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4:51 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

State Superintendent Meets With Charter Authorizers

The state Superintendent of Public Instruction met behind closed doors Monday with some of Michigan’s largest charter school authorizers.

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Sports
2:17 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Current Sports #285 | July 28, 2014

Al opens up Monday with a recap of Lansing United's historic run in the NPSL playoffs. Then, Al invites Lansing Lugnuts play-by-play broadcaster Jesse Goldberg-Strassler on the air to discuss the current status of the team. Finally, Al and Alex debate whether the Detroit Tigers slump over the weekend should cause concern, and go over weekend winners.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:42 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Current State #354 | July 28, 2014

Today on Current State: 8th district congressional candidate Mike Bishop; historic Fort Wayne; tax incentives for GM; a primer on pensions; and native Michigan plants.

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Politics & Government
11:42 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Mike Bishop makes case for Republican nod in 8th District

Former State Sen. Majority Leader Mike Bishop faces State Rep. Tom McMillin in the Aug. 5 GOP primary election. The winner could replace Cong. Mike Rogers.
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Mike Bishop is a leading contender for the chance to represent Lansing and East Lansing in the U.S. Congress beginning next year. A recent EPIC/MRA poll shows the former State Senate leader enjoys a 12 percentage point lead over his closest competitor in the GOP-leaning 8th district.

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History
11:36 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Future of Detroit's Fort Wayne tied to new international bridge

A layout of Detroit's Fort Wayne.
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Current State’s Scott Pohl has been meeting historian Jack Dempsey at historic sites around Detroit this summer, and he’s back with another installment today. This time around, they stopped by Fort Wayne in Detroit.

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Business
11:34 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Ypsilanti offers cautionary tale on GM tax breaks

GM's Delta Township Plant
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Last Friday, General Motors announced plans for a $37-million expansion of its Delta Township auto production plant. GM will ask the city of Lansing for a tax incentive package to help finance the project. The company will make its initial request to the Lansing City Council this evening.

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Economy
11:31 am
Mon July 28, 2014

A look at the changing face of pensions

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From the Detroit bankruptcy to a high-profile lawsuit against phone giant Verizon, pensions are in the news lately. With all the talk about pensions being frozen, or reduced, or bought out, we wanted to get kind of a “Pensions 101” perspective.

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Environment
11:27 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Native plants promote state's environmental health

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MSU Grad Bill Schneider operates Wildtype Native Plant Nursury in Mason, Michigan. Current State’s Peter Whorf has been taking us there this summer to hear about Schneider’s work and expertise in the field.

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Politics & Government
5:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

State Senator Ready To Revisit Creating State-Run Health Exchange

There could be another push in Lansing to set up a state-run website to purchase insurance through the federal healthcare law.

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Sports
2:23 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Current Sports #284 | July 25, 2014

Al invites Scott Yoshonis from Lansing State Journal on the show to give listeners the latest in the firing of Fulton's head football coach. Scott breaks down all of the gritty details and the missing links that surround it. He also touches on Lansing United. Later, Alex and Al debate whether Soria was the right deal for the Detroit Tigers, and if the Detroit Lions should put the franchise tag on Ndamokung Suh. Finally, favorite stories from the week are discussed.


Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

State Orders Enbridge To Fix Pipeline Through Mackinac Straits

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the state Department of Environmental Quality have told Enbridge Energy the company has to do a better job of securing an oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac.

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Politics & Government
5:21 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

$10.10/hour Minimum Wage Petition Shot Down By State Elections Board

A petition to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour did not get enough valid signatures to move forward.

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Politics & Government
5:18 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

$10.10/hour Minimum Wage Petition Shot Down By State Elections Board

A petition to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour did not get enough valid signatures to move forward.

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Sports
2:23 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Current Sports #283 | July 24, 2014

Al talks more about the firing of Fulton's head football and baseball coach, John Winkler. Al and Aaron talk more about Rory Mcllory and Tiger woods. You will also hear an interview with Desmond Ferguson from the Current Sports TV show.


NewsRoom
5:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Uber brings ride-sharing service to Lansing-East Lansing

The arrival of Uber could affect Lansing-area taxi companies.
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The ride-sharing company called Uber is coming to the Lansing area. An announcement is expected today, which comes on the heels of a new regional approach to the regulation of taxis.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Pro-Gaza Protesters Rally At State Capitol

Pro-Palestinian protesters held signs decrying Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip in front of the state Capitol on Wednesday.
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Pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian groups are holding events across Michigan to offer their perspectives on the conflict in Gaza.

