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LSJ exterior photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

The Lansing State Journal prepares to move from their location on Lenawee Street to the third floor of the newly renovated Knapp’s Centre. We hear from some of the staff as they reflect on their years at the old building and look forward to the newspaper’s future.


Chevy Bolt photo
Courtesy photo / © General Motors

General Motors is back in the high life again. 2015 may prove to be the automaker’s best sales year ever. The company has rebounded well in the six plus years since emerging from bankruptcy. Will GM’s success last in the new year? We talk with David Muller, automotive reporter for MLive.


John Beck workout photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Millions of people resolve to get in shape after the holiday merrymaking. Historically, gym and fitness club memberships spike in January, but the trick for gyms large and small is to prevent the workout from sliding into washout. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has the story.


Creole restaurant photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Old Town Lansing’s freshly opened Creole restaurant has a new neighbor, the Creole Coffee Company. We speak with owner and CEO Sam Short about opening two restaurants at once.


Food Processing and Innovation Center
Courtesy image / Michigan State University

Michigan is known for its strong agricultural industry. In the Lansing area, plans are moving forward to create the Michigan Food Innovation District. We talk with the two co-managers of the project, David Spencer and Brent Forsberg.


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After nearly a decade of historically low interest rates, the Federal Reserve is tapping ever so slightly on the economic gas pedal. The Fed’s one-quarter percent rate hike is designed to head off inflation. We talk with MSU economist Charley Ballard and Community Bankers of Michigan general counsel Michael Kus about the implications of the interest rate hike for Michigan.


Mickey Hirten photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Lansing has had another strong year in terms of tourism for the region. Will 2016 likely be as strong? In other business news, Michigan legislators are taking a close look at the property taxation of big-box stores like Home Depot and Wal-Mart. We get an update on these and other local business issues with Mickey Hirten of the Lansing City Pulse and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly.


Kean's photo
Courtesy photo / Kean's store

In Mason, a favorite store has reopened after being closed to repair damage after a fire this summer. Current State’s Scott Pohl takes us to Kean’s to see what’s the same, and what’s new, at the downtown landmark.


dairy cows photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

U.S. farmers are fighting the EPA’s recent Waters of the U.S. rule, calling it intrusive. We get an update on how Michigan’s largest farmer’s organization, the Michigan Farm Bureau, is responding and a look at the MFB’s 2016 agenda.


catfé photo
Courtesy photo / Catfé

If you’ve ever thought your local coffee shop would be better with some furry friends, you’re in luck! The Ferndale Cat Shelter has opened the state’s first “cat café.” We talk to the shelter’s volunteer coordinator Deanne Iovan about the Catfé's first weeks in business.


Peckham photo
Courtesy photo / Peckham, Incorporated

The Snyder administration is calling on all state agencies to coordinate their efforts to improve job access for persons with disabilities. We talk about the Employment First program with two local nonprofit executives who work to build that workplace culture for persons with disabilities.


Peters FRIB photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Economic developers see an opportunity to make the Lansing area a hub for particle accelerator businesses. We talk with Steve Willobee, Chief Operating Officer of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, and Rachel Kuntzsch, a business and economic development consultant whose company came up with the action plan.


River City MRKT holiday store pops up in REO Town

Nov 18, 2015
River City MRKT photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

The holiday shopping season is upon us. If you’re looking for something unique or hoping to avoid the long lines at the mall, a pair of local Lansing artists have just the thing. We talk to Debbie Carlos and Amalia Boukos, co-founders of River City MRKT, a pop-up arts and crafts shop in Lansing’s REO Town.

Multimodel Gateway photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Today is the first day of intercity bus service at the new Capital Area Multimodal Gateway. Three carriers will operate from the station, which will  offer about 150 parking spaces. The new Amtrak facility will be finished later this year. We talk with CATA Assistant Executive Director Debbie Alexander.


Aerial view of auto assembly plant
Courtesy / Second Shift

General Motors’ 52,000 UAW workers are voting on a proposed new contract with the automaker. We get an update and explore what the agreement could mean with Crain’s Automotive’s GM beat writer Mike Colias.

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