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4:51 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Michigan’s Defense Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban Delivered To Supreme Court

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office has delivered the state's defense of its same-sex marriage ban to the US Supreme Court.

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Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Court Of Appeals Refuses To Toss Staffer Lawsuit Against Lawmaker

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected a lawmaker’s attempt to use legislative immunity to fend off a sexual harassment lawsuit.

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Sports
3:40 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Current Sports #440 | March 27, 2015

Get your coffee ready because today is the day! MSU plays Oklahoma for the chance to play in the Elite Eight, and Al prepares you with all of the stats and all of the knowledge regarding the important matchup. In this tournament special, the first half of the Sweet Sixteen is finalized and up for analysis, including Kentucky's dominance, and Notre Dame's impressive performance against Wichita State. Get ready for the big game tonight with Current Sports on WKAR. 


Politics & Government
11:47 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Ex-Kellogg lobbyist on 30 years of Capitol Hill arm-twisting

For three decades, George Franklin lobbied on behalf of the most famous tiger in the world. Franklin is the former Vice President of Worldwide Government Relations for the Kellogg Company of Battle Creek. Obviously, the tiger is “Tony.” In his book, “Raisin Bran and other Cereal Wars", Franklin writes that the role of a lobbyist is widely misunderstood.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
11:43 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Bike adventurist says northern Michigan trails are best on Earth

Bob Downes has ridden bike trails around the world for 30 years. He says the trails of northern Michigan are the best he's seen.
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The calendar says it’s spring. You may be getting over a dose of cabin fever and dreaming of a getaway Up North. If you’re pulling your dusty bicycle out of the garage, then a Michigan author has your guide to some of the best trails in the Lower Peninsula.

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Health
11:39 am
Fri March 27, 2015

UM study: fast food may be addictive

Dr. Ashley Gearhardt
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A new study from the University of Michigan indicates that there may be something to those fast food cravings you get. The findings indicate that highly processed foods heavy in fat, salt, and sugar are among the most addictive foods out there.

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Sports
11:36 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Sweet 16: Rexrode with Spartans in Syracuse

A berth in the Elite Eight is on the line tonight when Tom Izzo's Spartans face Oklahoma in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
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The Michigan State men’s basketball team beat Georgia and Virginia last weekend to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. The Spartans have now made it to the Sweet 16 in seven of the last eight seasons. Tonight, MSU will try to advance against the Oklahoma Sooners. The game will be played in Syracuse, New York shortly after 10 p.m. tonight.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Fri March 27, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Abbey Hoffman

Abbey Hoffman performing live in WKAR's Studio S.
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Our Live Music Friday guest today is singer-guitarist-songwriter Abbey Hoffman. If you were listening a couple of weeks ago when Donny Brown was our Live Music Friday guest, Abbey was here to accompany him. She’s here today as a solo artist. She’s released a solo album called “This Too Shall Pass”.

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Politics & Government
4:46 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Legislature Takes Aim At MEDC In Budget Proposal

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State lawmakers are taking bites out of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation budget.

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Politics & Government
3:52 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

House Approves Bill To Cut Welfare Payments If Kids Persistently Miss School

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A bill to end cash assistance for families with truant children has cleared the state House.

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Sports
3:31 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Current Sports #439 | March 26, 2015

 Spring football quickly approaches, so Al and Alex give listeners what to watch for during the spring game and analyze positions on the football roster. Later, Al gives listeners a sneak peak into tonight's Current Sports TV episode with Okemos' head hockey coach. Closing the show, Lauren Verrusio, a Google Trends expert, breaks down the most searched topics during March Madness.


TV Made in Michigan
1:49 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Off the Record | March 27, 2015 | #4440

Rep. Harvey Santana, (D) Detroit, appearing on Off the Record.

The panel discusses Republican opposition to the Governor's education agenda. The guest is Rep. Harvey Santana (D), Detroit, who serves as the minority vice chair of the House Budget Committee. Kyle Melinn, Emily Lawler and Chad Livingood join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick. 

   

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Health
11:37 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Report: Almost 2m in Michigan struggle to find healthy food

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When you need to stock up on milk or fresh fruits and vegetables for the week, you probably just drive a couple miles to the nearest Kroger or Meijer. Or maybe you take a trip to your local farmers market and load up your trunk with groceries. But for 1.8-million Michiganders, it isn’t quite so easy to find healthy food. That’s the number of people living in so called “food deserts”, according to a new report from the Philadelphia based organization The Food Trust.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Thu March 26, 2015

MSU Theatre presents psychological thriller “Bug”

The MSU Department of Theatre’s production of “Bug” starts tonight and runs this weekend and next. It’s a psychological thriller by Tracy Letts, who wrote “August: Osage County.” The show deals with themes of trauma, paranoia, and trust.

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Health
11:26 am
Thu March 26, 2015

MSU grad student authors personal account of sexual assault and PTSD

Apryl Pooley will talk about her book 'Shadow Brain' at 7 p.m. tonight at Everybody Reads in Lansing.

A Michigan State University doctoral student in neuroscience has written a book about sexual assault and how post traumatic stress disorder affects women. Apryl Pooley is the author of “Shadow Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Journey Through PTSD and Womanhood”.

