Michigan educators are raising the bar on the state’s public school students. In the past, students could answer fewer than half the questions correctly on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, or MEAP, and still earn a ‘proficient’ rating. Those scores arrive next March. And this time, students will need to get an average of about two-thirds right. Ericka Harris is the Lansing School District’s interim chief academic officer. She tells WKAR’s Mark Bashore that she doesn’t think the higher standards will result in significantly more Lansing students rated “not proficient.”
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's efforts to begin setting up a statewide health exchange as required by the federal health care law are hitting a snag.
The GOP governor urged lawmakers in September to quickly pass bills allowing the state to tap federal funds to set up the exchange. He says the federal government will step in with its own plan if Michigan doesn't have one in place by January 2013.
GOP House Speaker Jase Bolger wants to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court decides next summer if the federal health care law should stand before setting up an exchange.
Our book reviewer Lev Raphael switches places with WKAR's Melissa Benmark, and she interviews him about his latest Kindle book, Rosedale in Love.
LEV RAPHAEL: I've always been in love with the Gilded Age. I mean, it's an incredible period in New York's history, in American history, which makes people like Donald Trump seem like pikers. People back then knew how to spend money in ways that our millionaires and billionaires cannot imagine. So that's one aspect of it.
Not too long ago, Michigan had its own department store chain, where shoppers enjoyed a relaxed and elegant atmosphere and friendly customer service. Jacobson's operated stores in cities all over Michigan for more than a century.
In East Lansing, the Jacobson’s building on Grand River Avenue is now a Barnes and Noble bookstore. But lots of shoppers remember its department store heritage.
Now, there’s a new book that traces the history of Jacobson’s. It's called Jacobson's, I Miss it So!
MSU Symphony conductor Leon Gregorian has been on research leave this semester. He'll be back to conduct the MSU Symphony Orchestra next semester, and then plans to retire in April. He'll be conducting the upcoming "Home for the Holidays" concert, and WKAR's Melissa Benmark recently spoke with him, asking him first about his time off.
In the last few days of a dying person's life, hospice care can provide comfort in the home setting. Now, the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine is offering hospice care for pets.
EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Workers are busy building the new art museum on the Michigan State University campus. They've finishing laying the concrete floors and installing heating and air conditioning.
The university recently announced that the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum will open to the public on April 21st.
Meanwhile, next door, in temporary offices overlooking the construction site, director Michael Rush and his staff are busy preparing the inaugural exhibits.
WKAR's Gretchen Millich asked Rush what visitors will see when the museum opens.
After 98 years, the Ingham County Road Commission could come to an end soon. Next week, the county board of commissioners is expected to approve a measure that would bring road operations under its purview.
Governor Rick Snyder will deliver his fifth special message of the year tomorrow (Thu.) at Delta College near Saginaw. The governor will outline a strategy to better match worker skills to positions that are available right now. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, the governor is looking for ways to bring down Michigan’s persistently high unemployment rate.
The Ingham County Board of Commissioners will consider a proposal to dismantle the county road commission board. The county services committee unanimously approved the tentative measure Tuesday night.
County Commissioner Andy Schor sponsors the proposal. He says the move would bring road operations under the direct authority of the board of commissioners and create a 'Department of Transportation and Roads.'
The East Lansing school district is preparing for a federal review of allegations of racial bias. The review was triggered by a complaint that its decision to close Red Cedar Elementary School will disproportionately harm students of color at the school. District officials defend their decision by pointing to various demographic patterns-mainly one that shows a declining student population in the neighborhood.
EATON RAPIDS, MI (WKAR) - Plans are underway to build a new foundry in mid-Michigan that will make components for wind turbines. Business and civic leaders say the plan will create about 200 new jobs for the region.
Dowding Industries and Astraeus Wind Energy make wind turbines in Eaton Rapids. The foundry that will be located at the plant will cast the 20-ton hubs that attach to the blades.
LANSING, MI (MPRN) - Michigan is one of just three states without an anti-bullying law to protect students in K-12 schools. The state Legislature is expected to approve a proposal this week that would require all schools to adopt anti-bullying policies.
Experts and students say it's time to have a law in place as bullying in schools becomes a growing concern.
It appears there will be no recall questions targeting Democratic lawmakers on the ballot next February. Today is the deadline to submit petitions to elections officials, and Republicans announced earlier this week they are giving up their recall effort.
Republicans launched several recall drives against Democrats to get back at the Michigan Education Association for its ultimately successful effort to oust GOP state representative Paul Scott. But the GOP said earlier this week it was giving up, and would not file any recall petitions.
The food at Brody Square dining hall at Michigan State University has become very popular among not only students, but also among faculty and lots of visitors. There's a sushi bar, fresh pasta, carved meats, and international and vegetarian meals.
WKAR's Gretchen Milllich went to Brody Square to talk with Executive Chef Dave Brown about what he's cooking for Thanksgiving dinner.
Michigan State University's December commencement ceremonies will include two prominent Detroiters. Newspaperman, author and broadcaster Mitch Albom will address undergraduates on Saturday, December 10th. The author of "Tuesdays with Morrie" will also receive an honorary doctorate of humanities.
Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Roy Roberts will speak to undergraduates that afternoon. Roberts will be awarded an honorary doctorate of business.
For the first time, Meridian Township residents are sharing public lands with deer hunters. Township officials have enlisted 16 area bow hunters in an effort to reduce the area's growing population of deer. WKAR's Mark Bashore hit the trail--and the cul-de-sacs--to learn more.
During hunting season, Jon Mayes might otherwise be thousands of miles from home, hunting elk or deer in Colorado or Wyoming. But this year is different. He's set up his deer stand only a mile from his home in Okemos' Briarwood subdivision.
EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - MSU Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras designate Kevin Noe speaks with WKAR's Melissa Benmark about the next MSU Symphony concert at Wharton Center, beginning with a piece by American composer Pierre Jalbert.