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Radio Made in Michigan
2:29 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Current State #144 | August 16, 2013

Today on Current State: a look at how the Affordable Care Act would impact small business owners; Michigan fans remember Elvis Presley; legendary broadcaster George Blaha and his career experience; the winning script of this year's 'One Book, One Community' program - 'The Yellow Bird;" Lansing's first rowing regatta and remembering WJR personality J.P. McCarthy.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:29 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Michigan small business reactions to Medicaid expansion

The passage of the Affordable Care Act would make more than 300,000 Michiganders eligible for Medicaid health insurance.
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Beginning in 2014, much of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes effect. The landmark law aims to ensure that U.S. citizens have access to quality and affordable health insurance.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:27 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Michigan fans to remember Elvis Presley with music, impersonation

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Elvis Presley will be in Ionia this weekend, at least in spirit. The Michigan Elvis Presley Fan Club has arranged “a concert for the King” with several Elvis interpreters at the Ionia Theater on Sunday. Today is the 36th anniversary of Elvis' death. Yet many years on, he continues to attract devoted fans. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with Jennifer Thede, one of the fan club's co-founders.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:27 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Legendary broadcaster George Blaha reflects on career

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Broadcasting legend George Blaha is the long-lasting television and radio play-by-play voice of the Detroit Pistons. He is also the play-by-play voice of Spartans football.

Recently, he spoke with the Current Sports host Al Martin to talk  about his past, the NBA during the 80's and 90's and the upcoming season for the Pistons.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:26 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

'One Book, One Community' features the book 'The Yellow Birds'

The name of the book -- 'The Yellow Birds' -- is derived from a traditional U.S. Army marching cadence or call-and-response marching song sung by military personnel when preparing for combat.
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The One Book, One Community program encourages MSU students and East Lansing residents to read the same book and then discuss it together. This year’s title goes to ‘The Yellow Birds,’ a novel by Kevin Powers. The book reflects Powers' experience as a veteran serving in the Iraq War.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:26 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Remembering WJR legend J.P. McCarthy

Russ White with then MSU football coach George Perles and J.P. McCarthy at WJR in August 1992.
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Eighteen years ago this morning brought the sad news of the death of beloved Detroit radio personality J.P. McCarthy. McCarthy ruled the morning radio airwaves at WJR for 30 years. Current State contributor Russ White worked with McCarthy for the last five years of J.P.'s life and has this remembrance of the great voice of the Great Lakes.

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