The two state offices dealing most closely with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and the city's efforts to fix its poor finances say they're pleased by the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging a consent agreement designed to correct the city's fiscal troubles.
Legislation that would exempt cocktails sold in pouches from Michigan’s 10-cent bottle deposit law is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder. The state Senate approved a final version of the legislation and the House concurred.
Richard and Kathy Verlander have written a book about raising star athletes. Their credentials? Son Justin of the Detroit Tigers won the American League Cy Young Award and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. His brother, Ben, is a Tigers prospect. WKAR's Scott Pohl talks with Richard Verlander.
An Ovid resident has some giant guests in her yard who've worn out their welcome.
Giant hogweed is a towering plant that can grow as tall as 14 feet, with white flowers spreading up to two feet in diameter. While it’s nice to look at, giant hogweed is a highly toxic plant that can cause severe burns and even blindness.
Botanist Peter Carrington is the man Michigan State University is sending to uproot this invasive species. He’s the assistant curator of the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden at MSU.
Ingham County officials hope to learn more this week about the chances of recovering over 130,000 lost electronic documents. WKAR has learned county IT workers accidentally deleted the data from the server of County Clerk Mike Bryanton on May 25. Later, they learned the system meant to back up the data was corrupt.
As the country inches closer to a presidential election, the ranks of the alienated American voter appear to be growing. A survey last week by the Pew Center finds that 38-percent of those polled label themselves ‘independent,’ not ‘Democrat’ or ‘Republican.’ That’s the largest number since the Great Depression.
As part of our "Election 2012" coverage, WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with a long-time Michigan policy insider about the study.
Barely a week ago, California voters approved changes to the state’s term limits law. California will now allow state lawmakers to serve up to a dozen years in one chamber before they are forced out of office. A Republican legislator in Michigan hopes this state will follow California’s example.
California’s old term limits law was similar to the one in Michigan that allows lawmakers no more than six years in the House and eight years in the Senate.
Economic gardening -- helping local entrepreneurs grow their own jobs rather than recruiting new workers from outside -- is building strong roots in Michigan. KI Technology Group recently took part in Michigan's economic gardening pilot program.
Sparrow Health System in Lansing is joining forces with one of the nation’s most renowned names in health care.
Sparrow Health System is the first in Michigan to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The alliance will give Sparrow caregivers and patients direct access to Mayo’s research and expertise. Sparrow joins four other U.S. health providers in the Mayo network.
Sparrow CEO Dennis Swan says his organization and the Mayo Clinic share core values.
The Ingham County clerk’s office is relying on thousands of paper records after IT personnel accidentally deleted electronic data late last month.
WKAR has learned that on May 25, technicians deleted expired electronic records in the Register of Deeds' computer system. Later they discovered the operation took out more than 130,000 records maintained by county clerk Mike Bryanton. Those include campaign finance data, births, deaths and weapons permits.
Bryanton downplays the impact on daily county business.
A Michigan State University scientist is the lead author of a paper that outlines MSU's work in manufacturing a protein that's showing promise as an effective agent against serious flu viruses. MSU performed the study in partnership with the Baker Laboratory at the University of Washington and the Wilson Lab at the Scripps Research Institute.
Tim Whitehead is an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science as well as Biosystems Engineering at MSU. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark about the research.
Until recently, Border Collies were bred specifically to work livestock. Now, they’re getting more popular as pets, but sometimes people who have a Border Collie find themselves accommodating the dogs’ natural instinct to herd.
Keeping a Border Collie busy can become a new way of life for some dog owners.
Penn Jillette is half of the famous magic act Penn and Teller. Other magicians have criticized their act because they often show the audience the reality of how a trick is performed. That’s an act of sacrilege in the magic community, but audiences love it.
Jillette has become prominent with another act of sacrilege. He’s an outspoken atheist.