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2:30 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Living with a severe mental illness: One Lansing woman's story

Despite her severe mental illness, Lansing resident Jerri Nicole Wright has a part-time job, owns a home, and has been married for 20 years.
Credit WKAR/Joe Linstroth

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and to commemorate, Current State’s Joe Linstroth speaks with longtime Lansing resident Jerri Nicole Wright about what it’s like to live with a severe and persistent mental illness.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
2:30 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Finding balance in Lake Huron's fisheries

Credit Flickr - American Legacy Fishing Co.

About a decade ago, Lake Huron’s fishing game was not very abundant because of a steep decline in overall fish numbers. To see how the lake is doing now, Current State’s Melissa Benmark spoke with David Fielder, Fisheries Research Biologist for the Department of Natural Resources and a doctoral student at Michigan State University.

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NewsRoom
5:12 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Land, Peters Disagree In First Appearance

The Republican and Democratic candidates for Michigan’s open US Senate seat pitched themselves to business people at a conference on Mackinac Island Wednesday.

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NewsRoom
4:36 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Campaign To Raise Minimum Wage To $10.10 Per Hour Turns In Petition Signatures

Members of the Raise Michigan Coalition say they gathered more than 300,000 petition signatures. The group submitted those signatures to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office Wednesday.
Credit mprn Jake Neher

Activists have turned in petition signatures to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

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Sports
2:27 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Current Sports #243 | May 28, 2014

DeWitt girls assistant soccer coach Darus Ward joins All to discuss the upcoming postseason games, the last win over Williamston, and back story of his journey with soccer. Later, Matt and Alex weigh in on the recent comments by Dan Gilbert on moving the Detroit Pistons from Auburn Hills back to the city of Detroit. Finally, they team weighs in on the NBA playoffs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:23 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Current State #325 | May 28, 2014

Today on Current State: the Open Science movement; Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville on the minimum wage, road funding, and EAA; volunteers fighting cyber crime; and The Homeless Angels.

Science
12:21 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Open Science movement challenges status quo

The Open Science movement attempts to break down barriers both inside the science community and with the general public.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Studying the final frontier of space got a little bit easier this month. On May 5th, a group of scientists launched an online simulator that allows users to explore our galaxy in incredibly accurate detail in a span of billions years. But what’s the most innovative part of this new project? Anyone can use it whether you’re getting your doctorate in astrophysics or you’re just a curious websurfer.

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Politics & Government
12:21 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Senate leader Richardville on minimum wage, road funding, and EAA

Sen. Randy Richardville (R-Monroe)
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On the heels of a measure signed into law last evening by Governor Rick Snyder, hourly salaries of Michigan’s lowest-paid workers will go up on September 1st. Whether to raise the state’s minimum wage has been one of the most debated issues so far in 2014, and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville has been closely involved in the discussion.

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Business
12:19 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Volunteers enlisted to protect state from cybercrime

Lohrmann says that the need for an emergency response team was at the center of the Corps' creation.
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Anyone who ever uses a computer gets hit now and then with e-mail spam or the occasional computer virus. Many are just minor hassles that try to derail our plans, but some do cause significant damage. Now imagine how often large companies and government agencies get hacked by those seeking to inflict harm. To address this, the state of Michigan is creating an all volunteer defense team, the Cyber Civilian Corps.

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Arts & Culture
11:47 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Neighbors in Action: The Homeless Angels

The Homeless Angels aims to share the stories of the homeless with the larger Lansing community.
Credit The Homeless Angels

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 Homeless Angels, a new Lansing-based organization that does outreach and referrals primarily for street-based homeless people.

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Sports
2:24 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Current Sports #242 | May 27, 2014

Coming off Memorial Day weekend, there was plenty to talk about on today's show. Al and Alex dive into the skidding Detroit Tigers and what they need to get back on track. The duo later debates where Gary Harris will go in this year's NBA draft, and finally give their top five worst excuses when it comes to sports.


NewsRoom
2:18 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Hunters’ Group Files Petitions For New Hunting Law

The controversy over wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula is headed back to the Legislature.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:32 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Current State #324 | May 27, 2014

Today on Current State: A review of May's top stories from the Great Lakes Basin; expensive re-hospitalization and how to avoid it; grappling with Lansing's pro wrestling scene; and a preview for The Moth Mainstage.

Environment
1:31 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Great Lakes Month in Review: Army Corps of Engineers, Asian carp and Waukesha's water troubles

Wilson discusses tensions between the Army Corps of Engineers and environmental groups over the Asian carp problem.
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At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and Chicago-based journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the Basin.

For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we have more on the efforts to keep Asian carp and Waukesha, Wisconsin out of Lake Michigan.

