The Lansing Lugnuts -- the capital city’s minor league baseball team -- are into their 18th season playing at Cooley Law School Stadium at Michigan and Cedar, and around the Midwest League. As the end of the first half of the regular season approaches this Sunday, the Lugnuts are struggling with 31 wins and 35 losses, ranking them in fourth place in their division. But Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson asserts that it’s the second half that matters.
Thirteen years ago, right around Father’s Day, Lansing native Maureen Abood’s father, prominent local attorney Camille Abood, passed away from cancer.
Maureen, who pens a popular blog about Lebanese food and culture called Rose Water & Orange Blossoms, was gracious enough to share her memories of her father and explain how the healing power of food helped her and her family cope with their loss.
This Sunday isn’t just Father's Day -- it's also National Fudge Day. By most accounts, the first batch of fudge was concocted in Baltimore in the 1880's. By the turn of the 20th century, fudge making arrived on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan.
The Michigan Public Radio Network’sRick Pluta tours the modern day "fudge capital."
Recently, the nation has become focused on a series of scandals emanating from Washington, D.C. Edward Snowden, an analyst with the National Security Agency, publicly disclosed details of a secret telephone data mining program. That disclosure came shortly after news that the Internal Revenue Service had targeted and allegedly harassed Tea Party groups.
A Michigan House committee has approved a much debated proposal to expand Medicaid coverage in the state. Expansion of the federal program enjoys some bipartisan support, but the measure was delayed by some House Republicans who wanted stricter guidelines. Some were also reluctant to approve the expansion because of its connection to the federal Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.”
Today, Lansing kicks off the opening events of the 20th annual Juneteenth celebration, which is a three-day festival celebrating the emancipation of African-Americans from slavery. The holiday has been officially recognized in the state since 2005 when Gov. Jennifer Granholm declared the third Saturday in June to be "Juneteenth National Freedom Day."
Cheryl Benjamin, board member of the Lansing Juneteenth Committee, joins Current State to explain the holiday's origins and what the next three days have to offer.
Of the multiple features of this year's Midwestern classical music season, one is the 20th anniversary of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival - which will celebrate with over 20 concerts throughout downtown Detroit.
The start of summer signals the time for music festivals to spring up all across the Great Lakes region. WKAR’s Jody Knol, Mark Schwitzgoebel and Peter Whorf preview and highlight the 2013 summer classical music festival season throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.
Today on Current State: the Ingham Health Plan and healthcare changes; wind energy in Michigan; the MSU Student Organic Farm; Neighbors in Action features Black Men Inc. of Greater Lansing and discovering a Lake Michigan shipwreck from 1679.
Medicaid expansion continues to be a very closely watched issue in Michigan. Yesterday, a House committee moved to loosen requirements and the impact of the federal Affordable Care Act is tied closely to Medicaid expansion.
Michigan was one of the fastest growing states for wind power in 2012. That's according to the American Wind Energy Association’s annual market report. But the nuts and bolts of harnessing wind energy is a complicated issue, with its fair share of supporters and detractors.
The MSU Student Organic Farm operates year-round as both a teaching and production facility. WKAR’s Peter Whorf speaks with MSU Student Organic Farmstand manager April Plankey about healthy eating trends, the farm's day-to-day operations and the weekly bounty.
Built by French explorer Rene-Robert Sieur de La Salle, the vessel "Le Griffon," or "Griffin" in English, was the first vessel to sail the Great Lakes. The ship was an important supply line to support La Salle’s expedition in search of the mouth of the Mississippi River. However, the ship was disappeared in 1679 and hasn’t been found since.
Today on Current State: Can redistricting be done without politics?; archeological finds under MSU's campus; Lansing's new sewer project; and state transportation issues including road funding and Detroit metro's new Regional Transportation Authority.
Michigan’s state legislative districts are redrawn after every U.S. Census. The last time around the process turned contentious and led many Democrats to allege gerrymandering by the GOP majority. They point to what they say are contorted district lines drawn to ensure a political advantage.
This Thursday, Lansing residents have a chance to weigh in on the latest suggestion for dealing with city sewage and stormwater. City administrators say the so-called "Wet Weather" project would combine Lansing’s 20-year old CSO, or “combined sewage overflow” project, with two other similar ones involving sanitary sewer overflow and stormwater.
Regionalism is a buzzword that’s uttered throughout metropolitan communities across the country, and mid-Michigan is no exception. Proponents say it’s more than a lofty ideal whereby the assets and resources of large cities benefit the surrounding suburbs. They claim in hard economic times, regionalism is a lifeline for survival.
It should come as no surprise that Kathryn Votapek is a musician, as both of her parents are pianists. Her father, Ralph Votapek, was the first winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
But Kathryn and her musician brothers chose other instruments, and her career path led her to the music faculty at the University of Michigan, where she is a lecturer in violin.
Exports are big business in Michigan. In 2012, $53 billion, which is about 15 percent of the state’s gross domestic product (GDP), was attributed to the state’s export economy. And that’s up 12 percent from 2011.
Former state schools superintendent Tom Watkins says some of Michigan's 800 school districts would lose $10,000 for each dropout or transfer student. Still, those school districts haven't taken subsequent actions to minimize the revenue loss.
The number of Michigan school districts facing serious financial challenges continues to grow. On Thursday, state schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan reported there are 55 districts across the state operating in the red. That’s up by six since the start of the year.
Flanagan updates the state legislature quarterly on school finances. He commented that the situation requires “more resources.”
In the coming decades, if NASA has its way, the long, harrowing trip to Mars will be more than just a bad Hollywood movie directed by the likes of Michael Bay.
The space agency has said it plans to send astronauts to the Red Planet by the early 2030's. While 20 years is a long way off, NASA has already begun the planning and research, and MSU scientists are part of these early stages.
On June 8, 1953, an F-5 tornado hit Flint and the nearby community of Beecher, killing 116 people. It was the tenth deadliest tornado in U. S. history, and a generation of Michigan residents would never look at a dark sky the same way again.
This weekend is the fourth annual Pumpstock music festival. The annual gathering in East Lansing’s Bailey Park features live American roots music and local food. Festival coordinator Dudley Smith, more commonly known as “Smitty,” and performer Elden Kelly joins Current State host Mark Bashore.