One of classical music’s most famous contemporary musicians is coming to East Lansing. Last May, violinist Joshua Bell was named to succeed Sir Neville Marriner as music director of the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields. Bell and the academy will perform at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center this Saturday on one leg of their first tour together.
WKAR’s Jody Knol recently spoke with Joshua Bell and reminded him of the lengths he went to in order to make his last concert at Wharton Center back in the winter of 2009.
Michigan State University is ready to start work on a new anaerobic digester. The system will use microorganisms to turn tons of manure and food waste into electricity for some MSU buildings south of the main campus.
This week from reWorking Michigan, we look at the first project under development at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. The Land Grant Project will stretch the museum’s mission, bringing artists into the classrooms at MSU.
Convicted murder Charles Lewis, Jr. (center) awaits sentencing by Ingham County Judge George Economy. Lewis faced the possibility of life without parole, but was instead issued probation and time at a state juvenile rehabilitation center.
The Michigan State University Board of Trustees faces a pivotal decision today. The board will decide whether to approve a strategic clean energy plan that would eventually transition the campus to 100 percent renewable energy. The plan calls for MSU to produce 15 percent of its energy from renewables in just three years.
The plan has been staunchly opposed by student environmental groups at MSU, who claim it’s not strong enough to effect any real change. They’re also critical of the fact that the vision does not include scrapping the university’s coal-fired power plant.
After 24 years, John Schneider will publish his last column in the Lansing State Journal on Sunday.
At 63, Schneider has penned hundreds of columns, notably helping “the little guys” sort out their problems. Many of his columns have dealt with family life, including the tragic drowning death of his daughter and the last years of his mother’s life.
Like hundreds of others, he’s accepting a buyout from Gannett, the State Journal’s parent company. He’ll be replaced by Mark Mayes, who already has written a few columns.
The Capital City Film Festival gets underway today in a variety of venues across the city of Lansing. It’s only the second year for the event, which was organized in part to complement the long-established East Lansing Film Festival.
WKAR’s Anna Schroen spoke with Capital City Film Festival entertainment director Jake Pechtel, who says this time, mid-Michigan’s newest cinematic celebration has attracted twice as many filmmakers as last year.
Teachers turned out by the hundreds Wednesday to pack a hearing room in Lansing. They showed up to oppose a measure that would force them to pay more for their retirement health care and pension benefits.
Legislation is pending in Michigan that would require convicted animal abusers to sign up for an online registry, similar to Michigan’s sex offender list. Proponents say it would help animal control officers investigate and prosecute abuse cases, and also prevent potential violence against humans.
Despite the noticeable strengths of Lansing’s economy, a number of employers struggle with a shortage of qualified I-T workers. Increasingly, information technology jobs go unfilled for weeks and months. Employers and job-seekers alike are hoping a new, multi-million dollar skills initiative—E-Pathways--will help close the gap.
A group that wants to oust Governor Rick Snyder will launch its second effort to collect enough signatures to put a recall question on the November ballot. It will go before an election commission Monday, looking for permission to let the petition drive go forward.
Our report this week looks at safety in the workplace. In 2011, the state of Michigan created the Workplace Safety Advisory Rules Committee. For months, its members combed through volumes of health and safety rules applying to a wide range of industries. The committee recommended eliminating hundreds of regulations it deemed obsolete or burdensome. State lawmakers are now considering that report. In the meantime, some labor groups say the recommendations go too far.
The streets of East Lansing near Michigan State University became a military command post Thursday morning. Soldiers from the Michigan Army National Guard rolled into town a couple of blocks from Grand River Avenue to test their response to a simulated environmental hazard. The exercise was part of the Guard’s required training, and evaluators were on hand to judge how well they handled a potentially life-threatening situation.
WKAR’s Kevin Lavery spent some time with the troops.