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Menards sign photo
Mike Kalasnik / Flickr Creative Commons

The city of Escanaba is taking on big box stores in the Michigan Supreme Court. The city says the home improvement store Menards is dodging taxes.

Bob Kolt photo in jersey
Jef Richards

This year the going rate for an ad during the NFL championship game Feb. 5 is $5 million for a 30 second spot.  What sells? 


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Federal figures say union membership in Michigan declined in 2016.  The Detroit News reports the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics said the number of union members in Michigan dropped from 621,000 in 2015 to 606,000 last year, going from 15.2 percent to 14.4 percent.

Bob McMahan photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Kettering's new vehicle and mobility systems development proving ground will open in the spring.


Every child wants to grow up to be independent — to leave their parents' home, find work, build a life of their own.

But that seemingly simple step into adulthood can be a monumental challenge for children with developmental disabilities like autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, or any of a range of other such disabilities that affect about one in six American children, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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A California shoe company has recalled a boot after a customer discovered the sole left tiny swastika prints behind.

Maven car-sharing service app image
courtesy / www.mavendrive.com

General Motors is evaluating a year-old car-sharing program. WKAR's Scott Pohl talks with executive director of urban mobility Peter Kosak about Maven.


Chevy Traverse photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

General Motors has taken the wraps off the updated Chevy Traverse. WKAR's Scott Pohl went to the Detroit Auto Show for a look.


Hourly workers in the Great Lakes State get a bump this week.

Koelling with rows of live trees
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Tannenbaum Farms in Mason has been a fixture in mid-Michigan for 40 years. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with co-owner Mel Koelling about this year’s tree harvest.


The Empowerment Plan photo
Courtesy photo

A Detroit non-profit is getting national attention with the innovative way they are caring for and employing the homeless. We find out about The Empowerment Plan.


Wayne Sieloff photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

There’s a new CEO at Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport. We talk with Wayne Sieloff about his plans.


Emily Sutton-Smith and Angela Dawe
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Have you ever listened to an audiobook? Have you wondered who reads them and what it takes to become successful in that field? Current State talks with Emily Sutton-Smith and Angela Dawe, two audiobook readers from mid-Michigan.


Gracie's photo
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Current State talks with general manager Emily Gray of Gracie's Contemporary Bistro in Williamston, which has undergone a recent transformation.


I-T insider: Lansing area has lots of jobs

Nov 2, 2016
Andrea Ragan photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Information Technology insiders say the Lansing area has hundreds of IT jobs that need filling. Current State talks about careers in IT with Andrea Ragan of the Capital Area IT Council.


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