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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Family: 21-year-old missing after travel to Syria

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI –

Family members say a 21-year-old man living in Michigan has been missing nearly three weeks after traveling to Syria.

Firas Nashef of Farmington Hills said Monday that his nephew Obada Mzaik boarded a flight for Damascus Jan. 3 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport but wasn't seen exiting immigration clearance in Syria.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Detroit auto show attendance increases this year

DETROIT –

Organizers of the North American International Auto Show say this year's attendance was the highest since 2005.

The annual event at Detroit's Cobo Center closed on Sunday. Organizers say attendance during the public portion of the show was 770,932. That's also up from last year, when 735,370 went to the show.

The 2013 show dates have been set. That includes media previews Jan. 14-15, industry previews Jan. 16-17, the charity preview Jan. 17 and the public show Jan. 19-27. The previews routinely draw thousands.

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In Michigan
4:16 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Lansing casino plan may hit legal snags

An artist rendering of the proposed Kewadin Lansing Casino. Illustration Courtesy of the City of Lansing.

Lansing, MI – The city of Lansing may be in for a legal fight as it plans to build a new $245 million casino.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and the Sault Ste. Marie band of Chippewa Indians are trumpeting their agreement to build a 125,000 square foot casino. But the Saginaw Chippewas challenge that claim. They say the Sault's decision to build far outside their historic tribal lands is illegal.

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In Michigan
4:12 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Women sue to stop MI ban on adoption by gay couples

HAZEL PARK, MI –

Two women are suing the state of Michigan to try to overturn a state ban on adoption by unmarried couples.

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse each have adopted children on their own. But they'd like to adopt the children as a couple, which is an option only for heterosexual married couples.

The women are nurses who live together with three children in Hazel Park, a Detroit suburb.

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In Michigan
8:27 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Health advocates say state should go beyond "personal responsibility"

Lansing, MI – Some health advocates say Governor Rick Snyder was not bold enough in his State of the State speech on fighting childhood obesity. Governor Snyder mentioned a program in his speech last week that would teach parents about proper nutrition for young children to help combat childhood obesity.

Katherine Knoll with the Midwest chapter of the American Heart Association says kids need direct instruction on how to control their weight, and that should take place in school.

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Top Stories
8:22 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Lansing plans $245 million downtown casino

An artist's rendering of the proposed casino that may be built in downtown Lansing. Illustration: Courtesy of the City of Lansing

Lansing, MI – The city of Lansing is announcing plans to build a 125,000 square foot casino in its downtown entertainment district. Officials are working with a branch of the Chippewa Indian Tribe to bring the venue to Lansing.

The Kewadin Lansing Casino, as the project is currently named, would be operated by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. It's expected to bring 1,500 permanent jobs and some 700 construction jobs.

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WKAR Features
8:10 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Lansing, Sault Chippewa plan to build downtown casino

An artist's rendering of the Kewadin Lansing Casino to be built adjacent to the Lansing Center. Illustration: Courtesy of the City of Lansing.

Lansing, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is announcing a major economic development initiative today. The city and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians are planning to build a 125,000 square foot casino adjacent to the Lansing Center on the city's downtown riverfront. It's a $245 million project is expected to create 1,500 permanent jobs.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Gov. gives State of the State, business edition

DETROIT –

Gov. Rick Snyder has offered a business-focused version of his State of the State address to a commerce-friendly crowd.

The Republican told business leaders Friday at a Detroit Regional Chamber-hosted event that the state made great progress last year. He says more must be done to fix transportation and more should be invested in fixing roads and bridges.

His remarks come two days after his State of the State speech.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Documentary 'Detropia' being shown at Sundance

DETROIT –

A feature-length documentary titled "Detropia" is being shown at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/xAVmYi ) that the film portraying the Motor City as a canary in the coal mine of America's economic future makes its premiere on Saturday at the event in Park City, Utah.

"Detropia" is made by filmmakers Heidi Ewing, who grew up in Farmington Hills, and Rachel Grady. They are known for the documentary "Jesus Camp," which focused on an evangelical Christian summer camp.

