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1:25 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

From infamy to exoneration: Central Park Five seek final resolution

Raymond Santana (left) and Yusef Salaam of the Central Park Five were exonerated years after their incarceration.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

On the night of April 19, 1989, a young white woman was raped in Central Park and left for dead. New York City was outraged by the crime. The next day police arrested 5 Black and Latino teenagers, and the media frenzy began.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:53 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Current State #203 | November 18, 2013

Today on Current State: campaign finance changes in Michigan; perennial grain research; new Shiawassee County business incubator; and remembering the wreck of the Carl D. Bradley.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:52 am
Mon November 18, 2013

State senate bill protects 'dark money,' stirs debate

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Last Thursday, Senate Republicans rushed through a bill that would alter campaign finance rules in Michigan. The changes include doubling the limits nearly across the board on campaign contributions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:45 am
Mon November 18, 2013

MSU to study viability of 'perennial grains' in Africa

MSU researcher Sieg Snapp. Her work has the potential to alleviate chronic malnutrition in certain parts of Africa.
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Hunger and malnourishment have plagued parts of Africa for generations. And nearly as long as the problem has existed, scientists have been looking for solutions to the vexing complexities surrounding mass hunger.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:40 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Shiawassee County gets its first business incubator

Lorraine Austin says the REV Center offers private office space and a message center for entrepreneurs.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Start up companies between the Lansing and Flint metro areas have a new resource to help them get off the ground.  Baker College in Owosso is the site of a new business incubator known as the “REV” Center.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:32 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Fifty-five years later, remembering the shipwrecked SS Carl Bradley

The steamer Carl D. Bradley sank 55 years ago today.
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The sinking of the SS Carl D. Bradley claimed the lives of 33 crewmembers on Lake Michigan. The Bradley wreck doesn’t get talked about as much as the Edmund Fitzgerald does, but it is a story worth remembering.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:29 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Current State #203 | November 15, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan's wolf hunt and Minnesota's experience; nude dancing at Spiral; Flint's master plan; Lansing's Maker Space; and music at the Coffeehouse at All Saints.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:27 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Minnesota's second wolf hunt offers lessons for Michigan

This wolf was photographed north of Marquette, Michigan.
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After a year filled with controversy, Michigan will hold it’s first wolf hunt in nearly 40 years.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Old Town's Spiral features the Full Monty

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For years, at least two Lansing establishments have offered their patrons a very specialized service:  the chance to watch naked people dance.  Last weekend, the city picked up another.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:25 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Flint formalizes plan for future

Imagine Flint Land Use Workshops were held this summer.
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Flint is a city that has lost half its population over the last 50 years.  Its poverty rate far exceeds the state average.  And across the nation, Flint bears the harsh moniker of the “murder capital of America.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:22 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Creatives invited to Lansing's Maker Space

In October, the Lansing Makers Network held a take-apart clinic at the downtown Lansing Library. Kids as young as age 9 were shown how to disassemble electronic devices.
Credit http://www.lansingmakersnetwork.org/

After months of planning and work, the Lansing Makers’ Network marks its official Grand Opening tomorrow.   The group’s shared work space near downtown offers members a unique chance to use dozens of tools and resources.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:32 am
Fri November 15, 2013

The Coffeehouse at All Saints invites musicians, writers, community

Coffeehouse at All Saints founder Steve Findley (left) with singer-guitarist Jim Jersey.
Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR

Every third Friday of the month from September to May, singers, guitarists, fiddlers, poets and writers gather at East Lansing’s All Saints Episcopal Church for an evening of words, music and fellowship.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Current State #202 | November 14, 2013

Today on Current State: the "Pure Michigan Waste" campaign; a review of Dave Eggers' "The Circle"; an American Indian Tribe and the wolf hunt in Michigan; a one-woman play on bullying; and live Turkish music.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

‘Pure Michigan Waste’ campaign aims to streamline government work force

Two years after it first suggested reforms to streamline and improve front line services to Michigan citizens, the Coalition of State Employee Unions says the state has failed to improve its human capital strategy.
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Michigan government services are inefficient and expensive because important reforms are not taking place.That’s the conclusion of a new report from a coalition of state employee labor unions entitled “Pure Michigan Waste.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:23 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Book Review: Dave Eggers’ ‘The Circle’

Author Dave Eggers denies that he's guilty of plagiarizing another writer's work.
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Who owns a story?

