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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.


Auto journalist analyzes UAW-GM pact

Nov 6, 2015
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.

Emil's exterior photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Lansing’s oldest restaurant, Emil’s, closes its doors today. Current State talks with owner Paul Grescowle about what he’ll remember most about his time there, and what he has planned next.


Mickey Hirten photo
WKAR File Photo

Lansing journalist Mickey Hirten joins us to share some of his recent reporting which includes stories on the upcoming "Maker Week" and on the capital city's healthy real estate market.

A program this weekend in Lansing teaches the basics of building a micro-business to youth aged 13 and older. It’s organized by the Lansing community organization, the NorthWest Initiative. Current State talks with Executive Director Peggy Vaughn-Payne.


two men building skateboard ramp
Jerry Norris

Many businesses get their start with the help of an incubator, a company that offers support and training to startups. Current State talks to some of the people behind Grand Ledge Fledge, a local incubator trying to enhance the culture and fill vacant storefronts in the city's downtown.  

picture of tuba
garryknight / Flickr

Current State checks in with Meridian Winds in Okemos, who have been selling and repairing instruments to musicians across Michigan for over 30 years, and find out how brass instruments can be improved with magnets. 

Big box tax flap hits small MI town budgets

Aug 14, 2015
Menards sign photo
Mike Kalasnik / Flickr Creative Commons

Some small towns in Michigan are having budget problems related to large retailers appealing their property taxes. Current State talks with Bridge Magazine reporter Chastity Pratt Dawsey, who recently wrote about the situation.


American Airlines plane photo
James Willamor / Flickr Creative Commons

Sun Country Airlines operates flights from Lansing to Washington D.C., but the carrier is leaving town in October. Now, the biggest name in U.S. aviation is hoping to take over that market. Current State speaks with Bob Selig of the Capital Region Airport Authority.


MI small business leader wary of tax hike proposals

Aug 13, 2015

Are the state’s small businesses healthy or hurting? And why? Current State speaks with Small Business Association of Michigan President and CEO Rob Fowler.


Matthew McLeod and David Kositchek
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Kositchek’s department store has been dressing Lansing men in high-end suits for 150 years. The store is a fourth generation family business. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with president David Kositchek.

Contract talks are starting today between union bargainers and the management of General Motors. Current State talks with Sean McAlinden of Ann Arbor’s Center for Automotive Research.


Amy Iezzoni photo
Courtesy MSU Department of Horticulture

MSU horticulture professor Amy Iezzoni explains the science behind the state’s cherry industry and her work to bring varieties from around the world to Michigan.


Michigan chestnuts pop into new role as beer ingredient

Jul 6, 2015

There's a new beer brewing trend in Michigan: using chestnuts as an ingredient.


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