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Radio Made in Michigan
1:22 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

Detroit’s Emergency Manager is exploring the idea of selling off artwork owned by the city to aid in paying off the city’s debts.
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Mlive’s Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. Today, she discusses the Michigan Flyer-AirRide motorcoach service, Detroit’s finical issues and the loss of current Bank of America customer perks. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:17 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

WKAR anti-bullying video contest

The best video's will air on WKAR-TV for National Bullying Prevention Month in October.
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WKAR is asking area middle school students to produce their own videos that speak out against bullying.  The best ones will be aired on WKAR-TV. WKAR's Jason Thomson, a multimedia producer with MSU’s Interactive Video Services department, explains more about the series. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:22 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Current State #94 | May 24, 2013

Today on Current State: marijuana convictions in Okemos; slavery films; Michigan’s bad year for mosquitoes and MSU “Food for Thought” food truck.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:20 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Attorney alleges 'miscarriage of justice' over local marijuana convictions

Currently, the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act only allows patients with the need for medical marijuana to either grow the plant on their own, or find an individual -- known as the primary caregiver -- who is willing to grow it for them to do so. However, registered primary caregivers can only assist up to five qualifying patients.
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Marijuana possession is still a federal crime, but law enforcement and prosecution has been extremely confusing in many states -- including Michigan -- which have legalized the use of marijuana to varying degrees.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:12 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Examining slavery in American film

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Slavery is a part of American history, but a part people are uncomfortable speaking about.  So, contemporary conversations about slavery often play out on the big screen. 

And, apparently, we still have a lot to say about it. Seven new films about slavery are slated to come out in 2013.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:49 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Swarms of mosquitoes have followed heavy spring flooding

MSU professor Ned Walker says heavy spring flooding this spring is creating a very severe mosquito population in Michigan.
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If you’ve been outside in the last few weeks, it's not hard to notice the swarms of attacking mosquitoes. The creepy buzzing in the ears, the itchy welts and the inordinate blood loss -- they all seem particularly bad this spring. Ned Walker, MSU entomology professor and an expert on the dastardly mosquito, talked with Current State host Mark Bashore about how bad it is and why.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:46 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

'Food for Thought' is newest addition to local food truck scene

The "Food for Thought" food truck debuted on MSU Campus on March 25.
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In March, Spartan Hospitality Group at Michigan State University launched a new venture that it hoped would change the nature of fast food on the MSU campus and beyond. The venture is called the "Food for Thought" food truck. Since then, business has steadily grown.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:07 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Current State #93 | May 23, 2013

Today on Current State:  Interim Lansing police chief Mike Yankowski; MSU professor Karl Gude's new art exhibit; the East Lansing Park District Project and a new book on race relations in Detroit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:04 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Interim Police Chief Mike Yankowski reflects on first month at LPD helm

Interim police chief Mike Yankowski says that he hopes to bring a data-driven approach to the Lansing Police Department.
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Captain Mike Yankowski is about one month into his new responsibilities as the interim chief of the Lansing Police Department, after succeeding retired police chief Teresa Szymanski. He's considered a strong possibility for the permanent position as chief.

Yankowski joins Current State to discuss several issues including high profile local cases, his law enforcement philosophy and the state of medical marijuana in Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:01 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

MSU professor and painter Karl Gude promotes his new exhibit

While a fan of impressionist styles, painter and professor Karl Gude says his work focuses primarily on hyper-realism.
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Michigan State University professor and graphics expert Karl Gude approaches the visual side of storytelling with a heavy dose of creativity.  He relies on that impulse to teach "Visualizing Information" and other classes in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.  He also taps into this mindset to paint and he is now promoting his most recent exhibit at the Nisbet Building at MSU.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:58 am
Thu May 23, 2013

East Lansing development process moving forward

The scope of downtown East Lansing is changing as the city council considers two proposals from DTN Management Co. and Lurvey White Ventures.
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Yesterday, a public panel in East Lansing might have moved the city a little closer to updating a key downtown space.  The city’s Park District review team made recommendations regarding specific development companies and their plans for that space.  

Many in the area are eager to start developing the largely derelict area west of Abbot Road and north of Grand River. The panel recommended that the city council focus on plans from both DTN Management Co. and Lurvey White Ventures.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:52 am
Thu May 23, 2013

New book discusses Detroit race relations

Darden's book discussed how the residents of Detroit can improve not only their lives but the town itself.
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The last few years have brought significant changes to the city of Detroit. A financial emergency was declared, and despite opposition from residents and the city council, a financial manager was appointed. And just this month, Mayor Dave Bing announced he would step down from office at the end of his term—and a crowded field of new candidates announced their intentions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:08 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Bernero vows to veto Lansing budget

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero is vowing to veto parts of the budget the city council passed on Monday.
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Elected officials in Lansing are nearing the end of their annual give and take over the city’s next budget.  

By a 5-3 vote Monday night, the city council approved a roughly $115 million spending plan that eliminated a number of items supported by Mayor Virg Bernero.  The mayor has promised a veto.  

