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Have you ever considered learning all about another country?  Say, China? A local electronic game developer may have just the ticket for you.

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Last spring, in response to a budget deficit, the Lansing Public School District laid off 87 teachers who were certified to teach art, music and physical education in its elementary schools.

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Ariniko O’Meara will complete a 500 mile journey tonight. She has spent the past three years walking down every street in Lansing.

Cristo Rey's new exec looks to do more with less

Sep 26, 2013
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For 45 years, Lansing’s Cristo Rey Community Center has offered health, legal and other services, with an emphasis on Lansing’s Hispanic community.  

Last week, Cristo Rey welcomed a new Executive Director, whose job will be to do more with less.

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This weekend, the blues will flow like muddy water through the streets of Lansing's Old Town, as performers from around the U.S. will take the stage at Old Town's Bluesfest.  One of the acts playing this weekend is Matchette and Frog. 

Lansing's Knapp's building part of cities resurgence

Sep 19, 2013
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 The massive renovation of the former J.W. Knapp department store continues in downtown Lansing.  The historic 190,000 square foot building is being converted into a mix of retail and residential space.  Architects and developers are being careful to keep some of the original charm of the 75-year-old landmark, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Current State’s Kevin Lavery spoke with Robb McKay, a historical architect with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.  They walked through the old Knapp’s building, which is slated to re-open for business in February.

Lansing landmark a 'Temple' for creativity

Sep 19, 2013
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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. 

Lansing police chief updates local shooting

Sep 18, 2013

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.  

GM celebrates LGR's millionth vehicle

Sep 16, 2013
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 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.

Debunking the myth of Lansing as 'Biddle City'

Sep 16, 2013
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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.

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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.

Current State #150 | September 3, 2013

Sep 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.

Former Spartan opens HopCat bar in East Lansing

Sep 3, 2013
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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.  

  

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

‘Keep GM’ documentary in the works

Aug 26, 2013
Bumper sticker with Lansing Loves GM
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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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