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6:36 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Detroit Lighting Bills Stalled in State Senate

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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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4:41 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Broad Art Museum On Track for Nov. 9 Opening

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The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is steadily taking shape.  Founding director Michael Rush says the site will be a launch point for emerging talent.

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6:29 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Snyder Calls for Big Changes for Blue Cross

Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan would become a policyholder-owned company under changes outlined by Gov. Rick Snyder. The governor explains his proposal as Department of Community Health Director James Haveman looks on.
Rick Pluta MPRN

Governor Rick Snyder has called for some big changes for Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan. He says Blue Cross should become a not-for-profit company that pays taxes and competes with other insurance companies.

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6:25 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

State Legislature Gives Green Light to Veterans Courts

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Military veterans in Michigan could soon have a network of courts to deal specifically with issues affecting them.

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12:42 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

AG Files Suit Against Lansing Casino

Michigan’s Attorney General has filed a lawsuit to block plans for a casino in Lansing.

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12:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Emmy Winner Tim Busfield Stars In "Vigil" At LCC

Kemp (Tim Busfield) measures Grace (Carmen Decker) for a casket in LCC's production of "Vigil".
Kevin Fowler/LCC

East Lansing native Tim Busfield is starring in “Vigil” by Morris Panych, with local acting legend Carmen Decker, at Lansing Community College’s Black Box Theatre. The first of eight performances of "Vigil" is Friday. Busfield recently talked with WKAR’s Scott Pohl.

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7:05 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Police Have Suspect in Capitol Building Graffiti Incident

Jake Neher MPRN

Police say they’ve zeroed-in on the person who defaced the state Capitol building last week with spray paint.

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7:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

'Lansing Remembers 9-11' Set for Tuesday Morning

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Civic leaders and the public will gather Tuesday morning in downtown Lansing to remember the 9-11 tragedy.

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6:56 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Report: Electricity Will Cost More if Proposal 3 Passes

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The campaigns squaring off against each other over Proposal 3 on the November ballot are arguing the economic merits of renewable energy.

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6:51 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

GOP Nominates Two for MSU Trustees

Michigan Republicans have nominated the party's two candidates for the Michigan State University board of trustees.

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6:45 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Wide Variation Found in Drunk Driving Arrest Rates

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A news organization has found wide variations in the rates of drunken driving arrests among Michigan police agencies, with the hometowns of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan showing one of the sharpest contrasts.

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7:25 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Public Union To Bid On Privatization Contract

A public employees’ union says it will offer a counter-proposal if the state goes ahead with plans to privatize prison health care.

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12:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

reWorking Michigan: New Lansing Charter School Has Lofty Economic Vision

L3 Academy Founder Paula Cunningham and its President, Sam Davis.
Mark Bashore WKAR

Data often show a clear connection linking employment back to education.  In Lansing, the executives of a new public school academy are going a step further by focusing its curriculum on entrepreneurialism and leadership. 

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6:56 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

EL Officials Get Input on Downtown

East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas welcomes participants to Friday's gathering to discuss downtown development.
Mark Bashore WKAR

East Lansing city officials say they're pleased with the public input they're getting about what to do with some prime downtown real estate.

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3:02 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

More Improvements Coming To Spartan Stadium

The north side of Spartan Stadium could look very different after renovation planning approved by MSU Trustees.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

A week after unveiling $10-million message boards at Spartan Stadium, MSU trustees have authorized more planning for football facility upgrades. WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

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2:08 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

MSU Trustees approve next step at FRIB

At the FRIB website, webcams monitor construction progress.
Courtesy FRIB

Michigan State University trustees have approved the next step in the development of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB. WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

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12:36 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

In Memoriam: Brad Eifert, U.S. Army Veteran

Brad Eifert (right), underwent therapy in Rochester, NY for PTSD. Eifert was found dead Tuesday in a motel in Lansing Township. He was 37.
Carlet Cleare WXXI Rochester, NY

Editor's Note: 

On Veteran's Day 2011, WKAR brought you a story about Brad Eifert, a former Army soldier suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Two years ago, Eifert drew police into a standoff near his Okemos home after he fired his pistol several times.  Instead of prison, a judge ordered therapy for Eifert.  After receiving treatment in Rochester, N.Y., Eifert appeared to be making good progress.

