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6:39 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

House Panel Continues to Ponder Next Action on Health Coverage

WKAR file photo

Another day of hearings by two state House committees have wrapped up on Michigan’s next step now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the federal healthcare law. Michigan is facing some deadlines to move ahead with an online exchange for people to shop for health coverage.

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NewsRoom
2:23 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Lansing Cmty College Announces $67m in Renovations

Lansing Community College President Brent Knight
Mark Bashore WKAR

Lansing Community College is launching a $67-million renovation that will update and expand dozens of classrooms and social spaces.  School officials--who call the project “transformative”—say the changes will improve the overall student experience at the school.

LCC President Brent Knight claims renovations to science classrooms will make them one of the best undergraduate learning environments in the country.           

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Election 2012: After Dryer Reversal, Delhi Conservatives Press for More Change

Mark Bashore WKAR

All seven members of Delhi Township’s Board of Trustees are up for re-election this fall.  And in next Tuesday’s primary, voters have some pretty clear choices.

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Change Underway in How State Grades Schools

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Michigan will change how it grades schools and teachers when students return to classrooms this fall. The state Department of Education has a waiver from federal rules that will let Michigan try some new things.

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6:14 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Hepatitis C Outbreak Suspect's Mich. Work Detailed

Health officials say a traveling medical technician accused of causing a hepatitis C outbreak in New Hampshire worked in at least six Michigan facilities from 2003 to 2007.

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NewsRoom
6:53 am
Mon July 30, 2012

SoS Informs Bolger, Schmidt Inquiry Underway

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State House Speaker Jase Bolger and state Representative Roy Schmidt have a little less than three weeks to respond to complaints they broke campaign finance laws. The complaints are related to a plot to keep a real Democrat off the ballot after Schmidt jumped to the Republican Party.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Election 2012: Dems Fight for Hotly Contested 68th House Seat

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The 68th state House district covers a large swath of the city of Lansing, plus parts of Ingham County and Lansing Township.  The current officeholder,  Democrat Joan Bauer, will vacate the seat this year.  Seven Democrats are vying for the nomination to represent this very diverse district.

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NewsRoom
6:14 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

MI Supreme Court Says MSU Violates Free Speech Rights

southerfried morgueFile

The state Supreme Court has struck down a Michigan State University ordinance that’s supposed to protect employees from harassment as a violation of the First Amendment.

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NewsRoom
6:12 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

West Nile Virus Reported in SE Michigan Man

Health officials in southeast Michigan say they've received confirmation of West Nile virus in a 44-year-old man, the first such case reported in the state this year.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Under The Radar: Raphael Reviews "Daisy Petals And Mushroom Clouds"

Part of the cover of "Daisy Petals And Mushroom Clouds."
Courtesy Amazon

WKAR's book reviewer Lev Raphael has a short political thriller this month. It's about an advertisement that possibly changed the course of history. He speaks with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

JORDYN WIEBER AND THE OLYMPICS: DeWitt Has "Wieber Fever"

Elena and Mason Sermak are rooting for Jordyn Wieber to bring a gold medal home to DeWitt. They got her autograph on a cereal box.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

WKAR’s Scott Pohl pays a visit to DeWitt, the little town north of Lansing that’s awash with Wieber Fever.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Senate Panel Approves Anti-Abortion Bill

WKAR file photo

The state Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would require clinics and doctor’s offices where abortions are performed to be licensed and inspected.

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

State Figures: Mich. Retains More Veteran Teachers

WKAR File Photo

State figures say Michigan schools are retaining more of their veteran K-12 educators, leaving fewer job openings for newcomers.

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NewsRoom
1:44 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Spartan Stadium Sound System Tested

Workers began installing a helmet logo on the south scoreboard at Spartan Stadium Thursday. Along with new video boards, the stadium is getting new audio equipment.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

Work on the new video boards at Spartan Stadium took a step forward Thursday.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl reports that crews began testing the stadium’s new sound system.

You might expect that a sound system test at Spartan Stadium would mean the fight song blaring at you a few hundred times.

Alas, it was smooth jazz coming out of the speakers shortly before noon on Thursday.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

JORDYN WIEBER AND THE OLYMPICS: Rita Wieber Offers Advice as ‘Gym Mom’

Mark Bashore WKAR

Only three days remain before DeWitt gymnast Jordyn Wieber begins her much-anticipated medal quest at the 2012 Olympics.

Long before her daughter’s Olympic potential was clear, Rita Wieber wanted to write a book to help guide other gymnastics parents with what she learned. That part of the Wiebers’ journey can be explored in the new book, “Gym Mom:  Surviving Your Daughter's Gymnastics Career.”

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NewsRoom
6:32 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Groups Waiting For MI Supreme Court Ruling

WKAR file photo

The Michigan Supreme Court will decide the fate of a referendum on the state’s emergency manager law after spending more than an hour and half listening to arguments. The case also brought a few hundred demonstrators to Lansing.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Regulator Urges Action On MI Online Health Exchange

WKAR file photo

State House members held a hearing Wednesday on a federal law requiring states to set up a website to help people buy health insurance. The mandate is part of the Affordable Care Act.

