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5:39 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Muslims In Michigan Prisons Will Get Halal Meals Under Settlement With State

Thousands of Muslim inmates in Michigan will have access to meals that comply with their religious beliefs.

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4:44 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Governor Snyder Expected To Give Energy Policy Address Next Month

A year after calling for more research into the state’s energy policies, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to give an address next month on his new energy priorities.

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3:27 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Schauer: Raising Minimum Wage Would Be A Top Priority If Elected Governor

The likely Democratic candidate for governor in 2014 says raising Michigan’s minimum wage would be one of his top priorities in office.

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3:30 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Wolf Season Opens In UP

Michigan’s controversial wolf hunting season is underway in the Upper Peninsula.

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5:14 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Secretary of State Johnson Calls For Disclosure Of “Dark Money”

Republicans in Lansing are split over whether people who bankroll so-called “issue ads” should be allowed to remain anonymous.

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5:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

GR Hogs Help West MI Vets

Harley riders return from the American Heroes Ride.
Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

In honor of Veterans’ Day, WKAR has a snapshot of one of the many efforts across the state and nation to help those who have returned from duty. This fall, the Grand Rapids Harley Owners Group held an event called the American Heroes Ride to raise money for west Michigan vets. The event included a chili cookoff and raffles, but the centerpiece was a group ride. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark was there to watch, and hear, all the bikes come in after their journey…and she followed up on what the funds have been used for.

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4:45 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Michigan Senate Panel Formed To See How Teachers Unions Are Obeying Right To Work Law

Accusations that teachers unions are breaking Michigan’s new right to work law could take center stage this week in Lansing.

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5:10 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

State House Passes Ban On Bridge Cards At Liquor Store, Casino, And Strip Club ATMs

Michigan is one step closer to banning bridge card holders from using ATMs inside liquor stores, casinos, and strip clubs.

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3:04 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Michigan Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Juvenile Lifer Cases

The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether more than 300 inmates sentenced to life without parole for murders committed while they were juveniles are entitled to parole hearings.

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5:44 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Governor Snyder Signs Tax Cut For Michiganders Who Trade In Vehicles

Governor Snyder hopes the new law will be a boost for the state’s auto and tourism industry, as well as taxpayers.
Credit Jake Neher MPRN

Starting next month, Michigan car, boat, and RV buyers will get a tax break if they trade in old vehicles.

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5:39 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Task Force Rolls Out Strategy To Fight Trafficking

A state task force says a new approach is needed to address human trafficking in Michigan – and the most important part is not treating victims as criminals.

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5:25 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

State House Approves Moving Lawsuits Against The State Out Of Ingham County

Legislation that would change the way lawsuits filed against the state are handled is headed to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.

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5:15 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

SCOTUS Upholds Sentence For Convicted Murderer

The US Supreme Court’s has rejected the appeal of a Michigan prison inmate.

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4:41 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Early Childhood Advocates Say Recent State Investment In Preschool Not Enough

Capital Area Community Services, Inc. has added over 275 children to its preschool program this year because of the state’s $65 million expansion of Great Start.
Credit Jake Neher MPRN

Early childhood advocates say Michigan is not doing enough to help low-income kids succeed.

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2:44 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Backer Hopes To Restore Marijuana Clinics By End Of 2013

A state lawmaker hopes to have a bill on Governor Rick Snyder’s desk before the end of the year to allow medical marijuana distribution centers.

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4:28 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

State House Takes Aim At Scrap Metal Thieves

Bills meant to crack down on scrap metal theft in Michigan are one step closer to becoming law.

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3:05 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Bills Would Let Prosecutors, Guards Could Carry Concealed Guns In Pistol-Free Zones

Elected county prosecutors, assistant prosecutors and jail guards could carry concealed guns in schools and other pistol-free zones under bills before the state Legislature.

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5:17 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

School Safety Drill Legislation Clears State House

Michigan schools would have to be more transparent about how they conduct emergency safety drills under a bill in Lansing.

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5:14 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

GOP Plan Would Move Claims Court From Democrat-Leaning Ingham County

Lawsuits filed against the state would go to a new division of the Michigan Court of Appeals under a bill approved Wednesday by the state Senate.

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3:57 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Conference Looks At Prescription Drug Abuse In Michigan

A two-day conference in Lansing is looking at ways to fight abuse and trafficking in prescription narcotics.

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3:24 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Craft Brewing Bills Move Forward In State House

A state House panel has unanimously approved bills meant to help Michigan craft brewers.

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10:59 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Raphael Reviews "The Wheel Spins"

WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael has been checking out a book with a PBS connection. It's “The Wheel Spins” by Ethel White. He spoke with Melissa Benmark.

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4:24 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

State Lawmakers Look To Crack Down On Trophy Buck Poachers

State lawmakers are looking at ways to crack down on illegal trophy buck hunting in Michigan. A state House panel is expected to take up the legislation Tuesday.

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3:16 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Medical Marijuana Patients Could Use “Edibles” Under Bill In State Legislature

Medical marijuana patients in Michigan would be able to use edible forms of the drug under a proposal in Lansing.

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5:41 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Bill To End Automatic Life Sentences For Juveniles Clears State Senate

People serving mandatory life sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles would not get a chance at re-sentencing, under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate.

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4:10 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

State Senate OKs Funding For Common Core

After months of debate over a set of new school standards, both chambers of the Michigan Legislature have approved plans to move forward with the Common Core.

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3:39 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Governor: Schools Should Have Flexibility On Algebra 2

Governor Rick Snyder says schools and students should have more options when it comes to meeting the Algebra Two graduation requirement.

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5:23 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Governor Wants No-Fault Overhaul Before End Of 2013

Governor Rick Snyder wants the Legislature to focus on overhauling Michigan’s auto no-fault law as it approaches the final weeks of the 2013 session.

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5:40 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Michigan Car Buyers Could Soon Get Tax Break On Trade-ins

Michigan car buyers who trade in old vehicles for new ones would get a tax break under bills in the state Legislature.

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5:15 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

State Proposes New “Fracking” Rules

State environmental regulators have rolled out proposed new rules to cover hydraulic “fracking” for natural gas.

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