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6:23 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

GOP Senate Primary Could Be Crowded

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Four candidates have filed to run in Michigan’s Republican U.S. Senate primary.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue May 15, 2012

House Dems Launch Effort to Help Michigan's Working Mothers

Michigan House Democrats support a package of four bills that would provide greater assistance to working mothers. House Republicans are critical of most tenets of the plan.
Mark Bashore WKAR

A group of Michigan House Democrats is urging that something be done for the state’s working poor.

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NewsRoom
6:52 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Bernero Calls Updated Retirement Costs "Alarming"

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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says new studies show the city is falling farther behind in the funding of employee retirements.

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NewsRoom
6:57 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Calley: Individual Tax Cut Could Be Part of Business Tax Rollback

An election year tax cut could be in the offing for individual filers in Michigan. State House Republican leaders say they want to bring that into the discussions on phasing out a tax on industrial equipment.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon May 14, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Insurance Companies Adjust to Helmetless Bikers

Robert McGeorge added the required medical insurance to his motorcycle policy the day the law allowing helmetless riding was signed by Gov. Snyder.
Scott Pohl WKAR

Michigan’s new law allowing motorcyclists to ride without a helmet is affecting insurance companies and agencies.  A major provision of the law requires a biker to add at least $20,000 of medical coverage to their policy.

That has led to new activity for insurance companies. WKAR’s Scott Pohl reports that the extra work doesn’t seem to be adding much to the bottom line.

Whenever Michigan resident Robert McGeorge used to ride his motorcycle across the Indiana state line, he would stop at the first rest area to take his helmet off, where it was legal to do so.

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NewsRoom
6:34 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Snyder Asks Congress to Adopt National Plan to Collect Taxes on Internet Sales

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Governor Rick Snyder is asking Congress to adopt a federal plan to help states collect sales taxes on Internet purchases.

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NewsRoom
11:30 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project Works to Reduce Drownings

Former East Lansing Fire Marshall Bob Pratt founded the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project.
Photo courtesy of East Lansing Fire Department

Eighty-seven people drowned in the Great Lakes last year.  That’s tragic and unacceptable, according to Bob Pratt.   In 2007, Pratt founded the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project and started training surfers in lifesaving techniques. 

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Senate Votes to Phase Out Industrial Tax

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The state Senate voted Thursday to phase out a tax on most industrial and business property in Michigan. 

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NewsRoom
6:24 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Humane Society Brings Survivor Dog 'Daniel' to Capitol

WKAR file photo

A dog that survived being put down in a pet shelter gas chamber paid a visit to the state Capitol Thursday. Daniel and his owner Joe Dwyer of Nutley, New Jersey tour the country to campaign against the use of gas chambers by pet shelters.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Veterans Would Qualify for Residential Tuition Rates Under Bills

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Some state lawmakers want to give returning veterans a break on tuition at public universities and community colleges if they settle in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Court Says Pastor May Not Testify on Confession

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The state Court of Appeals says a Baptist pastor may not testify about the confession allegedly made to him by a member of his congregation.

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NewsRoom
12:35 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

LCC, Faculty Union Announce Tentative Agreement

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Bargaining units representing administrators and unionized faculty at Lansing Community College have announced a tentative four-year contract agreement.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed May 9, 2012

LSO Preview: MasterWorks 6 Features Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky

LSO Music Director Timothy Muffitt
Courtesy Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra closes out its season this week with a rare Thursday night performance. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with music director Timothy Muffitt about the program, which features piano soloist Charlie Albright.

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Election 2012
6:31 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

At LCC, Romney Says Recovery Taking Too Long Under Obama

Mark Bashore WKAR

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney returned to Michigan on Tuesday to deliver an address at Lansing Community College.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Lansing Attorney Responds to MI Marijuana Proposals

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Michigan lawmakers have begun addressing the state’s often criticized medical marijuana law.  Voter approval of the statute in 2008 has been followed by years of legal confusion over its enforcement.  Last November, a State Court of Appeals ruling—People versus McQueen--led to the closure of many marijuana dispensaries and made the drug more difficult to obtain, even for cardholding patients.

