Current State

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Mary Brown

We attend the retirement party of Maestro Carolyn Sherill. After 26 years with the Meridian Concert Band, she’ll be retiring next month after a few final Independence Day concerts across Mid-Michigan.

Current State #790 | June 27, 2016

Jun 27, 2016

Today on Current State: Dr. Margaret Crocco and Sonya Gunnings-Moton of the MSU College of Education discuss uncertified teachers in Detroit schools; touring the Detroit home of author Amy Haimerl, who writes about her major refurbishing project in "Detroit Hustle"; Lansing City Attorney appointee Jim Smiertka; and golfboarding in Michigan.

Sonya Gunnings-Moton and Margaret Crocco photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Soon, the Detroit Public Schools will consider hiring classroom teachers who haven’t earned teaching certificates. We hear from two critics of placing uncertified teachers in Detroit classrooms.

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Amy Haimerl

In Detroit neighborhoods, it’s common to demolish vacant houses. But author Amy Haimerl and her husband bought a house in the Motor City and fixed it up. She tells her story in “Detroit Hustle." Scott Pohl visits her at the house they call Matilda.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

City Attorney nominee Jim Smiertka joins us to talk about the problems facing the Lansing City Council and how he could play a part in solving them as the next City Attorney.

Diana Kuenzli

A few Michigan golf courses are offering a new way to get around. Current State’s Scott Pohl takes us golfboarding near Ann Arbor.

Current State #789 | June 24, 2016

Jun 24, 2016

Today on Current State: Sen. John Proos discusses legislation aimed at modernizing Michigan's criminal justice system; WKAR's new Morning Edition host, Brooke Allen, explores Lansing; and Live Music Friday with the Corey Kendrick Trio.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Michigan House, and now the Senate, have passed various proposals to reform and modernize the state’s criminal justice system. We talk with the effort’s leader in the Senate, Republican John Proos.

Brooke Allen in Old Town Lansing
Katie Cook / WKAR

Our new Morning Edition host, Brooke Allen, spends some time getting to know Lansing.

Our Live Music Friday guests today are The Corey Kendrick Trio. Kendrick is a jazz pianist with a Master's Degree from MSU. The group’s debut album is called “Rootless.”

Current State #788 | June 23, 2016

Jun 23, 2016

Today on Current State: We discuss the lawsuit filed by Attorney General Bill Schuette against two companies over their roles in the Flint water crisis with Michigan Special Assistant Attorney General Noah Hall and Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News; Michigan school superintendent Brian Whiston on the next steps in relaunching the Detroit Public Schools; and a preview of this weekend's JuneGrass Bluegrass Festival.

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Michigan has launched civil suits seeking millions of dollars from two engineering companies it says made the Flint water crisis worse. Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News joins Current State host Mark Bashore to talk with Michigan Special Assistant Attorney General Noah Hall about the charges.

A new Detroit Public School district will be taking off soon, with the help of hundreds of millions of newly approved state dollars. We talk with Michigan School Superintendent Brian Whiston about a meeting with other DPS and state officials to begin planning the new district.

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Courtesy photo / Flatt Lonesome

Current State gets that down home feeling, as the 21st annual JuneGrass Bluegrass Festival gets underway at the Kent County Fairgrounds this weekend in Lowell.

Current State #787 | June 22, 2016

Jun 22, 2016

Today on Current State: We examine yesterday's decision by Great Lakes governors to allow the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin to get its water supply from Lake Michigan; peregrine falcons on the rebound in Michigan cities; Neighbors in Action: Helping Women Period; and the historic life of Michigan native Merze Tate.