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Zippy Duvall photo
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
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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.


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.


Rocket Fiber truck photo
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.

Camaro convertible photo
Courtesy photo / © General Motors

“Lansing strong” might be the mantra for the 2016 Camaro. Sales have been brisk and it’s built at the capital city’s Grand River Assembly. Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with Camaro Executive Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser.


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.


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