Mayor Bernero talks with Current State's Mark Bashore about what he can and can’t accept, and about several developments have unfolded just in the 24 hours.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:03 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Current State #92 | May 22, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing mayor Virg Bernero on the city budget process; the new "bible of psychiatry" is published and "Neighbors in Action" features The Gift of Life.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:00 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Influential D.S.M.-5 is released today amid much criticism

The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual on Mental Disorders outlines diagnoses for hundreds of mental disorders.
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Today, the new Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, or D.S.M. -5 as it’s more commonly known, comes out.  Often called the “Bible of Psychiatry,” the new 947-page manual outlines diagnoses for hundreds of mental disorders.  Published by the American Psychiatric Association, the manual is broadly influential, affecting mental health professionals, insurance companies, the court system, and pharmaceutical and mental health research. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:59 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Gift of Life

Each Wednesday, Current State presents “Neighbors in Action,” which features people and organizations working to make our community a better place.  This week we feature Gift of Life, which facilitates organ donorship in Michigan.

Mark Bashore talks with communications specialist Betsy Miner-Swartz and Patty Jo Herndon, president of the Michigan Donor Family Council and a sister of an organ donor.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:01 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Current State #91 | May 21, 2013

On today's Current State: Medicaid expansion hinges on an unlikely waiver; a Public Poetry Announcement by poet Jane Kenyon; farmers fear a migrant labor shortage for the harvest; the International Joint Commission issues a report card on the health of the Great Lakes and Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Public Poetry Announcement: Jane Kenyon

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Jane Kenyon’s “Afternoon At MacDowell” is this week’s Public Poetry Announcement.

Current State's Public Poetry Announcements are brought to you by the Center for Poetry at MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:33 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

International Joint Commission issues Great Lakes report card

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Over the past 25 years, environmental protection measures have greatly improved the health of the Great Lakes.  However, the region’s waterways are facing new issues.  According to the International Joint Commission's latest progress report, warmer temperatures are having a dramatic effect on the ecological health of the Great Lakes.

Lana Pollack chairs the commission’s U.S. delegation.  She joins us today to discuss the past, present and future of cleaning up the Great Lakes. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:10 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

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MLive.com's Angela Wittrock joins Current State's Mark Bashore and Lansing city councilman Brian Jeffries to talk about the Lansing budget.  Angela also talks about the East Lansing city budget.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:32 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Michigan’s tourism industry continues to grow

Michigan's museums and national parks saw increases in tourism last year.
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Originally aired on April 19, 2013.

The state of Michigan saw an increase in tourism spending in 2012, most of which can be attributed to travelers from other states.

At the annual Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism which started on April 14, MSU professor and tourism expert Sarah Nicholls predicted another year of industry growth. Nicholls speaks with Current State's Emanuele Berry to unveil more tourism trends and plans for Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:31 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

U.S. must decide how to position nuclear arsenal for the 21st century

The U.S. Department of Defense Secretary announced 14 new ground-based interceptors will be added to its Alaska missile defense system, in light of increased threats from North Korea and Iran.
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Originally aired on March 20, 2013.

The United States is the premier nuclear power in the world. But the geopolitical landscape has radically transformed since the height of the Cold War. Meanwhile, our stockpile of ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines and large bombers is aging and in need of expensive upgrades and replacements.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:29 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Two years after Fukushima, Japan still recovering

When a massive 9.0 earthquake hit Japan two years ago it caused mass destruction and distress. On March 18, an event took place at MSU to commemorate the second anniversary of the tragedy.
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 Originally aired on March 14, 2013. 

 Two years ago, a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. The quake triggered a tsunami which damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, causing the world’s worst radiation leak since the Chernobyl accident in 1986.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:28 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Book explores the shifting image of Christ throughout U.S. history

The remaking of Jesus’ image at the crossroads of race and religion is what Edward Blum and Paul Harvey discuss in their book, “The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America.”
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Originally aired on March 27, 2013.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:26 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Timebanks foster community building

 Originally aired on March 12, 2013. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:21 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Current State | May 20, 2013

Today on Current State:  Timebanks; a new book exploring the color of Christ; Japan two years after Fukushima nuclear disaster; the future of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and Michigan tourism. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:12 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Current State #90 | May 17, 2013

Today on Current State: Rep. Andy Schor; the renowned Stradivarius violins; Michigan mental health courts; and a preview of summer constellations.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:12 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Rep. Andy Schor discusses budget and reforms

Rep. Andy Schor of Lansing, is serving Michigan's 68th House District.
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Michigan’s fiscal year 2014 budget is due in six weeks. In the midst of the always intriguing process, Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, joins Current State. Schor has also been active in May launching and announcing support for measures involving voting reform, gun control and women’s health.

Today, he talks with Current State host Mark Bashore about the ongoing budget proposals, Medicaid expansion, the possible use of an unanticipated revenue increase, his voting reform bills, and more.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:11 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Michigan looks to expand mental health courts

Earlier this month, a group of House Republican lawmakers introduced a four-bill package that would create a permanent system of mental health treatment courts in Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Uncovering the secrets of the Stradivarius with technology

The Stradivarius Violin sits on the CT bed, waiting for scan.
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For centuries,  the Stradivarius Violins have been acknowledged as fine instruments, whose work is set as a standard by all violin makers.  The instrument was made by Antonio Stradivarius at Cremona, Italy, in 1690s.

Now with radiology technology, members from MSU Radiology department and Mid-Michigan MRI, Inc.,  are able to scan and look at the inside of the instrument without opening it.  Current State's Peter Whorf take us to see how art and science come together.

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