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Radio Made in Michigan
12:58 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Goodbye MEAP: Educators to discuss changes in assessments, accountability

Dr. Rick Stiggins is scheduled to speak at the Revisioning Assessment Conference this Friday at Michigan State University.
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Across Michigan and across the country, students, teachers, and school administrators are facing greater accountability. That has put more attention on student assessments, or measuring student learning, than in the past. In about a year, Michigan students are expected to start taking a new standardized test, the "Smarter Balanced Assessment."

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:54 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

MSU prof recaptures iconic African images

Darcy Greene's photos were taken in 2012. The MSU Museum exhibition runs through April 27.
courtesy of Darcy Greene

The exhibit Revisiting Verger’s Dahomey: A Photographic Contrast is currently on display at the Michigan State University Museum. The show presents a comparison of the images of Pierre Verger, the French photojournalist who immersed himself in the lives, customs, and beliefs of the people of Dahomey, now Benin, West Africa.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:45 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Michigan Food and Farming Systems

Denae Friedheim is the operator of Foodshed Farm in Bath Township.
Credit Courtesy of www.miffs.org

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 Michigan Food & Farming Systems, or MIFFS. It’s a statewide organization based in East Lansing that advocates for and offers assistance to new and women farmers, as well as those from underrepresented groups in Michigan’s agriculture industry.

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Sports
12:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Current Sports #203 | March 26, 2014

Al chats with Michigan State women's volleyball coach Cathy George about this past season and what the spring season has in store for them. Al and the team will also discuss if Tom Izzo should coach the Pistons!


NewsRoom
5:46 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Business Equipment Tax Repeal Bills Sail Through State House

Local leaders in Michigan are applauding the state House for approving legislation to make sure they don’t lose big because of a recent tax repeal.

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NewsRoom
5:43 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Schuette: SCOTUS Needs To Resolve Marriage Question ASAP

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals could rule anytime now on whether Michigan will allow same-sex marriages to resume, and recognize weddings that were performed over the weekend.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:32 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Current State #282 | March 25, 2014

Today on Current State: Lansing City Council member Carol Wood offers initial reactions to Mayor Virg Bernero's budget proposal; Great Lakes Month in Review; and the documentary film, "Medora."

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:30 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Council Member Wood says Lansing budget should 'impact quality of life'

Once they receive the budget, the Lansing city council will compare their priorities and seek public for opinion before it is voted on.
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After close to 10 years in office, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero enjoyed a first last night:  The chance to submit a city budget plan with a surplus. Despite being slightly in the black for fiscal year 2015, Bernero describes his $18 million spending plan as conservative and cautious.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:24 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Great Lakes Month in Review: Tar sands, Great Lakes Day, water retail

Gary Wilson explains that when shipping accidents occur, tar sand oil sinks, making it much harder to clean up.
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At the end of each month on Current State, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the Basin.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Ann Arbor Symphony Comes to WKAR

WKAR and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will team for their first live broadcast together on Saturday April 12 at 8pm.  The all-Brahms season finale concert will feature violin soloist Itamar Zorman and cellist David Requiro in a program which comes to you from the Michigan Theatre.  Also on the bill are Brahms's Symphony No. 1, Academic Festival Overture, and U of M professor Bright Sheng's "Black Swan" - a ravishing arrangement of one of the piano intermezzi by Brahms.

Don't miss this 90.5 Classical broadcast premiere of Michigan's A2SO!

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NewsRoom
5:11 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Snyder Continues To Press Obama On Detroit Immigration Plan

Governor Rick Snyder continues to press the federal government on his plan to expand immigration in Detroit.

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NewsRoom
4:14 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Local Officials Ask US Attorney General To Recognize MI Same-Sex Marriages

US Attorney General Eric Holder has been asked to declare that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Michigan over the weekend, even if the state won’t.

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Sports
2:25 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Current Sports #200 | March 24, 2014

Al and the team discuss all things March Madness!


