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Larry Nassar and attorneys photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Larry Nassar will be back in court Wednesday, this time in Eaton County. It’s expected that he’ll plead guilty to more charges of criminal sexual conduct while treating athletes at MSU and elsewhere.


Green snowplow lights photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The Michigan Department of Transportation is gearing up for winter. Preparations include getting snow plows ready to hit the roads and highways of the state. Keeping roadways as clear as possible is crucial, but so is the safety of plow drivers and motorists. This year, the preparations include an important new safety feature.


Larry Nassar and attorneys photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Larry Nassar entered into a plea bargain today in which he pleaded guilty to seven felony counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct in cases involving girls under the age of 13 in Ingham County.


Clara Lepard photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

One of the Rhodes Scholars named over the weekend is a recent Michigan State University graduate. The selection committee chooses 32 Scholars every year, and Clara Lepard is now just the 18th Rhodes Scholar in MSU history.


congressmen in building
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

One-third of Michigan’s Republican congressional delegation was in Lansing Monday to tout the newly passed House tax reform bill.

 


On the November 18-19, 2017 edition of Current State includes a closer look at historical and futuristic moments in Michigan.:

statue of priest
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

On Saturday, Nov. 18, as many as 60,000 people will come to Ford Field in Detroit to celebrate the life of Fr. Solanus Casey.  The priest who once lived in Detroit is taking a step towards sainthood.

 


Spoof fingerprints photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Fingerprint identification technology has advanced to the point where you probably have it on the phone you carry. A team in the Michigan State University College of Engineering is working to improve the security of fingerprint recognition systems, and a big part of their effort aims to learn more about fake prints that could be used against you.


Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

On this first day of firearms hunting season, Michigan hunters and wildlife officials are closely watching for cases of Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal neurological disorder that’s affecting deer herds in some parts of the Lansing area.

 


Scott Crandall performance photo
Melissa Kaplan

Can the arts influence thinking on scientific debates like the discussion surround climate change? A program in Lansing this week aims to do exactly that. It's called “Hope Takes the Stage.”


light imaging and detection
CANVAS Program / Michigan State University

Just as it did in the 20th century, Michigan is leading a transportation revolution in the 21st. 

At the former Willow Run bomber plant near Ypsilanti, the new American Center for Mobility is emerging as one of the world’s premiere test sites for self-driving cars.  The center is working with Michigan State University and other institutions across the state to train the next generation of autonomous vehicle engineers.

 


Rob Zondervan and the Clean Case Mobile Device Cover photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Cell phones are dirty things. According to some media reports, they’re dirtier than toilet seats. Not something you want in an operating room, that’s for sure.


scales of justice
flickr/Chris Potter/ccPixs.com

The Ingham County Circuit Court is developing a new approach towards helping juvenile victims of human trafficking. 

 


Mark Meadows photo
File Photo / WKAR-MSU

The East Lansing ballot proposals had a mixed result yesterday. A proposal to cut property taxes was approved, but a measure to create an income tax in the city failed. Because of that, the property tax cut will not go into effect unless an income tax gets voter approval in the future.


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