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Whitmer Says She’d Sign LGBTQ Rights Bill

Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Monday joined LGBTQ rights leaders to call on the Legislature to send her a bill expanding Michigan’s civil rights law. She said the alternative could be for GOP leaders to defend their inaction in the face of an initiative on the 2022 ballot.

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2021 Women's History Month | WKAR Radio Special

Mar. 1–31 on 90.5 FM & STREAMING | March is Women’s History Month, and March 8th marks International Women’s Day.

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The Michigan State men's basketball team pulled off the upset yesterday at the Breslin Center over in-state rival Michigan. How did it happen and does this now put the Spartans in the NCAA Tournament?

Michigan Redistricting Panel Will Seek Delay To Finish Maps

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Michigan’s redistricting commission will ask the state Supreme Court to push back the Nov. 1 deadline to finalize new political maps, citing an eight-month delay in data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The panel authorized the legal step Friday.

People who are homeless will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Michigan starting Monday.

Health officials said it’s a critical step in curbing the spread of coronavirus.

Jarrod Agen
Genesee County Jail

A judge on Monday declined to dismiss an indictment against a former state official who is charged with perjury in an investigation of the Flint water crisis.

The indictment against Jarrod Agen remains valid despite a lack of details and can be updated, Genesee County Judge Elizabeth Kelly said.

She said she won’t decide whether the indictment was filed in the wrong county or whether the one-man grand jury had proper jurisdiction until another judge determines what grand jury material can be released.

Bobby is a sixth grader at North Brookfield Elementary School in western Massachusetts. He's crazy about the Loch Ness monster. He's into math and Minecraft. And he likes online learning.

"It's a lot easier to focus," he says. "I can be in my room and be a lot more comfortable doing stuff."

President Biden has said that his goal is to have the majority of K-8 schools operating in-person by the end of his first 100 days in office.

House Democrats are expected to pass the final version of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on Tuesday, thus delivering on Democrats' campaign promises and cementing a major legislative victory for the Biden administration.

In mid-February — barely a month into his term — President Biden gathered 10 union leaders in the Oval Office. The meeting lasted two hours.

"Every once in a while as president you get to invite close friends into the Oval," Biden said, laughing. He added: "These are the folks that brung me to the dance."

Frank Kelley, Michigan Attorney General For 37 Years, Dies

Mar 6, 2021

Frank J. Kelley, affectionately called the “eternal general” for his 37 years as Michigan’s longest-serving attorney general, has died at age 96, his family said Saturday.

Women's History Month | Mar. 5, 2021

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WKAR general manager to serve as APTS Professional Vice Chair

EAST LANSING, MI; Feb. 11, 2021 - America's Public Television Stations announced today that Susi Elkins, Director of Broadcasting and General Manager of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, has been elected to serve as Professional Vice Chair on the board of the non-profit organization.

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In this month’s State of the State podcast from Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, Matt Grossmann, Charley Ballard, and Arnold Weinfeld discuss the latest news in Michigan politics and economy. Then the trio welcomes Siddharth Chandra to the conversation to discuss his research on the potential for future pandemic reemergence.


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Georgia elections official Gabriel Sterling gained national attention a few months ago by pushing back against former President Donald Trump's false claims of voter fraud.

Pullups for a toddler who is potty training. A bicycle. Clothes that aren't hand-me-downs. A home with heat and working plumbing. A trip to the zoo.

Four in 10 children in the U.S. live in households struggling to afford basic expenses, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Now, as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, the House and Senate have passed a child benefit, the first of its kind in the United States.


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