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5:40 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Santorum Campaign Seeks Investigation of GOP Primary

 Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign has formally asked the Republican National Committee to investigate the actions of Michigan GOP leaders following Tuesday’s presidential primary.

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7:31 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Michigan GOP Awards At-Large Delegates to Romney

There’s a fight brewing over one Michigan delegate to the Republican National Convention this summer. The state Republican Party has awarded both of Michigan’s at-large delegates to Mitt Romney – despite the fact that Rick Santorum was a close runner-up in the popular vote.

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7:25 am
Fri March 2, 2012

MSU Edits Public Copy of Lawmaker’s Traffic Stop

Michigan State University has cut portions of a videotape and police report on the arrest of a state lawmaker who is a key decision-maker on higher education spending. State Representative Bob Genetski was stopped last month on the MSU campus and arrested for drunk driving.

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6:22 am
Fri March 2, 2012

The U.P. to The D: Political Allies from the Unlikeliest of Places

A lawmaker from the Upper Peninsula says every region in the state could benefit from a strong and vibrant Detroit. Republican state Senator Tom Casperson has become an unlikely advocate for a regional transit system in southeast Michigan that would connect Wayne, Macomb, Oakland and Washtenaw counties.

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5:55 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Takeover Law Opponents File Petitions for Referendum

The campaign to challenge Michigan’s local emergency manager law has filed petitions seeking to put the question on the ballot.

Opponents say the state takeover law is an affront to voters’ rights to choose their local elected officials. 

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12:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Grumpy Snowmen: MSU's Answer To Angry Birds

One of the biggest video games in recent years is “Angry Birds”. In the game, birds slingshot themselves at structures protecting pigs, and the object is to destroy the pigs.

For a few months now, there’s been a similar game on the market, aimed squarely at the Michigan State University market.

It’s called Grumpy Snowmen.

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7:25 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Santorum can claim partial Michigan win

File photo WKAR

Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum lost the popular vote to Mitt Romney by a slim margin in the Michigan Republican primary. But it appears Santorum’s in line to pick up about half the state’s national convention delegates.

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5:18 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Romney wins Michigan primary

Candidate Mitt Romeny celebrating a Michigan victory.
Laura Weber MPRN

Mitt Romney says his victory in Michigan’s Republican presidential primary is particularly special to him because he was born and raised in the state. Romney won by a slim margin over his chief opponent Rick Santorum.

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1:11 am
Wed February 29, 2012

East Lansing Voters Say No to School Bond

East Lansing voters rejected the school bond proposal.
Gretchen Millich WKAR

After months of intense debate, voters in East Lansing have turned down a $53 million school bond proposal. 

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11:00 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Romney Wins Michigan Primary

Former Massachusetts governor and Michigan native Mitt Romney has won the Michigan primary, edging out rival GOP hopeful Rick Santorum.  

At 11 p.m. Tuesday, with 87 percent of the statewide vote counted, Romney carried 41 percent of the vote to Santorum's 37 percent.

Romney's win in Michigan and Arizona propels his campaign towards Super Tuesday on March 6.  Ten states and more than 400 delegates will be up for grabs.

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6:30 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Michigan Primary Helps Set the Stage for Super Tuesday

Vaguely Artistic flickr

There are 30 Republican national convention delegates up for grabs in today’s primary. But today’s vote is about more than just delegates.

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3:02 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Prima Civitas Launches Ultra-High Speed Internet Effort

WKAR file photo

An East Lansing-based economic development agency is coordinating an effort to spread the use of ultra-high speed internet in the area. 

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12:00 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Lansing Area Housing Market Gaining Momentum

Mark Bashore WKAR

After several years in the doldrums, the Lansing area residential housing market is perking up.

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6:50 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Santorum Campaigns as Underdog One Day out from Primary

WKAR file photo

Rick Santorum is making his final campaign stops across southern Michigan before the state’s Republican primary. 

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5:23 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Ron Paul Draws Large Crowd at MSU

GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul addresses a rally on the MSU campus Monday.
WKAR

About 2,500 people, mostly students, gathered on the Michigan State University campus Monday to hear presidential candidate Ron Paul. 

