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5:10 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Local Governments: Tax Day Study Shows State Not Paying Fair Share

Local officials want the state to share more of the revenue it takes in.

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Arts
3:32 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

A2SO Encore

Violinist Itamar Zorman, cellist David Requiro and A2SO music director Arie Lipsky with the Double Concerto by Brahms
Credit Czarnecki-Dempsey Photos

Miss it last Saturday?  Tune in this weekend.  Heard it in person?  Hear it again!

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:08 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Current State #296 | April 15, 2014

Today on Current State: the City of East Lansing budget; a proposed underground storage facility by Lake Huron; Take Back the Night events address sexual assault awareness; and the documentary "Particle Fever."

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

EL budget aims more spending at roads

East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas says the city is shifting its focus to infrastructure, including streets and sidewalks.
Credit Flickr - Mark Sardella

East Lansing officials are working on the city’s budget for the coming fiscal year. The $32.7 million spending plan features a small millage rate cut for 2015. There will be meetings and public forums on the budget over the next few weeks.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:04 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Disclosure stirs Lake Huron nuclear waste worries

Lake Huron borders the Canadian province of Ontario and is the second-largest of the Great Lakes in terms of surface area.
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Ongoing concern over a proposed nuclear waste site very near Lake Huron took a new twist recently. A Canadian government review panel is exploring the viability of a new underground storage facility in Kincardine, Ontario.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:02 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Events, advocates raise awareness about sexual assault in Lansing area

Take Back the Night is a daylong series of events that aims to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence.
Credit takebackthenight.org

It's Sexual Assault Awareness Month and a number of events have been happening across the MSU campus and in the Lansing area to bring attention to the issues surrounding sexual violence. Today, in particular, there are numerous events planned as part of Take Back the Night, including workshops, art displays, a candlelight vigil, and a march down Michigan Avenue from campus to the capital steps. Current State's Joe Linstroth spoke with two young leaders on campus about sexual assault.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Film captures human drama at the large Hadron Collider

A new documentary called “Particle Fever” will be screened by the East Lansing Film Society tomorrow night. It’s the story of the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs Boson. The East Lansing Film Society will screen “Particle Fever” tomorrow night at the Studio C! Theatres in Okemos.

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NewsRoom
5:13 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Gay Couple Trying To Force State To Recognize Their Marriage, “For Our 13 Kids”

Plaintiffs Clint McCormack (front), Bryan Reamer (back), and some of their 13 children.
Credit mprn Jake Neher

The ACLU of Michigan is suing the state to force it to recognize the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples who got married last month.

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NewsRoom
4:53 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Snyder Sued For Not Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages

The ACLU and eight same-sex couples have sued the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:04 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Marriner at 90

Founder of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields...first music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra...hundreds of best-selling recordings.  Sir Neville Marriner has remained one of the most important classical artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.  In tribute to the great conductor (and violinist), WKAR's Mark Schwitzgoebel and Jody Knol will feature wall-to-wall Marriner tomorrow from 10am to 4pm.  Be sure to join Wolfgang, Johann, Mark, Jody and the rest for Tuesday's musical celebration!

Sports
2:48 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Current Sports #216 | April 14, 2014

Al and the team will discuss the Red Wings chances against the Boston Bruins in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Bubba Watson won The Masters over the weekend and the crew will discuss his win and also discuss what the lower ratings meant.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:05 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Series of lunar eclipses begins overnight

Tonight will see the first of four lunar eclipses between now and September 2015. The event is known as a tetrad.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The planet Mars won’t be the only red object in the night sky tomorrow. If you happen to be up before dawn, check out the moon around 3 a.m.  If the weather is clear, Earth’s celestial neighbor will take on a reddish tone during a total lunar  eclipse.

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NewsRoom
4:38 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Education Groups Uniting Around Revamping Teacher Evaluations

Bills that would overhaul teacher evaluations in Michigan could see movement soon in the state Legislature.

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Sports
3:36 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Current Sports #215 | April 11, 2014

Al chats with former Michigan State basketball great Steve Smith about his basketball career and his career as a broadcaster. Al will also give his thoughts about professional athletes not being able to stay out of trouble.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:36 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Current State #295 | April 11, 2014

Today on Current State: Behind the effort to create a new Lutheran high school; The Wharton Center's upcoming lineup; Saginaw artist sketches his way to ESPN; and the Ann Arbor Symphony closes its season with Brahms.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:35 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Behind the effort to create a new Lansing area high school

Organizers say many leaders of local Lutheran congregations think now is the time to try and get a new high school off the ground.
Credit Flickr - Jerzy Kociatkiewicz

The idea of starting a high school under any circumstances is a daunting one, to say the least. With schools struggling all across Michigan, the economy still on the rebound, and the constant political maneuvering in education policy, the task of creating a new high school in the Lansing area seems that much more difficult.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:30 am
Fri April 11, 2014

