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6:10 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Ban on MI for-profit public schools is introduced

LANSING, MI –

Democrats at the state Capitol are calling for an amendment to the Michigan constitution that would outlaw for-profit schools. Four out of five charter schools in Michigan operate as for-profit schools. Michigan Public Radio's Chelsea Hagger has the report.

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In Michigan
5:17 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Ingham commissioner wary of ICRC's response to snow

MASON, MI –

An Ingham County official is concerned with how the road commission responds to the season's first snowfall. Republican commissioner Steve Dougan says last month's controversial departure of Operations Manager Jim Benjamin may have put too much responsibility on the commission's managing director, Bill Conklin.

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In Michigan
4:17 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Anti-bullying bill heads to Governor Snyder

LANSING, MI –

It appears all school districts in Michigan will soon be required to adopt anti-bullying policies. The Legislature sent an anti-bullying proposal to Governor Rick Snyder Tuesday. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.

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WKAR Features
2:24 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

EL school Superintendant defends decision to close Red Cedar

EAST LANSING, MI –

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In Michigan
6:22 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

GM to offer free loaner cars to Volt owners

DETROIT –

General Motors says it will offer free loaner cars to Chevrolet Volt owners if they're concerned about the cars catching fire.

The move comes after last week's announcement that the government is investigating fires involving the Volt's lithium-ion batteries.

The company says it will contact the owners to reassure them that the cars are safe. But it's making the offer to make sure Volt owners don't lose confidence in the cars.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Senate panel to look at limiting abortion insurance coverage

LANSING, MI –

Some state Senate Republicans want to place new limits on health insurance coverage of abortion procedures. This week, a state Senate panel is expected to look at potential changes to abortion coverage in Michigan. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Snyder could veto first bill this week

LANSING, MI –

The first veto of a bill sent to Governor Rick Snyder's desk by legislative Republicans could be coming this week. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, the governor has until Friday morning to sign or reject a measure that would make it harder to enact state rules that are stricter than federal standards.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

State police seek new information in 1971 slaying near Lansing

LEROY TOWNSHIP, MI –

Michigan State Police say they're hoping to get new information about the 1971 slaying of a gas station attendant.

The agency announced Monday that it is continuing to investigate the shooting death of 18-year-old Ray McFarland in Ingham County's LeRoy Township, about 20 miles east of Lansing. He was killed Nov. 23, 1971 in an apparent armed robbery that netted $132.

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NewsRoom
3:48 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Eaton Rapids foundry to create up to 200 jobs

EATON RAPIDS, MI (WKAR) - Plans are underway to build a new foundry in mid-Michigan that will make components for wind turbines. Business and civic leaders say the plan will create about 200 new jobs for the region.

Dowding Industries and Astraeus Wind Energy make wind turbines in Eaton Rapids. The foundry that will be located at the plant will cast the 20-ton hubs that attach to the blades.

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In Michigan
3:21 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Eaton Rapids foundry to create up to 200 jobs

Eaton Rapids, MI – Plans are underway to build a new foundry in mid-Michigan that will make components for wind turbines. Business and civic leaders say the plan will create about 200 new jobs for the region.

Dowding Industries and Astraeus Wind Energy make wind turbines in Eaton Rapids. The foundry that will be located at the plant will cast the 20-ton hubs that attach to the blades.

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In Michigan
3:13 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Lansing could get county road patrols

LANSING, MI –

A recent change in state law will allow some Ingham County deputies to do road patrols in the city of Lansing.

The change led Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth to propose a plan where the deputies would occasionally patrol secondary roads and state trunklines in Lansing.

Lansing police chief Teresa Szymanski is looking forward to having the help.

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In Michigan
8:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Lawmakers expected to approve statewide anti-bullying proposal

LANSING, MI – Michigan is one of just three states without an anti-bullying law to protect students in K-12 schools. The state Legislature is expected to approve a proposal this week that would require all schools to adopt anti-bullying policies.

Experts and students say it's time to have a law in place as bullying in schools becomes a growing concern.

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Top Stories
6:33 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Bullying bill could get final approval this week

LANSING, MI – A proposal to require school districts to adopt anti-bullying policies could come up for a final vote in the state Senate this week. It appears most lawmakers are eager to get the issue behind them and an anti-bullying law on the books.

Michigan is one of only three states without an anti-bullying law. Democratic Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer says the Legislature could change that this week.

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In Michigan
6:35 am
Fri November 25, 2011

GOP scrubs bid to recall Democrats

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Lansing, MI – It appears there will be no recall questions targeting Democratic lawmakers on the ballot next February. Today is the deadline to submit petitions to elections officials, and Republicans announced earlier this week they are giving up their recall effort.

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In Michigan
5:57 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Nurse says he was fired over treating Muslim women

Dearborn, MI – A male registered nurse and Vietnam War Army medic has sued the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, saying he was fired for disobeying a Muslim supervisor's order not to treat women wearing conservative Islamic dress.

John Benitez Jr. filed a sex discrimination suit Wednesday inDetroit U.S. District Court.

The Associated Press left phone and email messages Thursday seeking comment from Dearborn officials. The Detroit News says a Dearborn spokeswoman declined comment.

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In Michigan
5:54 am
Fri November 25, 2011

State could issue bonds to pay off federal debt on unemployment

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Lansing, MI – The state may issue more than $3 billion in bonds to pay off federal unemployment benefits loans. First, the state legislature must approve a package of bills that would allow the state to issue the bonds and stop borrowing from the federal government to make unemployment payments.

