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Karen Lovely | BackStage Pass | Ep. 905

Blues artist Karen Lovely teams up with guitarist Ben Rice at the Michigan BluesFest. WATCH NOW

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Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police. This makes her now the third person charged by the Attorney General’s Office as part of its investigation into MSU related to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.

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Many people in mid-Michigan are reacting to the news that former Michigan State University president Lou Anna K. Simon has been formally charged in connection with the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case.  Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to a police officer in 2014 about Nassar’s identity.



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Former MSU President Lou Anna Simon has been charged with lying to police, making her the third person charged by the Attorney General’s office as part of its investigation of the university related to Larry Nassar.

Current Sports | November 20, 2018

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Mark Dantonio; Brian Lewerke; Rocky Lombardi; Dave Warner; Jim Bollman; Adrian Martinez; Scott Frost; Jim Harbaugh

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Michigan conservation officers are seeking help from the public in solving the illegal killing of two bull elk in the northern Lower Peninsula.

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Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert says he’s ready to start a ballot campaign to try to lower the state’s auto insurance rates.

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The record-breaking turnout of the 2018 midterm election is heading for the history books.  For most civics and government teachers, talking to their students about the outcome of an election is a normal part of classroom life.  But for some educators, it’s an uncomfortable topic.


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Authorities have identified a Lansing man shot and killed while apparently hunting deer in mid-Michigan.

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Another Michigan prison is getting a new facility to help inmates learn skilled trades. Capitol Correspondent Cheyna Roth reported the Vocational Village broke ground Monday in Ypsilanti.

Current Sports | November 19, 2018

Nov 19, 2018
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MSU Football; Mark Dantonio; Rocky Lombardi; Nebraska Cornhuskers; College football playoff; MSU basketball; Tom Izzo


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Alumnus William “The Poet” Langford (’11, College of Arts and Letters)—a modern-day poet, teaching artist and Fulbright scholar—performed the original work, Pamoja (As One), at the Empower Extraordinary campaign celebration on October 19, 2018 at the Breslin Center. The poem, dedicated to campaign donors, conveys a message of unity for Spartans across the globe.


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WKAR welcomed Steve Drummond, Senior Education Editor for NPR News and Executive Producer of the podcast Code Switch. During his visit, Drummond offered valuable insight and great feedback for the WKAR News team and MSU journalism students. 

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WKAR offers a variety of internships to MSU students!

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