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History
11:21 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Shipping out for the summer: life on a Great Lakes freighter

Roger LeLievre on the deck of the Ernest R. Breech.
Credit Courtesy Roger LeLievre

Michigan’s Soo Locks opened on time yesterday as the mighty one thousand foot Edward H. Gott sailed through at 11:25 a.m. Ann Arbor’s Roger LeLievre is very familiar vessels like the Gott. LeLievre spent his childhood near the Soo and  grew up watching immense freighters sail the lakes and locks. At age 17, he spent a summer working aboard the Ernest R. Breech.

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Politics & Government
4:21 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

MI Jobless Rate Drops To 5.9%

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Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in 14 years.

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Education
4:12 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Flanagan: Charter School Authorizers No Longer At Risk Of Being Suspended

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State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says seven institutions no longer risk losing their ability to open new charter schools in Michigan.

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Sports
2:37 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Current Sports #438 | March 25, 2015

  The game of the century took place last night with Muskegon and Lansing Everett. MLive reporter Chris Hauler recaps the game with Al to start and then former Lansing Catholic coach Darren Zwick comes on the show to discuss his move to Florida. Later, Alex joins in to touch on the Detroit Pistons and concussions in sports.


Education
11:34 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Incoming MI Superintendent: adults must help students "take ownership" of learning

Brian Whiston has been chosen to be Michigan's next state School Superintendent.
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Public education in Michigan will have new leadership this summer. Last week, the state board of education voted 7 to 1 to hire Dearborn schools chief Brian Whiston as the next State Superintendent. He will replace Mike Flanagan, who will retire in June after 10 years at the helm of the Michigan Department of Education. Whiston’s appointment is pending formal approval from the state board, which is expected soon.

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Arts & Culture
11:22 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Steppin’ In It frontman Joshua Davis steps out on “The Voice”

Joshua Davis of the band Steppin' In It is a contestant this season on NBC's 'The Voice'.
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One of Lansing’s top bands in recent years has been Steppin’ In It. For a long time, they played a weekly gig at The Green Door. Now, fans are following the exploits of singer Joshua Davis. He’s competing on NBC’s “The Voice” this season.

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Community
11:16 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Neighbors In Action: Helping Women Period

Wednesday on Current State means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today we talk to a new Lansing organization, Helping Women Period, working to help homeless women with an often unmet need: feminine hygiene supplies.

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Education
11:12 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Spartahack-ers use computer skills for good, not evil

Spartahack is this weekend at MSU.

Say the word “hack” or “hacker” and the impression you create is likely a negative one. Organizers of Spartahack are quick to point out their hacking event is about building and creating websites, apps, anything that’s connected to the digital world. It takes place beginning this Friday evening here at Michigan State University. Spartahack is expected to attract about 300 participants.

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Sports
11:35 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Everett Punches Ticket to the Breslin Center | Current Sports | WKAR

Trevor Manuel had 24 points as the No. 9-ranked Lansing Everett Vikings boy's basketball team posted a 75-52 victory over defending state champion and No. 2 Muskegon in front of a capacity crowd in a Class A quarterfinal at Eastern's Don Johnson Fieldhouse.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Legislative Project Would Repeal Outdated Criminal Offenses

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The state House has begun an effort to scrub outdated laws from the books and shrink the size of Michigan’s criminal code.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Model Civil Rights Ordinance For Local Governments Includes LGBT Protections

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The state Civil Rights Commission hopes to help local governments draft non-discrimination laws.

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Sports
2:23 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Current Sports #437 | March 24, 2015

  It's a busy Tuesday, with discussion centered on one of the biggest Michigan high school hoops games of the year, Lansing Everett vs. Muskegon. We also have sound-clips from MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio and msu men's basketball coach Tom Izzo from their morning press conferences. "Current Sports with Al Martin" has all of the big stories covered!

Also, Chris Solari of the Lansing State Journal chats with Al to talk about the success of Michigan State men's basketball team in the tournament and their chances against Oklahoma. Finally, the show closes out with the 'Top 5 Michigan State Tournament Moments." Listen here! 


Health
12:13 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Lansing health professionals share decades-long perspectives on fighting cancer

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Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is back with his latest production. “Cancer:  The Emperor of All Maladies” is described as the most comprehensive documentary ever made about a single disease. It airs in three installments on WKAR-TV next Monday through Wednesday nights. This Thursday evening, WKAR is hosting an abbreviated look at the film. The gathering will also include presentations from local health professionals who’ll offer various perspectives on the disease.

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History
12:05 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

The Michigan Meridian mapped the Mitten 200 years ago

The Michigan Meridian, which marks the state's original north-south survey line, was drawn in 1815. It's the baseline from which many political subdivisions in the state were drawn. In Meridian Township, named for the Michigan Meridian, a 14-foot metal sculpture called 'Meridius Prime' commemorates this bit of geographic history.
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For many of us in the Lansing area, U-S Highway 127 is our gateway “Up North” to the more idyllic Michigan to which we all dream of escaping. But decades before the highway was built, surveyors drew an imaginary north-south line that would become the basis of countless maps of the state. It’s called the Michigan Meridian, and 2015 marks its 200th anniversary. The Michigan Meridian runs right through Meridian Township.

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Environment
11:44 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Slimy microorganism increasing in northern Michigan lakes

Holopedium glacialis is being increasingly found in upper Michigan waters.
Credit Courtesy - Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Scientists are noting increased numbers of a zooplankton in some inland lakes that are just plain slimy. Holopedium glacialis is a mucus-coated microorganism that, in groups, makes a ball of slime something like clear tapioca pudding. The slime can clog water pipes and disrupt the food web.

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