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Lifestyle & Recreation
11:53 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Turkey love: Even birds need a wingman

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Here in mid-Michigan we’re finally starting to see signs of spring after the long winter. Current State’s Melissa Benmark has been enjoying the humor, and hopefulness, of a spring ritual she’s been witnessing in her back yard.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Current State #300 | April 21, 2014

Today on Current State: Lansing BWL report delayed again; Schertzing running for 8th District congressional seat; the history of autism; new delivery service on three wheels; and a Michigander runs the Boston Marathon.

Business
12:40 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

BWL ice storm report delayed again

Louney attributes delays to a desire by the Community Review Team to dig deeper into the issue.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

There will been another delay in the release of the report reviewing the response of the Lansing Board of Water and Light to last December’s huge ice storm.

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Politics & Government
12:33 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Ingham treasurer Schertzing joins 8th District race

Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing has announced his candidacy for the 8th District.
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Tomorrow is the filing deadline for all potential political candidates to run in the August 5th primary election. Last month, 8th District Republican Congressman Mike Rogers  shocked many of his constituents with news that he will not seek re-election.

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Health
12:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Autism's mysterious, complex past

Dr. Jeffrey Baker says autism appeared on the medical scene in 1943.
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April is Autism Awareness Month. It’s a condition that’s much examined by the medical community, but still elusive in its causes and treatments. 

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Business
12:23 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Entrepreneur rolls out green, three-wheeled delivery service

Yvonne LeFave says she decided to launch her business because she wanted to show people what's possible.
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A new eco-friendly business will hit the ground peddling tomorrow. Go Green Trikes will employ electric-assisted bikes  to make deliveries in the greater Lansing area.

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Sports
12:17 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Returning to run the Boston Marathon

The 2014 Boston Marathon begins at 10:00 this morning.
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The 2014 Boston Marathon is being run today. This longstanding tradition in the running world is even more significant to its participants this year, in light of last year’s bombing of the event. A number of people from mid-Michigan are participating, and Current State's Melissa Benmark catches up with one of them.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:16 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Current State #299 | April 18, 2014

Today on Current State: controlling Michigan's prison spending; a Saranac syrup-maker; MSU students work to make clean water more accessible; and live music with The DeCamp Sisters.

Politics & Government
2:05 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

With soaring costs, Michigan struggles to control prison spending

Michigan has around 43-thousand prisoners in its state system. They reside in 31 state prisons and affiliated health care facilities.
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A host of challenges associated with Michigan’s prison system make corrections one of the state’s biggest and most persistent issues. No discussion of Michigan corrections lasts long without the topic of its dollar cost coming up.

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Business
1:58 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Saranac syrup-maker sticks to tradition

Last year, John Smith produced 361 gallons of maple syrup, compared to 250 gallons this year.
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As you drive west from Ionia, Michigan, you’ll come to the little town of Saranac. Its streets are lined with a bountiful number of large old maple trees. And this time of year, it’s not uncommon to see many of them with pails and spouts attached to collect sap for maple syrup.

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Environment
1:56 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

MSU students work to make clean water more accessible in developing world

MSU Engineering students (L to R) Grant Golasa, Scott Oldham, and Shenli Pei with their recently developed water purification device. The mechanism includes a small, battery powered mercury bulb and switch. Its light neutralizes impurities.
Credit Emanuele Berry/WKAR

Earlier this year, Current State welcomed John Barrie from the Appropriate Technology Collaborative to Studio S. He explained that the collaborative  creates new technologies to improve the quality of life in developing countries worldwide. The organization also collaborates with universities. This year, a team of Michigan State Engineering students worked to build a water purification system for low income countries.

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Music
1:32 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: The DeCamp Sisters from Romeo, Michigan

L to R: Riley and Libby DeCamp
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Today for our live music Friday series, we welcome The DeCamp Sisters to the studio. Hailing from the Romeo, Michigan, Riley and Libby DeCamp bring their earthy and harmonious music to life.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:15 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Current State #298 | April 17, 2014

Today on Current State: a Detroit bankruptcy update; helping Michigan combat veterans; MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine; 50 years of Mustangs; and Scott Southard reviews "The Way North".

Politics & Government
1:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

State offers money up front in Detroit bankruptcy

The state is offering to sweeten its proposal to contribute 350-million to Detroit's plight.
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Developments toward a ‘grand bargain’ to speed the end of Detroit’s landmark  bankruptcy have been unfolding quickly. Late on Tuesday night, negotiators from the city and two of its retiree pension funds reached tentative deals involving cuts and cost-of-living revisions.  Those agreements were two more hurdles cleared toward an $816-million arrangement that could lessen pension cuts, allow reinvestment in city services, and prevent the sale of city-owned art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. However, more agreements need to be hammered out with other creditors.

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Politics & Government
1:08 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

State trust fund helps Michigan combat veterans

Holm served in the Marine Corps for 25 years and has been awarded numerous medals including the Meritorious Service Medal.
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The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund helps combat-era veterans weather economic emergencies. The fund operates within the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. The director of the Agency, Jeff Barnes, recently appointed U.S. Marine veteran Lindell Holm to run the trust fund.

