Ben Thorp

Mid-Michigan residents are beginning to take stock of the damage wrought by historic floods. 

The small village of Sanford has just over 800-residents.   It lies just upstream from Midland along the Tittabawassee River.

When the Edenville dam breached on Tuesday people were ordered to evacuate. Now, some residents and business owners are returning for the first time to survey the damage.

Connie Methner owns CJ’s Hairstyling. She said she’s been here for 34 years.

Live Updates: Coronavirus In The Lansing Region

May 22, 2020
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Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / CDC

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

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6:22 p.m. Fri. 5/22/20

Michigan’s Safer At Home order has been extended until June 12, 2020. The state of emergency declaration has also been extended until June 19. 

dam on Grand River
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The catastrophic failure of two dams on the Tittabawassee River in central Michigan this week is prompting questions about the safety of the state’s dam infrastructure.  


Informacion En Vivo. Coronavirus En La Región De Lansing

May 22, 2020
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / CDC

Estar bien informado es responsabilidad de todos. Infórmese bien de lugares creíbles, profesionales, y de fuentes oficiales.

The panel discusses the partial re-opening of Michigan. The guest is MI Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

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The panel discusses the partial re-opening of the state and MI Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is in trouble with President Trump. The guest is Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. Panelists Kathy Gray, Emily Lawler and Rick Albin join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick to discuss the week in Michigan government and politics.

Steve Finamore

Mid-Michigan basketball expert Steve Finamore with thoughts on "The Last Dance" docuseries; What does the series tell us about life beyond the game of basketball?; What makes Michael Jordan the GOAT?

College Sports
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Will we see college football on our televisions?; Should students be allowed back on campus?; LeBron James speaks on 'The Last Dance'

Mark Dantonio

A judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday against former Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio and other officials who were accused of retaliating against a staff member when the school was dealing with sexual assault allegations against players.

National Institutes of Health

Sparrow Health System recently launched a drive-through coronavirus testing program at the former Sears site in Lansing's Frandor Shopping Center. People can get tested for either the virus, or for COVID-19 antibodies. People with coronavirus antibodies have been looked at as a source for plasma, which may be used to help fight the disease.

To learn more, WKAR’s Mary Ellen Pitney spoke with Dr. Jim Richard, Medical Director at Sparrow Laboratories.

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RECENTLY: Thurs. May 21 at 10:00 a.m.

LANSING, MICH. Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will provide an update regarding the state’s response efforts to COVID-19.  

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