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Scientists Study Plasma As Weapon Against COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to cut a devastating swath through the United States. On July 11, more than 15,000 new cases were documented in Florida alone. Researchers say a vaccine is still months if not years away. However, a potential treatment strategy involving blood plasma is showing promising signs.

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COVID-19 Case Tracker

As restrictions begin to loosen, are we seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases? Compare case numbers in Michigan with other states.

There's a new comet in the evening sky. It's called Comet NEOWISE and the spectacle can be seen after sunset near the northwest horizon under the "Big Dipper."

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LANSING, MICH. Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, and Michigan department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding the state's response efforts to COVID-19.

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Live Updates: Coronavirus In The Lansing Region

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Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / CDC

Regular updates from WKAR News about the regional response to the pandemic.

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7:14 p.m. Tues. 7/14/20

Michigan’s emergency order and disaster declaration has been extended through August 11. 

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The Lansing Board of Water and Light is releasing a new plan to increase its use of renewable energy. 


Man Killed By Police After Mask Dispute At Michigan Store

Jul 14, 2020
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A man was fatally shot Tuesday by a Michigan sheriff’s deputy after stabbing another man who had challenged him about not wearing a mask at a convenience store, police said.

The Lansing city council heard more than two hours of public comment during a meeting Monday night over a proposal to cut the city’s police budget in half over five years.

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The Michigan Civil Service Commission has approved a rule change that says state employees will have to decide every year whether to continue paying union dues.

Fanciful Farming

Insect populations fluctuate from year to year depending on factors like weather and breeding, but the long-term downward trend in the monarch butterfly population is concerning conservationists.

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Scott Pohl WKAR

Michigan county and municipal clerks are finding it challenging to meet the needs of voters amid the coronavirus pandemic and following changes in 2018 when state voters approved of same-day voter registration and no-reason absentee voting.

Informacion En Vivo. Coronavirus En La Región De Lansing

Jul 13, 2020
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / CDC

Estar bien informado es responsabilidad de todos. Infórmese bien de lugares creíbles, profesionales, y de fuentes oficiales.


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WKAR Public Media staff and associates have been honored with four regional Emmy® awards by the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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Nick Cannon — the actor, TV show host and musician — has been fired from his long-running comedy improv show Wild 'N Out. It comes after he made anti-Semitic comments on his podcast and YouTube show, Cannon's Class. Wild 'N Out's parent company ViacomCBS, released a statement saying, "We are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him."

Walmart says shoppers must wear masks inside its stores starting Monday — the largest retailer to join a growling list of companies making face covering mandatory across the nation.

The likeness of Edward Colston, a philanthropist and slave trader, watched over a busy intersection in Bristol for roughly 125 years — until last month, when protesters toppled the controversial statue and tossed it into the British city's harbor.


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