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Carl Levin (D-MI), Retired U.S. Senator, Dies

Retired Michigan U.S. Senator Carl Levin has died. The Detroit Democrat represented Michigan in the Senate from 1979 to his retirement in 2015.

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Icon: Music Through the Lens

Fridays, Jul. 16–30, at 9 pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Revel in the eye-opening, thrilling world of live music photography through the experiences of the people who have documented popular music in images, from the earliest darkrooms to the quickly-evolving digital landscapes of the present day.

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The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy is assessing the state’s water quality, something that’s necessary in a state that’s rich in water resources.

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We have an NBA Draft special coming your way! We break down all of the draft action for tonight, and the obvious selection for the Detroit Pistons, who have the number one pick in the draft. Cade Cunningham is coming to Detroit. 

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U.S. prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday to order the Federal Bureau of Prisons to transfer all money in Larry Nassar’s prison account — about $2,000 — to help provide restitution to five victims as part of his 60-year child porn sentence.

Cutting greenhouse gas emissions quickly would save tens of millions of lives worldwide, a new study finds. It's the latest indication that climate change is deadly to humans, and that the benefits of transitioning to a cleaner economy could be profound.

TOKYO — When a U.S. athlete makes it onto the podium in an Olympic event, two things really catch the eye of people watching at home: the shiny medal around their neck and the unusual-looking mask on their face.

The white mask emblazoned with "USA" in red letters is strikingly voluminous, jutting about an inch in front of the face. It also has a distinctive pleat pattern.

Whitmer Visits Kalamazoo To Promote Affordable Housing Plan

Jul 28, 2021
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Governor Gretchen Whitmer was in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood today promoting a proposal to increase low-income housing throughout the state. The governor says Michigan could add about 2,000 affordable rental units if it uses $100 million in federal COVID relief money, together with close to $400 million in private investment to pay for them.

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The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia is home to over 14,000 items that showcase the nation's racist past. Those items are getting a new home, thanks to a planned $18.5 million expansion.

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Several local law enforcement agencies are pushing back against Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon’s decision not to prosecute people for certain non-public safety infractions during traffic stops.

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Updated July 28, 4 p.m. ET

The Lansing City Council may pull a question from November’s ballot asking voters whether they want to change local elections to a new system.


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Courtesy / Sarah Lehr

WKAR has a new voice reporting trusted and essential information for Michigan’s Capital Region. Sarah Lehr joined WKAR in June of 2021 in the role of politics and civics reporter.  

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Notes from Susi

Periodic posts from Susi Elkins, WKAR general manager and director of broadcasting

Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop - FAQs

Robin Pizzo, WKAR director of education, responds to frequently asked questions from parents and educators

Darien Harris is director of player engagement for Spartan Football. Harris is a former Michigan State student athlete and football player. He talks about his role with Spartans Athletic Director Bill Beekman in this episode of the MSU Today podcast.


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Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic was upset in the men's tennis semifinal by Germany's Alexander Zverev.

The loss means that Djokovic won't be able to complete a "golden slam" — winning all four major tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in a single year. Djokovic had won three majors already going into the Olympics.

Zverev, who is ranked fifth, cried after beating the top-ranked player in the world 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. Djokovic will play for the bronze medal instead.

President Biden has called on states and localities to do more to encourage people to get vaccinated, including paying them $100.

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