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4:41 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

State Lawmakers Back In Action, Talking Tax Cuts And Hiring Parolees

The state Legislature is back in action after a four week break for the holidays.

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4:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Snyder Cool To Tax Cut Talk

Governor Rick Snyder says it’s too early to be talking about tax cuts as the state appears to be enjoying a revenue windfall.

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5:50 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Plan To Cut Michigan’s Income Tax In The Works

Republican state lawmakers hope to introduce legislation this month that would cut Michigan’s income tax rate.

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5:43 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Snyder: Thaw And Freeze A Concern Post Polar Vortex

Many Michigan schools will remain closed Wednesday for a third day due to cold temperatures and sidewalks blocked by snow.

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3:34 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Mid-Michigan School Closings Wednesday, January 8th

Here are a list of closing for Wednesday, January 8th:

ADDISON - Status: CLOSED

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6:12 am
Tue January 7, 2014

School Closings for Tuesday, January 7

INGHAM COUNTY:

Dansville, East Lansing, Haslett, Holt, Lansing, Leslie, Okemos, Stockbridge, Webberville, Williamston

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2:36 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Local municipalities conduct storm debris removal

A number of municipalities in mid-Michigan will pick up tree limbs downed during the recent ice storm.

The cities of Lansing and East Lansing as well as Meridian Township are asking residents to cut tree limbs into pieces no longer than four feet long.  In Lansing, people can also take storm debris to a drop-off site in Washington Park, located at 2700 S. Washington Avenue.

In Meridian Township, residents may drop off their debris at Wonch Park at 4555 Okemos Road and at Nancy L. Moore Park at 2100 Gaylord C. Smith Court.

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3:44 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Michigan Pharmacies Will Be Able To Sell Medical Marijuana If Feds Reschedule

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill into law that clears the way for pharmacies to sell medical marijuana in Michigan.

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3:48 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Snyder Signs Bill To Allow Bigger Political Donations; Preempt Issue Ad Disclosure

Governor Rick Snyder has reversed his three-year-old campaign pledge, and preempted an effort to force public disclosure of the people who pay for so-called “issue ads” that are often thinly disguised political campaign ads.

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1:32 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Lansing Council To Review City, BWL Storm Effort

The Lansing City Council will hold a special meeting Monday evening to review efforts to restore power following the ice storm that struck the region on December 21.
Credit WKAR File Photo

The Lansing City Council will convene a special session Monday evening to review efforts by the city’s Board of Water and Light and other personnel since Sunday’s crippling ice storm.  

The BWL says that of the 40,000 customers who were originally without power about 2,600 were still waiting for it early Friday morning. 

Council President Carol Wood says residents are upset the utility’s website does not include estimates of when power might be restored. 

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3:38 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Governor Signs Identity Theft “Skimmers” And Indefinite Detention Bills

Devices that can be used to steal someone’s personal information when they use a credit card are now illegal in Michigan.

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5:16 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

6th Circuit Puts Parole Hearings For Juvenile Lifers On Hold

The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has put on hold an order for hearings that could mean freedom for about 360 Michigan inmates sentenced as juveniles to life with no chance for parole.

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5:11 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Audit: Michigan Department Has Failed To Make Sure Veterans Get Maximum Benefits

Michigan has done a poor job over the last decade making sure veterans collect all the benefits they’re entitled to.

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4:24 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Loan Board Approves $350 Million in Lending Deal For Detroit

A state board says the city of Detroit may borrow up to $350 million to pay off investment swaps that went sour.

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5:15 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Governor Snyder Wants More Renewables, Less Coal In Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan needs more renewable energy and less coal over the next decade.

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5:39 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Michigan Unemployment Rate Drops As Fewer Compete For Jobs

Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate dropped slightly to 8.8%.

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6:04 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

State worker Unions Rally On Eve Of Contract Decision

Dozens of public employee union members protest Tuesday outside Governor Rick Snyder’s office, across from the state Capitol in Lansing.
Credit Jake Neher MPRN

Thousands of state employees could see their health benefits reduced Wednesday.

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5:50 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

State Rolls Out Violence Reporting Hotline

Governor Snyder has approved a program to allow students and others to report possible threats of violence with a phone call, text message, e-mail or online communication.

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5:57 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

State Legislature Starts Clock On Abortion, Medicaid, And Other Bills Taking Effect

Some of the most high-profile laws passed by this year by state lawmakers will take effect in 90 days.

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5:40 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Snyder: Would Veto Abortion Bill Again

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s still opposed to requiring people to buy separate insurance to cover abortions.

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5:52 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

“Pro-Choice” Groups Gear Up To Challenge New Abortion Law

The Legislature’s votes to enact a law to require people to buy separate insurance policies to cover abortions may not be the final word on the issue.

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5:40 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

State Capitol Quiet On Right-To-Work Anniversary

The state Capitol was quiet Wednesday on the anniversary of the passage of a historic right-to-work bill.

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3:52 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Medical Marijuana Activists Cheer As Dispensaries, “Medibles” Bills Clear House Panel

Legislation that would give medical marijuana patients more ways to obtain and use cannabis is one step closer to becoming law.

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5:17 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Snyder: Prison Upgrades On the Way

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s looking to overhaul corrections and criminal justice in the coming year.

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5:37 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Abortion Rights Advocates Push Lawmakers To Put Question On Ballot

Abortion rights advocates were at the state Capitol Thursday to ask lawmakers not to vote on a controversial abortion measure.

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6:08 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Lawmakers Look To Tackle Big Issues In Next Two Weeks

State lawmakers are back to work after a two week break.

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3:23 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Environmental Groups Expect Snyder To Push For More Clean Energy

Michigan environmental groups expect Governor Rick Snyder to endorse new clean energy standards in a speech next month.

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9:18 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Raphael Reviews 'Gatsby' Fashion

WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael has “The Great Gatsby” on his mind…especially the fashions of that era. He recently read “Fashion in the Time of the Great Gatsby” byLaLonnie Lehman. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.

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5:23 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Warren Buffett Praises Detroit, Announces Investment In Local Small Businesses

Warren Buffett made a visit to Michigan Tuesday to help launch a program that will invest millions of dollars in Detroit-based small businesses.

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4:44 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Company Run By Budget Director’s Brother Outbid For $5 million State Grant

A firm run by the brother of Michigan’s budget director will not get a $5 million grant from the state.

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