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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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6:24 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Romney at Town Hall Meeting in Shelby Twp

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Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney is campaigning in Michigan all week, with a brief trip to Arizona for a televised debate with his Republican rivals.

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NewsRoom
4:33 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Byrum Announces Candidacy for Ingham County Clerk

Democratic State Rep. Barb Byrum (left) will run for Ingham County Clerk in August. Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope is expected to announce his candidacy later this year.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

State Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) is announcing her candidacy for Ingham County Clerk.

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Election 2012
7:27 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Santorum Stumps for Votes in West Michigan

WKAR file photo

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney returns to Michigan on Tuesday to campaign in Macomb County.  Rick Santorum spent much of Monday courting voters at three stops in west Michigan –before heading to Arizona, which also has a primary in one week.

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12:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Mid-Michigan Voters Add Steam to Primary Pressure Cooker

Kevin Lavery WKAR

The battle among Republicans in next week's GOP primary has created a pressure cooker in Michigan.  

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NewsRoom
10:56 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Ann Romney Stumps For Her Husband In Jackson

Former Massachusetts First Lady Ann Romney is urging Michigan Republicans to vote for her husband Mitt during the primary election next Tuesday.
Gage Skidmore Flickr

Former Massachusetts First Lady Ann Romney was in Jackson Monday night to urge local Republicans to vote for her husband Mitt next Tuesday.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

GOP Candidates for President Campaign Before MI Primary

Republican candidates for president Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have a few campaign stops planned in Michigan this week, with the GOP primary just over a week away.

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NewsRoom
7:45 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Snyder: Auto Bailout Should Not Be An Issue In GOP Primary

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum returns to Michigan Monday, speaking at a Republican fundraiser in Grand Rapids. Mitt Romney visits Macomb County Tuesday.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon February 20, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Better Quality Helping The Whitefishing Industry

Legends of the Lakes frozen whitefish products can be found in local grocery stores like Goodrich's Shop Rite.
Scott Pohl WKAR

The challenges facing companies catching and selling whitefish from Michigan waters have been many and varied over the years. A new cooperative of Great Lakes fishermen aims to improve quality. They hope the result is higher prices and bigger profits.

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NewsRoom
3:26 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Santorum: Romney and Obama Have Similar Campaign Tactics

Bill Richards WKAR

Republican candidate for president Rick Santorum says he thinks he would appeal to conservative, independent and Democratic voters in Michigan on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Birbiglia to Perform at Wharton Center

Comedian and author Mike Birbiglia.
Courtesy Secret Public Productions

Comedian and author Mike Birbiglia is coming to MSU's Wharton Center. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with him about his appearances on public radio's "This American Life," teen angst, and what medium he is most comfortable working in.

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NewsRoom
6:37 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

On Stump in Detroit, Romney Shows “Love” for Michigan, Autos

Melissa Benmark WKAR

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney spoke to a business luncheon Thursday not far from where he grew up in Oakland County as he stumped for Republican support in Michigan’s presidential primary. 

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NewsRoom
6:27 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Santorum: Autos Would Be Doing Better without Bailout

Mark Bashore WKAR

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told members of the Detroit Economic Club that he still thinks the federal bailout of the auto industry was the wrong move.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu February 16, 2012

New CD From MSU Professor of Cello

Suren Bagratuni's new CD, with pianist Jen-Ru Sun. Artwork courtesy Blue Griffin Recording.

Michigan State University professor of Cello Suren Bagratuni performs and teaches master classes all over the world.

He also records frequently with producer Sergei Kvitko at Lansing’s Blue Griffin recording studio.

Bagratuni’s latest CD with pianist Jen-Ru Sun, a doctoral graduate from MSU’s College of Music, features selections from Schubert and Schumann.

Bagratuni’s new CD can be found on popular online music sites and at bluegriffin-dot-com.

Producer Sergei Kvitko describes first hearing Suren Bagratuni play as “love at first note”.

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NewsRoom
5:23 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Judge Says Local Review Teams Violated Open Meetings Law

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

An Ingham County judge has ruled that state-appointed review teams looking into the finances of the city if Detroit and the Highland Park school district broke Michigan’s open meetings law.  