'Once,' 'Kinky Boots' highlight Wharton's upcoming Broadway lineup

Along with 'Once' and 'Kinky Boots', the Broadway schedule for next season includes 'Annie'. The Dance Theatre of Harlem is also on the schedule, along with violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman.
Credit Flickr - William Hartz

For many years, the Wharton Center for Performing Arts at MSU has announced its schedule for the coming year with a big story in the Sunday paper. Patrons are especially anxious to know what shows will be in East Lansing next year, and today, Current State’s Scott Pohl has the scoop on the first of two Wharton Center previews.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Saginaw artist sketches his way to ESPN, Complex

Sean Mack says he was influenced by Marvel comics.
Credit Courtesy of Sean Mack

Artist Sean Mack said he’s been drawing since he was in diapers, and all that practice paid off. His work is now being featured in two popular publications: ESPN’s TrueHoop Blog and Complex’s music site.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:20 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Ann Arbor Symphony closes season with Brahms

90.5 Classical will broadcast Saturday's Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra concert live at 8 p.m.
Credit Flickr - Ann Arbor YSO

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra closes its 2013-14 season Saturday night at the Michigan Theatre with an all-Brahms program.

Current State's Peter Whorf spoke with music director Arie Lipsky about the upcoming season and Saturday's concert.

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NewsRoom
4:40 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Bill To Fight Scrap Metal Theft Signed Into Law

A bill meant to fight scrap metal theft in Michigan is now law.

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Sports
2:28 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Current Sports #214 | April 10, 2014

Al chats with Yahoo Senior Investigative Sports Reporter and Michigan State alumn Charles Robinson about his time here at Michigan State and his time at Yahoo. Al and Matt will also discuss if Darko Milicic was the worse move Joe Dumars ever made.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:38 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Current State #294 | April 10, 2014

Today on Current State: MSU legal scholars argue student-athletes are employees; spoken word artist Sarah Kay; new MSU project expected to help create thousands of Michigan jobs; and 'Latin is America' celebrates cultural collaboration.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:34 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

MSU legal scholars argue student-athletes are employees

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon co-authored an Op-ed in the Wall Street Journal this week against unionizing college athletes.
Credit Flickr - Rich Renomeron

Late last month the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that football players at Northwestern University qualify as employees under federal law and can therefore unionize. The decision has been divisive. While some applaud the move to provide players with more rights and financial compensation, others fear that the collegiate athletic system will be destroyed by the move.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:22 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Spoken word artist Sarah Kay seeks human connections through words

Credit Flickr - Steve Jurvetson


Sarah Kay is a spoken word artist, teacher and author. She’s performed her poetry around the country, including at the Lincoln Center and the United Nations. Her TED Talk has gathered hundreds of thousands of views.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

New MSU project expected to help create thousands of Michigan jobs

The Food Processing and Innovation Center is raising the funding for the estimated $5.5 million project. It’s expected to consist of a mix of federal and state dollars, along with a commitment from MSU and five industry partners. It will be located on Hewlett Road.
Credit Courtesy - Michigan State University


There are plans to build a new center here at MSU that, if realized, proponents say could have a substantial economic impact on the state of Michigan, including the creation of potentially thousands of new jobs. Current State's Joe Linstroth talked with Chris Peterson, an agricultural economist and the head of MSU’s Product Center, who says there are more than 600 mid-sized food processors in the state of Michigan. Many of these companies’ facilities are maxed out, meaning that if they want to create a new product, they don’t have the capacity to test the product or its manufacturing and packaging techniques to see if it’s economically viable.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

'Latin is America' celebrates cultural collaboration

The MSU Percussion Ensemble is part of the 'Latin IS America' music festival.
Credit Courtesy of MSU College of Music

The second MSU "Latin IS America" series got underway Wednesday and continues at campus locations and around the Lansing area through next Saturday, April 19. It's a ten day festival that includes lectures, discussions, and concerts.

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LIVE WEBCAST
8:15 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Apr. 12 | Robotics State Championship LIVE WEBCAST

April 12 9am-5pm ET | What if we treated a science competition like a varsity sport? This Saturday DPTV/FIRST Robotics do just that!

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:02 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Current State #293 | April 9, 2014

Today on Current State: Enhancing the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Program; Youth Action Committee; "Mobile in Black and White" director Robert Gray; and the Capital City Film Festival. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:53 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

State prisoner reentry program looks to address unemployment

Russ Marlan of the MDOC says that they have about 43,500 prisoners in Michigan's 31 correction facilities. Releases vary from around 9,000 to 10,000 a year.
Credit Flickr - foreverdigital

Inmates who leave Michigan prisons at the end of their sentences need an array of support services to help them successfully reenter society. The Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative was created in 2003 to fulfill that goal. The program has done quite well in the years since, but the state is still seeking ways to improve. The Michigan Department of Corrections is asking service providers to help enhance the post-prison experience for those who’ve served their time.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:48 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Youth Action Committee

courtesy of Robin Miner-Swartz


It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Capital Region Community Foundation’s Youth Action Committee or YAC. The committee is made up of high school students in the Tri Country Area who volunteer and distribute grants to area non-profits that serve youth.

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