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President Trump's proposed 2018 budget would eliminate all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  CPB helps financially sustain public radio and television stations across the U.S., including WKAR.  PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger is trying to prevent that loss of funding. She speaks to the Detroit Economic Club on Friday.


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We continue our conversations with Lansing city council candidates today with 4th ward incumbent Jessica Yorko.


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A package of bills aiming at expanding the state’s Freedom of Information Act moves to the Senate floor this week, after passing unanimously in the Michigan House of Representatives.


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We continue our conversations with candidates for Lansing city council today with the youngest announced candidate to this point, Michael Ruddock. He’s a 23-three year old senior in MSU’s James Madison College who expects to graduate in May.


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Gov. Rick Snyder's administration and economic development officials are readying a new push to offer tax breaks to attract large-scale business expansions, contending that Michigan has missed out on jobs being aggressively sought by other states.

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If you’re expelled or resign from your seat in the legislature, you shouldn’t get to run for the seat you vacated. That’s the logic behind a bill making progress in Lansing.

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Some Democrats in the state House want to make literacy a constitutional right. But not everyone is onboard.

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Saying “I am ready to get started,” Lansing city council member Judi Brown-Clarke announced Thursday she is a candidate for mayor. 

The Olympic medal winner said she’s received encouragement to run for the post from “across the city.”

She said she will roll out a detailed plan to move the city forward “very shortly.”

Brown-Clarke says a priority would be to cultivate regionalism.

“There’s absolutely no way we can accomplish what we’re attempting to without regional cooperation and partnership,” she said.

Paid sick leave bills introduced by MI Democrats

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Michigan Senate Democrats

Democrats in Lansing and President Donald Trump may have finally found an issue they can agree on: paid sick leave.

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Advocates and lawmakers gathered Wednesday in Lansing with the message that there are too many people incarcerated and too few opportunities for inmates to reform themselves upon release.

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A federal lawsuit claims state prison guards joked and made a bet on whether an inmate would try to kill herself before she took her own life.

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President Trump addresses a joint session of Congress for the first time Tuesday, Feb. 28, around 9:00 PM ET.

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The State of Ingham County address is Wednesday night. The chairperson of the county board of commissioners, Sarah Anthony, will speak at the Potter Park Zoo.


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Lansing mayor Virg Bernero has released a statement saying that he has decided not to run for a fourth term.

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Michigan's two Democratic senators who have opposed many of the top nominees of President Donald Trump are facing extra heat before the Senate considers perhaps his most important pick of all — Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

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