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In Michigan
8:03 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Two petitions approved by Board of Canvassers

LANSING, MI –

Voters may soon be asked to decide whether the state should no longer prohibit recreational marijuana use. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.

The state Board of Canvassers has approved the language of a petition that calls for the end of marijuana prohibition for anyone aged 21 years or older.

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WKAR Features
11:48 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Lansing Board of Water and Light weighs possible rate hikes

Steam bills would go up for Central United Methodist Church in Lansing under a Board of Water and Light proposal. Photo: Scott Pohl/WKAR

LANSING, MI –

The Lansing Board of Water and Light will hold a public hearing tonight on rate hike proposals that would affect the utility's water and steam customers.

The Lansing Board of Water and Light public hearing begins at 5:30 p.m. in the utility's Haco Drive headquarters board room.

If approved, rates would go up 9%. Electricity rates would not be affected.

WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

GM retakes title of top-selling global automaker

DETROIT –

General Motors sold just over 9 million cars and trucks worldwide last year to reclaim the title of the world's top-selling automaker.

The company says it sold 9.03 million vehicles last year, up 7.6% from 2010.

That beat Toyota, which took the crown away from GM in 2008. Toyota sold 7.9 million vehicles last year. The March earthquake in Japan cut Toyota's factory production and hurt its sales.

Germany's Volkswagen took second place with a record 8.156 million sales in 2011. That was up 14% over 2010.

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In Michigan
6:14 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Mich. school district mulls use of novel 'Beloved'

PLYMOUTH, MI –

A committee in a suburban Detroit school district is expected to recommend whether Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Beloved" should be removed from use in some of its high school classes.

The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/xhKrqc) that an update from the committee in Plymouth-Canton Community Schools is expected by Friday. The review began after two parents objected to the book's content.

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In Michigan
4:46 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

House panel opens hearings on health care exchange

LANSING, MI –

Tea Party activists and health care advocates packed a public hearing Thursday at the state Capitol. State lawmakers will decide over whether Michigan should create a website that would allow people to comparison shop for health insurance.

As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, most people who showed up used he event to voice their opinion on the federal Affordable Care Act.

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In Michigan
4:27 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Snyder plans more education spending

LANSING, MI –

Gov. Rick Snyder says he intends to propose higher education spending in his upcoming budget proposal.

Snyder told The Associated Press in a Thursday interview that the 2012-13 budget proposal he'll present Feb. 9 will include more money for a number of areas.

He says that education "is one of those" areas. School districts were cut 2 percent cut this year.

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In Michigan
4:17 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Snyder State of the State focuses on unfinished tasks

LANSING, MI – Governor Rick Snyder used his 2012 State of the State speech to strike an optimistic tone about Michigan's future, and to refocus attention on what he says is unfinished business from last year.

In his second State of the State address, Governor Snyder got to start off with some good news - Michigan's unemployment rate fell in the final month of 2011 to the lowest it's been in over three years.

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In Michigan
1:05 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Lansing hospitals changing names

LANSING, MI –

Ingham Regional Medical Center is changing its name.

The hospital will now be known as McLaren-Greater Lansing. The new name reflects the hospital's relationship with McLaren Health Care.

Ingham Regional Orthopedic Hospital is also making a change. It will now be called McLaren Orthopedic Hospital.

The process of changing signs and uniforms to the new names has already begun.

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In Michigan
6:41 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Governor Snyder calls to tie up loose ends in speech

LANSING, MI – Governor Rick Snyder delivered his annual State of the State address at the state Capitol. He devoted part of the speech to unfinished business from last year that he would like to wrap up in 2012.

The governor told state lawmakers it's time to move forward with a long-stalled proposal to build a publically owned bridge between Detroit and Canada.

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In Michigan
6:26 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Democrats not impressed with Snyder SoS

LANSING, MI – Governor Rick Snyder said in his State of the State speech that he wants to make sure all kids in Michigan who graduate from high school are ready for college or advanced job training. Democratic state lawmakers say the policies the governor has supported so far have hurt that goal.

