Mark Bashore

Host, Current State

Mark Bashore is host of Current State, WKAR's daily news show focusing on community issues, arts and culture, music and more.

Mark is well-known to WKAR listeners as mid-Michigan host of All Things Considered for several years prior to hosting Current State.  

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.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

EL Official Updates Damage to 'Lofts' Site

East Lansing's St. Anne Lofts before Monday's floor collapse.
WKAR file photo

East Lansing officials say a damaged downtown development will need more repairs than originally thought.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

After Costly e-Data Hemorrhage, Ingham County Looks at Tighter IT Ops

A sign at the Ingham County Clerk’s office in Mason advises residents of possible delays getting documents.
Mark Bashore WKAR

Doing business with Ingham County is gummed up for a while after the loss of more than 130,000 electronic records. 

In late May--after removing a server thought to contain expired data--techs discovered it included many active files needed by clerk Mike Bryanton.  Even worse,  they later learned a back-up duplication system failed. WKAR’s Mark Bashore looks into what went wrong and at plans to prevent a repeat.

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NewsRoom
12:51 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Ingham Waits on Help With Lost e-Records

WKAR file photo

Ingham County officials hope to learn more this week about  the chances of  recovering over 130,000 lost electronic documents.  WKAR has learned county IT workers accidentally deleted the data from the server of County Clerk Mike Bryanton on May 25. Later, they learned the system meant to back up the data was corrupt.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Tue June 12, 2012

MSU Policy Pro Expects Divisive General Election

Courtesy Michigan State Univ Institute for Public Policy and Social Research

As the country inches closer to a presidential election, the ranks of the alienated American voter appear to be growing.   A survey last week by the Pew Center finds that 38-percent of those polled label themselves ‘independent,’ not  ‘Democrat’ or ‘Republican.’  That’s the largest number since the Great Depression. 

As part of our "Election 2012" coverage, WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with a long-time Michigan policy insider about the study. 

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NewsRoom
1:18 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Ingham County Loses More Than 130,000 e-Records

The Ingham County clerk’s office is relying on thousands of paper records after IT personnel accidentally deleted electronic data late last month.

WKAR has learned  that on May 25, technicians deleted expired electronic records in the Register of Deeds' computer system.  Later they discovered the operation took out more than 130,000 records maintained by county clerk Mike Bryanton.  Those include campaign finance data, births, deaths and weapons permits.

Bryanton downplays the impact on daily county business.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Embattled Samaritan: Lansing’s Michael Brown Leads Flint During Emergency

Mark Bashore WKAR

Michael Brown has spent decades in public service putting out fires.  Nine years ago, he restored order at the Capital Area United Way after a $900,000 embezzlement scandal.  He’s also served as interim mayor of the city he grew up in, Flint.Today, Brown is battling his biggest firestorm yet.  For the last six months, he has served as Flint’s Emergency Manager.  WKAR’s Mark Bashore has this profile of a Lansing resident in the eye of a political storm.

 

Take a seat in Michael Brown’s downtown Flint office and it’s impossible not to see the man who inspired his career.

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NewsRoom
6:24 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Emergent BioSolutions Breaks Ground on New Project

Groundbreaking ceremonies Tuesday at Lansing's Emergent BioSolutions. L-R: MI Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Mayor Virg Bernero, Emergent CEO Daniel J. Abdun-Nabi, Emergent Executive Vice President Adam Havey, Lansing City Councilperson A'Lynne Robinson
Courtesy Emergent Biosolutions

Five weeks after announcing a planned $108 million expansion in Lansing, Emergent BioSolutions has broken ground on the first phase of the project.

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NewsRoom
4:24 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

LBWL “Tops Out” New REO Town Plant

Scott Pohl WKAR

The Lansing Board of Water and Light is celebrating an early milestone in the construction of its new cogeneration plant in REO Town.

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NewsRoom
3:29 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Ingham Road Official Reassumes Position

WKAR File Photo

A top administrator at the Ingham County Road Commission says he is “elated” to be back at his old position.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Haslett Resident Speaks Out on Controversial EM Role

Emergency Financial Manager Dr. Don Weatherspoon
Courtesy Michigan State Univ School of Criminal Justice

While efforts continue to reverse Michigan’s controversial Emergency Manager law, seven of these appointees continue their work across the state. They’re trying to restore financial stability in four cities and three school districts.  

Opponents of last year’s law say it subverts the democratic process by granting Emergency Managers unprecedented authority.  That includes the power to cancel union contracts, dismiss employees and sell assets.  Proponents, including Governor Rick Snyder, say it’s the only way out for cities and school districts mired in debt.  

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NewsRoom
3:11 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Lansing Council Leaders, Mayor Hope to Sway BWL Board

WKAR file photo

Two versions of a proposed Lansing city budget go before Lansing Board of Water and Light commissioners today.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Eaton Rapids Considers Response to Teen Fighting

Courtesy City of Eaton Rapids

Residents of Eaton Rapids are watching a disturbing trend in their city.  Officials there have been looking into a rise in teen fighting.

