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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Crosaires Provides a Different Kind of Elder Care Model

Todd Walter stands in front of Crosaires, in Williamston.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at caring for the elderly.         

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6:26 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Mackinac Center Files Legal Action over Unionizing Home Healthcare Workers

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Michigan would void its contract with thousands of home healthcare workers if a state board agrees with a legal action filed this week by the Mackinac Center.

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8:24 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Adopt-A-Beach Draws Volunteers Across Four States

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A coordinated beach restoration project drew hundreds of volunteers to Lake Michigan last weekend.  The annual Adopt a Beach Program brought together environmentally conscious people from four states. 

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6:08 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Competitors Say Blues Reform Should Break “Monopoly”

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There was another day of hearings Thursday on Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed overhaul of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan. For-profit companies say any insurance reforms should make it easier for them to compete with Blue Cross.

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5:44 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Pledge of Allegiance Requirement Heads to Governor’s Desk

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A bill requiring public schools in Michigan to make time to recite the Pledge of Allegiance is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.

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11:41 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Right Leaning Farm Bureau Endorses Stabenow

Michigan Republicans are doing without a key supporter in 2012.  The right-leaning Michigan Farm Bureau is endorsing Democrat Debbie Stabenow for another U.S. Senate term.

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6:29 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Hearings Launch on Blues Overhaul

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A state Senate committee began its examination Wednesday of a proposed overhaul of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan.

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6:26 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

MI Jobless Rate Inches Higher

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Michigan’s unemployment rate rose in August.

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5:11 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Supporters Ponder How to Save Old Okemos House

Mark Bashore WKAR

Some supporters of an historic home in Okemos are considering a last-minute fund-raising effort to save it from demolition.

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12:38 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Boyle Appointed To East Lansing City Council

Kathy Boyle will take the oath of office to serve on the East Lansing City Council next week.
Courtesy White, Schneider, Young & Chiodini, PC

The East Lansing city council appointed Kathy Boyle to fill a vacancy on the panel last night.

She replaces Donald Power, who resigned his council seat last month. She’s an attorney with an Okemos law firm.          

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9:06 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Snyder Off On Mission To China

Governor Rick Snyder.
Courtesy State of MI

Governor Rick Snyder is on his way to China on a mission to build stronger business ties between Michigan and Asia’s largest economy.

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7:44 am
Wed September 19, 2012

East Lansing City Council Chooses Replacement For Power

The East Lansing city council appointed Kathleen Corkin Boyle to fill a vacancy on the panel last night.

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6:17 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Coalition Opposes Relaxing Alcohol Rules

Bob Stevenson, Executive Director, Michigan Association of Police Chiefs
Jake Neher/MPRN

A coalition of public health groups, law enforcement, and businesses have joined together to oppose to a plan to relax state alcohol rules. 

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12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

EL Council Could Fill Vacancy Tuesday

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The East Lansing city council is expected to fill a vacancy on the council tonight.

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12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Citing "Perfect Storm," Panel Will Explore Lansing Revenue Overhaul

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero introduces ex-Mayor David Hollister as chair of the administration's new 'Financial Health Team' last week in city hall.
Mark Bashore WKAR

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero calls it his "most serious and important endeavor."   He’s referring to last week's appointment of 15 prominent business and civic leaders to tackle the city's chronic budget deficits.

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12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Amid Some Skepticism, Lansing Panel Launches Financial Review

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero introduces ex-Mayor David Hollister as chair of the administration's new 'Financial Health Team' last week in city hall.
Mark Bashore WKAR

In Lansing, a panel of prominent business and civic leaders is diving into an  initiative with far-ranging implications. Last week, Mayor Virg Bernero announced the formation of a ‘Financial Health Team’ to study how the city might--over time--move beyond chronic budget deficits.   Bernero called it his “most serious and important endeavor.” The team--headed by former Mayor Dave Hollister--will explore whether the time has come for a new model of municipal finance. 

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6:33 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Ruth Johnson Sued Over Citizenship Box on Voter Forms

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A coalition of unions, voters, county clerks and civil rights groups is suing Secretary of State Ruth Johnson in federal court.

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6:31 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

State Could Lose $260 Million in Medicaid Funds with Tax Shortfall

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State funding for Medicaid could take a big hit this year.

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12:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

MICHIGAN AND THE CIVIL WAR: Antietam

Gen. Israel Richardson was wounded at Antietam, and never recovered.
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Today marks the 150th anniversary of a turning point in the Civil War: the battle of Antietam.

The Maryland battle marked the Confederate army’s first invasion of the north, and it would become the bloodiest day in American history. More than

23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or reported missing.           

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Trade Mission to China is Michigan's Largest in Years

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Business leaders from more than 20 Michigan companies are traveling to China this week on a trade mission.  The six-city tour is one of the largest overseas events Michigan economic development officials have ever sponsored.  It’s an opportunity to match Michigan farmers, automakers, engineers and manufacturers with potential customers in China.

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6:36 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Study Finds No High-Risk Pathways for Asian Carp

Asian Carp Reg'l Coordinating Committee

A federal study of 18 potential aquatic links between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds says none of them are likely pathways to the lakes for Asian carp.

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6:34 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Michigan Governor Prepares for China Trade Trip

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Gov. Rick Snyder says he hopes to return from a week-long China trip with both new and renewed business and trade relationships.

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6:31 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

AG Schuette Says McCotter Investigation Cost State $27k

The investigation into former Congressman Thad McCotter’s reelection campaign has cost the state $27,0000

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12:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

LSO MasterWorks Season Begins with Votapek Tribute

LSO Music Director and Conductor Timothy Muffitt
Courtesy Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra is beginning its 2012-2013 season with a celebration of pianist Ralph Votapek. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with LSO music director and conductor Timothy Muffitt about the program.

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6:17 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Snyder: Michigan Needs to Educate More People for Skilled Trades

Rick Pluta MPRN

Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan and the rest of the country lost sight of the value of vocational training as young people were encouraged to get four-year college degrees.

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6:13 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Public Defense Bill Stalled in Committee

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The state Attorney General has stalled a plan to overhaul Michigan’s public defense system.

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6:42 am
Thu September 13, 2012

State Lawmakers Want To Revive MCCC

Inside the Michigan Capitol.
File Photo WKAR

A group of state Senators is trying to revamp Michigan’s Civilian Conservation Corps.

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12:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Pianist Ralph Votapek Remembers Van Cliburn Competition Win

Ralph Votapek, in his practice space at Michigan State University.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

Renowned pianist Ralph Votapek is in his rehearsal space in the Michigan State University Music Practice Building, working on Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #4. It’s one of the pieces that helped him win the gold medal in the first Van Cliburn international piano competition in 1962.

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7:02 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Bernero Forms 'Financial Health Team' for Review, Recommendations

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero introduces ex-Mayor David Hollister as chair of the administration's new 'Financial Health Team'
Mark Bashore WKAR

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero wants more 'blue ribbon' input on the city's shaky financial future.

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6:36 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Detroit Lighting Bills Stalled in State Senate

WKAR file photo

State Lawmakers failed to move a bill Wednesday that offers a possible solution to serious public lighting problems in Detroit and other cities.

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