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1:06 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Voices of Experience: Joe Schwarz on life in politics, medicine

Dr. Joe Schwarz
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We all know Michiganians we feel are extraordinary for their memorable life experiences or their sacrifices. Maybe for their success, or their service, and for the insights that result from those experiences. Getting better acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s occasional series, “Voices of Experience.”

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Business
12:55 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Passenger rail plan would link Ann Arbor, Traverse City

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Earlier this month, the Michigan Land Use Institute floated the idea of a new passenger train service from Ann Arbor to Traverse City. It’s a complicated process, but it appears that one of the biggest components is getting people excited about it.

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Business
12:35 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

MI farmers speak out on road funding, ethanol, water use

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It’s still too cold for spring planting, but the legislative issues Michigan farmers care most about are heating up again. Yesterday, dozens of crop producers from across the state met in Lansing for the annual Lansing Legislative Seminar, sponsored by the Michigan Farm Bureau. Farmers met in conference sessions to talk about a number of current issues, and many had a chance to speak one on one with their local lawmakers.

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Education
12:30 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Demystifying the college hookup culture

MSU prof. Stephanie Amada, author of 'Hooking Up: A Sexy Encounter With Choice'
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It shouldn’t be shocking to hear that college students are sexually active. What might come as a surprise is the attitude many of today’s students are bringing to their sexual lives. What’s changed is that what people tend to think of the preferred order of things, getting to know someone well and for a long time before sex, maybe even marriage before sex, seems to be shifting. For some now, the sex comes first, and on a casual basis.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

State House Approves Overhaul Of Concealed Pistol License Approvals

Concealed weapons bills similar to ones Governor Rick Snyder vetoed last month are one step closer to heading back to his desk.

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Politics & Government
3:55 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

New Fight At Capitol Over Film Subsidies

A state House committee held a hearing Wednesday on legislation to end Michigan’s big tax breaks for film, TV, and movie projects.

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Sports
2:08 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Current Sports #421 | February 25, 2015

  The MSU men's basketball team is on a four-game winning streak, marking the best stretch for the team thus far.  Al plays audio from the Tom Izzo weekly press conference and previews the upcoming Minnesota game. Later, WLNS-TV 6 reporter Audrey Dahlgren analyzes the Michigan State women's basketball season. The St. Louis Rams moving to California and the Derrick Rose injury are also discussed.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:45 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Current State #485 | February 25, 2015

Today on Current State: Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann on the Red Cedar Golf Course development; Neighbors in Action: Arts Council of Greater Lansing; a Rwandan genocide survivor visits Fowler; and growing orchids.

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Politics & Government
11:42 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Ingham official: 'Renaissance' development is "marriage made in heaven"

Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore
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Developers are about to become the owners of 30 acres of city land straddling Lansing and East Lansing. Monday evening, the Lansing City Council approved the sale of the former Red Cedar Golf Course property to Ferguson/Continental Lansing LLC. Developer Joel Ferguson and his partner Frank Kass want to build a $276-million complex at the site that could include a ten-story hotel, restaurant and housing. Part of the site would remain green space.

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Community
11:34 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Neighbors in Action: Arts Council of Greater Lansing

Wednesday on Current State means Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn more about one of the cultural organizations of the Capital city, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.The Council celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

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History
11:27 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Rwandan genocide survivor brings story to Fowler

Immaculee Ilibagiza
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Nearly 21 years ago, an airplane carrying Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down, killing all on board. The crash ignited a four-year-old Rwandan civil war into what would become the Rwandan Genocide, a mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
11:23 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Ahead of East Lansing show, local grower talks orchids

Bill Porter, with his prize winning cymbidium volcano queen orchid.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

The Greater Lansing Orchid Society’s annual show and sale is coming up this weekend. Current State’s Scott Pohl met up with a leading local orchid grower to learn more about these beautiful flowering plants. Bill Porter would say that successfully growing orchids isn't terribly hard as long as you treat them right.

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Politics & Government
5:23 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Snyder Cheers Bond Funding For Workforce Training Programs

A state board has approved selling bonds to come up with $50 million to help community colleges ramp up their career and technical training.

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Politics & Government
3:44 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

State Lawmakers Taking Another Crack At Corrections Overhaul There’s a renewed push in the state Leg

There’s a renewed push in the state Legislature to overhaul Michigan’s corrections system.

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Sports
2:23 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Current Sports #420 | February 24, 2015

On today's episode of Current Sports radio, Al kicks it with Impact Sports MSU Basketball Reporter Andrew Hayes to talk movies! They are not talking about the Oscars though, but Keenan Wetzel's new short film, The Cager​ starring Delvon Roe. Also, Al talks about the NFL combine held in Indianapolis and how some former Spartans helped out their draft stocks. Finally, 'Top Five Tuesday' has a maize and blue hue today, as we discuss the top five reasons to be optimistic about the U of M basketball season. 


Radio Made in Michigan
1:38 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Current State #484 | February 24, 2015

Today on Current State: a U-M survey asks local officials about road funding; a tour of "The Runway" in downtown Lansing; our Great Lakes Month in Review and the novel "Station Eleven" is a Great Michigan Read winner.

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Politics & Government
1:38 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

U-M survey shows local officials hungry for more state road money

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One in four local government officials around Michigan say the roads and bridges in their jurisdictions are in poor condition.  But there appears to be little agreement among those same officials on how to generate the billions of dollars needed to repair that infrastructure.

