKAR

The state is well on its way to meeting its obligations to foster children and families. That’s according to testimony by the Michigan Department of Human Services.

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12:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Project Explores Historic East Lansing Architecture

The Michigan State Medical Society Building was designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki.
Courtesy photo/East Lansing Assessment Office

The city of East Lansing was fertile ground for noteworthy architecture between 1940 and 1970. An upper-level class of Michigan State University students is working on a project to document a selection of those homes, businesses and churches. There’s a concern that these buildings aren’t old enough to be on historic registries, and that some could be demolished or remodeled before becoming eligible.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

VP Debate Live Chat from NPR | Oct. 11

Thursday's vice presidential debate live chat from NPR.

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7:07 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Ruth Johnson: Citizenship Question Will Not Be on November Ballot Applications

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says she will not contest a federal judge’s ruling that a citizenship question may not be on the ballot applications people will fill out at the polls in November.

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9:34 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Unions Place Big Bet On 2012 Ballot

Unions are betting big on ballot proposals in Michigan this election. Voters in California and Alabama will also decide ballot questions dealing with unions, but neither of those measures is as sweeping as Michigan’s. It would enshrine collective bargaining rights in the state constitution. That could potentially reverse as many as 170 Michigan labor laws that limit union bargaining power and fundraising.

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6:37 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Proposal 5 Files Complaint That Snyder Campaigns On Public’s Dime

Governor Rick Snyder.
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A ballot campaign has filed an elections complaint against Governor Rick Snyder. It says he’s using his official website and other state resources illegally to campaign against the proposal.

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6:17 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Senate Panel Hears Arguments On Public Defense Bill

The dome of Michigan's Capitol.
File photo WKAR

A Senate panel has begun hearing arguments on a bill to fix the way Michigan counties provide defense attorneys to the poor. The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he’s still skeptical about the legislation.

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6:17 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Downtown Eaton Rapids Added to National Register

The National Park Service has named downtown Eaton Rapids to the National Register of Historic Places.

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6:11 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Michigan Meningitis Cases Up to 25 with 3 Deaths

Federal officials say Michigan now has at least 25 cases of fungal meningitis, including a new third death.

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12:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

League of Women Voters Helps Public with Issues, Candidates

For close to a century, the League of Women Voters has aimed to inform voters objectively about political issues and candidates.  With the 2012 election now four weeks away, WKAR’s Mark Bashore checked in with the organization’s Michigan President, Susan Smith.

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8:01 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Senate Hearings to Open on Public Defense in Michigan

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The state Senate Judiciary Committee opens hearings Tuesday on a plan to fix Michigan’s public defender system.

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7:55 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Study: Michigan Ad Spending One-Sided for Presidential, Senate Races

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Michigan TV viewers are overwhelmed with ads from one side in both the presidential and U.S. Senate races. That’s according to a report released Monday by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

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6:37 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Deaths of 2 Michigan Women Tied to Fungal Meningitis

Officials say the number of Michigan fungal meningitis cases is climbing.

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10:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

No‑Fault, Medical Marijuana Law Issues Before The MI Supreme Court

Michigan's Supreme Court building.
Courtesy WKAR

The Michigan Supreme Court opens its session this week with oral arguments in Lansing. Its first cases deal with auto no‑fault coverage, before the court turns its attention to Michigan’s medical marijuana law.

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