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6:17 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Supreme Court Decision Helps Pro-Casino Campaign

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

A group seeking to expand the number of casinos in Michigan has won a big victory at the state Supreme Court.

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6:14 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Mich. Not Alone on Slow Road to Health Exchange

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration declared this week the state has run out of time to create an online health exchange and must take a back seat to a federally run program.

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6:27 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Unadjusted Unemployment Rates Up in 17 MI Labor Areas

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Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates were up last month in each of Michigan's 17 major labor market areas.

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6:23 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

EL's Power Resigns from City Council

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The East Lansing City Council is down one member after Wednesday's unexpected resignation of first-term member Don Power.

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6:20 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Michigan: 2nd West Nile Death Reported in State

Michigan officials say a second person has died from the West Nile virus, and 18 more cases have been reported this week.

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6:22 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Quick Action Ordered on Labor-Backed Ballot Issue

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The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered the state appeals court to decide by Monday whether a union-supported referendum gets on the November ballot.

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6:18 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Group Challenges Citizenship Box during Elections

A group is challenging Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's decision to have a citizenship question placed on August primary ballot applications.

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12:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Incoming Sexton Principal Discusses LSD Reorganization

Mark Bashore WKAR

Lansing Public School students return to class on September 4 and many will be looking at significant changes.  A system-wide reorganization plan alters how students are grouped together in an effort to boost academic performance in the face of low test scores and declining enrollment.

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6:19 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Snyder Tries to Scuttle Worker Rights Proposal

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Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette are trying to block a statewide ballot initiative aimed at protecting collective bargaining rights for workers.
 
Snyder and Schuette filed court papers on Monday that would scuttle the Protect Our Jobs ballot proposal. The plan would write collective bargaining rights into the Michigan Constitution by placing the issue before voters in the November general election.
 
An appeal was made after the Board of State Canvassers deadlocked 2-2 last week on the ballot proposal by sponsors of Protect Our Jobs.
 

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12:00 am
Tue August 21, 2012

600 MSU Students "Take It To the Streets"

MSU junior Kristen Heitman (left) helps with a landscaping project at the Hildebrandt Housing complex in Lansing as part of MSU's Day of Service.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

About 600 Michigan State University students kicked off their semester Monday by giving back to their community.  MSU launched its inaugural Day of Service program, in which student volunteers spread out over the Lansing area to perform maintenance work, trash cleanup and other duties for needy residents and charitable groups. 

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6:26 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Bing Frustrated with Delay as Lansing Waits on Light Authority

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says the pace of the city’s recovery is being slowed by delays in Lansing. The mayor says the Legislature is taking too long to create an independent authority to help Detroit and other cities keep their street lights on.           

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2:40 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Sen. Jones Urges Feds to End Coal Exemption for Lake MI's 'Badger'

State Senator Rick Jones
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A Lansing-area state legislator is urging federal environmental officials to get tough with the coal-fired SS Badger.

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12:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Lansing Company Makes an All-Natural Gun Cleaner

The 2,000 gallon mixing tank at TopDuck Products. Don Kettles is planning to add an 8,000 gallon mixer.
WKAR/Scott Pohl

This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at a small, family-run Lansing business that produces an all-natural gun cleaning product.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl has the story of "Gunzilla."

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6:20 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Pete Hoekstra Wants 6 Debates with Debbie Stabenow

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra is calling for six debates with Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow.

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6:12 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Court: Deduction for Health Care Unconstitutional

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled unconstitutional a state law forcing school employees to pay 3% of their salary toward retiree health care.

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12:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

East Lansing OBOC To Read, Welcome Author Katherine Boo

A detail of the cover of "Beyond the Beautiful Forevers."
Courtesy Amazon.com

The annual One Book, One Community program, co-sponsored by the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University, encourages the city and university communities to read the same book and talk about it in a variety of settings. This fall’s selection is “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo.

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6:29 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

First 2012 West Nile Death Recorded in MI

An elderly Washtenaw County woman has died after being hospitalized with symptoms of West Nile Virus.

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12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

The War Of 1812: The Surrender Of Detroit

Gen. William Hull faced court-martial for surrendering Detroit to the British.
Courtesy: U.S. History Images

Today marks the bicentennial of the surrender of Detroit to the British in the War of 1812. The key figure is American General William Hull.

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6:21 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Energy, Home Health Care Proposals OK'd for Ballot

The Board of State Canvassers has approved two ballot proposals for Michigan's Nov. 6 ballot.

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6:19 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Michigan Senate Approves Teacher Changes

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The Michigan Senate has approved a compromise bill that would end state-provided health coverage in retirement for new public school employees and require current workers to pay more for their pensions.

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3:44 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Michigan House Welcomes Flint's Gold Medal Boxer

Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields receives a proclamation from the State of Michigan recognizing her achievement.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Members of the Michigan House of Representatives are welcoming home Flint native Claressa Shields, the first Olympic gold medalist in women’s boxing. 

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2:07 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

New Order Helps Young Undocumented Immigrants

Lansing DACA applicant Ramiro Estrada (left) with supporters including Father Fred Thelen (right) at Cristo Rey Church.
Mark Bashore WKAR

A new presidential order is giving many young, undocumented immigrants in mid-Michigan a shot at legal temporary employment.

The "DACA" program, or "‘Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals," took effect Wednesday. The Obama Administration order applies to young undocumented immigrants who arrived here before the age of 16.

Ramiro Estrada arrived in Lansing as a 12-year old.  He would like a job to continue his college education in nursing.        

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12:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Ingham Official, Others Frustrated Over MI Foreclosure Practices

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Last summer, Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr. threw his support behind a proposal to reform Michigan’s foreclosure practices.  The measure is an effort to join 23 other states by enacting “judicial” foreclosure in Michigan. 

Under the approach, a judge is assigned to personally review the details of all home foreclosures.  Advocates say that exposes an often bewildering process to more scrutiny and reduces cases of wrongful foreclosure.

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6:20 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Appeals Court Decides Against Casino Vote

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The state appeals court is siding with a group that opposes the expansion of casino gambling in Michigan.

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6:19 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Senate Comes Back to Reconsider Teacher Changes

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Majority Republicans in the Michigan Legislature agree the weight of a $45 billion pension liability for public school employees will crush the system if left untended, but they differ on how to fix it.
 
The Senate is expected to consider a measure Wednesday that could be a compromise, pledging further action after the November election.

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6:23 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Lansing Has Plan for Expanded Red Cedar Project

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A review team has selected a development plan for Lansing's so-called Red Cedar Renaissance project.

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6:18 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

CDC: Michigan Has 'Very High' Obesity Rates

Michigan is now one of 12 states with very high obesity rates.

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4:41 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Dems Want Protections for Military Voters

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A former candidate for Michigan Secretary of State is calling on the Snyder administration to reform election laws to make it easier for military personnel overseas to cast their vote.

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7:10 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Subcommittee To Review Fireworks Law

The State Capitol.
File photo WKAR

An ad hoc state House workgroup will review Michigan’s new fireworks law and could recommend some changes. The law allows licensed retailers to sell high-powered fireworks. 

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Window of Opportunity Opens for Undocumented Immigrants

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Immigration experts in Lansing are planning a major outreach project this week.  Starting Wednesday, thousands of undocumented immigrants in Michigan who arrived in the U.S. as children will be eligible to file for work permits. 

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