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12:00 am
Wed May 9, 2012

LSO Preview: MasterWorks 6 Features Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky

LSO Music Director Timothy Muffitt
Courtesy Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra closes out its season this week with a rare Thursday night performance. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with music director Timothy Muffitt about the program, which features piano soloist Charlie Albright.

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Election 2012
6:31 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

At LCC, Romney Says Recovery Taking Too Long Under Obama

Mark Bashore WKAR

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney returned to Michigan on Tuesday to deliver an address at Lansing Community College.

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12:00 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Lansing Attorney Responds to MI Marijuana Proposals

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Michigan lawmakers have begun addressing the state’s often criticized medical marijuana law.  Voter approval of the statute in 2008 has been followed by years of legal confusion over its enforcement.  Last November, a State Court of Appeals ruling—People versus McQueen--led to the closure of many marijuana dispensaries and made the drug more difficult to obtain, even for cardholding patients.

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6:38 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Elections to be Held in 70 Mich. Counties Tuesday

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Communities and school districts in 70 counties will be holding local elections on Tuesday.

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6:36 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Democrats Want to Shift Energy Grants to Loan Fund

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Some Democrats at the state Capitol say Michigan should offer loans instead of grants to help businesses that want to break into the alternative energy field.

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Election 2012
7:17 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Mitt Romney To Visit Lansing

Mitt Romney on the campaign trail.
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Mitt Romney will make his first visit to Michigan this week since the state’s February presidential primary. The apparent Republican presidential nominee will deliver a speech in Lansing.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
9:00 pm
Sun May 6, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Autism Insurance Creates Job Opportunities

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signs autism insurance bill with members of the Autism Alliance of Michigan.
Photo courtesy of the Autism Alliance of Michigan

Therapy for children with autism can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Until now, that kind of treatment was unaffordable for many parents of autistic children.  But a new Michigan law will soon require insurance companies to cover autism diagnosis and treatment for children and teenagers.  This law is also expected to create  hundreds or perhaps thousands of new jobs for people who are trained to treat autistic children.

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6:40 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

AP: Asian Carp Barrier Had Power Outage

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Two members of Congress say an electric barrier system near Chicago meant to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes had a 13-minute power outage.

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6:16 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

EM Law Repeal Effort Goes to Court

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

The campaign to repeal Michigan’s emergency manager law is in court trying to force the state to put the referendum on the November ballot.

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12:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Barbara Bradley Hagerty Speaking In Mid-Michigan

NPR Religion Correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty
Courtesy photo

NPR Religion Correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty will be in mid-Michigan next Wednesday to talk about the intersection of religion and science. She wrote a book on the subject recently, and WKAR’s Melissa Benmark asked her about the response so far.

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12:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

"Media Sandbox" Blends Once Separate Skills

Meagan Choi helps present her team's "Media Sandbox" entry on April 21. Media Sandbox is a multi-disciplinary communications curriculum developed by the Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
Nafalie Kolb Michigan State University

Milennials. Digital natives. Generation Z.  Many terms describe the young adults who’ve grown up with technology.  They carry pocket devices that contain more computational power than was used to put a man on the moon.  From kindergarten through college, educators are re-tooling their classes to prepare students for a quickly evolving media world.

Michigan State University is no exception.  All semester, five student teams have been competing to design a multimedia campaign that explains the university’s new communications strategy, the “Media Sandbox.”  On Saturday,  one of those teams will be announced the winner.

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6:56 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

House Approves Medical Marijuana Amendments

The state House has approved the first amendments to Michigan’s medical marijuana law since it was approved by voters in 2008.

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6:51 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Court of Appeals Hears Open Meetings Lawsuit

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It is now up to the Michigan Court of Appeals to decide whether state financial review teams must meet in public.

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3:14 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Stabenow Bill Entices Foreign-Based U.S. Companies to Return Home

WKAR File Photo

Michigan Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow will introduce legislation she says will lure U.S. companies who’ve moved their operations overseas back home.

Stabenow visited Lansing Community College’s west campus to announce the “Bring Jobs Home Act.”  The measure would end tax loopholes that encourage companies to leave the country, and offer a tax credit to cover 20 percent of their cost to resume operations in the U.S.  Stabenow says the tax code needs to be modified to keep workers from paying for their own companies’ move.

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12:00 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Ingham GOP Prepares for County, State Conventions

DonkeyHotey flickr Creative Commons

Election year momentum is starting to pick up in Michigan.  Tonight, Republicans convene county conventions across the state.

