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Environment
12:02 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Mason residents debate proposed oil drilling

Dr. Jack Carmichael of Mason (left) and Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason) discussed proposed oil drilling.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

There’s no shortage of talk in Michigan about renewable energy sources. But despite all our efforts to go green, our state is still very dependent on fossil fuels. Recently, a Traverse City-based oil and gas company has been looking at an area in and around the city of Mason as a possible drilling site.

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Politics & Government
11:55 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Aerial photography guides MI surveyors, first responders

We’ve all whiled away a few idle minutes here and there lost in fascination over aerial imagery online. It’s fascinating to be able to zoom in on your own house and then drag your mouse to the other side of the world on your screen and scan some exotic country. There are many practical applications for digital aerial photos, of course. In Michigan, state officials have recently wrapped up an annual mission to photograph 12,000 square miles of the state.

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Environment
11:47 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Do April flowers bring May showers?

Dr. Alison Steiner
Credit Courtesy University of Michigan College of Engineering

Think about an everyday substance like pollen. There’s lots of it floating around right now. It’s probably on your car windows. Botanists think of pollen’s role in the world as helping propagate new plants. Allergists think of pollen’s role as being something that causes sneezing.

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Arts & Culture
11:42 am
Fri May 8, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Jackalope

Jackalope is Mike Lawrence (left), Charlie Richardson (center) and David Stowe (right).
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s another Live Music Friday here on Current State, and we’re happy to welcome Jackalope to WKAR’s Studio S. The guys in Jackalope are Charlie Richardson, David Stowe and Mike Lawrence. They played their country, blues, and western Americana music throughout the show.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Lawmakers Say Wrongly Convicted Deserve $60K For Every Year

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People who were wrongfully convicted would be entitled to $60 thousand for each year they spent in prison under legislation unveiled Thursday at the state Capitol.

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Politics & Government
3:16 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

State Senate To Consider Prevailing Wage Repeal Next Week

Credit senatorarlanmeekhof.com

Bills to ban prevailing wage requirements in Michigan could move through the state Senate next week.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports.

The state and many communities require that workers on publicly-funded construction projects get union-level pay and benefits. The bills would repeal those laws.

Amber McCann is a spokesperson for state Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof. She says the legislation is one of his top priorities.

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Education
11:39 am
Thu May 7, 2015

MI schools face staff shortages as enrollment declines in teacher prep programs

MSU College of Education Dean Don Heller
Credit Courtesy MSU College of Education

Ask a five year old what they want to be when they grow up and chances are you’ll hear things like a doctor, a teacher, and maybe Batman. Obviously, not many kids grow up to be Batman, but increasingly there are also fewer and fewer growing up to be teachers. Across the country and here in Michigan, the number of students choosing to go into teaching preparation programs is declining.

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Environment
11:35 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Local biologist fears Red Cedar bald eagles have abandoned nest

The female bald eagle arrives at the Lansing nest in April.
Credit Christopher N. Hull

Dozens of bird lovers have journeyed to Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo recently to view the area’s first nesting bald eagles in decades. The nest sits in a large tree in a marshy area in the middle of the Red Cedar river. What’s the likelihood that the birds could make that area a permanent home? Biologist Christopher Hull has his doubts. He has vield the nest and the eagles a number of times, and he thinks the eagles may be in the process of abandoning the nest now.

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Health
11:31 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Study: Michigan workplace accidental deaths down, but homicides up

A worker recently died in an accident at the Fiat Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant.
Credit Flickr - jpowers65

Workers Memorial Day was last week in the U.S. If you’ve never heard of the observance, it’s something labor unions worldwide conceived to raise consciousness about fatalities on the job. This week, there’s news of a Detroit man crushed to death in a stamping plant accident. There are about 5,000 workplace deaths around the country each year, and Michigan State University has a role in keeping track of those that occur in Michigan.

