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The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that will determine if people who were wrongly accused of defrauding the unemployment program can sue the state.

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A U.S. House candidate was arrested Tuesday in Detroit during a protest for higher pay and the right to form unions.

AG Bill Schuette
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A victim of human trafficking is crediting Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette in a new TV ad launched by his gubernatorial campaign.

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Nearly 800 Twitter accounts have been blocked or muted by Michigan state government accounts, which some argue violates First Amendment rights.

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The director of Michigan's Department of Technology, Management and Budget is leaving his post to pursue a job opportunity in the private sector.

9/11 | Inside the Pentagon | Post Attack

Sep 2, 2016
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Wed. Sept. 7 at 10pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 |  ​Hear the rarely told stories of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, in which 184 people died. 

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Medical marijuana has been legal in Michigan since 2009, and there’s currently an effort to legalize it for recreational use, but local governments across the state have struggled to create consistent laws to regulate cannabis. We talk with an advocate who envisions a national organization to set those standards.


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In his annual State of the City report, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the city is financially strong. But that’s in the short term. Officials say in the coming year, Lansing must gain control of its $600-million in unfunded retiree health care and pension debt. Wel talk with two members of the Lansing Financial Health Team.


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The U.S. Senate and House of Representative both continue efforts to write the country’s first comprehensive education legislation since "No Child Left Behind" expired back in 2007. Both Republican-led chambers are at work on measures that address various issues:  educational accountability, local versus federal authority and school choice among others. The Senate measure is scheduled to go before the Education committee today. U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan is an influential critic of some features of these measures.

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In several Michigan communities, planning for a future affected by climate change is beginning. Monroe, East Jordan, Ludington, St. Joseph and Grand Haven are all taking part in a new program called “Resilient Michigan”.

WATCH/LISTEN NOW: Gov. Rick Snyder on Michigan Calling

Sep 5, 2014
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Gov. Rick Snyder takes questions from a  statewide public radio audience on another broadcast of “Michigan Calling” in the 2014 election cycle.

The hour-long program was hosted by Rick Pluta, the long-time state Capitol bureau chief of the Michigan Public Radio Network. Recorded 9/5/2014.

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It’s back to school week for thousands of students at Michigan State University. In between moving into their dorm rooms and finding their way around campus, freshmen have been reading this year’s “One Book, One Community” selection. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia has written a graphic novel called “March: Book One.”

Lewis was in East Lansing Monday to speak to MSU freshmen and to meet members of the community.  Current State's Kevin Lavery spent a few minutes with the civil rights icon.

Former WKAR producer updates Ferguson aftermath

Aug 25, 2014
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Michael Brown is being laid to rest today in Ferguson, Missouri, 16 days after the young African-American was killed by a white police officer. Unrest that was the rule in the days following the shooting has abated in the St. Louis suburb, but a host of critical questions remain unanswered.

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An established Michigan environmental organization recently graded the state legislature on its performance in the 2013-2014 session. The Michigan League of Conservation Voters gave legislators an "Incomplete" for Michigan’s environmental score.

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