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Michigan State University is hosting a conference to train more than 100 police and prosecutors from around the Midwest on ways to improve sexual assault investigations.


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Voters will head to polling places on Tuesday to narrow the field of candidates in November. In some places, they’ll consider ballot proposals.

Samuel Stanley, Dianne Byrum
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Today is the first day on the job for Michigan State University’s new president. Samuel Stanley Jr. was unanimously chosen to be MSU’s next president by Trustees on May 28. He comes to MSU from Stony Brook University in New York where he served as president since 2009.


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Last week, the Quality Dairy chain of convenience stores began carrying some new products at a few locations: hemp oils, vape oils, drink additives and edibles containing CBD. That’s a compound extracted from the hemp plant.


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Lansing Community College’s search for a new President begins today. Brent Knight announced last week that he would retire in 2020.

Lee Iacocca's Legacy

Jul 3, 2019
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A giant of the American automotive industry has died. Lee Iacocca was 94. WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks about Iacocca’s legacy with Paul Eisenstein of TheDetroitBureau.com.


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The director of Michigan State University’s Abrams Planetarium is in Chile today and will observe the total eclipse of the sun as its path crosses South America.

Shannon Schmoll is working on an unrelated project at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. She describes the facility as being “one peak over” in the Andes Mountains from the SOAR telescope. MSU is a part-owner of SOAR.

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The Stonewall uprising in New York happened fifty years ago today. For many, the modern gay rights movement began that day.

To look back at those days, WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with a man who remembers the place where gay men congregated at the time.


Tim Retzloff photo
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The police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City fifty years ago this week, and the ensuing violence, is often credited with sparking the modern gay rights movement. To mark the 50th anniversary, WKAR is exploring gay life in Michigan in those days.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks about that with Tim Retzloff of MSU’s Center for Gender in Global Context. He’s a historian who has done extensive research on gay and lesbian history.


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The Michigan Court of Appeals has denied Harold Leeman Jr.’s appeal of his conviction for taking money from a nonprofit organization.

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Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has announce a reorganization of his office.

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Today has been declared Women Veterans Recognition Day in Michigan by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. In a news release, the governor says Michigan has almost 44-thousand living women veterans, and they’re being honored today, along with the women who served before them.

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is launching a three-year initiative called She Is a Veteran to help these women tell their stories and get the benefits and services they need.

Erika Hoover of She Is a Veteran served in the Navy. She talked about the program with WKAR’s Scott Pohl.


UPDATE: A "Homecoming" celebration of the life of Lawrence Leathers has been scheduled for Saturday, June 29th at the New Mount Calvary Baptist Church on West Miller Road in Lansing. There will be a public viewing at 9 a.m. and a service at 10 a.m., followed by burial at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. A man and a woman are in custody, facing charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

A Lansing-born Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer was found murdered Sunday in New York City. Lawrence "Lo" Leathers was 37. A suspect is in custody. He was a prodigy, playing as a toddler and playing professionally at the age of 15, attending the Juilliard School and winning Grammys in recent years.

Leathers played on two of Cécile McLorin Salvant’s three Best Jazz Vocal Grammy-winning albums.

WKAR's Scott Pohl talks with Diego Rivera of the MSU College of Music about Leathers' life and career.


Lansing Grand River Assembly
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This week, the Cadillac division of General Motors will take the wraps off two new models in their V-Series, vehicles that will be built at the Lansing Grand River assembly plant.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with Cadillac Product Manager for Future Performance Sedans Ken Kornas about the CT4-V and CT5-V, models heading to showrooms next year.


East Lansing Art Festival 2018
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The East Lansing Art Festival returns to the streets of East Lansing this weekend. Julie Levy-Weston, the festival’s interim director, speaks with WKAR’s Scott Pohl about this year’s event.


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