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Business
12:51 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

From farm to cocktail: New Lansing distillery to source locally

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As Michigan-made brews are flowing from taps all over the state this summer, a game-changer in the micro-brewing business is underway right here in Lansing. American Fifth Spirits aims to offer a variety of micro-distilled liquor to the Lansing community, as well as a historical milestone: it’s Lansing’s first distillery ever.

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Politics & Government
12:43 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

State listens to concerns of hearing impaired

Accurate sign language interpretation is crucial in settings like courtrooms and medical facilities.
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Last week, new regulations took effect governing how sign language interpreters are used is places like courtrooms and hospitals in Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:36 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Current State #348 | July 10, 2014

Today on Current State: cleaning up former GM sites in Lansing; supply chains in a global economy; Personal Property Tax reform and Proposal 1; a rare plant blooms in Ann Arbor; and a book review of "'Forgiving the Angel."

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Environment
1:33 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Lengthy clean up of former GM sites could start next year

Lansing Township Planning and Development Director Steven Hayward stands at the site of the former General Motors metal forge along West Saginaw. GM used the solvent 1,4 dioxane in its manufacturing process before the plant was shut down a decade ago. The contamination will be cleaned up by RACER Trust, the company charged with managing some 90 former General Motors properties across the country.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

This week, Lansing area residents had an opportunity to learn more about what’s happening at the large vacant tracts of land along West Saginaw where General Motors factory buildings once stood. The three sites were torn down in 2005 and in the last 18 months, officials have found chemical contamination on the grounds including 1,4 Dioxane.  

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Economy
1:30 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

From baseball to manufacturing: role of supply chains in global economy

Michigan State University Supply Chain Management Assistant Professor Hakan Yildiz.
Credit msu.edu

One of the biggest developments in world economies in recent years has been Supply Chain Management. Wikipedia defines “supply chain” as a system of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to costumer.

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Politics & Government
1:24 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Personal Property Tax reform reflects mistrust between legislature, municipalities

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On August 5th, Michigan voters will head to the polls to select who goes on to represent each party in November’s general election. They’ll also be asked to vote on Proposal 1, which is the first step in what has been a long-fought effort to reform the state’s Personal Property Tax.

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Environment
1:19 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

After 80 years U of M plant finally blooms

The American Agave plant in the Matthaei Botanical Gardens has bloomed at the University of Michigan.
Credit Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Two weeks ago, we made quite a stink over a corpse flower that attracted long lines of visitors to Michigan State University. The Indonesian plant blooms infrequently and unpredictably.

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Arts & Culture
1:16 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Book Review: 'Forgiving the Angel'

We all leave a legacy after we shuffle off this mortal coil, but its size and influence isn’t decided by us. That power is in the hands of those we leave behind. Few writers have made as great an impact in literature as Franz Kafka.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:04 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Current State #347 | July 9, 2014

Today on Current State: Democratic Congressman Gary Peters; MSU Provost June Youatt; the Lansing Vintage Electronics Extravaganza; and Neighbors in Action: Care Free Dental Clinic's Pay It Forward program.

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Politics & Government
12:02 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Peters: Still no response from Land about senate debates

Congressman Gary Peters (D-Detroit), at the podium.
Credit Courtesy - peters.house.gov

It’s been four weeks since Democratic Congressman Gary Peters proposed a series of five debates with his opponent in the race for the U.S. Senate from Michigan. He will (likely) face former Republican Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land in November.

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Education
11:53 am
Wed July 9, 2014

MSU's 'Dean of deans' on Chinese students, online education and sexual assault

Youatt says MSU will remain competitive as online education advances.
Credit Courtesy - MSU Office of the Provost

In April, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees approved the appointment of June Pierce Youatt to the position of provost. As provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, she’s in charge of academic initiatives at MSU. She had served as interim provost for more than a year before succeeding Kim Wilcox, who now is chancellor of the University of California-Riverside.

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Events
11:52 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Lansing dials up electronics extravaganza

The show will take place July 10-12 at the Best Western Plus Hotel on Cedar St. in Lansing.
Credit Courtesy - Michigan Antique Radio Club

The 29th annual Vintage Electronics Extravaganza gets underway this weekend in Lansing. The Michigan Antique Radio Club spearheads the gathering, which happens to be one of the largest of its kind in the country. Approximately 200 to 300 sellers will have a diverse mixture of vintage radio, telephone and other electronic items on display and for sale.

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Health
11:48 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Care Free Dental Clinic's Pay It Forward program

The Pay It Forward program aims to build the community by providing free dental services in exchange for community service.
Credit Courtesy - Care Free Dental Clinic

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 feature the Care Free Dental Clinic’s new Pay It Forward program, which offers dental care in exchange for volunteer service in the community.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:30 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Current State #346 | July 8, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan bass fishing; a look into vocal health; Michigan's native plants; how TV and movies may be affecting your love life; and the history of the original Michigan state fairgrounds.

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Environment
5:29 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Michigan lures anglers for bass

Michigan's environment contributes to a strong supply of healthy bass, says Mary Tate Bremigan.
Credit Flickr - Patrick Lewis

Fishing in Michigan is big business. The state DNR estimates that anglers spent $2.4 billion in trip-related expenses and equipment in 2011. Besides Michigan’s Great Lakes and rivers, our inland lakes attract considerable fishing as well. In fact, six Michigan lakes were recently included in a national fishing magazine’s “100 Best Bass Lakes of 2014” list.