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6:48 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Detroit Unions Weigh Strike Option as Layoffs Loom

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Some Detroit municipal union leaders say striking is one of several options being discussed during ramped-up strategy sessions before new contract talks with the city begin.

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12:00 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Michigan Notable Book Author Dr. Anthony Youn Discusses "In Stitches"

Dr. Anthony Youn, author of "In Stitches"
Courtesy Photo

One of this year’s Michigan Notable Books is In Stitches, the memoir of Doctor Anthony Youn. He’s a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine with a plastic surgery practice in Troy.

Youn grew up in Greenville, Michigan, the son of Korean parents in an otherwise all-white town.

In Stitches takes readers from his childhood through medical school and into his medical practice. Along with his book, he’s gotten attention for making numerous appearances on national TV shows.

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NewsRoom
6:40 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Industrial Tax Phase-Out Moves to Senate Floor

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A state Senate panel voted along party lines for a plan to phase out Michigan’s tax on most industrial equipment.

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6:36 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Lawmaker Would Allow Marijuana Dispensaries

WKAR file photo

A Republican state lawmaker has introduced a measure to make medical marijuana dispensaries legal in communities that want them.

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12:00 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Delhi Voters May Reject Solar ‘Waste-to-Fuel’ Facility

Mark Bashore WKAR

Next Tuesday, voters in Delhi Township will weigh the costs and benefits of getting greener.

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NewsRoom
7:07 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

DEQ Approves First Permit for Western UP Copper and Silver Mine

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A company that wants to open a mine in the Upper Peninsula has cleared its first hurdle with state regulators. Orvana Resources hopes to start operations in 2014. 

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6:53 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Latest Round of Cold Damages More West MI Fruit Crops

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The latest round of cold temperatures following an unseasonably warm stretch earlier in the year is being blamed for wiping out some fruit crops in West Michigan.

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5:56 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Industrial Tax Rewrite Expected To Move Forward

File Photo WKAR

The effort to phase out Michigan’s tax on industrial equipment is expected to clear a major hurdle this week as a state Senate committee wraps up hearings on the plan.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon April 30, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Lansing's Energy Future May Be Up In The Air

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero (at podium) announces the city's involvement in a pilot program to place wind turbines atop City Hall and the Lansing Center. The unit shown at lower right is produced by Windstream Technologies of North Vernon, IN.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Last week, Mayor Virg Bernero announced that a series of small wind turbines would be installed on the roofs of City Hall and the Lansing Center in June.  Generating electrical power from wind energy is part of Michigan’s overall renewable energy strategy.  But there’s some debate as to whether the urban core is the best laboratory in which to try it out.  

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6:39 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

State Notifies Families They Can Re-apply for Cash Assistance

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Thousands of families in Michigan cut off from welfare benefits will get a notice soon in the mail telling them they may still qualify for cash assistance.

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6:25 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Automakers May Have Dodged Resin Shortage Threat

WKAR file photo

The auto industry may have steered its way around another crisis.  Ford says that it doesn't expect a resin shortage to disrupt production at any of its factories.

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2:13 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

New Book On Bullying Written By MSU Journalism Students

17 MSU journalism students worked on "The New Bullying: How Social Media, Social Exclusion, Laws and Suicide Changed Bullying".
Courtesy Graphic

A journalism class project at Michigan State University has been turned into a book on bullying.

          

“The New Bullying: How Social Media, Social Exclusion, Laws and Suicide Changed Bullying” is already published in digital form, with traditional paper printing expected soon.

           

Joe Grimm teaches the class of 17 students who researched how technology and social media have changed bullying.

 

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12:00 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Gregorian To Conduct Final MSU Symphony Concert

Retiring MSU Director of Orchestras, Leon Gregorian.
Melissa Benmark WKAR

MSU Director of Orchestras Leon Gregorian is retiring. He’s led the MSU Symphony for 28 years. He'll soon conduct his last concert with the orchestra at Wharton Center. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with him last week, and asked him what music he’d be leading at his farewell concert.

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Election 2012
6:29 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Board of State Canvassers Deadlocks on Whether Referendum Goes to Ballot

jdurham morgueFile

The state Court of Appeals appears to be next stop for the petition campaign to reverse Michigan’s emergency manager law. 

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Election 2012
6:26 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Michigan Voters Could Face Long Ballot This Fall

WKAR file photo

Eight proposals may be on Michigan's November ballot, bringing a deluge of money and ads over issues ranging from protecting collective bargaining rights to requiring utilities to use more renewable energy.

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