Sarah Lehr is a politics and civics reporter for WKAR News.
Sarah joined WKAR in June of 2021.
Sarah came to WKAR from the Lansing State Journal, where she covered government as the city watchdog reporter. She started her career at the Youngstown Vindicator, a daily newspaper in northeast Ohio.
Sarah Lehr is a graduate of Kenyon College, where she served as editor in chief of the student newspaper.
The pandemic spurred many states to temporarily relax rules for selling alcohol to give restaurants and bars short-term financial relief. In some places, those changes are becoming permanent.
Officials across the U.S. are pledging to divest public pensions from Russian funds to protest the invasion of Ukraine. But disentangling the money from Russia is easier said than done.
Michigan inmates can be billed up to $60 a day for time in a county jail. Some defend the practice as a way to reimburse taxpayers, but advocates say the pay-to-stay fees heap on extra punishment.
Michigan is among a number of states giving matching dollars to local governments that turn to online fundraising to pay for projects. But these crowdfunding models can lead to significant inequities.
Public health officials in Michigan and other states are facing threats and even attacks from people opposed to COVID-19 mandates and regulations.
Game-day fans can generate a lot of trash so with the return of tailgating comes the return of a lucrative side gig: collecting the empty bottles and cans left behind to return to stores for money.