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East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR) - The Masters golf tournament tees off Thursday at the legendary Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

One of the amateurs invited to play in the first major tournament of the year is Jack Newman, a junior on the Michigan State University golf team. It's the first time a golfer from MSU has qualified to play in the Masters.

WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

Washington DC – Washington, DC (AP)

The Obama administration has sent a team of 15 people to Detroit to work with General Motors Corp. as it tries to restructure by June 1.

An administration official says the team will be in Detroit over
the next two weeks to accelerate the restructuring process laid out
by President Barack Obama last week.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions are private.

Lansing, MI – LANSING, Mich. (AP)

A state-appointed task force will
recommend improvements to Michigan's child welfare system,
including a way to raise more money for abuse and neglect
prevention programs through a higher beer tax.

The upcoming Michigan Child Welfare Improvement Task Force
report was discussed Wednesday by state Department of Human
Services officials.

A final report could be out as early as next

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - State House Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday that would require autism treatment to be covered by health insurance.

Parents of autistic children say insurance companies are discriminating against their families by denying the children speech therapy and other costly treatments.

James Espinoza has a son with autism.

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - The Michigan Court of Appeals says the state cannot accept a Muslim ritual as a legal divorce.

The couple this case was married in India, but lived in Michigan when the marriage broke up.

Last year, the husband got a divorce in India in a ceremony that included repeating "I divorce thee" three times.

India recognizes the Muslim tradition as a legal way to end a marriage.

But the state Court of Appeals says Michigan does not.

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (WKAR) - Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has called a special meeting of the City Council tonight to vote on a controversial plan to sell the city's North Capital Parking Ramp.

The city council rejected a proposal last year that would have sold the ramp to Lansing Community College for two-point-seven million dollars.

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Governor Granholm says Michigan will use big tax breaks to aggressively court alternative energy entrepreneurs.

She has signed into law tax credits worth hundreds of millions of dollars to battery researchers and manufacturers.

The governor says Asia is currently the major producer of automotive batteries, including the one that powers the still-experimental Chevy Volt.

The tax credits will also help businesses win federal alternative energy research grants.

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - A new study says Michigan ranks below the national average of residents without health insurance.

The Families U-S-A report shows 28.8% of Michigan residents were uninsured for some time in 2007 and 2008.

The national average is 32.1%.

Ron Pollack is executive director of Families U-S-A.

He says the number of uninsured in the country has gone up because families cannot afford to pay the growing cost of premiums.

East Lansing, MI – Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network
Michigan's top insurance regulator is challenging homeowner's insurance rates that were set using the clients' credit scores.

The state Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation has notified three companies that it's rejected their rate requests.

The agency says there's nothing in Michigan's insurance code that allows companies to look at their clients' credit scores.

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR) - Michigan State's magic evaporated when North Carolina claimed its fifth NCAA basketball championship with an 89-72 victory over the Spartans.

North Carolina started the season as the unanimous No. 1 pick and breezed through the tournament. They became the first team to win all six games by double digits since Duke in 2001.

The Spartans lost for the first time in three championship game appearances.


Capitol Connection

The investigation into how Michigan State University handled the Larry Nassar is still ongoing. Attorney General Dana Nessel appealed to MSU Trustees in a public briefing Thursday asking them to waive privilege and release oustanding documents.

Attorney General Pleads With MSU Trustees To Waive Privilege, Release Documents

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel held her first public briefing on Thursday. She briefed reporters on three major investigations that were passed to her from her Republican predecessor, former Attorney General Bill Schuette, including the state’s investigation into Michigan State University’s internal handling of the Larry Nassar scandal.

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Renowned Michigan State University sociologist Carl Taylor is being honored by the university with the MSU Community Engagement Scholarship Lifetime Achievement Award. 


WKAR StayTuned Update

Michigan State of the State 2019

Feb 15, 2019
portrait: Whitmer

From Tue. Feb. 12, 2019 | WATCH IT HERE | LISTEN HERE

In her first address to a joint convention of the State House of Representatives and Senate, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer lays out her new legislative year agenda.

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WKAR Radio Station Manager Peter Whorf has accepted a position as On-Air Classical Music Host at DPTV/WRCJ-FM in Detroit.

portrait: Susi Elkins
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Susi Elkins, director of broadcasting and general manager of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, has been elected to the board of directors of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS). The announcement was made on Thursday, February 7. Her three-year term begins Monday, February 25, 2019.

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The U.S. is not completely pulling out of Syria just yet.

Some American troops will remain for the time being, the White House announced Thursday. In a one-sentence statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said: "A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time."

It's unclear how long the troops will remain there.

This week, the governor of Connecticut proposed a statewide tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. Several cities have already enacted such soda taxes to raise money and fight obesity. And there's new evidence suggesting that these taxes do work — although sometimes not as well as hoped.

Two new accusers have come forward against R. Kelly, claiming that the embattled singer sought to have sex with them when they were minors, more than two decades ago. At a news conference Thursday in New York City, Rochelle Washington and Latresa Scaff related the story of a traumatic encounter that allegedly occurred after one of Kelly's performances in the mid-1990s.


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