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9:46 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

VIDEO: Al Martin Interviews TJ Hawkins | WKAR | Current Sports

Al Martin interviews the head coach of the Waverly girls basketball team, TJ Hawkins, after their win over Okemos in the district tournament on Monday night. 

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Sports
9:43 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

VIDEO: Waverly Girls Top Okemos to Keep Season Alive | Current Sports | WKAR

The Waverly girls basketball team tops Okemos on the road, 65 to 16 the final. TJ Hawkins and the Warriors, who have spent time just outside the top 10 in the Class A rankings all year, now move on in the district tournament. Watch hilights from Monday night's game here. 

Sports
9:40 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

VIDEO: Holt Claims a Share of the CAAC Blue Title | Current Sports | WKAR

The Grand Ledge girls basketball team relinquishes an opportunity to win the CAAC Blue title outright, falling to Holt, 62 to 48.  Grand Ledge, Holt, and East Lansing all share the conference championship and now await district play.  Catch full hilights from the Rams win right here. 

Sports
2:14 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Current Sports #424 | March 2, 2015

  Michigan State basketball had a tipsy-turvy weekend and now need some crucial wins down the Big Ten stretch for an NCAA tournament bid. Al invites Graham Couch, sports columnist of the Lansing State Journal to break down what happened in Madison, Wisconsin and give an outlook for the rest of the season. Later, Al and Alex debate Ndamukong Suh and the NBA MVP. To close, Al chats with Kirk Cousins and gives his 'Weekend Winners.'


Science & Technology
12:56 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

In wake of FCC ruling, MSU researchers launch net neutrality study

MSU Professors Steve Wildman (center) and Johannes Bauer (right) with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission enacted historic new rules governing broadband technology. The FCC moved to reclassify internet service providers under Title Two of the Telecommunications Act, an 80-year-old law originally written to regulate telephone companies. Democrats hailed the decision as a victory for open access to the Internet, and a means to prevent so-called “fast lanes” for those who could afford to pay for quicker service. Some Republicans criticized the move as increased government control over the Internet.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Bagratuni, Votapek collaborate on variations, sonatas

Suren Bagratuni and Ralph Votapek perform together on Thursday.
Credit Courtesy - MSU College of Music

This Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the MSU College of Music’s Cook Recital Hall, cellist Suren Bagratuni and pianist Ralph Votapek collaborate for a performance of four works. The duo will play sonatas by Benjamin Britten and Johannes Brahms, and variations by Beethoven and Martinu.

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Politics & Government
12:47 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Voices of Experience: Joe Schwarz reflects on a life of service

Former Cong. Joe Schwarz
Credit http://fordschool.umich.edu/

Last Thursday, Current State aired part of an interview with former Congressman Joe Schwarz of Battle Creek. Dr. Schwarz, who is a physician and head and neck surgeon, represented Michigan’s 7th district in 2005 and 2006. That discussion focused on his political and medical careers, and his service in southeast Asia, which included service as a surgeon during the Vietnam War and then as a CIA operative. Schwarz has never returned to that part of the world in the 40-plus years since those experiences.

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Sports
12:40 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Spring is on the way - for the Detroit Tigers

Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida is the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers.
Credit Flickr - Catch Central Florida

For many people, the first sign of spring isn’t the return of the robin to Michigan. It’s when pitchers and catchers report for spring training. That happened last week, so baseball fans in Michigan are watching the news out of Lakeland, Florida, where the Detroit Tigers have begun prepping for the 2015 season.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

MSU Today | March 1, 2015

L to R: Lou Anna K. Simon, Mark Burnham, Mark Hollis

Simon, Hollis and Burnham assess Obama and Snyder budgets

Russ White talks with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon for a mid-semester update on all things MSU.  Then Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis joins President Simon for a conversation with MSU’s vice president for governmental affairs Mark Burnham on recently-proposed budgets by President Obama and Governor Snyder.

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Politics & Government
3:42 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

DeBoer Attorney Says SCOTUS Arguments Will Focus On Children

Attorneys for the lesbian couple challenging Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban have filed their briefs with the US Supreme Court.

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Politics & Government
12:09 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Month in Review: Sales tax vote, state party conventions, 2016 budget

Credit File photo / WKAR

At the end of the month, Current State takes one last look back at the top news stories in Michigan politics and government. This time around, we revisit a proposed, new state budget, new leadership for Michigan’s Republican Party, and the discussion over May’s sales tax proposal.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
11:55 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Beer from 100 MI breweries on tap at Grand Rapids festival

Michigan’s expanding brewing culture will be well-represented today and tomorrow in Grand Rapids. The 10th Annual Winter Beer Festival will feature more than 100 Michigan breweries with over 1000 different craft beers available to sample.

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Business
11:49 am
Fri February 27, 2015

“Damned” exhibition eyes new home in Hell (MI)

This sign welcomes visitors to Hell, Michigan.
Credit http://www.gotohellmi.com/

You’ve probably seen the picture come across your Facebook or other social media at some point this winter. A sign that reads “Hell” with icicles hanging off the bottom. Don’t worry, it’s not a sign of the end times, it’s just pointing you in the direction of Hell, Michigan, a small community northwest of Ann Arbor. While Hell might be frozen over, it’s a hot commodity on the real estate market, and for the price of $999,666, you could own a piece of it. But, you’ll have to beat Anthony DVS to do it.

