posing with coffee mug and book

Flint native David Tarver talks with Brooke Allen about the Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium taking place in Flint Oct. 19-21.

Uber phone app photo / flickr creative commons

A prominent Detroit journalist explains the impact he thinks ride-sharing and self-driving cars could have on Michigan’s auto industry. We talk with Daniel Howes of the Detroit News.

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We talk with Lansing State Journal reporter Steve Reed about his probe of development at The Heights at Eastwood.

Celeste Saltzman and Jim Hallan photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Supporting Michigan businesses is a great way to show pride in our state, and it’s a great way to boost the local economy too. The “Buy Nearby” campaign is kicking off soon, and we talk about it with Jim Hallan, the CEO of the Michigan Retailers Association, and local business owner Celeste Saltzman.

The business side of Lansing Lugnuts baseball

Sep 23, 2016
Crosstown Showdown photo
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With the end of the minor league baseball season, things are slowing down at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing. We talk with Lugnuts general manager Nick Grueser about the 2016 season and what's already being planned for next year.

Pat and Scott Gillespie
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For years, siblings who grew up on Lansing’s east side have played a leading role in development in the area. We talk with Pat and Scott Gillespie about the current development climate.

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David Shane / flickr creative commons

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced its opposition to the Capital Area Transportation Authority’s Bus Rapid Transit plan. We talk with Tim Daman and Joe Ford from the Chamber about why they disapprove of the BRT.

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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.

Spoiling cherries photo
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.

Berl Schwartz photo
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.

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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.

Go Green Trikes photo
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.


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