East Lansing

Politics & Government
12:20 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

New EL council member calls for different approach to city development

East Lansing city council member Ruth Beier
Credit http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/

Economist Ruth Beier became a member of the East Lansing City Council in January. She says she grew tired of attending council meetings, complaining and getting nowhere, so she decided to run for office. Beier says it’s time for East Lansing to do things differently. Mainly, she says, it needs to shift more attention and resources away from the city’s commercial downtown to its neighborhoods.

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Politics & Government
11:38 am
Thu April 30, 2015

EL voters face proposals on marijuana, city property sales

East Lansing mayor Nathan Triplett (center) and attorney Jeff Hank (right) talk with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Along with Proposal 1 to increase the state sales tax to fund road repairs going before voters in Michigan next Tuesday, East Lansing is presenting a couple of proposals to voters. One would allow for the use, possession and transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana on private property by people over the age of 21. The other would amend the city charter to allow for the sale of certain city properties with the approval of a simple majority of voters rather than the current requirement of approval by three-fifths of votes cast.

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12:04 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

What belongs and doesn’t belong in abstinence sex ed instruction?

For about a week, sex education has been one hot topic in the Lansing area. It began last week when Alice Dreger, an author, college professor and activist, live tweeted from her son’s sex ed class at East Lansing High School. Among the quotes from the instructors, according to Dreger: “Safe sex is kind of a misnomer.” “You'll find a good girl. If you find one that says 'no,' that's the one you want." Dreger and many others on social media blasted the approach for being outdated, unconcerned with credible data and focused on fear and shame.

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7:33 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

MSU Swimming Looking to Build for Future | Current Sports | WKAR

As Michigan State’s swimming and diving teams look forward to the 2015-16 season, they see this past one as a foundation.

In 2015, the women’s team scored 65 points at the Big Ten championship, placing them in 13th. The men’s team, had slightly better results, with 82 points and a 10th place finish.

And although Michigan State produced no NCAA qualifiers in the 2015 season, Matt Gianiodis, MSU’s head swimming coach, feels 2016 holds promise.

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2:35 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Current Sports #442 | March 31, 2015

 The Final Four is fastly approaching, and Current Sports has all the latest angles, analysis, and news regarding Michigan State vs. Duke.

A "religious freedom" law in Indiana has led some from the sports world to request a reassignment and relocation of the Final Four. Al Martin and Alex Scharg debate about this...

Also, a fantastic interview with Al and Derek Blalock, who will ride his bike from East Lansing to Indianapolis starting tomorrow to raise money for the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation, named after one of Derek's high school friends who died of an over enlarged heart. The foundation funds heart screening for youth athletes. .

Lastly,''Top Five Tuesday' takes an interesting turn this week, with the reasons why Michigan State "shouldn't be" in the Final Four. 

4:20 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Gene Orlando Builds Legacy at MSU | Current Sports | WKAR

MSU head men's tennis coach, Gene Orlando, providing instruction.
Credit Spencer Impellizzeri

EAST LANSING – For the last two decades, Gene Orlando has been the face of tennis in East Lansing. Orlando is in his 24th season as the Michigan State men’s tennis coach and he has made his mark on the program.

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2:18 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Current Sports #426 | March 4, 2015

  The East Lansing boy's basketball team are the hottest team in Mid-Michigan! Coming off a win over Lansing Catholic last night, they are now winners of nine of the last 10 games! Al chats with head coach Steve Finamore about what has "clicked" for the Trojans.  Al also discusses the tragedy of Hank Gathers 25 years ago to the day, and also dives into the Michigan and Michigan State basketball men's basketball teams. 

Politics & Government
11:42 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Ingham official: 'Renaissance' development is "marriage made in heaven"

Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Developers are about to become the owners of 30 acres of city land straddling Lansing and East Lansing. Monday evening, the Lansing City Council approved the sale of the former Red Cedar Golf Course property to Ferguson/Continental Lansing LLC. Developer Joel Ferguson and his partner Frank Kass want to build a $276-million complex at the site that could include a ten-story hotel, restaurant and housing. Part of the site would remain green space.

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10:08 am
Mon February 23, 2015

East Lansing Senior Pursues His Last Chance for State Title | Current Sports | WKAR

EAST LANSING – The only focus for East Lansing senior wrestler Brian Darios is to win a state championship. In 2014, he set the school record for most pins in a season (32) and was a state runner-up. Numerous injuries have kept him off the mat this year, but his determination hasn’t wavered.

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Arts & Culture
11:48 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Local author pens novel set in East Lansing and Afghanistan

Susan Froetschel's new novel 'Allure of Deceit' is a follow-up to 'Fear of Beauty'.
Credit www.froetschel.com

East Lansing novelist Susan Froetschel has published “Allure of Deceit”, a tale that takes place in Afghanistan and East Lansing. It’s the sequel to her well-received “Fear of Beauty”.

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6:24 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

VIDEO: Spartans Top Wolverines in OT | Current Sports | WKAR

Denzel Valentine had 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Michigan State held rival Michigan scoreless in overtime, outlasting the Wolverines 76-66 on Sunday.

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11:14 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Popularity of pickleball moves north

Pickleball is being played at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center three times a week this winter.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

There’s a new sport catching on in the Lansing area. Its appeal lies in its reliance on physical activity that isn’t too strenuous. Already popular with retirees in the south, pickleball is moving north with indoor play in colder climes.

