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Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

State's high court seeks more language interpreters

Justice Bridget McCormack
Credit www.courts.mi.gov

The American legal system is littered with ancient Latin terms. Phrases like “habeus corpus,” “ex post facto” and “pro bono” are common in our courts. Many of us who are not lawyers and judges have some idea what they mean, but imagine trying to grasp what’s happening in a courtroom when English is not your first language. At best, the experience can be stressful and even frightening without an interpreter.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:02 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Zero Day

Credit Courtesy of Zero Day

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 Zero Day, a Lansing-based non-profit that provides employment training and supportive services to local veterans.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:39 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Current State #247 | February 4, 2014

Today on Current State: Pending charges on the Lado case; the plan for a new park around the capitol; MI GOP response to Snyder reelection bid; and the Mobile Black History museum comes to Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:35 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Kosgar Lado case: Innocent of murder, in trouble for false confession

The Lansing City Hall and Police Building
Credit Flickr - MI SHPO

Last week, the Lansing State Journal wrote about the case of a 21-year old mentally ill man named Kosgar Lado who falsely confessed under police interrogation to a murder that took place in Lansing last June.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:32 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Officials plan for new park around Capitol

Credit Bob Johnson

Along with two other U.S. capitals, Lansing will receive Green Design Assistance from the EPA. The project the city plans to develop under the Greening America’s Capitals program is a park on the state capitol complex.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:30 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Michigan GOP chief on Snyder's reelection bid

Gov. Rick Snyder
Credit Rick Snyder

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is launching his re-election campaign with a string of appearances that tout “Michigan’s Comeback.”  Yesterday, the Governor pressed the flesh in Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids.  Today, it’s on to Traverse City, Frankenmuth and Oakland County.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:23 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Mobile Black History museum stops in Lansing

Credit blackhistory101mobilemuseum.com


The Black History 101 Mobile Museum will be in Lansing today. The museum’s Peacemakers exhibit includes more than 150 artifacts and can be seen in the Sparrow Professional Building on the third floor atrium from 10 am to 5 pm. Current State’s Scott Pohl is here with more on the exhibit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:59 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Current State #246 | February 3, 2014

Today on Current State: A propane shortage; MSU's oldest employee is retiring; the Prison Creative Arts Project and Potter Park Zoo's newest resident.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:57 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

State, homeowners, retailers respond to propane shortage

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Thousands of Michigan households and businesses that use propane gas continue to be squeezed by a shortage of the fuel.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:55 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Arts initiative fosters creativity behind bars

Daniel Mullins created this piece entitled "Breaking Through" as a part of the P-CAP program.
Credit Courtesy of P-CAP

Starting next week, artwork from all over the state will be featured in the University of Michigan’s "Atonement" exhibition. The artists participating in this exhibit are all connected by a shared aspect of their past - all the artists were at one time incarcerated.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:52 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Looking back on 50 years at MSU

Credit WKAR/Joe Linstroth

Ron Flinn, the vice president for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities at MSU, is retiring in December after more than 50 years on campus.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Orphaned Alaskan moose finds new home at Potter Park Zoo

Credit Courtesy of Potter Park Zoo

A baby moose has moved into Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo. Willow the moose was orphaned in Alaska when her mother died after being hit by a car. When that sort of thing happens, wildlife officials in Alaska arrange to send the orphaned animal to a zoo. Lansing has been hoping to get a baby moose for about a year, and when the call came in, the zoo was ready to act.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:14 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Current State # 245 | January 31, 2014

Today on Current State: Response to Lansing mayor's State of the City address; singer Ysaye Barnwell; the new Farm Bill; live music with Lansing musician Drew Howard.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:08 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Wood responds to State of the City, insists on open BWL review

Economic development was a major focus of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's 2014 State of the City speech at GM's Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

In his ninth annual State of the City address last night, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the capital city is unquestionably moving forward, but that the city needs to maintain momentum.    

