Lansing

Radio Made in Michigan
12:35 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Lansing landmark a 'Temple' for creativity

The makerspace in Lansing, located in Old Town's Temple Building, is a community workshop where people can share tools and concepts, according to Brian Adams the board president of the Lansing Makers Network.
Credit www.lansingmakersnetwork.org

  

Over 100-years ago it was a church, its stairwell under the feet of countless young brides as they stood at the top and tossed their bouquets. Decades later, it was nightclub that laid claim to hosting some of the biggest national acts to come through Lansing. Then it was empty sitting unused. But not anymore.

 There are some new tenants using Old Town’s Temple Building. Current State’s Becky McKendry took a trip to see just who’s been occupying the space. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Lansing police chief updates local shooting

Lansing Police continue their investigation into a shooting Tuesday afternoon that left at least three Sexton High School students injured. LPD says none of the injuries were life-threatening and at least two victims have been discharged from hospitals. Early Wednesday morning, WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

GM celebrates LGR's millionth vehicle

GM Plant Manager Tony Francavilla rallies workers at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant before rolling out the millionth vehicle made at the facility.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

 General Motors’ Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant is marking a milestone today.  The 1 millionth vehicle is set to roll off the assembly line. This morning’s event features an array of federal, state and local officials at the plant. Mike Green, president of the United Auto Workers Local 652, discusses the milestone.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:46 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Debunking the myth of Lansing as 'Biddle City'

Lansing's growth stemmed from the legislatures decision to relocate the capital from Detroit to Lansing Township.
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The Wikipedia page for Lansing, Mich. reads that "in the winter of 1835 and early 1836, two brothers from New York plotted the area now known as REO Town just south of downtown Lansing and named it 'Biddle City.' All of this land lay in a floodplain and was underwater during the majority of the year. Regardless, the brothers went back to New York, specifically Lansing, New York, to sell plots for the town that did not exist.”

This story may sound familiar to many, but it turns out it’s not true. David Votta, Community Engagement Librarian at the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, sat down with Current State’s Emanuele Berry to debunked the myth of Lansing’s foundation.

Radio Made in Michigan
2:45 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Walnut Neighborhood residents pleased with Niowave's final agreement on pole barn

Neighbors say they're satisfied with the revised look of the Niowave building.
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The last year has been a trying one for Lansing’s Niowave Corporation and its residential neighbors in the area north of downtown. The Lansing Economic Area Partnership has spent months forging an agreement between the company and its neighbors over how to improve the appearance of a large metal building that went up  last summer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:26 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Current State #150 | September 3, 2013

 

Today on Current State: MSU professor on the conflict in Syria; Detroit’s Water Renaissance series; Right to Work after first Labor Day; Al Jazeera America launches Detroit bureau; and the HopCat bar in East Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:56 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Former Spartan opens HopCat bar in East Lansing

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No Lansing area bar has generated a buzz lately like the HopCat in East Lansing. Lines have been common since its opening just over a week ago at Grove and Albert in downtown East Lansing.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:37 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Chicago-based group uses humor to train Lansing teachers

  

For over 30 years, a unique troupe of American performers has taken to stages across America—and around the world—targeting a particular audience.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:47 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

‘Keep GM’ documentary in the works

The Oldsmobile Alero was the last car the Detroit automaker planned to send to Lansing to build
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If you lived in the Lansing area in the second half of the 90's, you probably remember billboards and bumper stickers shouting "Lansing Works" and "Keep GM."  It was part of an aggressive campaign to persuade General Motors from cutting back, and possibly ceasing operations in Lansing.  Up to 7,000 jobs in the city were at risk.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:35 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Some residents concerned over South Lansing river trail extension

The Pathway would add more than five miles to the existing network of nonmotorized trails.
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Tonight, the Lansing City Council could move forward with a plan that would add five-miles to the city’s river trail.

The body will vote on a proposal to provide city funding for most of the “South Lansing Pathway.” That’s three sections of new biking and walking paths that would stretch from Cavanaugh Road to Waverly Road.  

