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Radio Made in Michigan
12:51 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Enroll America, Ingham County step up health care outreach

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By virtually all accounts, the roll out of the Affordable Care Act has been shaky at best. The website, healthcare.gov, was virtually unusable for October and into November. But lately, reports are showing that the website’s improved considerably and, correspondingly, the number of people signing up for the health care exchanges is growing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:50 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Lansing Theatre organ pipes up

Lansing Theater Organ president Scott Smith will provide the musical accompaniment this Sunday to Laurel and Hardy's 1929 film, 'Big Business.' The concert will be at the Grand Ledge Opera House.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

At the boom of the silent film era a century ago, theater organs were a mainstay in movie houses across the country.  Lansing had its own such place, the Michigan Theater.  It closed more than three decades ago, but the original 1928 concert organ still exists.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Mid-Michigan moms remember Sandy Hook tragedy

Ceremonies like this one last year at the University of Michigan were held across the country to remember the victims at Newtown.
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Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A year ago, a gunman broke into the school in Newtown, Connecticut and killed 20 children and 6 adults.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:42 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Expert: Commemorations helpful for survivors of violence

Dr. Frank Ochberg is an expert on the effects of violence and trauma.
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The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut happened a year ago tomorrow. Remembrances are flooding the airwaves, but Newtown officials have asked the media to stay away during this painful time for the families.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:40 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Traveling guitar project picks up Detroit musicians

Greater Alexander performed live in Studio S today. He's one of the musicians in the Acoustic Guitar Project.
Credit Emanuele Berry/WKAR

People around the world strum away at guitars on a daily basis, maneuvering their language, voices and notes into spellbindings sounds. The Acoustic Guitar Project is all about trying to create and capture those moments.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:13 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Current State #219 | December 12, 2013

Today on Current State: Right to Work one year later; a review of Wally Lamb's latest novel "We Are Water";  a local start-up competition for $10,000 in seed money; and Lansing Marathon organizer goes global. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:58 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Right to Work, one year later

The Capitol lawn after the Right to Work protests on December 12, 2012.
Credit WKAR/Joe Linstroth

  It’s now been a year since Michigan’s controversial right-to-work measure was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder.  The law, which formally took effect last March, made it illegal to require that employees join a union as a condition of employment.

    Right-to-work triggered a stormy, sometimes violent, debate. Supporters called it an issue of worker freedom and a job creator. Opponents complained it was a flagrant attempt to undercut the power of unions and the working people who belong to them.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:39 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Book Review: Wally Lamb's 'We Are Water'

Do you remember 2009?

Barack Obama was just elected, those on the left were ecstatic, the right was growing in anger, everyone was concerned about the financial crisis, avatars and transformers were in the movie theaters, and everyone was listening to Beyonce.

Author Wally Lamb hasn’t forgotten that lost year and tries to capture the essence and feeling of the country during 2009 in his new book, “We Are Water.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:35 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

LAUNCHED celebrates local entrepreneurs

East Lansing's Technology Innovation Center is just one place where new business ideas are nurtured in the Lansing region.
Credit Courtesy of the Technology Innovation Center

 There’s been a lot of attention devoted to the start-up scene in the Lansing area over the last few years. New ideas and talent have been welcomed and nurtured at incubators like Lansing’s NEO Center and East Lansing’s Technology Innovation Center, or TIC. Early next year, The Runway, an incubator for fashion designers, opens in the old Knapps Department store building downtown.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:16 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

From Lansing to Kenya, marathon organizer extends reach

Owen Anderson (center) with an Orma family in Kenya's Kipao village.
Credit Courtesy of Lansing Moves the World

Organizers of the Lansing Marathon are already preparing for the third installment of the race next May. Along with the marathon, there will be a 5K race, a 1.5K race for kids, and a half-marathon.

Additionally, marathon officials have announced the Lansing Marathon Race Series leading up to the marathon. Each race will incorporate a unique part of the Lansing area, starting with the Old Town New Year 5K on New Year’s Eve.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:30 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Current State #218 | December 11, 2013

Today on Current State: abortion legislation; state House democratic leader Tim Greimel; GM's new boss; East Lansing Rotary; and a time capsule in Grand Ledge.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:29 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Legislature's stare down with Right to Life a rarity

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The state Legislature is in its final week of voting before it adjourns for the year. One of the big questions is whether lawmakers will cast votes on a controversial anti-abortion issue this year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:27 am
Wed December 11, 2013

House Dem leader Greimel on year-end legislative push

Tim Greimel leads Democrats in the state House.
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The last day of the Michigan legislature’s 2013 session is scheduled to be tomorrow.  That’s ramped up efforts by majority Republicans to pass several proposals generating a lot of debate.

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

GM’s first female CEO could face a call for employee raises

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Yesterday, General Motors announced Mary Barra would become the company's next CEO. Barra is the first female CEO of a major U.S. auto company.

