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David Hollister, Mark Bashore, Eric Scorsone photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

In his annual State of the City report, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the city is financially strong. But that’s in the short term. Officials say in the coming year, Lansing must gain control of its $600-million in unfunded retiree health care and pension debt. Wel talk with two members of the Lansing Financial Health Team.


View of the Flint river
Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

The Flint Water Crisis dominated Michigan news in January. Mark Bashore talks with Tim Skubick and Jonathan Oosting


The U.S. Supreme Court building
Wikimedia Commons

In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life in prison without parole for juvenile offenders was unconstitutional. On Monday, the court said that ruling applies to people currently serving sentences for crimes they committed as minors. Current State talks to both a prison reform proponent and a victims’ rights advocate about their reaction to the decision. 

Virg Bernero photo
courtesy / City of Lansing

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Bernero about Lansing’s fiscal health and other challenges in the coming year.


Governor speaking at podium
WKAR

Because of the Flint water crisis, last night’s [Jan. 19] State of the State address will be the most scrutinized of Gov. Rick Snyder’s tenure. We hear responses from House Democratic leader Tim Greimel and Republican Rep. Gary Glenn, along with Detroit News capitol reporter Chad Livengood.


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