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Election 2012
12:00 am
Tue June 12, 2012

MSU Policy Pro Expects Divisive General Election

Courtesy Michigan State Univ Institute for Public Policy and Social Research

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. 

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6:24 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Romney to Make Michigan Visit Next Week

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Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney will make a two-day campaign and fundraising swing through Michigan next week.

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6:21 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Bing: State Likely Will Withhold Revenue Sharing

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing told City Council that state revenue sharing likely will be withheld unless a lawsuit challenging Gov. Rick Snyder's consent agreement with the city is dropped.

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6:17 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Lawmaker Hopes Michigan Will Follow California’s Example On Term Limits

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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.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon June 11, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Economic Gardening Helps Growth Companies Build Strategies

KI Technology Group in East Lansing was one of 54 Michigan companies selected to participate in the Pure Michigan Business Connect Economic Gardening Pilot Program.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

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.

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6:25 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Court of Appeals Punts on Emergency Law Decision

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A special seven-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals will decide whether a referendum challenging Michigan’s emergency manager law will appear on the November ballot.

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2:30 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Sparrow joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Sparrow Health Systems is joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network.
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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.

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1:18 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Ingham County Loses More Than 130,000 e-Records

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.

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12:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

MSU Develops Flu Fighting Protein

MSU's Tim Whitehead.
Kurt Stepnitz

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.

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6:49 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Michigan Rising Hangs Up Snyder Recall Effort

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The group trying to recall Governor Rick Snyder says it’s giving up.

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6:29 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

House Committee Moves Abortion Measures to Floor

A state House committee has approved a sweeping new set of restrictions and requirements on abortion providers and women who want to end their pregnancies.

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6:21 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

MI Budget Czar: Go Slow on Teacher Retirement Changes

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Michigan's budget director says he doesn't want lawmakers to pass legislation next week putting new teachers into a 401(k)-style retirement plan.

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1:54 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Meridian Mall Theatres Find New Life As Studio C!

When the former Meridian Mall Theatres become Studio C!, the Celebration! Cinema operation will include stadium seating and chef-prepared food service.
Scott Pohl WKAR

The long-shuttered Meridian Mall Theatres in Okemos are being renovated, and will become a Celebration! Cinema operation.
   
When Studio C! opens by the end of the year, the movie-going experience will include reserved seating and chef-prepared food options.

Marketing Vice President Steve Van Wagoner says the building will undergo extensive renovations.

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11:30 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Border Collie Owners Take Sheep Herding Lessons

At Windswept Farm, Dot watches attentively while Tim drives the sheep.
Gretchen Millich, WKAR News

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.

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6:27 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

MI House Approves Income Tax Rollback

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The state House has approved an election year tax reduction. The measures now head to the state Senate.

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6:23 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Michigan Senate Passes 'Conversion School' Bill

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A bill that has passed the Michigan Senate would allow the lowest-performing 5% of schools to leave their districts and become so-called "conversion" schools.

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6:18 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

McCotter Officially Removed from Ballot, AG Takes Over

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Republican Congressman Thad McCotter has been officially removed from the August primary ballot by a state elections board.

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12:00 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Penn Jillette Brings Atheism Message To East Lansing

Penn Jillette will talk about his latest book at the Hannah Center in East Lansing tonight.
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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.

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6:19 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Education Budget Headed to Snyder

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A budget for schools, universities, and community colleges is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder.

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6:15 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Michigan Bill on Job Seekers' Social Media Privacy

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A Michigan House committee has approved legislation that would bar employers and universities from asking prospective employees or students for access to their social media and personal email accounts.

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1:47 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

East Lansing Downtown Development Hits A Snag

Work has begun on a fifth floor at the St. Anne Luxury Lofts in downtown East Lansing. The city council had only approved four stories.
Photo: Scott Pohl WKAR

The St. Anne Luxury Lofts development in East Lansing has hit a snag.
    

WKAR's Scott Pohl reports that work has begun on a fifth story, when the city council had only approved four.
 

East Lansing Planning and Community Development Director Tim Dempsey describes the situation as a miscommunication between the city and developer Kris Elliott. When the city learned that work had begun on a fifth floor, it was made clear that the change required council's OK.
    

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12:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Embattled Samaritan: Lansing’s Michael Brown Leads Flint During Emergency

Mark Bashore WKAR

Michael Brown has spent decades in public service putting out fires.  Nine years ago, he restored order at the Capital Area United Way after a $900,000 embezzlement scandal.  He’s also served as interim mayor of the city he grew up in, Flint.Today, Brown is battling his biggest firestorm yet.  For the last six months, he has served as Flint’s Emergency Manager.  WKAR’s Mark Bashore has this profile of a Lansing resident in the eye of a political storm.

 

Take a seat in Michael Brown’s downtown Flint office and it’s impossible not to see the man who inspired his career.

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7:23 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Report: Governor Has Plan to Bypass Legislature on Bridge

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A published report says Governor Rick Snyder is ready to bypass a reluctant Legislature and move ahead with a new international border crossing in Detroit.

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7:20 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Officials Work to Submit Anti-Bullying Policies

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Officials in Michigan are working to submit anti-bullying policies that are required by Wednesday in public school districts and charter schools statewide.

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6:47 am
Mon June 4, 2012

LaHood Visits Detroit For Mass Transit Meeting

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The future of mass transit in Detroit will be the topic of a meeting that brings U. S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to Michigan. City, state, and federal officials are hoping to get some financial support for a light rail project down Detroit’s main thoroughfare.

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12:00 am
Mon June 4, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Raising Money With Kickstarter

NyShell Imari is the author of "Scarred: The Beauty In My Pain." She used Kickstarter to raise seed money to publish the book.
Photo: Scott Pohl WKAR

Some local entrepreneurs in need of start-up funding are turning to Kickstarter.  It's a website for raising those crucial first dollars that can get a project started.

NyShell Imari is a young poet from Lansing who needed to raise money so she could publish some of her work. To do that, she turned to Kickstarter.

“I was hoping to raise $700,” Imari says. “That was to go towards the publication and distribution of the book. Online, within the 30 days, I was able to raise $825.”

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6:35 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Michigan Unemployment Bonds Receive Top Ratings

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The three national ratings agencies have awarded their highest scores to bonds Michigan is selling to pay off federal loans used to cover unemployment benefits during the recession when the state's unemployment fund ran dry.

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6:30 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

GM to Buy Out White-Collar Pensions

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General Motors is changing the way it pays monthly benefits to white-collar retirees, and cutting its U.S. pension obligation by $26 billion.

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3:20 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Michigan Business Leaders to Sign Trade Partnership with Turkey

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About 65 Michigan business and civic leaders are traveling to Turkey this weekend to sign a historic partnership.  Members of the East Lansing-based Prima Civitas Foundation and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, or LEAP, will meet with automotive parts makers and exporters in Istanbul.  There, they’ll sign two “memorandums of understanding” that will facilitate trade alliances between Michigan and Turkey. 

Ray DeWinkle is leading the Lansing area team.  He’s the senior vice-president of global business development for LEAP. 

De Winkle told WKAR’s Kevin Lavery the trip stems from a prior meeting with the head of a leading auto parts association in Turkey.

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5:25 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Hundreds of School Districts to Receive Raise in Per Pupil Funding

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Hundreds of school districts that now get the minimum amount of state aid will get $120 more per student this fall under a compromise reached by state lawmakers.

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