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3:55 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Current Sports #460 | April 27, 2015

  On this edition of Current Sports, Al reviews the Michigan State spring game, identifying the stars of the game and describing the recruits who committed after seeing the crowd of 48,000. Also, the Red Wings hold a 3-2 series lead over the Lightning, but is Game 6 at Joe Louis a must win for Detroit? Finally, with the 'Fight of the Century' looming, all the latest news, analysis, and predictions are addressed for the May 2 fight.


Politics & Government
12:27 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Lead Prop 1 campaigner: measure not a special interest grab

The months-long discussion about whether to raise Michigan's sales tax by a penny is nearing an end. Voters will decide the issue next Tuesday. According to Michigan’s ‘Citizens Research Council,” the measure would eventually generate about an additional $1.3-billion to be spent on the state’s roads and bridges. It creates a new formula for assessing the state’s gas tax, which would be tied to the wholesale price of gasoline. At current prices, it would go up about 10 cents per gallon. Whatever the increase, it would be lessened somewhat by the removal of sales tax from gasoline.

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Arts & Culture
12:23 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

New Broad exhibit looks at evolution of American food culture

The 'American Apetite' exhibit at the Broad Art Museum includes John Baeder's 1979 work 'Market Diner."
Credit Courtesy, Broad Art Museum

When you think of American food, you probably see hamburgers, hotdogs, maybe french fries. But there’s a lot more to food culture in the United States than typical drive through fare. The evolution of what and how Americans eat is the focus of a new exhibit at the Broad Art Museum.

Politics & Government
12:14 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

MI Air National Guard troops to combat ISIS

Brigadier General Leonard Isabelle
Credit Courtesy, Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

The Michigan Air National Guard has sent troops to the Middle East to, in the words of military officials, “eliminate” ISIS, the terrorist group responsible for numerous acts of violence in Iraq and Syria. About 350 airmen based at Selfridge Air National Guard base near Detroit are now in the region, as well as twelve A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft. The A-10, nicknamed, the “Warthog,” is equipped with a high-powered rotary cannon capable of destroying a tank.

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Health
12:08 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

MSU study to look for link between belly fat and high blood pressure

Dr. Greg Fink
Credit Courtesy MSU Today

For a while now, medical professionals have thought there was a connection between abdominal fat and high blood pressure. Turns out, that belly fat may be more or less talking to the body’s blood vessels. The National Institutes of Health has given a grant to some MSU researchers who want to listen in on what that conversation might be.

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Sports
12:04 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Spartans' spring football game draws record crowd

MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio put his team through its paces at Saturday's Green and White game at Spartan Stadium.
Credit MSU Sports Information

MSU football fans made history over the weekend. A record 48,000 people packed Spartan Stadium on Saturday to witness this year’s Green and White scrimmage. It was the largest attendance ever recorded for the annual spring tradition.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

MSU Today | April 26, 2015

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, Kirk Heinze

MSU's Energy Transition Plan

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Sports
8:23 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

White Tops Green in MSU Spring Game | Current Sports | WKAR

The White team defeated the Green, 9-3, Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium for the annual Spring Game. A total of 48,000 fans showed up for the afternoon exhibition matchup, just shy of Mark Dantonio's goal of 50K.

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Sports
12:22 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Head Above Water | Current Sports | WKAR

Credit Alan Holben/CAAC

LANSING - For anyone that has swam, you know the effort it takes just to doggy paddle around the kiddie pool, let alone swim competitively day in and day out. It is no question that swimmers are some of the best athletes on the planet. 

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Sports
2:59 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Current Sports #459 | April 24, 2015

 April 23 was a Thursday of turmoil. The Red Wings relinquished a 2-0 lead to the Lightning and lost a 3-2 game that could prove crucial in the series' outcome. Also, the Golden State Warriors made history with a dramatic fourth quarter comeback against Isaac's New Orleans Pelicans. Al uses this game as more evidence for why Steph Curry is the greatest shooter of all time and Isaac details what it was like to be a Pelicans fan during that cataclysmic collapse. Then, the Current Sports TV interview is replayed, just in case you missed it. Finally, Al reflects on this busy week with 'Reflection Friday.'


Education
12:04 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

What belongs and doesn’t belong in abstinence sex ed instruction?

