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The Michigan Education Association has endorsed Gretchen Whitmer for governor.

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It's the year of the pickup truck at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Ford unveil new trucks in a fast-growing and highly competitive U.S. auto market.

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Simone Biles watched as her friends and former Olympic teammates came forward to detail abuse at the hands of a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor.

The legislature is once again at odds with the governor. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports this time it’s over what to do about the new federal tax law.


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Ingham County sentencing proceedings begin tomorrow on sexual abuse charges for former MSU Doctor Larry Nassar. In November, Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County.

All 125 victims who reported sexual abuse by Nassar will be given a chance to speak during this week’s proceedings, which are scheduled through Friday.

In December, Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges.

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Jan 15, 2018
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Jan 13, 2018

On this edition of Current State: A round-up of this week in Michigan politics; A trip to Potter Park Zoo; A new exhibit opening at the Broad Art Museum highlights the works of Andy Warhol; Discussing self-identity and discrimination with Latinx Michigan State University students, and more.

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The Lansing Board of Education has announced a plan for filling two vacancies.

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The art world looks down on paintings on velvet. The images conjured by the phrase “velvet art” might be things like children with big eyes, or Elvis Presley. A Lansing art gallery is challenging the notion that this is low-brow art. Casa de Rosado is hosting an exhibition called “Black Velvet, a Rasquache Aesthetic” through February 3rd.


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“There’s never been a bigger show if you’re a fan of new pickup trucks,” Detroit Free Press automotive critic Mark Phelan tells Kirk Heinze about the 2018 North American International Auto Show. “We have new ones from Chevy, RAM, and the rebirth of the Ford Ranger. We have production and concept SUVs coming out of our ears, too, because that’s the direction the market is moving toward.


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Each month, MSU professors Charles Ballard and Matt Grossmann engage in a lively discussion of Michigan policy and current events. This Month on State of the State: k-12 education finance and policy with guest Kristi Bowman.


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The Hotel California was, according to a case filed against it by legendary rock band The Eagles, living it up a little too much. The rock band sued the Mexico-based hotel, which shares a name with the band's iconic 1976 song, resulting in a settlement Thursday. The settlement's terms were not disclosed.

Jurors in eastern Canada on Friday found three men not guilty of criminal negligence following an oil train disaster that left 47 people dead. The accident in July 2013 involved a U.S.-owned train carrying North Dakota crude oil. In the aftermath, regulators in the U.S. and Canada adopted sweeping reforms to the way railroads haul and manage hazardous cargoes.

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