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Health
1:26 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Michigan providers address costly hospital readmissions

Moving from an authoritarian to a collaborative model of healthcare is one of the many issues being discussed at the 2014 Care Transitions Statewide Summit.
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Nationwide, a significant number of people who leave the hospital return within days or weeks for another stay. The reasons for this are varied. A conference taking place Wednesday at Michigan State University seeks to address how to implement better transitions between health care settings

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:20 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Pinning down Lansing's pro wrestling scene

The IROG's next event is on June 13 at the Green Union Hall in Lansing.
Credit Courtesy of Danny Shay

Before the International Ring of Grapplers (IROG) was founded in Lansing two years ago, the best chance of seeing moves like a piledriver and a Double Chickenwing, and the high-flying wrestlers who perform them, was likely on TV.

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

'Moth' brings true storytelling to Wharton

'The Moth Mainstage' comes to the Wharton Center May 28.
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A group of outstanding storytellers will be in East Lansing for a show at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center Wednesday night. "The Moth Mainstage" brings a live performance of The Moth Radio Hour program to audiences all over the country.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

MSU Today | May 25, 2014

Sarah Nicholls, Kirk Heinze

Pure Michigan's strategic plan and the Grand American Fish Rodeo

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Sports
5:23 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Current Sports #241 | May 23, 2014

For those that missed the latest Current Sports TV episode, Al has you covered! He gives you another look back on his interview with James Moore, a former Michigan State football fullback who went to the 1988 Rose Bowl. Later, the crew chimes in on the Tigers recent woes, and also the rumblings coming from team Mayweather.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:34 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Current State #323 | May 23, 2014

Today on Current State: an oil spill in Jackson is still a mystery; the net neutrality debate: will the way we use the internet change; "Oddball Michigan"; and live music with Lindsay Lou & Joshua Rilko.

Environment
1:32 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Oil spill in Jackson still a mystery

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Hundreds of gallons of motor oil and hydraulic fluid made their way into the Grand River in Jackson last weekend.  Environmental crews have gathered there to clean it up while officials investigate.

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Politics & Government
1:22 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Net neutrality debate: Will the way we use the internet change?

Credit Flickr - Jason Mcleod

There has been a lot of recent buzz around the idea of net neutrality and how it will affect people’s everyday use of the internet. Net neutrality is the debate over free use of the internet and has been going on for several years now.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:19 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

'Oddball Michigan': Tridges, concrete kitsch, and trees from space

"Oddball Michigan: A Guide to 450 Really Strange Places" is a recently published book which seeks to catalog all of the oddball tourist destinations throughout our state, and there are plenty of them.

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Music
1:13 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Lindsay Lou & Joshua Rilko

Josh Rilko and Lindsay Lou performing live in studio on Current State.
Credit Marie Steinbock

This week’s Live Music Friday featured Joshua Rilko and Lindsay Lou of Lindsay Lou and the Flatbelly’s. They played several new tracks from their most recent EP, "Here Between". Their first record was released in 2010 and they have been touring for two years, playing 200 shows within the last year.

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NewsRoom
5:17 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Clears First Big Hurdle

The $195 million dollar state contribution to the Detroit bankruptcy settlement cleared its first major hurdle Thursday as the state House approved the payment by a wide margin.

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Sports
2:12 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Current Sports #240 | May 22, 2014

On today's episode, Matt kicks off the show with the latest headliners and delves into the most up-to-date Diamond Classic results, as well as the CAAC Track and Field results. Later, Al joins in to discuss the disappointing series the Detroit Tigers endured, and weighs in on the comments of Ndamokung Suh in regards to his future with the Detroit Lions.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:11 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Current State #322 | May 22, 2014

Today on Current State: Schertzing touts 'problem-solving record' in 8th District bid; Okemos fourth graders lobby for state amphibian; experts convene in Lansing to rethink education funding; and local bird watching opportunities.

Politics & Government
1:10 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Schertzing touts 'problem-solving record' in 8th District bid

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For 14 years, Eric Schertzing has served as Ingham County Treasurer.  About six weeks ago, he began charting a new path in representing Michigan’s 8th Congressional district, which includes Lansing and East Lansing. 

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Politics & Government
1:01 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Okemos fourth graders lobby for state amphibian

Northern Spring Peeper
Credit paherps.com, Bob Hamilton

Some elementary students in Okemos are wrapping up their school year with a crash course in political lobbying.

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Education
12:55 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Experts convene in Lansing to rethink education funding

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Among all the issues facing American education, such as school choice, assessments, teacher evaluations, chronically low-performing schools and others, funding closely impacts all of them. 

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