Federal dollars would pay for about 80 percent of the project’s construction costs.  Tonight’s council action could green light the city’s share of funding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:38 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Lansing city council primary sends candidates to November ballot

Voters advanced Lansing city council candidates to November's general election this week.
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Voters have now determined who will be in November’s general election for the Lansing City Council.

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:16 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

'I am Lansing' campaign promotes exercise, nutrition

The city unveiled the mascot CUFF Lynx early this year. The character's mission is to be a role model for choosing good foods, being physically active, and having fun enjoying parks and the Lansing River Trail. The name 'CUFF' stands for Community United with Food and Fitness.
Credit Courtesy/City of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department

 All this week, Current State has been broadcasting here at Adado-Riverfront Park, site of the Common Ground festival.  This public green space alongside the Grand River is one of dozens of properties managed by the city of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

General Motors plant manager discusses local expansion plans

The Cadillac ATS model was developed in Warren, Mich. in the General Motors Technical Center, according to General Motors.
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General Motors is preparing to break ground on a new 400,000 square foot logistics center at its Grand River assembly plant.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Jackson National Life expansion plans include 1,000 new jobs

In April, one of Lansing’s largest employers announced plans to bring 1,000 new jobs to the region.  Jackson National Life Insurance Company will spend more than $100-million to double the size of its headquarters in Alaeidon Township.  Construction could begin later this year, pending a number of regulatory steps.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Young rock musicians get their shot on stage

Since staring their first camp at MSU in 2009, the Rock Camp has since spread to Grand Rapids, Holland and Detroit.
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Traditionally, garages are the starting spot for budding rock stars, but for the last five years, the Michigan State University Community Music School has offered an alternative.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

BOP (harvey) at Common Ground Tuesday

Credit Courtesy of Common Ground Music Festival

BOP (harvey) is one of the Lansing area’s most popular bands ever. After a decade and a half apart, they’re playing together again and will appear at the Common Ground Music Festival on Tuesday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Arts Council of Greater Lansing boosts local entertainment options

As a week-long event including nationally-known acts, Lansing’s Common Ground festival occupies a key place on the Lansing area festival calendar.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:54 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Lansing Beer Week marks the official start of summer

Lansing Beer Week features beer tasting, food and brew tours. The event starts tonight and will run through June 29.
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The second Lansing Beer Week starts this weekend with series of activities, including the Festival of the Moon tonight and the Festival of the Sun on Saturday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:10 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Current State #110 | June 18, 2013

Today on Current State: Ingham County Land Bank; a tour of the Greater Lansing Hall of Fame; stocking fish in the Great Lakes; and Lord Huron, an indie rock band with local roots.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:50 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Local legends fill the Lansing Sports Hall of Fame

Muhsin Muhammad was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012. The Waverly High School athlete holds the record for the longest touchdown reception in a Super Bowl.
Credit Courtesy of the Lansing Sports Hall of Fame

The Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame, located within the Lansing Center, showcases a wealth of local athletic talent. Home to memorabilia from 228 individuals and 46 teams, the Hall of Fame celebrates the world class athletic talent that Mid-Michigan has produced. WKAR’s Al Martin toured of the Hall of Fame with Executive Director and 1994 inductee Bob Every.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:23 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Local band Lord Huron returns to Lansing

Ben Schneider’s band Lord Huron is playing at The Loft in Lansing tonight.
Credit Courtesy of Lord Huron

Ben Schneider, Mark Bary and Tom Renauda from Okemos, along with Miguel Briseno of Eaton Rapids and Californian Karl Kerfoot have been making waves with their band Lord Huron.  Now based in Los Angeles, Lord Huron is touring to support their album "Lonesome Dreams."

