Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
11:46 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Local author on living with Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy is a disease that weakens the musculoskeletal system.
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Labor Day is next Monday, and with it, the annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Over the years, hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised for research, and to help people like Mo Gerhardt live life with Muscular Dystrophy to the fullest.

Gerhardt is the author of “Perspective From An Electric Chair.” The book chronicles his childhood, his diagnosis at the age of 8, and how he’s coped with the disease.

He talked about his life, and his book, with Current State’s Scott Pohl. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:54 am
Tue August 20, 2013

'The Way North' a budding Upper Peninsula literary tradition

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is not known for it’s great literary figures, but a new anthology is trying to change that. " The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works" is filled with poems and short stories shaped by the U.P.'s culture and landscape. Ron Riekki, the anthologies editor, says he cannot escape his U.P. roots.


 


 

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:22 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Michigan Wine Competition draws producers, wine experts

The 2013 Michigan Wine Competition will take place on Tuesday. Despite the extra rain this year, Karel Bush of the Michigan Grape and Wine Council says it's a good year for Michigan wine grapes.
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On Tuesday, the 36th annual Michigan Wine Competition will take place at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Some of Michigan’s top wineries will present their best creations to a panel of wine experts from across the state and nation.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:56 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Veterans struggle to access services in Michigan

Eric Calley served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq. He's the co-founder of the veterans' advocacy group, The Fight Continues. He's pictured with his service dog, Liberty.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

 

Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the United States has deployed nearly two million military personnel to Iraq and Afghanistan.  As operations wind down, thousands of troops are returning home, and many with profound physical and psychological wounds.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:51 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Michigan's craft spirits industry is on the rise

East Lansing's Red Cedar Spirits is part of the state's growing craft distillery movement.
Credit Courtsey of Red Cedar Spirits

Michigan’s economy and culture has been positively impacted by the craft beer and wine industry. But if beer or wine isn’t your style, don’t fret. Michigan is also one of the friendliest states to small distillers, and as a result the state’s spirits industry is growing. Kris Berglund, an MSU distinguished professor of food science and chemical engineering and a statewide industry leader, discusses the spirits industry in Michigan. 

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

State Superintendent details his county-based streamlining proposal

Superintendent Flanagan believes a new approach to transportation, among other things, could potentially save a large sum for Michigan schools.
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State Schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan is calling for some changes to the state’s schooling landscape to deal with growing funding deficits.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:32 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Michigan’s tourism industry continues to grow

Michigan's museums and national parks saw increases in tourism last year.
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Originally aired on April 19, 2013.

The state of Michigan saw an increase in tourism spending in 2012, most of which can be attributed to travelers from other states.

At the annual Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism which started on April 14, MSU professor and tourism expert Sarah Nicholls predicted another year of industry growth. Nicholls speaks with Current State's Emanuele Berry to unveil more tourism trends and plans for Michigan.

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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
1:51 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Michigan’s tourism industry continues to grow

Michigan's museums and national parks saw increases in tourism last year.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

 

The state of Michigan saw an increase in tourism spending in 2012, most of which can be attributed to travelers from other states.

This week, at the annual Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism,  MSU professor and tourism expert Sarah Nicholls predicted another year of industry growth.  Nicholls speaks with Current States Emanuele Berry to unveil more tourism trends and plans for Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 4/9/13

Matt Ludtke kicks off the show with a recap of the NCAA Championship game last night.  He discusses potential referee changes in the NCAA, and key highlights from the game.  Ludtke continues with Spartan basketball discussion and takes callers opinions on what went wrong for the Wolverines last night.  He closes the show with MSU football talk, and which players are going to step up and be the new role models for a team that lost great leaders after last fall.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

SportsTalk | Fri 3/29/13

Matt and Alex wrap up the week discussing the upsets and the shockers.  Wichita State shocks the world by moving one step closer to the Final Four, and Indiana looses their dream by the inability to convert against Syracuse's 2-3 zone.  The duo then discuss Michigan State versus Duke tonight, and Michigan's matchup versus Kansas.  They close the show with Verlander's contract deal, and take open lines.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:28 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Holt vs. Mason: Community leaders face-off

Tonight at Holt High School, it’s round one of the first annual Holt and Mason Scholarship Challenge.  This is an amateur talent competition featuring music, dance, comedy, visual art, and poetry. It’s open to all ages and all kinds of creativity. To set the mood of friendly competition, Delhi Township Supervisor CJ Davis and Mason Mayor Leon Clark will showcase their singing and guitar-playing talents tonight. Davis and Clark join us to discuss the event.   

