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6:20 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Sheriff Wrigglesworth: Dead Animal Cleanup Now Sentencing Option

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Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth is offering a way for people convicted of non-violent crimes to avoid time behind bars by cleaning up dead animals.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Art In Unexpected Places: The Broad Without Walls

While still under construction, the Broad Art Museum at MSU is sponsoring projects like The Broad Without Walls.
Photo: Scott Pohl WKAR

Starting Saturday, people walking the streets of East Lansing or wandering the Michigan State University campus will be stumbling up art projects in unlikely places.

The Broad Without Walls is a project of the Broad Art Museum, opening at MSU this fall.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Morrill Act Opened Doors for 19th Century Americans

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act on July 2, 1862. It established the land grant university system, which had been pioneered seven years earlier through a state land grant initiative that created Michigan State University.
Courtesy of Michigan State University

Michigan State University often boasts of its status as America’s “pioneer land grant university.”  In 1855, MSU was chartered under state law as an agricultural college.  The deal included 14,000 acres of state owned land.  Seven years later, the Morrill Act granted federally-owned land to the states to build new universities. 

The act marked a major shift in American education.  Up till then, colleges mainly emphasized the liberal arts.  Land grant universities still taught the classics, but also included agriculture, science and engineering. 

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Election 2012
6:36 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Elections Bureau: Referendum Drive Has Enough Signatures

jdurham morgueFile

State elections officials say the campaign to reverse Michigan’s emergency manager law appears to have gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:19 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Dems Call for Halt to “Fracking;” DEQ Says Drilling is Safe

Courtesy Suncor Energy

There’s a debate at the state Capitol about a natural gas drilling process known as “fracking.” Drills use a mixture of chemicals and water to extract gas from hard-to-reach pockets underground. The practice has been around for decades. Problems have been reported in other parts of the country – although never in Michigan.

But Democratic state Representative Lisa Brown says the fact that wells are now going deeper and using directional drilling raises questions.

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NewsRoom
3:28 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Lansing Adds Officers, Could Add More

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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has announced the city will be hiring more police officers.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed April 25, 2012

National Book Award Winners Coming To Lansing

Jaimy Gordon's "Lord Of Misrule" won the National Book Award in 2010.
Courtesy Photo Jaimy Gordon

For a writer, winning the National Book Award is a prestigious honor. Being nominated can even be enough to boost your career.

Two National Book Award winners will speak at the Library of Michigan’s Night For Notables this weekend. The event honors the state’s notable authors.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with Jesmyn Ward and Jaimy Gordon about what the award has meant to them.

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NewsRoom
6:32 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Senate Adds Exemption to Smoking Ban

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The state Senate has adopted a budget amendment that would effectively lift Michigan’s ban on smoking at some charity events.

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NewsRoom
3:22 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Neighborhood Assn Member Praises Gillespie Approach

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A past President of Lansing's Downtown Neighborhood Association so far is supportive of a proposed $6.8 million  development there.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Tension in Delhi as Solar Installation Vote Approaches

Delhi Township's Anaerobic Digester. A plan to build another 'green' waste facility is creating a dispute in the township.
Courtesy Delhi Township Public Works

Delhi Township voters will soon decide whether to move forward with a plan to build a cutting edge solar facility. 

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Ex-MSU Med Student Pleads Guilty in Dog Killings

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

An ex-Michigan State University medical student accused of killing at least 12 greyhound puppies has pleaded guilty to charges carrying a penalty of up to four years in prison.

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NewsRoom
6:11 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Snyder Still Waiting on Sense of Urgency to Fix Detroit

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Governor Rick Snyder is outlining his vision for the future of Detroit.

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NewsRoom
11:53 am
Mon April 23, 2012

WBC Protestors Target Lansing Eastern HS, MSU

Editor's Note: Some photos in this series contain phrases or language that may be deemed offensive. They are included here in order to give an accurate representation of the depicted events.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Members of a controversial Kansas church returned to mid-Michigan Monday to picket students at Lansing Eastern High School and Michigan State University. 

