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Neighbors in Action: Sixty Plus

Feb 18, 2015
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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, when Current State features people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn about Sixty Plus, a non-profit law clinic that provides free legal assistance to low and moderate income seniors.

Neighbors in Action: Bikers for Books

Feb 11, 2015

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, when Current State features people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn about Bikers for Books, an organization that raises money for local schools through motorcycle rides and other fundraisers.

A class in the Michigan State University School of Journalism has produced a collaborative book exploring the Lansing area’s many religious institutions. Over the span of just a few days, a team of students spent time at churches around mid-Michigan, talking with clergy and parishioners, and they’ve written about their experiences. It’s called “One Community, One Week, Many Faiths: The Diversity of Worship and Belief”.

Neighbors in Action: Crosswalk Teen Center | WKAR

Feb 4, 2015

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, when Current State features people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn about Crosswalk Teen Center, a new after school and summer program for teens in the Charlotte area.

The Center is working to raise $10,000 for its operating costs with a GoFundMe campaign

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We are all digging out from the first major snow storm of the winter season. Winter Storm Linus has now passed us and is hitting New England.

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The city of Lansing today is bringing residents up to date on the winter storm that blasted the area yesterday. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Chad Gamble, the city of Lansing’s director of Public Service, for a look at how Lansing has responded to the storm and what lies ahead.

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Dozens of volunteers have wrapped up an evening out in the cold on the streets of Lansing. Last night, the Volunteers of America in Lansing conducted its annual Point in Time Count, which tracks the homeless in our community.

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In the decades following the Vietnam War, hundreds of thousands of Hmong refugees have settled in the United States. The Hmong, an ethnic minority, were recruited during the war to fight in the CIA’s secret campaign against communist forces in Laos. But while the war officially ended in 1975, the terror was just beginning for many Hmong families. Facing brutal persecution at the hands of the Laotian government, the Hmong fled their villages for refugee camps in Thailand. Over half of the Hmong refugees who came to the U.S. eventually re-settled in Midwestern states, including Michigan.

Neighbors in Action: Tuesday Toolmen | WKAR

Jan 28, 2015
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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, when Current State features people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn about the Tuesday Toolmen, a group of volunteer handymen who offer repairs and safety modifications for low-income seniors in the Lansing area.

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Hundreds of Michigan utility workers are preparing to help restore power to victims of the blizzard out east. Current State host Mark Bashore speaks with Flushing resident Duane Johnson, en route to the region from Consumers Energy in Flint. Johnson was in Bloomberg, Pennsylvania during the phone conversation.

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WKAR's next Community Cinema event is tonight, featuring a preview of “A Path Appears". This three-episode series is journalist Nickolas Kristof’s latest collaboration with his wife, Sheryl WuDun, and is a follow-up on the book and movie “Half the Sky.” The subject of both is human trafficking, but “A Path Appears” focuses on the subject here in the United States.

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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, when Current State features people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn about a group of Lansing area women raising money to help Lansing area non-profits thrive, Greater Lansing 100 Women Who Care.

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We remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today. Cities across America are holding various events, including in Lansing. In 2015, the day seems to resonate with even greater impact than usual, following a tumultuous year of unrest. We've seen events like the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Eric Garner in New York and Tamar Rice in Cleveland. You could feel the echoes of the 1960’s, when protests and violence were much more widespread.

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At the start of today's Current State, we heard from Henry Thomas, one of the original 13 “Freedom Riders” who rode through the Deep South in 1961 to defy Jim Crow laws. Now, on this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we end with an essay from one of our mid-Michigan citizens who remembers the sting of segregation. Sandra Seaton is a local playwright who spent part of her childhood in Tennessee.

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Lansing area Muslims are being led by a new Imam. Sohail Chaudhry comes to the Islamic Center of East Lansing from West Virginia.

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