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2:15 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Current Sports #277 | July 16, 2014

Al is still on vacation, and Matt and Alex still get all of the best sports news to talk about. First, they talk about Adam Wainwright's pitches to Derek Jeter. Were they fair? Did he groove pitches? Also, the duo debates where the MLB All-Star game ranks against other sports spectacles. Later, they realize how fast summer has moved on by and debate further on what the Detroit Tigers need most for the second half of the season.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:04 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Current State #351 | July 16, 2014

Today on Current State: Congressman Dan Kildee on bringing unaccompanied Central American children to Michigan; a 20th Michigan Shakespeare Festival preview; 8th District Democratic candidates on campaigning together; and Neighbors in Action features MSU's International Friendship Program.

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Politics & Government
12:54 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Congressman Kildee on Vassar plan: 'These kids are in danger'

Cong. Kildee says people should not confuse the current humanitarian crisis with immigration issues.
Credit Courtesy - Office of Congressman Dan Kildee

Many in our state are closely watching events in Vassar, Michigan. The community 65 miles northeast of Lansing in Genesee County could become the temporary home of 60 to 120 mostly young refugees from Central America.

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Events
12:44 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Hamlet 'to be' headliner at Shakespeare Festival

Shawn Pfautsch stars in the Michigan Shakespeare Festival production of 'Hamlet' at Jackson College through Aug. 17.
Credit Courtesy - Michigan Shakespeare Festival

The 20th Michigan Shakespeare Festival season includes what might be the biggest of all the Bard’s works: "Hamlet". Also on the schedule is one lesser-known Shakespeare play and one non-Shakespeare classic.

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Politics & Government
12:35 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Eighth District Dems decry lack of public forums

Four Democrats are campaigning together as each seeks their party's nomination for Michigan's 8th congressional district. The incumbent, Mike Rogers (R-Brighton) is leaving Congress at the end of his term. The Michigan primary election will be held August 5. From left: Eric Schertzing, Ken Darga, Jeff Hank and Susan Grettenberger.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

It’s not uncommon in small political races for several candidates to run together as a slate to fill a number of vacancies. For example, candidates for the local school board sometimes appear together as a unit, in hopes voters will sweep them all into office.

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Families
12:31 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Neighbors in Action: MSU's International Friendship Program

The International Friendship Program matches international students with local Lansing residents and families.
Credit Courtesy - International Friendship Program

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 International Friendship Program at Michigan State University, an organization that aims to ease the transition for international students and connect Lansing residents with the world by sponsoring cross-cultural friendships.

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Politics & Government
5:39 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Non-Union Builders Challenge Local Wage Floors

An association of non-union construction companies has asked the state Supreme Court to strike down local prevailing wage laws.

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Politics & Government
5:25 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

House Panel Looks To Relax Fines For Driving Without License, Proof Of Insurance

State lawmakers will be back in Lansing Wednesday for their only scheduled session day in July.

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Sports
2:14 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Current Sports #276 | July 15, 2014

Matt and Alex continue to host the week as Al is on vacation. The first half of the show is dedicated to Major League Baseball, and Alex and Matt break down the Home Run Derby last night and the All-Star Game tonight. Later, they debate whether an entire channel dedicated to golfer Tiger Woods will be good for fans. To close the show, the duo debates what the Detroit Tigers need the most during the second half of the season.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:34 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Current State #350 | July 15, 2014

Today on Current State: the dispute at Lansing's Friendship Baptist Church; pipelines in Michigan; an MSU study linking childhood obesity with brand recognition; and Gourmet Gone Wild.

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Politics & Government
12:33 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Mediator: Lansing church dispute at an impasse

Bishop Maxwell says the dispute is not a theological one, but rather an administrative disagreement.
Credit Nicole Strobel

The sign on the vacant church building on Pleasant Grove in south Lansing says “Friendship Baptist,” but in recent months relations between two groups within the congregation have been anything but friendly.

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Environment
12:30 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Activist details Michigan pipeline concerns

The University of Michigan animation shows the damage that would occur if a pipeline rupture occurred near the Mackinac Bridge.
Credit Courtesy - National Wildlife Federation

Pipelines have been a hot topic in Michigan in the last few years. Very recent developments suggest the issue is intensifying. Canada’s Enbridge is part of a proposal to install about 600 miles of new, interstate natural gas pipelines, about 150 miles of which would run through Michigan. Besides arousing environmental concerns over a possible pipeline rupture, the proposal affects homeowners whose properties were not long ago disrupted by another Enbridge project.

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Health
12:24 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

MSU study: Brand awareness linked to overweight kids

The study found a correlation between the amount of familiarity each child had with certain food brands and the child's BMI.
Credit Flickr - Ian Muttoo

A recent Michigan State University study indicates that the more familiar young children are with the brand names of less healthy foods, the more likely they are to be overweight or obese. The study is interesting for several reasons, not the least of which is how you get a bunch of 3 to 5 year olds to express themselves on ideas like brand identification.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:20 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

'Gourmet' program connects wild game to dinner table

The people at Gourmet Gone Wild aim to reconnect people with their food sources.
Credit Courtesy - Gourmet Gone Wild

Healthy. Local. Sustainable. The words capture the priorities of the group ‘Gourmet Gone Wild,' a non-profit organization with a dual mission.