Those are among the findings in a new survey out of the University of Michigan.

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Arts & Culture
1:38 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Local fashionistas land on Lansing's "Runway"

"The Runway" opened in October in the former J.W. Knapp's department store in downtown Lansing. It's the city's only fashion industry incubator.
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Michigan State University students Katie Raynard and Anami Chan will receive an award honoring their work to demonstrate diversity through artistic expression.  The two MSU seniors are studying apparel and textile design. 

Raynard is an associate designer at The Runway, the new fashion industry incubator in downtown Lansing that’s only been up and running for about four months now. 

Current State’s Kevin Lavery recently toured the building, which is in a historic venue.

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Environment
1:37 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Great Lakes Month in Review: pet coke, fracking, Asian carp funding

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At the end of each month, we check 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 hear about progress on pet coke in Chicago, what’s next for fracking in Michigan, and how budget cuts could impact the fight against Asian carp in the basin.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:37 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

"Station Eleven" named 2015 Great Michigan Read

Emily St. John-Mandel's "Station Eleven" has been named a 2015 Great Michigan Read novel.
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The Michigan Humanities Council recently announced its Great Michigan Read title for 2015 and 2016. It’s “Station Eleven”, a novel about a post-apocalyptic world set largely in Michigan.

In January, Current State’s Scott Pohl talked with author Emily St. John Mandel about her book, which was a 2014 National Book Award finalist.  It's now the newest Great Michigan Read title.

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Sports
9:20 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

VIDEO: "The Cager" Premieres at NCG | Current Sports | WKAR

MSU men's basketball player Keenan Wetzel has been working on his film, "The Cager," for quite some time and finally was ready to reveal it to the public. 

The young director premiered the 25-minute short film in a private gala at NCG theatre in Lansing, MI. The movie stars his former MSU teammate, Delvon Roe. Wetzel wrote the script and began directing the film last summer.

WKAR's Al Martin made the trip to NCG to talk with Keenan, and others, about the remarkable accomplishment.

Sports
9:17 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

VIDEO: Senior Day Filled with Hugs and Tears | Current Sports | WKAR

The MSU women's basketball team closed out the final home game of the season with a 60 to 50 win over Rutgers on Sunday afternoon. 

Michigan State seniors Becca Mills, Madison Williams, Anna Morrissey, Kendra Lumpkin and Kelsey Kuipers, were honored after the game.

Sports
9:12 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

VIDEO: MSU Squeaks by Rutgers | Current Sports | WKAR

Aerial Powers scored 18 points and matched a career-high with 18 rebounds for her 20th double-double of the season to help Michigan State upset cold-shooting No. 19 Rutgers 60-50 Sunday.

Powers has now scored 600 points this season, breaking the school's single-season scoring record.

Rutgers (20-7, 11-5 Big Ten) falls into a three-way tie with Minnesota and Ohio State for third place in the conference. Michigan State (13-14, 5-11) is now 2-7 against ranked opponents this season.

Checkout hilights from Sunday's game here.

Politics & Government
4:46 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Michigan Employer Survey Hints At More Hiring In 2015

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A survey of some of Michigan’s largest employers suggests more hiring is in store this year.

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Education
2:55 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Lawmaker Wants More Snow Days For Schools Without Having To Make Up Time

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State lawmakers may consider allowing schools to take more snow days without having to make them up later.

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Sports
2:12 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Current Sports #419 | February 23, 2015

Al opens the show recapping a big win over the University of Illinois for Michigan State men's basketball. Later, he recaps the women's basketball team and the Detroit Pistons. To close, Al and Alex preview the Mayweather and Pacquiao fight and give their weekend winners.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:12 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Current State #483 | February 23, 2015

Today on Current State: MSU Assistant Dean Vincent Delgado takes on a new role as Lansing city councilor; the life of pioneering African American scholar Merze Tate; the Michigan GOP's new chairwoman; a new University of Michigan report looks at options for regulating fracking; and Detroit Free Press reporter Joe Rexrode checks in about this weekend's Spartan victory in men's basketball. 

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Politics & Government
12:11 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

MSU assistant dean to join Lansing City Council

MSU Assistant Dean Vincent Delgado is joining the Lansing City Council.
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The Lansing City Council will officially be back at full strength tonight, when it swears in its newest member.  Vincent Delgado was appointed to the council Thursday night in a 6 to 1 vote.  He’ll finish the current term vacated by Derrick Quinney, who stepped down after becoming the new Ingham County Register of Deeds.

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History
12:11 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Michigan's Merze Tate was civil rights champion, education pioneer

Sonya Bernard Hollins is writing a biography on pioneering African American scholar Merze Tate.
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Merze Tate is a Blanchard, Michigan native and one of our state’s most distinguished citizens.

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Politics & Government
12:10 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

A Romney takes top spot on Michigan GOP

Ronna Romney McDaniel, niece of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, takes the reins as the new chairwoman for the Michigan GOP.
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Michigan’s Republican Party has a new Chairwoman.

At its Lansing convention Saturday, activist Ronna Romney McDaniel got the nod on the first ballot.

She replaces commercial property developer Bobby Schostak at the top of the Michigan GOP. The 41-year old niece of Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said ‘We need to a Republican in the White House through Michigan in 2016.’  Current State talks to Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta about the state's new GOP leader.  

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