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Enhanced Security Planned At Capitol This Weekend

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has activated Michigan National Guard units ahead of protests expected Sunday at the state Capitol. The coordinated law enforcement effort also includes the FBI and local police departments.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Commission of Mid-Michigan

Lansing MLK Day Event To Feature Talk With Bernice King


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American Reckoning | PBS NewsHour Special Report

Fri. Jan. 15 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Following the aftermath of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, American Reckoning: A PBS NewsHour Special Report will focus on the economic and racial history that led to a political divide between Americans, the impact of President Donald Trump's rhetoric throughout his presidency and the next steps for the nation to heal from the recent attack on American democracy.

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The discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus in Great Britain, and it’s appearance in the U.S., has experts considering the next steps in fighting COVID-19.

Updated 10:05 p.m. ET Friday

Twitter has permanently suspended President Trump's account over a pattern of behavior that violated company rules.

The action was the most sweeping punishment any major social media company has ever taken against Trump, who has used his Twitter account to announce White House policy, attack rivals and widely disseminate misinformation.

Whitmer: Schools Should Offer In-Person Classes By March 1

Jan 8, 2021
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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday strongly encouraged all K-12 schools in Michigan to offer in-person instruction by March 1, stopping short of requiring it but saying face-to-face classes should at least be an option.

The panel discusses the Capitol Building violence.  The guest is Rep. Donna Lasinski.

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The panel discusses the Michigan reaction to violence at the nation's capitol.  The guest is house democratic leader Rep. Donna Lasinski. Panelists Kathy Gray, Lauren Gibbons and Kyle Melinn join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick to discuss the week in Michigan government and politics.

The mob violence that descended on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was the culmination of weeks of incendiary rhetoric and increasingly feverish planning – much of which took place openly on websites popular with far-right conspiracy theorists.

Jared Holt spends a lot of time on those websites. He's a visiting research fellow with the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, where he has been focused on extremist online activity.

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For 37 years, the TV game show Jeopardy! was hosted by Alex Trebek. The legendary host died of pancreatic cancer two months ago, and the final episode he taped before his death airs tonight. Producers of the show say tonight’s program will include a special goodbye.

We asked a couple of Jeopardy! contestants from mid-Michigan to reflect on the show and their time around Alex Trebek.

Updated at 11:55 p.m. ET

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sent a letter to President Trump on Thursday announcing her resignation. She is the latest administration official to quit in protest of Wednesday's violence at the U.S. Capitol. The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

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The Michigan Republican Party is expected to choose a new leadership team at its convention next month. That’s after current chair Laura Cox withdrew her a reelection bid, clearing the way for millionaire businessman Ron Weiser.

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Ingham County’s Health Officer says health officials are working hard to address vaccine skepticism in communities of color.



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The state Capitol in Lansing is reopened to legislators and staffers following a security sweep Thursday morning. That’s after the building was closed due to a phoned-in bomb threat.


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Jan. 8, 2021
The events at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday of this week were shocking and disheartening...

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PBS’s 50th Anniversary’s Signature Programming Initiative, Produced by RadicalMedia, Starts a National Conversation About What It Means to Be an American Today

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In the best of times, pursuing recovery from substance use disorders and maintaining sobriety are a daily grind. Factor in the pandemic, its isolating effects, the social and economic upheaval that has followed, and those personal challenges are made all the more difficult.


From NPR News

Updated at 9:41 a.m. ET

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has won a sixth term in office, fighting off a challenge by former singer Bobi Wine — who was just a child when Museveni came into power back in 1986. Wine's run drew many young Ugandans to pay attention to politics.

Last Wednesday, just before a mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol in an insurrection that left five dead, the president stood before a huge crowd gathered in front of the White House for a so-called "Save America" rally.

Trump whipped up his supporters, repeating a false claim that he's made over and over in the weeks since Nov. 3: "We won this election, and we won it by a landslide," he insisted. "This was not a close election!"

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