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Radio Made in Michigan
2:36 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Michigan kayaker, author on state's best paddling

Michigan is famous for being the Great Lake state, but is also permeated by hundreds of rivers and streams.  According to the state Department of Transportation, there are 36,000 miles of streams in Michigan.

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Sports
2:09 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Current Sports #255 | June 13, 2014

On today's Current Sports, Al invites Julie Dombrowski from Michigan State  Women's Basketball to talk about her recent transition from to Oakland. Also, Al and Alex debate if Max Scherzer's performance last night will get the Detroit Tigers out of a funk, and later talk about the NBA finals and if Lebron James is truly a leader. Finally, it's funky Friday, and the team  has all of the funky throwback music for listeners.


NewsRoom
5:10 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court Takes Two More Medical Marijuana Cases

The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear two more medical marijuana cases.

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Sports
2:14 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Current Sports #254 | June 12, 2014

Al gives listeners a sneak peak to tonight's Current Sports TV show, as he airs the interview with Mateen Cleaves. They relive some of the greatest MSU basketball moments, and talk a little bit about some of his charity work with  One Goal, One Passion. Later, Al gives some throwback thursday moments in sports history, and debates with Alex if Justin Verlander is an average pitcher this year.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:19 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Current State #331 | June 12, 2014

Today on Current State: the state Senate works on road funding; the technology of asphalt; the Grand American Fish Rodeo; beer with Richard Branson; and mead made in Michigan. 

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Politics & Government
1:16 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

After marathon session, MI senate takes final shot at road funding

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The Michigan Senate struggled late into the night Wednesday, working on a comprehensive road funding measure.

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Politics & Government
1:10 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Michigan roads: Is the solution in the asphalt?

Consultant Rahn Bentley explains how asphalt cement is blended with crushed rocks and other aggregates to form road pavement. Lansing Asphalt in Delta Township heats the mix to more than 300 degrees Fahrenheit and can produce up to 400 tons of asphalt each hour.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

The $1-billion road funding package that Michigan lawmakers have been struggling to pass in the final days of the session failed to achieve consensus last night. As of this morning, the Michigan Senate will have just a few hours to try to cobble together  a plan to raise the revenue to fix the state’s roads.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:08 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Fish Rodeo takes over the Grand River

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Dr. Kirk Heinze is host of the regular feature “Greening of the Great Lakes” on WKAR’s MSU Today. Some of those conversations make their way to Current State. In a recent segment, Heinze spoke with Terry Terry, co-founder and president of the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art and organizer of the new Grand American Fish Rodeo. The Lansing event takes place this today through Saturday at Adado Riverfront Park.

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Business
1:06 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Social media helps Michigan entrepreneur land beer with Branson

Credit BeerwithBranson.com

We’ve all heard of 6 degrees of separation, the idea that everyone in the world is connected through links of acquaintances. Bugsy Sailor  believes that with social media, the degrees separating people are even smaller.

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Business
12:42 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Michigan brewer part of mead "renaissance"

One of the offerings from the B. Nektar Meadery, Kill All the Golfers.
Credit Aaron Young/WKAR

Michigan is quietly carving out a place in the world of mead. Mead is an alcoholic beverage brewed from honey. Just like wine, it can be sweet or dry. It can be carbonated or still.

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NewsRoom
5:10 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Snyder: Restoring MEAP Test Not His Preference

Governor Rick Snyder says he won’t give up on switching Michigan to a new student test that’s aligned with the controversial “Common Core” education standards.

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Sports
2:10 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Current Sports #253 | June 11, 2014

Al hosts former Lansing Eastern head coach Ron Watts on the show to discuss his transition to John Glenn High School and recall some pasttimes at Eastern. Later, Matt chimes in on some NBA playoff thoughts. And to close the show, the crew discusses the teams to watch for in the World Cup, and debate whether the World Cup is the most popular sporting event in the world.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Current State #330 | June 11, 2014

Today on Current State: reform in juvenile justice laws; the Pontiac Silverdome auction; the politics of the World Cup; and Neighbors in Action: Hometown Housing Partnership.

Politics & Government
1:05 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Report denounces 'outdated' juvenile justice laws

'Youth Behind Bars' co-author by Michelle Weemhoff thinks current juvenile justice laws do more harm than good.
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“Michigan’s outdated approach to youth justice does little to rehabilitate children, protect public safety or wisely invest taxpayer dollars.” This quote is among the provocative conclusions of a new report, co-authored by Michelle Weemhoff and her organization the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency.

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Business
1:03 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Picking apart the Silverdome

This forklift is one of the thousands of items being auctioned off at the Pontiac Silverdome.
Credit RJM Auctioneers

The Pontiac Silverdome hosted the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Who, the Pope, Wrestlemania, a Super Bowl, and of course, the Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Lions. Largely unused since the Lions moved back to downtown Detroit, the Silverdome was sold in 2009 to the Triple Investment Group for about a half-million dollars. Now its assets are going up for auction.

