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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Many Michigan State University students are trying to come to grips with President Trump’s executive order banning certain immigrants from entering the U.S.

 

The order affects people arriving from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan. 

 

 

Ghazal Mehrani, a Lansing attorney of Iranian decent is helping area students to try and navigate their way through the ban. 

 

MSU student Faezah declined to give her full name.  She's Iranian.  She says the ban has everyone in her community “feeling new aspects of pain.”

 


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It's almost the end of January and Linda Vail, the Ingham County Health Officer says they are noticing a fairly steady rise in flu cases. Vail says influenza can target anyone, but senior citizens, young children and people with suppressed immune systems are most at risk. 

Current State | January 28, 2017

Jan 27, 2017

 January in Review, growing local produce in winter, Broad Art Museum and Flint water, Lansing council VP Carol Wood, remembering Roger Chaffee,  MSU Wind Symphony


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What are the takeaways from Michigan news in January? That’s what we attend to every 30 days on Current State’s Month in Review.

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Michigan State University’s newest Rhodes Scholar began her studies at Oxford last fall. Sarah Kovan is now in her second term there.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

We may be going through a mild patch now, but Michigan winters can be pretty fierce.  Sometimes it’s a little challenging picking up your favorite locally grown food.

But our ag industry doesn’t just stop cold when the snow flies.  Winter farmers’ markets are on the rise.

 


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MSU’s Broad Art Museum is hosting an exhibition called “Beyond Streaming: A Sound Mural for Flint” through April 23rd. The project unites Chicago artist Jan Tichy with students from Flint Carmen-Ainsworth and Lansing Everett high schools to explore the Flint water crisis together. WKAR’s Scott Pohl has the story.

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Unionized teachers in the Waverly School District are weighing their next move in the wake of Monday’s abruptly ended school board meeting.  The  teachers are now in their sixth month without a contract.

Union crisis chairperson Gini Larson calls the board’s sudden exit “dismissive,” though board members say they legally called a motion to adjourn.  The union is fighting for set class sizes, a less arduous advancement scale and changes to teacher insurance contributions.  Larson says she believes the community itself will advance the teachers’ cause.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

A battle has been averted over leadership of the Michigan Republican Party. One of two contenders for the post of state party chair has dropped out.

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The Lansing city council will try for a fourth time tonight to choose one of its eight members to serve as council president. At the first three meetings, a number of options were considered, but all failed on four-to-four votes.

Current State | January 21, 2017

Jan 20, 2017

Betsy DeVos nomination for Sec. of Education, Everett HS Band at inauguration, playwright Brian Letscher, energy from motion, and more.


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On Friday, Donald Trump took the oath of office as our 45th president. We sent Scott Pohl and Kevin Lavery out to hear what local people thought of the ceremony.


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This week, Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos faced U.S. Senate confirmation hearings as President Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education.

The Obama years are now behind us. How did the Great Lakes fare as a result?


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Michigan might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about clear, sunny skies.  Still, our state is fostering a growing solar industry.  The new energy reform package signed into law last month by Governor Rick Snyder calls for more aggressive renewable energy production targets, including from solar power.

A public-private partnership in mid-Michigan is trying to capitalize on this trend by building a solar park in East Lansing.


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