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Radio Made in Michigan
5:42 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Averill Woods neighbors compile list of questions for city, BWL officials

A broken tree limb downed a power line on the 800 block of North Capitol Ave following an ice storm on Dec. 22.
Credit WKAR/Emanuele Berry

The Lansing Board of Water & Light said on its website yesterday that it has restored power to its entire electric service territory. However, judging by reports and comments on BWL’s Facebook page, there are a number of individual homes and pockets of homes that are still without electricity since a major ice storm hit the region 12 days ago on December 22.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:26 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Spartans outlast Stanford in 100th Rose Bowl

Dream big. That was MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio's simple mantra for his team this season. The Spartan football program's dream was realized last night with its 24-20 victory over Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl.  

We call southern California to recap the game and the atmosphere with Current Sports host Al Martin, Current State host Mark Bashore, and Scott Westerman, executive director of the MSU Alumni Association. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:12 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Frustrated BWL customers vent, demand answers

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero (right) and Peter Lark, general manager of the Board of Water & Light, address Lansing Council members in a special session on Dec. 30 about the extended power outages for BWL customers.
Credit WKAR/Joe Linstroth

Last night more than 50 Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) customers who lost power over the last 9 days vented their anger and frustration during a special council session at Lansing City Hall. Residents complained of BWL’s slow response and poor communication. Some who spoke were still without power since an ice storm hit the region on December 22.  There were also calls for resignations, demands of an independent review board, and safety concerns that some said went unaddressed by city and BWL leaders. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:05 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Spartans prepare for biggest game in decades

The match up between MSU and Stanford is the 100th Rose Bowl.
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It's been 25 years since the last time the Michigan State Spartans were in the Rose Bowl. Tomorrow they take on Stanford in Pasadena, with tens of thousands of fans in Green and White expected to cheer them on. The two teams, both with strong defenses and ground games, are near mirror images of each other. Current Sports host Al Martin has followed the team to Los Angeles and tells us how the Spartans have been handling the Hollywood hoopla and offers a preview of the game.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:03 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Great Lakes Year in Review: budget woes and Waukesha

Gary Wilson says fighting harmful algae blooms, especially in Lake Erie, is one of the USEPA’s top priorities.
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Each month we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. This year we’ve covered, diverting water, budget woes, algal blooms and more. Gary joins us to look back at some of the major environmental stories of 2013.

 

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:35 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Current State #225 | December 20, 2013

Harpist Deidreanna Potter, with violinists Charis Smith and Stephen Smith.
Credit Audrey Bashore

Today on Current State: Gov. Snyder's energy future plan; losing unemployment benefits; "Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie"; the Festival of Trees; a review of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol"; and the MSU Community Music School provides live Christmas music.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:29 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Environmental official encouraged by Snyder energy blueprint

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Governor Rick Snyder wants a “no regrets energy future" for Michigan by 2025.  That was how he summarized his administration’s long-awaited energy “blueprint” which was released yesterday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Optimism in the face of lost jobless benefits

Daphne Whitfield is a staff volunteer at Tabernacle of David in Lansing. She's one of nearly 45,000 Michigan residents who will lose their federal unemployment insurance benefit on Dec. 28. Whitfield says she's undeterred by the loss. She's a full-time student and is planning to launch her own clothing business soon.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

The holidays can be a stressful time in and of themselves, but some  Michigan residents are bracing for more difficulty.  About 45,000 people in the state who are currently receiving unemployment insurance through a federal extension program will lose that benefit by the end of the month.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:22 am
Fri December 20, 2013

'Fried Walleye, Cherry Pie': A guide to Midwestern cuisine

Peggy Wolff, editor of 'Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie'.
Credit Peggy Wolff

When we discuss food culture in the U.S. we typically think of the chic restaurants on the East or West coast. But a new book is trying to change the way people understand Midwestern food culture.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:22 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Festival of Trees brightens Old Town, Turner-Dodge

One of the featured trees at last year's Festival of Trees at the Turner-Dodge House in Lansing.
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For the second year, the Old Town Festival of Trees takes place at Lansing's historic Turner Dodge House. This year’s event runs through the 29th and features 23 trees decorated by Old Town businesses and neighbors.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:20 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Book Review: Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'

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We as a culture owe Charles Dickens a big apology. War on Christmas? Ha! It’s nothing compared to the outright torture we have done to his “A Christmas Carol” since its publication in 1843.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:27 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Current State #224 | December 19, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing casino plans; Michigan legislative review; a Lansing Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops concert preview; and Sleepwalker spirits and ale.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:23 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Appeals court removes Lansing Casino Hurdle

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Yesterday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati overturned a federal district judge’s ruling to grant the state an injunction that halted the proposed Kewadin Lansing casino project. The ruling clears the way for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians to proceed with its casino project, slated to be built near the Lansing Center downtown.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:18 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Month (and 2013) in Review: December's biggest news stories

