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6:32 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Michigan Officials Brace for Health Care Decision

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Michigan officials are waiting to see how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the federal health care law championed by President Obama.

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8:31 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Snyder Signs New State Budget, Turns to Summer Priorities

Gov. Rick Snyder
Courtesy State of Michigan

Now that the budget’s done, Governor Rick Snyder goes to work on his goals for the balance of the summer. He spent a few minutes with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta just after he signed the new state budget.

RICK PLUTA:  Governor, thanks for sitting down with us.  So, just name one thing in this budget that you consider to be a really major accomplishment.

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6:21 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Governor Signs Budget; Says Tax Cut Will Boost Economy

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
Courtesy photo

Governor Rick Snyder has signed the new state budget. It’s a spending plan he says leaves room for an election year tax rollback.

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12:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

"Wicked" Returns To The Wharton Center

The stage at MSU's Wharton Center is being transformed into Oz for "Wicked".
Scott Pohl, WKAR

The musical “Wicked” is back in East Lansing.

For the next two weeks, the Wharton Center at Michigan State University will be transformed into the land of Oz for the Tony Award winning “untold story of the witches of Oz.”

WKAR's Scott Pohl went to the Wharton Center for load-in day.

When you’re touring the country with a big production like “Wicked,” there’s bound to be some confusion.

Assistant stage manager Matthew Leiner is responsible for the safety of the cast and crew. He says the first day in a new building is always a little nerve-wracking.

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8:36 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

City Center II Discussions End

Courtesy Strathmore Development

East Lansing city officials and Strathmore Development have ended years of ongoing discussions over City Center II.

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8:34 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Michigan Prepares to Re-sentence Juvenile Lifers

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Arrangements are being made to return more than 350 Michigan inmates to the courts where they were sentenced. The prisoners will get new sentences under a U.S. Supreme Court decision this week.

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8:31 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

MSU Colleges Look Ahead to Shared Space

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Michigan State University officials say they're excited to be moving ahead on a building that will be shared by its schools of engineering and human medicine.

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5:36 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Ingham County 911Dispatch Center to Open Wednesday

Ingham 911 Dispatch Center Director Lance Langdon says his team will be ready for business when the new center opens Wednesday.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Ingham County’s new consolidated 911 dispatch center is set to open Wednesday.  Its start comes after a brief court-ordered delay at the request of the dispatchers.

Dispatchers had asked an Ingham County judge to block the county center’s opening because they felt their training had been inadequate.  The new center uses a telephone touch screen system that displays information about county emergency units and assets.  The dispatchers had been trained in Livingston County, and said that information did not give an accurate picture of their duties. 

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12:00 am
Tue June 26, 2012

In East Lansing, Critical City Center II Review Begins Today

Courtesy Strathmore Development

For years, East Lansing has struggled over what to do about the derelict buildings at Grand River and Abbot Road.  Some say an ambitious, multi-use development--City Center II--could be transformational.   That  proposal enters a crucial phase today.  The city council begins what could be the final discussions involving Strathmore Development’s $105-million downtown development plan.  WKAR’s Mark Bashore reports on what could be “high noon” for the seven year old public-private venture.

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6:25 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

U.S. High Court Ruling Gives Some Hope of Parole to Juvenile Lifers

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

The U. S. Supreme Court has struck down state laws like one in Michigan that automatically sends some juveniles to prison for life with no chance of parole.

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6:23 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Warren Could Challenge Michigan Fireworks Law

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A suburban Detroit mayor says a new ordinance under consideration in his city could challenge state law making powerful fireworks legal in Michigan.

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6:21 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

MI Colleges, Universities Getting $300M for Projects

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill investing more than $300 million in infrastructure projects at Michigan's colleges and universities.

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3:08 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

SCOTUS Ruling Gives 350+ MI Inmates Chance For Parole

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the constitutionality of state laws allowing juveniles to be sentenced to life without parole.
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The U.S.  Supreme Court has struck down state laws that allow juveniles to be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. Michigan is one of several states that allowed juveniles to be sentenced to life without parole.

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8:38 am
Mon June 25, 2012

National Jobs Fair Targets Unemployed Military Veterans

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A jobs fair for veterans in Detroit this week is expected to draw thousands of job seekers and prospective employers from across the Midwest.

The event is sponsored by the U.S. Veterans Administration.  The need in Michigan and surrounding states was a big reason to hold the event in Detroit.

Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs deputy director Jason Allen says more than one in 10 Michigan veterans are unemployed and looking for work.  Employers from across the Midwest will be interviewing for 22,000 openings.  

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7:39 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Fundraiser Helps Family Follow Gymnast Jordyn Wieber To The Olympics

Gymnast Jordyn Wieber signs an autograph for a fan at a fundraiser to help her family attend the Olympic Games in London.
Sherry Bass-Pohl

    Hundreds of people were on hand yesterday at a DeWitt church to help the family of Olympic hopeful Jordyn Wieber follow her to London this summer.
    Wieber's mother, Rita, expressed gratitude for the turnout. 

