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12:21 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Michigan tries to close "college access gap" with more guidance counselors

Ron French of Bridge Magazine (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
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All over Michigan, there are high school students who perform well enough on assessments to attend a four-year university. However, some of them, especially those in low-income and rural districts, do not pursue that path. It's created what some are calling a "college access gap." What sometimes makes the difference is school guidance counseling.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:16 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

MSU students bring Quidditch to the muggle world

The MSU Quidditch Team is heading to the World Cup next month.
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Quidditch is a pretty big deal for the young wizards and witches at Hogwarts. The Quidditch World Cup, held every four years since 1473, is like the Olympics of the wizarding world. But you don’t have to get your Hogwarts acceptance letter or make it through Platform Nine and Three Quarters to get in on the fun. Us Muggles have our own version of the Quidditch World Cup that takes place next month in South Carolina.

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Environment
12:12 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Great Lakes Month in Review: fights over Flint’s water, mercury limits before SCOTUS

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At the end of each month, Current State checks in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we look at the latest developments in Flint’s drinking water problems, hear about a conference on toxic algae blooms, and look at what the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case could mean for Michigan’s energy policy.

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Environment
12:06 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

MSU raising money to restore iconic polar bear

Darin McCullough and Dr. Scott Winterstein are working to restore this polar bear at the entrance to MSU's Natural Resources building.
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For decades, first time visitors to the Natural Resources building on the MSU campus have been startled by the guard keeping watch by the north doors. Standing nine feet tall and weighing 300 pounds, a huge polar bear stands frozen in time, in a menacing pose. Polar bears have been on the Endangered Species list since 2008, and though long dead, the MSU bear is once again in danger. The bear was killed in Barrow, Alaska in 1957. It’s showing some wear and needs to be repaired soon.

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Sports
11:56 am
Mon March 30, 2015

After nail-biting games, MSU bound for Final Four

Fans poured onto the streets of East Lansing after MSU's win over Louisville earned the Spartans another trip to the Final Four.
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Michigan State won two more games over the weekend, including yesterday’s thrilling 76-70 overtime win over Louisville to win the East regional of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Tom Izzo is taking the Spartans to the Final Four for the seventh time in his 20 years as head coach.

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Politics & Government
4:51 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Michigan’s Defense Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban Delivered To Supreme Court

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office has delivered the state's defense of its same-sex marriage ban to the US Supreme Court.

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Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Court Of Appeals Refuses To Toss Staffer Lawsuit Against Lawmaker

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected a lawmaker’s attempt to use legislative immunity to fend off a sexual harassment lawsuit.

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Sports
3:40 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Current Sports #440 | March 27, 2015

Get your coffee ready because today is the day! MSU plays Oklahoma for the chance to play in the Elite Eight, and Al prepares you with all of the stats and all of the knowledge regarding the important matchup. In this tournament special, the first half of the Sweet Sixteen is finalized and up for analysis, including Kentucky's dominance, and Notre Dame's impressive performance against Wichita State. Get ready for the big game tonight with Current Sports on WKAR. 


Politics & Government
11:47 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Ex-Kellogg lobbyist on 30 years of Capitol Hill arm-twisting

For three decades, George Franklin lobbied on behalf of the most famous tiger in the world. Franklin is the former Vice President of Worldwide Government Relations for the Kellogg Company of Battle Creek. Obviously, the tiger is “Tony.” In his book, “Raisin Bran and other Cereal Wars", Franklin writes that the role of a lobbyist is widely misunderstood.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
11:43 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Bike adventurist says northern Michigan trails are best on Earth

Bob Downes has ridden bike trails around the world for 30 years. He says the trails of northern Michigan are the best he's seen.
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The calendar says it’s spring. You may be getting over a dose of cabin fever and dreaming of a getaway Up North. If you’re pulling your dusty bicycle out of the garage, then a Michigan author has your guide to some of the best trails in the Lower Peninsula.

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Health
11:39 am
Fri March 27, 2015

UM study: fast food may be addictive

Dr. Ashley Gearhardt
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A new study from the University of Michigan indicates that there may be something to those fast food cravings you get. The findings indicate that highly processed foods heavy in fat, salt, and sugar are among the most addictive foods out there.

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Sports
11:36 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Sweet 16: Rexrode with Spartans in Syracuse

A berth in the Elite Eight is on the line tonight when Tom Izzo's Spartans face Oklahoma in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
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The Michigan State men’s basketball team beat Georgia and Virginia last weekend to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. The Spartans have now made it to the Sweet 16 in seven of the last eight seasons. Tonight, MSU will try to advance against the Oklahoma Sooners. The game will be played in Syracuse, New York shortly after 10 p.m. tonight.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Fri March 27, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Abbey Hoffman

Abbey Hoffman performing live in WKAR's Studio S.
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Our Live Music Friday guest today is singer-guitarist-songwriter Abbey Hoffman. If you were listening a couple of weeks ago when Donny Brown was our Live Music Friday guest, Abbey was here to accompany him. She’s here today as a solo artist. She’s released a solo album called “This Too Shall Pass”.

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Politics & Government
4:46 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Legislature Takes Aim At MEDC In Budget Proposal

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State lawmakers are taking bites out of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation budget.

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Politics & Government
3:52 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

House Approves Bill To Cut Welfare Payments If Kids Persistently Miss School

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A bill to end cash assistance for families with truant children has cleared the state House.

