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5:21 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Snyder Says Michigan Should Be North America's Manufacturing Capital

Courtesy State of Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan can be the leading center of manufacturing in North America – if the state makes the right moves.

The governor delivered an address to 1,500 people attending a business conference on Mackinac Island.

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5:11 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

MI Supreme Court Rules on Medical Marijuana Defense

WKAR File Photo

An opinion by the state Supreme Court adds some definition to Michigan’s 2008 voter-approved medical marijuana law.

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6:55 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Hoekstra Says Agency Idea Is To Avert Future Birther Controversies

Former west Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra is defending his idea to have a federal agency check the qualifications of presidential candidates.

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12:00 am
Thu May 31, 2012

MSU Benefactor Eli Broad Talks About His New Book: "The Art Of Being Unreasonable"

The cover of "The Art Of Being Unreasonable" depicts Eli Broad with one of artist Jeff Koons' famous balloon animal sculptures.
Courtesy Graphic

At Michigan State University, few names are as recognizable as that of Eli Broad.

Broad’s financial support of his alma mater is unmatched. In total, Broad and his wife Edythe have given MSU more than $60 million. Those gifts have primarily supported the College of Business, the school’s new art museum, and MSU’s partnership with Detroit public schools.

Forbes magazine estimates his net worth at $6.3 billion.

In a new book, Broad now tells the story of how he made his fortune.

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6:35 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Formal Investigation into McCotter Petitions Will Wait

MI Congressman Thad McCotter
Courtesy photo

The formal investigation into possible petition fraud by Congressman Thaddeus McCotter’s reelection campaign will wait until after an elections board meets next week.

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6:33 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

MI Business Leaders Seek Greater Pre-School Access

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A coalition of business leaders says Michigan’s economic future depends on preschool accessibility for children at risk.

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11:30 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Petoskey Will Host International Hemingway Conference

Hemingway frequented the Horton Bay General Store as a boy and a young man.
Photo courtesy of the Michigan Hemingway Society.

Growing up, Ernest Hemingway spent many summers in northern Michigan, hunting and fishing with his father.  Those years had a great influence on his work, especially the Nick Adams stories.  While the International Hemingway Society often holds their conferences in Hemingway haunts such as Paris and Key West,  this year, for the first time, it will be held in Petoskey, starting June 17th.

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6:24 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Emergent BioSolutions Breaks Ground on New Project

Groundbreaking ceremonies Tuesday at Lansing's Emergent BioSolutions. L-R: MI Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Mayor Virg Bernero, Emergent CEO Daniel J. Abdun-Nabi, Emergent Executive Vice President Adam Havey, Lansing City Councilperson A'Lynne Robinson
Courtesy Emergent Biosolutions

Five weeks after announcing a planned $108 million expansion in Lansing, Emergent BioSolutions has broken ground on the first phase of the project.

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4:24 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

LBWL “Tops Out” New REO Town Plant

Scott Pohl WKAR

The Lansing Board of Water and Light is celebrating an early milestone in the construction of its new cogeneration plant in REO Town.

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3:29 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Ingham Road Official Reassumes Position

WKAR File Photo

A top administrator at the Ingham County Road Commission says he is “elated” to be back at his old position.

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6:45 am
Tue May 29, 2012

McCotter Expected To Announce Plans

Congressman Thad McCotter
Courtesy photo

Michigan Congressman Thad McCotter is expected to announce his plans following news that his campaign may not have gathered enough petition signatures to qualify for the primary ballot.

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12:00 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Haslett Resident Speaks Out on Controversial EM Role

Emergency Financial Manager Dr. Don Weatherspoon
Courtesy Michigan State Univ School of Criminal Justice

While efforts continue to reverse Michigan’s controversial Emergency Manager law, seven of these appointees continue their work across the state. They’re trying to restore financial stability in four cities and three school districts.  

Opponents of last year’s law say it subverts the democratic process by granting Emergency Managers unprecedented authority.  That includes the power to cancel union contracts, dismiss employees and sell assets.  Proponents, including Governor Rick Snyder, say it’s the only way out for cities and school districts mired in debt.  

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7:31 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Film Subsidy Boost Part Of Budget Deal

The Legislature is expected to adopt a budget deal this week that includes doubling the amount of money set aside to subsidize making movies, TV shows, and commercials in Michigan.

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11:30 pm
Sun May 27, 2012

reWorking Michigan: TV Show Encourages Kids and Adults to Keep Learning

Madison Hoover and Jordan Olson are two of the local hosts on LRN 101.
Photo courtesy of Such Video.

