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11:27 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Neighbors in Action: New World Flood | WKAR

Todd Duckett of New World Flood
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we talk to New World Flood, a local non-profit that aims to create a culture of volunteerism in the Lansing and Kalamazoo areas.

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Community
11:49 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Youth Service Corps | WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we’re talking about the Allen Neighborhood Center’s Youth Service Corps program, which uses urban agriculture to teach job and life skills to youth on Lansing’s Eastside.

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Community
11:09 am
Mon November 10, 2014

PROFILES: MSU prof and graphic artist Karl Gude

Karl Gude
Credit Courtesy / MSU Dept. of Communication Arts & Sciences

Karl Gude is the former Director of Information Graphics at Newsweek magazine and The Associated Press. Gude left Newsweek after a decade to spearhead the first information-graphics program at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism.

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Community
12:01 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Same sex marriage ban upheld; what's next?

April DeBoer reacts to the 6th Circuit ruling with her partner, Jayne Rowse, (right) and their legal team.
Credit Rick Pluta/MPRN

Supporters of same sex marriage in Michigan were handed a major setback late yesterday. After about an eight month wait, the 6th Circuit federal appeals court reaffirmed the state’s ban on same sex marriage.

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Community
11:33 am
Thu November 6, 2014

U of M study: Facebook = :(

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Over the past decade, social media has transformed the way we communicate. Walk into any restaurant or coffee shop and you’ll probably see more people with their eyes glued to their smartphones than talking to the person sitting next to them. The latest Nielsen report says Americans spend an average of 12 hours using Facebook alone every month. But how does the time we spend in the digital world impact how we feel about our actual lives?

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Community
11:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

East Lansing Episcopalians debate gun control resolution

Credit Flickr - Steve Mays

Some mid-Michigan members of the Episcopal Church are disagreeing with each other over a recent resolution on guns. At a late October convention in Lansing, The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan passed a resolution supporting stricter gun control. It includes calls for background checks on all gun sales and a ban on certain military style, semi-automatic weapons.

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Community
11:32 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Kids Repair Program | WKAR

The Kids Repair Program teaches mechanical skills to youngsters in the Lansing area.
Credit http://www.kidsrepairprogram.yolasite.com/

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we hear from Kids Repair Program, a local organization that teaches bike maintenance and safety to Lansing area youth.

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Community
11:03 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Lansing BWL appoints first emergency operations manager

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero (left) with Trent Atkins as he accepts his new position as the Emergency Operations Manager for the Lansing Board of Water and Light.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Eleven months ago, the Lansing Board of Water and Light came under intense criticism for its response to a historic power outage just days before Christmas. About 40-percent of the BWL’s customers lost electricity for several days. The incident sparked a detailed,  independent review of the agency’s procedures. Now, the Lansing Board of Water and Light has named Lansing Assistant Fire Chief Trent Atkins as its first-ever Emergency Operations Manager.

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Community
11:32 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Michigan producer on reaction to viral catcalling video

Actress Shoshana Roberts in the video '10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman'
Credit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1XGPvbWn0A

Look up the word “catcall” in the dictionary and it reads “a shrill, whistle-like sound or loud raucous shout made to express disapproval at a theater, meeting, etc.”  But the word’s come to mean a lot more in 2014. That became clear last week, after a video of a woman getting catcalled by men in New York City went viral and triggered days of discussion.

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Community
1:13 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Peckham, Inc. | WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we hear from Peckham Incorporated, a non-profit that provides employment and job training for people with disabilities.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:05 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Battle of MI's great pumpkin gladiators

That's a big pumpkin at the Harnica Pumpkin Farm and Great Pumpkin Weigh-off.
Credit www.facebook.com/harnicapumpkins

Just in time for Halloween week, Current State’s Peter Whorf brings us this monstrous tale. It's a tale of competitive pumpkin growing in Michigan.

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Community
12:17 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

NIA: Small Talk Children's Assessment Center

For our weekly Neighbors in Action segment, we talk with an organization working to help victims of child abuse navigate the criminal justice process. The Small Talk Children's Assessment Center is holding a fundraiser at the Halloween Hustle 5k on Sunday, October 26 at Sleepy Hollow State Park. 

We talked to executive director Carrie Gregg and Ingham County detective Annie Harrison about their work. 

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Community
12:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

East Lansing priest considers Vatican stance on gay, divorced Catholics

Fr. Mark Inglot
Credit http://elcatholics.org/

This past weekend, the Extraordinary Papal Synod on the Family convened to discuss issues regarding the Catholic Church’s gay and divorced members.

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Community
12:13 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

PROFILES: One transgender woman's journey

Cadence Custin
Credit Courtesy - Cadence Custin

A few weeks ago, we kicked off a new series called Profiles, where we sit down for extended conversations with people in our community. Today, Current State's Joe Linstroth speaks with a young woman to find out what it was actually like for one transgender person to undergo the transition from being a man to a woman.

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Community
12:34 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Michigan Parkinson Foundation | WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature The Michigan Parkinson Foundation, a  statewide non-profit that focuses on education and support for individuals and families affected by the neurological disorder. This Saturday, the Michigan Parkinson Foundation will be hosting a walk-a-thon and 5K in Okemos to raise awareness and money for their efforts.