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4:31 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Ron Paul Speaks at MSU on Eve of Michigan Primary

GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul visited Michigan State University Monday on the day before the state primary.
Gage Skidmore Flickr

About 2,500 people gathered at Michigan State University Monday afternoon to attend a rally by GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul.  The Texas congressman is not expected to win tomorrow’s presidential primary in Michigan.  Most polls have him running well behind Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.  However, Paul does have enthusiastic supporters who intend to vote for him.

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7:45 am
Mon February 27, 2012

GOP candidates make closing arguments in MI GOP race

File photo WKAR

Republican presidential candidates will be criss-crossing Michigan. GOP hopefuls Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul all have Michigan campaign stops planned. And there is no let-up expected in campaign advertising.

This has largely been what’s called a “contrast” campaign, which is a euphemism for attacking one’s opponents.

Bobby Schostak is the Michigan Republican chairman. He says Republicans don’t simply want someone who can beat President Obama in November.

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12:01 am
Mon February 27, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Unemployed Veterans Need Help Transitioning to Civilian Careers

Michigan Army National Guard Captain Amanda Falor is working on a master's degree in management. She says civilian employers sometimes find it difficult to understand her experiences in the military.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

The military is a unique sub-culture of American life: it speaks in acronyms, it has its own justice system, and it places great responsibility on its members.  Yet despite their high level of training, thousands of veterans who leave the military struggle to find a job.  A new initiative in mid-Michigan is designed to bring warriors to the workplace. 

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10:30 pm
Sun February 26, 2012

Primary Ballot Preferences Will Be Made Public

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When they go to the polls Tuesday, some voters in Michigan may be uncomfortable with new state rules for presidential primaries. 

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6:07 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

New Law Allows Highland Park Students to Flee District

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law that allows students in Highland Park to transfer to another district or to a charter school now that the Highland Park district has run out of money.

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3:15 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Romney Stops at Detroit Economic Club

Laura Weber Michigan Public Radio Network

Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney received a warm reception from the Detroit Economic Club Friday.

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12:01 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Gregorian previews Shostakovich Seventh

MSU Director of Orchestras Leon Gregorian
Courtesy MSU College of Music

The MSU Symphony Orchestra's next concert features the Symphony #7 by Dmitri Shostakovich. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with MSU Director of Orchestras, Leon Gregorian, about this historical symphony.

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12:01 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Under the Radar: Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus

Lev Raphael
Courtesy Lev Raphael

Book reviewer Lev Raphael this month shares a kind of reading he's never brought in before. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.

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6:45 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Postal Service Confirms Collins Road Processing Center Will Close

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U.S. Postal Service officials say they will close Lansing’s Collins Road mail processing center. 

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6:34 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Legislature Prepares Highland Park Emergency Legislation

WKAR file photo

Lawmakers at the state Capitol have approved a proposal to make sure students from Highland Park schools are able to attend classes next week. 

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12:01 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Lansing Symphony to play MasterWorks IV

MSU professor of Tuba and Euphonium Phil Sinder
Courtesy MSU College of Music

WKAR's Melissa Benmark talks with Lansing Symphony Orchestra music director Timothy Muffitt and MSU professor of Tuba and Euphonium Phil Sinder about the next Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert. Sinder is the soloist in a Tuba Concerto by TV and film composer, Bruce Broughton.

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12:00 am
Thu February 23, 2012

National Geographic Photographer Steve Winter Visits MSU

National Geographic photographer Steve Winter visited Michigan State University this week to talk about shooting pictures for the world's leading nature and photography magazine.

Among his stops was a photography class, where he showed some of his pictures and videos.

Large cats have become his passion. His most recent story was about tigers.

Steve Winter told WKAR's Scott Pohl that after 20 years, most of his National Geographic stories come from his own ideas. Lots of research and legwork has to be done before he can go into the field.

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6:53 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Highland Park Teachers Could Be Asked to Work through Payless Payday

Teachers in Highland Park schools could be asked to work without pay while a standoff between the state and the school board is resolved.  

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10:30 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

East Lansing School Bond Proposal Draws Strong Support and Opposition

Pinecrest Elementary School in East Lansing would be among five schools rebuilt if the school bond proposal is passed.
Gretchen Millich WKAR

Next Tuesday, voters in the East Lansing School District will be asked to decide whether to borrow $53 million to pay for the reconstruction of five elementary schools and a new wing for the middle school. 

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6:34 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Snyder: Highland Park School District Could Close by Monday

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Governor Rick Snyder says he is forced by a court decision to “de-activate” the emergency manager running the Highland Park school district.

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