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The Motown Museum in Detroit is recognizing Aretha Franklin’s importance to her home town this weekend.


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The $730-million dollar Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB, under construction at Michigan State University will be open to the public on Saturday.


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Nakia White Barr has been named acting secretary of the MSU Board of Trustees. According to a press release, Barr has worked in the MSU Office of General Counsel since 2014 and is also an adjunct professor teaching contract drafting in the MSU College of Law. Before that, she did real estate legal work in places like Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

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In contested state House primaries yesterday, Republicans nominated Leon Clark in the 67th district. Democrats chose Kara Hope in the 67th.

In the 68th, Sarah Anthony won both primaries to fill an unfinished term and a full term.

Julie Brixie won the nod of Democrats in the 69th.

Republicans nominated Tom Barrett in the 24th state Senate district.

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The final community meeting to discuss next week’s income tax ballot proposal in East Lansing will be held tonight.

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Carol Viventi, MSU Vice President and Special Counsel to Interim President John Engler, has gone on a medical leave and is not expected to return to work until at least Labor Day.

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In the face of calls for his resignation or removal, interim MSU President John Engler is pushing forward with efforts to move the university past the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl recently sat down with Engler for a lengthy interview about the path ahead.


William Strampel
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Former Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel has retired rather than face the revocation of his tenure.


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Michigan State University has named a new Chief Compliance Officer. Nicholas Wittner, a professor of law in residence at the MSU College of Law, was appointed by interim President John Engler to lead the Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics and Compliance.


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The result of a sometimes raucous MSU Board of Trustees meeting today left interim MSU President John Engler in office.


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On June 11, rules governing what’s known as net neutrality went away. The rules were designed to prevent internet service providers from blocking, slowing down or charging money for the delivery of certain content. All data was to be treated equally. They were enacted during the Obama administration, but the Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind them in December. That ruling took effect last week.

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly was one of three votes to lift net neutrality rules late last year.


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With calls for interim MSU President John Engler to resign or be removed by the Board of Trustees growing, the board is scheduled to hold its regular public meeting on Friday.


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The Federal Communications Commission has granted Michigan State University and WKAR Public Media a special license to launch an experimental Next Generation TV broadcasting station.

It’s called ATSC 3.0.

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Former Michigan State University Trustee Diann Woodard died on May 6th  after a long illness. Woodard served an eight-year term on the board following her election in 2008.

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Michigan State University Trustee Brian Mosallam has issued what he calls a “proposal for drastic voluntary remediation” related to MSU’s response to sexual assaults and the needs of survivors.


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