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Courtesy image / Capital Area Transportation Authority

Resistance to CATA’s Bus Rapid Transit project persists in Meridian Township. Residents and business owners say the transportation authority hasn’t answered their questions. We talk with three BRT supporters.


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Courtesy photo / Marc Santucci

Cherry picking season may be over, but a few weeks ago one Michigan cherry farmer raised awareness about an issue that’s still creating a buzz. Marc Santucci posted a picture to Facebook of all the tart cherries his farm was forced to spoil, and it went viral. We talk to him about the picture and the story behind it.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Lansing’s alternative newspaper The City Pulse turns 15 years old this week, with a special issue hitting newsstands on Wednesday. We talk with publisher Berl Schwartz about his vision for the paper and what lies ahead.


Dental exam room
Courtesy / Sunny View Dental

In doctors’ offices across Michigan, physician’s assistants have become commonplace. They’re supervised by the doctors with whom they work.

Now, legislation at the Michigan state capitol would create a new, similar layer of professional providers in dentists’ offices.


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Peter Whorf / WKAR

We bring you an update on Lansing’s Go Green Trikes delivery service with Go Green president and founder Yvonne LaFave.


Courtesy Rutgers University Press

Millions of Americans have serious doubts about globalization.

Jeffery Rothstein is a Michigan scholar whose new book “When Good Jobs Go Bad,” explores the declining job quality that he says is also a result of globalization.  

After several decades of globalization, American critics of the phenomenon have become a force to be reckoned with.  They says globalization's economic and social benefits have been oversold.  

Courtesy Cascade Engineering

Cascade Engineering in Grand Rapids is hiring former inmates as a part of the Michigan initiative called "30-2-2," where 30 companies pledge to hire two former inmates and track their progress for two years.

Michigan leaders are having an ongoing discussion about prison reform in the state.  Among other things, they’re trying to cut soaring spending on state prisons, which currently runs at about $2 billion yearly.  

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There’s a lot of redevelopment happening in mid-Michigan.  Often, before anything new comes up, the old must be cleaned up.  Officials are using a $500,000 EPA grant to clean up and redevelop former brownfields.

Current State’s Mark Bashore talks with Keith Lambert with the Lansing Economic Area Partnership.

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:

How has the money been spent since the $500,000 grant was awarded one year ago?

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Courtesy photo / Michigan Environmental Council

A new report from the Michigan Environmental Council says that a coast to coast train in Michigan could be in our future. We talk to Liz Treutel, Transportation Policy Associate with the MEC, about the vision for a new passenger rail system in the state.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The new president of the American Farm Bureau, Zippy Duvall, is in Michigan this week. He speaks with Current State about the farming workforce, water rights and more.


Windmills at sunset
Portland General Electric / flickr creative commons

Michigan business leaders will meet in Detroit on Tuesday to study advanced energy. Can renewable energy be good for the environment and the economy? We talk with two business energy experts.


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Amtrak train service has officially begun at the new Multimodal Gateway in East Lansing. 

Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with a few passengers about the experience, as well as Tim Hoeffner with the Michigan Department of Transportation.

2016 Cadillac ATS Coupe
Courtesy photo / © General Motors

Cadillac’s Lansing presence remains strong for 2016. Current State speaks with chief executive engineer Dave Leone from the Detroit Auto  Show.


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Courtesy photo / Rocket Fiber

Fiber internet isn’t just the fastest form of internet, it’s one of the fastest ways to bring technological advancement to a city. Detroit internet company Rocket Fiber is bringing high-speed fiber internet to the Motor City. We speak with co-founder and CEO Marc Hudson.


Cobo Center exterior photo
Courtesy photo / Cobo Center

Detroit’s Cobo Center has completed a $279-million renovation project. With the Detroit Auto Show open to the public this week, Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Cobo General Manager Thom Connors about the Motor City’s most important convention facility.

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