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8:37 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

VIDEO: Lost for Words - MSU / Iowa Wrap-Up | Current Sports | WKAR

 Aerial Powers had 16 points and 11 boards for the Michigan State women's basketball team in a close loss to No. 22 Iowa Sunday.The Spartans kept the high-powered Hawkeye offense (79.8 points a game) in check but couldn't come up with a final key play down the stretch. Suzy Merchant's team falls to 9-9, 1-6 in the Big Ten.

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10:06 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

VIDEO: Lansing Everett Tops East Lansing | Current Sports | WKAR

The Lansing Everett Vikings manage to remain undefeated in the CAAC Blue with a 61-56 win over the East Lansing Trojans.  Mikhail Myles lead the way for East Lansing, pouring in 21 points, while Trevor Manuel kept the Vikings afloat with 27 points.  Watch full game hilights here, shot by WKAR's Al Martin. 

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11:26 am
Fri December 19, 2014

East Lansing tennis legend new Hall of Fame CEO

Todd Martin recently became CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum.
Credit http://www.tennisfame.com

Todd Martin’s days on the professional tennis circuit are behind him, but the East Lansing native has launched a new phase of his career that is keeping him active with the sport he loves. In September, he became CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum in Newport, Rhode Island.

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Politics & Government
11:26 am
Thu December 11, 2014

EL officials push back against GOP plans limiting local control

East Lansing city manager George Lahanas
Credit http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/

This week, the Michigan legislature has caught the ire of some municipal leaders who fear the state may be overstepping its reach into local government. One Republican sponsored bill now headed to the House floor would ban local communities from entering into negotiations with developers over wages and  so-called “community benefits.”  The measure has evoked criticism from a number of Democratic civic officials.

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3:46 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Current Sports | WKAR |Okemos Grabs Playoff Spot With Win Over East Lansing

OKEMOS- The Okemos Chiefs (6-3, 4-2) won their fourth straight must-win game  and are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011 after defeating the East Lansing  Trojans (1-8, 1-6) by a score of 20-13 Friday night.

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5:16 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

VIDEO: MSU Men's Basketball Media Day | Current Sports | WKAR

WKAR's Al Martin reports from MSU Men's Basketball Media Day as the Spartans prepare for another season on the hardwood. Junior Denzel Valentine and Senior Travis Trice are the captains of this year's team. Find out how they are transitioning into leadership and evaluate the expectations of where they believe this team can end up.

7:50 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Current Sports | WKAR | Grand Ledge Football Season Recap

As Grand Ledge football (4-3 overall) prepares for a playoff run, head coach Matt Bird is stressing to his players that keeping the tradition of Comet football in mind is going to be an essential piece of a playoff puzzle.

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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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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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12:21 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

After delay, new EL transportation hub on track for 2015

The new East Lansing hub is projected to open by Fall 2015.
Credit Flickr - Matt Katzenberger

Just off the MSU campus, demolition crews are preparing to raze the first in a series of buildings to make way for a new multi-modal transportation center. The 40-year-old Amtrak depot will eventually come down and be replaced with a larger facility that can handle train, bus and even taxi traffic.

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Arts & Culture
12:34 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

EL considers special fee to foster public art

East Lansing boasts of abundant public art, like 'Cassiopeia' on Grand River Avenue.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

The city of East Lansing bills itself as the "City of the Arts." City officials are considering a measure that some say could strengthen that image. On Wednesday, the city council is expected to take up a proposal dubbed the "Percent for Art."

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Politics & Government
1:57 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

EL city attorney position stirs emotion

Jeff Hank
Credit Votehank.org

Voters in East Lansing may decide whether to alter policy involving the city’s attorneys. Two East Lansing activists claim the city could save money and avoid potential conflicts of interest by hiring a full-time municipal lawyer. The East Lansing City Council already has that option, but often opts to contract legal work hourly to private firms.

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1:56 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

MSU's beepalooza offers education ... bee petting?

Credit Flickr-Janet Sharp

It was inevitable that Current State caught the buzz about Beepalooza. The free bee education event is this Sunday at Michigan State University’s Horticulture Demonstration Gardens. The main question is, why do we need to be educated about bees?

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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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Arts & Culture
11:57 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Director previews 51st EL Art Festival

The 51st annual East Lansing Art Festival is Saturday and Sunday.
Credit http://elartfest.com/

The East Lansing Art Festival returns this weekend for its 51st run. The two-day event in the city’s downtown core features more than 180 artists and musicians. For many long-time attendees, the East Lansing Art Festival signals the unofficial start of summer.

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3:56 pm
Fri May 2, 2014


The East Lansing Gospel Choir started two years ago.
Credit Joe Linstroth

Current State's featured musicians this Friday are the East Lansing High School Gospel Choir. Twelve of the group's 25 members joined us in-studio today.

We spoke with director Elie Kirkland about the group's upcoming spring concert, May 31st at the Tabernacle of David in Lansing. 

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1:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

EL budget aims more spending at roads

East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas says the city is shifting its focus to infrastructure, including streets and sidewalks.
Credit Flickr - Mark Sardella

East Lansing officials are working on the city’s budget for the coming fiscal year. The $32.7 million spending plan features a small millage rate cut for 2015. There will be meetings and public forums on the budget over the next few weeks.

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3:57 am
Sun March 16, 2014

MSU and Michigan Meet in the Big Ten Tournament Championship | Current Sports | WKAR

MSU topped Wisconsin on Saturday, moving on to the Big Ten Final! It's the first time in the 17 year history of the Big Ten Tournament that MSU and Michigan will meet in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game on Sunday afternoon! WKAR's Al Martin reports from Indianapolis on just what this means to the Spartans and how this one could be a bit of payback for the team.