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In 1968, Michigan Governor George Romney signed an agreement with the governor of Shiga Prefecture, which is one of Japan’s 47 state-like territories, to create a sister state relationship. The cultural partnership between the two states is one of the longest-running in the country and is still going strong today.

State proposes local control of backyard livestock

Feb 12, 2014
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An important debate over urban farming in Michigan continues today in Lansing. Officials from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and others will discuss proposed rule changes governing farm animals in developed, residential areas.

State's high court seeks more language interpreters

Feb 5, 2014

The American legal system is littered with ancient Latin terms. Phrases like “habeus corpus,” “ex post facto” and “pro bono” are common in our courts. Many of us who are not lawyers and judges have some idea what they mean, but imagine trying to grasp what’s happening in a courtroom when English is not your first language. At best, the experience can be stressful and even frightening without an interpreter.

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Thousands of Michigan households and businesses that use propane gas continue to be squeezed by a shortage of the fuel.

MSU Falls to Michigan at the Breslin Center

Jan 27, 2014

WKAR's Al Martin gives his postgame report after MSU falls to Michigan this past weekend, 80 to 75. You would think head coach Tom Izzo would be disappointed after losing to his rival, but his reaction afterward was quite the opposite. 

Former EM: Flint will take time

Jan 16, 2014

For two years, Flint native Michael Brown served as the city of Flint’s Emergency Manager. He has recently returned to Prima Civitas in East Lansing as president.

Outdoor winter fun not far away

Jan 13, 2014

The Great Lakes State celebrates our beautiful outdoors, and outdoor activities year-round.  Current State's Peter Whorf checked in late last week at Meridian Township’s Harris Nature Center to find out about upcoming events.

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Each year the Library of Michigan chooses 20 books which feature notable Michigan residents, historical events and Michigan writers. The 2014 Michigan Notable Books List includes works of poetry, memoirs of cities and photographs from around the mitten.

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On January 5, 1914, Henry Ford introduced a conditional five-dollar a day wage for his assembly line workers. One hundred years later, different people put different spins on the story. Some say it was Henry Ford paying his workers enough to buy the cars they were producing. Some say it was only a move to stop the high levels of worker on the assembly lines.
MSU's John Beck takes a look at the competing narratives and some interesting parallels 100 years on.

Former LSJ editor Hirten joins City Pulse

Dec 3, 2013

A long-time Lansing State Journal executive has a new masthead. Mickey Hirten joined the LSJ in 2001 and spent a dozen years as the paper’s executive editor.


The U.S. Supreme Court  will hear oral arguments today in a Michigan case with potential repercussions for other states as well.   It involves Indian tribal rights and casino operations.

Month in Review: November's biggest news stories

Nov 27, 2013
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Tomorrow's holiday and the long weekend means the end of the month has arrived artificially early. To review November's top Michigan news stories, Current State's “Month in Review” welcomes back Tim Skubick, host of WKAR-TV'S Off The Record.  Also re-joining us on Thanksgiving Eve is Kyle Melinn, Editor and Co-Owner of MIRS News in Lansing.

Current State #209 | November 26, 2013

Nov 26, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan Court of Claims update with judge Michael J. Talbot; Great Lakes Month in Review; and Voices of Experience with MSU's George Perles.

New Court of Claims Chief outlines transition

Nov 26, 2013
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Two weeks after becoming law, a move to revamp Michigan's Court of Claims is still generating questions and discussion.

The reform moves legal actions against Michigan out of the Ingham County Circuit Court. To help us understand some of these issues, we speak with the new Chief Judge of the revamped Michigan Court of Claims, the Honorable Michael Talbot.

Current State #206 | November 21, 2013

Nov 21, 2013

Today on Current State: a Michigan health care non-profit on Obamacare; a new MSU study on diversity and segregation; indie film producer Christine Vachon; and "nose-to-tail" eating.