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NewsRoom
3:35 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

New MEAP Cut Scores Paint Unattractive Picture of College Readiness

Melissa Benmark WKAR

Twenty-nine percent of eighth graders in Michigan are proficient in math. That’s according to new test results from the Michigan Educational Assessment Program – or MEAP.

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NewsRoom
3:17 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Lansing Promise To Offer Scholarships This Fall

file photo WKAR

Starting this fall, leaders of the Lansing Promise Zone will offer college scholarships to high school graduates who live within the Lansing School District.  The program applies at two local institutions. 

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NewsRoom
10:30 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Employee “Sweethearting” Costing Business Billions

Clay Voorhees studied employees who give away goods and services.
MSU Broad College of Business

A surprising number of employees are giving away the store, according to new research from Michigan State University.  The study shows that nearly 70 per cent of workers admit to “sweethearting”.  That’s the practice of giving free goods and services to customers.  The cost to businesses is $80 billion a year.

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NewsRoom
6:45 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Schuette Still Pushing for 1000 New Cops

Melissa Benmark WKAR

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says he still hopes the Legislature will approve his proposal for one thousand new police officers to be hired in the state.

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NewsRoom
6:31 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Voters Rights Groups Oppose Election Law Changeup

Mark Bashore WKAR

The state Senate has approved some prospective changes in Michigan voting laws.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Lawmakers’ Displeasure over MSU Policy Draws School Officials to Capitol

A new policy at Michigan State University is generating heat at the state capitol.  

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NewsRoom
7:38 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Governor Snyder Says Michigan’s Rank Improving for Business

file photo WKAR

Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan’s national ranking for business climate is dramatically improved.

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7:28 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Snyder, Schuette Oppose Lansing Casino

Governor Rick Snyder and state Attorney General Bill Schuette have told a northern Michigan Indian tribe they will do whatever is necessary to stop a casino from being built in downtown Lansing. 

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NewsRoom
6:57 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Michigan to Start Seeing Candidate Visits

Photo: WKAR

 

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says no one should count him out when he faces Michigan native Mitt Romney on the state’s February 28th GOP primary ballot. Santorum and Romney both plan to campaign in Michigan this week. Santorum says his message should play well with Michigan’s conservative blue
collar voters.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
10:30 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Green Infrastructure Can Drive Economic Growth

Can parks, natural areas and waterways affect employment growth and income?  Yes, according to a new study by the Land Policy Institute and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory at Michigan State University.

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NewsRoom
5:47 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Court: City cannot keep marijuana question off ballot

WKAR photo

A measure to eliminate criminal penalties for possessing an ounce or less of marijuana in Detroit could be voted on by city voters this coming summer.

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NewsRoom
5:55 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Snyder Budget Focuses on Student Performance

Governor Rick Snyder
Courtesy: State of Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder calls for a slight boost in spending in his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year – with more money for police, schools, and universities.  The governor says this year’s spending plan is built on tough decisions made last year.

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NewsRoom
6:24 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Hoekstra Changes Ad Strategy on the Heels of Controversy

Michigan Public Radio Network

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra is altering his ad strategy following a storm of criticism over a spot deemed by many as insulting to Asians.

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NewsRoom
8:25 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Book Club Seeks Advice for Living

The Better Living Book Club meets at the East Lansing Library to talk about self-help and other inspirational literature.
clarita Morguefile

EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Members of the Better Living Book Club in East Lansing want to deal with their personal problems and live a happier life.

People join book clubs for all kinds of reasons: to socialize, to read books they wouldn't normally read or to hear opinions that are different from their own. In one book club in East Lansing, members are reading about how to deal with their personal problems and live a happier life.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

MICHIGAN AND THE CIVIL WAR: Senator Zachariah Chandler

WKAR's Scott Pohl has been periodically talking with Michigan State University historian Roger Rosentreter about the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, with an eye on Michigan's role in the war.

Today, they discuss the Joint Congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War. Michigan Senator Zachariah Chandler was an outspoken member of the committee.

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