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6:31 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Lansing Council Member Blasts Bernero Over Comment

Lansing City Council member Jody Washington
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First term Lansing City Council member Jody Washington has upbraided Mayor Virg Bernero, alleging he referred to her as "Eric Hewitt in drag."

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12:00 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Drought Begins to Worry Mid-Michigan Corn Growers

With more plentiful rain, Lane Cook's sweet corn would be a few feet taller. The Okemos farmer is bracing for a poor harvest.
Mark Bashore WKAR

2012 is already unfolding as a year that many Michigan crop growers would like to forget. The state’s warmest March ever led to the destruction of almost all of its apples and tart cherries--a combined loss in the hundreds of millions of dollars. As summer settles in, a prolonged dry spell has thousands of mid- and south-Michigan corn growers praying for rain.

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Electin 2012
6:38 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Four More Campaigns File Questions for November Ballot

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Monday was the deadline for ballot campaigns to turn in their petitions. A total of six questions and a referendum have filed to appear on the November ballot.

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Electino 2012
6:21 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Today Is Deadline For Filing Ballot Petitions

Michigan's State Capitol.
File photo WKAR

The deadline is here for ballot campaigns to submit petition signatures to get their questions in front of voters this fall. There could be half a dozen or more questions on the November ballot.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Smart Phone App Development On The Rise

Emily Brozovic checks out her smart phone app, People Like Me.
Scott Pohl WKAR

A growing number of people carrying smart phones means companies that develop apps need to find skilled employees. People filling those jobs in Michigan are staying in the state, or even moving back to Michigan.

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NewsRoom
6:31 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

NWS: Lansing Sets Its All Time High Temperature Record

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The National Weather Service says Lansing set a record Friday for its highest temperature ever officially recorded.

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6:21 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Renewable Energy Campaign Files for November Ballot

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The campaign to get voters to place renewable energy standards in the Michigan Constitution filed petition signatures Friday to get on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:16 am
Fri July 6, 2012

550,000 Names Support Health Workers' Ballot Question

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A campaign to guarantee union bargaining rights for home health care workers says it will turn in more than half a million signatures to get on the statewide ballot.

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12:00 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Common Ground Festival To Bring Music To Downtown Lansing

Courtesy Common Ground Music Festival

The 2012 Common Ground Music Festival starts next week on the banks of the Grand River in downtown Lansing. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with the co-executive director of the festival, Scott Keith, for a preview of the Festival.

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NewsRoom
6:34 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

About 400,000 Lose Power in Michigan Amid Storms

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Utilities say about 400,000 homes and businesses across Michigan lost power following several days of thunderstorms and hot weather.

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NewsRoom
6:30 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Voters Have Until Monday to Register for Primary

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Michigan residents who want to vote in the August 7 primary election have only a few days left to register.

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NewsRoom
8:04 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Landowners Still Need Approval to Dig Up Beaches

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Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation recently that allows Great Lakes property owners to use tillers to dig up plants on the shoreline as long as they get a federal permit. But another fight is brewing over relaxing environmental rules to make it easier for developers to build on sand dunes.

Michigan has very stringent rules that prohibit building on environmentally sensitive dunes. Developers say it is possible to build on dunes set back from the shoreline without harming the view, or causing other environmental damage.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Meet "Wicked" Star Billy Tighe

Billy Tighe stars as Fiyero in the production of "Wicked," now at the Wharton Center.
Scott Pohl WKAR

The Broadway musical “Wicked” is in its second and final week of another run at the Wharton Center. Billy Tighe plays Fiyero, the male lead in "Wicked," the story of the witches Elpheba and Glinda. Fiyero is a key figure in how the others transform into the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the North in the land of Oz. Tighe speaks with WKAR’s Scott Pohl about playing the role of the love interest in “Wicked.”

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12:00 am
Wed July 4, 2012

New Law, Heat Wave Bring Ups and Downs for Fireworks Vendors

A new state law allows retailers to sell a more diverse array of fireworks in Michigan. But for some vendors, the recent heat wave is causing a drop in sales.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Happy Independence Day!  As we celebrate our 236th birthday as a nation, you might not see as many fireworks light up the sky this evening.  The long stretch of hot, dry weather we’re experiencing is forcing many local authorities to postpone their fireworks displays.  For fireworks retailers, the season has been a good news, bad news story.  Some vendors are seeing the weather bite into their revenues, but they’re also reveling in a new state law that allows them to sell more pyrotechnics than ever before.