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NewsRoom
6:38 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Elections to be Held in 70 Mich. Counties Tuesday

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Communities and school districts in 70 counties will be holding local elections on Tuesday.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Democrats Want to Shift Energy Grants to Loan Fund

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Some Democrats at the state Capitol say Michigan should offer loans instead of grants to help businesses that want to break into the alternative energy field.

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Election 2012
7:17 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Mitt Romney To Visit Lansing

Mitt Romney on the campaign trail.
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Mitt Romney will make his first visit to Michigan this week since the state’s February presidential primary. The apparent Republican presidential nominee will deliver a speech in Lansing.

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NewsRoom
6:16 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

EM Law Repeal Effort Goes to Court

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The campaign to repeal Michigan’s emergency manager law is in court trying to force the state to put the referendum on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Barbara Bradley Hagerty Speaking In Mid-Michigan

NPR Religion Correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty
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NPR Religion Correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty will be in mid-Michigan next Wednesday to talk about the intersection of religion and science. She wrote a book on the subject recently, and WKAR’s Melissa Benmark asked her about the response so far.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

"Media Sandbox" Blends Once Separate Skills

Meagan Choi helps present her team's "Media Sandbox" entry on April 21. Media Sandbox is a multi-disciplinary communications curriculum developed by the Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
Nafalie Kolb Michigan State University

Milennials. Digital natives. Generation Z.  Many terms describe the young adults who’ve grown up with technology.  They carry pocket devices that contain more computational power than was used to put a man on the moon.  From kindergarten through college, educators are re-tooling their classes to prepare students for a quickly evolving media world.

Michigan State University is no exception.  All semester, five student teams have been competing to design a multimedia campaign that explains the university’s new communications strategy, the “Media Sandbox.”  On Saturday,  one of those teams will be announced the winner.

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NewsRoom
6:56 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

House Approves Medical Marijuana Amendments

The state House has approved the first amendments to Michigan’s medical marijuana law since it was approved by voters in 2008.

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NewsRoom
6:51 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Court of Appeals Hears Open Meetings Lawsuit

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It is now up to the Michigan Court of Appeals to decide whether state financial review teams must meet in public.

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NewsRoom
3:14 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Stabenow Bill Entices Foreign-Based U.S. Companies to Return Home

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Michigan Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow will introduce legislation she says will lure U.S. companies who’ve moved their operations overseas back home.

Stabenow visited Lansing Community College’s west campus to announce the “Bring Jobs Home Act.”  The measure would end tax loopholes that encourage companies to leave the country, and offer a tax credit to cover 20 percent of their cost to resume operations in the U.S.  Stabenow says the tax code needs to be modified to keep workers from paying for their own companies’ move.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Ingham GOP Prepares for County, State Conventions

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Election year momentum is starting to pick up in Michigan.  Tonight, Republicans convene county conventions across the state.

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NewsRoom
6:48 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Detroit Unions Weigh Strike Option as Layoffs Loom

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Some Detroit municipal union leaders say striking is one of several options being discussed during ramped-up strategy sessions before new contract talks with the city begin.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Michigan Notable Book Author Dr. Anthony Youn Discusses "In Stitches"

Dr. Anthony Youn, author of "In Stitches"
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One of this year’s Michigan Notable Books is In Stitches, the memoir of Doctor Anthony Youn. He’s a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine with a plastic surgery practice in Troy.

Youn grew up in Greenville, Michigan, the son of Korean parents in an otherwise all-white town.

In Stitches takes readers from his childhood through medical school and into his medical practice. Along with his book, he’s gotten attention for making numerous appearances on national TV shows.

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NewsRoom
6:40 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Industrial Tax Phase-Out Moves to Senate Floor

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A state Senate panel voted along party lines for a plan to phase out Michigan’s tax on most industrial equipment.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Lawmaker Would Allow Marijuana Dispensaries

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A Republican state lawmaker has introduced a measure to make medical marijuana dispensaries legal in communities that want them.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Delhi Voters May Reject Solar ‘Waste-to-Fuel’ Facility

Mark Bashore WKAR

Next Tuesday, voters in Delhi Township will weigh the costs and benefits of getting greener.

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