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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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Radio Made in Michigan
11:05 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Controller: Court of Claims move could set county back $500K

Controller Tim Dolehanty says the plan to shift the Court of Claims to the state Court of Appeals took Ingham County officials by surprise.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Bill Collette is critical of legislation that would move the Michigan Court of Claims from Ingham County to the Michigan Court of Appeals. Current State spoke with Ingham County Controller Tim Dolehanty about the impact such a move might have on the county.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:49 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Black hole discoveries could test relativity theory

A black hole outburst in Spiral Galaxy M83.
Credit Flickr - NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Astronomers have found another black hole within a densely packed cluster of stars. Last year, an MSU lead research team discovered two black holes in a similar globular star cluster, suggesting that black holes occupying groups of dense stars may be more common than previously thought.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:41 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Higher ed scholarships assist Lansing youth

Lansing Sexton High School.
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With rising tuition costs, higher education has grown less affordable and accessible for many. But here in the Lansing area, there are a number of opportunities to help with the costs of obtaining an advanced degree.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:35 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Ann Arbor, Lansing make top ten list for hiring veterans

The Michigan National Guard hosted a job fair in Lansing last week.
Credit Flickr - Michigan National Guard

On this Veterans’ Day, there’s some good news to report for people transitioning from the military back into civilian life. A recent national survey ranks Ann Arbor and Lansing among the top 10 best medium-sized cities in the nation for hiring veterans.

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:49 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Coffee and Conversation with Current State

Join WKAR's Current  State team at Schuler Books Chapbook Cafe at Meridian Mall tomorrow at 6pm for a discussion of Mid-Michigan news and issues.  Mark Bashore and company will join you to talk about the stories you think we should be covering and Michigan matters of greatest concern.  Stop by for a coffee, compliments of Schuler Books and 

  a lively exchange of Michigan news ideas.  Hope to see you there!

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:23 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Current State #198 | November 8, 2013

Today on Current State: third grade reading standards; a Lansing Symphony Orchestra preview; MSU basketball; and the culture of hair.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:22 am
Fri November 8, 2013

State Rep. Abed on education: 'One size does not fit all'

Rep. Theresa Abed (D-Grand Ledge)
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The Michigan House Education Committee is looking over a controversial proposal that could hold back thousands of the state’s young learners. A measure introduced last week would require third-graders to repeat that year if they did not score “proficient” on the MEAP standardized test.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:19 am
Fri November 8, 2013

LSO concert features Mozart's 'Requiem'

LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt
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The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. Conductor Timothy Muffitt says he’s quite pleased with the lineup.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Spartans open season with eye toward Final Four

Coach Tom Izzo has assembled a team that many experts expect to compete for a championship.
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Another highly anticipated Michigan State basketball season tips off tonight.  The Spartans are ranked #2 in the country in the two major pre-season polls.  MSU opens against McNeese State tonight at the Breslin Center.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:14 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Exploring U.S. culture and identity through hair

Candacy Taylor
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Each year Americans spend billions on hair: curling it, dying it, and adding extensions. To achieve our ideal look, we turn to the sacred space that is the salon. Candacy Taylor, Archie Green award recipient at the American Folklife center, has traveled to salons around the U.S. since 2006.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:57 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Current State #197 | November 7, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan human trafficking report released; destruction from MSU football tailgating; an 'Interrupting Racism' workshop; and Asian-American stereotypes in the media.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:55 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

MI commission report urges action on human trafficking

The Michigan Human Trafficking Commission prepared a report for Attorney General Bill Schuette.
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Yesterday, Attorney General Bill Schuette unveiled a 64-page report to address the issue of human trafficking in Michigan. The Michigan Human Trafficking Commission is a bipartisan group including legislators, law enforcement officials, educators and other stakeholders assembled to addressed the issue of modern day slavery.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Destruction from tailgating at Michigan game called ‘worst ever’

An influx of tailgaters for the Michigan game meant some MSU trees were 'pruned' or otherwise damaged. The trees are important not only for their beauty, but also to classrooms and researchers.
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Every home football Saturday here in East Lansing, thousands of people flock to the Michigan State campus to take part in a sacred ritual:  tailgating.  But the pastime takes a toll. After the celebrating, landscaping personnel at MSU repair damage to grass and trees.