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Arts & Culture
11:41 am
Fri February 27, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: The Zodiac Trio

The Zodiac Trio performing live in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guests today on Current State are the Zodiac Trio: Kliment Krylovskiy on clarinet, Vanessa Mollard on violin, and Riko Higuma on piano. The group is in Lansing to record at the Blue Griffin Recording Studio, and they’ve been playing for us throughout the show today.

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

House Adopts Bills To Relax Air Guns Rules

The state House has adopted legislation that would exempt air-, spring-, and gas-powered guns from Michigan firearms laws.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

State Senate Sends Budget Cuts To Gov. Snyder That Divert Surplus School Aid Dollars

Legislation headed to Governor Rick Snyder would divert surplus school aid money to help fill Michigan’s budget hole.

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Politics & Government
1:06 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Voices of Experience: Joe Schwarz on life in politics, medicine

Dr. Joe Schwarz
Credit http://fordschool.umich.edu/

We all know Michiganians we feel are extraordinary for their memorable life experiences or their sacrifices. Maybe for their success, or their service, and for the insights that result from those experiences. Getting better acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s occasional series, “Voices of Experience.”

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Business
12:55 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Passenger rail plan would link Ann Arbor, Traverse City

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Earlier this month, the Michigan Land Use Institute floated the idea of a new passenger train service from Ann Arbor to Traverse City. It’s a complicated process, but it appears that one of the biggest components is getting people excited about it.

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Business
12:35 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

MI farmers speak out on road funding, ethanol, water use

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It’s still too cold for spring planting, but the legislative issues Michigan farmers care most about are heating up again. Yesterday, dozens of crop producers from across the state met in Lansing for the annual Lansing Legislative Seminar, sponsored by the Michigan Farm Bureau. Farmers met in conference sessions to talk about a number of current issues, and many had a chance to speak one on one with their local lawmakers.

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Education
12:30 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Demystifying the college hookup culture

MSU prof. Stephanie Amada, author of 'Hooking Up: A Sexy Encounter With Choice'
Credit http://wrac.msu.edu/

It shouldn’t be shocking to hear that college students are sexually active. What might come as a surprise is the attitude many of today’s students are bringing to their sexual lives. What’s changed is that what people tend to think of the preferred order of things, getting to know someone well and for a long time before sex, maybe even marriage before sex, seems to be shifting. For some now, the sex comes first, and on a casual basis.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

State House Approves Overhaul Of Concealed Pistol License Approvals

Concealed weapons bills similar to ones Governor Rick Snyder vetoed last month are one step closer to heading back to his desk.

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Politics & Government
3:55 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

New Fight At Capitol Over Film Subsidies

A state House committee held a hearing Wednesday on legislation to end Michigan’s big tax breaks for film, TV, and movie projects.

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Sports
2:08 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Current Sports #421 | February 25, 2015

  The MSU men's basketball team is on a four-game winning streak, marking the best stretch for the team thus far.  Al plays audio from the Tom Izzo weekly press conference and previews the upcoming Minnesota game. Later, WLNS-TV 6 reporter Audrey Dahlgren analyzes the Michigan State women's basketball season. The St. Louis Rams moving to California and the Derrick Rose injury are also discussed.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:45 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Current State #485 | February 25, 2015

Today on Current State: Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann on the Red Cedar Golf Course development; Neighbors in Action: Arts Council of Greater Lansing; a Rwandan genocide survivor visits Fowler; and growing orchids.

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Politics & Government
11:42 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Ingham official: 'Renaissance' development is "marriage made in heaven"

Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Developers are about to become the owners of 30 acres of city land straddling Lansing and East Lansing. Monday evening, the Lansing City Council approved the sale of the former Red Cedar Golf Course property to Ferguson/Continental Lansing LLC. Developer Joel Ferguson and his partner Frank Kass want to build a $276-million complex at the site that could include a ten-story hotel, restaurant and housing. Part of the site would remain green space.

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Community
11:34 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Neighbors in Action: Arts Council of Greater Lansing

Wednesday on Current State means Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn more about one of the cultural organizations of the Capital city, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.The Council celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

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History
11:27 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Rwandan genocide survivor brings story to Fowler

Immaculee Ilibagiza
Credit http://www.immaculee.com/

Nearly 21 years ago, an airplane carrying Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down, killing all on board. The crash ignited a four-year-old Rwandan civil war into what would become the Rwandan Genocide, a mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
11:23 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Ahead of East Lansing show, local grower talks orchids

Bill Porter, with his prize winning cymbidium volcano queen orchid.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

The Greater Lansing Orchid Society’s annual show and sale is coming up this weekend. Current State’s Scott Pohl met up with a leading local orchid grower to learn more about these beautiful flowering plants. Bill Porter would say that successfully growing orchids isn't terribly hard as long as you treat them right.

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Politics & Government
5:23 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Snyder Cheers Bond Funding For Workforce Training Programs

A state board has approved selling bonds to come up with $50 million to help community colleges ramp up their career and technical training.

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Politics & Government
3:44 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

State Lawmakers Taking Another Crack At Corrections Overhaul There’s a renewed push in the state Leg

There’s a renewed push in the state Legislature to overhaul Michigan’s corrections system.

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