politics and government

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Courtesy photo / City of Flint

Dr. Karen Weaver was sworn in as the new mayor of Flint just over two weeks ago. The first female mayor in the city’s history has a lot on her plate, from lead-contaminated drinking water to the struggle to free her city from state oversight. We talk with Mayor Weaver about her plan to tackle these and other challenges.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Ingham county recently fired two IT officials for accepting tickets to sports events and other perks from county vendors. Now, county officials are reviewing how  county contracts are rewarded. We talk with Board of Commissioners Chairman Brian McGrain.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Democratic State Rep. Sam Singh of East Lansing has been playing a key role advancing important House energy proposals. Debate on the measures, which could significantly alter energy efficiency, renewable energy and electric choice will increase soon. We talk with Rep. Singh about what's ahead.

BWL exterior
Credit Joe Linstroth / WKAR

The Lansing Board of Water and Light has released its final report covering numerous changes at the utility since the 2013 ice storm. We discuss what’s in the report with BWL Commissioner David Price and General Michael McDaniel, who led the BWL Community Review Team that explored the utility’s response to the ice storm and which proposed numerous reforms.

Rape kits contain crucial DNA evidence taken from sexual assault survivors, so when more than 11,000 were discovered at the Detroit Police Department untested and unprocessed, many people strongly felt that something had to be done. The organization Enough SAID has successfully raised over $1-million from the private sector to pay for the testing of these kits. We speak with two women from Enough SAID.