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Sports
3:31 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Current Sports #439 | March 26, 2015

 Spring football quickly approaches, so Al and Alex give listeners what to watch for during the spring game and analyze positions on the football roster. Later, Al gives listeners a sneak peak into tonight's Current Sports TV episode with Okemos' head hockey coach. Closing the show, Lauren Verrusio, a Google Trends expert, breaks down the most searched topics during March Madness.


TV Made in Michigan
1:49 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Off the Record | March 27, 2015 | #4440

Rep. Harvey Santana, (D) Detroit, appearing on Off the Record.

The panel discusses Republican opposition to the Governor's education agenda. The guest is Rep. Harvey Santana (D), Detroit, who serves as the minority vice chair of the House Budget Committee. Kyle Melinn, Emily Lawler and Chad Livingood join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick. 

   

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Health
11:37 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Report: Almost 2m in Michigan struggle to find healthy food

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When you need to stock up on milk or fresh fruits and vegetables for the week, you probably just drive a couple miles to the nearest Kroger or Meijer. Or maybe you take a trip to your local farmers market and load up your trunk with groceries. But for 1.8-million Michiganders, it isn’t quite so easy to find healthy food. That’s the number of people living in so called “food deserts”, according to a new report from the Philadelphia based organization The Food Trust.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Thu March 26, 2015

MSU Theatre presents psychological thriller “Bug”

The MSU Department of Theatre’s production of “Bug” starts tonight and runs this weekend and next. It’s a psychological thriller by Tracy Letts, who wrote “August: Osage County.” The show deals with themes of trauma, paranoia, and trust.

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Health
11:26 am
Thu March 26, 2015

MSU grad student authors personal account of sexual assault and PTSD

Apryl Pooley will talk about her book 'Shadow Brain' at 7 p.m. tonight at Everybody Reads in Lansing.

A Michigan State University doctoral student in neuroscience has written a book about sexual assault and how post traumatic stress disorder affects women. Apryl Pooley is the author of “Shadow Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Journey Through PTSD and Womanhood”.

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History
11:21 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Shipping out for the summer: life on a Great Lakes freighter

Roger LeLievre on the deck of the Ernest R. Breech.
Credit Courtesy Roger LeLievre

Michigan’s Soo Locks opened on time yesterday as the mighty one thousand foot Edward H. Gott sailed through at 11:25 a.m. Ann Arbor’s Roger LeLievre is very familiar vessels like the Gott. LeLievre spent his childhood near the Soo and  grew up watching immense freighters sail the lakes and locks. At age 17, he spent a summer working aboard the Ernest R. Breech.

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Politics & Government
4:21 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

MI Jobless Rate Drops To 5.9%

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Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in 14 years.

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Education
4:12 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Flanagan: Charter School Authorizers No Longer At Risk Of Being Suspended

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State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says seven institutions no longer risk losing their ability to open new charter schools in Michigan.

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Sports
2:37 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Current Sports #438 | March 25, 2015

  The game of the century took place last night with Muskegon and Lansing Everett. MLive reporter Chris Hauler recaps the game with Al to start and then former Lansing Catholic coach Darren Zwick comes on the show to discuss his move to Florida. Later, Alex joins in to touch on the Detroit Pistons and concussions in sports.


Education
11:34 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Incoming MI Superintendent: adults must help students "take ownership" of learning

Brian Whiston has been chosen to be Michigan's next state School Superintendent.
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Public education in Michigan will have new leadership this summer. Last week, the state board of education voted 7 to 1 to hire Dearborn schools chief Brian Whiston as the next State Superintendent. He will replace Mike Flanagan, who will retire in June after 10 years at the helm of the Michigan Department of Education. Whiston’s appointment is pending formal approval from the state board, which is expected soon.

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Arts & Culture
11:22 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Steppin’ In It frontman Joshua Davis steps out on “The Voice”

Joshua Davis of the band Steppin' In It is a contestant this season on NBC's 'The Voice'.
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One of Lansing’s top bands in recent years has been Steppin’ In It. For a long time, they played a weekly gig at The Green Door. Now, fans are following the exploits of singer Joshua Davis. He’s competing on NBC’s “The Voice” this season.

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Community
11:16 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Neighbors In Action: Helping Women Period

Wednesday on Current State means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today we talk to a new Lansing organization, Helping Women Period, working to help homeless women with an often unmet need: feminine hygiene supplies.

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Education
11:12 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Spartahack-ers use computer skills for good, not evil

Spartahack is this weekend at MSU.

Say the word “hack” or “hacker” and the impression you create is likely a negative one. Organizers of Spartahack are quick to point out their hacking event is about building and creating websites, apps, anything that’s connected to the digital world. It takes place beginning this Friday evening here at Michigan State University. Spartahack is expected to attract about 300 participants.

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Sports
11:35 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Everett Punches Ticket to the Breslin Center | Current Sports | WKAR

Trevor Manuel had 24 points as the No. 9-ranked Lansing Everett Vikings boy's basketball team posted a 75-52 victory over defending state champion and No. 2 Muskegon in front of a capacity crowd in a Class A quarterfinal at Eastern's Don Johnson Fieldhouse.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Legislative Project Would Repeal Outdated Criminal Offenses

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The state House has begun an effort to scrub outdated laws from the books and shrink the size of Michigan’s criminal code.

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