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12:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

reWorking Michigan: The Tourism Draw Of The Broad Art Museum

The Broad Art Museum will open at Michigan State University in November.
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This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at efforts to promote the new Broad Art Museum at MSU as a tourist destination. Gearing up for next month’s opening of the Broad Art Museum entails much more than the completion of construction and the mounting of artworks. Getting the word out about the design by world-famous architect Zaha Hadid has been a major focus.

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6:42 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Legislation Requires Flag Display in All MI Classrooms

Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation that requires every schoolroom to display a U.S. flag and give children the opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

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6:39 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Federal Judge Hears Arguments over Citizenship Question on November Ballot

Arguments are underway in federal court over Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s citizenship question on November ballot applications.

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12:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

MSU Assistant Professor Of Music Prepares For Carnegie Hall Concert

Minsoo Sohn will play Bach's Goldberg Variations at Carnegie Hall Oct. 6.
Chad Johnston Courtesy photo

Minsoo Sohn’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations has been described by Vivien Schweitzer of the New York Times as “poetic and radiant.”

On Saturday, the MSU College of Music assistant professor will play the Goldberg Variations in a concert at the Zankel Hall inside Carnegie Hall.           

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12:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

LSO Preview: Muffitt Talks About MasterWorks II

Lansing Symphony Orchestra Conductor Timothy Muffitt.
Courtesy Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra plays its second concert of the season over the weekend at Wharton Center. Music Director and Conductor Timothy Muffitt spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark about the performance, starting with Mendelssohn's Overture, "Fingal's Cave."

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11:20 am
Thu October 4, 2012

All Clear in Bath Twp. After School Bomb Scare

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Classes started two hours late Thursday in Bath Township near Lansing after district officials received a pair of bomb threats early this morning.

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5:42 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Biker Group says Motorcycle Fatalities Down Since Helmet Law Repeal

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Early data suggest the state may not be causing a big jump in the number of biker deaths since the Legislature repealed a law requiring them to wear helmets. The group American Bikers Aiming Toward Education – or ABATE – released those numbers this week.

However, state officials say it’s too early to come to any conclusions.

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1:37 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

At the Wharton: Capitol Steps and the Politics of Parody

Courtesy The Capitol Steps

The 2012 election is just a month away, and the campaign rhetoric continues to fly.  All that talk is a rich source of material for the Capitol Steps, a group of political satirists who perform in vaudeville-style tours.  The group began in 1981, when a bunch of congressional staffers got together at a Washington D.C. Christmas party. 

The Capitol Steps will perform Thursday evening at the Wharton Center at Michigan State University.

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Election 2012
9:47 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Debate Live Chat from NPR

Wednesday's presidential debate live chat from NPR.

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12:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Survey: East Lansing Residents Favor Combining Service Cuts With Taxes

East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas
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Officials in East Lansing have released the results of a community survey, with the intention of using the information to shape future priorities.

The public opinion research firm Marketing Resource Group contacted 400 registered East Lansing voters for the survey. The margin of error was about 5%. Results of this year’s survey can be found on the city’s website.

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6:07 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Liberal Group Raises Bolger's Business History as Election Issue

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A liberal advocacy group is attacking state House Speaker Jase Bolger’s past business record in attempt to damage his shot at re-election. The attack comes while Bolger is in the midst of a separate election fraud investigation.  The group Progress Michigan says Bolger’s company avoided paying taxes over the course of three years.

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12:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Historical Museum Hosts MI Archeology Day This Saturday

State Archaeologist Dr. Dean Anderson examines artifacts from an abandoned iron smelting site in now deserted Fayette, Michigan.
Mark Bashore WKAR

This past summer, there were about a dozen active archeological projects underway around the state.  Some of what was unearthed is on display this Saturday in Lansing.

Professional and amateur archeologists will gather at the Michigan Historical Museum for ‘Michigan Archeology Day.’  The free event will give anyone interested in historic, pre-historic--even underwater--discoveries a chance to experience them close-up.

WKAR’s Mark Bashore sat down with state archeologists Dean Anderson and Stacy Tchorsiznky to find out more. 

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5:55 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

New Law Puts Four-Time Felons Behind Bars for 25 Years

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Violent felons convicted of four offenses now face at least 25 years in prison, under a law signed Monday by Governor Rick Snyder.

