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4:25 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Judge Hears Arguments Over Recognizing 300 Same-Sex Marriages In Michigan

Lead plaintiffs Glenna DeJong (l) and Marsha Caspar (center) join Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum (r) outside the federal court building in Detroit on Thursday. DeJong and Caspar were the first same-sex couple to get married in Michigan. Byrum officiated their wedding.
Credit mprn Jake Neher

About 300 same-sex couples in Michigan hope a federal judge will force the state to recognize their marriages. Judge Mark Goldsmith heard arguments in the case Thursday.

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Politics & Government
4:55 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Audit Finds Problems With Prisoner Education Programs In Michigan

Michigan prison officials need to do more to make sure inmates have access to education programs.

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Sports
2:12 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Current Sports #300 | August 19, 2014

Al talks about Braxton Miller, York being dismissed from U of M, Eddie Drummond and everyone's favorite NFL player, Johnny Manziel.

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Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Michigan Congressional Delegation To Push FEMA For Flood Help

Gov. Rick Snyder (r) and Congressman Sander Levin (l) speak with flood victims in Warren on Monday.
Credit mprn Jake Neher

Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan’s congressional delegation are teaming up to push for federal help for flood victims.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

MSU Today | August 17, 2014

Senator Stabenow, "greening" in sports, Michigan's wild hog problem

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Politics & Government
5:15 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Snyder Says Metro Detroit Flood Underpins Need For More Road Funding

Governor Rick Snyder says the need for increased funding for roads was underpinned this week by massive flooding in and around Detroit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:57 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Current State #367 | August 15, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan's expungement process; Camp Grayling war games; the new Wharton Center season; Live Music Friday with Cuatro Sur. 

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Community
2:52 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Expungement gives ex-offenders a second chance

Credit Flickr/Kim Daram

If you commit a crime, get caught, do your time, pay your debt to society, rehabilitate your life, and give back to the community, how long should you have to live with that criminal record? For many ex-offenders, the answer is for the rest of their lives. And that record creates all sorts of roadblocks, from gainful employment to obtaining child custody to the ability to receive a student loan. 

But there is a process by which certain ex-offenders can clean up their criminal records. It’s called expungement.

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Politics & Government
2:35 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Camp Grayling war games teach critical battlefield skills

Soldiers prepare to board a CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopter at Camp Grayling.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Last week, President Obama ordered precision air strikes against members of Islamic State, the militant group that’s fighting U.S.-backed ethnic minorities in northern Iraq.  The president has thus far not committed ground forces to the region. Meanwhile, the United States continues air and ground attacks in Afghanistan.  

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Sports
2:24 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Current Sports #299 | August 15, 2014

Julius Edwards, new head coach of Lansing Eastern, discusses with Al on how he got the head coaching position and what he will try and accomplish this year on the court. Later, Al and Alex debate whether Brandon Pettigrew and Nick Fairley are overrated players. Finally, to cap off the show, it's reflection Friday. The duo goes over their favorite moments from the week.


Sports
2:21 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Current Sports #298 | August 14, 2014

To start off today's show, DeAndre Carter, a motiviational speaker, inspires listeners with a sports twist. He tells Al how he got his start with speaking at Michigan State University, and discusses his book and his future goals. Later, Al and Alex debate if the Detroit Tigers are getting out of a slump. Finally, they discuss Tiger Woods' exit from the Ryder Cup, and Greg Monroe potentially becoming a free agent.


Arts & Culture
2:18 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

New Wharton season: From classics to contemporary ... 2CELLOS

Broadway performers prefer the Wharton Center's continental seating layout because it creates more intimacy, says Bob Hoffman, communications director.
Credit Courtesy of Wharton Center

Four weeks from tonight, East Lansing’s Wharton Center opens its new season.  It features a rich array of live music, theater, dance and speakers. Highlights include the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Roseanne Cash, Blue Man Group, Michelle Norris, 2CELLOS and many more.  Up first, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s traditional Masterworks opener featuring violinist Yevgeny Kutik.

Wharton Center is just about ready to offer single ticket sales.  Wharton’s Public Relations Manager Bob Hoffman joins us.

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Music
2:11 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: East Lansing's Cuatro Sur

Cuatro Sur is Norberto Aguado (left) and Miguel Cabañas. The two perform regularly on Sundays at Foods For Living in East Lansing.
Credit WKAR

Cuatro Sur's sound is inspired by Spanish and Latin American traditional music. Both members of the East Lansing-based duo hail from Spain originally; Miguel Cabañas is from Salamanca, and Norberto Aguado is from Seville. The two will perform this weekend in Old Town as part of the Renegade Theatre Festival.

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Environment
5:44 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Environment Officials: No Single Cause Of Blue-Green Algae Threat

Environmental officials say they’re looking for more ways to keep safe drinking water safe for 100,000 Michigan residents who rely on Lake Erie.

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Politics & Government
5:41 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Talks Over Ways To Fix Michigan’s Roads “Back At Square One”

State lawmakers are hitting the reset button on talks over how to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:30 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Current State #366 | August 14, 2014

Today on Current State: Remembering Hamtramck Stadium's Negro League heritage; grading the MI legislature's environmental record; Michigan's obesity problem; a review of "Andrew's Brain" by E.L. Dotorow; and a recent MSU grad tries out for the LPGA.

