politics and government

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A federal appeals court says the Jackson County Commission regularly violated the US Constitution by opening its meetings with a Christian prayer.

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State House Republicans are aggressively pushing through an income tax cut and rollback, despite numerous questions raised during a committee hearing about what funding cuts could happen in other areas if the bill passes.

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WKAR’s conversations with Lansing city council candidates continue with newcomer Christopher Jackson. He’s running for an at-large seat.


Computer error at MI unemployment agency probed

Feb 14, 2017
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A group of experts will try to figure out how a state computer glitch wrongly accused thousands of people of fraud.

Mickey Hirten on MSU sex assault allegations, more

Feb 10, 2017
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Michigan State University continues trying to address sexual assault on campus. The issue’s staying in the news because of this week's announcement of allegations of sexual assault by three members of the MSU football team.


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WKAR’s conversations with Lansing city council candidates continue today with Peter Spadafore, who’s running for an at-large seat.


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There could soon be tighter restrictions on the public’s access to information in bids for state business. A state Senate committee has adopted a bill that would shield information on bidders’ trade secrets and finances.

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Education, public safety, and paying down the long term debt will be Gov. Rick Snyder’s top priorities when he unveils his 2018 budget today.

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Speakers at Black History Month lectures are usually historians or historical figures. On Thursday, MSU’s “Slavery to Freedom” lecture series turns instead to a modern-day journalist.


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Gov. Rick Snyder is going after Michigan’s mountain of unfunded retiree liabilities. He has created a task force to look into “responsible retirement reform.”

DeVos vote polarizes Michigan education advocates

Feb 6, 2017
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After narrowly making it out of a US Senate committee, the confirmation of U.S. Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos is scheduled for a full Senate vote early this week.

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The city of Escanaba is taking on big box stores in the Michigan Supreme Court. The city says the home improvement store Menards is dodging taxes.

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The state Senate has adopted a criminal justice overhaul that aims to improve public safety by sending fewer people to prison.

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The campaign for the Lansing city council this year is beginning to take shape. WKAR will talk with the candidates as they emerge, and we begin today with Jim DeLine. He retired last year as Lansing’s internal auditor, and he hopes to bring what he calls his “deep financial background” to the council.

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The so-called “tampon tax” has got to go. That’s the message of lawmakers in both chambers of the state Legislature.

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