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Lansing garden photo
Heather Spotts

The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing will be hosting their Garden Tour this weekend. For Neighbors in Action, we find out more with their executive director Cindie Alwood and the coordinator of the tour, Heather Spotts.


Claude Shannon photo
Tekniska museet / flickr creative commons

Claude Shannon was a mid-20th century professor at the University of Michigan and MIT, and was one of the fathers of today’s digital age. Current State's Peter Whorf brings us the story from a recent Michigan History Magazine profile.

Today on Current State: proposed dental therapist legislation; actor Timothy Busfield at MSU; the Environmental Policy and Law Center; a blacklight exhibit at the MICA Gallery.

Dental exam room
Courtesy / Sunny View Dental

In doctors’ offices across Michigan, physician’s assistants have become commonplace. They’re supervised by the doctors with whom they work.

Now, legislation at the Michigan state capitol would create a new, similar layer of professional providers in dentists’ offices.


portrait: Tim Busfield
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Emmy-winning actor and East Lansing native Timothy Busfield is now an artist-in-residence at the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University.

Courtesy Environmental Law and Policy Center

Every Tuesday, Current State takes a closer look at the environment and environmental news in Michigan.

Today we learn about an organization that for more than 20 years has advocated legally for environmental causes. 

Courtesy Marek Radke

There’s always a great deal of window-watching that happens along Turner Street in Lansing's Old Town. However, for the next couple of months, you can’t easily do that with the MICA Gallery.


Scott Pohl / WKAR

A section of Woodward Avenue in Detroit marks America's first mile of concrete road.

Current State #798 | July 11, 2016

Jul 11, 2016

Today on Current State: Dr. Mark Edwards from the Virginia Tech Flint Water Team; Lansing's Old Town Scrap Fest; the "Ban the Box" campaign in Michigan and Detroit's first concrete road.

WKAR File Photo

Professor Marc Edwards has become renowned as the leader of the Flint Water Team, the nearly 40 member group of civil engineering students and staff from Virginia Tech University.

Courtesy Steve Purchase

Usually by the time things make it to the scrap yard, people don’t want them anymore.  But that’s not the case for the 16 teams of artists participating in Old Town’s Scrapfest this weekend in Lansing.

For the eighth year in a row, artists, welders and craftspeople from around Michigan have taken scrap materials and turned them into art- and they will unveil their recycled and upcycled creations this weekend in Old Town Lansing.

The event will also feature live music, family activities, a beer tent, an auction and more.

Courtesy City of Ferndale

Should someone who has served time for a criminal offense be obligated to tell a prospective employer about their criminal history...even if it doesn’t pertain to the job for which they're applying?

More than 100 U.S. cities and counties have decided to ‘ban the box,’ removing questions about criminal history from job applications.

Today, the city of Ferndale joins a growing list of Michigan cities adopting a ‘ban the box’ policy.  

Current State #797 | July 8, 2016

Jul 8, 2016

Today on Current State: MSU political scientist Matt Grossman looks ahead to the major party political conventions; Save the Flags events at the state capitol on Saturday; and Live Music Friday with Shelby Ann-Marie.


Matt Grossman photo
Courtesy photo / Matt Grossman

Republican and Democratic nominating conventions are days away. The focus is on uniting delegates, platforms and potential vice presidential running mates. We talk with MSU Associate Professor of Political Science Matt Grossmann.


Civil War battle flag photo
Courtesy photo / Dave Downing

Michigan will mark the return of Civil War volunteers and battle flags to Michigan with events at the state capitol on Saturday. Current State's Scott Pohl looks at the history behind those battle flags with Dave Downing of Save the Flags.


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