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7:46 am
Wed April 18, 2012

GOP Plans Industrial Property Tax Phaseout

WKAR File Photo

The first hearing will be held today on a Republican plan to phase out taxes on most industrial equipment in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Renowned Violinist to Perform at MSU's Wharton Center

Violinist Joshua Bell is the music director of the London-based Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He and the academy will perform at Michigan State University's Wharton Center this Saturday.
Courtesy Lisa Marie Mazzucco

One of classical music’s most famous contemporary musicians is coming to East Lansing.  Last May, violinist Joshua Bell was named to succeed Sir Neville Marriner as music director of the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields.  Bell and the academy will perform at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center this Saturday on one leg of their first tour together.

WKAR’s Jody Knol recently spoke with Joshua Bell and reminded him of the lengths he went to in order to make his last concert at Wharton Center back in the winter of 2009.

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NewsRoom
10:30 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

New Anaerobic Digester at MSU Will Produce Energy From Waste

This research anaerobic digester will soon be joined by a much larger digester to turn waste from MSU’s farms and dining halls into energy.
Photo: Gretchen Millich, WKAR News

Michigan State University is ready to start work on a new anaerobic digester.  The system will use microorganisms to turn tons of manure and food waste into electricity for some MSU buildings south of the main campus.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

MSU Ed Researcher Warns of Writing Skills Gap

A Michigan State University researcher says improving the writing skills of America's K-12 students may be harder than anticipated.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

MI Regulator Downplays Link Between Fracking, Quakes

Courtesy Suncor Energy

In a new study, the U.S. Geological Survey shows an increasing correlation between Midwest energy drilling and earthquakes.

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NewsRoom
6:42 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Filing Deadline Invites Tax Debate

WKAR file photo

This week’s tax filing deadline has sparked a new round of arguing between Democrats and Republicans about taxes with an eye toward elections later this year.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Sun April 15, 2012

"War Horse" Leads Wharton Center 2012-13 Schedule

The Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University has announced its schedule for the 2012-13 season.

The Broadway series gets most of the attention.

Executive Director Michael Brand tells WKAR’s Scott Pohl that a stage production that became a hit movie leads the way.

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NewsRoom
4:10 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Lansing Teen Receives Delayed Sentence in Murder Case

Convicted murder Charles Lewis, Jr. (center) awaits sentencing by Ingham County Judge George Economy. Lewis faced the possibility of life without parole, but was instead issued probation and time at a state juvenile rehabilitation center.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

An Ingham County judge has issued a delayed sentence against a Lansing teen convicted of a 2010 murder.

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NewsRoom
3:12 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Lansing Neighborhood Leaders Vent at Meeting

Lansing School Board President Myra Ford, Superintendent Yvonne Caamal-Canul and Lansing City Council President Brian Jeffries at Friday’s joint meeting of the school board and council.
Sam Inglot Lansing City Pulse

A rare joint gathering of the Lansing City Council and the Lansing School Board became a forum Friday for neighborhood leaders who are upset over the school district's reorganization process.

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NewsRoom
11:47 am
Fri April 13, 2012

MSU Trustees Unanimously Approve Controverisal Energy Transition Plan

Students stand with signs with messages including "Clean Coal=Dirty Lie" and "Coal Free Is Really Spartan Green" at today's MSU Board of Trustees meeting.
Photo: Scott Pohl WKAR

Michigan State University Trustees have approved a controversial Energy Transition Plan.

           

MSU President Lou Anna Simon says the goal is for 100% of the university’s energy to come from renewable sources.

           

Several dozen students at today’s trustees meeting argued that the plan doesn’t move fast enough. After the unanimous vote, they launched a chant while the board continued its meeting.

 

STUDENTS CHANTING

 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Under the Radar: Raphael Reviews "The Maid And The Queen"

Book reviewer Lev Raphael has been reading a book that sheds new light on the life of Joan of Arc. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri April 13, 2012

MSU Trustees Face Decision on Campus Clean Energy Plan

The T.B. Simon Power Plant at Michigan State University was built in 1965. It burns both coal and natural gas. The university is now considering a long-term clean energy transition plan.
Courtesy Michigan State University

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees faces a pivotal decision today.  The board will decide whether to approve a strategic clean energy plan that would eventually transition the campus to 100 percent renewable energy.  The plan calls for MSU to produce 15 percent of its energy from renewables in just three years. 

The plan has been staunchly opposed by student environmental groups at MSU, who claim it’s not strong enough to effect any real change.  They’re also critical of the fact that the vision does not include scrapping the university’s coal-fired power plant.

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NewsRoom
7:18 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

MSU Trustees to Consider Energy Plan, Room Rates

WKAR file photo

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees will meet Friday. Higher room and board rates, and a strategic clean energy plan, are on the agenda.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu April 12, 2012

John Schneider's Lansing State Journal Column Comes To An End

After 24 years, John Schneider will publish his last column in the Lansing State Journal on Sunday.

At 63, Schneider has penned hundreds of columns, notably helping “the little guys” sort out their problems. Many of his columns have dealt with family life, including the tragic drowning death of his daughter and the last years of his mother’s life.

