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Radio Made in Michigan
6:58 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Lowered life expectancy for American women could have ripple effect in society

A long history of gender imbalance in medical research further complicates obtaining data specific to women's health.
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A recent study published in the journal Health Affairs this week shows a decline in life expectancy for American women.  Scientists still aren’t sure of the causes, and the need for more data is further complicated by the long history of gender imbalance in medical research.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:49 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Road construction will snarl East Lansing traffic through summer

Construction along Michigan and Grand River Avenues is expected to congest traffic until October.
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A major road construction project is getting underway in East Lansing.  The Michigan Department of Transportation says there will be improvements on Grand River Avenue from Coolidge Road to Park Lake Road, and on Michigan Avenue from the west city limits to Grand River.

There will be road resurfacing, sidewalk and ramp improvements, non-motorized pathways, and traffic signal upgrades. Todd Sneathen, the city of East Lansing’s Director of Public Works, discusses the upcoming road work. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:38 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Safe Patient Care Act would mandate minimum nurse-to-patient ratios

The Michigan Nurses Association says that nursing staff shortages in the state's hospitals lower the quality of care.
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Hundreds of nurses from across the state were in Lansing yesterday to lobby their state lawmakers.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:22 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Diverse lineup remains for Wharton Center's season

Anthony Bourdain appears in East Lansing on May 7.

The stretch run begins next week for the remainder of the concert season at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts.  WKAR’s Peter Whorf chats with Wharton Center executive director Mike Brand about the breadth and depth of performances coming to East Lansing in the next few months.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:58 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Current State #38 | March 6, 2013

Today on Current State: The latest setback to the Lansing casino deal; Michigan ACLU on "Right to Work" lawsuit; the "Michigan 2020"  plan; Neighbors in Action featuring All Saints Episcopal Church; folk legend Janis Ian; and MSU students and staff in Beijing. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:52 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Legal setback for Lansing casino plans


A federal judge has dealt a blow to a Michigan Indian tribe seeking to build a casino in downtown Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:46 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Michigan ACLU on 'Right to Work' lawsuit

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has taken action to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s controversial right-to-work law.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:36 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Neighbors in Action: All Saints Episcopal Church's Teen After School Center

About 50 youth from Lansing and East Lansing attend the Teen After School Program at All Saints Episcopal Church.
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Radio Made in Michigan
5:30 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Democratic leaders double down on 'Michigan 2020' plan

On Tuesday, Democratic senate leaders reintroduced their “Michigan 2020” plan which proposes to guarantee college tuition for all Michigan high school graduates.  Senator Rebekah Warren from Ann Arbor, one of the proposal’s lead backers, outlines the details.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:54 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Singer Janis Ian on her career, upcoming performance

Folk singer Janis Ian recorded her first hit single at the age of 13.
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This Friday, musician Janis Ian will perform at the Ten Pound Fiddle in East Lansing. In 1967, Ian wrote her first hit song, "Society’s Child," which was about an interracial relationship. She was 13 years-old. The song was banned by some radio stations, and Ian received hate mail, but it became a national hit after conductor Leonard Bernstein featured it in a TV special.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:43 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

In Beijing, MSU students and staff get taste of Chinese college life

The Administration Building at Beijing Normal University.
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It’s no secret that the Chinese student population has exploded at Michigan State over the last few years. And with that, there has been some friction, including last fall when some Chinese students’ cars were vandalized with graffiti telling them to “go back home.” 

In an effort to improve cultural understanding in the MSU community, this week a delegation of students, faculty and staff is visiting China's capital city of Beijing to meet with their counterparts at Beijing Normal University.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:36 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Current State #37 | March 5, 2013

Today on Current State: The local impact of federal budget cuts; climate change in Michigan; Michigan farmers markets; the new dynamics of the Michigan Supreme Court; and Lansing's new city attorney designate. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:28 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Sequestration cuts will be felt locally

Due to expected federal budget cuts, the Head Start program at Capital Area Community Services, Inc. in Lansing is expected to serve 150 fewer children, says director Lucy McClintic.
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Automatic cuts to the federal budget, known as sequestration, went into effect last week. If the initial round of $85 billion in cuts to the military and domestic discretionary spending are not averted, the cuts will resonate throughout the nation's economy, including in Michigan. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:02 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

The potential effects of climate change in Michigan

Climate change is continuing to influence Michigan’s environment. Last March a sudden thaw and freeze devastated the state’s berry crops. While recently, record low water levels have forced the government to spend millions on dredging.

Jeff Andresen,  Michigan Climatologist and assistant professor of geography at Michigan State University, discusses Michigan's climate future.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:53 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Michigan farmers markets boost economy, health

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The Michigan Farmers Market Conference takes place today and tomorrow as part of Agriculture and Natural Resources Week. The growth and expansion of farmers’ markets is one of the most visible aspects of Michigan’s vibrant local and regional food renaissance. This rapid market growth has created a need for educational and advocacy programs that protect and grow these venues and highlight the benefits and importance of Michigan agriculture.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:36 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

David Viviano set to begin tenure on Michigan Supreme Court

David Viviano hails from a family of Michigan judges.

