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Commission Will Consider Greenhouse Gas Dangers In Line 5 Decisions

The Michigan Public Service Commission will consider the environmental impact of greenhouse gasses in its decision on the future of Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 as part of an order issued Wednesday.

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Sharks of Hawaii | Nature

Wed. Apr. 21 at 8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Meet the sharks that call the waters near Hawaii’s islands their home.

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Greta Thunberg: A Year To Change the World


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The Black teenager who recorded the now-infamous video of Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on George Floyd's neck for nearly 10 minutes last May is being hailed as a hero following the former Minneapolis police officer's conviction on murder and manslaughter charges.

Live Updates: Coronavirus In The Lansing Region

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

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4:42 p.m. Wed. 4/21/21

After multiple delays, the Lansing School District announced that all classes will remain online for the rest of the school year, which concludes June 11, 2021. There will be no in-person learning for any grade levels.

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We react to the verdict heard around the world as former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges for the killing of George Floyd. Also, hear what MSU football coach Mel Tucker and senior linebacker Noah Harvey have to say as we count down the days to Saturday's spring game!

Updated April 20, 2021 at 8:05 PM ET

President Biden said the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin "can be a moment of significant change" for the United States as it grapples with systemic racism.

Biden and Vice President Harris addressed the nation on Tuesday, after Chauvin was found guilty of murder for the death of George Floyd during an arrest last year.

Updated April 21, 2021 at 1:26 AM ET

A 16-year-old Black girl was fatally shot by an officer outside her home after she called the police for help on Tuesday afternoon, according to her family.

The girl has been identified as Ma'Khia Bryant by her aunt, Hazel Bryant.

Bryant allegedly called officers at about 4:30 p.m. local time when a group of "older kids" threatened her with assault, her aunt told Ohio Statehouse News Bureau reporter Andy Chow. She did not elaborate on the nature of the threat.

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A fight over voting rights is brewing at the state Capitol. Republicans are preparing to take up a 39-bill package that would create new voting restrictions – including showing an ID to vote in person or to get an absentee ballot. Democrats oppose the bills.

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A Lansing non-profit organization is partnering with the Ingham County Health Department in hopes of tackling vaccine inequity. Cristo Rey Community Center is hosting walk-in vaccine appointments for the community.

There are currently 193 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ingham County, down from a peak of more than 200 last week.

Updated April 20, 2021 at 5:37 PM ET

The jury has found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all the counts he faced over the death of George Floyd. The trial has been one of the most closely watched cases in recent memory, setting off a national reckoning on police violence and systemic racism even before the trial commenced.

Chauvin, 45, has been found guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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Beloved MSU men's basketball player Joshua Langford has decided to stop playing the game of basketball. Hear why. Also, MSU guard Foster Loyer adds his name to the many Spartans who are deciding to take their game to another program. 


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WKAR News Earns Top Michigan APME Awards

Apr 16, 2021
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EAST LANSING, Mich., April 16, 2021 -- The radio news team at WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University has earned the Outstanding News Operation award from Michigan Associated Press Media Editors (APME) for 2020. In total, the team at the public broadcasting station serving mid-Michigan received twelve first place and seven second place awards across fourteen categories.

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The Black teenager who recorded the now-infamous video of Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on George Floyd's neck for nearly 10 minutes last May is being hailed as a hero following the former Minneapolis police officer's conviction on murder and manslaughter charges.

The Senate on Wednesday narrowly voted to confirm Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general, elevating a longtime civil rights attorney to the third-highest position inside the Justice Department on the same day the agency announced renewed efforts to monitor local police practices.

Gupta was confirmed by a vote of 51 to 49, with only one Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, breaking ranks to join Democrats in approving her nomination.

Manhattan's district attorney announced Wednesday that his office will no longer prosecute prostitution and unlicensed massage under a new policy that's believed to be the first of its kind in New York.



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