A new television series called LRN 101 is airing on WKAR TV.  It’s the brainchild of Keep Learning, a non-profit group committed to promoting education in the Lansing area.   Our reWorking Michigan report looks at how the show can influence the perception of education.  

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7:27 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Snyder Declares State of Disaster in 2 UP Counties

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Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of disaster in the Upper Peninsula counties of Luce and Schoolcraft, where wildfires already have consumed more than 20,000 acres.

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7:17 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Lansing Lands Piece of MI Brownfield Grant

WKAR file photo

Several Michigan communities--one of them Lansing--are getting a share of $2.4 million in federal grants to help clean up brownfield sites.

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9:06 am
Fri May 25, 2012

State Shakes Up Prisons Around Michigan

The state Department of Corrections plans to close two prisons and convert one of them to a holding facility for alleged parole violators.

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12:00 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Under The Radar: Raphael Reviews "The Murder of the Century"

"Under The Radar" reviewer Lev Raphael.
Courtesy Lev Raphael

Our book reviewer Lev Raphael is especially fond of the Gilded Age, and he has a review of Paul Collins' book, "The Murder of the Century." It's about a sensational murder in New York City in 1897.

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12:38 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

MSU And Sparrow Hospital Alliance Expanded

Sparrow Hospital in Lansing is adding a new Center for Innovation to its affiliation with Michigan State University.
WKAR File Photo

Michigan State University and Sparrow Hospital in Lansing have added a new Center for Innovation to their three-year-old affiliation.

 

The new center will be devoted to researching how to improve the patient experience. A search for a director to lead the effort is underway.

 

Dr. Brian Schroeder is Sparrow's Chief of Medical Affairs. He says the hospital and MSU want to learn more about how patients perceive the quality of their care.

 

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6:59 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Lansing Budget Faces Likely Mayoral Veto

WKAR File Photo

On Monday, the Lansing city council approved a budget for the coming fiscal year, but Mayor Virg Bernero is expected to veto some or all of the spending plan today.

WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke with Angela Wittrock, who covers the city for MLive.com, about what happens next.

SCOTT POHL: What are the major differences between what Mayor Bernero wants and what the city council gave him on Monday?

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6:16 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Income Tax Rollback Grows More Likely

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It appears a budget deal between Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders could include an election year tax cut.

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6:10 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Bill Would Exempt Booze in Pouches from Bottle Deposit Law

WKAR file photo

There’s a debate underway in Lansing on whether to extend the 10-cent bottle deposit to alcoholic beverages sold in pouches.

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11:30 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

LCC Dean Calls Student Debt "A Bubble About to Burst"

Dr. Evan Montague is Dean of Student Services at Lansing Community College.
Photo courtesy of Lansing Community College

Last Saturday, hundreds of students graduated from Lansing Community College.  It was a time for celebration, but many of them are already in debt.  Some will go on to four-year universities, where they’ll probably have to borrow a lot more money.

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6:29 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Court Rules Review Teams Can Meet in Secret

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Review teams that recommend whether a city or school district should be taken over by a state-appointed emergency manager don’t have to meet in public.

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6:26 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Mich. House to Vote on Election Law Changes

WKAR file photo

Protesters have disrupted a meeting in which a Michigan House committee approved a series of proposed election law changes, including one that would require a voter to present a photo ID or birth certificate when registering to vote.

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3:11 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Lansing Council Leaders, Mayor Hope to Sway BWL Board

WKAR file photo

Two versions of a proposed Lansing city budget go before Lansing Board of Water and Light commissioners today.

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12:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Eaton Rapids Considers Response to Teen Fighting

Courtesy City of Eaton Rapids

Residents of Eaton Rapids are watching a disturbing trend in their city.  Officials there have been looking into a rise in teen fighting.

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6:33 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

MI Catholic Conference Sues Obama Administration

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The Michigan Catholic Conference is in federal court in an effort to reverse an Obama administration rule that requires employer health plans to cover contraception.

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6:29 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Michigan House Panel Changes Teacher Benefits Bill

WKAR file photo

New teachers in Michigan still would get hybrid pensions under changes made to a teacher benefits bill.

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7:58 am
Mon May 21, 2012

School Employees Would Face Higher Benefits Costs Under House Plan

WKAR File Photo

A state House committee goes to work this morning on a plan that would force teachers and other school employees to pay more for their retirement benefits. 

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