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man standing in front of house
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Michigan might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about clear, sunny skies.  Still, our state is fostering a growing solar industry.  The new energy reform package signed into law last month by Governor Rick Snyder calls for more aggressive renewable energy production targets, including from solar power.

A public-private partnership in mid-Michigan is trying to capitalize on this trend by building a solar park in East Lansing.


state capitol building
WKAR File Photo

Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency has become one of the most polarizing events in modern American history.  While some will celebrate his inauguration Friday, others will protest the social climate for which they believe Trump is largely responsible. 

 

As thousands march in Washington on Saturday, Lansing will see a similar demonstration at the State Capitol.  WKAR's Kevin Lavery reports on the "March on Lansing."

 

man on ice sheet
Courtesy / Getty Images

Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year.

scientists in lab at MSU
Courtesy Yungqui Cao

Electricity is an abundant power source.  But harnessing it for everyday use is sometimes tricky. 

But what if you could charge your phone with your own body?

 

That question is being studied at Michigan State University with a device that uses nanotechnology.

 


Every child wants to grow up to be independent — to leave their parents' home, find work, build a life of their own.

But that seemingly simple step into adulthood can be a monumental challenge for children with developmental disabilities like autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, or any of a range of other such disabilities that affect about one in six American children, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Arlene McDaniel Quartet
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Current State’s monthly live music segment features the music of Weather Report.

Current State | January 14, 2017

Jan 13, 2017

This week on Current State: WKAR-TV's new 24/7 children's programming channel; Sarah Chang and the Prague Philharmonic come to East Lansing; GM's car sharing project, Maven; WLNS-TV news anchor Jane Aldrich leaves the anchor desk; and live music with the Arlene McDaniel Quartet.


Yvonne Camaal Canul at WKAR radio studio
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

After cutting back on arts programming, Lansing Schools have re-added certified music educators to elementary classrooms.  

District Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul says she hopes to put art specialists back into elementary schools soon.

 

Michigan shows economic growth

The Environmental Protection Agency said Fiat Chrysler violated the Clean Air Act by allegedly installing and failing to disclose software in some 104,000 cars and trucks that alters emissions.

The automaker was required by law to disclose the software to regulators during the certification process but did not do so, the EPA announced Thursday. While the agency is still investigating the nature of these devices, it said the software results in increased emissions of nitrogen oxides.

Current State | January 7, 2017

Jan 7, 2017

State infrastructure, substitute teachers, East Lansing Food Co-op closing, printing your own books, Election 2017, Neighbors in Action: Walls of Warmth. 


Marlene Webster and Samantha Ardelean of Walls of Warmth photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

For Neighbors in Action, we learn about Walls of Warmth, a new program helping the homeless in Shiawassee County.


Vacant buildings in downtown East Lansing.
Mark Bashore / WKAR-MSU

Although particular challenges remain, East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows remains hopeful about the latest proposal to develop a decaying portion of the city’s downtown.

 

 


Current State | December 16, 2016

Dec 16, 2016

FULL EPISODE: Dan Pero, Tom Izzo; and Live Music Friday with Phil Denny


Dan Pero photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

A former chief of staff for Gov. John Engler is returning to the state capitol. Current State talks with Dan Pero about working with incoming state House Speaker Tom Leonard.


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