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History
11:56 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Place-making with historic preservation

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network is involved in the restoration of the Knapp's building in Lansing.
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Historic preservation stakeholders from across the state are convening in Jackson, Michigan this week for the annual Michigan Historic Preservation Network conference. The network works to recognize and conserve Michigan’s architectural culture.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:41 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Current State #318 | May 15, 2014

Today on Current State: a state budget update; children's spirituality and nature; Mike Whorf's "Kaleidoscope", part two; a review of "In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods" by Matt Bell; and the Board of Water and Light's falcons.

Politics & Government
1:39 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Capitol Update: Revenue, Detroit bankruptcy and minimum wage

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At the state capitol yesterday, Michigan’s latest set of revenue estimates were unveiled. It’s an important twice-a-year gathering with often serious implications for state government spending, budgets and taxes.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:37 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Study links children's spirituality and the outdoors

Dr. Gretel Van Wiren
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With more daylight and the end of school, lots of kids will have the opportunity to play outdoors more in the coming weeks and months if they choose to. Outdoors time has decreased drastically for children. A new MSU study indicates that there are benefits to outdoor free play besides the physical exercise.

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Entertainment
1:33 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Mike Whorf's 'Kaleidoscope' gets revival on AM-870

Mike Whorf.
Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR

Mike Whorf interview, part 1.

Mike Whorf interview, part 2.

Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and mid-western radio listeners as the long-time Detroit radio host of "Kaleidoscope". The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968, as well as numerous other honors.

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Arts & Culture
1:32 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Book Review: Matthew Bell's latest novel

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Sometimes the literary world can suffer from a case of The Emperor’s New Clothes. We all know this story made famous by Hans Christian Andersen, of the ridiculous Emperor tricked into wearing nothing and the underlings around him too afraid to point out that he is only in his underwear. In the mind of the Emperor he is adorned in the greatest attire, but in reality there isn’t much left for the imagination.

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Environment
1:30 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

BWL falcons expecting

Baby falcons are on the way at the Board of Water and Light's Eckert electric generating plant.
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There are many expecting parents around Mid-Michigan, but few will produce offspring as rare as Eckert and Viper’s. The peregrine falcons are waiting for three little ones to hatch, after nesting at the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s Eckert electric generating plant.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:29 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Current State #317 | May 14, 2014

Today on Current State: the impact of tax-cutting; gun legislation; ibuprofen warnings; Neighbors in Action: The House of Promise; and Lansing's new food truck court.

Politics & Government
11:28 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Report suggests Michigan tax cuts have hampered prosperity

Michigan ranks 49th in the country in terms of the percentage of state and local taxes paid by business.
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A recent report casts doubt on the impact of two decades of tax-cutting in Michigan. It suggests that the resulting cuts in public revenue have seriously prevented greater prosperity.

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Politics & Government
11:27 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Moms rally for gun background checks

Weapons for sale at a gun show.
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Today as Michigan lawmakers make their way to their offices, they’ll be offered some treats, from a group who is sweet on gun sense. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will rally at the Michigan capitol.

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Health
11:26 am
Wed May 14, 2014

MSU physician discusses risk of ibuprofen and related drugs

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Ibuprofen is one of the most widely used over the counter pain medications in the United States. Most consumers know it under such brands as Advil and Motrin. The labeling on these products purport to treat a variety of pains, from headaches to arthritis to the common cold. A growing body of research in the last few years suggests those labels should contain stronger warnings.

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Arts & Culture
11:25 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Neighbors in Action: House of Promise

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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature one woman’s effort to turn her passion for addressing the horrors of human trafficking into action.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
11:24 am
Wed May 14, 2014

A new kind of food court comes to Lansing

Frank Tigninelli has been making pizzas for over 40 years.
Scott Pohl, WKAR

It seems that no matter where you go, grabbing a meal at a food truck is a growing phenomenon. At this point in the Lansing area, if you want to patronize a food truck, there probably is one running somewhere. You just need to figure out where they are from day to day. New to the food truck trend, though, could be the idea of a food truck court. One of them has sprung up in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Current State #316 | May 13, 2014

Today on Current State: an update on shootings that left two dead; containing health care costs; a Detroit bankruptcy update; and a child health study.

NewsRoom
11:16 am
Tue May 13, 2014

LSJ reporter updates shooting details

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Authorities have charged a man who is suspected in the shooting deaths of two people yesterday: one in Lansing Township and the other in East Lansing. Only about 15 minutes separated the attacks. The first took the life of a 35-year old man who worked at a Rite Aid pharmacy on East Saginaw Street near Frandor. The second killed another man at a nearby duplex on Coolidge Road in East Lansing.

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Health
11:15 am
Tue May 13, 2014

EL health forum explores cost containment

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In the era of Obamacare, we often hear of healthcare delivery. That refers to the various ways patients are served by health professionals. For example, there are primary care from a general practitioner, secondary care at a hospital, and urgent care.