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8:42 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Michigan Policy Will Strip Welfare Benefits If Kids Miss School

The Michigan Capitol.
File Photo WKAR

A new policy is going into effect that takes away welfare benefits from families with children who miss more than 10 days of school without an excuse.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Study Reveals Gaps in Art Education

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A recent study finds some 108,000 K-12 students in Michigan have no access to arts curriculum in their schools.  The state mandates at least one credit in the arts as a requirement to graduate.

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery looks at how those who advocate for the arts and those who regulate its instruction might fill the gap.

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5:13 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Judge Says State Workers’ 4% Retirement Contribution is Unconstitutional

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State workers would no longer have to fork out four-percent of their salaries to keep their pensions if a judge’s ruling stands.

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4:53 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Peter Yarrow Speaks on Folk and Friendliness

Peter Yarrow, Mary Travers and Paul Stookey formed Peter, Paul and Mary in 1961. Yarrow will perform Sunday night at The Ark in Ann Arbor.
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Mid-Michigan has a strong folk music tradition.  The annual Great Lakes Folk Festival held in East Lansing each August has attracted international attention, and you can hear folk music on 90.5 FM WKAR every Sunday night.

One of the genre's most famous performers will appear in Ann Arbor on Sunday.  Peter Yarrow formed the folk super group Peter, Paul and Mary with fellow singers Paul Stookey and Mary Travers in 1961.  Their music was part of the soundtrack of the civil rights era.

WKAR's Kevin Lavery asked Peter Yarrow about the current state of folk music.

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12:00 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Under The Radar Examines Writer's Block

Cover art from Raphael's new book.
Courtesy Lev Raphael

WKAR's book reviewer Lev Raphael is also a writer. He spoke with Melissa Benmark about his newest project, which is a book to help writers beat writers’ block.

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6:22 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Lawsuit Says No Emergency Managers Until After The Election

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A lawsuit claims no state-appointed managers should be running Michigan cities or school districts until after voters determine the fate of the emergency manager law in November.

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6:15 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Schuette Orders Audit of Blue Cross Assets

Hearings continued Thursday at the state Capitol on the future of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan.

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6:10 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Support Overwhelming for Southeast Regional Transit Authority at Committee Hearing

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Legislation to create a regional transit authority in southeast Michigan got overwhelming support at a committee hearing in Lansing Thursday morning.

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3:41 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Michigan National Guard Conducts Suicide Prevention

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The Michigan National Guard is joining the U.S. Army "stand down" suicide prevention effort.

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6:17 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Democrats Take Immediate Effect Fight To MI Supreme Court

The Michigan Capitol.
File Photo WKAR

Democrats are taking a challenge to how state House Republicans rule the chamber to the Michigan Supreme Court.

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4:15 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Several Mayors Urge Legislature to Kill Handgun Bill

Eight Michigan mayors are urging the state Legislature to reject a measure that would make it easier for people to buy handguns.

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6:26 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

House Panel Could Lift Restrictions in Open Government Law

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The state legislature could soon make it easier and cheaper to file request for public information.

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6:23 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Michigan Senate Approves Anti-Concussion Bills

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The Michigan Senate has approved legislation designed to protect student athletes from concussions.

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12:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Dr. Sienko: Obesity Report Should Prompt Action

Courtesy Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Michigan continues to face a serious health challenge. A closely watched annual report shows the percentage of people categorized as "obese" in the state continues to rise.


The annual "F As in Fat" report is a project of the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is an underwriter of NPR. The report forecasts the percentage would rise to 59% in less than 20 years.  


Obesity is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other serious illnesses.

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7:01 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

AG Schuette Not Backing Down on Keeping Juvenile Lifers Behind Bars

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State Attorney General Bill Schuette isn’t done trying to make sure everyone sentenced as juveniles to life without parole in Michigan remains behind bars.

As Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher reports, the U.S. Supreme Court in June declared mandatory life sentences for juveniles unconstitutional.

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6:55 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Viral Disease Has Killed 4,217 Deer in 24 MI Counties

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Authorities in Michigan say an insect-spread deer disease has spread to at least 24 counties.

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7:15 am
Mon September 24, 2012

House Could Vote To Allow Ministries To Pay Medical Bills

The Rotunda of Michigan's state Capitol.
File photo WKAR

Members of faith-based groups in Michigan could soon be allowed to share the costs of their medical bills as an alternative to buying health insurance. The state House is expected to vote this week on the measure.

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