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Health
1:02 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

MSU continues leadership role in osteopathic medicine

The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine expects to play a key role in addressing Michigan’s physician shortage, which is expected to rise to at least four to five thousand physicians by the year 2020.
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Michigan State University is home to the nation’s first publicly-funded Osteopathic Medical School in the country. MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is also the top-ranked school of its kind in the nation.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:58 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Mustang celebrates 50 years of pony car evolution

More than 8 million Ford Mustangs have been sold since April 1964.
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Fifty years ago today, America’s historic journey with the automobile took an adventurous detour. On April 17, 1964, Detroit’s Ford Motor company unveiled the Mustang at the New York World’s Fair, trading stamps not included.

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Arts & Culture
12:46 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Book Review: 'The Way North' edited by Ron Riekki

Credit Wayne State University Press

Reviewing a literary collection can feel a lot like reviewing a local talent show.

It can be hard to sum up the entire experience, since every act is unique, and it is unfair to compare the performers to each other; even though we all do it, no matter what the focus of the talent show is or the age of those involved. And like that talent show, literary collections tend to have their writers who take your breath away and make you lean forward in your chair, as well as the ones who make you wonder what you’re missing on TV. "The Way North" is a collection showcasing some of the leading voices in the Upper Peninsula literary movement.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:46 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Current State #297 | April 16, 2014

Today on Current State: the Citizens Research Council of Michigan's 'Tax Outline'; an MSU psychologist's study on positive and negative thinking; CASA of Eaton and Barry counties; and Virginia Poet Laureate Sofia Starnes.

Politics & Government
11:45 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Michigan stakeholders rely on non-partisan ‘Tax Outline’

The Citizens Research Council of Michigan recently released its Michigan Tax Outline, a report that summarizes tax data.
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There are 59 different taxes yielding nearly $40 billion in public revenue. That is a snapshot of current Michigan tax levies contained in a comprehensive new report. The money is used to pay for police and fire protection, Medicaid coverage, state employee salaries, schools, roads and lots more.

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Health
11:42 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Are you born with the glass half full?

MSU psychology professor Jason Moser's new study found that there were big differences in brain activity between positive and negative thinkers.
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Do you tend to see the glass half full or half empty? A new study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology is the first to show that brain activity is actually different between positive and negative thinkers, so just telling someone to try and see the glass as half-full isn’t going to help them do it.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:39 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Neighbors in Action: CASA for Kids in Barry and Eaton Counties

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children Executive Director Becky Carson says there are 170 kids in foster care each month in Eaton and Barry counties.
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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 the CASA for Kids in Eaton and Barry Counties. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.

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Arts & Culture
11:37 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Virginia Poet Laureate shares work with Michigan audience

Poets Anita Skeen (left) and Sofia Starnes discuss their latest projects and the closing of the RCAH Center for Poetry's Spring Poetry Festival.
Credit Emanuele Berry/WKAR

Each year, in honor of National Poetry Month in April, MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities’ Center for Poetry brings a series of poets to campus to conduct readings and workshops with the public. Current State spoke with Poetry Center Director Anita Skeen and Virginia Poet Laureate Sofia Starnes about this year’s festival, and both read from their works.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:08 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Current State #296 | April 15, 2014

Today on Current State: the City of East Lansing budget; a proposed underground storage facility by Lake Huron; Take Back the Night events address sexual assault awareness; and the documentary "Particle Fever."

Economy
1:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

EL budget aims more spending at roads

East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas says the city is shifting its focus to infrastructure, including streets and sidewalks.
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East Lansing officials are working on the city’s budget for the coming fiscal year. The $32.7 million spending plan features a small millage rate cut for 2015. There will be meetings and public forums on the budget over the next few weeks.

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Environment
1:04 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Disclosure stirs Lake Huron nuclear waste worries

Lake Huron borders the Canadian province of Ontario and is the second-largest of the Great Lakes in terms of surface area.
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Ongoing concern over a proposed nuclear waste site very near Lake Huron took a new twist recently. A Canadian government review panel is exploring the viability of a new underground storage facility in Kincardine, Ontario.

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Health
1:02 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Events, advocates raise awareness about sexual assault in Lansing area

Take Back the Night is a daylong series of events that aims to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence.
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It's Sexual Assault Awareness Month and a number of events have been happening across the MSU campus and in the Lansing area to bring attention to the issues surrounding sexual violence. Today, in particular, there are numerous events planned as part of Take Back the Night, including workshops, art displays, a candlelight vigil, and a march down Michigan Avenue from campus to the capital steps. Current State's Joe Linstroth spoke with two young leaders on campus about sexual assault.

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Science & Technology
1:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Film captures human drama at the large Hadron Collider

A new documentary called “Particle Fever” will be screened by the East Lansing Film Society tomorrow night. It’s the story of the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs Boson. The East Lansing Film Society will screen “Particle Fever” tomorrow night at the Studio C! Theatres in Okemos.

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Science & Technology
12:05 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Series of lunar eclipses begins overnight

Tonight will see the first of four lunar eclipses between now and September 2015. The event is known as a tetrad.
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The planet Mars won’t be the only red object in the night sky tomorrow. If you happen to be up before dawn, check out the moon around 3 a.m.  If the weather is clear, Earth’s celestial neighbor will take on a reddish tone during a total lunar  eclipse.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:36 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Current State #295 | April 11, 2014

Today on Current State: Behind the effort to create a new Lutheran high school; The Wharton Center's upcoming lineup; Saginaw artist sketches his way to ESPN; and the Ann Arbor Symphony closes its season with Brahms.

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