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12:00 am
Tue September 4, 2012

WKAR Welcomes New Radio Manager Peter Whorf

Mark Bashore WKAR

WKAR is welcoming a key new member to its management staff.  Peter Whorf joined our organization last week as manager of WKAR Radio--a total of six programming streams spread across FM, AM and the web.

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10:11 am
Mon September 3, 2012

November Ballot Waiting on Word from State Supreme Court

WKAR file photo

The Michigan Supreme Court is expected to rule early this week on which questions will appear on the November ballot. The court has to rule this week if the state is going to meet state and federal elections deadlines.

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10:08 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Dropping Lake Michigan Level Hits Homes, Boats

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Drought conditions are contributing to a continued drop in the level of Lake Michigan, and operators of harbors and docks in the northwestern Lower Peninsula say it's causing hazards and hassles for residents and boaters.

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12:00 am
Mon September 3, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Training Tomorrow's Electricians

Lawrence Hidalgo Jr., training director for the Lansing Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

On this Labor Day from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at the future of training in the skilled trades.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with Lawrence Hidalgo Junior, training director for the Lansing Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

It’s a joint program between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and NECA, the National Electrical Contractors Association. They work with young electricians to prepare them for careers in the field, both in labor and in management.

That training has evolved in recent years.

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6:20 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Sen. Stabenow Offers to Debate Hoekstra Twice

WKAR File Photo

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she will participate in two debates with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra.

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6:15 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Marijuana Ranks High in 2012 Local Ballot Initiatives

WKAR File Photo

The city of Detroit this week officially joined three other cities in Michigan that already placed marijuana questions on their November ballots.

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12:00 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Under The Radar: Raphael Reviews Book About Borgia Family

Cover of "The Borgias And Their Enemies."
Courtesy Barnes and Noble

"Under the Radar" reviewer Lev Raphael has a political book for us in this political season. It’s about a powerful family dynasty in Italy during the Renaissance. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.

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6:34 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

MI Supreme Court Rulings on Ballot Expected

The Michigan Supreme Court is expected to rule Friday on challenges to four questions proposed for the statewide November ballot following a three-hour hearing Thursday.

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6:30 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Wis Governor Revs Michigan GOP Delegates

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Michigan Republicans got their marching orders Thursday, ahead of Thursday night's acceptance speech by Mitt Romney.

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Election 2012
5:52 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

NPR Live Chat - Thu. Aug. 30

Thursday's convention live chat from NPR.

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12:00 am
Thu August 30, 2012

"Dragonheart" Hopes to Defend Title

Kevin Lavery WKAR

This Sunday, 13 teams will compete in the second annual Capitol City Dragon Boat Race at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing.  That’s two more than last year, when the inaugural race was widely seen as a novelty.  Dragon boat racing started in China more than 2,000 years ago, and its popularity is growing around the world.

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8:47 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

NPR Live Chat - Wed. Aug. 29

Wednesday's convention live chat from NPR

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6:38 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

MI Supreme Court Hearing Will Zero in on Ballot Controversies

WKAR file photo

The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a hearing Thursday on whether four questions should appear on the statewide November ballot.

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6:35 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Lansing Councilwoman: Residents Are 'Millaged to Death'

Lansing City Council member Jody Washington
WKAR file photo

A Lansing city councilwoman thinks Ingham County officials were right to table an idea for a regional parks millage on the November ballot.

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6:33 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Michigan Records 4th West Nile Death This Year

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Michigan health officials say an 86-year-old woman from Wayne County is the fourth person to die from the West Nile virus in the state this year.

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6:31 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

ELPD: Religion Not Motive in Jewish Student Attack

WKAR file photo

Police say a Michigan State University student's Jewish religion doesn't appear to have been a factor in his assault at an off-campus party.

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12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

MSU College Of Law Adds Programs In Dubai

MSU-Dubai Executive Director Tessa Dunseath.
Courtesy MSU-Dubai

Michigan State University’s presence in the Middle East will take another turn this fall.

MSU opened a branch campus in Dubai in 2008. The worldwide economic downtown coincided with operations there, and enrollment figures never met the university’s goals. Undergraduate programs in Dubai were shut down two years later.

But a master’s program in human resources and labor relations has survived, and a public health program was added last year. Now, the MSU College of Law will soon begin offering two programs at the scaled-back MSU-Dubai.

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6:38 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

EL Police Doubt 'Religious Hatred' Fueled Assault on Jewish MSU Student

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A Jewish student at Michigan State University says his jaw was broken in an attack by two assailants who he says displayed "religious hatred."

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6:35 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Judge Will Lead Inquiry in Schmidt-Bolger Case

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A one-judge grand jury will look into whether there was any illegal activity involved in the party-switching plot between state Representative Roy Schmidt and state House Speaker Jase Bolger.

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6:29 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Civil Rights Law Author Says It’s Time to Debate Adding Gay Rights

Ex-State Reps. Daisy Elliott (D-Detroit) and Mel Larsen (R-Oxford).
State Bar of Michigan

Michigan’s landmark civil rights law was celebrated as a legal milestone in a ceremony Tuesday at the state Capitol. The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act was enacted 36 years ago.

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3:09 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

EL Council to Address Vacancy

East Lansing officials will begin moving toward filling a vacancy on the city council tonight.

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2:30 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Grand Jury Will Investigate Bolger, Schmidt Over Party Switch

The Ingham County Circuit Court has empanelled a one-judge grand jury to look into allegations of illegal activities surrounding the party switch of state Representative Roy Schmidt to the Republicans.

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Election 2012
9:27 am
Tue August 28, 2012

NPR Live Chat - Tue. Aug. 28

Today's convention live chat from NPR News.

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8:14 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Pridgeon, Former Michigan Ag Director and MSU Trustee, Dies

Dean Pridgeon, a former director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture who later served as a Michigan State University trustee, has died. He was 91.

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12:00 am
Tue August 28, 2012

With MSU, Holt Educator Keeps Closer Learning Tabs on Students

This school year, Holt Schools' educator Sean Carmody is helping other area teachers learn 'formative assessment.'
Mark Bashore WKAR

Tens of thousands of school teachers are preparing to make their way back to Michigan classrooms. A growing number of them are adding something new to their skill sets. Advocates of “formative assessment” say it’s important to continually track whether students are learning material—not just at test time.

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Election 2012
11:29 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

MAP: Electoral College Calculator

The latest electoral college projection from the Associated Press -- or explore your own predictions. From the PBS NewsHour Map Center.

Election 2012
11:08 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

MAP: Unemployment

Unemployment rates and change, U.S. and Michigan. From the PBS NewsHour Map Center.

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6:41 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Court Orders Collective Bargaining Proposal onto Ballot; Challenge Expected

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has ordered the proposal to protect collective bargaining rights in the state constitution onto the November ballot.

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6:38 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Casino Question Blocked from Ballot

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The campaign to allow eight new non-tribal casinos will have to go back to court to get a spot on the November ballot.

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Election 2012
6:36 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

New Poll Show MI Voters Split Between Pres, Romney

Republicans are excited by the results of a new poll of likely voters in Michigan that shows a tie between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

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