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In Michigan
6:29 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Michigan jobless rate falls to lowest point in 3 years

LANSING, MI –

New numbers from the state Department of Technology, Management and Budget show Michigan's unemployment rate dropped significantly faster than the national average in 2010. More from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta has more.

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In Michigan
6:22 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

U-M grad student claims lost job over union effort

ANN ARBOR, MI –

A University of Michigan graduate student claims she lost her job after supporting efforts to unionize graduate student research assistants.

The Detroit Free Press reports Wednesday that Jennifer Dibbern lost her research funding and was kicked out of her academic program. She tells the newspaper she wants to highlight a need to protect research assistants.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Ahead of militia trial, jury pool gets quizzed

DETROIT –

Prospective jurors have filled out a 30-page questionnaire in the case of seven people charged with trying to stir rebellion against the U.S. government.

The answers will help lawyers and Detroit federal Judge Victoria Roberts pick a jury starting Feb. 7. Roberts said Wednesday there are no right answers, just truthful ones.

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In Michigan
4:25 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Financial plan: Flint union contracts under review

FLINT, MI –

A financial plan from Flint's state-appointed emergency manager says city employee union contracts are currently under review for possible renegotiation.

The Flint Journal reports (http://bit.ly/zg2zDM ) that the plan includes Michael Brown's suggestions for reducing the city's projected $11.3 million deficit. A copy of the plan was released to the public Tuesday.

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WKAR Features
8:05 am
Wed January 18, 2012

East Lansing school kicks off "National Letter Writing Day"

Postman Dave Randall with students at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School.
Photo: Dave Caszatt

EAST LANSING, MI – Students at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School in East Lansing have been learning a lot about how to write letters. So when the school's postman suggested a National Letter Writing Day, the principal agreed to kick off the event and to urge other schools in Michigan and across the country to join them in celebrating the art of letter writing.

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In Focus Today
7:52 am
Wed January 18, 2012

AUDIO: State of the State 2012

2012 Michigan State of the State Address

MPRN / WKAR

Lansing, MI – Michigan Public Radio Network coverage of Governor Rick Snyder's 2012 State of the State address.

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In Michigan
6:41 am
Wed January 18, 2012

MSU delays Broad Museum opening

Photo: Mark Bashore/WKAR

EAST LANSING, MI –

Michigan State University officials say they're delaying the opening of the Broad Art Museum until the fall.

A press release from the school says the postponement is due to construction material delays and the ability to better involve students in the fall.

The statement says the delay is not expected to change the project's budget.

The $40-45 million museum was scheduled to open April 21. MSU says it will announce a new date soon.

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In Michigan
6:38 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Governor Snyder to deliver SoS speech tonight

LANSING, MI –

Governor Snyder delivers his annual State of the State speech Wednesday at the state Capitol. It will be Snyder's second State of the State speech.

The governor says he will review what happened in 2011, but he wants to focus his message on the future and moving the state forward.

"Going to talk briefly about the vision, about the dashboard - where we are on several of the key metrics in 2011, 2012 - set the direction for the future and say, relentless positive action,'"

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

MI Chamber of Commerce lays out legislative wish list

LANSING, MI –

Business advocates want state lawmakers to approve adequate funding to maintain Michigan's aging bridges and roads. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce says transportation funding will be a big issue for them in 2012.

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In Michigan
6:14 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Mich. governor to hold online town hall Thursday

LANSING, MI –

Gov. Rick Snyder plans to hold an online town hall with Michigan residents a day after giving his second State of the State address.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. It will be streamed live on Facebook on the governor's Rick for Michigan page.

Residents can submit questions in advance at the state website. They also can post questions on the governor's Facebook wall or send a message on Twitter to the governor at (at) onetoughnerd using the hash tag, (hash) AskGovSnyder.

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In Michigan
4:16 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

House could take up new union restrictions

LANSING, MI –

Republicans in the state Legislature have proposed new restrictions and penalties on some types of union activities. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, union leaders say the measures mark a pattern of attacks on organized labor.

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