Starting off this Friday, Al and Current Sports High School beat reporter, Andrew Hayes, tell the story of Lansing Eastern fan Claude Danahue, who is a diehard Quaker fan. Later, Al chats with Walt Drenth, director of the MSU women's cross country team. The squad is ranked No.1 in the nation for the first time in program history. Finally, MLive.com high school sports reporter, Mike Kohon, gives some insight on the best high school games for this weekend. MSU and Michigan football game thoughts culminate the show.
Today on Current State: Our Election 2014 coverage continues with Republican AG Bill Schuette; an MSU study linking energy and cancer research; MSU's top-ranked women's cross country team; and the Lansing Area Unionized Spectacle.
In eleven days, Michigan voters will decide who will hold a handful of statewide offices, one of them, Attorney General. The race pits incumbent Republican Bill Schuette against Democratic challenger Mark Totten, who was a guest on Current State last week.
You probably wouldn’t think there’s much overlap between the scientists studying biofuel and those studying cancer. But new research from a Michigan State University professor could have important implications for both fields.
MSU Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Walt Drenth was last season’s Big Ten Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. The coach and his runners have won many honors during Drenth’s tenure in the Big 10, MAC and Pac 12 conferences. Now the Spartan Women’s Cross Country team has brought new national accolades to MSU.
In its earliest days, The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle was just one guy. Dylan Rogers was performing as a one-man band on street corners about four years ago, and since then, his group of musicians has grown to a total of 11, and that isn’t including a few other people who work with the group on costumes and even puppets. They’ve recently put out a new album called “Dream Machine”, and they’re becoming a big part of the revival of REO Town in Lansing.
Unintentional drug overdoses in Michigan have quadrupled in the past decade. Much of that has been driven by an increase in opiate usage, including heroin. Many addicts start out hooked on prescription medication, but move to heroin because it is cheaper and more readily available. The problem touches an untold number of victims and their families. Earlier this week, area leaders gathered at Michigan State University to address the growing problem.
An MSU researcher is part of a team that’s been looking at a possible link between Vitamin D deficiency and suicide attempts. The research was published this fall in the journal “Psychoneuroendocrinology.”
A special exhibit that focuses on the end of the U.S. Civil War and post-war Michigan opened this month at the Michigan Historical Center in downtown Lansing. The "Conceived in Liberty" exhibit focuses on themes from President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
Former President Bill Clinton was met with loud applause from a crowd of Democrats in Flint on Wednesday. He was joined on stage by Democratic nominee for governor Mark Schauer (left), Congressman Dan Kildee (Center), candidate for 95th state House district Vanessa Guerra (right), and nominee for U.S. Senate Gary Peters (not pictured).
Today on Current State: 7th congressional district Democratic candidate Pam Byrnes; a new book explores Michigan county by county; the Small Talk Children's Assessment Center and a preview of the MSU Wind Symphony's upcoming performance.
There are 83 counties in Michigan, and a local author thinks there's something interesting about every one of them. In fact, Barbara VanderMolen has written a two-volume set of books called "Discovering Michigan County by County: Your A-Z Guide to Each of the 83 Counties in the Great Lakes State."
Current State's Scott Pohl speaks with the author, who says it's for anyone who likes to explore every nook and cranny of the state.
For our weekly Neighbors in Action segment, we talk with an organization working to help victims of child abuse navigate the criminal justice process. The Small Talk Children's Assessment Center is holding a fundraiser at the Halloween Hustle 5k on Sunday, October 26 at Sleepy Hollow State Park.
We talked to executive director Carrie Gregg and Ingham County detective Annie Harrison about their work.
It's rivalry week. And to open up the show, it's all Michigan vs. MSU football topics leading up to the weekend. Following that, Al and Alex give their top five moments in MSU and Michigan football history and the legacy of Peyton Manning is also a hot button topic. To close the show, Al welcomes WXYZ reporter Justin Rose on the air to discuss his journey in sports reporting and to give a prediction of the MSU game this weekend.
Lansing area leaders in health, government and transportation are taking what they call “comprehensive steps” to prepare for Ebola. Yesterday, officials representing the Ingham County Health Department, Sparrow and McLaren Health Systems, the city of Lansing and others briefed the media on what contingency plans they’ve been making.
Where you live in Michigan makes a big difference when it comes to the price you pay for electricity, especially if you’re living in the Upper Peninsula. Turning on a light bulb there could cost you more than double than it would in the Lower Peninsula, and energy bills in the UP are expected to grow even bigger now that the power plant supplying most of the region’s electricity could be retired.
Election Day is now just two weeks off. Democrats and Republicans in Michigan and across the country are rallying their bases in a final push to get out the vote. Some voters, though, lean towards other political persuasions. There are a handful of smaller parties out there, like the Green Party and the Libertarians. One such party is blowing the dust off an old 19th century name and re-booting for a 21st century world.
Today on Current State: Lansing City Pulse associate editor Mickey Hirten on local elections; the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode re-caps the MSU victory over Indiana; the value of video games in the classroom and new technology at MSU's Abrams Planetarium.