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

Neighbors in Action: East Lansing Rotary Club

The East Lansing Rotary is working with the city of East Lansing to replace the wooden playground structure at East Lansing’s Patriarche Park.
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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where Current State features people and organizations working to make the Greater Lansing community a better place. This week, we feature the East Lansing Rotary.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:07 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Grand Ledge church looks to solve time capsule mystery

Earlier this year, members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Grand Ledge opened a century-old time capsule. A package, likely containing letters and photographs, was found inside the copper box and marked for the descendants of Rev. J.E. Foote, whom the church has yet to identify.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

Earlier this year, as part of its centennial celebration, members of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Grand Ledge removed a time capsule that had been placed in the cornerstone all the way back in 1912.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:41 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Current State #217 | December 10, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan's transportation priorities; back yard beekeeping; drinking water quality; and American impressionist art.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:37 am
Tue December 10, 2013

MI policy group reviews year in transportation

Trans4M supports statewide investment in non-motorized transportation and helps local governments implement Complete Streets policies.
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Listening to Michigan’s elected officials, it might be easy to assume that the only transportation issue facing the state is road funding.   Indeed, there is agreement that road funding is particularly important, but it’s just one of several  priorities for Trans4M, or "Transportation for Michigan".

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:33 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Bee trends: Populations down, interest up?

Beekeeping is a growing pursuit in Michigan.
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With the start of Michigan’s sometimes eternal-seeming winter, many of us may be taking refuge in seed catalogs or planning for next summer’s gardens. There's something else you might see in an increasing number of yards: hives of bees.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:31 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Campaign targets pollution in local watershed

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It’s safe to say most of us take for granted that when we turn on our faucets, clean water comes out.  But where does our drinking water come from? How clean is it? And how much responsibility do we, as individuals, have to ensure that our water stays clean?

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:28 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Jackson museum explores American impressionism

MSU Art and Art History assistant professor Laura Smith considers 'On Grand River' by Frank Weston Benson.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Say “impressionist art” and you’re likely to think of the Europeans like Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, and Cezanne. But a number of American artists fit in that category, too. In Jackson, the Ella Sharp Museum has opened an exhibition called “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony”. It’s on loan from the Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:06 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Current State #216 | December 9, 2013

Today on Current State: campaign finance and education reforms in Michigan; country music in Detroit; remembering the tragic Italian Hall fire; Chinese student business owners; and MSU football heads to the Rose Bowl.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:02 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

State Rep. Lyons weighs in on campaign finance, education reforms

Lisa Posthumus Lyons represents Michigan's 86th district.
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With just a few days left in the 2013 legislative session, the Michigan House is working its way through a cluster of controversial proposals. One package of bills calls for significant education reforms, including a plan to hold back Michigan third graders who aren’t reading at that level.  Another would impose a letter grading system on school districts statewide. Another addresses the regulation of so-called “issue ads.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:00 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Detroit's music heritage: Motown, punk rock and ... country?

Eddie Jackson and the Swingsters are seen on the cover of 'Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys and Rockabillies.'
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In the middle of the 20th century, Detroit was home to a thriving country music scene. This little known music history of the Motor City is chronicled in the book “Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys and Rockabillies.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:55 am
Mon December 9, 2013

A century later, Michigan author recounts UP tragedy

This arch is all that remains of the Italian Hall.
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Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula is known for its rugged beauty, freezing weather, and copper.  Copper mining is a way of life in the UP whose tradition goes back more than a century.  And it was a century ago that one of the darkest episodes in the history of Copper Country played out in the small town of Calumet.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:54 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Some Chinese MSU students mix business with learning

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Imagine you were an 18-year-old American student, and you went off to study at a university in China that taught economics, biology and all the other subjects in Chinese. Then imagine on top of that navigating the legal and cultural differences to start your own business. For most of us, it would be a daunting challenge to say the least, and more likely too difficult to even attempt. At Michigan State University, some Chinese international students are up to the challenge.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:46 am
Mon December 9, 2013

New Big Ten champs bound for Pasadena

MSU football coach Mark Dantonio celebrates Saturday's victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.
Credit Al Martin/WKAR

Pasadena hasn't been on the MSU football itinerary since 1988. In 23 days, that will change with a Spartan Rose Bowl date with Stanford.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Current State #215 | December 6, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan remembers Nelson Mandela; new poll results for Obama and Snyder; amending the Constitution; St. Mary's centennial; and the Michigan Jazz Trail.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:02 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Remembering Mandela's connection to state, MSU

Shortly after he was released from prison, Nelson Mandela wore Detroit Pistons gear during a visit to Detroit.
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Nelson Mandela died yesterday at the age of 95.  For the anti-apartheid leader, Michigan was a special place.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:59 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

State survey shows Obama down, Snyder up slightly

Pres. Barack Obama's poll number are down, while those of Gov. Rick Snyder have risen in a new MSU poll.
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President Obama's approval rating in Michigan has dropped to its lowest point in three years, according to a new Michigan State University survey.

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