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Politics & Government
3:24 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Elections Panel To Consider Minimum Wage, Wolf Hunting Petition Drives

A state elections board will decide Thursday whether to certify petitions to initiate two new state laws.

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Sports
2:40 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Current Sports #282 | July 23, 2014

Al has Michigan State men's and women's soccer and Lansing United beat reporter for Impact Sports, Brooks Laimbeer, on to discuss Lansing United regional championship win this past weekend. Al will also talk more about Tony Dungy and his comments about Micheal Sam. To close out the show Al and Aaron discuss a little golf and Rory Mcllory.


Politics & Government
5:15 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Court Ruling On Obamacare Tax Breaks Has No Immediate Effect In Michigan

An appeals court ruling Tuesday out of Washington DC could jeopardize tax subsidies that help nearly a ¼ million Michiganders buy health coverage.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Snyder: Pensioner Approval Of Grand Bargain Sets Detroit Up For Faster Recovery

Governor Rick Snyder says pensioner approval of Detroit’s grand bargain sets the city up for a faster recovery.

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Sports
2:24 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Current Sports #281 | July 22, 2014

Al has sports writer Tom Shanahan on the show to discuss his upcoming book Raye of Light. Later, Al and Alex talk about the new stadium renovations for the Detroit Red Wings. To close the show, they discuss the recent comments made by NFL icon Tony Dungy, and it sparks a hot topic with callers. Rory Mcllroy in the game of golf is also mentioned.


Politics & Government
5:16 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Henry Paulson Tells Michigan To Seek Out Chinese Investment

Credit mprn Jake Neher

Former U-S Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says China could play a key role in Michigan’s economic recovery.

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Politics & Government
5:13 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

AG Prison Report Cites Human, Technology Errors As Prime Cause Of Inmate Escape

A report by the state Attorney General’s office makes a dozen recommendations to prevent future prison escapes.

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Sports
2:38 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Current Sports #280 | July 21, 2014

Al is back from vacation and tries to catch up on the biggest week in sports of the summer. Al and Alex give mid-season grades for the Detroit Tigers and talk about possible trade scenarios. Later, James Moore joins the panel to discuss the SWAP initiative and the first annual football camp this weekend at Lansing Sexton. To close, Al and Alex discuss Lansing United and take callers.


Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

MSU Today | July 20, 2014

Cutting-edge tree fruit research at MSU

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Health
5:11 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

State Could Become More Transparent About Infection Rates At Hospitals

The state could soon be more open about how many patients contract infections at hospitals.

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Sports
2:12 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Current Sports #279 | July 18, 2014

Matt Ludtke fills in for Al on his final show, as Matt heads to San Francisco. To start, Alex and Matt debate the potential trade of Kevin Love and Andrew Wiggins. Later. WKAR's own Brad Walker joins Matt to discuss fandom and the Oakland Raiders, given the topic of the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders having the possibility of sharing a stadium. To close, special guests join to wish Matt a farewell.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:30 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Current State #353 | July 18, 2014

Today on Current State: An independent debate commission in Michigan; Michigan Ag Expo; Tilted Axes in Detroit; Lansing United's playoff-bound; live music with The Springtails. 

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Politics & Government
1:25 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Media key to creation of independent debate commission

It's largely up to the state's broadcast media if Michigan wants to have an official debate commission, says Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network
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With elections not too far off, there's been the usual back and forth between candidates about debates. Currently, the terms and conditions of political debates in Michigan are mostly left up to the candidates to decide, which often leaves them lacking in substance for voters.  

We explore the idea of an independent statewide debate commission and what affect it might have on Michigan's democratic process with Rick Pluta, Capitol bureau chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. 

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Science & Technology
1:07 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Ag Expo focuses on education, technology

The Michigan Ag Expo is held on the campus of Michigan State University and will host more than 200 exhibitors.
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Thousands of farmers from all over Michigan will take some time away from the fields next week to visit the Michigan State University campus for Ag Expo. Starting Tuesday, the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will be joined by MSU AgBioResearch scientists and MSU Extension educators to conduct education programs. And, farm equipment producers always bring the latest in farming technology to display.

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