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The six faith leaders President-elect Donald Trump has invited to pray at his inauguration come from diverse backgrounds, but they have something in common: All have personal ties to Trump or his family or have in some way signaled their approval of him, his politics or his wealth.

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Vice President Joe Biden receives highest US civilian honor

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MSU Administration Building
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The Michigan State University Board of Trustees elected Republican Brian Breslin as chairman at a brief meeting this morning. Democrat Joel Ferguson, the long-time chairman of the board, will serve as vice chair. The vote was unanimous.

Other committee appointments have not been released.

The Board of Trustees is now evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats.

For the first time in 167 days, President-elect Donald Trump held a wide-ranging news conference.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors across the newsroom, live-annotated the speech.

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"Michigan will lead the nation in creating 21st Century infrastructure systems."

Those ambitious words begin a summary of a recent report from Gov. Snyder's 21st Century Infrastructure Commission.

WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with commission member Dr. Janice Beecher of Michigan State University.


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Yesterday, WKAR's Scott Pohl talked with Lansing City Pulse publisher Berl Schwartz about the 2017 race for mayor in Lansing. Today, they turn their attention to the four city council seats up for grabs.

A capital region state legislator intends to seek Michigan's highest office.

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With the arrival of the new year, it's time to consider another election in Lansing. We talk with Lansing City Pulse publisher Berl Schwartz about the race for mayor.


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A former chief of staff for Gov. John Engler is returning to the state capitol. Current State talks with Dan Pero about working with incoming state House Speaker Tom Leonard.


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We talk with Rep. Stephanie Chang and Christine Sauvé of Welcoming Michigan about "Stand Strong, Respect Michigan."


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At the end of the year, Ingham’s top cop is calling it a career. Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth has spent 50 years in law enforcement. We’ll talk with him about the changes he’s seen and the challenges he’s faced as he prepares to hand his department over to his son, Sheriff-elect Scott Wriggelsworth.


Rep. Singh offers lame duck update

Dec 9, 2016
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The Michigan legislature is having an active lame duck session including a Voter ID measure, a speed limit increase and reimbursement of people wrongly imprisoned. We hear the views of East Lansing State Rep. Sam Singh.


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A new report out this week says Michigan should spend at least $4-billion each year for the next 20 years to patch up its aging public infrastructure. We talk about the recommendations with Mike Nystrom of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.


Ingham Clerk quickly assembling recount volunteers

Dec 5, 2016
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We talk with Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum about recounting Presidential election votes.


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