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Health
5:24 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Talking till it hurts: Tips on how to protect your voice

Hunter says the voice is a key tool of the trade for 25 percent of the working population.
Credit Courtesy - Michigan State University

Those of us who work in radio have a natural interest in their voices, but lots of people rely on their voices to make a living. A researcher at Michigan State University is looking into the factors that can damage our voices, and how to avoid them.

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Environment
5:23 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Beyond beauty, Michigan plants offer environmental edge

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Bill Schneider has operated Wildtype Native Plant Nursery in Mason for the past 17 years. As a true native Michigander, Schneider has degrees from both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. He moved to northern California in the 1980’s where he further developed in his growing interest in native plants.

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Entertainment
5:21 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Viewing love through Hollywood's lens

Lippman says those who view romantic media as close to reality have more romanticized ideas about love.
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Love. Is it destiny, something that conquers all, or something that requires work and compromise? Chances are your answer depends on what kinds of TV shows and movies you like to watch according to a new study. A group of University of Michigan researchers recently published a paper that examines the connection between romantic media and real-life perceptions of love and romance.

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History
5:20 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Original state fairgrounds site of diverse Michigan history

The original state fairgrounds in Detroit later became home to the legendary 24th Michigan Infantry.

A couple of months ago, Current State’s Scott Pohl visited the president of the Michigan Historical Commission Jack Dempsey in Detroit’s Capitol Park to discuss his book on the park’s historical significance. We liked the result so much that we’ve sent Scott back to Detroit, where Dempsey showed him a few more historical spots.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:20 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Current State #345 | July 3, 2014

Today on Current State: Independence Day fireworks; genocide in Rwanda; Andy Warhol's album covers; and Mr. Rover. 

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Business
1:14 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Bigger fireworks, bigger safety concerns

American Eagle Super Store is one of the Midwest's largest fireworks retailers.
Kevin Lavery/WKAR

We’re celebrating Independence Day as a nation tomorrow, and that means fireworks. Michigan relaxed its fireworks sales law in 2012, so there are now more roadside stands and large retailers hawking their wares.

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Arts & Culture
1:08 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

A genocide survivor and MSU poet pursue healing through writing

In Rwanda, July 4 marks the end of the annual mourning period to remember victims of the 1994 genocide.
Credit Flickr/Jolly Jolson

While we’ll be celebrating Independence Day here in America tomorrow, halfway around the world the date also marks a national holiday in Rwanda, though it’s a much more somber occasion.

July 4 is Rwanda's Liberation Day and it marks the end of the country’s official mourning period for the more than one million people who were murdered during the genocide there in 1994. And this year, of course, is the 20th anniversary of those horrific 100 days.

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Arts & Culture
1:04 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Cranbrook exhibits decades of Warhol album covers

'Count Basie', 1955, was Andy Warhol's first celebrity portrait.
©2014 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / ARS, New York, NY. Reproduced by permission of Sony Music Entertainment

Andy Warhol is perhaps the most recognizable name in 20th century American art. One factor in his popularity is the many album covers he designed. As a graphic design artist, Warhol’s album works date back to the late 1940s.

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History
1:01 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

West Michigan's mysterious Mr. Rover

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Harry Wyckom was a turn of the 20th century Grand Rapids insurance salesman...and model. Wyckom posed as the character “Mr. Rover”, a traveling dandy who was pictured in scenes all around Grand Rapids and Western Michigan in front of notable buildings and scenic areas.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:03 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Current State #344 | July 2, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan's role in the Civil Rights Movement; Rep. Joe Haveman on prison reform; the latest Grand River oil spill; and Neighbors in Action: MY Lansing CAP.

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History
12:01 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Civil Rights Act at 50: Michigan was a pioneer

President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law 50 years ago today. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. attended the ceremony.
Credit Flickr - U.S. Embassy New Delhi

On Friday, our nation celebrates its 238th birthday. But today, America is also observing the passage of one of the most significant laws ever crafted in its history.  On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law that forbids discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin was born in an era of violence and intolerance in America.

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Politics & Government
11:54 am
Wed July 2, 2014

State Rep pushes corrections reform, prisoner rehab

Rep Haveman says that locking people up without concern for their rehabilitation is one of the biggest issues in the corrections system.
Credit Flickr - Todd Ehlers

In a recent op-ed, Republican State Representative Joe Haveman of Holland describes coming to Lansing five years ago to advance principles of limited government and restrained spending. He goes on to describe how his commitment to those principles unexpectedly led him to advocate reforms to Michigan’s $2 billion a year correctional system.

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Environment
11:50 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Environmentalist responds to criminal probe of Lansing oil spill

Powers says that the oil spills have most likely been caused by one entity.
Credit Flickr - Jay-P

Last Thursday, an oil spill was discovered in the Grand River near Old Town in Lansing. As crews continue to clean it up, city officials are planning their next moves. Yesterday, Lansing mayor Virg Bernero held a news conference to give an update on the spill.

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Families
11:43 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Neighbors in Action: MY Lansing CAP

My Lansing CAP aims to provide a variety of services for Lansing's youth through their network of grassroots organizations.
Credit Courtesy of NEON

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 feature the Mayor’s Young Lansing Coalition and Partnerships, or MY Lansing CAP. The coalition, which was officially announced last week, features a broad array of community partners and stakeholders that are coming together to improve the quality of life for Lansing’s young people of color.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:35 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Current State #343 | July 1, 2014

Today on Current State: the Michigan Dream At Risk report; WWII in Detroit; and the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling.

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