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2:47 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Michigan Switches To SAT Over ACT Starting In 2016

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Michigan will replace the ACT college entrance exam with the SAT starting in spring 2016.

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Sports
2:35 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Current Sports #386 | January 7, 2014

The Detroit Pistons keep its winning streak alive and Al Martin is jumping for joy! He begins recapping the big win over the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs and also brings up the new inductees into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Later, Kevin Gehl, sports anchor and reporter from WLNS TV-6, recaps the Cotton Bowl with Al. To close, UFC fighter Jon Jones and college football quarterback Jameis Winston are also discussed. 


Sports
2:33 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Current Sports #385 | January 6, 2014

The controversy continues with the pass interference  penalty and callers run through the first half of the show debating about the referees from the Detroit Lions game . Later, Al and Alex give the top five reasons why Ndamukong Suh will leave the Detroit lions next year. A tribute to sports broadcaster Stuart Scott, who sadly passed away this past weekend to cancer, is given by Al at the start of the show as well.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:44 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Current State #450 | January 7, 2015

Today on Current State: Michigan's job prospects for 2015; a new history book on downtown Ann Arbor; Neighbors in Action with D.A.N.C.E, Inc. of Lansing; how long will winter last; and Lansing's John Smoltz is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Economy
11:40 am
Wed January 7, 2015

2015 job openings reflect changing MI economy

Carsten Hohnke of the MEDC (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

A closely-watched study predicts the creation of about 60,000 new jobs in Michigan this year.  That’s from the University of Michigan’s annual economic forecast, released recently. But only about 10-percent of those new jobs are expected to come from manufacturing, historically one of Michigan’s strongest job sectors, including here in Greater Lansing. So where are the new jobs coming from, and what trends are creating them?

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History
11:35 am
Wed January 7, 2015

New book chronicles visual history of downtown Ann Arbor

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The Arcadia Publishing series of books about cities and towns around Michigan now has a book devoted to the city many in East Lansing think of as its top rival.

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Community
11:33 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Neighbors in Action: D.A.N.C.E, Inc. Lansing | WKAR

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 learn about a non-profit working to make dance classes affordable for low-income kids in Lansing, Detroit, and Romulus.

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Environment
11:28 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Meteorologist expects no polar vortex repeat

WILX-TV 10 meteorologist Andy Provenzano
Credit http://www.wilx.com/

Much of the Midwest is finally caught in the grip of Old Man Winter. This week brings the lowest Mid-Michigan temperatures since last year’s infamous “polar vortex”. What do the next weeks have in store?

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Sports
11:21 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Hometown hero makes Baseball Hall of Fame

After spending most of his career with Atlanta, Lansing native John Smoltz played for Boston and St. Louis in his final season.
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The Baseball Writers Association of America has voted Waverly High School graduate John Smoltz into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in his first year of eligibility.

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Politics & Government
4:13 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Advocates Launch Fundraising Effort To Clear Rape Kit Backlog

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette hold a rape kit at the launch of the Enough SAID fundraising campaign in Detroit.
Credit mprn Jake Neher

Public officials and advocates are asking for help to clear a massive backlog of rape kits in Detroit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:18 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Current State #449 | January 6, 2015

Today on Current State: The suspicion-based drug testing of people on public assistance in Michigan; regulating the storage and disposal of coal ash; the historical story of Merze Tate; and Lansing's new comedy club at Tripper's.

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Politics & Government
11:16 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Child advocate wary of suspicion-based drug testing

Gilda Jacobs, with Current State host Mark Bashore
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Governor Rick Snyder is still making his way through the stack of bills on his desk after lame duck. Among the bills that have already gotten his stamp of approval is one that authorizes suspicion-based drug tests for some welfare recipients. It requires the state to establish pilot programs for screening and testing people on public assistance in three Michigan counties.

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Environment
11:10 am
Tue January 6, 2015

MI environmentalist criticizes new federal coal ash standards

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For years, environmentalists have been calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate coal ash. That’s the byproduct of coal that’s produced when it’s burned for electricity. In December, the agency did just that, issuing the first ever federal guidelines about its storage and disposal.

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History
11:06 am
Tue January 6, 2015

MI historian explores life of pioneering African-American scholar

Sonya Bernard Hollins
Credit http://www.michiganhistorylectures.com/

Blanchard, Michigan native Merze Tate remains among our state’s most distinguished citizens. By any measure, she was a trail blazer not only in Michigan but across the U.S. and internationally. Tate was the first African-American graduate of Western Michigan Teachers College and the first African-American woman to attend the University of Oxford.