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NewsRoom
7:09 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Bernero Drops Plan to Consolidate Police Ops

WKAR file photo

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says he is temporarily dropping a plan to consolidate city police operations in a single location.

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NewsRoom
2:31 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

EL Official: Library Millages Could Begin Pause in Tax Hikes

WKAR file photo

The East Lansing City Council votes tonight on a proposed budget that could give residents some short-term relief from tax hikes.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue May 15, 2012

House Dems Launch Effort to Help Michigan's Working Mothers

Michigan House Democrats support a package of four bills that would provide greater assistance to working mothers. House Republicans are critical of most tenets of the plan.
Mark Bashore WKAR

A group of Michigan House Democrats is urging that something be done for the state’s working poor.

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NewsRoom
6:52 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Bernero Calls Updated Retirement Costs "Alarming"

WKAR file photo

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says new studies show the city is falling farther behind in the funding of employee retirements.

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NewsRoom
12:35 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

LCC, Faculty Union Announce Tentative Agreement

WKAR file photo

Bargaining units representing administrators and unionized faculty at Lansing Community College have announced a tentative four-year contract agreement.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Lansing Attorney Responds to MI Marijuana Proposals

effeebee morgueFile

Michigan lawmakers have begun addressing the state’s often criticized medical marijuana law.  Voter approval of the statute in 2008 has been followed by years of legal confusion over its enforcement.  Last November, a State Court of Appeals ruling—People versus McQueen--led to the closure of many marijuana dispensaries and made the drug more difficult to obtain, even for cardholding patients.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Ingham GOP Prepares for County, State Conventions

DonkeyHotey flickr Creative Commons

Election year momentum is starting to pick up in Michigan.  Tonight, Republicans convene county conventions across the state.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Delhi Voters May Reject Solar ‘Waste-to-Fuel’ Facility

Mark Bashore WKAR

Next Tuesday, voters in Delhi Township will weigh the costs and benefits of getting greener.

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NewsRoom
3:28 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Lansing Adds Officers, Could Add More

WKAR file photo

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has announced the city will be hiring more police officers.

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NewsRoom
3:22 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Neighborhood Assn Member Praises Gillespie Approach

WKAR file photo

A past President of Lansing's Downtown Neighborhood Association so far is supportive of a proposed $6.8 million  development there.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Tension in Delhi as Solar Installation Vote Approaches

Delhi Township's Anaerobic Digester. A plan to build another 'green' waste facility is creating a dispute in the township.
Courtesy Delhi Township Public Works

Delhi Township voters will soon decide whether to move forward with a plan to build a cutting edge solar facility. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Temps Cold, Spirit Warm for Inaugural Lansing Marathon

Mark Bashore WKAR

About 1800 runners braved blustery conditions Sunday for what  organizers call the first ever Lansing Marathon.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

MSU Ed Researcher Warns of Writing Skills Gap

A Michigan State University researcher says improving the writing skills of America's K-12 students may be harder than anticipated.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

MI Regulator Downplays Link Between Fracking, Quakes

Courtesy Suncor Energy

In a new study, the U.S. Geological Survey shows an increasing correlation between Midwest energy drilling and earthquakes.

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NewsRoom
3:12 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Lansing Neighborhood Leaders Vent at Meeting

Lansing School Board President Myra Ford, Superintendent Yvonne Caamal-Canul and Lansing City Council President Brian Jeffries at Friday’s joint meeting of the school board and council.
Sam Inglot Lansing City Pulse

A rare joint gathering of the Lansing City Council and the Lansing School Board became a forum Friday for neighborhood leaders who are upset over the school district's reorganization process.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

‘E-Pathways’ Designed to Close Lansing Area I-T Workforce Gap

Despite the noticeable strengths of Lansing’s economy, a number of employers struggle with a shortage of qualified I-T workers.  Increasingly, information technology jobs go unfilled for weeks and months.  Employers and job-seekers alike are hoping a new, multi-million dollar skills initiative—E-Pathways--will help close the gap. 

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Election 2012
2:09 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

State Approves Ballot Effort for Private Casino Expansion

Supporters of casino expansion in Michigan are moving ahead with efforts to put the issue before voters this November.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

EL Council to Revisit City Center II Plan Tuesday Night

East Lansing officials will decide Tuesday night whether the latest City Center II plans are worth further study. The East Lansing City Council is expected to vote on a ‘pre-development’ agreement with Strathmore Development involving the proposed $105 million mixed-use project.

The agreement calls for an outside accounting study of the plan to be paid for by developer Scott Chappelle. It would also give the City Council until July to decide whether to finally go forward with the often-delayed project.

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