Mark Bashore

Host, All Thing Considered and Current State

Mark Bashore is WKAR local host for All Things Considered, and managing editor and host of Current State, WKAR's weekly news show focusing on community issues, arts and culture, music and more.

Mark Bashore joined WKAR in May 2007. Prior to his arrival at WKAR, he hosted a talk show on WJIM AM in 2005 and previous to that was morning show host and producer at WFMK in Lansing for 14 years.

Lansing mayor candidate Andy Schor
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There are now two declared candidates for Lansing’s mayor’s election this fall.

Democratic State Representative Andy Schor formally announced his candidacy Wednesday at a Michigan Avenue coffee shop in the city.

He said he’s running to bring "a collaborative leadership style to Lansing while still being able to push for the important issues for our voters as well as the vision I bring to Lansing."

"I’m offering people a choice,” he added.

Senator Peters sitting at a WKAR microphone
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Democrat Gary Peters just began his third year as Michigan’s junior Senator.

He joined WKAR's Brooke Allen on Tuesday to discuss security, the Trump administration and other issues.  

Peters is now a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, so Brooke first asked him if he’s had a chance to learn about Lt. General H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s pick for National Security Adviser.

City of Lansing seal and flags displayed

This year’s mayor’s race in Lansing should become clearer on Wednesday.

That’s when Democratic State Representative Andy Schor has said he will announce his decision at a Lansing coffee shop.

Schor is serving his third term representing Lansing in the State House and spent a decade on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners.

Schor says he will announce his decision at Strange Matter coffee on Michigan Avenue at 11 am.

Mayor Virg Bernero has announced he intends to run for a 4th term.

Open house sign in front of house for sale
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Low numbers of homes for sale are making winter a seller’s market in the Lansing area. 

Multiple offer situations are common according to Kim Dunham, President of the Greater Lansing Association of Realtors.

“I had a conversation with one of my agents this morning and the buyer that got this house that was a multiple offer situation---they had lost five homes previously,” she says.

Dunham says it’s stressful for buyers, but profitable for sellers. 

Sale prices in Greater Lansing currently average about $150,000.

Door leading to courtroom
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An Ingham County judge ruled Friday that Dr. Larry Nassar will be tried on three counts of first degree sexual assault.

The decision by Ingham district judge Donald Allen came after more than two hours of often graphic testimony from an alleged victim.

The 25-year old woman described being digitally penetrated by the former MSU sports doctor multiple times when she was a child.

Nasser, who has been accused of assaulting dozens of women and girls, also faces three federal charges for child pornography and civil suits.

There were two important announcements today from Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon.

Her office charged a 22-year old man with the murder of a Lansing man over the weekend. 

Shawn Pickens of Detroit was charged in Saturday’s shooting death of Dominique Simmons at a barber shop on East Kalamazoo Street. 

Pickens faces other felony charges in the incident.

He’s being held in Wayne County, but will be arraigned in Lansing. 

Snow making machine at ski area
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Temperatures are forecast to reach the 50’s in much of Michigan over the next week.

Skiers and snow boarders might be excused for not planning an outing.

Dan Coles has studied the snow ski industry at Michigan State University.                     

“We’re seeing less regular winter patterns in our weather," he says.  "It makes it more difficult to rely on.”

He says more Michigan operators today deliberately offer more than skiing.

“You know, you can visit the spa," he says.  "You can visit some of their other attractions.”

Black bear in a meadow
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Travelers to Up North Michigan may be more likely to encounter a bear on their trip these days.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources data show the black bear population has climbed, especially in the northern Lower Peninsula, where it’s up 29% since 2012.

Kevin Swanson is a DNR wildlife management specialist.

“I think we’ve just not harvested enough bear in recent years in the northern Lower Peninsula," he says.  "Our biologists are all in agreement that we need to increase the harvest.”

Okemos attorney Jamie White says members of the gymnastics community are organizing in an effort to support alleged victims of sexual attacks by Dr. Larry Nassar.

Front of Lansing City Hall building

The Lansing City Council could vote on a proposed Sanctuary City resolution this evening.

Fourth Ward council member Jessica Yorko says she is a supporter. 

“It’s more about asserting local control over local decisions than being bullied by a dictator,” she says.

She’s upset with the Trump administration’s threats to stop federal funding for Sanctuary Cities.

Lansing could lose around $6.5 million.

Meanwhile, first ward council member Jodi Washington opposes, fearing the financial impact.  

Mickey Hirten photo
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Michigan State University continues trying to address sexual assault on campus. The issue’s staying in the news because of this week's announcement of allegations of sexual assault by three members of the MSU football team.

Economist Lisa Cook shares insights on the historical impact of oppression on innovation, particularly on African American inventors.

St. Vincent Catholic Charities photo
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Many in mid-Michigan’s immigrant and refugee communities are watching the nation's sanctuary discussion closely. Those communities may be facing as many challenges as ever. This week on Current State’s Neighbors in Action, we hear from an immigrant to Lansing from Iraq.

Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio at a podium
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On Wednesday, athletes from across the nation made their college choices known.

Michigan State football welcomed 24 new names to the Spartan family.

Mark Dantonio held a press conference yesterday afternoon at Spartan Stadium, addressing every player in the class.

Current Sports’ Al Martin was there.

WKAR’s Mark Bashore asked how good the class is.

WKAR marks Black History Month 2017 with a series of new and archival interviews with Michigan history makers. The story collection starts on the campus of MSU in a conversation with past University President Clifton R. Wharton and WKAR's Mark Bashore.