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Al Martin / WKAR-MSU

Three MSU football players remain suspended over the possibility of facing criminal charges of sexual assault. The suspensions have dominated talk of Spartan football during recent practices and heading into Saturday’s spring football game at Spartan Stadium.


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Tim Coburn

Novelist Allison Leotta is a Michigan State University grad and a former sex crimes prosecutor, so when she writes stories about sex crimes, she brings a wealth of experience to the task. Her latest book, “The Last Good Girl,” centers on a rape that takes place on a college campus in Michigan. It’s one of the Michigan Notable Books for 2016.


'Train Station' photo: actress Sharon Brooks
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Lansing Community College will host a screening of a world-record holding feature film on this week. “Train Station” has earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the film with the most directors ever: a total of 40, working around the world.


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courtesy / PBS

President Trump's proposed 2018 budget would eliminate all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  CPB helps financially sustain public radio and television stations across the U.S., including WKAR.  PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger is trying to prevent that loss of funding. She speaks to the Detroit Economic Club on Friday.


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Courtesy photo / Jessica Yorko

UPDATE: On March 29, 4th ward Lansing city council member Jessica Yorko announced via Facebook that, due to medical reasons, she has decided not to file to run for another term.

We continue our conversations with Lansing city council candidates today with 4th ward incumbent Jessica Yorko.


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Courtesy / flickr/Michael MK Khor

The United Nations recognizes March 22 as World Water Day.  Michigan State University is observing the event with a speaker series.  Dr. Bruno Basso, a University Foundation Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, uses drones to study how seed crops consume water. 

 


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Courtesy photo / Michigan House Democrats

A package of bills aiming at expanding the state’s Freedom of Information Act moves to the Senate floor this week, after passing unanimously in the Michigan House of Representatives.


Bob Baldori and Chuck Berry
Courtesy photo / Bob Baldori

Rock and Roll pioneer Chuck Berry died on Saturday at the age of 90. Okemos-based musician “Boogie” Bob Baldori was a close friend and collaborator for many years.


Current State | March 18, 2017

Mar 19, 2017

WKAR's Kevin Lavery speaks with Flint Dr. Mona Hannah-Atisha; MSU's JIm Peck looks at the future of Michigan's automobile industry; Katie Cook speaks with Michigan Education Association President Steven Cook; Scott Pohl checks out the recent renovations at the Capital Area District Library's Lansing branch; Brooke Allen brings us into Michigan's March Reading Month...and more.


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Courtesy / General Motors

The automotive industry has been and remains one of the main anchors of business in Michigan.  WKAR's Jim Peck takes a look at what the future may hold.


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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR-TV is working on an upcoming season of “Backstage Pass” programs. Top musicians perform live before an audience in the WKAR studios for the show.

A few days ago, Joshua Davis was here with his band.


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Courtesy photo

St. Patrick's Day usually means corned beef and cabbage- unless you're fasting because it's Lent. This is the first time since 2006 the Irish holiday has fallen on a Friday during the Easter season, but some parishes are getting a dispensation.


Flint sign over street
WKAR File Photo

Civic leaders and health officials in Flint are building a database to track and treat victims of lead-contaminated water.  The whistleblower physician who first spotted the problem in Flint children hopes it will be a vital public health tool.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

We continue our conversations with candidates for Lansing city council today with the youngest announced candidate to this point, Michael Ruddock. He’s a 23-year old senior in MSU’s James Madison College who expects to graduate in May.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The Michigan State hockey team finished last in the Big Ten regular season, but the Spartans are hopeful about their chances in the conference tournament in Detroit this week. MSU opens play against Ohio State at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday.


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