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Community
11:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Tailgating is about a lot more than football

Credit Flickr - Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau

It's the first day of autumn, and that means football. If you've ever been to Michigan State University or any major football game, you've noticed a lot of activity that takes place outside of the stadium. Tailgating brings people together, and not all of them are even planning to attend the game.

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Community
11:15 am
Mon September 22, 2014

For 20 years, MSU domestic violence shelter has offered a 'Safe Place'

The recent spate of violent episodes connected to well-known sports figures has brought the subject of domestic abuse back into the spotlight. It’s a problem that’s never far from home, though, and for every high-profile case, there are countless incidents among our own friends, relatives and colleagues.

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Community
12:23 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Pew Crew helps furnish new chapel at Lansing Catholic HS

The Pew Crew works on pews for Lansing Catholic High School's new chapel.
Scott Pohl, WKAR

Lansing Catholic High School is building a new chapel, and the project is getting an unusual boost from a team of volunteers. They call themselves the Pew Crew, and they're building all of the pews that will be installed in Lansing Catholic’s new chapel. These pews won’t cost the school a dime.

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Community
1:28 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Citizen journalists drive online EL news site

Could a community food co-op be a model for a viable, online news source? A news “cooperative” if you will? Two East Lansing residents  are about to learn the answer to that question.

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Community
1:20 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Kiwanis Aktion Clubs | WKAR

(L-R) Bill Berger, John Scheffer, and Gordon Schleicher of Kiwanis Aktion Clubs.
Credit WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Kiwanis Aktion Clubs. The nationwide program, with 34 clubs across Michigan, is one of the only service clubs for adults with disabilities.

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Community
11:17 am
Tue September 16, 2014

East Lansing honors immigrants with 'peace pole'

East Lansing mayor Nathan Triplett
Credit cityofeastlansing.com

The city of East Lansing is taking time tomorrow for a special acknowledgement of the contributions of immigrants and refugees to the community. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., officials and guests will celebrate the unveiling of a ‘peace pole’ at the intersection of Abbot and Albert Avenues, downtown.

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Community
10:25 am
Mon September 15, 2014

NPR's Michele Norris brings Race Card Project to MSU

Michele Norris speaks at MSU tonight.
Credit michele-norris.com - Mary Noble Ours

To longtime NPR listeners, Michele Norris is a familiar voice. She’s the former co-host of All Things Considered, and is the curator of the Race Card Project. Her memoir, “The Grace of Silence,” is one of the offerings in the most recent “One Book, One Community” program.

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Community
11:39 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Lansing police chief details ongoing violent crime initiative

Lansing Police continue investigating a string of recent shootings. Over the course of eight days in August, the city logged nine shootings. Lansing Police Chief Michael Yankowski has referred to the shootings as an anomaly, especially since department data show double digit decreases in both violent crime and homicides from 2013 to this year.

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Community
1:03 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

At divided Friendship Baptist Church, one congregation seeks to end other's right to convene

Credit Flickr - Steve Snodgrass

A long-standing dispute within a Lansing church has captured public attention for several months. Friendship Baptist Church on Pleasant Grove Road is a house divided. Two congregations, each with its own pastor and governance boards, are asserting their claim to the building. But the doors to the church have been barred since June, and neither side has since held services there.

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Community
12:58 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Neighbors in Action: AmeriCorps of Michigan

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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature Michigan’s AmeriCorps program. The nationwide volunteer program is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week.

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Community
12:20 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Lansing area officials aim to raise quality of affordable housing

Katherine Draper says the number of affordable homes is less of an issue than the quality of the housing available to lower-income families.
Credit Courtesy - Greater Lansing Housing Coalition

Federal officials define housing as affordable when it costs 30 percent or less of a household’s income. By that measure, more than 60,000 families in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties do not live in affordable housing, according to recent MSU research.

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Community
12:33 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Neighbors in Action: VFW National Home for Children

VFW Homes provide housing and support services to struggling military and veteran families from across the nation on a 70-acre campus village in Eaton Rapids, MI.
Credit vfwnationalhome.org

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the VFW National Home for Children. The campus, located in Eaton Rapids, offers a nationwide help-line and has 42 single-family homes for families of active duty military or veterans from around the country.

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Community
12:31 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Neighbors in Action: MSU's International Friendship Program

The International Friendship Program matches international students with local Lansing residents and families.
Credit Courtesy - International Friendship Program

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the International Friendship Program at Michigan State University, an organization that aims to ease the transition for international students and connect Lansing residents with the world by sponsoring cross-cultural friendships.

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Community
11:43 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Neighbors in Action: MY Lansing CAP

My Lansing CAP aims to provide a variety of services for Lansing's youth through their network of grassroots organizations.
Credit Courtesy of NEON

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Mayor’s Young Lansing Coalition and Partnerships, or MY Lansing CAP. The coalition, which was officially announced last week, features a broad array of community partners and stakeholders that are coming together to improve the quality of life for Lansing’s young people of color.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
2:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Community rallies to rebuild EL park

Volunteers work on the new playground equipment at Patriarche Park.
WKAR/Kevin Lavery

A popular East Lansing park is in the midst of a major transformation. All week, dozens of volunteers have been hammering, lifting and drilling sections of what will soon be a new playground at Patriarche Park. They’re expecting to wrap up work today, and Current State’s Kevin Lavery has been following their progress. 

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