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In 2015, Michigan ended a program that gave out millions of dollars in incentives to the film industry. That has meant a change of focus for the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office.


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Speakers at Black History Month lectures are usually historians or historical figures. On Thursday, MSU’s “Slavery to Freedom” lecture series turns instead to a modern-day journalist.


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Michigan State University president Lou Anna K. Simon will deliver her annual State of the University address later today at the Wharton Center.


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Michigan is all about water.  Aside from touching four of the five Great Lakes, our state has some 300 rivers.  A handful of them help generate power through 13 hydroelectric plants.

A Michigan State University team is using a $2.6 million federal grant to study more environmentally efficient ways to produce hydropower.  They believe their work overseas could provide lessons for improving American waterways. 

Current State | February 4, 2017

Feb 3, 2017

Lansing as a sanctuary city, NIA St. Vincent Catholic Charities Refugee Services, Super Bowl ads, human organ trafficking, 75mph speed limit, Off the Record at 45, nursing mother rooms, NSF grant for STEM degrees.


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Many in mid-Michigan’s immigrant and refugee communities are watching the nation's sanctuary discussion closely. Those communities may be facing as many challenges as ever. This week on Current State’s Neighbors in Action, we hear from an immigrant to Lansing from Iraq.

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The campaign for the Lansing city council this year is beginning to take shape. WKAR will talk with the candidates as they emerge, and we begin today with Jim DeLine. He retired last year as Lansing’s internal auditor, and he hopes to bring what he calls his “deep financial background” to the council.

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This year the going rate for an ad during the NFL championship game Feb. 5 is $5 million for a 30 second spot.  What sells? 


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Two brothers who support President Donald Trump argued over the weekend that the president was right to place a ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries because Jesus Christ is “the reason this country is here and safe today.”

In an interview with NPR that was published on Sunday, brothers Tim and Bill Jackson of Elizabethtown, New York called on Americans to give the president a chance.

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The city of Lansing is home to nearly 800 settled refugees from some 30 countries. An effort to declare the city a sanctuary appears to be gathering strength.


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The Vatican has invited experts in the field of human organ trafficking from around the world to a conference next week in Rome. WKAR's Scott Pohl speaks with an expert from Michigan State University who has been invited to the Vatican Summit on Organ Trafficking.


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When a nursing mother returns to work, finding the time and a private place to use a breast pump can be challenging. We examine what that means for working moms on the Michigan State University campus.


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A leading mid-Michigan public policy analysis firm says it’s found no evidence of voter fraud in Michigan during the November presidential election.

The independent review found voting patterns in 2016 stayed consistent with those of 2012.  The Anderson Economic Group searched for evidence of systematic tampering, including allegations of Russian hacking and voting by ineligible residents. 

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In the days leading up to his inauguration, Donald Trump asked activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to lead a federal commission on vaccine safety.  Kennedy is an outspoken critic of vaccines. 

 

We wanted to know what it takes to actually manufacture and test a vaccine.  Any vaccine. 

 

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Many Michigan State University students are trying to come to grips with President Trump’s executive order banning certain immigrants from entering the U.S.

 

The order affects people arriving from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan. 

 

 

Ghazal Mehrani, a Lansing attorney of Iranian decent is helping area students to try and navigate their way through the ban. 

 

MSU student Faezah declined to give her full name.  She's Iranian.  She says the ban has everyone in her community “feeling new aspects of pain.”

 


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