Michigan

The Basics of the Kendo World

Dec 19, 2015
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WKAR "Current Sports" beat reporter Darren Weiss, who has followed the Michigan State Kendo club, goes in depth with this video showing how the under-the-radar Martial Art sport works. Through the help of Ron Fox, the MSU Kendo Sensei, correct technique and rules of how to obtain points in a match are demonstrated.

Gordon Takes Home LFL POY Award

Nov 24, 2015
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The Lansing Football League Player of the Year Award was presented to Lansing Warriors player Carre'on Gordon. The nominees, along with family and friends, gathered at the Capital Area District Library downtown Lansing, MI for the trophy presentation. 

Cook Goes Down as Spartans Survive at Home

Nov 14, 2015
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MSU Senior Quarterback Connor Cook was sidelined during the second half of the Maryland game at Spartan Stadium on Saturday. Tyler O'Connor lead the offense, as the Spartans were able to escape with a 24 to 7 victory over the Terrapins, moving to 9-1 on the year. 

Spartans Nip Owls in Season Opener

Nov 14, 2015
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The MSU men's basketball team topped Florida Atlantic University at the Breslin Center in Friday night's season opener. This marked the 31st consecutive season opening win for the Spartans, 18-3 under head coach Tom Izzo. 

Vows that created a winning culture

Nov 2, 2015

HASLETT – Five years ago, Henry and Samantha Brunnschweiler said their marriage vows. Their decision to share their lives also included sharing head coaching the Haslett High School tennis program.

If you were to measure the success of their marriage, both the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams at Haslett High School have taken home the regional championship for five years in a row. 

MSU Women's Basketball Puts Last Year in Rearview

Oct 29, 2015
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Suzy Merchant and the 2015-16 MSU Women's Basketball Team has depth, talent, and a ton of youth. They are coming off a year in which they were hampered with injuries. They've learned from that experience and look forward to putting the past in the past. 

Final Four Not Good Enough for Izzo's Troops

Oct 29, 2015
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The MSU men's basketball team had a magical season last year, making it all the way to the Final Four before bidding adieu at the hands of the Duke Blue Devils. MSU returns nine of its top 11 scorers from last season and are poised to have a great year. 

Raw Celebration Footage of MSU Win Over Wolverines

Oct 19, 2015
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Here is what Al Martin captured on camera after the MSU football team topped the Michigan Wolverines in stunning fashion at The Big House. 

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The Michigan State football team pulled off one of the most improbable comebacks in Spartan/Wolverine rivalry history, topping Michigan 27-23 in the final seconds of action. 

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Michigan’s older adult population is growing rapidly, a fact that was addressed in Governor Snyder’s special message on aging last year. Snyder said our focus should be on the continued improvement of our aging services to create opportunities for Michigan’s older adults to live long, high-quality lives.  

Since that message, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has been hard at work on a new website designed to connect aging adults with the services they need.

No. 5 Michigan St. Edges Out W. Mich, 37-24

Sep 5, 2015
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Despite the Western Michigan Broncos pulling to within 10 points in the fourth quarter, Michigan State was able to hang on and top the Broncos, 37-24 at Waldo Stadium. 

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It's time again for another installment in our new series, "Hear, Here" where we bring you the distinctive sounds of places around Michigan. 

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Last Friday, we aired an interview with Jose Carrera, the director of clinical services at St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Lansing.  Mr. Carrera spoke of an ongoing program at St. Vincent that evaluates an at-risk child’s physical and emotional well-being.  Some of those children are in foster care.

Today we look at a different facet of the foster care system. 

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In the 1990s, many states, including Michigan, began getting tough on juvenile crime.

That meant harsher sentencing and sending more youth to adult prisons.

Between 2003 and 2013, Michigan sent thousands of youth under the age of 18 to serve time in adult prisons.

But many are beginning to question the effectiveness of those “tough on crime” policies.

Advocates for reform say that sending a young person to an adult prison can have devastating consequences.

SXSW to showcase Michigan’s creative economy

Mar 10, 2015

Tens of thousands of music and movie fans will descend on Austin, Texas next week for the South by Southwest festival. The festival’s line up features a number of Michigan musicians, but they won’t be the only ones representing the Mitten state. Joining them will be a team from the arts advocacy group Creative Many, formerly ArtServe.

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