For about a week, sex education has been one hot topic in the Lansing area. It began last week when Alice Dreger, an author, college professor and activist, live tweeted from her son’s sex ed class at East Lansing High School. Among the quotes from the instructors, according to Dreger: “Safe sex is kind of a misnomer.” “You'll find a good girl. If you find one that says 'no,' that's the one you want." Dreger and many others on social media blasted the approach for being outdated, unconcerned with credible data and focused on fear and shame.

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Environment
11:56 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Detroit Zoo will turn poop into power with new biodigester

The Detroit Zoo has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise funding for a planned biodigester.
Credit Detroit Zoo

There’s a lot to see at the Detroit Zoo: polar bears, giraffes, and crocodiles. But there’s also a lot that you don’t see, like all the poop from those animals. So, what happens to the animal waste from those lions and tigers and bears? At the Detroit Zoo, it could soon be turned into electricity.

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Politics & Government
11:39 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Newest Lansing city council member won’t run in August

Lansing city councilmember at large Vincent Delgado has decided not to run in this year's election.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

Vincent Delgado was appointed to the Lansing city council in February to fill the remaining term vacated by Derrick Quinney, who left the post after his selection as Ingham County Register of Deeds. Delgado has decided not to run for re-election in the August 4 primary. His term will end January 1.

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History
11:33 am
Fri April 24, 2015

New book looks at golden age of boat building in Michigan

We think of Michigan as the center of the auto industry, but there have been times in our history when production of recreational boats was a thriving industry as well. In fact, many of the best known boat names like Chris-Craft originated here.

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Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Fri April 24, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Rob Klajda of The Lash

Rob Klajda sings and plays the citern today in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

For 20 years, Lansing music fans have enjoyed what’s been described as the “celtic mayhem” of The Lash. Tonight, the group will perform for the last time. They’re calling the show “One Last Paycheck”. It’s at The Avenue Café in Lansing. Jen Sygit will open the show at 9 p.m.

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TV Made in Michigan
4:08 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Off the Record | April 24, 2015 | #4444

Paul Homeniuk, Michigan Green Party, appearing on Off the Record with Tim Skubick.

The panel discusses the revamping Michigan's no fault car insurance law. The guest is Michigan Green Party Membership Secretary, Paul Homeniuk. Bill Ballenger, Chad Livengood and Kyle Melinn join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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Politics & Government
2:57 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Insurance Panel OKs Auto No-Fault Overhaul With Rate Rollback

Credit bankingsense.com

A state House committee has approved some big changes to Michigan’s no-fault law.

We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.

State Representative Tom Leonard chairs the House Insurance Committee. He says this will save consumers money.

“There is a mandatory rate rollback of 100 dollars per vehicle that has been put in this bill,” he says.

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Sports
2:25 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Current Sports #458 | April 23, 2015

  Messiah deWeaver, the eighth-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class, recently announced his commitment to Michigan State, but how big of a get is he for the Spartans? Al Martin shares his thoughts, also hear Al's take on whether Mark Dantonio's expectation of 50,000 fans is reasonable or fair.

Joe Nathan is set to miss the rest of the season for the Tigers, which will hand all of the ninth inning responsibilities to Joakim Soria. The impact of Nathan's injury is discussed.

Finally, listen to hear Al and Isaac debate the merits of the 'Hack-a-Shaq' strategy in the NBA and a remembrance of Howard Cosell on today's "Throwback Thursday" segment.


Politics & Government
11:41 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Former Detroit EM Kevyn Orr credits city workers for "rising to the occasion"

Credit Flickr - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Four months ago, the city of Detroit turned the page on a difficult chapter of its long and storied history. Last December, Detroit emerged from the nation’s largest-ever municipal bankruptcy. The so-called “grand bargain” that sealed the deal cut $7-billion of the city’s debt and injected millions of dollars to reduce pension cuts for city retirees.

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History
11:36 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Lansing residents remember historic 1975 flood

This Lansing intersection was under water during the 1975 flood.
Credit Norris Ingells / Courtesy Lansing State Journal

This week we’re looking back on an event that’s become part of the folklore of mid-Michigan. Forty years ago, a late winter storm followed by locally heavy rains produced one of the worst floods in Lansing history. Current State’s Kevin Lavery speaks with some local residents who remember well the Flood of 1975.

