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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Spring has arrived for baseball fans, as pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Florida and Arizona. Fans have a pretty good idea of what spring training means to the major leaguers, but what about the minor leaguers and the teams they’ll play for?


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Jim Peck / MSU Photography

Interim Michigan State University President John Engler has announced a restructuring of health services on campus in the wake of the crimes committed by former MSU doctor Larry Nassar.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

You may have noticed an odd set of coincidences on your calendar this year. Today is Valentine’s Day, but it also happens to be Ash Wednesday. Here’s another: Easter will fall on April Fool’s Day. This is the first time the Lenten calendar has played out this way since 1945.


On this edition of Current State, we travel to Maryland to see how the Nassar case has affected opinions of the parents of young gymnasts; hear from two new members of the Lansing School District Board of Trustees; Author Rochelle Riley explains why not learning African-American history could be a detriment to all Americans; plus insight into Korean culture from a student at MSU and much more. 


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Two vacancies on the Lansing Board of Education will be filled tonight. The board lost two members in recent weeks. Peter Spadafore resigned following his election to the Lansing city council, and Shirley Rodgers passed away.


Schor family on stage
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Andy Schor was sworn in as mayor of Lansing on January 1st. Tonight, he delivers his first State of the City address. Click on this story for a link to watch the speech.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Last week, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners appointed Dennis Louney to represent the county’s tenth district on Lansing’s east side. The vacancy had been created by the resignation of Brian McGrain, who now runs the economic development and planning department in the city of Lansing.


On this edition of Current State, we take a closer look at the interim President of Michigan State University and why so many people are protesting him. Plus, Rep. Mike Bishop talks about where investigations into MSU could go next. A survivor of Larry Nassar's abuse talks about how she's connected with other survivors since speaking in court and her future. 


Meridian Police Chief David Hall, township Manager Frank Walsh, and Brianne Randall-Gay photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

One of the survivors of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse has accepted the apology of Meridian Township officials over the handling of her 2004 complaint against the former sports medicine physician. Brianne Randall-Gay pursued a criminal complaint against Nassar with Meridian Township police in 2004, but the department decided not to pursue charges after Nassar convinced them that he had conducted a legitimate medical procedure.


Jim Slater photo
Courtesy photo

Twenty years ago, the National Hockey League took a multi-week break so that professionals could play in the Olympic Games for the first time ever. This year, though, the league decided to stop giving pros a break so they could play. That decision created opportunities for players who might otherwise never make an Olympic roster.


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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. on 90.5 WKAR-FM, our entire Current State broadcast will focus on the moment of reckoning at Michigan State University.

Gwen Anderson reading her statement in court.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Many of Larry Nassar’s victims say his Ingham County sentencing was a significant step in their journey toward healing. And yet some, like Gwen Anderson, remind us that there’s still much more to be done.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Cars with self-driving technology are no longer on the way. They’re here, and you can see some of them through Sunday at the North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s Cobo Center.


Camaro ZL1
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

WKAR’s Scott Pohl is checking out the Lansing-built vehicles on display at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit through  Sunday.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is open to the public through Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of people will converge on the Cobo Center to see the new models of cars, trucks and SUV’s coming from automakers all over the world. WKAR’s Scott Pohl visited this year’s show during press preview days to check out the Lansing-built General Motors vehicles on display. We’ll have several auto show interviews this week.


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