Michigan State Police say dozens of schools around the state will get a share of about $2 million to improve safety and security at school buildings.


Michigan State has suspended its women's gymnastics coach, a week after she was accused in a lawsuit of downplaying complaints about sexual abuse by a sports doctor.

Current Sports | February 13, 2017

Feb 13, 2017

The Grammys;. MSU Men's and Women's Basketball; Brett Kast; Jenna Kast Believe In Miracles Foundation; Weekend Winners.

Front of Lansing City Hall building

The Lansing City Council could vote on a proposed Sanctuary City resolution this evening.

Fourth Ward council member Jessica Yorko says she is a supporter. 

“It’s more about asserting local control over local decisions than being bullied by a dictator,” she says.

She’s upset with the Trump administration’s threats to stop federal funding for Sanctuary Cities.

Lansing could lose around $6.5 million.

Meanwhile, first ward council member Jodi Washington opposes, fearing the financial impact.

A Michigan agency is seeking public comment on a proposed set of minimum standards for providing legal defense to people who can't afford attorneys.

Bob Hoffman

It’s about as far away from Swan Lake as you can get. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with the creators of a stage work about human trafficking, and a warning that some of the following deals with sex trafficking.


Authorities say one man died and two others were wounded in a shooting at a Lansing barbershop.

MSU Today | February 12, 2017

Feb 12, 2017

Kirk Heinze talks about a variety of sustainability-related topics with USA Today business writer Nathan Bomey.  Adam Ingrao on efforts to expose veterans to the healing powers of agriculture.  Jeff Dwyer and Suzanne Pish of MSU Extension on managing farm stress. All about the March 4 Quiet Water Symposium.

hoop house photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

For city-dwellers, farming might not appear to be a viable career option. A program in Lansing works to encourage urban farming through the Lansing Urban Farm Project apprenticeship program.


The Michigan Capitol's age is showing

Everything from electrical to plumbing, mechanical to fire suppressions systems is in need of upgrade at the Capitol building.

Jimmy Katz

All this week, the MSU College of Music has welcomed an Israeli jazz musician to jam with their students and do a tour around Michigan schools. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley has more with Anat Cohen.


Mike Ilitch, founder of the Little Caesars Pizza empire and owner of the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, has died. He was 87. 

Michigan State University, known for its leafy campus, years of basketball success and a heritage that goes back to Abraham Lincoln, is dealing with a different image these days: allegations of sexual assault by a sports doctor and a separate sexual assault complaint against three football players who have been evicted from campus housing.

WKAR’s Mark Bashore Signs Off

Feb 10, 2017
Mark Bashore infront of the newsroom
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

EAST LANSING, Mich. --- WKAR Radio host Mark Bashore announced Friday he will be leaving WKAR Public Media in East Lansing.

Current State | February 11, 2017

Feb 10, 2017

This week on Current State: Mickey Hirten of Lansing City Pulse; a Poet Laureate for Lansing; BWL tree trimming; a Black History Month look at innovation; the Michigan Film and Digital Media office; reconstructive surgery on a disfigured dog; distracted driving; hydropower; and Anat Cohen.