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Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Award-winning poet Carolyn Forché brings “poetry of witness” to MSU

Carolyn Forché will talk about her four books of poetry at 3 pm today in room W449 of the MSU main library.
Credit Courtesy The Poetry Foundation

While poetry is often thought of as a way to capture the beauty of the world in words, it has also long been a vehicle for political dissent and social criticism. From Walt Whitman to Pablo Neruda, many of the world’s most famous poets frequently drew inspiration for their poetry from their politics. Carolyn Forché is carrying that legacy of socially engaged poetry into the 21st century.

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Politics & Government
11:25 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Lansing property owner slams city, Niowave over revised remodeling

Dale Schraeder in one of the many neighbors unhappy with the modifications made to the Niowave facility.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Last night, there was yet another episode in the dispute between Niowave and its residential neighbors in Lansing’s Walnut neighborhood. The Lansing City council’s Planning and Development committee heard from about ten exasperated Walnut residents about a plan that would let the high-tech company out of some of the requirements it agreed to last year to fix up a large metal building on its property.

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Arts & Culture
11:21 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Book Review: Farran Smith Nehme's "Missing Reels"

Blogging is one of the greatest things to happen to the art of writing. In a blog, a writer is free to do whatever they want. They can experiment with form or subject matter, and build a readership without worrying about the approval of an agent or publisher. It can also be a launch pad for a career.

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Arts & Culture
11:17 am
Thu April 23, 2015

A2SO season finale features Mahler’s magnificent “Fifth”

Aaron Berofsky and Kathryn Votapek will perform with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Saturday night.
Credit Courtesy Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra presents its season finale at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium this Saturday at 8 p.m. The concert will be broadcast live on WKAR 90.5-FM. The program features works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Gustav Mahler.

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Sports
7:14 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Love Match on MSU Softball Diamond | Current Sports | WKAR

Credit Andrea Harrison

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- One phone call changed everything for Andrea Harrison.

After a two-time, All-America softball career at UCLA, Harrison coached softball for two years at Norman High School in Oklahoma at age 23.

It was her first coaching gig, an exciting new start doing something she loved. It was a job where she could use her knowledge from winning a national championship as a sophomore at UCLA and help teach young people how to succeed.

Shortly after she started coaching, Harrison received a call that threw her plans in a loop.

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Sports
4:57 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Current Sports #457 | April 22, 2015

  All of the hype in East Lansing is surrounding the Michigan State spring football game, where Mark Dantonio expects 50,000 fans. To discuss spring football and the state of the Michigan State team, Al invites MSU senior linebacker Darien Harris into the studio. Also, the Red Wings took a 2-1 series lead against the Lightning and Current Sports covers all of the hot takes on that game. Finally, hear Isaac and Al debate whether Scott Brooks deserved to be fired and the initial reaction to Joe Nathan's injury.


Politics & Government
3:09 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Former Justice Betty Weaver, Frequent GOP Critic, Dies

Credit mlive.com

Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Betty Weaver has died at the age of 74.

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Politics & Government
11:36 am
Wed April 22, 2015

MI faces hurdles in getting second federal Medicaid waiver

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Medicaid benefits used to be available mostly to low-income children, pregnant women, and disabled adults in Michigan. But that changed in 2013 when Michigan voted to use federal funds from the Affordable Care Act to extend those benefits to more people. Gov. Rick Snyder was a major force behind the legislation, saying it would mean lower healthcare costs and more federal dollars for Michigan. Healthy Michigan, the state’s expanded Medicaid program, has enrolled nearly 600,000 people to date. But the future of the program depends on the Department of Health and Human Services getting a waiver from the federal government.

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Community
11:31 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Neighbors in Action: CASA for Kids, Barry & Eaton Counties

Deliah Underwood is a volunteer advocate with CASA for Kids of Eaton and Barry County.
Credit CASA for Kids of Eaton and Barry County

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 welcome back to the program CASA for Kids of Eaton and Barry County, which provides volunteer advocates for kids in family court.

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Politics & Government
11:26 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Former Gov. Engler remembers “workhorse” Sen. Robert Griffin

After his time in the U.S. Senate, Robert Griffin was a justice of the Michigan Supreme Court from 1987 to 1994. His portrait by artist Joseph Maniscalco hangs in the Michigan Hall of Justice.
Credit courtesy Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society

Former U.S. Sen. Robert Griffin of Michigan was laid to rest yesterday in Traverse City. Griffin died late last week at the age of 91. After serving in World War II, the Detroit native began practicing law in Traverse City. The Republican eventually served in the U.S. House and Senate for a total of 22 years until he was narrowly defeated for re-election to the Senate by Democrat Carl Levin in 1978.

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