Upcoming Rio Games shines spotlight on table tennis

May 10, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- With the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games coming up this summer, there has been very little interest put toward Table Tennis from the United States.

MSU club lacrosse looks to move back to varsity level

May 10, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. - At one point, Michigan State varsity lacrosse was a reality.

White Defeats Green 14-11 at MSU Spring Game

Apr 23, 2016

The annual Michigan State Spring Game took place on Saturday afternoon in front of a record crowd of 51,000 at Spartan Stadium. The White team defeated the Green team 14-11. 

Okemos girls lacrosse ready to break through

Apr 11, 2016
Andrea Urban / WKAR

OKEMOS, Mich. - The Okemos girls lacrosse team has something to prove this season. Over the last three years on their road to the State finals, the girls have lost to East Grand Rapids - twice in the semifinals and once in the State finals. EGR is the four time defending state champion, with their streak dating back to 2012.

Courtesy Cascade Engineering

Cascade Engineering in Grand Rapids is hiring former inmates as a part of the Michigan initiative called "30-2-2," where 30 companies pledge to hire two former inmates and track their progress for two years.

Michigan leaders are having an ongoing discussion about prison reform in the state.  Among other things, they’re trying to cut soaring spending on state prisons, which currently runs at about $2 billion yearly.  

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

The Grand Army of the Republic fought the Confederacy in the Civil War.  When the war was over, thousands of soldiers kept the name and formed their own fraternal organization.  The G.A.R. cared for veterans and their families decades before the creation of the Veterans Administration. 

On April 6, 1866 – 150 years ago this week – Union soldiers who’d fought in the Civil War came together to form one of the world’s first veterans organizations.


Michigan’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in almost 15 years. But while the economy is on the upswing, not all Michigan workers are feeling the recovery. And that’s had an impact on political allegiances for both sides of the aisle.

Current State's Mark Bashore talks to Bridge Magazine reporters Ted Roelofs and Nancy Derringer about who the economic recovery isn’t reaching and how those workers have influenced the presidential primaries.


As Republicans navigate sharp divisions involving Donald Trump, one Michigan journalist says the party reminds him of K-Mart’s old “blue light special:” tainted and beyond the point of meaningful repair.

Current State’s Mark Bashore finds out why from Detroit News editorial page editor Nolan Finley.

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Courtesy photo / Michael Murphy IV

The Lansing State Journal has been running a poll of the best Michigan small towns in a variety of categories. Reporter Kathleen Lavey updates us on the winners.

Eastern’s Edwards using basketball to teach life lessons

Mar 21, 2016
Seth Kinker

LANSING, Mich. – Julius Edwards has always loved the game of basketball. And he’s also always wanted to help put youth in the right direction. Little did he know that life would lead him down an unexpected path that combined both of these interests.

“When I first got into coaching I didn't get into coaching for the basketball part of it,” said Edwards. “Well, part basketball, but the main part of it was to help out young men and send them in the right direction. My main focus was on inner city youth.”

Courtesy Michigan MUFON

The vernal equinox came and went quietly yesterday on a clear, blue Sunday in mid-Michigan.

But fifty years ago, the first day of spring in Michigan was not so quiet.

On March 20, 1966, dozens of people claimed to have spotted a UFO hovering around Dexter, MI, near Ann Arbor.

The next day, a similar report came out of Hillsdale.

The rash of sightings made national news, and even caught the attention of veteran newsman Walter Cronkite.

But what was the thing all those people saw?

Okemos' Laya Hartman Taking Hoops World by Storm

Mar 15, 2016
Andrea Urban / WKAR

The Okemos varsity girls basketball team gained a new leader this season, in the form of freshman star point guard Laya Hartman. She is only 14, but is already averaging 19 points per game against older and more experienced players.

Mac Roy learns lessons from the top

Mar 14, 2016
Mike Masson / WKAR

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State men’s tennis team has lost two if its top players to injury this season. But that hasn’t dampened their spirits so far.

Current Sports | 3/14/16 | #658

Mar 14, 2016

Full coverage from Indy recapping the Big Ten tourney championship won by Michigan State, a discussion as to whether or not the Spartans should be a #1 seed, and was Michigan deserving of a play-in game?

Current Sports | 3/11/16 | #657

Mar 14, 2016

Tribute to Williamston boy's basketball coach Jason Bauer, a look at the Big Ten men's basketball tournament, and a chat with Okemos High School boy's basketball coach Jeff Wonch.