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5:09 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Murderer Of State Trooper Commits Suicide

An inmate convicted of murdering a Michigan State trooper has committed suicide.

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NewsRoom
4:54 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Legislature Begins Debate Over $500 Million Road Funding Plan

State House Speaker Jase Bolger says it’s time for lawmakers to do something about Michigan’s crumbling roads – even if it’s not a full solution.

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Sports
3:16 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Current Sports #219 | April 17, 2014

Al chats with former Michigan State running back Tico Duckett about football and life beyond football. Al and Matt also discuss the beauty that was The Bad Boys.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:15 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Current State #298 | April 17, 2014

Today on Current State: a Detroit bankruptcy update; helping Michigan combat veterans; MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine; 50 years of Mustangs; and Scott Southard reviews "The Way North".

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

State offers money up front in Detroit bankruptcy

The state is offering to sweeten its proposal to contribute 350-million to Detroit's plight.
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Developments toward a ‘grand bargain’ to speed the end of Detroit’s landmark  bankruptcy have been unfolding quickly. Late on Tuesday night, negotiators from the city and two of its retiree pension funds reached tentative deals involving cuts and cost-of-living revisions.  Those agreements were two more hurdles cleared toward an $816-million arrangement that could lessen pension cuts, allow reinvestment in city services, and prevent the sale of city-owned art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. However, more agreements need to be hammered out with other creditors.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:08 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

State trust fund helps Michigan combat veterans

Holm served in the Marine Corps for 25 years and has been awarded numerous medals including the Meritorious Service Medal.
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The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund helps combat-era veterans weather economic emergencies. The fund operates within the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. The director of the Agency, Jeff Barnes, recently appointed U.S. Marine veteran Lindell Holm to run the trust fund.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:02 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

MSU continues leadership role in osteopathic medicine

The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine expects to play a key role in addressing Michigan’s physician shortage, which is expected to rise to at least four to five thousand physicians by the year 2020.
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Michigan State University is home to the nation’s first publicly-funded Osteopathic Medical School in the country. MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is also the top-ranked school of its kind in the nation.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:58 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Mustang celebrates 50 years of pony car evolution

More than 8 million Ford Mustangs have been sold since April 1964.
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Fifty years ago today, America’s historic journey with the automobile took an adventurous detour. On April 17, 1964, Detroit’s Ford Motor company unveiled the Mustang at the New York World’s Fair, trading stamps not included.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:46 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Book Review: 'The Way North' edited by Ron Riekki

Credit Wayne State University Press

Reviewing a literary collection can feel a lot like reviewing a local talent show.

It can be hard to sum up the entire experience, since every act is unique, and it is unfair to compare the performers to each other; even though we all do it, no matter what the focus of the talent show is or the age of those involved. And like that talent show, literary collections tend to have their writers who take your breath away and make you lean forward in your chair, as well as the ones who make you wonder what you’re missing on TV. "The Way North" is a collection showcasing some of the leading voices in the Upper Peninsula literary movement.

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NewsRoom
4:17 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Schauer Calls Education His “Top Priority” In Schools Plan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and running mate Lisa Brown announced their education plan Wednesday in Lansing.
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The Democrat likely to challenge Governor Rick Snyder in November says improving public schools would be his top priority in office.

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NewsRoom
4:13 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Michigan Jobless Rate Drops To 7.5%

Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last month to 7.5%.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:46 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Current State #297 | April 16, 2014

Today on Current State: the Citizens Research Council of Michigan's 'Tax Outline'; an MSU psychologist's study on positive and negative thinking; CASA of Eaton and Barry counties; and Virginia Poet Laureate Sofia Starnes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:45 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Michigan stakeholders rely on non-partisan ‘Tax Outline’

The Citizens Research Council of Michigan recently released its Michigan Tax Outline, a report that summarizes tax data.
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There are 59 different taxes yielding nearly $40 billion in public revenue. That is a snapshot of current Michigan tax levies contained in a comprehensive new report. The money is used to pay for police and fire protection, Medicaid coverage, state employee salaries, schools, roads and lots more.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:42 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Are you born with the glass half full?

MSU psychology professor Jason Moser's new study found that there were big differences in brain activity between positive and negative thinkers.
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Do you tend to see the glass half full or half empty? A new study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology is the first to show that brain activity is actually different between positive and negative thinkers, so just telling someone to try and see the glass as half-full isn’t going to help them do it.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:39 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Neighbors in Action: CASA for Kids in Barry and Eaton Counties

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children Executive Director Becky Carson says there are 170 kids in foster care each month in Eaton and Barry counties.
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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 CASA for Kids in Eaton and Barry Counties. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:37 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Virginia Poet Laureate shares work with Michigan audience

Poets Anita Skeen (left) and Sofia Starnes discuss their latest projects and the closing of the RCAH Center for Poetry's Spring Poetry Festival.
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Each year, in honor of National Poetry Month in April, MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities’ Center for Poetry brings a series of poets to campus to conduct readings and workshops with the public. Current State spoke with Poetry Center Director Anita Skeen and Virginia Poet Laureate Sofia Starnes about this year’s festival, and both read from their works.

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NewsRoom
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.


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