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The last few weeks have been eventful ones at the State Capitol.  Legislators strongly considered measures involving education and phone service, among others.  They passed measures involving abortion insurance, medical marijuana and others.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:11 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

LSO celebrates season with holiday favorites

LSO music director and conductor Timothy Muffitt
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The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concert is Sunday at Wharton Center. Current State’s Melissa Benmark spoke with conductor Timothy Muffitt about the music, starting with some pieces that will include local students.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:08 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Lansing brewery-distillery seeks community investors

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Over the past decade there has been tremendous growth in Michigan based breweries. There’s Founders in Grand Rapids, Bell's in Kalamazoo, Atwater in Detroit. In Lansing, there’s nothing. Matt Jason and Jeremy Sprague are hoping to change that.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:19 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Current State #223 | December 18, 2013

Today on Current State: the shortage of primary care physicians; Michigan Department of Civil Rights director Matt Wesaw; mental health treatment for veterans and their families; the R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project; and locals skaters head to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:18 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Facing Michigan's primary care physician shortage

Dr. Julie Phillips (right) researches the consequences of medical student debt.
Credit http://chmfamilymedicine.msu.edu/

By the year 2020, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts the U.S. will be short more than 45,000 primary care physicians. With the likely influx of hundreds of thousands of new patients due to the Affordable Care Act, not to mention the aging Baby Boomer generation, this shortage has the potential to wreak havoc on our health care system over the next decade.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:15 am
Wed December 18, 2013

New MI Civil Rights head plots department's direction

Michigan Department of Civil Rights executive director Matt Wesaw
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is calling for a review of an apparent murder dating back to 1970.  The incident, still unsolved, took the life of one of the department’s own, its first executive director.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:12 am
Wed December 18, 2013

New mental health resource serves Michigan vets

Dan Zomerlei (center) and Paul Lepley (right) with host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

There’s a new mental health resource for military personnel and their families, and Michigan is at the forefront of the effort. It’s called Star Behavioral Health Providers.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:09 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Neighbors in Action: R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project

Larry Koster with a few of the toys he's made for the R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

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, during this festive holiday season, we feature the R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project. The group handcrafts thousands of wooden toys each year for local children.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:05 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Audio Postcard: Young Lansing skaters off to nationals

Hannah Miller (left), Devin Pascoe (center) and Maeve Pascoe (right) are three of the five local skaters heading to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Five of mid-Michigan’s finest figure skaters will soon be on their way to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.  The week-long event begins January 5 in Boston.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:03 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Current State #222 | December 17, 2013

Today on Current State: the Lansing-Ingham County pensions dispute; regulating wetlands; Kids Count 2013; and pseudo-academic research journals.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:02 am
Tue December 17, 2013

City COO expects resolution to county 911 dispute

Chad Gamble
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Last week, Ingham County commissioners voted 13 to 1 to demand that the city of Lansing pay the $1.1-million the county says it is owed for pension and health insurance obligations for the 34  city-employed 911 dispatchers who were transferred last year to the  new Ingham County dispatch center. The county’s deadline is January 15th.  If payment is not received by then, they say they’ll sue the city.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Feds could revoke Michigan's wetland authority

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Michigan is one of only two state that have the authority to regulate federal wetlands within their borders. However, the Environmental Protection Agency may revoke that power. Last week, the EPA held a hearing to determine if Michigan’s environmental standards for wetland management meet federal benchmarks.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:58 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Kids survey: Abuse, neglect and hunger up in Ingham County

A sharply growing percentage of Ingham County children appear to be victims of abuse and neglect.  And five years after the great recession, more children in Ingham County remain eligible for food assistance than the statewide average.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:56 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Are academic journals for hire?

Dr. Jim Pivarnik
Credit http://rio.msu.edu/

The role of the academic journal in advancing research findings is changing rapidly. A New York Times article earlier this year looked at the problem of pseudo-academic journals which had names similar to well-established ones, and which charged hefty fees for publication.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:28 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Current State #221 | December 16, 2013

Today on Current State: the Red Cedar Renaissance development; the economic impact of universities; outgoing Lansing city councilman Brian Jeffries; and the Potter Park Zoo helps save an endangered toad.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:28 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Red Cedar project to feature market rate and student housing

Joel Ferguson
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After months of silence, one of the Lansing area’s biggest development projects is back in the news. Officials say they are hoping for groundbreaking by late Spring for the $125-million ‘Red Cedar Renaissance,' formerly the ‘Capital Gateway.'

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Current funding for higher education called 'unsustainable'

Beaumont Tower at Michigan State University
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Since 2008, the state legislature has cut funding for its 15 public universities by a whopping 32%, the 13th highest in the nation according to a report issued earlier this year by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C.

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