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Radio Made in Michigan
11:24 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Current State #442 | December 17, 2014

Today on Current State: Gov. Snyder discusses lame duck issues; a look at the competing plans to fund road repairs in Michigan; Neighbors in Action with the Southside Community Kitchen; and the invasive faucet snail.

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Politics & Government
11:22 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Gov. Snyder says hope still alive for road funding compromise

Gov. Rick Snyder
Credit http://www.michigan.gov/

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The Michigan legislature is in the eleventh hour of this year’s lame duck session. This week, legislative leaders and Gov. Rick Snyder have been meeting more often to try to hammer out a measure for road and bridge funding in the state. A couple meetings were held yesterday, and the Governor expressed concern over how little time remains. The 2014 session is scheduled to conclude tomorrow.

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Politics & Government
11:18 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Breaking down Michigan's competing road funding plans

The clock is counting down on the lame duck legislature at the state Capitol. Tomorrow is the last full day of the session. Lawmakers are facing a hard deadline to reach a deal to raise more than a billion dollars each year in new revenue to fix Michigan’s deteriorating roads.

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Community
11:07 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Southside Community Kitchen | WKAR

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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we learn about the Southside Community Kitchen that serves meals to hungry residents on Lansing’s Southside.

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Environment
11:02 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Researchers eye spread of invasive faucet snails

Faucet snails are appearing along the Great Lakes coasts.
Credit Courtesy Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth

The populations of an invasive snail in the Great Lakes may be increasing, according to a new study. Researchers from ten universities including Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University have found “faucet snails” in more areas along the Great Lakes coastline than experts previously thought.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:44 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Current State #441 | December 16, 2014

Today on Current State: Remembering TV newsman Bill Bonds; a look ahead to next year's contract talks between the United Auto Workers union and the domestic carmakers; a new project connects watersheds with green infrastructure; and a Profiles conversation with Lansing Symphony Orchestra maestro Timothy Muffitt.

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Arts & Culture
11:40 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Remembering Bill Bonds

Longtime WXYZ-TV anchor Bill Bonds played a TV newsman in 'Escape from the Planet of the Apes'. Bonds died of a heart attack over the weekend at the age of 82.

Legendary Detroit TV news anchor Bill Bonds died over the weekend. He led the WXYZ-TV newscast from 1963 to 1968 and again from 1971 to 1995.

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Economy
11:35 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Auto analyst: pay hikes front and center for UAW

New contract bargaining between the United Auto Workers union and American automakers is scheduled for next year. Recently, we’ve been getting a clearer picture of the union’s priorities. UAW President Dennis Williams has indicated members want to eliminate a recently introduced  feature of the autoworker landscape:  “two-tier” wages and benefits.

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Environment
11:30 am
Tue December 16, 2014

New project focuses on watersheds, green infrastructure

Credit Flickr - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

The water cycle is pretty simple. Evaporation. Condensation. Precipitation. But when urban areas filled with buildings and parking lots get in the way, the cycle gets interrupted, and that can cause all sorts of problems, from flooding basements to sewer overflows.

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Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Tue December 16, 2014

PROFILES: LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt's music career

Timothy Muffitt leads the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.
Credit WKAR file photo

Timothy Muffitt has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Lansing Symphony since 2006. Muffitt has filled those same roles with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra since 1999.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:39 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Current State #440 | December 15, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan's vaccination rates; charity fraud; the "Women of Vision" exhibition at the Cranbrook Institute of Science; and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's "Symphony in D" project.

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Health
11:36 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Ahead of stricter waivers, MI experts discuss vaccination trends

'The Modern American Vaccine Debate' author Mark Largent.
Credit http://jmc.msu.edu/

Before you register your kid in a public school, you have to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against diseases like measles and whooping cough. But parents can get vaccination waivers for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons, and an increasing number of Michigan parents are doing just that. Public health officials say that means preventable, but highly contagious, diseases are making a comeback.

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Politics & Government
11:34 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Michigan AG office warns of holiday charity scams

The Michigan Attorney General's office investigates reports of unsolicited phone calls from people claiming to represent charitable organizations.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

We’re halfway through December, and you’ve probably noticed retailers aren’t the only people competing for your cold, hard cash. ‘Tis the season for charitable organizations to ramp up their efforts to solicit donations. Most groups out there do represent worthy causes, but the holidays also tend to bring out the less-than-legitimate actors hoping to pull off the perfect scam.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Cranbrook exhibits works by women behind the cameras at National Geographic

'Women of Vision' can be seen at the Cranbrook Institute of Science through December 30, 2014.
Credit Flickr - Cranbrook Science

For 125 years, National Geographic has documented the world and all that is in it with stunning photography and images that capture the soul of a story. Some of the most powerful and impactful stories of the past decade have been produced by a new generation of female photojournalists. "Women of Vision", currently on exhibit at the Cranbrook Institute of Science features the work of eleven photographers.

