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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Current State's Live Music Friday guest this week is Fawn Larson, a Americana-alt country-indie rock singer out Lafayette Louisiana now working of Nashville.

Current State #582 | July 30, 2015

Jul 30, 2015

Today on Current State: Lansing School Board President Peter Spadafore on transportation costs; Lansing's temporary "parklets"; a review of "The Given World" by Marian Palaia; the Isle Royale wolf population; and a new book on the history of Meridian Township.

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Courtesy photo / Lansing School District

The Lansing School District failed to realize hundreds of thousands of dollars in projected savings after it outsourced bus transportation. Peter Spadafore, President of the district’s Board of Education talks with Current State about what happened.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Cities large and small are always looking for ways to make the most of their green spaces. That’s especially true in downtown business districts that are designed for cars and trucks. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports on how Lansing is trying to re-envision city life in the shadow of the Capitol dome.


Summer books usually bring to mind lighter fare. A page turning mystery or a paperback romance, maybe. But for those who don’t mind a heavier read this summer, our book reviewer Scott D. Southard gives us his take on "The Given World" by Marian Palaia.


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