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Storyteller Rebecca Douglas
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We’re broadcasting stories from our June Pop-Up Stories at Fenner Nature Center all week long. The theme was “blazing a trail.”

 

Here’s storyteller Rebecca Douglas with a story about  childhood creativity gone wrong.


Police: School Superintendent Killed His Son Then Himself

Jun 20, 2017
Pewamo-Wesphalia Schools Facebook page

UPDATED AT 5:20 P.M. - Police say a school principal killed his disabled son and fatally shot himself in western Michigan.


WKAR Special Report: Marijuana in Michigan
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This week in our Marijuana in Michigan series, we’ve heard from veterans and others who say that medical marijuana has changed their lives. However, traditional medicine in not yet ready to embrace marijuana, as WKAR’s Scott Pohl found out when he talked with a local health official.


A county youth fair in Michigan has announced the purchase of new fairgrounds.

Ride of Silence photo
Courtesy photo / Tim Potter

The annual Greater Lansing Ride of Silence is tonight, honoring bicyclists who have been killed or injured on public roadways.


Portrait of storyteller Drew Prosch-Jensen at Abrams Planetarium
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WKAR’s last Pop-Up Stories event was in February at Abrams Planetarium and the theme was “it’s in the stars.”

Drew Prosch-Jensen told a story inspired by the “dark side of the moon.”

The audience sits in Abrams Planetarium underneath the starry ceiling.
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Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Lansing City Market.

They say you should treat others the way you want to be treated, but what happens when you don’t?

We want to hear your personal stories of good deeds, karma, revenge, and “reaping what you sow.” 

Maybe you did something you shouldn’t have and you got what was coming to you… or you got away with it. What did you learn? 
On the other hand, you might have a story of hard work that paid off, or a tale of spreading kindness that has a happy ending.

Skylar Medes and Bob Hoffman
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The organization ePIFanyNow encourages and spread acts of kindness in the Lansing area. Their upcoming annual Y-PIF awards are for young people doing good in the community.

WKAR’s Brooke Allen speaks with the organization’s founder, Bob Hoffman, and Skylar Medes who was one of last year’s Y-PIF recipients.

St. Vincent Catholic Charities photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Many in mid-Michigan’s immigrant and refugee communities are watching the nation's sanctuary discussion closely. Those communities may be facing as many challenges as ever. This week on Current State’s Neighbors in Action, we hear from an immigrant to Lansing from Iraq.

Neighbors in Action: Walls of Warmth

Jan 6, 2017
Marlene Webster and Samantha Ardelean of Walls of Warmth photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

For Neighbors in Action, we learn about Walls of Warmth, a new program helping the homeless in Shiawassee County.


Mother Teresa House photo
Courtesy photo

For Neighbors in Action, we talk with Mother Teresa House founder Karen Bussey about helping people facing serious health issues.


Dr. Felipe Lopez Sustaita photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action this week we learn about the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan from its relatively new executive director, Felipe Lopez Sustaita.


Silver Bells in the City tree photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The 32nd annual Silver Bells In The City kicks off today in downtown Lansing and we could see a lot of people there if the nice weather holds out. We talk about it with Downtown Lansing Inc. executive director Mindy Biladeau.


Marta Werbanowska and Denise Paquette photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Imagine a community organization with more than 500 volunteers! You could be imagining the roster of volunteers for Lansing’s Allen Neighborhood Center. The ANC’s Denise Paquette and Marta Webanowska join us for Neighbors in Action.


MSU Student Parent Resource Center photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action this week, we learn about the MSU Student Parent Resource Center within the MSU Family Resource Center. They help MSU students who also happen to be parents navigate college life.


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