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

reWorking Michigan: National Conference May Benefit Michigan Veterans

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At more than 700,000, Michigan has one of the nation’s largest military veteran populations.  That’s a number any state would be proud of.  But Michigan also has America’s highest rate of unemployed veterans.

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6:27 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Commission Recommends Agency to Oversee Indigent Defense

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A commission appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to look at how Michigan ensures everyone accused of a crime gets a decent legal defense has made its recommendations.

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6:20 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

City Center II Developer's Financing Plan Front and Center in EL

Sketch courtesy Strathmore Development

East Lansing officials will soon begin discussing critical details of the long-delayed 'City Center II' development.

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2:11 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

USDA Undersecretary Praises Senate Farm Bill Passage

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U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary Dallas Tonsager is praising the Senate’s passage of a $1 trillion farm bill.  Tonsager was in mid-Michigan Friday to meet with farmers and homeowners. 

The farm bill that cleared the Senate Thursday cuts some $24 billion over the next decade.  It would end direct federal subsidies to farmers who’ve relied on those payments since the 1980’s.  Tonsager says farmers are doing well enough economically that there’s less need now for government assistance.

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11:04 am
Fri June 22, 2012

MSU Trustees Approve Budget, Tuition Rates Rise

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Michigan State University officials have approved a 2012-2013 budget that includes a 3.5% increase in undergraduate, in-state tuition rates.  Out-of-state students will pay 5% more.

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12:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

MPRN's Rick Pluta Shares Thoughts On Primary, Legislature, More

The Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta.
Melissa Benmark WKAR

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network, and you hear his reports on state politics every morning here on 90.5.  Between an eventful few weeks in Lansing and the approach of the August primary, it seemed like a good time to get his perspective. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.

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12:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

MSU Summer Program Preps Tomorrow's Jazz Masters

Local middle and high school students are completing a week-long jazz camp at Michigan State University. They'll cap their studies Friday evening with a live performance at the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in East Lansing.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

This week, dozens of aspiring young musicians are wrapping up their time in the woodshed.  That’s how jazz artists describe the countless hours of practice to hone their skills and develop their craft.

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6:36 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Business Group Files Objection to Labor Ballot Drive

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A coalition of business organizations has asked Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to block a measure from the November ballot.

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6:31 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Lansing Red Cross Strike Ends

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Around 50 American Red Cross workers in Lansing have returned to work after an 11-week strike.

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2:32 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

MSU Trustees To Consider Budget, Renovations

Hannah Administration Building, MSU.
WKAR File Photo

    The Michigan State University Board of Trustees will discuss the budget on Friday.
    Plans for several projects on campus are also on the agenda.
    The Board is expected to adopt the 2012-13 budget development guidelines, along with the 2013-14 preliminary general fund budget guidelines.
    Among projects to be considered are construction of a new high bay in the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, renovations to the College of Music Community School, and energy saving measures for Anthony Hall.

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12:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Broad Art Museum Opening A Pop-Up Museum In Old Town Lansing

Kristin Cammermeyer works on installing her piece "Painting #2" at her Old Town exhibition.
Scott Pohl WKAR

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is opening another exhibition away from the MSU campus.

In Old Town Lansing, a show featuring the work of Kristin Cammermeyer, a recent graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, kicks off Friday.

The exhibit is at the former Chrome Cat bar on Grand River Avenue.

Broad Art Museum curator Alison Gass likes the notion of taking over a found space not designed to be a museum. That’s what they’re doing at this pop-up museum in Lansing.

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6:51 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Casino Drive Says It Has Enough Signatures

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A drive to allow eight new privately owned casinos in Michigan says it’s gathered more than enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

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6:44 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Judge Blocks Law to Stop Health Care Union Dues

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

A judge has blocked a new Michigan law that was intended to cut off union dues paid by home health care workers.

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6:38 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Mich. Communities Move to Silence Bigger Fireworks

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Grand Rapids is among a growing number of Michigan communities seeking to silence more powerful fireworks that now are legal in the state.

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2:21 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Davenport University To Create New Downtown Lansing Campus

This artist's rendering shows the planned site of Davenport University's new downtown Lansing campus. The university will renovate the 55,000 square foot Grand View Center building. Classes are slated to begin in the fall of 2013.
Courtesy Davenport University

Davenport University is announcing plans to create a new campus in downtown Lansing.  The private non-profit school will renovate a nine-story building on Grand Avenue.

Davenport University will remodel the 55,000 square foot Grand View Center building in Lansing to accommodate up to two thousand students.  The new space will house a number of medical and IT programs and will include hi-tech classrooms and labs. 

President Richard Pappas says the location is ideal for its plans to be part of a downtown educational corridor.

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