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Arts & Culture
11:25 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Book Review: Emily St. John Mandel's "Station Eleven"

These days, it seems every writer, producer, and director out there wants to say something about the apocalypse. Whether it’s a TV show full of zombies or a movie about an alien invasion, you just can’t seem to escape the end of the world. "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel is also about the end of life as we know it, but don’t let that deter you. This book is about more than just survival and desperation. It’s about humanity itself.

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Arts & Culture
11:21 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Mighty Uke Day returns to Lansing with flash mob, Capitol strum

Ben Hassenger (right) is the organizer of Mighty Uke Day. He was joined by Steve Szilagyi in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Mighty Uke Day 5 is Friday through Sunday in Old Town Lansing. It’s promoted as a celebration of the “diminutive yet dynamic” instrument and its ties to Michigan culture. There will be performances by professionals, and opportunities for beginners to try their hand at playing the ukulele.

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Sports
2:25 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Current Sports #467 | May 6, 2015

 

  On today's Current Sports, Al recounts the career and crimes of Titus Young, the former Lions receiver, who recently was sentenced to five years of probation. Young is part of a bigger problem in sports, the failure to recognize the prevalent problem of mental health, and Al provides anecdotes and examples of other athletes who faced similar problems. Then, Current Sports has Greg Kampe, head coach of Oakland men's basketball, on to talk about his efforts to end cancer, and how people can contribute. 


Politics & Government
11:44 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Analyst: re-shuffling existing state revenue to fix roads will be politically challenging

Gov. Snyder campaigned extensively for passage of Proposal 1. Voter rejection means he and state lawmakers must start over in finding a way to pay for road repairs.
Credit Jake Neher/MPRN

Last night, months of impassioned rhetoric, TV spots and old fashioned stumping came to an abrupt end. Michigan voters soundly defeated Proposal 1, the constitutional amendment designed to fund repairs to the state’s faltering roads. The proposal would have increased the state sales tax by one percent, while also sending money to schools and local governments.

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Environment
11:37 am
Wed May 6, 2015

State challenges MI commuters not to drive solo

State officials and other stakeholders are asking Michigan commuters a question: do you drive to work alone? If so,  they want to remind you of options that could not only reduce air pollution, but lower your gas budget and benefit your health. Governor Rick Snyder has declared May Commuter Challenge Month. Part of the effort is aimed at the many drive alone commuters that you see on the state’s roads every day.

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Community
11:34 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Neighbors In Action: The Listening Ear

Wednesday on CS means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we hear about Listening Ear, an organization that offers support and counseling to people in crisis.

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Environment
11:30 am
Wed May 6, 2015

U-M prof examines science vs. values in climate debate

Dr. Andrew Hoffman is the Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. His new book "How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate" examines ways in which non-scientific views shape opinion on the subject of global climate shifts.

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Politics & Government
5:39 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

State Senate Approves $54 Billion Budget With Dems Opposed

Credit wand.org

A $54 billion plan to fund schools and state agencies has cleared the state Senate.

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Education
3:32 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

State Board Helps Detroit Schools Avoid Default

Credit metrotimes.com

A state board has agreed to let the Detroit Public Schools re-finance part of its debt as part of a plan to manage a fiscal crisis.

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Sports
2:35 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Current Sports #466 | May 5, 2015

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Today's Current Sports features a discussion about athletes on social media and American Pharaoh, winner of the Kentucky Derby. Is sports media too quick to jump towards Triple Crown talks? Then, Al brings Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press to the show to discuss the Detroit Lions' offseason. The show is not complete until 'Top Five Tuesday', which features Al and Isaac's top five overhyped sporting events. 


Economy
12:02 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

500 million cars and counting: GM reinvests in Delta, other U.S. plants

GM CEO Mary Barra (right) and Chevrolet's Alan Batey (left) presented veteran Trent Brining with the keys to a 2016 Malibu to celebrate the automaker's 500-millionth vehicle.
Credit Courtesy © General Motors

General Motors has been around for 106 years, and they’ve built a lot of vehicles. In fact, that number has recently surpassed 500-million. Half a billion Chevys, Cadillacs, and, of course, Lansing-built Oldsmobiles, and others. It's an amazing number. That’s far more than any other car company.

