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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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Radio Made in Michigan
1:56 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Organizers seek community input to transform Grand River Avenue corridor

The Charrette Studio is located at 333 E. Grand River Avenue, and will be open Thursday May 2 through Monday May 6.
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The stretch of Grand River Avenue and Michigan Avenue from the Capitol building all the way east to Webberville is this region’s busiest corridor. A new plan, led by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, is in the works to transform this corridor with more attractive design, improved rapid transit, and sustainable business and infrastructure improvements.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:16 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Writer Maureen Abood explores Lebanese heritage through food

Lebanese food staples include a traditional homemade yogurt cheese, called labneh, with bread, olives and fresh vegetables.
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A few years ago, writer, photographer and chef Maureen Abood quit her job, left Chicago -- where she lived for 14 years -- and moved to San Francisco to follow her passion and attend culinary school.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:38 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Lansing's Earl Nelson Singers Celebrate 50 Years

The Earl Nelson Singers are performing in Lansing this Monday.
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A notable Lansing-area choir is observing its 50th anniversary this year. The Earl Nelson Singers are celebrating half a century of spirituals with a concert in downtown Lansing on Monday. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark checked in with the director of the group and her husband, who’s a member, for some of their musical memories.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:50 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Greater Lansing African American Health Institute

The Greater Lansing Afrian American Health Institute will hold an open house at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at Lansing Letts Community Center.
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For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment we feature the Greater Lansing African American Health Institute, or GLAAHI. Based out of Lansing’s Letts Community Center, the GLAAHI offers a variety of programs, including smoking cessation groups, food donations and assistance with health care needs. Current State's host Mark Bashore talks with Eldon Liggons, the executive director of the institute, and Dr. Don Williams, the board chairman and an MSU emeritus professor of psychiatry.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:23 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Current State #72 | April 23, 2013

Today on Current State: Councilwoman Jessica Yorko on city budget; the drawbacks of dredging; dispute over Ingham county recordkeeping; and Angela Wittrock with Lansing business news.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Councilwoman Yorko on city budget

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Jessica Yorko.
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The Lansing City Council continued discussions of Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposed 2014 budget yesterday.  This time, the council focused on Bernero’s  spending plan for the city’s fire department.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:19 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every week for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:39 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Current State #70 | April 19, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing police chief retires; folk legend Tom Paxton; Michigan tourism; world renowned trumpeter Alison Balsom; and the Lansing Marathon.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:23 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Lansing police chief Teresa Szymanski retires

Teresa Szymanski also offers insight on police training post 9/11.
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 Teresa Szymanski joined the Lansing Police Department in 1987. She earned her stripes over the years and rose to become the city’s police chief in 2010.  Her tenure has been marked with successes and setbacks.

Chief Szymanski is retiring from the Lansing Police Department this week.  She chats with Current State about her time at the helm of Lansing law enforcement.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:39 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Second annual Lansing marathon this weekend

The course for the race was slightly altered because of high water levels along the Grand River.
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 Runners from around Michigan, the Midwest, Europe and South America will gather on Sunday for the second annual Lansing Marathon. At last years inaugural event, about 1,700 runners participated in either the marathon itself, the half-marathon or any of three other events. Race director Owen Anderson joins Current State to discuss the race's economic impact, security and other aspects of the event.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:15 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Hospice of Lansing

Hospice of Lansing has been an independent, local nonprofit since 1979.
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Making preparations for a loved one’s death can be a very stressful and difficult time for families. But with help, a person’s final weeks and months can also hold some of the most beautiful and poignant moments in their lives.

For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment, we feature the Hospice of Lansing, which helps families cope with the difficulties of end of life care. John Person, the executive director of Hospice of Lansing, breaks down the benefits and barriers to hospice care.  

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:25 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Council member Dunbar on 2014 city budget

Kathie Dunbar is also the Executive Director of the South Lansing Community Development Association
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Yesterday the Lansing City Council continued discussions about one of the most challenging parts of next fiscal year’s budget--spending for city police services.  Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposed spending plan for the 2014 fiscal year includes a $700,000 cut to the police budget. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:13 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Rally for stricter gun laws at capitol this weekend

One change Moms Demand Action would like to see is requiring background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases at gun shows.
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This week the U.S. Senate voted to move forward on gun control legislation. The move is historic. It’s been 20 years since any major changes have been made to our nation's gun laws.

