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Michigan Lifts Indoor Capacity Limits, Mask Requirements

Michigan will lift all indoor capacity restrictions and mask requirements next week, 10 days sooner than planned amid vaccinations and plummeting COVID-19 infections, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday.

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Juneteenth Jamboree | PBS Specials

Sat. Jun. 19 starting at 3:30pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Explore the history of the Juneteenth holiday, and celebrate black culture and art.

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Waleed Johnson paints the hand of the main figure of his mural, a Black woman surrounded by light
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Detroit artist Waleed Johnson has painted a huge mural that spans half of one of the walls under the Kalamazoo Street bridge in Lansing.

His piece is one of this year’s installations curated by the Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center for its ArtPath exhibition along the River Trail.

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Juneteenth Festival

This year, a new Juneteenth Festival is coming to REO Town in Lansing.

The annual celebration on June 19 commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

The panel discusses the Governor's plan to re-open the state. The guest is Sen. Jeremy Moss, (D).

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The panel discusses the Governor’s push to re-open Michigan next week.  The guest is Democratic Senator Jeremy Moss from Oakland County.  Panelists Rick Albin, Cheyna Roth and Kyle Melinn join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick to discuss the week in Michigan government and politics.

Updated June 17, 2021 at 4:28 PM ET

President Biden on Thursday signed a bill to recognize Juneteenth — the celebration to commemorate the end of chattel slavery in the United States — as a federal holiday.

Federal employees will observe the holiday for the first time on Friday.

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Researchers at Michigan State University are working with Facebook to find a better way to detect “deepfakes,” or images that have been altered to resemble a different person.

Live Updates: Coronavirus In The Lansing Region

Jun 17, 2021
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Regular updates from WKAR News about the regional response to the pandemic.

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2:06 p.m. Thur. 6/17/21

Michigan is lifting its COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday, June 22. Capacity in indoor and outdoor settings will increase to 100% and face masks will no longer be required. Governor Gretchen Whitmer made the announcement Thursday, moving the date for lifted restrictions up from July 1.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is recognizing Jackson as having the highest number of energy efficient buildings for a city of its size nationwide.

Updated June 17, 2021 at 5:05 PM ET

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act for the third time on Thursday, leaving in place the broad provisions of the law enacted by Congress in 201o. The vote was 7 to 2.

The opinion, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

Survivors Of Robert Anderson Call Out U Of M, Regents For Failures, Call For Better Accountability

Jun 16, 2021
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Survivors of abuse from alleged sexual predator Dr. Robert Anderson came together at a press conference Wednesday, urging the University of Michigan and its Board of Regents to take accountability for its failure to protect students over the course of Anderson's career at the university.

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The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate adopted bills Wednesday to expand ID requirements to vote in-person or to get an absentee ballot.

The bills were adopted on party-line votes over the objection of Democrats and the promise of a veto from Governor Gretchen Whitmer.


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Radio news listeners in Michigan’s Capital Region will hear a new voice joining the NPR Morning Edition hosting team this month.

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Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop - FAQs

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

Apple and Michigan State University are partnering on the tech giant's first United States-based developer academy, and it's in Detroit. Sarah Gretter is associate director of MSU's Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology and will be director of the academy when it launches in October.


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Fifty years ago, Daniel Ellsberg leaked classified information about U.S. policy in Vietnam to the press. We listen back to archival interviews with Ellsberg and Ben Bradlee of The Washington Post.

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