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Little Rock Nine student’s journey from Arkansas to EL

Sep 25, 2017
Ernest Green and Mark Bashore photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

Editor's Note: this interview originally aired in September 2015.

In September of 1957, Ernest Green and eight other African American students stood outside the all white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, their entrance blocked by a line of Arkansas National Guard Soldiers. The Little Rock Nine became symbols of the fight to integrate public schools in America. We talk to Ernest Green about what it was like to be a part of such a historic moment ahead of his lecture in East Lansing on Thursday.

man speaking at podium
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

More than 52,000 Americans died in the Vietnam War.  Virtually all who survived came home with some level of emotional trauma.  Decades after the fall of Saigon, thousands of veterans continue to live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

 


ship on ocean
Courtesy / U.S. Navy

One of the most famous incidents of the Vietnam War didn't happen in Vietnam.

 

On January 23, 1968, the USS Pueblo was conducting a surveillance mission off the coast of North Korea when it was seized.  More than 80 men were captured and held prisoner for nearly a year. 

 

One of those men was Michigan native Richard Bame. 

 

WKAR's Kevin Lavery met Mr. Bame at the VA hospital in Ann Arbor to hear his story.

 


two war veterans
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Dozens of Michigan National Guard troops welcomed a Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Tuesday at a ceremony in Lansing. 

 


Dr. Asgi Fazleabas photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Human Medicine

Michigan State University researchers are trying to understand the causes of infertility and why so many women lose their pregnancies.


Dr. Keith English photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Human Medicine

Early detection and treatment is the best path to reducing the severity of autism in children. The opening of the new MSU College of Human Medicine research facility in Grand Rapids this week will include an expansion of efforts to find markers that could result in earlier detection.


Various signs of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing.
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR Public Media

Lansing City Council approved a medical marijuana ordinance more than a week ago that sets the cap on the number of dispensaries at 25. With unofficial estimates putting the number of dispensaries in the city as high as 70, this has dispensary owners concerned.

husband and wife on farm
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

UPDATE filed by Cheyna Roth of the Michigan Public Radio Network:

A mid-Michigan farmer that was denied an application to the 2017 East Lansing farmer's market can go to the market for the rest of the 2017 season. The farmer sued the city when he was denied a spot. The city said the farmer's Facebook posts saying the farm would not host same sex marriages went against a city ordinance. The farmer says, this violates his free speech and free exercise of religion. The farmer asked for an order from the judge saying he could sell produce at the market while the case is underway. The judge granted the request saying the farmer has a "substantial likelihood of success" on at least one of his claims.

Joshua Davis photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Another slate of Friday night folk music concerts begins tonight with the first Ten Pound Fiddle show of the season.

man in capital
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Lt. Jeff Neville, the Flint airport policeman severely wounded in a thwarted terrorist attack on June 21, is being honored for his swift response by the Michigan House of Representatives. 

 


Author Vanessa Grigoriadis explores the causes and possible solutions to sexual assault at American colleges and universities in her new book “Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent On Campus.”


troops with helicopter
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Three weeks after sending troops to Texas to respond to Hurricane Harvey, the Michigan National Guard is now deploying 1,100 soldiers to Florida. 

 


artist rendering
Courtesy / Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Commission

In Michigan, more than 500 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty in the state's history. 

 

There’s no statewide memorial to fallen Michigan police, but an effort to create one has lagged for years. 

 

Now, that dream appears closer to reality.

 


Robert Groves and Stephen Hsu photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

In the summer of 2011, Michigan State University started a fundraising campaign called Empower Extraordinary. The goal was $1.5-billion dollars by the end of 2018. Today, more than a year ahead of schedule, MSU announced that the goal has been met.


orange shopping carts
flickr/Polycart / flickr/Creative Commons

A new online grocery service is making its debut in the Lansing area. 

 


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