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Michigan State University is putting a $1 million gift toward expanding and renovating its music facilities. The East Lansing school announced Tuesday the money from alumni Byron and Dolores Cook helps launch a project to build a Music Pavilion for the university's College of Music. Plans include adding roughly 35,000 square feet of rehearsal, practice and performance space and renovating 8,500 square feet in the Music Building and Music Practice Building next door. 

Michigan State University officials plan to spend nearly $50 million modernizing a campus power plant in the coming years.

The improvements to the T.B. Simon Power Plant will include replacing two boilers that have been in operation since the plant's opening in 1965. School officials say the new boiler and improvements to the plant's capacity are expected to take around nine months to plan. They should take an additional 18 months to complete.

Fascinated by lakes? This online course may be for you

Sep 26, 2017
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If you're fascinated by lakes, an online Michigan State University extension course may be for you. Registration is open for the Introduction to Lakes program, which begins in January. It's a six-week, self-paced course.

Officials say more than 230 lake enthusiasts have taken it during the past two years. They say it should appeal to lakefront property owners, lake users and managers, local government officials and educators.

Michigan State prepares to open $88M research center

Sep 18, 2017
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Michigan State is opening up an $88 million research center in Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids Medical Research Center opens next week. Scientists at the center will research cures and treatments for diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and cancer. The focus will be on neuroscience, women's health science, children's health science and cancer. 

Michigan first-graders write Queen Elizabeth, get reply

Jun 19, 2017

A group of East Lansing first-graders who wrote to Queen Elizabeth for a class project weren't disappointed by the British monarch. Teacher Shawn Millhouse's first-graders at Pinecrest Elementary received a response from Queen Elizabeth's assistant about how much the queen likes horses and dogs.

The monarch's Lady-in-Waiting, Susan Hussey, wrote that Queen Elizabeth was happy to receive letters from the 21 students. Hussey wrote that, "Her Majesty was pleased to hear from you all and greatly appreciated the care you have each taken with your illustrations."

Records show a Michigan State University doctor resigned in January after learning the school was considering her termination because she didn't disclose that USA Gymnastics was investigating Dr. Larry Nassar.

The Lansing State Journal reports that documents obtained from Brooke Lemmen's personnel file through the Freedom of Information Act reveal she also removed patient records at Nassar's request.

Nassar was a Michigan State and USA Gymnastics sports doctor.

CNN Political Analyst Ana Navarro and Former Presidential Candidate and Vermont Governor Howard Dean were in Grand Rapids Friday morning to engage in a friendly debate. The debate by Navarro and Dean came as part of the annual Fundraising Breakfast for the Michigan Political Leadership Program.

Started in 1992, the program is dedicated to training future public policy leaders. Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley began the breakfast by calling to mind that there are currently 11 graduates from the program in Michigan’s house and Senate.

MSU prohibits whiteboards after anonymous bullying

Feb 20, 2017

Michigan State University has decided to no longer allow whiteboards as an acceptable item on dorm room doors as of the coming fall semester because of bullying through the boards. While the whiteboards were commonly used for friendly messages and inspirational quotes, they've recently been a tool for anonymous bullying. 

Police request warrants in Michigan State assault case

Feb 16, 2017
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Prosecutors say they've received warrant requests from police at Michigan State University in a sexual assault investigation that has led to the suspension of three football players from team activities.

A second woman says that the Michigan State women's gymnastics coach was aware of complaints of assault by a sports doctor who treated female athletes. Coach Kathie Klages was suspended Monday. New allegations against her were disclosed Tuesday by a woman who is seeking to join more than two dozen in a lawsuit against Dr. Larry Nassar.