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12:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Looking To A Michigan Tragedy For Perspective On Sandy Hook

Author Arnie Bernstein.
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It’s been a week now since the deadly school shootings in Connecticut. People are still looking for answers, and trying to come to grips with what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. WKAR's Melissa Benmark talked to someone who has written extensively about the worst school massacre in the U. S. to date—one that happened in Bath, Michigan.

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NewsRoom
6:28 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Governor Signs Factory Tax Phaseout

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation that will phase out the tax on industrial and business equipment. 

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

State Attorney General Files Terrorism Charges Against I-96 Shooter

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State Attorney General Bill Schuette is filing a terrorism charge against a man suspected of being the “I-96 shooter”. 

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Governor Signs Mine Production Tax

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a tax overhaul that he says will encourage more mining in northern Michigan. 

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NewsRoom
2:54 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Lansing Everett, Holt District Briefly Initiate Lockdowns

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Lansing Everett High School was locked down for a time Thursday after a report that three men fleeing a police officer had entered the school with a gun.

The Lansing State Journal reports the three were arrested inside the school. One of them was carrying a pellet gun.

Meanwhile, the Holt school district instituted a perimeter lockdown at the high school, ninth grade campus and the junior high because of a rumor of threatened violence at the high school.  An investigation was conducted and officials say the rumor was unsubstantiated.

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NewsRoom
6:34 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Young Immigrants File Suit Against SOS

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Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson faces a lawsuit over her refusal to grant drivers licenses to some young immigrants. 

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NewsRoom
6:27 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

GM To Move Camaro Production To Lansing

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General Motors says production of its "next generation" Chevrolet Camaro will take place in Lansing.

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NewsRoom
6:21 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

New Program Requires Three-Week Assessment For Cash Assistance Applicants

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Michigan residents applying for cash assistance will have to get through a new three-week assessment and training period. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Sen. Jones Discusses GOP Losses In Eaton County

Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge)
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Before he was a state senator, Republican Rick Jones was Eaton County's state representative, and before that, sheriff. In November, the GOP lost both of those offices.

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NewsRoom
6:16 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Snyder Vetoes Concealed Gun Bill

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Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed legislation that would have allowed people with concealed pistol permits to carry their guns in school buildings. 

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Breaking
2:12 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Snyder Vetoes Concealed Weapons Bill

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UPDATED 3:45 p.m.:  Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed the concealed gun bill.

We'll have more on this story as developments unfold.

NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Mayor Bernero Blasts PPT Measure

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Local governments in Michigan are bracing for more revenue cutting. Last Friday, the state legislature approved a measure that would repeal Michigan’s so-called ‘Personal Property Tax.’ 

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NewsRoom
6:13 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Gov. Snyder Plans To Sign Emergency Manager Bill

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he plans to sign a revised emergency manager bill that replaces a similar law rejected last month by voters.

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NewsRoom
5:16 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Michigan’s 16 Electoral College Votes Officially Cast For Obama/Biden

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Michigan’s delegates to the Electoral College have cast their 16 votes for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. 

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NewsRoom
9:34 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Snyder Faces Choice On Gun Bills

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
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Now that the Legislature’s lame duck session is over, Governor Rick Snyder has to make decisions on controversial legislation dealing with abortion and where people may carry concealed guns. 

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NewsRoom
6:24 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Gun Control Advocates Says Snyder Should Veto Concealed Pistol Legislation

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One of the final actions of the lame duck state Legislature was to adopt bills that would allow concealed guns in public schools and other places that are “no carry” zones.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Schuette: RTW Will Survive Court Challenge, Applies To Civil Service Workers

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State Attorney General Bill Schuette says Michigan’s new right-to-work law will survive the almost-certain court challenges by unions opposed to it.  

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NewsRoom
6:24 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Controversial Abortion Legislation A Step Closer To Gov. Snyder’s Desk

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State lawmakers are a step closer to adding restrictions for abortion providers. 

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Lansing's ATS Is 'Car Of The Year' Finalist

General Motors' 'Lansing Grand River' assembly plant, where the Cadillac ATS is made.
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The Lansing-built Cadillac ATS is one of three models named as finalists for the North American Car of the Year Award. 

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NewsRoom
5:15 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Snyder, Treasurer: Review Should Spur Detroit To Move Quickly To Fix Finances

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Governor Rick Snyder says the Detroit mayor and city council are operating under some tight deadlines if they want to avoid a state takeover. A formal state Treasury review of the city’s finances is underway. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Michigan In the Civil War: Fredericksburg

Gen. Henry Baxter of Jonesville commanded the Michigan 7th Infantry at Fredericksburg. He was seriously wounded during the battle.
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This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s bloody battle at Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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NewsRoom
4:45 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Capitol Prepares For RTW Votes

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At the state Capitol, Democrats are preparing their last-ditch effort to slow or stop legislation that would make Michigan the 24th so-called “right-to-work” state.  

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NewsRoom
8:16 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Right to Work Drama To Play Out This Week in Lansing

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There’s plenty of drama expected this week in Lansing as Republicans in the Legislature appear ready to send to Governor Rick Snyder bills that would make Michigan a so-called “right-to-work” state.

The next chapter in this drama will open this morning with a conference call between a judge and the litigants in a lawsuit that’s trying to stop or at least slow down the “right-to-work” momentum in Lansing.

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NewsRoom
8:35 am
Fri December 7, 2012

House, Senate Pass Controversial "Right to Work" Legislation

Opponents of Right to Work legislation demonstrate at the state Capitol in Lansing Thursday. Final action on the legislation could occur as early as next week.
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The Michigan House and Senate have passed the legislation in different versions, and may take final action on the bills next week. Michigan could become the 24th state to say workers cannot be forced to pay union dues even if they work for a business or government employer with union representation.

Hear an NPR report from the Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Raphael Reviews Pearl Harbor Book On 71st Anniversary of Attack

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Seventy-one years ago today, Japanese forces bombed the U. S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The event led directly to American entry into World War Two. On this anniversary, our book reviewer Lev Raphael talks about Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation Into War by Steven Gillon. He spoke with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark.

WKAR's Melissa Benmark talks with book reviewer Lev Raphael about a book probing FDR's thoughts and actions in the first 24 hours after Pearl Harbor.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Incoming EL Board Members May Pursue Red Cedar Reversal

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East Lansing residents are still discussing last week's emotional move to reconfigure the district’s schools.  

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NewsRoom
7:00 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Supporters Will Unveil New Emergency Manager Bill

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A new version of a local government emergency manager bill will be rolled out Thursday at the state Capitol.

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NewsRoom
6:29 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Hacker Strikes "CLEAR" Unit's Server at MSU

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Michigan State University is investigating the unauthorized access of email addresses and encrypted passwords from a server within the College of Arts and Letters.  



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NewsRoom
6:07 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Business Property Tax-Cut Measure Heads To House

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A plan to eliminate $600 million in taxes businesses annually pay on computers and equipment is headed to the Republican-controlled House.  

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

War Horse: Puppets Bring Horses to Life

The Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa designed the lifelike puppets for War Horse.
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To bring the story of "War Horse" to the stage, it was necessary to create convincing likenesses of horses.

The British company behind the play turned to the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa for the job.

"War Horse" arrives at MSU’s Wharton Center tonight. There will be eight performances.

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