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Your COVID Vaccine Questions Answered | WKAR News Special Coverage

More than 2.5 million people in the state have gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. On April 5, all Michiganders 16 and older will be eligible to get their shot. WKAR put the call out for what listeners wanted to know about the vaccine and the ongoing pandemic.

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Oliver Sacks: His Own Life | American Masters

Fri. Apr. 9 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Dive into the life of the neurologist and author who helped redefine our understanding of the brain.

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RECENTLY: Fri. Apr. 9 at 10:00am |  WATCH HERE
Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun  provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

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We recap what went down at round one of The Masters yesterday. Also, Al gives an update on the Deshaun Watson sexual assault allegations, as well as a Flashback Friday interview with MSU golf coach Casey Lubahn. Our own Scott Pohl also tells you about how golf has come to Jackson Field! 

Prince Philip, Husband Of Queen Elizabeth II, Dies At 99

Apr 9, 2021
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Prince Philip, the irascible and tough-minded husband of Queen Elizabeth II who spent more than seven decades supporting his wife in a role that both defined and constricted his life, has died, Buckingham Palace said Friday. He was 99.

His life spanned nearly a century of European history, starting with his birth as a member of the Greek royal family and ending as Britain’s longest serving consort during a turbulent reign in which the thousand-year-old monarchy was forced to reinvent itself for the 21st century.

Biden To Rush Vaccinators, Testing To Hard-Hit Michigan

Apr 9, 2021
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Washington is rushing federal resources to support vaccinations, testing and therapeutics, but not vaccines, to Michigan in an effort to control the state’s worst-in-the-nation COVID-19 transmission rate, the White House said Friday.

Live Updates: Coronavirus In The Lansing Region

Apr 9, 2021
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Regular updates from WKAR News about the regional response to the pandemic.

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Governor Whitmer is urging Michigan schools to suspend in-person high school classes and youth sports for two weeks. She is also asking restaurants to pause indoor dining.

A special edition of OTR with three students from MSU's School of Journalism.

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A special edition of Off the Record with three future graduates of MSU's School of Journalism. Julian Stainback, Jasmine Hall and Joe Freihofer offer their views on the current political climate, the use and role of social media in journalism and much more. Later in the program, the students put their own questions to host Tim Skubick. 

President Biden is pushing hard to get more Americans to buy electric vehicles to rein in global warming and spur domestic manufacturing.

The $2 trillion infrastructure plan he is trying to sell to Congress includes about $174 billion to boost electric vehicle sales and production — more than the president proposes spending on roads and bridges.

There's widespread agreement that it's important to help older adults and people with disabilities remain independent as long as possible. But are we prepared to do what's necessary, as a nation, to make this possible?

That's the challenge President Biden has put forward with his bold proposal to spend $400 billion over eight years on home and community-based services — a major part of his $2 trillion infrastructure plan.

General Motors will temporarily shut down two more plants as automakers continue to struggle with major supply chain disruptions, particularly in computer chips.

The company will idle its plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, for one week and Lansing Delta Township, Michigan, for two weeks. They're the lastest in the long list of North American auto plants going dark because of the ongoing chip shortage, causing temporary layoffs for workers and cutting into the supply of new vehicles.

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Michigan State University is launching a student-only vaccine clinic Friday.

A recent survey conducted by the National Social Norms Center at MSU found more than 80% of MSU students plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s available to them. Now, the school is making appointments for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine specifically available to them inside of the MSU Pavilion.


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Apr. 2, 2021
We’re committed to supporting every child’s unlimited potential by sharing the resources that educators, parents, and caregivers need.

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MSU Broad Museum Art Series Airs on WKAR

Apr 2, 2021
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Series of video shorts reveals the stories behind art pieces on display at the Broad Art Museum on the campus of Michigan State University.

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Beginning July 1, the Lesbian Bisexual Gay and Transgender Resource Center or LBGTRC within the Division of Student Affairs and Services at Michigan State University will be renamed the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center. Jesse Beal (they/them/theirs) is the center's director.


From NPR News

Updated April 11, 2021 at 10:28 PM ET

When a patrol car activated its siren and emergency lights behind Caron Nazario in December, the Army lieutenant says he was reluctant to immediately pull over. That stretch of road, just west of Norfolk, Va., was dark, and there didn't seem to be anywhere to stop safely.

Voters in St. Louis last week delivered a historic victory for Tishaura Jones, the first Black woman elected mayor and the latest triumph for progressive candidates in the St. Louis region.

Amid unrest at local jails, surging gun violence and a pandemic that has disproportionately hurt people of color, Jones said race will no longer be an afterthought in the mayor's office.

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A city long marred by racial segregation and disparities elected its first Black woman to be mayor this past week. Tishaura Jones will be the next mayor of St. Louis. She's currently the city's treasurer and a former Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives. And her win is just the latest in a run of progressives being elected in the city. In addition to that, she ran a campaign that did not shy away from conversations about race or policing.



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