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NewsRoom
6:26 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Governor’s annual education summit to meet in East Lansing

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State officials, teachers, school administrators and researchers will mingle at a day-long education conference in East Lansing. This will be the 17th annual Governor’s Education Summit.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon April 23, 2012

reWorking Michigan: A Store Within A Store

Kositchek's men's clothing store has been on Washington Avenue in Lansing for more than 140 years.
Scott Pohl WKAR

This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at a local business that has moved within the walls of another business.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Temps Cold, Spirit Warm for Inaugural Lansing Marathon

Mark Bashore WKAR

About 1800 runners braved blustery conditions Sunday for what  organizers call the first ever Lansing Marathon.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Financial Literacy Classes Aim to Combat Credit Scams

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Michigan may be officially out of the Great Recession, but its aftermath continues to affect millions of people here and across the country.  Today, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago kicks off its 10th annual “Money Smart Week” in mid-Michigan.  It’s a public education program offering nearly two dozen financial literacy classes in the city of Lansing. 

Many Americans struggle with credit problems.  Using it wisely and repairing it when it gets damaged is just one focus of the week’s activities.

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NewsRoom
6:16 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

New Law Limits What Can Go into Burn Barrels

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A new law will soon limit the types of waste that can be thrown into pits and barrels to be burned.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Looking Ahead To Lansing Schools Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul's Tenure

Moving 7th and 8th graders into Eastern High School is part of superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul's restructuring plan.
Scott Pohl WKAR

Last week, the Lansing Board of Education appointed interim superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul to the position full-time, rather than complete a nationwide search to replace T.C. Wallace.

In recent weeks, the school board has approved Caamal Canul’s ambitious plan to restructure the district.

Making the plan work isn’t the only item on her agenda now. WKAR’s Scott Pohl reports on what lies ahead for Lansing’s new school superintendent.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Calley Signs Autism Mandate

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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed a bill into law Wednesday that will require insurance companies to cover childhood autism treatments.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Snyder Visits Troops in Afghanistan

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Governor Rick Snyder was in Afghanistan on Wednesday to visit Michigan Air and Army Guard units.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Debate Begins on Industrial Property Tax

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The debate at the state Capitol to get rid of Michigan’s tax on most industrial equipment began Wednesday with a Senate hearing.

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NewsRoom
4:27 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

MSU Touts Newly Adopted Energy Transition Plan

The T.B. Simon Power Plant at Michigan State University has been in operation since 1965.
WKAR File Photo

Michigan State University is explaining its new energy transition plan to a potentially global audience. 

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NewsRoom
7:46 am
Wed April 18, 2012

GOP Plans Industrial Property Tax Phaseout

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The first hearing will be held today on a Republican plan to phase out taxes on most industrial equipment in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Renowned Violinist to Perform at MSU's Wharton Center

Violinist Joshua Bell is the music director of the London-based Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He and the academy will perform at Michigan State University's Wharton Center this Saturday.
Courtesy Lisa Marie Mazzucco

One of classical music’s most famous contemporary musicians is coming to East Lansing.  Last May, violinist Joshua Bell was named to succeed Sir Neville Marriner as music director of the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields.  Bell and the academy will perform at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center this Saturday on one leg of their first tour together.

WKAR’s Jody Knol recently spoke with Joshua Bell and reminded him of the lengths he went to in order to make his last concert at Wharton Center back in the winter of 2009.

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NewsRoom
10:30 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

New Anaerobic Digester at MSU Will Produce Energy From Waste

This research anaerobic digester will soon be joined by a much larger digester to turn waste from MSU’s farms and dining halls into energy.
Photo: Gretchen Millich, WKAR News

Michigan State University is ready to start work on a new anaerobic digester.  The system will use microorganisms to turn tons of manure and food waste into electricity for some MSU buildings south of the main campus.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

MSU Ed Researcher Warns of Writing Skills Gap

A Michigan State University researcher says improving the writing skills of America's K-12 students may be harder than anticipated.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

MI Regulator Downplays Link Between Fracking, Quakes

Courtesy Suncor Energy

In a new study, the U.S. Geological Survey shows an increasing correlation between Midwest energy drilling and earthquakes.

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NewsRoom
6:42 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Filing Deadline Invites Tax Debate

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This week’s tax filing deadline has sparked a new round of arguing between Democrats and Republicans about taxes with an eye toward elections later this year.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
10:30 pm
Sun April 15, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Art Meets Academics at the Broad Museum

Laurie Thorp with pigs at the Organic Pig Project at the Student Organic Farm at MSU.
Photo courtesy of Michigan State University.

This week from reWorking Michigan, we look at the first project under development at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.   The Land Grant Project will stretch the museum’s mission, bringing artists into the classrooms at MSU.

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