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Derek Chauvin Found Guilty Of George Floyd's Murder

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. With only his eyes...

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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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The Michigan Bureau of Elections says a petition campaign to initiate a law to curtail the governor’s use of emergency powers has gathered the signatures it needs.

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A state program has distributed more than $890-thousand dollars to mid-Michigan households struggling to pay rent and utilities due to pandemic related hardships. The funds come from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

The state launched the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance program in March to help Michiganders pay for rent and utilities. It replaced the Eviction Diversion Program, which had been offering rental assistance since last summer.

Live Updates: Coronavirus In The Lansing Region

Apr 19, 2021
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Regular updates from WKAR News about the regional response to the pandemic.

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2:19 p.m. Mon. 4/19/21

The Ingham County Health Department is allowing all Michigan residents to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated for COVID-19 at the Michigan State University Pavilion clinic.

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We react to the news concerning the MSU football program allowing fans to attend this weekend's spring game at an 8% capacity. Also, the sports world braces for the George Floyd / Derek Chauvin trial result. 

Michigan has seen temperatures in the 70s and even the 80s this spring, but cold and even snow are in the forecast this week.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer continued to push back Sunday morning against calls for her to reimpose more COVID-19 restrictions in the face of a third surge. That’s as Michigan has led the nation in new cases per population for two weeks.

Updated April 19, 2021 at 7:29 AM ET

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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter has made the first powered flight on another planet, more than 117 years after the Wright brothers' historic flight on this planet.

The flight itself was modest. The 4-pound helicopter rose 10 feet in the air, hovered briefly and returned to the Martian surface. An image taken from the craft showed Ingenuity's shadow on the surface, and another from the Perseverance rover showed an airborne Ingenuity.

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The race for Lansing’s mayor took a couple of twists on Sunday. Former mayor Virg Bernero has ended his bid to return to city hall.

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Michigan has extended its existing COVID-19 public health restrictions for another month, and mask requirements will soon apply to children as young as two years old. 

Beaumont Staff 'Tired And Worn' By COVID-19 Surge

Apr 16, 2021
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Beaumont Health System is among other health systems across the state that are struggling to meet the need for care during a surge of COVID-19 patients and hospitalizations.

In a press conference Thursday, Beaumont's medical director of infection prevention, Dr. Nick Gilpin, called this third surge "a runaway train." He says most of the hospitals are nearing their capacity limits, between 90-95% occupancy.


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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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It was 51 years ago we celebrated the inaugural Earth Day. That was April 22, 1970. An estimated 20 million people participated back in 1970 and the observance has since become a global phenomenon. MSU Today is observing and celebrating Earth Day 2021 with a conversation with two highly regarded experts in environmental policy and environmental law.


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After former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the murder of George Floyd, President Biden marked the important moment for the country speaking from the White House.


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To talk about what this verdict might mean for law enforcement going forward, we are joined by NPR's Martin Kaste, who has been talking with his sources in police forces around the country.

Hi, Martin.




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