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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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6:39 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

LG: Ballot Question Would Not Stop Bridge Project

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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley says a ballot question to require a public vote on a new international bridge won’t stop the project.

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6:32 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Enviro Group: MSU Study Shows Economic Benefits of More Renewable

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An environmental group says Michigan's economy would get a boost if it relied more on renewable energy sources.

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12:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

GLFF To Honor Bluesman Johnnie Bassett

Michigan Heritage Award winner Johnnie Bassett
Ronald Eggleston

The Great Lakes Folk Festival is getting under way in East Lansing, with the music, dance, and cultural activities that have been a such an essential part of summer in mid-Michigan for 11 years. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark has the story of one of the Festival’s Heritage Award Winners.

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6:17 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Schuette Charges Four McCotter Staffers with Fraud

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

The Michigan Attorney General has charged four people with conspiring to commit election fraud.

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12:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Grand Ledge To Host The Stanley Cup Friday

Defenseman Matt Greene of Grand Ledge hoists the Stanley Cup. His L.A. Kings are NHL champions. He'll bring the Cup to Grand Ledge on Friday.
Flickr photo: bridgetds

Grand Ledge native son Matt Greene is a defenseman on the NHL champion Los Angeles Kings. It’s become a tradition that each player on the winning team gets to do whatever they want with the Stanley Cup for a day. Friday, Greene is bringing one of the world’s most coveted sports trophies to his hometown.

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6:25 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Court of Appeals Asked to Lift Order That House GOP Count Procedural Votes

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A battle over how Republicans in the Michigan House of Representatives count votes was argued Wednesday before the state Court of Appeals.

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6:23 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

EM Law Suspended as Referendum Goes on November Ballot

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The referendum to challenge Michigan’s emergency manager law is officially on the November ballot, and the law is suspended until after the election. Now, there’s a new fight brewing over whether the old emergency financial manager law now takes over.

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1:07 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Election 2012: State House Districts

Andy Schor with supporter Nicole Armbruster of the Lansing Board of Education, at his rally at Gone Wired in Lansing.
Scott Pohl WKAR

In the Democratic primaries, voters nominated Tom Cochran for the 67th district, Andy Schor for the 68th and Sam Singh for the 69th.

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Election 2012
12:59 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Election 2012: Ingham County Commission Race

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There were a number of contested primaries for the Ingham County Board of Commissioners.

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Election 2012
12:54 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Election 2012: Mid-Michigan Roundup

Mid-Michigan voters approved several ballot items Tuesday and elected a local state representative to the bench.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

It’s Primary Day in Michigan

It’s primary election day across Michigan.

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6:18 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Michigan State to Mark 50th Anniversary of 1963 NCAA Game

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Michigan State this basketball season plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking 1963 NCAA regional game between Loyola and Mississippi State.

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Election 2012
11:02 am
Tue August 7, 2012

2012 Primary Election Coverage

WKAR is watching the results of the Michigan primary election.  When the polls close tonight at 8 p.m., we’ll bring you all the results on the mid-Michigan political races and ballot questions that matter to you.  Check us out here at WKAR NewsRoom Election 2012 and follow or comment on twitter using #miprimary.  Then, listen to 90.5 FM WKAR Wednesday morning for a complete primary election rundown.

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12:00 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Recent College Grads Hope to Acquire Critical Skills in Detroit

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A new program is offering talented college grads the chance to learn entrepreneurialism on the front lines. It also aims to help perk up job creation in some of America’s most economically challenged cities, including Detroit.

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6:33 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Schuette: Old Law Takes Over If Referendum Succeeds

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

Attorney General Bill Schuette says if Michigan’s emergency manager law is rejected by voters in November then the old law takes over – and that still allows the governor to name a financial manager to run a city or school district.

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1:26 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Stabenow, Vilsack Urge House Action on Farm Bill

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Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-East Lansing)  and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are urging the GOP-led House to approve a new farm bill when it returns to work after Labor Day. 