Last week, Governor Rick Snyder named Macomb County Chief Circuit Judge David Viviano to the Michigan Supreme Court.  Viviano replaces former justice Diane Hathaway, who resigned in January under a cloud of scandal pertaining to her involvement in a fraudulent real estate deal.  Viviano has worked as a city attorney and was also a Republican nominee for Macomb County prosecutor.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:24 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Lansing Mayor nominates first woman, African American as city attorney

If Mayor Virg Bernero has his way, Janene McIntyre will be Lansing’s next city attorney. She would succeed Brigham Smith, who left for a similar job in Connecticut earlier this year.

McIntyre is a Lansing native and Cooley Law School graduate, currently working with the public finance practice groups at Foster Swift Collins and Smith in Lansing.

If approved by the city council, she would become Lansing’s first female, and first African-American, city attorney. 

Current State’s Scott Pohl speaks with McIntyre about the new opportunity. 

Radio Made in Michigan
5:13 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Current State #36 | March 4, 2013

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Today on Current State:  A breakdown of the impending changes to Michigan's health care system; phobias and fears with the co-author of "Encyclopedia Paranoiaca;"  a profile of new state representative Theresa Abed; sports with the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode; and business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:59 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Michigan's health care system facing an overhaul

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From possible Medicaid expansion to insurance exchanges to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s new status, the state’s health care system is about to change.

We’ll discuss just how drastically with Lonnie Scott, state communications director for the consumer advocacy group, Know Your Care, and Rick Murdock, director of the Michigan Association of Health Plans.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:40 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

'Encyclopedia Paranoiaca' mines fears and phobias for laughs

Flip-flops are a deadly footwear option, according to the 'Encyclopedia Paranoiaca.'
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It may be hard to believe, but evidence suggests many otherwise benign, everyday items like flip- flops, drinking straws and neckties pose serious dangers.  Other reputable data point to the health risks involved in common activities like flossing our teeth, washing our hands and eating leafy greens.  
 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:57 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

New Legislator Preview: Rep. Theresa Abed, 71st District

We continue our series of interviews with new local State Representatives with Theresa Abed. Last November, Abed defeated one-term Representative Deb Schaughnessy, moving the 71st District's Eaton County seat from Republican to Democratic. She joins us to discuss her 2013 legislative agenda.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:45 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Sports check-in with Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. Today, he breaks down MSU's loss to Michigan on Sunday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:40 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

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. This week, she discusses news that the Lansing State Journal plans to sell its building.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:27 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Current State #35 | March 1, 2013

On today's Current State: Detroit's financial future, a local practitioner of the ancient Japanese art form called mokuhanga, sports with the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode, the MSU football program's  legacy of racial integration, Friday fish fries and a preview of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's next performance.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:19 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Governor Snyder set to lay out plan for Detroit

Last week a state appointed financial review team concluded that the city of Detroit is in a financial emergency. Since then, Governor Snyder has been considering whether he should appoint an emergency financial manager to fix the city. He is expected to announce his decision today. Eric Scorsone, an MSU economist who specializes in municipal finance, discusses the future of Detroit’s finances.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:15 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Ancient Japanese art form on display in Lansing

A mokuhanga painting of Mt. Fuji by Linda Beeman.
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A new gallery in Old Town Lansing is bringing Japanese art to Lansing. The Linda J. Beeman studio is filled with mokuhanga or woodblock prints. Mokuhanga is unique, as only a small group of artists make woodblock prints outside of Japan. Current State’s Emanuele Berry takes a look.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:08 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Sports check-in with Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. Today, he looks ahead to the MSU vs. U of M game on Sunday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:05 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

MSU football paved the way for racial integration in college athletics

In the 1960s, Michigan State recruited black football players from the South who were unable to play closer to home.

The 1966 match up between Notre Dame and Michigan State University was billed as “ The Game of the Century.” The two undefeated teams, ranked 1 and 2 respectively, clashed at Spartan Stadium. While many remember the game for its controversial 10-10 tie, it’s also remembered for its social and political relevance.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:47 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Lansing Symphony Orchestra performs this weekend

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s MasterWorks 5 concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. Music of Barber and Dvorak is on the program, as well as a piece called “Ancestral Waters” by Brian Gaber.

WKAR’s Melissa Benmark talked to Gaber about his composition, and checked in with LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt to hear about the rest of the concert.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:53 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Current State #34 | February 28, 2013

Today on Current State: February's biggest news stories; a Public Poetry Announcement with local poet Diane Wakoski; a friend remembers pianist Van Cliburn; and a Detroit Tigers' season preview with Mario Impemba.

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