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With Jessica Yorko’s decision against running for re-election in Lansing’s fourth ward, seven candidates are pursuing the open seat. WKAR’s conversations with council candidates continue with Kathi Ann Raffone, who’s making her first bid for public office.


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After calling President Donald Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement climate goals "reckless," Lansing mayor Virg Bernero joined more than 300 mayors across America in an effort to hold up the Agreement's goals. 


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Four Michigan congressmen will take the field tonight at Washington Nationals Park, one day after a gunman wounded five people at a practice game for the annual charity baseball game.  Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI 4) will be among them.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s elections bureau is satisfied with the form of a ballot petition to make the Legislature part-time.

Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, a likely gubernatorial candidate who is spearheading the drive, said Thursday the secretary of state is recommending that the Board of State Canvassers approve the petition form. A state spokesman confirms that election officials think it meets technical requirements in state law.

View of Ormond Park from the Groesbeck Golf Course parking lot.
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Lansing City Council adopted a resolution last night to investigate how an entrance Mayor Bernero wants to build into Groesbeck Golf Course got approved.

 

WKAR's Brooke Allen spoke with the mayor to get his thoughts on the entrance.

 

 


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U.S. House Republican Tim Walberg’s office reports that he doesn’t play on the congressional baseball team and wasn’t at the practice when the shootings occurred this morning. His predecessor did play in the game for two years.


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On Tuesday morning, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero talked at length about his stance on Medical Marijuana facilities in Lansing and possible legalization in Michigan. He was featured guest of Morning Edition host Brooke Allen.  


WKAR Special Report: Marijuana in Michigan
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The Lansing City Council met Monday evening to discuss the medical marijuana ordinance as a Committee of the Whole.

 

Because the meeting was followed by their regularly scheduled council meeting, the only issue they had time to get to was the option of whether to include a commission.

 

A commission is a group who reviews applications for licenses for medical marijuana establishments. Without a commission, the applications would go through the city clerk’s office.

 

Snyder touts Healthy Michigan, as House Republicans move to stop enrollment. 

This map shows 26 states and the District of Columbia which currently have laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form.

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CORRECTION: The proposed legislation would repeal currently required safety training.

A leading gun rights advocate says he opposes proposed legislation that would require safety training for people who want a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Michigan.


There’s no end yet to the standoff between Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders that’s delayed wrapping up the state budget. But they are talking again.

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A state House committee has adopted bills that would require local officials to help enforce federal immigration laws.

Thu June 8 at 10am NPR Coverage on AM870 • FM 94.5 • AM 870 NewsTalk audio stream | PBS NewsHour coverage on WKAR World (23.2) | Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

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The Michigan House has voted to increase motorcycle endorsement and registration fees.

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