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NewsRoom
4:02 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

City, Tribe Extend Deadline to Complete Casino Land Transfer

An artist's rendering of the Kewadin Lansing casino. Planners are extending their self-imposed deadline for transferring land from the city of Lansing to the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, which will operate the casino.
Courtesy City of Lansing

The city of Lansing and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians are extending their self-imposed deadline for finalizing a land transfer in preparation for a new downtown casino. 

Project leaders had initially set an August 1 completion date to transfer ownership of the land adjacent to the Lansing Center from the city to the tribe.  Now, they’re pushing their deadline back 90 days to November 1.  Officials insist the Kewadin Lansing casino project is following what they call an “aggressive” timeline, but say they simply need more time to finalize some details. 

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NewsRoom
7:15 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Governor Declares Energy Emergency In U.P.

The Mackinac Bridge leading to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Melissa Benmark WKAR

Governor Rick Snyder has declared an energy emergency in parts of the Upper Peninsula due to a pipeline break in Wisconsin.

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NewsRoom
7:10 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Protestors To Rally Outside MI Supreme Court

The Michigan Supreme Court building.
File Photo WKAR

Opponents of a proposal to allow eight new casinos in Michigan will ask the state Court of Appeals to order the question off the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed July 25, 2012

JORDYN WIEBER AND THE OLYMPICS: Lansing Sportswriter Will Cover The Games

Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal will cover the Olympic Games for Gannett Newspapers.
Scott Pohl, WKAR

The Olympic Games begin with opening ceremonies in London on Friday.

DeWitt’s Jordyn Wieber will compete for a gymnastics Gold Medal beginning on Sunday. Over the next three days, we’ll have several stories looking at the excitement that’s building around her quest for a medal.

Sportswriter Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal will be in London to write about the Games. This will be his first Olympics.

Rexrode told WKAR’s Scott Pohl that his coverage will extend beyond the Jordyn Wieber story.

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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Opponents Say Casino Question Should be Blocked from Ballot

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

Opponents of a proposal to allow eight new casinos in Michigan will ask the state Court of Appeals to order the question off the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Hoekstra Files Charges over Super PAC's Reports

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra's campaign has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission over an independent political action committee that's running TV ads attacking him.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

East Lansing Train Depot On Track For Upgrade

The East Lansing Amtrak station near the MSU campus has seen a 130 percent increase in ridership since 2001.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

The Amtrak train station just off the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing is getting a major renovation.  The Capital Area Transportation Authority has received a $6.3 million federal grant to rebuild the station and add a separate bus terminal.

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

East Lansing's Amtrak Station To Get an Upgrade

A federal grant will enable regional officials to renovate the 37-year-old Amtrak station in East Lansing.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Regional transportation planners will use a federal grant to rebuild and enhance the Amtrak train station in East Lansing. 

The $6.3 million grant will help the Capital Area Transportation Authority expand the Amtrak station near Michigan State University.  CATA will create a 200-acre multi-modal facility, with a separate bus terminal, upgraded waiting platform and accommodations for taxis and bicycles. 

U.S.  Department of Transportation general counsel Robert Rivkin says the project is part of a $12 billion federal program to improve intercity rail service.

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NewsRoom
3:33 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Clare Man Is First in Area with 'Bionic' Ankle

Mike Coon gets acclimated to his new 'bionic' knee Monday in Lansing.
Mark Bashore WKAR

A Clare man has become the first mid-Michigan recipient of what's being called a "bionic" ankle.

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NewsRoom
3:01 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

MSU Appoints Hsu VP For Research And Graduate Studies

Dr. Steve Hsu becomes vice president for research and graduate studies at MSU August 20.
Scott Pohl, WKAR

Michigan State University has appointed a new vice president for research and graduate studies.

Dr. Steve Hsu is director of the Institute for Theoretical Science and a professor of physics at the University of Oregon.

Hsu has also started two software companies, and has experience in venture capital. He says he hopes to unlock the value in the research done at MSU.

With a background in physics, Hsu adds that the development of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams on campus helped attract him to the post.

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NewsRoom
6:30 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Board Of Canvassers To Meet On Ballot Questions

File Photo WKAR

A state elections board will meet to finalize the September 5 special primary that will narrow the field of candidates running to complete the term of Congressman Thad McCotter. The Livonia Republican resigned suddenly on July 6. The board will also make decisions about half a dozen petition drives that turned in signatures to put questions on the November ballot.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Motorcycle Culture at Heart of Haslett Company’s Success

Mark Bashore WKAR

A unique mid-Michigan business is succeeding in keeping it loose at work.  Baker Drive Train in Haslett has carved out a profitable niche in the motorcycle business with cutting edge transmissions it designs and sells all over the world.  WKAR’s Mark Bashore reports on a married couple who left their buttoned-down GM jobs to embrace the rowdier culture of high performance motorcycles. 

There’s energy on the shop floor to start the workday at Baker Drive Train.  A little ‘liquid metal’ with your caffeine of choice is just the ticket for clearing out the morning cobwebs.

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Snyder: Locals Should Not Expect State Funding to Help with Election Cost

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Governor Rick Snyder says local governments in the 11th congressional district should not expect the state to help cover the costs of a special primary to replace Congressman Thad McCotter. The cost is pegged at about $650,000.

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