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Sports
12:52 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Beyond sport, the underlying politics of the World Cup

The World Cup kicks off tomorrow in Brazil.
Credit Flickr - Anderson Vaz

Once every four years, hundreds of millions of soccer fans get swept up in the excitement of the World Cup.  The month-long spectacle begins play tomorrow in Brazil.

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Business
12:50 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Hometown Housing Partnership

East Lansing based Hometown Housing Partnership attempts to lower the barriers to home-ownership.
Credit http://www.hometownhousing.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 Hometown Housing Partnership, an East Lansing based organization that promotes homeownership and offers financial assistance to homebuyers.

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NewsRoom
5:24 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

‘Right To Work’ Part Of Discussions On Roads Package

Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats at the state Capitol over road funding may have resurrected the controversy over Michigan’s right-to-work law.

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NewsRoom
4:40 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Michigan Film Incentives To Stay At $50 million, Senate Leader Wants More

State lawmakers are getting close to passing a state budget this week.

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Sports
2:35 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Current Sports #252 | June 10, 2014

Al kicks off the show with Detroit Pistons beat writer Vince Ellis, from the Detroit Free Press. The two talk everything Pistons, and go back from the firing of Mo Cheeks to the current hiring of Stan Van Gundy. Later, Matt and Alex join to give their take on the NCAA video game lawsuit as well as the recent hiring of Derek Fisher to the New York Knicks. The top five villains in Michigan sports history closes the show.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:46 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Current State #329 | June 10, 2014

Today on Current State: Senator Rick Jones on road funding; the future of aquaculture in Michigan; MSU's Summer Circle Theatre; and Michigan summer tourism.

Politics & Government
12:45 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Senator Jones on competing road funding proposals

Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge)
Credit www.senatorrickjones.com

    

The Michigan legislature’s summer break begins after business on Thursday. That’s meant an important surge of activity this week to finish a new state budget and to further address one of the state’s biggest issues, road funding.

Current State welcomes Republican Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge to update these and other legislative news, including his measure that would amend Michigan law on strip searches.

Environment
12:40 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Does Michigan have a future in aquaculture?

Diana says history, regulations and foreign competition could be at fault for the small size of U.S. aquaculture.
Credit Flickr - Bytemarks

Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food production systems. But in the U.S., aquaculture remains a relatively small industry, used solely to grow aquatic plants or produce fish for stocking.

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Arts & Culture
12:33 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Summer Circle Theater building a permanent home

Lela Ivey and Mark Schenfisch star in the MSU Summer Circle Theatre production of 'What I Did Last Summer'.
MSU Department of Theatre

This week the Summer Circle Theatre at Michigan State University is entering its 54th season, putting on student productions of plays outdoors around the MSU Auditorium and Fairchild Theatre. This summer marks a change for the company as it will be the last season of its nomadic existence. Work has begun on a permanent home for Summer Circle.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:16 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Despite intense winter, Michigan tourism warming up

Michigan summer tourism remains unaffected by cold waters.
Credit Flickr - Kristy

Michigan had one of the most brutal winters it has ever seen, and unfortunately its impacts are still lingering.  As people begin to plan their summer travels, there may be some residual effects from this winter.

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NewsRoom
4:53 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Gov. Snyder Eyes Road Funding Deal This Week

Governor Rick Snyder wants a road funding solution on his desk by the end of this week.

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NewsRoom
4:45 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Reform Group Calls For End To ‘Adult-Time-For-Adult-Crime’

A new report by the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency is calling for an end to the state’s policy of automatically charging 17-year-olds as adults, and sending them to prison – even for non-violent offenses.

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Sports
2:33 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Current Sports #251 | June 9, 2014

On today's Current Sports, Al invites Mark McElwee from the Lansing Curling Club to talk about the upcoming championship. He also touches on the sport of Curling and its popularity. Later, Matt and Alex join to discuss the dissapointment of California Chrome, and touch on the comments made by its owner. Finally, the NBA and NHL playoffs are discussed in detail.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:32 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Current State #328 | June 9, 2014

Today on Current State: Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann; Moviemaking in Michigan, with producer Richard Jewell; Richard Gilbert on his memoir "Shepherd"; and a Lansing Symphony Orchestra 2014-15 season preview.

Environment
11:30 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Drain Commissioner Lindemann on clean water challenges, opportunities

Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann
Credit Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Pat Lindemann has served as the Drain Commissioner of Ingham County for 21 years. He's a Lansing native who’s spent his entire life in the area. As Drain Commissioner, Lindemann’s responsible for the operation of Ingham County storm drains and related issues including lake levels and soil erosion.

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