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6:13 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

State Lawmakers Committed To Passing Education Reforms By End Of The Year

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Republican state lawmakers are not backing down from plans to pass major changes in education by the end of the year. 

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5:24 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Lobbying Spikes As Legislature Ponders Whether To Debate Right-To-Work

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It was a day of intense lobbying at the state Capitol on Tuesday as opponents and supporters turned out to argue on whether Michigan should become a right-to-work state. 

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NewsRoom
12:01 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Knapp's Centre Reconstruction Takes Another Step

The 'K' in the sign was the first step to removing signage.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

Work to restore the exterior of the former Knapp’s Centre in Lansing has begun.

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NewsRoom
9:14 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Public School Officials Urge State Lawmakers To Hold Off On Education Reform Bills

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Opponents of bills to reform the state’s education system are urging lawmakers to hold off until next year. A group of public school officials gathered at the state Capitol to make their case.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Broad Art Museum: Final Weeks of The Gift

The Gift, by Jochen Gerz, is on display at MSU's Broad Art Museum.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

One of the first major installations at MSU’s new Broad Art Museum is called The Gift. People posed for portraits that are hung together at the museum.

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NewsRoom
6:09 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Mayors Urge Lawmakers to Keep Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

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Mayors and other local officials were at the state Capitol Monday to urge lawmakers not to lift some of Michigan's restrictions on gun ownership. 

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NewsRoom
9:11 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Snyder: Public Act 4 Rewrite Could Happen This Week

The Michigan Capitol.
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Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders are talking about a possible replacement to the emergency manager law that was rejected by voters nearly a month ago. The governor says he’d like to see it done before the Legislature wraps up its “lame duck” session.

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NewsRoom
8:47 am
Mon December 3, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Teacher Development Critical to Solid Arts Education

Dance instructor Heather Vaughn-Southard (right) leads third-grade students through an exercise at Pleasant View Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School in Lansing.
Credit Kevin Lavery / WKAR

On Tuesday, arts educators will come to Michigan State University for an annual breakfast meeting at the Wharton Center. 

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NewsRoom
6:10 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Medical Marijuana Bills Go To Floor Of State House

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Patients might have to pay out of their own pockets for medical marijuana if lawmakers pass two bills in the state House.  

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NewsRoom
11:45 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Gov. Snyder to Address MSU Grads

Gov. Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder will address Michigan State University graduates in December.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Food Bank Announces New Farming Program

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WKAR'S Melissa Benmark spoke with Alex Bryan of the Greater Lansing Food Bank about a new program called Lansing Roots.  It will be a farm business incubator for people with limited resources.

An interview with Alex Bryan of the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Snyder-Backed Insurance Exchange Likely Dead

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The Legislature is wrapping up the first week of its “lame duck” session with lots of things to do –  but everyone is wondering if Republicans intend to put “right-to-work” legislation on their end-of-the-year to-do list.   

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NewsRoom
6:18 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

AG Schuette Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Decide Affirmative Action Ban

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is taking the state’s ban on affirmative action to the U.S. Supreme Court. Schuette filed paperwork Thursday asking the high court to take the case.  

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NewsRoom
6:33 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Bernero: Italian Green Manufacturer Coming to Lansing

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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says he's finalizing a deal to bring some 80 green energy jobs to the city. 

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NewsRoom
5:42 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

A Styrofoam Spaceship? MSU Filmmaker Launches a Childhood Dream

Troy Hale tests the parachute atop a parking ramp at Michigan State University
Jef Richards

As a young boy growing up in the Netherlands, Troy Hale once released a balloon with his name and address attached in hopes that someone, somewhere would find it.  No one ever did.  Now, decades later, he’s trying something like that again.

Hale is now a media specialist at Michigan State University.  On Thursday, he'll launch a homemade helium balloon outfitted with several digital cameras from a weather station in Pontiac.  He hopes to send it to 100,000 feet to document the experience of going into space.

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NewsRoom
6:13 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

State Senate Approves Regional Transit Authority For Southeast Michigan

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The state Legislature is a step closer to creating a regional transit authority for southeast Michigan. The state Senate passed the measure Tuesday.  

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NewsRoom
5:42 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Snyder Administration Proposes Industrial Tax Phaseout

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Governor Rick Snyder and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley want the Legislature to enact a major tax overhaul before its current session ends in two or three weeks. It would phase out Michigan’s tax on business and industrial equipment. 

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NewsRoom
5:00 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

The Economy of Ethics: One Ad Man's Take on Truth

Wally Snyder is the executive director of the Institute for Advertising Ethics.
Credit Bill Richards / WKAR

The re-election of President Barack Obama on November 6 was the finale of the most expensive election in American history.  It also ended months of thousands of  political campaign ads aired across the country. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

East Lansing Crime Leads To Likely Reform

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Twelve years after a tragic East Lansing crime went unpunished, Michigan elected officials want to reform a key law.  Before the end of the year, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to sign “Brandon D’Annunzio’s Law.”  The 24 year old was attacked in downtown East Lansing in 2000 and later died of his injuries.  WKAR’s Mark Bashore spoke with the young man’s mother about her efforts to get the measure passed.  

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NewsRoom
6:16 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Mich. AG Brings Charge In Mortgage Processor Probe

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has brought a racketeering charge against the former president of a mortgage document processing company. 

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NewsRoom
6:11 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

It’s Official: Obama Wins Michigan

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The Board of State Canvassers on Monday has officially adopted the vote totals for the November elections, including the presidential race. The official count is almost 2.6 million votes for President Obama; 2.1 million for Mitt Romney. 

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NewsRoom
4:55 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

State Lawmakers Halt Fetal Tax Exemption Bills

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State lawmakers are not likely to move this year on a proposal to let people claim a fetus as a dependent on state taxes. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Under The Radar: At Home With Edith Wharton

A detail of the book's cover.
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This month’s “Under the Radar” segment features a beautiful book about a famous author’s home. Reviewer Lev Raphael spoke with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about Edith Wharton at Home.

Lev Raphael has a review of "Edith Wharton At Home."

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

MSU Chef Offers New Thanksgiving Menu Idea

Kurt Kwiatkowski is corporate chef for MSU Culinary Services
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For this Thanksgiving morning, WKAR’s Scott Pohl presented a challenge to the corporate chef for Michigan State University Culinary Services, Kurt Kwiatkowski.

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NewsRoom
4:45 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

State Lawmakers Gearing Up For Battle Over Education In Lame Duck

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A battle over some proposed big changes in how Michigan handles education is brewing in the state Legislature. 

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NewsRoom
6:51 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Feds Accuse Michigan Judge Of Real Estate Fraud

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Federal authorities have filed a lawsuit accusing Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway of fraud in a real estate transaction.

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NewsRoom
6:42 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Some On Lansing Council Displeased with Mayor's Unannounced Absence

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Some Lansing city council members are upset over learning about Mayor Virg Bernero's trip to Italy after the fact.  

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Lansing Home Builder Pushes Green Envelope

Approaching Kurt and Maura Jung’s new passive house near Holly, Michigan.
Mark Bashore/WKAR

Only two builders in the state are certified to build highly energy-efficient “passive” homes. One is based in Lansing.   WKAR’s Mark Bashore joined Michael Klinger at the site of his latest “deep green” creation.  

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Draft Of State School Funding Act Released Online

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A proposal that Gov. Rick Snyder commissioned for overhauling public education in Michigan and change how the state pays for student learning has been released. 

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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Big Ten Welcomes Maryland

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Big Ten athletic officials have announced the University of Maryland will be joining the conference in 2014.

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