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Politics & Government
4:44 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Michigan Files Tax Liens Against CIA

Michigan has filed three tax liens against the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Sports
2:16 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Current Sports #275 | July 14, 2014

Brooks Laimbeer, soccer reporter for Impact Sports, joins the show to break down the World Cup Final with Germany emerging as the champion. Also, Matt and Alex host the show all week as Al is on vacation missing all of the fun news in sports. The duo discusses all of the latest NBA free agency moves, and go over the winners and losers. Also, the Home Run Derby and NBA Summer League are discussed.


Sports
2:16 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Current Sports #275 | July 12, 2014

Brooks Laimbeer, soccer reporter for Impact Sports, joins the show to break down the World Cup Final with Germany emerging as the champion. Also, Matt and Alex host the show all week as Al is on vacation missing all of the fun news in sports. The duo discusses all of the latest NBA free agency moves, and go over the winners and losers. Also, the Home Run Derby and NBA Summer League are discussed.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:54 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Current State #349 | July 14, 2014

Today on Current State: problems at Michigan's human services agencies; Lansing's first distillery; new rules for sign language interpreters; and previewing baseball's All-Star Game.

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Politics & Government
12:53 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Human services agencies pledge reforms in wake of scathing audits

Credit Flickr - Steve Lambert

Twice in the past month, auditors have found serious problems at Michigan human services agencies. Last week, a report from the state auditor’s office found the Michigan Department of Human Services has failed to investigate cases of suspected adult abuse and to adequately train its staff.

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Business
12:51 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

From farm to cocktail: New Lansing distillery to source locally

Credit Flickr - cyclonebill

As Michigan-made brews are flowing from taps all over the state this summer, a game-changer in the micro-brewing business is underway right here in Lansing. American Fifth Spirits aims to offer a variety of micro-distilled liquor to the Lansing community, as well as a historical milestone: it’s Lansing’s first distillery ever.

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Politics & Government
12:43 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

State listens to concerns of hearing impaired

Accurate sign language interpretation is crucial in settings like courtrooms and medical facilities.
Credit Flickr - blueliondowntown

Last week, new regulations took effect governing how sign language interpreters are used is places like courtrooms and hospitals in Michigan.

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Sports
2:17 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Current Sports #274 | July 11, 2014

Matt fills in for Al today in one of the biggest sports news breakers of summer. Lebron James officially announces that he will be going back to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers, and the show is all about Lebron. What will his legacy be now? What number will he wear? What will fans think of him coming back? All of these questions are debated. Also, the streaky Detroit Tigers and Michigan State football are discussed.


Politics & Government
8:48 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Watch 'Michigan Calling' LIVE

Watch the LIVE VIDEO WEBCAST with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer.

Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Sign-Ups Hit 1-Year Target In Just 4 Months

Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program has already hit its 2014 sign-up goal in less than four months.

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Sports
2:11 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Current Sports #273 | July 10, 2014

Al invites first-time guest Steve Miller on the show, former Producer for Mad Dog on The Game 730 AM, who now covers prep sports, to disucss all things in the world of sports. Later, Matt joins to recap the World cup semifinals and hit on the success of the MSU athletics program. To close the show, it's Throwback Thursday, and Matt has all of the events on this day in sports.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:36 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Current State #348 | July 10, 2014

Today on Current State: cleaning up former GM sites in Lansing; supply chains in a global economy; Personal Property Tax reform and Proposal 1; a rare plant blooms in Ann Arbor; and a book review of "'Forgiving the Angel."

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Environment
1:33 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Lengthy clean up of former GM sites could start next year

Lansing Township Planning and Development Director Steven Hayward stands at the site of the former General Motors metal forge along West Saginaw. GM used the solvent 1,4 dioxane in its manufacturing process before the plant was shut down a decade ago. The contamination will be cleaned up by RACER Trust, the company charged with managing some 90 former General Motors properties across the country.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

This week, Lansing area residents had an opportunity to learn more about what’s happening at the large vacant tracts of land along West Saginaw where General Motors factory buildings once stood. The three sites were torn down in 2005 and in the last 18 months, officials have found chemical contamination on the grounds including 1,4 Dioxane.  

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Economy
1:30 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

From baseball to manufacturing: role of supply chains in global economy

Michigan State University Supply Chain Management Assistant Professor Hakan Yildiz.
Credit msu.edu

One of the biggest developments in world economies in recent years has been Supply Chain Management. Wikipedia defines “supply chain” as a system of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to costumer.

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Politics & Government
1:24 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Personal Property Tax reform reflects mistrust between legislature, municipalities

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On August 5th, Michigan voters will head to the polls to select who goes on to represent each party in November’s general election. They’ll also be asked to vote on Proposal 1, which is the first step in what has been a long-fought effort to reform the state’s Personal Property Tax.

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Environment
1:19 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

After 80 years U of M plant finally blooms

The American Agave plant in the Matthaei Botanical Gardens has bloomed at the University of Michigan.
Credit Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Two weeks ago, we made quite a stink over a corpse flower that attracted long lines of visitors to Michigan State University. The Indonesian plant blooms infrequently and unpredictably.

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