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Health
2:48 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Governor Rick Snyder calls for review of state mental health system

Mental health funding in Michigan is uneven, says Bob Sheehan, and the tri-county area around Lansing is at the bottom.
Credit Gabby Saldivia

On Wednesday, Governor Rick Snyder ordered a review of how Michigan delivers mental health services.  Among other issues, commissions headed by Lt. Governor Brian Calley will focus on how to close the gap for people who need help but end up in jail instead.

Bob Sheehan, executive director of Community Mental Health of Lansing, discusses mental health challenges in mid-Michigan and what he thinks the review needs to address.

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Arts & Culture
1:29 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Book recalls famous and forgotten Michigan authors

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Dave Dempsey is a widely respected environmentalist and writer; his attorney brother, Jack, is also a writer. Together, their love for Michigan and the written word are united in “Ink Trails: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors." The book has been chosen as a Michigan Notable Book for 2013. They join us to talk about Michigan’s rich literary history.

Jack and Dave Dempsey will appear at the Schuler Book Store in Okemos on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. to discuss the book.

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NewsRoom
6:07 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Liberal Group Raises Bolger's Business History as Election Issue

WKAR File Photo

A liberal advocacy group is attacking state House Speaker Jase Bolger’s past business record in attempt to damage his shot at re-election. The attack comes while Bolger is in the midst of a separate election fraud investigation.  The group Progress Michigan says Bolger’s company avoided paying taxes over the course of three years.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Historical Museum Hosts MI Archeology Day This Saturday

State Archaeologist Dr. Dean Anderson examines artifacts from an abandoned iron smelting site in now deserted Fayette, Michigan.
Mark Bashore WKAR

This past summer, there were about a dozen active archeological projects underway around the state.  Some of what was unearthed is on display this Saturday in Lansing.

Professional and amateur archeologists will gather at the Michigan Historical Museum for ‘Michigan Archeology Day.’  The free event will give anyone interested in historic, pre-historic--even underwater--discoveries a chance to experience them close-up.

WKAR’s Mark Bashore sat down with state archeologists Dean Anderson and Stacy Tchorsiznky to find out more. 

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NewsRoom
5:13 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Judge Says State Workers’ 4% Retirement Contribution is Unconstitutional

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State workers would no longer have to fork out four-percent of their salaries to keep their pensions if a judge’s ruling stands.

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NewsRoom
8:31 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Snyder Signs New State Budget, Turns to Summer Priorities

Gov. Rick Snyder
Courtesy State of Michigan

Now that the budget’s done, Governor Rick Snyder goes to work on his goals for the balance of the summer. He spent a few minutes with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta just after he signed the new state budget.

RICK PLUTA:  Governor, thanks for sitting down with us.  So, just name one thing in this budget that you consider to be a really major accomplishment.

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NewsRoom
2:11 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

USDA Undersecretary Praises Senate Farm Bill Passage

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U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary Dallas Tonsager is praising the Senate’s passage of a $1 trillion farm bill.  Tonsager was in mid-Michigan Friday to meet with farmers and homeowners. 

The farm bill that cleared the Senate Thursday cuts some $24 billion over the next decade.  It would end direct federal subsidies to farmers who’ve relied on those payments since the 1980’s.  Tonsager says farmers are doing well enough economically that there’s less need now for government assistance.

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NewsRoom
4:31 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Ron Paul Speaks at MSU on Eve of Michigan Primary

GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul visited Michigan State University Monday on the day before the state primary.
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About 2,500 people gathered at Michigan State University Monday afternoon to attend a rally by GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul.  The Texas congressman is not expected to win tomorrow’s presidential primary in Michigan.  Most polls have him running well behind Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.  However, Paul does have enthusiastic supporters who intend to vote for him.

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NewsRoom
9:05 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Gov. Snyder delivers his second State of the State address

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his second annual State of the State address Wednesday evening in Lansing.
State of Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder highlighted the accomplishments of 2011 and outlined Michigan's goals for 2012 in his second annual State of the State address Wednesday evening in Lansing.

NewsRoom
8:27 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Lawmakers expected to approve statewide anti-bullying proposal

LANSING, MI (MPRN) - Michigan is one of just three states without an anti-bullying law to protect students in K-12 schools. The state Legislature is expected to approve a proposal this week that would require all schools to adopt anti-bullying policies.

Experts and students say it's time to have a law in place as bullying in schools becomes a growing concern.

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