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6:29 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Snyder Says He’s Still Willing to Work with Legislature on Health Care Law

Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes Republican lawmakers will act before the end of the summer to create an online place for people to comparison shop for health coverage.

The governor and Republicans in the state House have been at odds over the health care exchanges called for in the federal Affordable Care Act. GOP leaders say they wanted to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule before acting. Now that the court has upheld the law, Republicans say they still have a lot of questions.

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6:28 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Dem Chair Brewer Re-Files Campaign Complaint on Bolger, GOP Staff

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The chair of the Michigan Democratic Party says a prosecutor’s report shows his complaint of election law violations deserves another look. Mark Brewer says state House Speaker Jase Bolger and other Republicans used state resources to plot a lawmaker’s defection to the GOP and put a fake Democrat on the ballot.

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6:26 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Protesters Abound at Legislature’s Only Session Day in July

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The Legislature’s only session day in July was a magnet that drew protesters to Lansing.

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6:24 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Detroit Mayor Imposes New Contracts, Wage Cuts

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says he has imposed new union contracts aimed at saving the cash-strapped city more than $100 million annually.

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6:10 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

MSU Conducts Full-Scale Emergency Exercise

Regional first responders conducted a simulation involving a campus shooting Wednesday at Michigan State University
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Training to respond to acts of violence is a basic function of emergency personnel across the country.  On Wednesday, dozens of first responders from the Lansing region gathered at Michigan State University to test their skills in a mass casualty drill. 

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery watched the drill unfold.

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3:41 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Democrats Call for House Inquiry into Actions by Schmidt, Bolger

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Democrats at the state Capitol are calling for an investigation into whether House Speaker Jase Bolger and state Representative Roy Schmidt broke ethics rules.

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12:00 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Lansing Councilwoman Jody Washington Speaks About Her Roller Coaster Term

Lansing City Council member Jody Washington
Mark Bashore WKAR

Six months ago, political newcomer Jody Washington became Lansing’s First Ward representative on the city council.  She ran to address serious challenges like the city’s burgeoning, long-term pension and health care deficit. Washington calls her brief tenure a 'roller coaster' and admits being disappointed.  WKAR’s Mark Bashore sat down with her to explore why.

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7:12 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Superintendent: School Funding Reform Should Include Early Childhood, College

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The state’s education chief says money for early childhood education and community colleges needs to be part of fixing Michigan’s school funding system.

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7:06 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Juvenile Lifer Ruling Requires Authorities to Track Down Victims

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A state House committee held a hearing Tuesday on what Michigan needs to do to comply with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

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12:00 am
Tue July 17, 2012

The War Of 1812: A Michigan Bicentennial

The British took Fort Mackinac 200 years ago today. The British had built the fort and knew it was vulnerable from behind. Their surprise attack led to a quick surrender.
Courtesy Mackinac State Historic Parks

July 17 marks the bicentennial of a key date in the War of 1812, when the British captured Fort Mackinac at the onset of war. WKAR’s Scott Pohl speaks with Phil Porter about the historic date.

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6:28 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

School Funding Overhaul Could Be on The Way

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An overhaul of Michigan’s school funding system is in the works. Governor Rick Snyder wants to include school funding reform in his budget proposal next year.

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6:24 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Flint Judge Sets Deadline for State Welfare Review

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A judge in Flint has given the Michigan Department of Human Services until Aug. 10 to process 5,000 or more remaining applications for cash assistance from people whose benefits were ended because of a five-year federal limit.

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NewsRoom
6:22 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Criminal Justice Hearings Begin This Week At Capitol

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Two hearings this week at the state Capitol will address problems in Michigan’s criminal justice system.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

reWorking Michigan: City Team Reviews "Red Cedar Renaissance" Proposals

Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann is developing a strategy for a storm water treatment system at the site of the former Red Cedar golf course.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

In 2007, the city of Lansing closed the Red Cedar Golf Course near the Frandor shopping center for budgetary reasons.  Now, an economic development team is studying five proposals to revitalize a portion of the 61-acre tract.  Regardless of which plan is selected, the land will undergo a major engineering project to keep pollutants from storm water runoff from spilling into the Red Cedar River.   

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Complaints Continue on MI Fireworks Law

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Some state lawmakers are already discussing possible changes to Michigan’s new fireworks law.

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Election 2012
5:19 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Trio Bids for GOP Nod in 69th House Race

Frank Lambert (left), Susan McGillicuddy and George Nastas III are competing in the Republican primary on Aug. 7 to represent Michigan's 69th House district. The district includes East Lansing, Meridian Township and part of Ingham County.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Three candidates are competing for the Republican nomination to represent Michigan’s 69th state House district.  Last night, the trio appeared on a local government access TV show to debate the issues.

