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4:25 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

MI Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments On Medical Marijuana Legal Protections

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The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to hear another round of arguments on who can be protected from prosecution under the state’s medical marijuana law.

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Sports
2:14 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Current Sports #346 | October 24, 2014

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. 


Radio Made in Michigan
11:52 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Current State #407 | October 24, 2014

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.

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Politics & Government
11:51 am
Fri October 24, 2014

ELECTION 2014: Republican AG Bill Schuette

Attorney General Bill Schuette
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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.

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Health
11:50 am
Fri October 24, 2014

MSU study links energy and cancer research

Christoph Benning
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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.

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Sports
11:49 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Spartan runners ranked number one in nation

MSU's women's cross country team has moved into the nation's top ranking.
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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.

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Music
11:47 am
Fri October 24, 2014

(Almost) LIVE MUSIC: The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle | WKAR

Dylan Rogers fronts the Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle.
Credit Ariel Vida

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.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Seniors Could Play An Especially Big Role In Upcoming Election

Michiganders age 50 and over are expected to represent well over half of the voters that show up to the polls on November Fourth.

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Politics & Government
5:13 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court Order Sets Stage For Appeal Of Juvenile Lifer Opinion

The Michigan Supreme Court won’t reconsider its decision that more than 350 juvenile lifers in state prisons won’t get parole hearings.

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Health
11:59 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Local families, courts confront rise in heroin use

Wes (left) and Aaron Emerson of Mason. Aaron is a former heroin user who is back in school and writing.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

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.

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Politics & Government
11:59 am
Thu October 23, 2014

ELECTION 2014: the race for two seats on the LCC board

The November election will result in adding two new members to the LCC Board of Trustees.
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We have another look at the 2014 election today. This time, we consider the race for the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees. The board will have two newcomers next year.

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Health
11:55 am
Thu October 23, 2014

MSU study links vitamin D deficiency and suicide

Dr. Lena Brundin
Credit http://neuroscience.msu.edu

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.”

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History
11:51 am
Thu October 23, 2014

New exhibit highlights Michigan's role in the Civil War

One item in the 'Conceived in Liberty' exhibit is a copy of the Gettysburg Address, in Abraham Lincoln's hand.
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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.

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Politics & Government
5:27 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Ballot Questions Not The Final Word On Wolf

Michigan voters will get to weigh in on two laws that allowed wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula.

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Politics & Government
4:21 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Bill Clinton Stumps For Michigan Democratic Ticket In Flint

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).
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Former President Bill Clinton urged Democrats to get out the vote at a rally Wednesday in Flint.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:32 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Current State #405 | October 22, 2014

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.

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Politics & Government
12:26 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Election 2014: Democratic 7th district candidate Pam Byrnes

Pam Byrnes is the Democratic nominee for Michigan's 7th congressional district. She's vying to unseat incumbent Republican Tim Walberg on November 4.
Credit Courtesy Pam Byrnes for Congress

Democrat Pam Byrnes is running to unseat Republican Tim Walberg in Michigan's 7th congressional district, which includes Eaton County.

Byrnes says she's running because Washington is broken and not serving Michigan families.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:22 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Author finds something special in every Michigan county

Barbara VanderMolen is the author of "Discovering Michigan County by County: Your A-Z Guide to Each of the 83 Counties in the Great Lakes State."
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

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.

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Community
12:17 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

NIA: Small Talk Children's Assessment Center

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. 

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Arts & Culture
12:12 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

MSU Wind Symphony performs Pulitzer winner

Kevin Sedatole conducts the MSU Wind Symphony.
Credit Courtesy Michigan State University

The Michigan State University Wind Symphony Orchestra performs Thursday night at the Wharton Center.  Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with MSU director of bands Kevin Sedatole about the concert.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Snyder Signs Bill Cementing Ban On Tesla Sales In Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill on Tuesday critics are blasting as ‘anti-Tesla’.

Tesla Motors and other auto manufacturers will not be allowed to sell their vehicles direct to customers in Michigan.

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Sports
3:43 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Current Sports | WKAR | Okemos Football Dominates in Win Over Lansing Eastern

 OKEMOS- The Okemos Chiefs shut out the Eastern Quakers, 36-0, Friday to move within  one win of clinching a playoff spot.

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Sports
2:11 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Current Sports #344 | October 21, 2014

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.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:13 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Current State #404 | October 21, 2014

Today on Current State: The Lansing area prepares for Ebola; Upper Peninsula residents face the replacement of an aging power plant; gay and divorced Catholics; and the return of the Whig party.

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Health
12:13 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Ingham health officer says county prepared for Ebola

Lansing area health officials say the region is prepared if the ebola virus comes to mid-Michigan.
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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.

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Environment
12:12 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

UP consumers seek replacement for aging power plant

The Presque Isle Power Plant
Credit Flickr - Tom

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.

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Community
12:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

East Lansing priest considers Vatican stance on gay, divorced Catholics

Fr. Mark Inglot
Credit http://elcatholics.org/

This past weekend, the Extraordinary Papal Synod on the Family convened to discuss issues regarding the Catholic Church’s gay and divorced members.

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Politics & Government
12:02 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Disaffected veterans revive Whig party

The logo of the Modern Whig Party of America is an owl. The last known national meeting held by the Whigs was at the Owl Club in Brooklyn, New York in 1852.
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:16 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Current State #403 | October 20, 2014

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.

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Politics & Government
9:14 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Lansing City Pulse's Mickey Hirten on local elections

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Election day is November 4th, and voters have lots of decisions to make. We have an important state senate race, several local state house races, and there are some important proposals to be decided.

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