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Courtesy photo / Detroit Lions

The first round of the NFL draft was last night. WKAR’s Scott Pohl and Al Martin talked about the choice made by the Detroit Lions. Al in is New York City for a conference of the National Association of Black Journalists.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Education is a top priority for Elvin Caldwell, community liaison at the Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy in Lansing. He thinks his experience would serve the people of Lansing’s fourth ward well as a member of the city council.


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Screen shot from ABC 12 WJRT Live Stream

This week on Current State: Flint's water source; Wharton Center 2017-18 schedule; Earth Day; the Greater Lansing Food Bank Garden Resource Center; Severe Weather Awareness Week; Lansing's Under the Bridge project; Lansing's poet laureate; and "Kalamazoo Gals" who made Gibson guitars during WWII.

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Brighton) spent some time in Ingham County Thursday to meet with small groups of constituents.  The Republican congressman held a series of "listening sessions" in Stockbridge.

But a few people who felt left out believe their man in Washington isn't listening to them.


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Courtesy photo / John Thomas

As men went off to fight in World War Two, their places in America’s factories were often taken by women. That’s what happened at the Gibson guitar factory in Kalamazoo. Author John Thomas will discuss his book on those women, “Kalamazoo Gals,” at 1 p.m. Saturday at Elderly Instruments in Old Town Lansing.  

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Catholic Diocese of Saginaw / flickr/Creative Commons

A new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy reveals some striking facts about the well-being on Michigan children.  In 2015, more than one in five children were living in poverty -- a 15 percent increase since 2008. 

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The growing field of candidates for city council in Lansing includes Justin DeBoer, a 27-year-old lifelong Lansing resident who makes his living as a cook.


Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

This week on Current State: Review and commentary on the Sanctuary City debate within Lansing City Council, MSU's new archaeological techniques in Greece, Wharton Center's Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, MSU's new hockey coach Danton Cole, Holy Week in Lansing and more.


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Every year, Lansing’s Cristo Rey Church marks Good Friday by reenacting the Stations of the Cross. For Catholics, the 14 stations commemorate Christ’s last day on earth as a man. The Lansing reenactment starts at the state capitol at noon on Good Friday and proceeds to the Cristo Rey Community Center on High Street.

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Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

People who liked Lansing's "sanctuary city" status are upset that the council rescinded the status after only a week. 

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Scott Pohl

Following Lansing Board of Education member Peter Spadafore’s announcement that he’s running for an at-large seat on the city council, a school board colleague is now joining him in the race. Guillermo Lopez was first elected to the school board in 2001.


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The Lansing Housing Commission has been under new leadership since late February. Martell Armstrong was hired as executive director, leaving a similar post in Inkster, Michigan. He also has management experience from previous jobs with housing authorities in Texas and Ohio.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Michigan House is considering a series of bills that would alter the state’s firearms licensing system.  The legislation would remove the penalty against people who carry concealed pistols without a state-issued permit.  Supporters say Michigan citizens don’t need a license to exercise their Second Amendment right.

 


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We have another interview today with a candidate for Lansing city council. Jaron Green is a 24-year-old Army veteran who is studying political science at Lansing Community College. He has worked in the office of state Representative Sheldon Neeley of Flint, and now works in the broker management department at Jackson National.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

UPDATE: The former Francine Hughes has died in Alabama at the age of 69. See related story.

Forty years ago Thursday, Francine Hughes of Dansville entered the Ingham County Jail and confessed to setting her house on fire with her sleeping ex-husband inside. James “Mickey” Hughes had long abused the mother of three. Asleep in bed when the fire started, he died of smoke inhalation.


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