Ever since the Sandy Hook shootings in December, gun control has moved to the forefront of conversation in the United States. This weekend in Lansing there will be a rally held at the capitol organized by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:34 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Capitol City Film Festival includes Norse gods, live music and parallel universes

The Capitol City Film Festival features documentary films covering a range of topics. One of the films, Detropia, looks at the decline of Detroit.
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The third annual Capital City Film Festival will showcase 70 films, which range from fantasy drama's to documentaries about pursuing a minimalist lifestyle. The festival, which runs through Sunday, also includes live music.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:23 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Lansing orchestra and Michigan State chorale play "Vespers of 1610"

Claudio Monteverdi composed the Vesper of 1610. His work marks a style transition from Renaissance to Baroque.
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This Sunday, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra joins MSU’s University Chorale for a performance of one of the first great “mega works” of classical music, Monteverdi’s “Vespers of 1610.” The performance is in downtown Lansing at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with David Rayl of the MSU College of Music about the concert. He’ll be conducting the orchestra and chorus Sunday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:43 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Neighbors in Action: LAP Respite Center

Lansing Area Parents’ Respite Center is made of families that aid in the care for children with autism, autism like behaviors and physical disabilities.
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For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment we feature LAP Respite Center, a non-profit organization that offers different respite programs for families living in tri-county area of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties. These programs provides caring services for parents of children with disabilities.

John Stauffer, executive director of the LAP Respite Center, and Nancy Guettler, who has been taking her son to the LAP for 20 years, discuss their experience with the program.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:35 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Lansing's grassroots leaders taking matters into their own hands

Around the city of Lansing, grassroots volunteers are the lifeblood of neighborhood organizations trying to improve the quality of life.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:05 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Current State #54 | March 28, 2013

Today on Current State: mother-daughter duo discuss their political involvement; winning Detroit Tigers' influence in 1968; Stations of the Cross reenactment in Lansing; and flutist Sir James Galway.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:01 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Barb and Dianne Byrum: Mid-Michigan’s mother-daughter political duo

Both Byrums graduated with degrees from Michigan State University's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Sometimes concurrently and sometimes separately, Barb and Dianne Byrum have represented the Lansing area either in the state legislature, at Ingham County or at Michigan State University for most of the past 25 years. The democratic mother-daughter duo continues to be influential:  Barb as a first-term Ingham County Clerk and her mother as a Michigan State University trustee.  Together, they join Current State and talk about issues, politics, the future and each other.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:13 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Lansing celebrates Good Friday with Stations of the Cross reenactment

Arnold Hennig is the lead organizer of Cristo Rey Catholic Church's 34th annual Stations of the Cross reenactment. He is pictured on the steps of the State Capital, where the performance begins.
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Tomorrow is Good Friday, the date two-thousand years ago on which Jesus of Nazareth was sentenced to death and crucified.  For more than 30 years, volunteers in Lansing have memorialized the events of that day with a live reenactment of the Passion.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:35 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Lansing city council president responds to Bernero's budget proposal

Along with Lansing mayor Virg Bernero's budget announcement came the news that the deficit is not $9 million, but actually $5 million.
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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero formally presented his proposed 2014 budget to the city council on Monday, March 25.  The much anticipated proposal comes just days after an independent review team issued an ambitious set of recommendations to shore up Lansing’s long-term financial standing.  Current State’s Kevin Lavery attended last night’s council meeting and files this report.

Also to discuss the proposal is Lansing City Council president Carol Wood.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:28 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Lansing Habitat for Humanity

The Lansing chapter of Habitat for Humanity plans to build four new houses this year and rehab two. For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment, Denise Paquette, executive director of Lansing Habitat, and future Habitat resident, Monica List, discuss the organization’s work.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:26 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Erik Nordberg takes over as Michigan Humanities Council's executive director

Erik Nordberg is the new executive director of the Michigan Humanities Council. He says one of his priorities as director is to reach out to collaborators across the state to address their needs.

  The Michigan Humanities Council will have a new executive director starting in May. Erik Nordberg is a long-time board member and will be coming to Lansing from Michigan Technological University where he most recently served as the University Archivist. He spoke about the humanities and his new position with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:12 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

More Lansing rental properties going smoke-free

Dr. Renee Canady of the Ingham County Health Department says 22% of this county's population identify as smokers but only 6% allow smoking in their homes.
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Tomorrow is National “Kick Butts Day,” a day of activism to call attention to the hazards of tobacco use. In mid-Michigan, the managers of a local apartment complex are marking the day by celebrating their recent status as a smoke-free property.  Current State talks with Ingham county health officer Dr. Renee Canady about current available smoke-free housing, what's being done to ensure these properties are available, and whether it makes economic sense.

Radio Made in Michigan
6:16 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

General Motors exploring plans for expansion in Lansing

GM is investing to expand its Lansing Grand River plant, with the expectation, many speculate, to make the next generation of Camaros.
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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero announced today that GM is interested in building a $38 million expansion to its Grand River plant and is looking for tax incentives. WKAR's Kevin Lavery reports.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:46 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Lansing Financial Health Team unveils report

In Lansing, city leaders and many others have begun digging into pages of new recommendations for addressing long-term revenue shortfalls. Former Mayor David Hollister led the 14-person effort beginning last November. The blue ribbon Financial Health Team divided its work into two areas: long term costs and debt and a regionals approach to cutting, stream lining and the like.

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Lansing
4:59 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Lansing Financial Health Team unveils report

The City of Lansing's blue ribbon Financial Health Team has begun releasing draft recommendations on how to address the city's long-term financial deficits.

Current State's Kevin Lavery attended today's early morning meeting at the REO Olds Museum and has an update.

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