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Sports
12:28 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Hamtramck Stadium recognized for Negro League heritage

Murals adorn the cinder block walls at Hamtramck Park.
WKAR/Scott Pohl

Longtime fans of the Detroit Tigers cling to their memories of Tiger Stadium. Many still visit the old site at Michigan and Trumbull in the Motor City to stand on that hallowed ground or run the base paths.

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Politics & Government
12:25 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Environmental group gives MI legislature an 'incomplete' grade

Credit www.michiganlcv.org

An established Michigan environmental organization recently graded the state legislature on its performance in the 2013-2014 session. The Michigan League of Conservation Voters gave legislators an "Incomplete" for Michigan’s environmental score.

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Health
12:22 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Michigan's obesity problem: Balancing societal costs, individual choice

Michigan ranks 10th in the nation in obesity rate.
Credit Flickr/Paull Young

Michigan is bursting at the seams. We’re one of the most obese states in the nation, with nearly one third of Michiganders being classified as obese, and 65 percent who are considered overweight or obese. With all that extra fat comes substantial costs to society, from rising health care expenses to lost worker productivity to lower GPA's among youth.

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Arts & Culture
12:14 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Book Review: 'Andrew's Brain' by E.L. Dotorow

When your mind often swims in the written words of others, sometimes the water can get a bit muddy. You don’t mean for this to happen, but plots might intermingle in your head, characters might meet up even though they are in different stories and sometimes, honestly, you might point the finger at a possible murderer, not realizing right away that they are from another book and, of course, perfectly innocent. That is sometimes how my brain works.

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Sports
12:13 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Recent MSU grad tries out for LPGA

Yushira Budhram was a member of the Michigan State University Women's Golf 2013-2014 team. She is now preparing for the LPGA qualifying tournament that takes place in two weeks.
Credit www.msuspartans.com

Summer is the time of year when newly minted college graduates are pounding the pavement to grab that first job of their careers. One Michigan State University graduate is trampling a much softer surface: the fairway. 

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Sports
2:15 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Current Sports #297 | August 13, 2014

Terry Fitzwater, publisher and owner of the Midwest Racing Scene publication, joins Al to discuss the Tony Stewart incident in New York, and takes a stance on who is to blame. Later, Al and Alex discuss the Detroit Tiger woes, and weigh in on the 15,000 Spartan fans that attended the Meet The Spartans event at Spartan Stadium. Finally, it's barbershop Wednesday, and Al and Alex debate on what the punishment should be to University of Michigan wide receiver, C'sonte York.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:26 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Current State #365 | August 13, 2014

Today on Current State: Charter school authorizers challenge state's evaluation process; Neighbors in Action features Habitat for Humanity Lansing; mosquitoes' dining preferences; and a preview of the Renegade Theatre Festival.

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Education
12:25 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Charter school authorizer alleges secret evaluation process

Jared Burkhart says the system currently implemented by Superintendent Flanagan does not follow current law.
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Michigan’s charter school operators are coming under closer scrutiny. On Monday, State Schools Superintendent Michael Flanagan released a list of 11 charter school authorizers that he says need to improve oversight of their schools.

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Community
12:23 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Habitat for Humanity Lansing

Habitat for Humanity Lansing has helped build or renovate over 100 homes in the Lansing area over the past 26 years.
Credit Courtesy - Habitat for Humanity Lansing

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 Lansing chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity builds and renovates affordable homes and is one of the most recognized non-profits in the world.

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Science & Technology
12:21 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

What's in a mosquito's meal plan?

Certain smells, humidity and amount of carbon dioxide given off by a person are some of the items mosquitoes look for when choosing a meal.
Credit Flickr - Macroscopic Solutions

As summer winds down and people try to make the most out of the beautiful Michigan environment, many may be fighting off nature’s age-old enemy: the mosquito. But what makes mosquitoes more attracted to some people than others? Many myths have circulated about the cause of this rather annoying phenomenon, but scientific research is also out there about what factors make mosquitoes swarm to certain people (Hint: It has to do with a lot more than blood).

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Arts & Culture
12:19 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Renegade Theatre Festival offers first glimpse of new works

Melissa Kaplan and Chad Badgero say spoken word artists and soap box performances are a small sample of what will be at the Renegade Theatre Festival this weekend in Old Town.
Credit Courtesy - Renegade Theatre Festival

The Renegade Theatre Festival will be back in Old Town Lansing for a ninth year this week. On Thursday through Saturday, there will be a variety of theatrical events in several Old Town locations, and a number of local theatre companies are again taking part.

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Sports
2:29 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Current Sports #296 | August 12, 2014

Dr. Joey Eisenmann joins Al on the show to discuss Spartan Performance and the beginnings of the program. Later, is it panic time for Detroit Tiger fans? Al and Alex debate and give their top five reasons on why fans should or should not panic. Finally, the duo praises the performance of Rory McIlroy and discuss the future of golf.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:23 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Current State #364 | August 12, 2014

Today on Current State:  East Lansing's new Amtrak station; affordable housing in Lansing; the potential effects of chemical additive triclosan; the Michigan Supreme Court ruling on tax refunds for out-of-state companies; and an Uber ride-along.

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Business
12:21 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

After delay, new EL transportation hub on track for 2015

The new East Lansing hub is projected to open by Fall 2015.
Credit Flickr - Matt Katzenberger

Just off the MSU campus, demolition crews are preparing to raze the first in a series of buildings to make way for a new multi-modal transportation center. The 40-year-old Amtrak depot will eventually come down and be replaced with a larger facility that can handle train, bus and even taxi traffic.

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