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Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Mon December 15, 2014

"Symphony in D" to feature the sounds of the Motor City

Composer Tod Macover is writing 'Symphony in D' for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Credit http://www.dso.org/

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has launched an ambitious project with composer Tod Machover. He’s been commissioned to write a piece inspired by, and including, the sounds of the Motor City. “Symphony in D” will debut late next year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:21 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Current State #439 | December 12, 2014

Today on Current State: State Representative Sam Singh and Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network on the lame duck legislative session; Oakland Press sportswriter Paula Pasche on her Detroit Lions history book; the environmental impact of the food we eat; and Live Music Friday with John Dale Smith.

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Politics & Government
12:20 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Rep. Singh updates Michigan's lame duck session

Sam Singh (D-East Lansing)
Credit Courtesy of Rep. Sam Singh

The Michigan legislature is in the middle of an eventful lame duck session. Efforts are in high gear to hammer out a road and bridge funding measure before the session wraps next Thursday, but many other important issues are also being debated.

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Sports
12:18 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Book recounts Detroit Lions storied past

Joe Schmidt. Yale Lary. Alex Karras. Lem Barney. Just a few of the legendary names and stories in the 2012 book "100 Things Lions Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die."  It’s a collection of Detroit Lion history by Oakland Press sports writer Paula Pasche.

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Environment
12:17 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Study: eating right may not do right by environment

Dr. Martin Heller
Credit http://css.snre.umich.edu/

A new Michigan study looks at what we eat in the context of its environmental impact. Every few years, the U. S. Department of Agriculture puts out guidelines on how Americans should eat to maintain good health. The balance between fruits and vegetables, protein, and other nutrients has been the topic of much debate.

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Arts & Culture
12:10 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: John Dale Smith | WKAR

John Dale Smith is director of music at Plymouth Congregational Church in Lansing.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s Friday, and here at Current State, that means live music. Today, we’ve invited noted local pianist John Dale Smith to join us for some music marking the approaching Christmas holidays.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:30 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Current State #438 | December 11, 2014

Today on Current State: The Michigan Department of Transportation's draft of a five-year transportation plan; the local music scene with Anne Erickson of the Lansing State Journal; a proposal to bar local communities from negotiating with developers over wages; and the South American psychotropic drug ayahuasca.

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Politics & Government
11:29 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Amid funding uncertainty, MDOT plans for the future

Credit Flickr - Doug Kerr

The Michigan Department of Transportation this month released its draft 2015-2019 Five-Year Transportation Program. MDOT will be taking public comment on the draft plan until January 5.

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Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Thu December 11, 2014

MI MUSIC SCENE: LSJ's Anne Erickson on December concerts

Flatfoot will headline the Punks vs. Pokes concert Friday at Mac's Bar in Lansing.
Credit http://www.macsbar.com/

It’s time for another look at the local music scene. Current State’s Scott Pohl is here with some concert and gift-giving ideas for December. He talked with Anne Erickson, the Lansing State Journal’s Things to Do reporter.

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Politics & Government
11:26 am
Thu December 11, 2014

EL officials push back against GOP plans limiting local control

East Lansing city manager George Lahanas
Credit http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/

This week, the Michigan legislature has caught the ire of some municipal leaders who fear the state may be overstepping its reach into local government. One Republican sponsored bill now headed to the House floor would ban local communities from entering into negotiations with developers over wages and  so-called “community benefits.”  The measure has evoked criticism from a number of Democratic civic officials.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
11:24 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Lansing man describes experience with South American psychotropic

According to the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council website, ESC works to assure 'the sustainability and safe use of traditional plants'.
Credit http://www.ethnobotanicalcouncil.org/

“It’s as if a well has been sunk deep into the sediment of my life, an artesian well drilled into the stratified, impermeable bedrock of the past, and every memory that is forced to the surface breeds another ten in front of my eyes.” Those provocative words come from Sting’s 2003 memoir, "Broken Music." They recall his 1987 experience with a South American psychotropic brew called ayahuasca.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:13 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Current State #437 | December 10, 2014

Today on Current State: Police-community relations in Lansing; the New York Philharmonic's new residency partnership with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor; and our Neighbors in Action segment this week is with the Capital Area Down Syndrome Association.

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Politics & Government
11:10 am
Wed December 10, 2014

LPD chief, leading pastor address community's policing concerns

Union Missionary Baptist Church pastor Dr. Melvin T. Jones addresses the crowd gathered for a forum on community and police relations in Lansing.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

For weeks, the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers involved in their deaths have sparked sometimes violent protests across the country. The cases have even reached mid-Michigan.

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Arts & Culture
11:09 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Ann Arbor's UMS partners with NY Phil

Michigan classical music fans received big news recently as Ann Arbor’s University Musical Society announced a new five-year residency partnership with the New York Philharmonic, beginning in 2015.

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Community
11:07 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Capital Area Down Syndrome Association | WKAR

Kierin Kerbawy is a self-advocate on CADSA’s board.
Credit http://www.cadsa.org/

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place.

Today, we learn about the Capital Area Down Syndrome Association, or CADSA, an organization that helps support people with Down Syndrome and their families.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:57 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Protest planned for MSU Commencement address by George Will

Washington Post columnist George Will will address MSU graduates on Saturday. A student protest against his views on campus sexual assault is being planned.
Credit http://www.washingtonpost.com/

The selection of newspaper columnist George Will to speak to MSU graduates this weekend is drawing the ire of students angered by his position on campus sexual assaults.

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