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Every child wants to grow up to be independent — to leave their parents' home, find work, build a life of their own.

But that seemingly simple step into adulthood can be a monumental challenge for children with developmental disabilities like autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, or any of a range of other such disabilities that affect about one in six American children, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Arlene McDaniel Quartet
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Current State’s monthly live music segment features the music of Weather Report.

Current State | January 14, 2017

Jan 13, 2017

This week on Current State: WKAR-TV's new 24/7 children's programming channel; Sarah Chang and the Prague Philharmonic come to East Lansing; GM's car sharing project, Maven; WLNS-TV news anchor Jane Aldrich leaves the anchor desk; and live music with the Arlene McDaniel Quartet.


Yvonne Camaal Canul at WKAR radio studio
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

After cutting back on arts programming, Lansing Schools have re-added certified music educators to elementary classrooms.  

District Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul says she hopes to put art specialists back into elementary schools soon.

 

Michigan shows economic growth

The Environmental Protection Agency said Fiat Chrysler violated the Clean Air Act by allegedly installing and failing to disclose software in some 104,000 cars and trucks that alters emissions.

The automaker was required by law to disclose the software to regulators during the certification process but did not do so, the EPA announced Thursday. While the agency is still investigating the nature of these devices, it said the software results in increased emissions of nitrogen oxides.

Current State | January 7, 2017

Jan 7, 2017

State infrastructure, substitute teachers, East Lansing Food Co-op closing, printing your own books, Election 2017, Neighbors in Action: Walls of Warmth. 


Marlene Webster and Samantha Ardelean of Walls of Warmth photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

For Neighbors in Action, we learn about Walls of Warmth, a new program helping the homeless in Shiawassee County.


Vacant buildings in downtown East Lansing.
Mark Bashore / WKAR-MSU

Although particular challenges remain, East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows remains hopeful about the latest proposal to develop a decaying portion of the city’s downtown.

 

 


Current State | December 16, 2016

Dec 16, 2016

FULL EPISODE: Dan Pero, Tom Izzo; and Live Music Friday with Phil Denny


Dan Pero photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

A former chief of staff for Gov. John Engler is returning to the state capitol. Current State talks with Dan Pero about working with incoming state House Speaker Tom Leonard.


Tom Izzo photo
WKAR-MSU

Current Sports host Al Martin talks with MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo about where his team stands this season.


Phil Denny photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

For Live Music Friday this week, we’ve invited jazz saxophone star Phil Denny back to Current State for a touch of Christmas as the holiday approaches.


Current State | December 15, 2016

Dec 15, 2016

FULL EPISODE: Chang and Sauvé on 'Stand Strong, Respect Michigan'; Al Capone gun for auction; WKAR's Elkins on programming changes; CPR training in high schools; music of Classical Bells.


Welcoming week photo
Courtesy photo / Welcoming Michigan

We talk with Rep. Stephanie Chang and Christine Sauvé of Welcoming Michigan about "Stand Strong, Respect Michigan."


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