Like hundreds of others, he’s accepting a buyout from Gannett, the State Journal’s parent company. He’ll be replaced by Mark Mayes, who already has written a few columns.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Capital City Film Festival Begins Second Year

The Capital City Film Festival gets underway today in a variety of venues across the city of Lansing.  It’s only the second year for the event, which was organized in part to complement the long-established East Lansing Film Festival.

WKAR’s Anna Schroen  spoke with Capital City Film Festival entertainment director Jake Pechtel, who says this time, mid-Michigan’s newest cinematic celebration has attracted twice as many filmmakers as last year.

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NewsRoom
7:16 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Teachers Oppose Proposed Cuts to Pensions, Retirement Health Benefits

Teachers turned out by the hundreds Wednesday to pack a hearing room in Lansing. They showed up to oppose a measure that would force them to pay more for their retirement health care and pension benefits.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Wharton Center 2012-13 Schedule: A Sneak Peek At Classical And Jazz

The Wharton Center for performing arts at Michigan State University is rolling out its 2012-13 schedule.

The Broadway series will be announced on Sunday, but today, we have information on their classical music and jazz schedules.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with Wharton Center Executive Director Michael Brand for a sneak peek.

 

SCOTT POHL: What might be the highlights of your classical music programming this year?

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NewsRoom
11:30 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Legislator Proposes Online Animal Abuser Registry

Legislation is pending in Michigan that would require convicted animal abusers to sign up for an online registry, similar to Michigan’s sex offender list.   Proponents say it would help animal control officers investigate and prosecute abuse cases, and also prevent potential violence against humans.

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NewsRoom
7:19 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Michigan's Graduation Rate Dips Slightly for 2011

Tougher graduation requirements for Michigan's high school class of 2011 did not result in a sharp rise in the number of dropouts.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

‘E-Pathways’ Designed to Close Lansing Area I-T Workforce Gap

Despite the noticeable strengths of Lansing’s economy, a number of employers struggle with a shortage of qualified I-T workers.  Increasingly, information technology jobs go unfilled for weeks and months.  Employers and job-seekers alike are hoping a new, multi-million dollar skills initiative—E-Pathways--will help close the gap. 

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NewsRoom
3:26 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Sparrow, MSU to consolidate pediatric specialty care

Sparrow Health System and Michigan State University are planning to consolidate most of their pediatric outpatient services in a single location. 

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Election 2012
5:18 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Snyder Foes To Launch Second Recall Attempt

A group that wants to oust Governor Rick Snyder will launch its second effort to collect enough signatures to put a recall question on the November ballot. It will go before an election commission Monday, looking for permission to let the petition drive go forward.

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Michigan Court Case Won't Delay Detroit-State Deal

The Michigan Court of Appeals again has put the brakes on a case that threatened to derail or delay a deal reached between the city of Detroit and a state-appointed financial review team.

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NewsRoom
5:39 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Guardsmen Conduct Hazardous Materials Training in East Lansing

The streets of East Lansing near Michigan State University became a military command post Thursday morning.  Soldiers from the Michigan Army National Guard rolled into town a couple of blocks from Grand River Avenue to test their response to a simulated environmental hazard.  The exercise was part of the Guard’s required training, and evaluators were on hand to judge how well they handled a potentially life-threatening situation. 

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery spent some time with the troops.

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NewsRoom
6:30 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Snyder: Detroit consent agreement means 'positive opportunity'

Gov. Rick Snyder says the approval of a deal between the state and the city of Detroit is a "positive opportunity" for the city and the entire state of Michigan.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Amateur From Alma Will Play In The Masters

Randy Lewis of Alma has played in amateur golf tournaments for decades, hoping to earn a berth in The Masters.

 

The Masters gives automatic invitations to the winners of several national tournaments every year.

 

In September, Lewis won the U.S. Mid-Amateur Tournament of golfers age 25 and older, and with it, a ticket to play this week at Augusta National.

 

At age 54, he became the oldest-ever winner of the U.S. Mid-Amateur.

 

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NewsRoom
9:00 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Researcher Speaks About Uncovering U.S. Syphilis Studies

Beginning in 1932, the U.S. Public Health Service conducted a 40-year medical study of African-American men in Tuskegee, Alabama.  The government studied men who’d contracted syphilis years earlier.  The researchers falsely told them they were receiving treatment for their disease, when in fact they were actually given placebos.  A similar study was conducted in the 1940’s in Guatemala.

Dr. Susan Reverby uncovered the facts of the Guatemala case.  Reverby is the chair of Women and Gender Studies at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.  She’ll speak Thursday at Michigan State University about her work.  She told WKAR’s Anna Schroen how the American government justified lying to the volunteers.

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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Judge Says He Has No Role in Detroit Union Clash

A federal judge says he won't get involved in a dispute between Detroit city unions and Gov. Rick Snyder.

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NewsRoom
4:58 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Michigan Supreme Court Weighs MSU Free Speech Case

The Michigan Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in a case that questions the constitutionality of a Michigan State University ordinance. 

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NewsRoom
2:58 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Elected Leaders Stand Against Gay, Transgendered Discrimination

More than 65 elected officials from all over Michigan are supporting proposed state legislation to give gay and transgendered stronger legal protections. 

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