Radio Made in Michigan
12:40 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Current State #281 | March 24, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan's gay marriage ruling in limbo; and the Educational Achievement Authority. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Gay marriage in Michigan in legal limbo

Michigan's first marriage licenses to same-sex couples were issued this weekend in Ingham and several other counties.
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The legal status of same-sex marriage here in Michigan was taken for quite the ride over the weekend. Late Friday afternoon, Federal District Judge Bernard Friedman declared Michigan’s 2004 ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. By Saturday afternoon, the clerks in four Michigan counties – Washtenaw, Muskegon, Oakland and Ingham – issued hundreds of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request to put the ruling on hold was granted by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. That temporary hold lasts until Wednesday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:32 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Michigan Superintendent Flanagan on EAA, student testing, teacher evals

The EAA is the district charged with turning around MIchigan’s 15 lowest performing schools.
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Last week, after months of debate, the Michigan House voted narrowly to expand state’s Education Achievement Authority. The highly debated measure, which the Senate now considers, is one of many on Michigan’s continually evolving education landscape. Others include new testing for student growth and evaluating teacher effectiveness, the Common Core curriculum, and several more.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

MSU Today | March 23, 2014

FRIB groundbreaking ceremony

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:54 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Current State #280 | March 21, 2014

Today on Current State: Sorting through legislative issues including scrap metal, the EAA, and a balanced budget convention; Meridian offers class on Nordic walking; live music with Lansing singer Twyla Birdsong with Paul Ojibway and Brian Lange.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Fri March 21, 2014

A busy week at the Capitol: Sorting through scrap metal, EAA, balanced budget convention

Scrap metal plunder has ravaged quite a bit of Detroit and other cities.
Credit Flickr - Adam Cohn

The bill to expand the Education Achievement Authority narrowly passed, 56-54, in the House. It wasn’t looking good, but they made some changes that got enough votes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:34 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Walk like a Nordician: Meridian offers class on Nordic walking

Eric Ederer says nordic walking can be done on paved surfaces, grass...anywhere you can normally walk.
Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR


 

Eric Ederer instructs Mid-Michiganders in techniques of Nordic Walking at the Harris Nature Center in Meridian Township on Saturday March 22.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:22 am
Fri March 21, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Lansing singer Twyla Birdsong with Paul Ojibway and Brian Lange

Left to right: Paul Ojibway on piano, Twyla Birdsong singing the blues, and Brian Lange on tenor saxophone.
Credit Anthony Cepak

As our live music guest today, Current State welcomes singer Twyla Birdsong. She was joined by Paul Ojibway on piano and Brian Lange on the tenor saxophone. Birdsong is a blues singer based here in Lansing, Michigan who often plays with the collaborative, The Hoopties.

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Sports
3:05 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Current Sports #190 | March 10, 2014

Al and the team discuss the NCAA tournament and if March Madness is the biggest sports spectacle in the nation.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Current State #279 | March 20, 2014

Today on Current State: GM under scrutiny after botched recall; an MSU cybercrime expert looks at hackers; and Feminist musician Near.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:53 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

GM under scrutiny after botched recall

CEO Mary Barra wants GM to be a company that is more transparent and reactive to consumers.
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General Motors officials continue efforts to navigate the fallout from its delayed recall of 1.6-million vehicles with faulty ignition switches. The flaw, which has been linked to 31 crashes and 12 deaths, has been traced to vehicles made as long ago as 2001.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:47 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

MSU cybercrime expert looks at hierarchy of hackers

Jared Andrews of MSU has seen cybercrimes that range from being minor, repairable annoyances to more invasive breaches.
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Last December, some high tech grinches tried to steal Christmas for one major retailer. Computer hackers broke into the Target Corporation mainframe and downloaded some 40-million credit card numbers.  The breach was executed despite the fact that Target had installed malware detection software months before.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:32 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Feminist musician Near reflects on activism, career

Holly Near encourages youth to take ownership of activism.
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March is Women’s History Month, and a pioneer of the women’s movement will be here on Friday. Holly Near has been combining music and activism since the 1960s.

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NewsRoom
4:39 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Snyder: Treat E-Cigarettes Like Tobacco

Governor Rick Snyder is asking the Legislature to send him a bill that would allow the state to tax and regulate e-cigarettes as a tobacco product.

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Sports
4:04 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Current Sports #197 | March 19, 2014

Al chats with Michigan State baseball coach Jake Boss  Jr. about this years team and what he expects out of his team. Al and the crew also discuss Michigan State men's basketball and discuss whether or not the hype over the team is a good thing or a bad thing.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:43 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Current State #278 | March 19, 2014

Today on Current State: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan reimbursement changes; lead cast members from "Porgy and Bess" production; the Capitol Area United Way Income Tax Assistance Program; punk rocker Glen Matlock; and the Capitol Area College Network.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Health insurance payments changing to boost reforms

Andy Hetzel says Blue Cross Blue Shield is trying to move hospital payments away from volume and toward value.
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For several years, Michigan hospitals and physicians have been implementing reforms aimed at cutting costs and improving patient care. Similar reforms are taking effect due to the Federal Affordable Care Act. A month ago, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan announced that 24 affiliated hospitals have agreed to launch or expand a different kind of reimbursement model.

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