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NewsRoom
6:37 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Snyder Vetoes GOP-Backed Election Measures

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Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed bills sent to him by the Republican-led Legislature that would have required people to show a photo I-D, and affirm their U.S. citizenship by checking a box on a form before they could get an absentee ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:34 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Health Officials: West Nile Found Early in Mich.

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Health officials say they've identified West Nile virus in two Michigan counties, the earliest such detection in several years as weather conditions encourage the presence of mosquitoes.

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NewsRoom
2:33 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

President Simon Expects F-RIB Strategy in 2-3 Weeks

Courtesy Michigan State University

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon says she expects to announce a strategy for the school's much anticipated F-RIB project in two to three weeks.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Judge Economy: Life Prison Sentence Still Possible for Lansing Teen

Judge George Economy
Courtesy Ingham County

A ruling last week by the U.S. Supreme Court has confusing repercussions for a recent court decision in Lansing.  The high court ruled that laws like Michigan’s that sometimes mandate life sentences for juveniles found guilty of serious crimes are unconstitutional.

In January, a jury found 15-year old Charles Lewis Junior of Lansing guilty of accomplice to murder, a felony. WKAR’ Mark Bashore spoke with Ingham County Judge George Economy to clarify how the ruling impacts Lewis’ sentence.     

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NewsRoom
6:19 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Senator: Representing Children, Mentally Ill Should Be Public Defense Specialty

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Hearings are supposed to begin this summer on plans to ensure poor defendants get a fair shake in the legal system.

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6:16 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Safety Concerns Lead to Fireworks Ban at Lansing July 4th Event

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City of Lansing officials say it will ban fireworks from Adado Riverfront Park Wednesday night at the city's Independence Day celebration.  

A statement from the office of Mayor Virg Bernero says the ban is due to dry conditions and to ensure safety.

NewsRoom
6:56 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Fire danger high as July 4th holiday grows close

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Dry conditions across much of Michigan have fire safety officials on high alert. Governor Rick Snyder is considering a ban on open burning across much of the state, but won’t prohibit fireworks before the July Fourth holiday.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Preparing Tomorrow's Primary Care Doctors

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Last week’s historic Supreme Court decision upholding President Obama’s Affordable Care Act clears the way for some 32 million people to receive health insurance under Medicaid.  But many health experts fear there may not be enough doctors to serve everyone.  The nation is in the midst of a shortage of primary care physicians. 

In this week’s reWorking Michigan report, WKAR’s Kevin Lavery looks at how those who train tomorrow’s health care providers in mid-Michigan are getting ready for the influx of patients.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

MSU Remembers Morrill Act on Its Sesquicentennial

MSU's Morrill Hall is named after the U.S. Senator who sponsored 1862's landmark Morrill Act.
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Today marks the 150th anniversary of a landmark law that revolutionized American education.  As WKAR’s Mark Bashore reports, the Morrill Act traces its roots to mid-Michigan.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Snyder Signs Income Tax Cut

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a reduction in the state income tax.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Emergency Manager Case Goes to Michigan Supreme Court

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The group that’s trying to keep a referendum on Michigan’s emergency manager law off the November ballot has taken its case to the state Supreme Court.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Advocates Say It’s Time for Michigan to Enact Healthcare Law

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There are differences of opinion at the state Capitol on how to proceed with complying with the federal health care law now that it’s been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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5:17 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Health Care Reform: Medicaid Won’t Cover Severely Impoverished

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Many people in mid-Michigan are praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.  But local health officials see a gap in the law that poses a particular challenge.

The cheering audience gathered at Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lansing typified the reaction of millions of Americas applauding the Supreme Court ruling. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

The Greater Lansing Business Monthly Turns 25

Along with publishing the Greater Lansing Business Monthly, Chris Holman hosts the "Michigan Business Beat" radio program on the Michigan Business Network.
Scott Pohl, WKAR

In 1987, Chris Holman left teaching and coaching to forge a career in publishing.

Today, the Greater Lansing Business Monthly is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an event at the Lansing Center.

Along with the magazine, Holman hosts a radio program called “Michigan Business Beat” on the Michigan Business Network, and has a hand in a number of other ventures.

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NewsRoom
6:40 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Lansing Area Fire Departments Set Burning Ban

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Lansing area fire officials have imposed an outdoor burning ban to take effect Friday morning.

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NewsRoom
6:35 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Court says State Agency can Impose Welfare Time Limits

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The Michigan Court of Appeals says the state Department of Human Services can cut off cash assistance welfare benefits to people who hit the federal time limit – even if they have time remaining on their state benefits.

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