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Politics & Government
11:14 am
Tue May 13, 2014

After objections, Detroit bankruptcy process continues at capitol

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Yesterday marked the deadline for objections to Detroit’s plan of adjustment to be filed. Over a dozen criticisms were registered by residents, creditors and even the federal government.

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Health
11:13 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Michigan researchers pick up pieces of children study

Dr. Paneth says infant mortality has declined, but not because we know more about its causes; we've gotten better at treatment.
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In 2011, Michigan State University embarked on a national project to study the impact of the environment on the health of children from birth to age 21. The National Children’s Study was designed to be the largest such research of its kind. MSU was part of a statewide team which interviewed more than 100 pregnant women in Wayne County. They were in search of data that might determine their children’s long term health outcomes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:37 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Current State #315 | May 12, 2014

Today on Current State: the condition of Michigan's bridges; a proposed merger between the U.S. and Canada; a virus attacking piglets; and Detroit food options.

Politics & Government
11:36 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Construction expert looks at the worsening state of MI bridges

Nystrom says bridges deemed to be structurally deficient could have issues with the foundation, beams, or holes in the deck.
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The state of Michigan’s roads has gotten a lot of attention lately, and if you drive or pay attention to the state legislature, you know why: our roads are just flat-out awful. But what about Michigan’s bridges? It turns out, many of those are in need of major repairs as well.

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Arts & Culture
11:34 am
Mon May 12, 2014

“Oh say, can you see…We stand on guard for thee”: exploring a hypothetical US-Canada merger

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The United States and Canada face a lot of problems, but getting along with each other, for the most part, isn’t one of them. Canada is our biggest trading partner, the border is long and mostly safe, and millions of Americans and Canadians live and work in each other’s countries. But could America and Canada be even closer?

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Science
11:33 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Deadly piglet virus hits farms statewide, nationally

The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus causes diarrhea in suckling piglets.
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Pig farmers in Michigan and around the nation are losing piglets to a virus that is easily spread and almost always lethal to very young animals. So far, it’s killed over six million piglets.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Author shares his Detroit’s food finds, both grand and humble

Credit Courtesy - History Press

What is a food lover to make of Detroit? Michigan author Bill Loomis says he “went behind the graffiti and the ruins” to explore the city’s “food ways”, from its established Coney Island vendors and Eastern Market to more recent hipster bars and “pop up” restaurants, bakeries, taverns, so-called “underground” destinations and fine dining all over Detroit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:04 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Current State #314 | May 9, 2014

Today on Current State: candidate for Michigan Attorney General Mark Totten; 'Kaleidoscope' returns to radio; unpaid internships; and an essay on motherhood.

Politics & Government
11:03 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Democratic candidate Mark Totten makes case for Attorney General

Michigan Attorney General candidate Mark Totten.
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Democrat Mark Totten was among the first to announce his candidacy for statewide office in this year’s elections. He threw his hat in the ring to become his party’s nominee for Attorney General almost a year ago.

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Education
10:56 am
Fri May 9, 2014

The risks and rewards of unpaid internships

Dr. Phil Gardner
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As the university school year winds down, many students are preparing for summer unpaid internships, hoping to improve their employability.The practice of not paying interns has become increasingly widespread.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
10:55 am
Fri May 9, 2014

ESSAY: Former local TV personality reflects on motherhood

Mona Shand (center) and her husband Mark are the parents of 4-year-old Cecilia, 6-year-old Noah, and 2-year-old Eli.
Credit Courtesy - Mona Shand

Mother’s Day is Sunday, and when we heard about a program called "The Mommologues: Musings on Motherhood" being performed in Howell last night, we decided to invite one of the participating writers to share her work with us. Former WLNS-TV 6 reporter Mona Shand is a mother of three young children.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:48 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Current State #313 | May 8, 2014

Today on Current State: campus sexual assaults; U.S. report card on physical activity for children; a Pakistani artists' installations in East Lansing; and live music previewing Mighty Uke Day. 

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Health
12:48 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

MSU counselor encouraged by White House campus sexual assault report

Shari Murgittroyd says it's clear that national advocates and the White House care about the needs of campus sexual assault victims.
Credit Michigan State University

“One in five women is sexually assaulted in college.” That’s the opening statement in a 20-page report released by the White House last week to address the epidemic of sexual assault on our nation’s college campuses. Last week, the U.S. Department of Education also revealed the names of the 55 colleges and universities that the agency is investigating for how they handle sexual assault complaints. As we know, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University were on that list.

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Health
12:40 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

American kids get near failing grade in physical activity study

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The first ever United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and youth was released last week. With a grade of D- for overall physical activity there is plenty of room for improvement. The report also focuses on the behavioral and environmental  influences which shape a child's physical activity habits.

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