But on Sept. 4, Brad Eifert was found dead in a Lansing Township motel.  He was 37.

The following story was originally aired on Veteran's Day, 2011. 

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12:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Grand Ledge H.S. Honors Fallen Heroes

Special education teacher Beth Boyd and football coach and social studies teacher Matt Bird co-coordinate the "Fallen Heroes" tribute at Grand Ledge High School.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

When the Grand Ledge Comets take the field against Lansing Sexton tonight, the players will be wearing special uniforms.  The team has been studying the lives of some 60 Michigan soldiers killed in combat.  Each member’s football jersey will bear a soldier’s name in tribute.  At the end of the game, those nameplates will be given to each of the veterans’ families.

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery sat down with Matt Bird, Grand Ledge High School head football coach, and special education teacher Beth Boyd.  Now in its third year, the school’s “Fallen Heroes” project began as a sort of civics lesson.  But Coach Bird says the event has grown to mean something greater, both for the students and the community.

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6:45 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Capitol Building Vandalized Overnight

Capitol employee Greg Hess tries to scrub graffiti off war memorial on Thursday.
Jake Neher MPRN

State police are trying to find who is responsible for vandalizing the state Capitol building early Thursday morning. Facilities workers say the damage is the worst they’ve seen in decades.

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6:35 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Reimbursement To Be Sought for Special Primary

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Oakland County wants to be reimbursed for the $200,000 spent on a special primary to fill the final weeks of Thaddeus McCotter's term in the U.S. House.

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6:08 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

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Thursday's convention live chat from NPR.

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12:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

East Lansing Seeks Public Input On Former City Center II Development

The former City Center II development is now known as the Park District Planning Area in East Lansing.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

A $105 million development project in East Lansing known as City Center II has fallen apart after close to a decade of work. Now, officials are trying to decide what to do with the prime real estate at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Abbot Road.           

The city will hold public forums tonight and Friday to gather ideas from residents about the next course of action.

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6:28 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

MI Supreme Court Orders Three Questions onto Ballot

The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered three additional questions onto the statewide November ballot. But it blocked a proposal to allow eight new non-tribal casinos.

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6:23 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Judge Blocks Full Implementation of Benefits Law

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

A judge has temporarily blocked full implementation of a new law requiring Michigan public school employees to pay more for their pensions.

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2:40 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

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Wednesday's convention live chat from NPR.

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6:41 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Governor Signs Pension Law as Court Battle Looms

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The return of children to classrooms on Tuesday coincided with Governor Rick Snyder approving some big changes to how teachers will save for retirement.

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6:36 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Cochran, Schor, Abed Call For Restoration of MI School Funding

Democratic MI House candidates Tom Cochran, Andy Schor and Theresa Abed
Courtesy Michigan House Democrats

Several key Lansing-area Democrats say almost a billion dollars in state education funding should be restored to Michigan schools.

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6:27 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

In New School Year, MSU Expands Engineering 'CoRe' Program

Tens of thousands of Michigan State University students are a few days into the new academic year.  

At the university's engineering school, administrators contend with one of MSU's highest transfer and dropout rates.  But they're hoping a program that combines class work with non-curricular activities will help more students stick with the major.

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9:35 am
Tue September 4, 2012

NPR Live Chat - Tue. Sept. 4

Tuesday's convention live chat from NPR.

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7:47 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Snyder to Sign Teacher Retirement Legislation

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Teachers unions are already in court trying to block legislation to be signed into law tomorrow (Tue.) by Governor Rick Snyder. It w ill change how public school employees save for retirement and pay for health  coverage after they’re done working.

The lawsuit was filed Friday. Teachers unions say the new plan breaks contracts, and they want a judge in Lansing to hold up the new law while their legal challenge plays out.

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