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Community
11:51 am
Tue May 5, 2015

MSU’s Living History Project: Helen Glass, 98, of Lansing

Helen Glass
Credit Courtesy MSU Living History Project

For the past year, students in MSU's School of Journalism have documented the life experiences of seniors in our state as part of the multimedia initiative "The Living History Project: Stories Told by Michigan's Oldest Old." Oldest old refers to individuals who are 85 years old or older. It's also the fastest growing age group in the U-S.

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Environment
11:32 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Volunteer monitors track Michigan’s 150 butterfly species

The Mitchell's Satyr butterfly
Credit Ashley Wick

Along with the spring tulips and early morning birds, you might have also started to notice a few butterflies now that the weather has warmed up. Michigan is home to over 150 species of butterflies, from swallowtails to monarchs. And that means that  soon, volunteer monitors will be out in full force for the annual state butterfly survey.

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Business
11:28 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Businessman from Dubai brings Toastmasters message to EL

Integrity. Respect. Service. Excellence. For its 313,000 members around the world, those are the stated values of International Toastmasters. Toastmasters’ focus is on developing communication and leadership skills in its members.

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Arts & Culture
11:24 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Pianos decorated by artists head to Lansing, East Lansing

When you’re walking around Lansing and East Lansing this summer, one of the new attractions you’ll be seeing will be pianos. Not indoors, in entertainment venues where you might expect them, but outdoors, and they won’t be ordinary pianos, either. Each will have been decorated by a local artist. It’s all part of a new project from the Capital Area Blues Society called Keys in the Cities.

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Sports
6:16 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Current Sports #465 | May 4, 2015

In case you missed it, this Saturday was one of the biggest days in sports history. With the NFL Draft, Kentucky Derby, Clippers-Spurs Game 7, and the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, Al and Isaac have a long series of discussions and debates about the big stories from the weekend. Also, Steph Curry was named the NBA MVP Monday morning, which splits opinions in the Current Sports camp. The show finishes with Weekend Winners, and Al's top spot is a bit of a surprise amidst all of  the celebrated sporting events of the weekend.


Politics & Government
5:42 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Voters To Decide Fate Of Proposal One And Road Funding

Credit middleoftheleft.com

Governor Rick Snyder spent the last day before Election Day campaigning for Proposal One.

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Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Flock To Michigan

Credit thefederalist.com

Michigan is seeing an influx of GOP presidential hopefuls.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:45 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Current State #531| May 4, 2015

Today on Current State: the CATA Multi-Modal Gateway is set to open in July; golfboarding in Ann Arbor; training volunteers for Michigan's Foster Care Review Board program; MSU retiree Ken Dawson hikes the Continental Divide, and no more dues for the MSU Alumni Association.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:45 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

New East Lansing CATA center nears completion

The new CATA Multi-Modal Gateway under construction in East Lansing near the Michigan State University campus is slated to be completed in July.
Credit WKAR File Photo

The Capital Area Transportation Authority will soon unveil its new Multi Modal Gateway in East Lansing.

The station, just south of East Lansing’s existing Amtrak facility will incorporate rail, city, regional and national bus lines in one large modern locale.

The Multi Modal Gateway is slated to open this July, which is earlier than originally expected.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Ann Arbor course first in state to offer "golf-boarding"

Justin McNeil of Golfboard (left) and John Kuenzli (right) with WKAR's Scott Pohl.
Credit Courtesy Diana Kuenzli

You’ve heard of surfing. You’ve heard of skateboarding. You’ve heard of snowboarding. Maybe you’ve even tried one of them, or all of them. But you might never have heard of golfboarding.

Golfboarding is a new phenomenon in golf. Rather than walking or using a golf cart, golfers step onto a motorized skateboard-like device to get around the course. It looks like a cross between an oversized skateboard and a segway.

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