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Current State #535 | May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015

Today on Current State: A Traverse City company seeks oil drilling rights in Mason; Michigan's aerial photography program; the possible relationship between pollen and rain; and Live Music Friday with Jackalope.

Current State #534 | May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015

Today on Current State: Michigan's teacher shortage; an update on Lansing's bald eagles; workplace deaths in Michigan; Scott D. Southard reviews "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel; and a preview of Mighty Uke Day 5.

Current State #533 | May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015

Today on Current State: What's next after voter rejection of Proposal 1; the campaign challenging motorists not to drive solo; Neighbors in Action: Listening Ear; and a new book examines the link between values and science in the climate change debate.

Current State #532 | May 5, 2015

May 5, 2015

Today on Current State: GM has built 500-million vehicles and is investing in plants around the country, including Lansing; the MSU Living History Project with 98-year-old Helen Glass of Lansing; tracking Michigan butterflies; International Toastmasters President Muhammad Murad; and Keys in the City brings pianos decorated by artists to Lansing and East Lansing.

Current State #531| May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015

Today on Current State: the CATA Multi-Modal Gateway is set to open in July; golfboarding in Ann Arbor; training volunteers for Michigan's Foster Care Review Board program; MSU retiree Ken Dawson hikes the Continental Divide, and no more dues for the MSU Alumni Association.

New East Lansing CATA center nears completion

May 4, 2015
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The Capital Area Transportation Authority will soon unveil its new Multi Modal Gateway in East Lansing.

The station, just south of East Lansing’s existing Amtrak facility will incorporate rail, city, regional and national bus lines in one large modern locale.

The Multi Modal Gateway is slated to open this July, which is earlier than originally expected.

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You’ve heard of surfing. You’ve heard of skateboarding. You’ve heard of snowboarding. Maybe you’ve even tried one of them, or all of them. But you might never have heard of golfboarding.

Golfboarding is a new phenomenon in golf. Rather than walking or using a golf cart, golfers step onto a motorized skateboard-like device to get around the course. It looks like a cross between an oversized skateboard and a segway.

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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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A recently retired Michigan State University employee is not taking his retirement lying down.  

Back in March, Mr. Ken Dawson told Current State about his plan to spend five months hiking America’s Continental Divide.  The 3,100-mile solo adventure began April 15 in in extreme southern New Mexico, not far from the Mexican border.

Current State’s Mark Bashore connected with Ken Dawson by phone on Saturday as he was passing through Pie Town, New Mexico.    

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The Michigan State University Alumni Association announced a major change last week: starting in the summer of 2016, it will no longer require membership dues.  

Current State’s Mark Bashore spoke with MSUAA Executive Director Scott Westerman about why his organization is dropping the dues requirement.

MSU Today | May 3, 2015

May 3, 2015

Mark Dantonio and Tom Anastos

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with Spartans Head Football Coach Mark Dantonio and Spartans Head Ice Hockey Coach Tom Anastos.

Current State #530 | May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015

Today on Current State: Proposal 1 opponent Paul Mitchell; solving the 1980 disappearance of a Michigan girl; a new assessment program placing at-risk kids in appropriate care settings; and Live Music Friday with Jen Sygit.

Current State #529 | April 30, 2015

Apr 30, 2015

Today on Current State: Month in Review for April on no-fault auto insurance reform, Proposal 1 and same-sex marriage; Lansing United kicks off its second soccer season; East Lansing voters consider decriminalizing marijuana and a charter amendment regarding the sale of city properties; and a preview of the upcoming Piano Monster concert.

Current State #528 | April 29, 2015

Apr 29, 2015

Today on Current State: State Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. discusses sex education reforms; Neighbors in Action: ePIFany Now; Public Poetry Announcement: T.S. Eliot; reforming no-fault auto insurance in Michigan; and "America's Got Downton" star Luke Kempner.