Some of those personnel are calling last Saturday’s damage the worst they’ve seen.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:35 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Workshop uses role-play to combat racism

The workshop 'Interrupting Racism' helps provide tools to help address racism as it is happening, like offensive remarks made by relatives during the holidays.
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The holidays are approaching, which means sharing food and gifts and catching up with friends and extended family. For some, it also means being subjected to a racist relative’s offensive rants.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:25 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Expert: Media often depict Asians as model minority

Shilpa Davé says that 'The Mindy Project' starring Mindy Kaling is interesting because even though she is Asian American, that is not the central focus of her identity on the show.
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Mass media is often criticized for its lack of diversity and stereotypical portrayals. Shilpa Davé, Assistant Professor in American Studies and Media Studies at the University of Virginia, says those criticisms often stem from a black and white view of race in America, leaving out important parts of the U.S. cultural landscape such as Asian Americans.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:24 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Current State #196 | November 6, 2013

Today on Current State: election analysis; filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth; the Art for Charlie Foundation; and maestro Neeme Jarvi.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:19 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Election 2013 recap: In short, Mayor Bernero wins

Incumbent Brian Jeffries lost his seat on the Lansing city council to Judi Brown Clarke.
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Voters re-elected Virg Bernero by a wide margin to a third term as mayor of Lansing yesterday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:16 am
Wed November 6, 2013

MSU grad directs documentary on income inequality

Jacob Kornbluth directed the film 'Inequality For All', opening the East Lansing Film Festival tonight.
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The 16th East Lansing Film Festival begins tonight with the documentary “Inequality For All”. The movie features former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, as he seeks to address the widening American income gap.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:08 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Art for Charlie Foundation

Charlie Waller was diagnosed with cancer in 2011.
Credit Courtesy http://www.friendsofcharlie.com/

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. This week, we feature the Art for Charlie Foundation.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:55 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Maestro Neeme Jarvi returns to Michigan

Neeme Jarvi of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra led the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for 15 years.
Credit Simon van Boxtel

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Conductor Emeritus Neeme Jarvi returns to Michigan to conduct the Estonian National Orchestra Friday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:18 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Current State #195 | November 5, 2013

Today on Current State: the history behind Michigan women’s suffrage; election fatigue; Michigan’s blue economy; local hard cider; and the MSU 360-24 project.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:13 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Michigan played early part in women’s suffrage

Emily Fijol of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame says Michigan has a rich history of working for women's suffrage.
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Michigan women received the right to vote on this day—Nov. 5, 1918— 95-years ago. Michigan was one of the earlier states to approve women’s suffrage.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:08 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Staffing Ingham election polls a constant challenge

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum says she has noticed an increase in younger people and families volunteering at the polls.
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Voters are going to the polls in 77 of Michigan’s 83 counties today.  Most are casting ballots for local mayoral and city council candidates as well as school-related issues.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:02 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Michigan economic developers eye ‘Blue Economy’

When people think of Michigan’s economy, they typically point to the State’s automobile industry or its agricultural sector. Often overlooked is one of Michigan’s greatest natural assets: water.
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A new report commissioned by the governor’s office focuses on accelerating Michigan’s water based or ‘Blue economy.’ The paper’s author, John Austin, is the Director of the Michigan Economic Center at Prima Civitas Foundation. Austin says that  a “Blue Economy” is similar to a “Green Economy”.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:58 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Michigan apple industry buoyed by hard cider demand

Credit Emanuele Berry

According to market researcher IBISWorld, hard cider sales have increased an average 27.5% annually during the last five years.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:56 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Project captures day in life of Spartans worldwide

Last year, an ambitious MSU project sent a video crew around the world to document the “world grant” impact of Michigan State. It was called “MSU 360”.

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