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6:51 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Court of Appeals To Hear Ballot Challenge

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The Michigan Court of Appeals will hear a new challenge to a question that could go on the November ballot. A coalition of businesses and existing casinos say a proposal to allow eight new non-tribal
casinos in Michigan has a critical technical flaw.

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12:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Election 2012: Incumbent Ingham County Commissioners Facing Primary Challenges

The Courthouse in Mason is the seat of Ingham County government.
WKAR file photo

Michigan voters go to the polls tomorrow to cast their votes in the state primary election.  WKAR has been bringing you reports on a number of Lansing area political races and ballot questions.

Today, we conclude our series with an examination of contested races for the Ingham County board of commissioners.

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6:51 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

MI Supreme Court Orders Referendum Onto November Ballot

WKAR file photo

The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered the referendum on the state’s emergency manager law onto the November ballot.           

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6:43 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Treasurer: Emergency Managers To Be Re-Appointed

Courtesy State of Michigan

State Treasurer Andy Dillon says the emergency managers running four cities in Michigan will be quickly re-appointed to serve as emergency financial managers under the former law – with one exception.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Election 2012: Lansing Ballot Issues Focus on Council, Land Sales

Part of the ballot Lansing voters will see in Tuesday's primary election.
Courtesy WKAR

Michigan voters go to the polls on Tuesday to cast their votes in the state primary election.

WKAR's Melissa Benmark sat down recently with MLive.com Lansing bureau reporter Angela Wittrock.  They talked about  Lansing ballot proposals to sell the Waverly Golf Course, and to reduce the number of times the Lansing City Council meets each year.

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12:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Lansing Diocese Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

The Catholic Diocese of Lansing was established by Pope Pius XI on May 22, 1937.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

About 207,000 Roman Catholics live in the 10 counties that make up the Diocese of Lansing.  It contains 84 parishes and 34 schools, and it provides charitable assistance to more than 125,000 people each year. 

Today, Bishop Earl Boyea will observe the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the diocese with a special Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in downtown Lansing. 

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery spoke with Bishop Boyea about the some of the difficulties the Catholic Church is facing in America today.  But first, he asked him what he felt was a significant achievement of the Lansing diocese.

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Election 2012
6:31 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Senate GOP Candidates Tangle in TV Debate

Bill Richards WKAR

Three Republicans running for their party’s U.S. Senate nomination appeared together Thursday in their only televised debate of this primary season.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Election 2012: Ingham County Residents To Decide Three Millage Proposals

The Ingham County Courthouse in Mason is the seat of county government. Voters will consider three millage proposals on August 7th.
WKAR file photo

Three funding proposals are going before voters in Ingham County next week. Two would renew existing millages, while a third would enact a small increase if approved.

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6:37 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Schuette: Teen Lifers Don’t Deserve Re-Sentencing

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is against holding re-sentencing hearings for hundreds of inmates sentenced to life with no chance of parole as juveniles. That’s despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.

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6:33 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Court: City Cannot Outlaw Medical Marijuana

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The Michigan Court of Appeals says local governments cannot stop people from growing or using medical marijuana.

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3:36 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Feds Pledge Help for Post-Automotive Redevelopment

Twisted piles of debris now stand where General Motors once built cars along West Saginaw in Lansing. Local officials are working with the Obama Administration to revitalize this property and several others like it.
WKAR File Photo

Federal officials are watching mid-Michigan’s efforts to revitalize its former General Motors assembly sites.   The Obama Administration is poised to offer its help.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Election 2012: Ingham County Drain Commissioner Race Swirls in Troubled Waters

The drain commissioner oversees all storm drains and manages rainwater runoff in Ingham County. County Commissioner Mark Grebner is challenging incumbent Pat Lindemann in the Aug. 7 primary.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Michigan voters go to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes in the state primary election. In Ingham County, the most divisive contest is the race between Mark Grebner and Pat Lindemann for the office of Drain Commissioner.

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6:44 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Jordyn Wieber Wears Team Gold in London

Mark Bashore WKAR

The Americans lived up to the hype and then some, winning their first Olympic gold medal in women's gymnastics since 1996.

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