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When people think of  Michigan's economy, their minds likely don't turn to art.

However, a new report may get Michigan's creative sector a second look. The non-profit organization ArtServe released its second annual “Creative State Michigan” study last week. The report suggests that creative and cultural enterprises have a positive effect on the state’s economy.

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced a series of new initiatives to help Michigan's nearly 700,000 military veterans today.  

Greg Kacir

This week in 1985, the Stroh Brewery Company announced that it would close its brewery on Detroit's East Side. Chairman Peter Stroh said the facility was obsolete, and it was demolished within a year.

Current State #17 | Feb. 5, 2013

Feb 5, 2013

On today's Current State: the Niowave pole barn dispute, the new play "U.P.", Ingham County's fight against mortgage fraud, and local graphic artist Karl Gude's work from Newsweek magazine on exhibit at the Michigan Historical Museum.

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Niowave, the high-tech, particle acceleration company here in Lansing, has been growing. Its success has been a benefit in many ways to the community – more jobs, greater tax revenue, more clout in the tech world for the city.

But the company’s growth has also led to some friction.

Early last year, Niowave built a large pole barn at its headquarters, which is a former school in Lansing’s Walnut Neighborhood.

The new play "U.P." from the Michigan State University Department of Theatre starts tonight.

“U.P.” was written by Michigan natives Mark Colson and Peter Mervis.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl shares what he learned at a recent rehearsal.

There was some good news last week in Michigan involving the fight against mortgage  fraud.  On Thursday, officials announced the state will receive $2.5 million dollars -- that’s the settlement in a mortgage fraud lawsuit filed last year by State Attorney General Bill Schuette.  The legal action involved about 1,000 victims of robo-signing statewide, with nearly 300 of them from Ingham County.  

Karl Gude is the Graphics Editor in Residence at MSU.  Before MSU, Gude was the director for information graphics at Newsweek magazine and his professional work is currently on display at the Michigan Historical Museum.  WKAR’s Peter Whorf spoke with Gude about information graphics and the creative process.

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Today on Current State: MSU advertising instructors rate the Super Bowl ads, the Free-Press' Joe Rexrode recaps the big game and local sports, No Labels works for bipartisanship in D.C., The Henry Ford celebrates Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday, and local business and politics with MLive.com’s Angela Wittrock.

Today on Current State, a discussion about no-fault auto insurance reform, the historic Hill Auditorium at U-M turns 100, a play about Lansing's Urbandale neighborhood and a chat with concert pianist Paul Barnes.

Governor Rick Snyder and other Republicans are calling for reforms to the state's landmark auto no fault insurance law.  They claim the law, which provides for unlimited lifetime medical benefits, often from brain and spinal cord injuries, has led to excessive rates for Michigan drivers.

Current State #14 | January 31, 2013

Jan 31, 2013

Today on Current State:  A journalists' roundtable explores the issues that made the news in January, a conversation with a Michigan National Guard soldier recently returned from Afghanistan, "QuizBusters'" host Matt Ottinger, and a preview of the annual Mid-Winter Singing Festival.

MLive.com's Angela Wittrock, the LSJ's Mickey Hirtin and Lansing City Pulse contributor Walt Sorg re-hash January's news 

Current State #13 | January 30, 2013

Jan 30, 2013
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Today on Current State: Lansing City Council President Carol Wood, business start-ups with the NEO Center, serving the local homeless population, and a preview of the BBC's Concert Orchestra performance at the Wharton Center.

Current State #12 | January 29, 2013

Jan 29, 2013
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Today on Current State: Coverage of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's "State of the City" address, a tour of the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, MIRS' Craig Mauger discusses his lengthy interview with House Speaker Jase Bolger, and the economic impact of Michigan's public universities.

Current State #11 | January 28, 2013

Jan 28, 2013
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Today on Current State: Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero on the state of the city, a breakdown of the Center for Michigan's education report, and farewell tributes to WKAR's Earle Robinson and Lansing City Council gadfly John Pollard. 

Current State #10 | January 25, 2013

Jan 25, 2013
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Today on Current State: Newly elected State Representative Tom Leonard, Prima Civitas' "Young Innovators" competition, the Lansing-made Chevy Traverse at the Detroit Auto Show, and a classical music concert guide.

Current State #9 | January 24, 2013

Jan 24, 2013
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On today's Current State: East Lansing city manager George Lahanas and Tim Dempsey, director of Planning, Building and Development, local efforts at Medicare cost reduction, electric cars, MSU women's basketball and dancing to Pink Floyd.

Current State #8 | January 23, 2013

Jan 23, 2013
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On today's Current State:  The legendary William Shatner, former East Lansing mayor and newly elected Michigan Rep. Sam Singh, more from the Detroit auto show, and Neighbors in Action highlights the work of NAMI Lansing.

Current State #7 | January 22, 2013

Jan 22, 2013
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On today's Current State: A report card for Michigan charter schools, wolf hunting, the Detroit auto show, MSU hockey and the secrets to a happy marriage.

Current State #6 | January 21, 2013

Jan 21, 2013
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On today's Current State:  Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers discusses U.S. foreign policy in Africa and gun legislation, artist Eto Otitigbe's exhibit "Loss Prevention," Michigan military wives, sports with the Free-Press' Joe Rexrode and business with MLive's Angela Wittrock.

Current State #5 | January 18, 2013

Jan 18, 2013
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On today's Current State:  Local efforts for immigration reform, Michigan prison breakouts, a musical celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the hometown competitors in this weekend's U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.

Peter Whorf

Tune to Current State every day next week as Scott Pohl and Peter Whorf report from the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit.  We'll also take you on a tour of classic cars at Lansing's own RE Olds Museum of Transportation.  

Current State #4 | January 17, 2013

Jan 17, 2013
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On today's Current State: Off the Record's  Tim Skubick analyzes Gov. Snyder's "State of the State" speech, and Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer offers a response. Also, a new discovery in Antarctica and a preview of the BackStage Pass season premiere with the metal band, Silent Lapse.

Audio Pending...

Current State #3 | January 16, 2013

Jan 16, 2013
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On today's Current State: MPRN's Rick Pluta previews Governor Snyder's "State of the State" address, Ingham County's eviction prevention program, Neighbors in Action with the Allen Neighborhood Center, and Michigan's role in the Civil War.

Current State #2 | January 15, 2013

Jan 15, 2013
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On today's Current State: Lansing police chief Teresa Szymanski discusses guns, we also highlight economic development in Lansing, pianist Minsoo Sohn and Michigan's role in the Civil War.

Current State #1 | January 14, 2013

Jan 14, 2013
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On today’s Current State premiere: Governor Rick Snyder, East Lansing schools, Lansing business news,  MSU basketball and the new therapy dog program in Ionia County.

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Current State host Mark Bashore interviews Michigan Governor Rick Snyder this afternoon at the George W. Romney Building in Lansing. Tune in for WKAR's Current State premiere broadcast, Monday at 9am with Governor Snyder...Current State's first guest.

 

Premieres Monday, January 14 - Three chances to catch the hour-long show each weekday: at 9 a.m. on 90.5 WKAR, noon on AM/870, and again at 6 p.m. on 90.5.

Peter Whorf

WKAR's Current State staff is preparing for the launch of Mid-Michigan's new radio news and arts magazine from MSU.  Our first show brings you Governor Rick Snyder, a discussion of East Lansing public schools, Mid-Michigan business, sports and more.  Left-right: WKAR News Director Kevin Lavery, Current State host Mark Bashore, Current State Weekend host Emanuele Berry, Current State producer Joe Linstroth, WKAR Reporter and host Scott Pohl.

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