It’s a more complicated answer than you might imagine, especially in the freedom of today’s internet age where everything seems to be becoming more and more connected.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

On hunt’s eve Saginaw Chippewa’s to hold vigil for wolf

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe is holding a candlelight vigil and sacred fire to honor the wolf.
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Tomorrow marks the opening day of Michigan’s first wolf hunt in nearly 40 years. The state has issued 1,200 hunting licenses to kill 43 wolves, all in the Upper Peninsula.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:03 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

One-woman play tackles bullying

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Friday night at the Wharton Center, a one-woman show examines aspects of bullying and teenage relationships. “The Shape of a Girl” is a play by Joan MacLeod.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:57 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

‘Micronotes’, ancient instruments featured in Turkish classical music

Ahmed Erdem (left) playing the Turkish Tanbur, and Murat Tokaç (right) playing the Ney.
Credit Emanuele Berry


A group of musicians from Turkey will be at Kellogg Center tonight. The name of the concert is “Heritage of 1000 Years.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:36 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Current State #201 | November 13, 2013

Today on Current State: Church of Greater Lansing tri-county survey; violinist Dmitri Berlinsky; the East Lansing city council; and HOPE (Help Other People Eat).

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:35 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Church survey assesses needs of Tri-County area

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In 2012, the Church of Greater Lansing conducted a community leadership survey to learn what local leaders feel are the Lansing area's biggest problems.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:34 am
Wed November 13, 2013

MSU violinist performs Vivaldi at Cook Hall

Dmitri Berlinsky
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

MSU Violin Professor Dmitri Berlinsky performs a program of virtuoso violin works this Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at MSU’s Cook Recital Hall.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:33 am
Wed November 13, 2013

New council members Woods, Boyle detail priorities for EL

Kathleen Boyle will be joined by Susan Woods and Ruth Beier on the East Lansing City Council.
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The East Lansing city council picked up two new members last week. Susan Woods and Ruth Beier were elected to four-year terms, and Kathleen Boyle will stay on the council after winning the right to serve the balance of the term to which she was appointed last year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:32 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Help Other People Eat (H.O.P.E.)

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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. With this Friday being the opening of the firearm deer hunting season in Michigan, it’s only appropriate that we feature Help Other People Eat, or HOPE, which distributes excess venison donated by hunters to those in need.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:19 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Current State #200 | November 12, 2013

Today on Current State: medical marijuana; American perceptions of climate change; new Lansing Arts Council director, and an MSU documentary on cross-cultural exchanges.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Senator Whitmer address medical marijuana, court of claims

Opponents say this measure could be an effort to 'corporatize' marijuana and eventually undo the 2008 referendum.
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For about five years, Michigan’s medical marijuana law has authorized doctor-approved patients either to grow pot or to buy it from state-certified "caregivers." Now, the state legislature is looking at a second approach.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:02 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Despite expert agreement, perceptions of climate change vary

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Reports, predictions and warnings of climate change are hard to avoid these days. But just how are Americans processing all of this news, and what do we really think about climate change and our environment?  

MSU alum and director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication Anthony Leiserowitz explores these questions in his research.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:52 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Business, education are priorities for new Arts Council director

Debbie Mikula took over at the Arts Council of Greater Lansing last week.
Credit http://www.lansingarts.org/

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing has a new executive director. Debbie Mikula has replaced the departed Leslie Donaldson.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:45 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

MSU documentary explores cross-cultural challenges

 


Travel adventures, culture shock and honest conversations are all topics brought up in a new documentary that follows four American students, one from MSU, and four Chinese students as they travel through China.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:12 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Current State #199 | November 11, 2013

Today on Current State: the Ingham County Court of Claims; Ingham County Controller on court shift; black holes; Lansing higher education scholarships; hiring veterans.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:10 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Ingham judge blasts Court of Claims move

Legislation introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) would move the Court of Claims from Ingham County to the Michigan Court of Appeals.
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A controversial bill that would move a key Michigan court is expected to be signed into law soon by Governor Rick Snyder.  The measure would transfer the operations of the state’s Court of Claims to the Michigan Court of Appeals. The court of claims hears legal actions that are filed against the state of Michigan.

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