Current State's Scott Pohl spoke with Ben Schneider about his music, and growing up in a media savvy household with his parents, well-known Lansing PR executive Sharon Emery and longtime Lansing State Journal columnist John Schneider.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:55 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

New co-generation power plant set to recharge Lansing

The Lansing Board of Water and Light's REO Town co-generation plant will use natural gas to produce both steam and electric power.
Kevin Lavery

The massive co-generation power plant rising above Lansing's REO Town neighborhood is nearly complete. The Lansing Board of Water and Light 's (BWL) new 46,000 square-foot facility has been under construction for more than two years. The power plant officially comes online July 1, and will replace four coal-fired steam units at the nearby Moores Park plant built in 1950s. The BWL says the new plant is much more environmentally friendly. Residents and business owners believe it will also bring economic gain to their neighborhood. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:41 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Lugnuts owner discusses team performance, sports business

Lansing Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson says attendance is vital to the team's economic success.
Credit Becky McKendry / WKAR

The Lansing Lugnuts -- the capital city’s minor league baseball team -- are into their 18th season playing at Cooley Law School Stadium at Michigan and Cedar, and around the Midwest League.  As the end of the first half of the regular season approaches this Sunday, the Lugnuts are struggling with 31 wins and 35 losses, ranking them in fourth place in their division.  But Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson asserts that it’s the second half that matters.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:37 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

For the Abood family, food triggers memories on Father's Day

Maureen Abood with her father, Camille, who passed away on June 27, 2000.
Credit Courtesy of Maureen Abood

Thirteen years ago, right around Father’s Day, Lansing native Maureen Abood’s father, prominent local attorney Camille Abood, passed away from cancer.  

 Maureen, who pens a popular blog about Lebanese food and culture called Rose Water & Orange Blossoms, was gracious enough to share her memories of her father and explain how the healing power of food helped her and her family cope with their loss. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:26 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

‘Wet Weather’ sewer project aims to save Lansing $230 million

Chad Gamble, Lansing's Director of Public Service, says that the city discharges up to 600 million gallons of sewage annually into the Grand River.
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This Thursday, Lansing residents have a chance to weigh in on the latest suggestion for dealing with city sewage and stormwater.  City administrators say the so-called "Wet Weather" project would combine Lansing’s 20-year old CSO, or “combined sewage overflow” project, with two other similar ones involving sanitary sewer overflow and stormwater. 

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:47 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Lansing, East Lansing and four others to consolidate fire services

The cities of Lansing and East Lansing share the services of Fire Chief Randy Talifarro.
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Regionalism is a buzzword that’s uttered throughout metropolitan communities across the country, and mid-Michigan is no exception.  Proponents say it’s more than a lofty ideal whereby the assets and resources of large cities benefit the surrounding suburbs. They claim in hard economic times, regionalism is a lifeline for survival.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Sculptures in the Park returns to Lansing

Featuring ten artworks by Michigan artists, "Sculptures in the Park" is a fully interactive experience, complete with a downloadable App where artists like Doug DeLind speak about their individual pieces.
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The summer public art installation “Sculptures in the Park” has returned to Lansing. Ten artists have installed pieces in Wentworth Park.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:34 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Michigan Muslims strive to build relationships with legislators

The day’s schedule includes meeting legislators and attending Senate and House sessions.
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Michigan has one of the larger Muslim populations in the country. Today, community leaders from across the state will be gathering in Lansing for the annual Michigan Muslim Capitol Day. The event, organized by the Michigan Muslim Community Council, seeks to strengthen relationships with state lawmakers.

Dr. Farhan Bhatti, a local physician and board member at the Islamic Center of East Lansing and MSU psychiatrist Dr. Farha Abbasi discuss the goals and concerns of the Michigan Muslim community.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:26 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Timebanks foster community building

 Originally aired on March 12, 2013. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:51 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

New projects generate community discussion in Lansing's Genesee neighborhood

Two planned projects In Lansing’s Genesee neighborhood have triggered a forward-looking discussion among residents and business people there.   Earlier this year, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the non-profit Zero Day announced plans for new offices and facilities on Butler Street, which runs less than a half mile near the Capitol.

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