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Valyrian Steel

We hear about a company that’s bringing a little bit of Westeros to East Lansing. Current State’s April Van Buren talks to the owner of Valyrian Steel, the officially licensed merchandiser for the HBO series Game of Thrones. 


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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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.

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 Dreger and many others on social media blasted the approach for being outdated, unconcerned with credible data and focused on fear and shame.

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

Apr 7, 2015

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.

Current Sports #442 | March 31, 2015

Mar 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. 

Gene Orlando Builds Legacy at MSU | Current Sports | WKAR

Mar 23, 2015
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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.

Current Sports #426 | March 4, 2015

Mar 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. 

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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.

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

Feb 23, 2015

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.


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”.

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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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.

 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.

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.