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A driver who authorities say struck and killed two bicyclists last year in southern Michigan is awaiting sentencing after reaching a plea deal in the case.

Consumers Energy

Construction of a Consumers Energy wind turbine project in Michigan is expected to start three years ahead of schedule.

Across Michigan, farmers markets are opening. In downtown Jackson, they offer convenience and community.

WKAR File Photo

A man who owes $270 to a Michigan city for trash in his yard wants to pay with lots of pennies.

Jamie Paisley

After 40 years, a mid-Michigan Maestro is calling it quits this weekend after one final bow Saturday night. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley attended one of their final rehearsals together.

Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse photo
Courtesy photo

A federal appeals court says the Jackson County Commission regularly violated the US Constitution by opening its meetings with a Christian prayer.

Dr. Matthew Aubin photo
Courtesy photo / Dr. Matthew Aubin

We speak with Dr. Matthew Aubin ahead of his performance with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra this weekend with music from Spain. It’s also the second time he’ll be leading the JSO since being named their music director designate.

Courtesy photo / Dr. Matthew Aubin

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra has appointed a new Music Director. We get to know Dr. Matthew Aubin and learn about his connection to the Golden Globe-winning TV series “Mozart in the Jungle.”

Courtesy Nathan Sawaya

As a kid, you probably had some silly ideas about what you wanted to be when you grew up. Maybe you were planning to be a princess or train dragons for a living.

Or maybe you wanted to be a professional Lego builder.

That dream won’t seem quite as out there after you see “The Art of the Brick” exhibit coming to the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson tomorrow.

Current State’s April Van Buren speaks with the artist behind the exhibit, Nathan Sawaya.


Jackson prison museum planned for 'Cell Block 7'

May 7, 2014
Courtesy of Ella Sharp Museum



At the Southern Michigan Prison near Jackson, Cell Block 7 housed thousands of inmates beginning in the 1930s.  Prisoners had been convicted of crimes ranging from liquor law violations to murder. Soon, that same cell block will be transformed into a museum that tells Jackson’s story as perhaps Michigan’s best known correctional center, which at one time was the largest walled prison in the world.

In Jackson, conflict is escalating between public housing residents and the local housing commission board.  This week, the Jackson Housing Commission board appointed its fourth interim executive director since March.  One former interim resigned, accusing the board of creating a hostile work environment.  Another was terminated after less than three months on the job, and still another was released from his contract this week after just eight days. The residents say instability on the board makes them fearful for their homes.  The issue has even caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which threatened to pull the commission’s funding.

Becky McKendry / WKAR

Dozens of anxious military families filled Lumen Christi Catholic High School in Jackson Thursday to welcome home their soldiers from Afghanistan.  The 1461st Transportation Company is back home after a 10-month tour of duty.  Current State’s Kevin Lavery and Becky McKendry witnessed the joyful reunion in Jackson and filed an audio postcard.

Jackson County Oil Boom Pits Economics, Environment

Apr 29, 2013
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Michigan has made huge investments to develop alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass.  But like the rest of the country, Michigan is still a primarily fossil fuel-driven economy.  Crude oil is big business in Michigan, especially in Jackson County.  In 2012, more than 1.2 million barrels were produced there, which is three times more than any other county.

Scott Pohl

It’s been a gloomy winter for ice cream lovers in Jackson. An iconic ice cream emporium called The Parlour closed down in December, after roughly a century of satisfying the city’s sweet tooth.

With spring approaching, though, The Parlour is back under new ownership.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl visited iconic ice cream shop on its first day back in operation last week.