Radio Made in Michigan
11:16 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Current State #434 | December 5, 2014

Today on Current State: Ingham County experiments with police body cameras; snowboarding's Michigan history; the reliability of energy resources in rural Michigan; and Live Music Friday with Lansing-based saxophonist Phil Denny.

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Politics & Government
11:15 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Ingham County experiments with police body cameras

Recent police custody deaths have led to a call for more widespread usage of law enforcement body cameras.
Credit Flickr - West Midlands Police

The recent deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland have re-ignited the debate over whether police officers should be made to wear body cameras to record their interactions. Some law enforcement agencies around the country have been experimenting with the technology. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is expected to announce next month that all city police will soon wear body cameras. In Ingham County, sheriff’s deputies working at the city jail are already trying them out.

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History
11:14 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Snowboarding's Michigan roots

We may be headed into the deep, dark winter, but Michiganders are well-known for thriving in the snow. Our state has made an industry of winter activities. The sport of snowboarding itself was born in Muskegon. Native son Sherman Poppen got it all started during Christmas of 1965.

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Environment
11:13 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Limited energy infrastructure curtails rural development

Credit Flickr - Seth Sawyers

Shortly before Thanksgiving, some rural businesses in Michigan’s Thumb region faced a difficult request. At the peak of the fall harvest, Consumers Energy asked several customers to voluntarily curtail their natural gas usage for 10 hours a day. The shutoff didn’t last long, but agri-business leaders say it highlighted an ongoing concern for the future of Michigan’s energy infrastructure.

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Arts & Culture
11:10 am
Fri December 5, 2014

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Phil Denny | WKAR

Phil Denny's annual holiday concert is Saturday night. He performed live from WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is Lansing-based saxophonist Phil Denny. On Saturday night, the Phil Denny and Friends Christmas Collective will present his third annual holiday concert in the Pattengill Auditorium on Marshall Street in Lansing, starting at 7:30.

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StayTuned Update
11:09 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Masterpiece Classic Downtown Abbey Season 4 Repeats Sunday Evenings

The family and servants at the London house.
Credit Courtesy of ©Nick Briggs/Carnival Film and Television Limited 2013 for MASTERPIECE / PBS

Sun. Dec. 7-28 on WKAR-HD | ​Viewers can recall all the drama of season four as they anticipate new episodes beginning on January 4.

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TV Made in Michigan
9:39 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Off the Record | December 5, 2014 | #4424

Rep. Pete Lund, (R) Macomb County appearing on Off the Record with Tim Skubick.

The panel discusses an update on the road funding package.  The guest is Rep. Peter Lund, (R) Macomb County to discuss changing the electoral college in Michigan.  Kathy Gray, Chuck Stokes and Jonathan Oosting join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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Politics & Government
5:25 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Religious Protection Bill Teed Up For House Vote

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A bill that’s supposed to protect people exercising sincerely held religious beliefs has been approved by the state House. It now goes to the state Senate.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta reports.

The bill was brought up right after House Speaker Jase Bolger declared the effort to add LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law dead. State Representative Jeff Irwin and other Democrats oppose the bill. He says this would make it easier to discriminate against LGBT people.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:14 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Current State #433 | December 4, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan Supreme Court Justice-elect Richard Bernstein; placing Lansing's homeless in permanent housing; a Michigan teacher working to preserve indigenous language; a preview of this weekend's "Home for the Holidays" concert; and a book reviewer of "We Are Not Ourselves" by Matthew Thomas.

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