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Two vacancies on the Lansing Board of Education will be filled tonight. The board lost two members in recent weeks. Peter Spadafore resigned following his election to the Lansing city council, and Shirley Rodgers passed away.


Schor family on stage
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Andy Schor was sworn in as mayor of Lansing on January 1st. Tonight, he delivers his first State of the City address. Click on this story for a link to watch the speech.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Last week, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners appointed Dennis Louney to represent the county’s tenth district on Lansing’s east side. The vacancy had been created by the resignation of Brian McGrain, who now runs the economic development and planning department in the city of Lansing.


On this edition of Current State, we take a closer look at the interim President of Michigan State University and why so many people are protesting him. Plus, Rep. Mike Bishop talks about where investigations into MSU could go next. A survivor of Larry Nassar's abuse talks about how she's connected with other survivors since speaking in court and her future. 


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

One of the survivors of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse has accepted the apology of Meridian Township officials over the handling of her 2004 complaint against the former sports medicine physician. Brianne Randall-Gay pursued a criminal complaint against Nassar with Meridian Township police in 2004, but the department decided not to pursue charges after Nassar convinced them that he had conducted a legitimate medical procedure.


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Twenty years ago, the National Hockey League took a multi-week break so that professionals could play in the Olympic Games for the first time ever. This year, though, the league decided to stop giving pros a break so they could play. That decision created opportunities for players who might otherwise never make an Olympic roster.


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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. on 90.5 WKAR-FM, our entire Current State broadcast will focus on the moment of reckoning at Michigan State University.

Gwen Anderson reading her statement in court.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Many of Larry Nassar’s victims say his Ingham County sentencing was a significant step in their journey toward healing. And yet some, like Gwen Anderson, remind us that there’s still much more to be done.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Cars with self-driving technology are no longer on the way. They’re here, and you can see some of them through Sunday at the North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s Cobo Center.


Camaro ZL1
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

WKAR’s Scott Pohl is checking out the Lansing-built vehicles on display at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit through  Sunday.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is open to the public through Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of people will converge on the Cobo Center to see the new models of cars, trucks and SUV’s coming from automakers all over the world. WKAR’s Scott Pohl visited this year’s show during press preview days to check out the Lansing-built General Motors vehicles on display. We’ll have several auto show interviews this week.


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On this edition of Current State: Former MSU and USAG doctor Larry Nassar faces his victims in court; The 2018 North American International Auto Show opens to the public; A round-up of this week in Michigan politics, and more.


Buick Enclave photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The North American International Auto Show opens at Cobo Center in Detroit on Saturday. Hundreds of Thousands of people will be checking out all the cars, trucks and SUV's on display by the world's leading automakers.

Current State for January 13-14, 2018

Jan 13, 2018

On this edition of Current State: A round-up of this week in Michigan politics; A trip to Potter Park Zoo; A new exhibit opening at the Broad Art Museum highlights the works of Andy Warhol; Discussing self-identity and discrimination with Latinx Michigan State University students, and more.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The art world looks down on paintings on velvet. The images conjured by the phrase “velvet art” might be things like children with big eyes, or Elvis Presley. A Lansing art gallery is challenging the notion that this is low-brow art. Casa de Rosado is hosting an exhibition called “Black Velvet, a Rasquache Aesthetic” through February 3rd.


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