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Globally, solar makes up only a miniscule portion of energy production, but that’s not dampening enthusiasm for solar on a local level, including in Lansing and East Lansing. It’s led to speculation that solar energy may be moving beyond growing pains. We talk with John Kinch of East Lansing’s Michigan Energy Options and John Sarver of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association.

Connor Cook photo

MSU football has risen in the national football rankings, and quarterback Connor Cook has sufferend an injury. Current State talks with Current Sports host Al Martin about Spartan football leading up to Saturday's game at Ohio State.

Current State kicks of its Geography Awareness Week series. Peter Whorf talks with MSU professor Joe Darden.

Current State #648 | November 13, 2015

Nov 13, 2015

Today on Current State: Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network on the state's transparency and accountability failing grand from the Center for Public Integrity; remembering the Pigs vs. the Freaks football games in East Lansing; WKAR remembers retiring "Morning Edition" host Melissa Benmark; and Live Music Friday with Kate Peterson.

The non-profit Center for Public Integrity gave Michigan a failing grade this week for its efforts at transparency and accountability. Current State talks with Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, a longtime critic of the state’s approach to campaign finance who says we earned that F.