Current State #527 | April 28, 2015

Apr 28, 2015

Today on Current State: The U.S. Supreme Court arguments over Michigan's same-sex marriage ban; birdwatching at the Harris Nature Center; Great Lakes Month in Review examines the drought in California; the student-made documentary "Gay from Gaylord" explores LGBTQ life in northern Michigan; and Steven Terry discusses his book "Michigan Agricultural College Campus Life 1900-1925: A Postcard Tour.”

Current State #526 | April 27, 2015

Apr 27, 2015

Today on Current State: The "Safe Roads Yes!" campaign for Proposal 1; an American food culture exhibit at the Broad Art Museum; the role of the Michigan Air National Guard in the fight against ISIS; MSU studies the role of belly fat in high blood pressure; and WKAR's Al Martin discusses the MSU spring football game.

MSU Today | April 26, 2015

Apr 26, 2015

MSU's Energy Transition Plan

Current State #525 | April 24, 2015

Apr 24, 2015

Today on Current State: Abstinance sex education instruction; the Detroit Zoo works to turn poop into electricity; Lansing city councilmember Vincent Delgado decides not to run in the 2015 election; Michigan's boat building history; and Live Music Friday with Rob Klajda of The Lash.

Current State #524 | April 23, 2015

Apr 23, 2015

Today on Current State: Former Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr; Lansing remembers the flood of 1975; poet Carolyn Forché; a Lansing property owner criticizes the city and Niowave over their revised remodeling plan; Scott D. Southard reviews "Missing Reels" by Farran Smith Nehme; and a preview of Saturday's Ann Arbor Symphony concert.

Current State #523 | April 22, 2015

Apr 22, 2015

Today on Current State: State Medicaid director Steve Fitton and State Sen. Jim Marleau on the challenges facing Medicaid; Neighbors in Action: CASA for Kids of Barry and Eaton County; former Gov. John Engler remembers the late Sen. Robert Griffin; and the MSU College of Music's "Latin IS America" series.

Current State #522 | April 21, 2015

Apr 21, 2015

Today on Current State: Examining Michigan's road warranty program in the days leading up to the vote on a road repair funding proposal; the declining rusty blackbird population; MSU scientists resume work at the Large Hadron Collider; and the 2015-16 Wharton Center schedule.

Current State #521 | April 20, 2015

Apr 20, 2015

Today on Current State: Two grandchildren of Henrietta Lacks discuss her story, as told in the book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot; the connection between childhood imagination and creativity in adults; Michigan faces a lawsuit over allegations of prison rapes; and MSU linebacker Riley Bullough on spring football and his forays into country music.

MSU Today | April 19, 2015

Apr 19, 2015

Michigan Earth Day Fest, environmental justice, Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Current State #520 | April 17, 2015

Apr 17, 2015

Today on Current State: Cong. Mike Bishop; Ira Glass brings his dance show to East Lansing; and Live Music Friday with Brad Cole, Chris Edrington and Erin Sax.

Current State #519 | April 16, 2015

Apr 16, 2015

Today on Current State: Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski on body cameras; essayist Jack Lessenberry keynotes A Rally of Writers; and a preview of the upcoming Lansing Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series performance of Bach's "Goldberg Variations".

Current State #518 | April 15, 2015

Apr 15, 2015

Today on Current State: Rep. Mike Callton on medical marijuana legislation; poet Terry Blackhawk; and Neighbors in Action: Sparrow's Nest.

Current State #517 | April 14, 2015

Apr 14, 2015

Today on Current State: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; "Dinosaur Train" host Scott Sampson previews his public appearances at MSU this weekend; and remembering the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination.

Current State #516 | April 13, 2015

Apr 13, 2015

Today on Current State: The possible health impacts of climate change in Michigan; MSU researchers study pandas; a Public Poetry Announcement with a poem by Billy Collins; and remembering the Palm Sunday tornadoes that struck Michigan 50 years ago.

MSU Today | April 12, 2015

Apr 12, 2015

Michigan's energy future, MSU Extension, climate change debate

Today on Current State: The Capital City Film Festival kicks off and Live Music Friday features Ryan Shadbolt & The Weathermen.