Capitol Connection

Protestors gather outside of the Capitol during December's lame duck legislative session.
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How The December Lame Duck Session Compares To Previous Years

Lawmakers arrived in Lansing this week for Michigan’s 100th legislative session following a turbulent lame duck session. Protestors crowded the steps and rotunda of the Statehouse for several days of the lame duck session and national media attention. It was the busiest in Michigan’s history with lawmakers passing nearly four hundred bills in a three week period.

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The state of Michigan has announced its final round of "mobility" grants to spur ways to help transport seniors, people with disabilities and veterans with autonomous vehicles and other technology.

Current Sports | January 15, 2019

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MSU basketball; Michigan basketball; Tom Izzo; John Beilein; Duke basketball; Nick Ward; Brendan Quinn; Tom Brady; New England Patriots; AFC Championship game

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Police say a person driving a moped has died following a crash at Michigan State University involving a salt truck.

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On Monday, auto industry journalists from around the world got their first look at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Paul Eisenstein of has attended auto shows in Detroit for 40 years. WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with Eisenstein about what’s in store.

L. Douglas Wilder

The first elected African American governor in the United States will be visiting Lansing next week.

Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says automotive innovation goes hand-in-hand with Michigan’s efforts to fix its roads.

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The North American International Auto Show in Detroit kicked off today with the announcement of Car, Truck and Utility Vehicles of the Year.

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The most decorated running back in Michigan State football history, Lorenzo White, is headed to the College Football Hall of Fame. White is one of 13 players to receive the honor on his ninth nomination. 

Current Sports | January 14, 2018

Jan 14, 2019
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NFL Playoffs; New England Patriots; Tom Brady; Dallas Cowboys; MSU Basketball; Tom Izzo; Michigan Basketball;

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Students at a Michigan charter school are getting clear book bags after a 10-year-old boy allegedly took a loaded handgun to school.


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For a segment of Greening of the Great Lakes within MSU Today, Kirk Heinze talks with Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association, about the challenges and opportunities facing the agriculture industry nationally and in Michigan in 2019. 


BackStage Pass

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Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers | BackStage Pass | Ep. 910

Sat. Jan. 12 at 10pm on WKAR-HD 23. 1 | Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers perform groovy upbeat and indie rock music. WATCH NOW ON WKAR PASSPORT

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WKAR In Your Community

Saturday, January 26; 10AM-1PM; WKAR Studios; Special Guests: Super Why!, Dr. Rob, and the Curious Ccrew and more!

Sat., Jan. 26, 10am-1pm at the WKAR Studios | Bring your family to PBS KIDS Day at WKAR! 

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Jamestown | Season 1 | Special!

Mon., Jan.7-12, 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Three women face the challenges of creating a new life in a beautiful yet forbidding land.

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Finding Your Roots | Season 5

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Victoria | Season 3 | MASTERPIECE

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Jan 9, 2019

WKAR Director of Education Robin Pizzo | What are the primary goals of WKAR Family's educational outreach initiatives?

Meet Abigail Censky

Jan 4, 2019
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WKAR News welcomes Abigail Censky as the new politics and government reporter! Let's get to know her with a quick Q&A: 

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EAST LANSING, MI - WKAR’s original program Off The Record presents Evening with the Governor, featuring Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder. 

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WKAR StayTuned Update

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Mon., Jan. 21, 10pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Take an electrifying look at the Native American influence in popular music, despite attempts to ban, censor and erase Indian culture. 

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Let's bring in one of the senators now who was in that Judiciary Committee hearing room today questioning attorney general nominee Bill Barr. That senator is Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island. Senator Whitehouse, welcome.

SHELDON WHITEHOUSE: Thank you, good to be with you.

KELLY: Good to have you with us. So let me start with the central question, whether Barr will protect the Mueller investigation. Based on what you heard today, are you persuaded that he will?

One of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers, who relayed messages that were never decoded by enemies in World War II, has died at age 94.

Alfred Newman died Sunday afternoon at a New Mexico nursing home, one of his sons, Kevin Newman, tells NPR.

He says his father was a quiet yet courageous man. "My dad told me that the U.S. was in trouble and when they were calling for him, he needed to answer that call with the armed forces," he says.

Updated at 6:57 p.m. ET

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she is running for president, joining a growing number of Democrats who are seeking to challenge President Trump in 2020.

Gillbrand announced her decision on CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, saying she is filing her exploratory committee for the White House on Tuesday evening.


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