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:58 am
Fri January 31, 2014

'Sweet Honey' founder to lead first night of singing festival

In addition to her music career, Ysaye Barnwell was a professor at the College of Dentistry at Howard University.
Credit Courtesy of Ysaye Barnwell

Friday is the first night of the The Ten Pound Fiddle’s Mid-Winter Singing Festival. Dr. Ysaye Barnwell will lead the first “group sing” at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. She is a founding member of Sweet Honey in the Rock, as well as a composer, educator, and public health expert. Current State’s Melissa Benmark speaks with Dr. Barnwell about her multi-faceted career and her song choices for the festival.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:46 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Growers, food stamp recipients prepare for new Farm Bill

The new farm bill will cut the food stamp program by $8 billion.
Credit Flickr/Clementine Gallot


It was two years overdue but the 2013 Farm Bill is making a steady course toward President Obama’s desk. The House passed the bill on Wednesday.  It now goes to the full Senate, which is expected to take action as early as today.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:30 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Lansing guitarist plays eclectic mix of instruments, genres

Drew Howard plays guitar, steel pedal guitar, dobro and other instruments.
Credit Courtesy of Drew Howard

Drew Howard is a veteran fixture of Lansing's and Michigan's music scene, as both a studio musician and performer.  He discusses his long musical career and  plays guitar and dobro throughout the show as part of our Friday Music Series on Current State. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:31 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Current State #244 | January 30, 2014

Today on Current State: January: month in review; sustainable instruments: marimba; basketball hoops around America; and the MSU 360 project.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:27 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Month in Review: State budget, minimum wage highlight news from January

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To review and update some of the the month’s top Michigan news stories, Current State welcomes Tim Skubick, host of Michigan Public TV’s “Off the Record,” seen on WKAR-TV. Also joining us is Bill Ballenger of the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter, and Emily Lawler of MIRS News in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:23 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

MSU musician builds greener instrument

Alex Smith builds his own marimba out of Michigan Sassafras.
Credit Gabriela Saldivia/The Michigandered Marimba


When we think about our carbon footprint, we often look at things like our car’s gas mileage, our home’s energy usage, and how far our food had to travel to get to the plate. Rarely mentioned in a discussion about carbon footprints, however, are musical instruments.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:19 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

The world through Spartans' eyes

Crew from the 360 Project.
Credit report.president.msu.edu/360/blog


On November 6, 2013, Michigan State University put out the call to people with MSU ties all over the world to shoot and submit video of whatever they were doing that day. The idea was to produce a video seeing the world through the eyes of Spartans for a day. Today, the finished product, called “MSU 360-24”, goes online, and there will also be airings on the Big Ten Network.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:56 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Current State #243 | January 29, 2014

Today on Current State: Cong. Rogers on the State of the Union address; “Strengthening Michigan’s Governing Institutions” project; assisting sexual assault victims; and self-help through the ages.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:55 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Congressman Rogers: State of the Union lacked substance

Cong. Mike Rogers
Credit www.mikerogers.house.gov

President Obama shared his priorities for the new year last night in his sixth State of the Union address.  Among those goals:  narrowing the country’s income gap, in part by raising the minimum wage for federal contract employees; immigration reform; and an expansion of employee retirement savings plans.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:53 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Bipartisan effort aims to strengthen Michigan legislative resources

Rep. Andy Schor is working with the Strengthening Michigan's Government Institutions group.
Credit http://068.housedems.com/

A long-time Michigan political insider is launching a bipartisan effort to bolster resources for state legislators. The “Strengthening Michigan’s Governing Institutions” project is the brainchild of Republican/Libertarian Richard McLellan, who thinks term limits have left legislators with too few resources to do their jobs well.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:51 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Neighbors in Action: MSU Sexual Assault Program & Sparrow Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program

Credit www.endrape.msu.edu

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 two organizations that assist victims of sexual assault in our community.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:49 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Author distills self-help through the ages

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Roman Krzarnic is a British author, teacher and philosopher whose latest book, “How Should We Live?” looks at 12 of humanity’s touchstones such as love, money, creativity and time, and then explores what thinkers throughout history have written about them.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:52 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Current State #242 | January 28, 2014

Today on Current State: minimum wage proposal; the Great Lakes Month in Review; Gov. Snyder's immigration proposal for Detroit; and the rails to trails project.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Coalition working on minimum wage proposal for November ballot

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A coalition of labor and civil rights groups calling itself Raise Michigan has announced its intention to form a ballot campaign committee. It’s a procedural step that could lead to a statewide vote this November on raising the minimum wage, which in Michigan is currently $7.40 an hour.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:47 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Great Lakes Month in Review: Ice cover, Asian carp and Federal funding

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At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For the January 2014 Great Lakes Month in Review, we’re focusing on ice cover and Asian carp fatigue.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:45 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Law prof weighs Snyder's Detroit immigration plan

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Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder offered a proposal he thinks will jump start Detroit’s struggling economy. At a company in predominantly Hispanic southwest Detroit, the Governor said he wants the Federal government to increase the number of skilled immigrants in Michigan to reach 50,000 over five years. The only condition is that they have to live and work in Detroit.

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