Amanda Barberena

News Intern

Amanda Barberena helps write stories for online and books interviews for newscasts. The Michigan State University student started with WKAR in the Fall of 2017 during her freshman year.

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Holt High School North Campus photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

Election results are in regarding proposals for Holt, Okemos and Waverly school districts. According to unofficial results from Ingham and Eaton counties, all four proposals passed.

Thanksgiving Turkey
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This Thanksgiving, some Lansing area restaurants are offering pre-order Thanksgiving meals and some will be open for Thanksgiving, so you can enjoy a holiday meal without having to cook.

November 2020 Election
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WKAR is following all the major races in Michigan. Check back here for updates throughout the night.

November 2020 Election
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Ingham County and Eaton County local election unofficial result updates. All precincts are counted for both Ingham and Eaton County.


UPDATED: 4:20 p.m. November 4, 2020

I Voted Stickers
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I voted stickers
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

UPDATED Wednesday March 11 at 3:16 p.m.: results for local ballot proposals from unofficial results.

A small but stalwart crowd gathered at the Michigan state Capitol for the 2020 Lansing Women's march. Capitol facilities estimated more than 250 people took part in festivities despite heavy snow earlier in the day and poor driving conditions.
Abigail Censky, WKAR

A stalwart crowd of protesters gathered at the state Capitol Saturday for the 2020 Women’s March. The event was one of 200 sister marches held across the country for the popular protest that began in 2017 as a rebuke to President Donald Trump, the day after his inauguration.

Bag of Chips
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Whenever you’re stressed at work or school, do you ever catch yourself reaching for a bag of chips or candy? Or are you ever so lost in your work that you don’t realize you’re snacking? On this episode of Serving Up Science, science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR’s Karel Vega discuss stress eating with student reporter Amanda Barberena.

Lansing skyline
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The City of Lansing began several new development projects this year including the Red Cedar Development, linking Lansing to East Lansing, and a mixed use space near the Cooley Law school stadium. Combined both projects are valued at over $300 million. As the flurry of new developments increases candidates running for city council are deciding what their elevator pitch of the city will be and who it will be addressing. 

After both medical and recreational marijuana were legalized this year's crop of Lansing city council candidates are tasked with taking a position on the future of marijuana in the city.
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR Public Media


After the State of Michigan voted to legalize recreational marijuana in the 2018 midterms, cities and municipalities across the state are now deliberating what role marijuana will play in their future. Yet for many, including Lansing, markets are still developing and businesses are just beginning to be licensed forcing city council candidates to take a stand on how permissive they'll be toward cannabis businesses.