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NewsRoom
2:53 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Lansing Clergyman Urges Just Sentence in Juvenile’s Murder Case

A prominent Lansing clergyman is calling on an Ingham County judge to be lenient in his sentencing of a juvenile convicted of murder.  The pastor and the teen’s mother say Charles T. Lewis, Jr. should not receive life without parole. 

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Election 2012
2:09 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

State Approves Ballot Effort for Private Casino Expansion

Supporters of casino expansion in Michigan are moving ahead with efforts to put the issue before voters this November.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

EL Council to Revisit City Center II Plan Tuesday Night

East Lansing officials will decide Tuesday night whether the latest City Center II plans are worth further study. The East Lansing City Council is expected to vote on a ‘pre-development’ agreement with Strathmore Development involving the proposed $105 million mixed-use project.

The agreement calls for an outside accounting study of the plan to be paid for by developer Scott Chappelle. It would also give the City Council until July to decide whether to finally go forward with the often-delayed project.

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NewsRoom
6:38 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Detroit Council Seeks More Answers on Consent Deal

The Detroit City Council has put off a vote while continuing to debate a proposed consent agreement between the city and Gov. Rick Snyder.

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NewsRoom
6:21 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Detroit Unions: Keep State Away from New Contracts

A federal judge is telling lawyers to return to court Tuesday in a dispute over the state's likely veto of contract concessions approved by Detroit city workers.

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NewsRoom
6:13 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Medical Marijuana Rules Await Legislature’s Return

Bills to add regulations to Michigan’s voter-approved medical marijuana law are waiting on action from the Legislature when it returns from a two-week spring break.

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NewsRoom
4:06 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Michigan Signs Offshore Wind Energy Agreement

The state of Michigan has signed an agreement with four other states and the federal government to share the work of reviewing proposed offshore wind energy projects. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri March 30, 2012

First Tedx MSU Gathering Explores “Glocal”

For going on three years, local organizers have exposed cutting edge ideas in technology, entertainment and design at TEDx Lansing.  Now, for the first time, East Lansing organizers are hosting a TED event. 

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NewsRoom
6:33 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Prosecutor: US Didn't Mishandle Militia Case

Detroit's chief federal prosecutor says her office wouldn't do anything differently in the investigation of a Michigan militia, despite losing virtually all of the case after a six-week trial.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Ford Raises Questions About Lansing Schools Reorganization Plan

A week ago, the Lansing Board of Education passed a sweeping proposal to close some schools and re-align others into new configurations.

The “Bold Changes – Smarter Schools” plan keeps high schools open by including seventh and eighth graders and closes several elementary schools.

Interim Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul got the school board to support her plan. Her focus is on pre-K through third grade centers.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Motorcycle Helmet Repeal Sent to Snyder

It’s now Governor Rick Snyder’s decision on whether to repeal Michigan’s motorcycle helmet law.

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NewsRoom
6:18 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Supreme Court will Decide Whether Patients can Share Marijuana

The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether the state’s medical marijuana laws allows medical marijuana cardholders to sell to each other.

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NewsRoom
10:30 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Where Are the Bees?

Warm weather has promoted fruit trees in Michigan to bloom four or five weeks ahead of schedule.  That means that bees need to be here early, too, but most of the bees that pollinate orchards in Michigan are still wintering in Florida or are busy pollinating crops in California.

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NewsRoom
6:44 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Helmet Law Repeal Up for Senate Vote

The state Senate plans to vote Wednesday to repeal Michigan’s motorcycle helmet requirement for riders who are 21 and older.

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NewsRoom
6:34 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Snyder: Consent Deal Could Keep Operational Control of City with Detroit

Governor Rick Snyder continues to defend a legally enforceable consent agreement as the best way to lift Detroit out of a financial crisis.

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NewsRoom
6:27 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Court Orders GOP Majority to Record Votes

A political fight between Republicans and Democrats at the state Capitol has landed in court.

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NewsRoom
5:38 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Bernero Explains Proposed 2013 City Budget

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero is presenting his proposed 2013 budget to the city council.  Last November, voters approved a public safety millage that enabled the city to reduce its projected deficit to between $5 million and $7 million -- roughly half of what it was last year.  But to close the remaining gap, the mayor’s plan asks many city employees to either take up to 26 days off without pay or pay more for their health insurance and pensions.  Mayor Bernero tells WKAR’s Kevin Lavery that the furlough days are on a sliding scale.

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NewsRoom
5:45 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Supreme Court lets GOP re-draw county district plan

The Michigan Supreme Court -- in a decision that breaks along party-lines -- has upheld a state law that will let Republicans on the Oakland County Commission redraw their district lines.

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NewsRoom
6:54 am
Mon March 26, 2012

MI AG counsels wait and see on federal healthcare law

Michigan is one of 26 states challenging federal health care reforms in a case that is going before the U. S. Supreme Court. But there is also a stalemate in state government over moving ahead with an online healthcare exchange that is part of the law that would help consumers shop for coverage.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Under the Radar: Raphael Reviews "The Long Night"

Book reviewer Lev Raphael has been reading about a radio journalist who was in the thick of covering World War Two from Berlin, and he talked about it with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.

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NewsRoom
4:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Lansing School Board Approves Reorganization Plan

With an 8-1 vote, the Lansing Board of Education has approved an ambitious re-organization plan that closes some schools and converts others to fulfill new missions.

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NewsRoom
6:35 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

MI Supreme Court Drawn into Partisan Fight on District

A fight that pits Democrats in Oakland County against Republicans in the Legislature and Governor Rick Snyder is now before state Supreme Court.

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NewsRoom
9:55 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Williamston High School InvenTeam Earns MIT Grant

A team of students at Williamston High School has been working on an invention that they hope will prevent drownings in the Great Lakes.

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NewsRoom
11:30 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Stretch of Warm Weather Puts Fruit Growers at Risk

Many of us are enjoying this unseasonably warm weather.  But for some farmers, it’s nerve-racking,  especially for fruit growers.  Fruit trees are starting to sprout two or more weeks ahead of time.  It’s only March, so cold weather is very likely to come back and kill off those early-blooming crops.

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NewsRoom
6:33 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Snyder to Detroit: Don’t Stop Talking

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration will appeal a judge’s ruling that would delay any deal between the state and Detroit on a plan to fix the city’s fiscal crisis. 

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NewsRoom
6:24 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Senate to Vote on Stripping Eye Malady from Marijuana List

The state Senate could vote this week on the first major amendment to Michigan's medical marijuana law since it was adopted by voters in 2008.  The measure would strip the eye disease glaucoma from the list of conditions that would qualify a patient for a medical marijuana card.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue March 20, 2012

MSU’s Demmer Center to Spread “Lean Manufacturing” Know-How

Michigan manufacturers could strengthen their operations with help from a new Michigan State University initiative. 

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Election 2012
6:42 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Elections Panel Gives Go-Ahead to Union Ballot Drives

A pair of measures that would strengthen collective bargaining rights took a small step today toward being on the November ballot. 

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Election 2012
6:25 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Right To Work Drive To Seek Elections Panel OK

A union-led effort to amend the Michigan Constitution to guarantee labor bargaining rights will go before a state elections panel. The Protect Our Jobs campaign will ask the Board of State Canvassers to pre-approve its petition to get on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
7:43 am
Fri March 16, 2012

House measure would lift ban on yard waste in landfills

The state House has approved a controversial measure that would end a ban on depositing yard waste in landfills.

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