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Protesters Gather At Michigan Capitol Demanding Shutdown Of Line 5

Protesters met at the Michigan Capitol Thursday in opposition to Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline. The gathering took place a day after a shutdown deadline ordered by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

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The Story of Us | A Michigan American Portrait Special

Thu. May 13 at 9:30pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | It’s a story told by everyday people - in their own words - on their struggles, triumphs, and joys.

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A state Senate committee has issued a subpoena to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for documents related to its COVID-19 response.

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A set of bills aimed at restoring driver's licenses for immigrants in Michigan was reintroduced this week in the state legislature.

Washington state Department of Ecology

Michigan’s state Department of Health and Human Services has begun testing some firefighters for PFAS in their blood.

PFAS is a family of chemicals often used in firefighting foams. They’ve been linked to health problems including cancer and developmental disorders.

Jazz Halfmoon, 38, remembers playing the educational video game Oregon Trail as a reward for doing well in class. "It was on a super-old computer," she says. "The green screen was like the only color."

She says it was really exciting, and the kids would often clamor and fight over who could play the game at their school on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, in northeast Oregon.

With more than one-third of U.S. adults now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, there's growing optimism on many fronts. A majority of states have either lifted health-related restrictions or have announced target dates for doing so.

Already, many clinicians and health policy experts are thinking about what the post-pandemic world will look like.

Frank Ragnow
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We discuss the new addition for Mel Tucker and the MSU football program. Also, Frank Ragnow has become the highest paid center in the NFL. What does this mean for the future of the Detroit Lions?

Groups Sue AG Over 2018 GOP Lame Duck Legislature Gutting Minimum Wage Proposals

May 12, 2021
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In 2018, the Republican-led lame duck legislature prevented minimum wage and sick time laws from getting on Michiganders' ballots by adopting the proposals and then gutting them. Now, a new lawsuit is asking a court to overturn then-Attorney General Bill Schuette's opinion that the move was legal, and implement the original proposals.

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Michigan has reached a COVID-19 vaccination benchmark that will soon allow people to return to the office in person, but Governor Gretchen Whitmer acknowledges the next target will be more difficult to hit.

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Ingham County's top health official says it's not yet time to relax indoor mask requirements.

Speaking at a media briefing Tuesday, Health Officer Linda Vail said other states in the country are in a different situation than Michigan.

Live Updates: Coronavirus In The Lansing Region

May 12, 2021
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Regular updates from WKAR News about the regional response to the pandemic.

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10:50 a.m. Wed. 5/12/21

The city of East Lansing is no longer requiring people to wear masks in outdoor spaces. The mask mandate was lifted today.


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Right to Read | Screening with Q&A

May 10, 2021

Thu. May 20, 2021 at 7pm on WKAR OVEE - RSVP HERE | Join the conversation at a virtual preview screening of the upcoming WKAR original documentary, Right to Read. The film presents the moving story of Michigan families attempting to secure the right to read for their children. 

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Curious Crew Returns for Seventh Season

May 5, 2021
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Mondays beginning May 10, 2021 at 5:30pm on WKAR-TV 23.1 | Why does a sock cling to a sweater? How does a rainbow get its colors? Where does wax go when it burns? Explore these questions and more, as Curious Crew returns for a seventh season with ten new episodes.

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Dr. Claudia Finkelstein is Director of Wellness, Resilience and Vulnerable Populations at Michigan State University's renowned College of Human Medicine. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. She talks about our collective mental health as we cautiously emerge from the pandemic.


From NPR News

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told senators on Thursday that in the midst of a surge of migrants trying to enter the U.S., the number of unaccompanied minors in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody continues to fall dramatically.

Researchers have found just 12 people are responsible for the bulk of the misleading claims and outright lies about COVID-19 vaccines that proliferate on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

"The 'Disinformation Dozen' produce 65% of the shares of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms," said Imran Ahmed, chief executive officer of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, which identified the accounts.

Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.




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