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In Michigan
5:47 am
Fri November 25, 2011

State could issue bonds to pay off federal debt on unemployment

Lansing, MI – The state may issue more than $3 billion in bonds to pay off federal unemployment benefits loans. First, the state legislature must approve a package of bills that would allow the state to issue the bonds and stop borrowing from the federal government to make unemployment payments.

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WKAR Features
5:49 pm
Thu November 24, 2011

A Thanksgiving Day visit to Turkeyville

Patti Cornwell owns Cornwell's Turkeyville near Marshall, Michigan. Photo: Scott Pohl/WKAR

MARSHALL, MI –

Turkey is the main dish being served at most homes on this Thanksgiving Day. For one Michigan business, turkey leads the way every day.

WKAR's Scott Pohl visited Cornwell's Turkeyville near Marshall this week for a pre-Thanksgiving talk with owner Patti Cornwell.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Snyder Thanksgiving feast takes back seat to Lions tradition

LANSING, MI –

Governor Rick Snyder says he's responsible for his family's Thanksgiving feast this year. But he says working in the kitchen is a lower priority than another holiday tradition - the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day football game.

"I'm cooking. I'm doing two turkeys. Actually, we're cooking them on Friday, though, because I'm hoping - the family's all going to the Lions game. So, go Lions - We've got a great chance to beat those Packers."

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In Michigan
6:14 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

MSU professor's nude photos prompt questions

EAST LANSING, MI –

A Michigan State University associate professor's nude photographs that show him posing with students has prompted questions about art and ethics among some associated with the school.

The Detroit News reports that the work of Danny Guthrie is well-known by campus officials, who have investigated the issue. Coverage by The State News student newspaper drew recent attention at the East Lansing campus to Guthrie's photos.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Guards accused of smuggling pot, tobacco into MI prison

DETROIT –

Two prison guards are facing corruption charges for smuggling tobacco and marijuana into a corrections facility in Detroit. An inmate is also facing criminal charges. More from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta.

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WKAR Features
7:52 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Chef Dave Brown grills his turkey

Brody Square Executive Chef Dave Brown. Photo: Gretchen Millich/WKAR

EAST LANSING, MI – The food at Brody Square dining hall at Michigan State University has become very popular among not only students, but also among faculty and lots of visitors. There's a sushi bar, fresh pasta, carved meats, and international and vegetarian meals.

Like many chefs, Executive Chef Dave Brown prepares a lot of meals for his family at home. WKAR's Gretchen Millich asked him what he's cooking for Thanksgiving dinner.

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In Michigan
6:36 am
Wed November 23, 2011

State to consider 100s of welfare cutoff challenges under "rocket docket"

LANSING, MI –

The state Department of Human Services plans to use a so-called "rocket docket" to dispose of more than a thousand challenges filed by families about to lose cash assistance welfare benefits. The hearings will take place Monday and Tuesday at 26 DHS offices across Michigan. More from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta.

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WKAR Features
7:03 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

House Dems propose business lending, jobs measures

LANSING, MI –

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In Michigan
6:32 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Governor signs foster care extension

LANSING, MI –

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law to make benefits available to young adults who were raised in foster care. Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports.

Several hundred children a year "age out" of Michigan's foster care system when they turn 18. They lose money for housing and health coverage and, often -- Governor Snyder says -- relationships with caseworkers who steered them through adolescence.

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In Michigan
6:31 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Secret admirer gives $7M to MSU geology department

EAST LANSING, MI –

Michigan State University says a secret admirer has donated $7 million to expand its geology department.

The East Lansing school announced the gift Tuesday. The university knows the donor, a Michigan State graduate who prefers to remain anonymous.

Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon says the money will pay for endowed professorships and endowed graduate fellowships.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

US OKs $150M for toward Chicago-Detroit fast train

KALAMAZOO, MI –

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he's awarded $150 million to Michigan to buy a rail line for high-speed passenger service between Chicago and Detroit.

LaHood said in a news release Tuesday that the project "will increase the safety and reliability of Amtrak's Wolverine and Blue Water services" and create 800 jobs this spring.

The money enables the Michigan Department of Transportation to buy much of the Chicago-Detroit rail corridor.

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In Michigan
4:25 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Report: Officials order kitchen, heaters removed from Occupy Lansing

LANSING, MI –

Health officials have ordered Occupy Lansing protesters to dismantle a kitchen at its Reutter Park site. According to the Lansing State Journal, demonstrators were complying with the order Tuesday afternoon after an inspector from the Ingham County Health Department said the kitchen violated the county health code.

Monday night, a city of Lansing fire inspector confiscated two heaters from the site, apparently claiming violation of safety codes.

One protestor says the group will continue its gathering.

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In Michigan
4:25 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Workers Comp hearings continue

LANSING, MI –

Proposed changes to Michigan's workers compensation law drew more than a hundred workers, union representatives and business lobbyists Tuesday to the state Capitol. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.

The proposed changes are being reviewed by a state Senate panel. The legislation would reduce an injured worker's benefits based on the amount an insurance company believes the worker could be earning at another job.

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In Michigan
2:26 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

In rarity for Ohio St-Mich. game, govs are alums

COLUMBUS, OHIO –

For the first time in nearly 70 years, the governors of the two states will have a more personal stake in the outcome when Ohio State and Michigan take to the field in their annual football rivalry.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is a graduate of Ohio State and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is a Michigan alum. The Columbus Dispatch reports that 1942 was the last time "The Game" was played with two sitting governors who graduated from the respective schools.

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