The GOP candidates for the 69th House district are Frank Lambert, a General Motors employee and part-time paralegal, George Nastas the Third, a 35-year Meridian Township resident, and current township supervisor Susan McGillicuddy.  The district encompasses Meridian Township, East Lansing and much of Ingham County.

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Election 2012
8:55 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Singh, Schmidt Debate Issues Facing Michigan's 69th House District

Democrats Susan Schmidt and Sam Singh are vying for Michigan's 69th district House seat.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

The two Democrats vying for Michigan’s 69th House district seat met last night in Meridian Township for a televised debate.  

Former East Lansing Mayor Sam Singh and career educator Susan Schmidt are running in the Democratic primary on August 7 for the right to represent the 69th House district, which encompasses East Lansing, Meridian Township and much of Ingham County. 

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Snyder Might Sign Voter ID Bill

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s open to re-visiting three controversial elections bills he vetoed recently.

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6:24 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Michigan St. Plans November Opening for Broad Art Museum

Courtesy Michigan State University

A new opening date has been set for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on the campus of Michigan State University.

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6:19 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

It Looks Like a Primary in The 11th Congressional District

Taxpayers might be able dodge the $650,000 cost of a special primary to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Congressman Thad McCotter. But only if the election is cancelled due to a lack of candidates.

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2:19 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Greater Lansing Gig.U Coalition Touts High Speed Internet Progress

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Michigan State University and local economic development officials say they’re making progress on expanding ultra-high speed internet service in the Lansing area.

A coalition called Greater Lansing Gig-U is announcing the creation of gigabitready.com, a website detailing property addresses that are ready to provide ultra-high speed internet service. Now being tested, a full-scale launch of the service is expected in the fall.

They’re also unveiling a gigabit certified building program.

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6:38 am
Thu July 12, 2012

MI Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments On PA 4 Referendum

The Michigan Supreme Court building.
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The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on whether a referendum on Michigan’s emergency manager law should appear on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Will The Tigers Make The Playoffs? Sportswriter Says Odds Are Fifty-Fifty

First baseman Prince Fielder won the Home Run Derby during the All-Star break. He has 15 home runs.
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The signing of slugger Prince Fielder was supposed to lead the Detroit Tigers to the American League Central Division crown and the playoffs this year, but so far, they’ve struggled.

        

At the All-Star Game break, Detroit is in third place, behind Chicago and Cleveland, three-and-a-half games out of first. A five-game winning streak heading into the break is cause for optimism, though.

        

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NewsRoom
6:49 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

For Second Time, Ingham Officials Stop Home Auction

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For the second time, Ingham County officials have intervened in the public auction of a Meridian Township home they say has been wrongfully foreclosed.

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6:41 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Business Groups Form “Vote No” Coalition

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A coalition of business groups will urge voters to say “no” to every question that appears on the November ballot.

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2:05 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Power Outage Shuts Down East Lansing City Hall

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Due to a power outage, City Hall in East Lansing has closed for the rest of the day. 54-B District Court and the Bailey Community Center are also closed. City officials are estimating that power will be restored at 5 p-m.

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9:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Utility Crews Repairing Ruptured Gas Main At MSU Police Station

A Consumers Energy crew works to repair a damaged gas main several yards away from the leak just outside the Michigan State University police headquarters.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Utility crews are working to seal a damaged gas line on the Michigan State University campus.

The ruptured line is outside the campus police station.

A landscaping crew reportedly was digging a hole to install a sign when they hit an unmarked gas line. A crew from Consumers Energy is on site to work on repairs.

There are no reports of injuries.

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12:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

New Bus Service Aims To Serve East Lansing Travelers

The Megabus.com service serving East Lansing will eventually run double-decker buses with a capacity of 81 passengers.
Courtesy Megabus.com

A motorcoach service with prices as low as one dollar will begin serving East Lansing tomorrow.

Megabus.com is adding a route that will include three daily trips linking Chicago, Grand Rapids, East Lansing and Detroit.

The Amtrak station on Harrison Road will be East Lansing’s pickup and dropoff site. Tickets can only be purchased online.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with Dale Moser, President of the Megabus parent company Coach USA, about the six-year-old business.

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Election 2012
6:37 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Special Election Called to Fill McCotter Seat

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has called a special election to fill the vacancy created by the sudden resignation last week of Congressman Thad McCotter.

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