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Gary Blievernicht photo with new WKAR-TV transmitters
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

In a couple of weeks, television viewers who use an over-the-air antenna to watch WKAR-TV will need to re-scan their equipment in order to continue watching.


Maceo Parker photo
Laurent Graffion

Saxophone player Maceo Parker may have the greatest résumé in funk music history. On Friday night, Parker brings a show paying tribute to Ray Charles to MSU’s Wharton Center.


On the April 14-15 edition: WKAR's new education initiatives; the real cost of food waste; new Shingles vaccine; perspective of a submarine pilot; the new Wharton Center season & a new film showing how MSU helped racially integrate college football.


Morgan McCaul speaks to MSU Trustees photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The MSU Board of Trustees meeting today saw an hour of public comment, with protesters loudly and repeatedly criticizing the board and interim President John Engler.


Wilson Hall MSU photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees will meet again today. The top item on the Trustees agenda is setting housing and dining plan pricing for the 2018-19 academic year.


Gene and Maya Washington photo
Courtesy photo

Gene Washington is one of MSU’s greatest football heroes. He was one of the African-American players recruited by coach Duffy Daugherty out of the deep south in the 1960s, integrating college football and winning national championships.

Washington’s daughter, Maya, has made a documentary film about her father, his teammates, and what their history means to modern-day players. It’s called “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar.” It will debut this weekend at the FREEP Film Festival in Detroit.


driver's license with organ donor sticker image
Courtesy Image / Michigan Secretary of State

April is Donate Life Month, and today is Donate Life Day, with a push to encourage organ donations. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says that since she began having staff and branch offices ask people to consider signing up for the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, the number of adults on the registry has more than doubled.


Dr. Peter Gulick photo
WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Many people who have had shingles say it’s the greatest pain they’ve ever endured. About a million people get shingles every year. Since it was licensed in 2006, the vaccine Zostavax has been recommended to older Americans to prevent shingles. Late last year, doctors began to recommend a new vaccine they think will be more effective than Zostavax. It's called Shingrix.


On this edition of Current State: Michigan lawmakers findings on MSU/Nassar; the "seduction of an unmarried woman law" in Michigan; Personal memories of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Preparing for Severe Weather Season and getting rid of stink bugs!

MSU Physician, Activist Remembers MLK

Apr 4, 2018
Courtesy of William G. Anderson

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story originally aired on WKAR on April 4, 2013.

On this date 50 years ago, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered in Memphis. 

booking photo
Courtesy / Michigan Attorney General

Current State - the latest on the arrest of an MSU dean; a talk with one of Larry Nassar's survivors and her plans to help Meridian Township; Bridge Magazine's profile of the 39 gun bills in the state legislature; Plus YMusic.


Anand Chandrasekhar and Ramakrishna Mukkamala photo with blood pressure cell phone app
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

High blood pressure can be a killer, and millions of people don’t know they have it. Knowing that you have hypertension and treating it with lifestyle changes and-or medication can prevent heart attacks and strokes. Researchers at Michigan State University are developing a device that they hope will one day make it easier to monitor blood pressure.


state capitol building
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

We start this weekend's Current State with efforts to improve school safety and performance. We also talk with Jackson mayor Derek Dobies about starting a book club to help heal the racial divide in his city. We review endorsements for Michigan gubernatorial candidates. We get a spring forecast and learn why college sports teams are almost always in the red. Plus, learn how climate change may affect maple syrup production in the Great Lakes. 


ribbon on tree
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Reclaim MSU organization is holding a rally targeting the process for selecting the next MSU president starting at 5 p.m. today.


A new book by former Detroit Free Press sportswriter Keith Gave tells the story of how the Detroit Red Wings brought Soviet players to the National Hockey League. Those players helped the team win its first Stanley Cup championship in more than four decades back in 1997.

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