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Arts & Culture
10:59 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Comedy returns to Lansing's night club scene

Lansing has been without a comedy club since Connxtions closed last April. Over the weekend, a new comedy venue opened up for business at Tripper’s in Frandor. Touring comics will be performing in Lansing every week, bringing laughs to an audience that’s been starved for funny stuff for a while.

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Sports
11:59 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

VIDEO: MSU Men's Basketball Cruises Over Indiana | Current Sports | WKAR

WKAR's Al Martin brings you his post-game report on the MSU men's basketball win over Indiana on Monday night. 

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Education
4:27 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

What Does It Cost To Educate A Michigan Student? We May Soon Find Out

The state would have to find out how much it costs to educate a student in Michigan under a bill in front of Governor Rick Snyder.

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Sports
2:18 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Current Sports #384 | January 5, 2014

The new year is here and it starts off with controversy. The Detroit Lions dropped a close game to the Cowyboys and a pass interference call has a lot of fans talking. Rod Beard from the Detroit News gives his thoughts on the call and touches on University of Michigan basketball. Later, Alex joins to recap the Cotton Bowl and give sports winners over the holiday break.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:16 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Current State #448 | January 5, 2015

Today on Current State: The upcoming vote on funding road repairs in Michigan; breast milk banks; "Station Eleven" author Emily St. John Mandel; and "Current Sports" host Al Martin on the Detroit Lions playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

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Politics & Government
12:12 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Dem insiders anticipate new legislative priorities, sales tax vote

Four months from today, Michigan voters will make the next move regarding our state’s crumbling roads and bridges. They’ll decide whether to hike the state sales tax by one cent on the dollar. Approval would create over a billion dollars annually to help repair the roads, but it would also restore the state’s earned income tax credit and send more state revenue to schools. Rejection means Governor Rick Snyder and the legislature are back at square one in the road funding debate. So, what can we expect to see and hear over the next four months?

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Health
12:10 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

U-M researcher looks to Brazil for breast milk bank ideas

Dr. Lisa Hammer
Credit http://www.mottchildren.org/

You’ve heard of blood banks, tissue banks and organ donation, But are you aware of breast milk banks? Likely not, because they are not widespread in the U.S.

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Arts & Culture
12:09 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Critically acclaimed novel set in post-apocalyptic Michigan

'Station Eleven' author Emily St. John Mandel
Credit www.emilymandel.com

The novel “Station Eleven” is about a post-apocalyptic world set largely in Michigan. It's the story of a flu epidemic that wipes out almost all of the earth’s human population. The pre-pandemic story is set in Toronto and other places around the world. Michigan, mostly along the Lake Michigan shoreline, is where the story of survivors takes place.

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Sports
12:08 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Controversial call taints Lions' playoff defeat

The Detroit Lions lost their wild card NFL playoff game at Dallas yesterday, 24-20. A controversial penalty on the Cowboys was reversed by officials, leaving Lions fans frustrated.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

MSU Today | January 4, 2015

Michael Moore takes a selfie after addressing MSU graduates.
Credit Stephen Hsu

George Will and Michael Moore MSU commencement addresses

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StayTuned Update
7:45 am
Wed December 31, 2014

2015 Coverage of Your Government Begins 
with Inauguration Ceremony

WKAR presents Gubernatorial Inauguration, OTR look ahead, conversation with Gov. and First Lady Snyder, Michigan State of the State, State of the Union

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

MSU Today | December 28, 2014

L to R: Marc Schupan, Dianne Byrum, Kirk Heinze, Doug Buhler

Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis; panel discussion on sustainability issues

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Politics & Government
1:06 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

NRC Adopts Eat-What-You-Road-Kill Policy

A new rule makes it easier for drivers who hit and kill an animal to claim their road kill.

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Politics & Government
12:59 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

MI Supreme Court To Decide Whether Paternity Can Be Challenged After Divorce

The state Supreme Court will decide whether a woman can have her ex-husband’s parental rights revoked because he’s not the biological father of her daughter.

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Politics & Government
10:08 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Carl Levin on Senate career and life: "I'm a lucky guy"

Carl Levin (D) has served Michigan in the U.S. Senate since 1979. He leaves office at the end of the month.
Credit http://www.levin.senate.gov/

Last month, WKAR-TV capitol correspondent and "Off The Record" host Tim Skubick welcomed the senior U.S. Senator from Michigan, Carl Levin. On the eve of his retirement, Sen. Levin discusses what sparked his interest in politics, lessons learned from nearly four decades in the senate, his post-senate plans, and more.

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