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Courtesy Capital City Film Festival

The fifth annual Capital City Film Festival is underway and runs through Sunday.

This year, the festival features not only about 80 independent films at venues in and near downtown Lansing,  but dozens of musicians coming together for live performances as well.

Current State welcomes the two co-directors of the 2015 event, Payal Ravani and Dominic Cochran.

Courtesy Ryan Shadbolt

Our Live Music Friday guests today are Ryan Shadbolt and the Weathermen.

Ryan has performed extensively as a solo artist, and he’s also been the frontman of the Lansing band Delicious Bass.

The lineup also includes bassist Nathan Smathers, and Ryan Eggebrecht on djembe.

Today on Current State: Michigan Environmental Council policy director James Clift on MSU's coal elimination plan; former Michigan Congressman Joe Schwarz and "Symphonic Cinema" at the Lansing Center.

Courtesy Michigan State University

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has announced the school will stop burning coal at the university sometime next year.  

In a webcast on “MSU’s Energy Future,” President Simon called sustainability a “guiding institutional principal” and said it’s “great opportunity” for the school to continue to reduce its environmental impact.

Courtesy Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The fifth annual Capital City Film Festival is underway in Lansing this week.

One of the marquee events pairs classic silent film and classical music, courtesy of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

“Symphonic Cinema” takes place at the Lansing Center this Saturday night at 8 p.m.  Admission is Free.

Current State #513 | April 8, 2015

Apr 8, 2015

Today on Current State: an update from the co-producers of "Second Shift: From Crisis to Collaboration", a documentary chronicling the 'Keep GM' campaign in Lansing during the 1990s; we learn about the Life as a Zebra Foundation, which funds research and education efforts for rare diseases; a new mural will soon commemorate the Lansing's Diamond REO plant; and former executive at Kellogg's tells us what life of a lobbyist is really like. 

Today on Current State: Lansing city council member Carol Wood on the proposed 2016 city budget and an ICE operation at City Hall; a new curator for the Broad Art Museum; the piping plover makes a comeback and Bay City actress Katie Travis stars in "The Phantom of the Opera."

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Lansing's elected officials have begun discussions over the city's fiscal 2016 budget.  

Among other items, Mayor Virg Bernero's proposed spending plan calls for the creation new, high-ranking position at the Lansing Board of Water & Light.  

There's also ongoing discussion over pay raises for the mayor, city clerk and city council set to take effect on July 1.

Lansing city councilmember Carol Wood talks about budget issues...and about a recent ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) operation at City Hall.

Courtesy Caitlin Doherty

A new curator has begun work at MSU’s Broad Art Museum.  Caitlin Doherty has deep roots in contemporary art, having worked around the world in places as varied as rural Ireland and Doha, Qatar. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Caitlin Doherty about her career, her plans, and the recent death of the Broad’s founding director, Michael Rush. She says the job of a curator is to be a bridge between the artist, their creations, their vision, and potential exhibitions.

Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Spring is in the air.

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and the beaches of the Great Lakes are calling.

Well, maybe not for us humans yet.

The piping plover, on the other hand, will be packing its bags and headed for the lakeshore in the next couple of weeks.

The endangered species of shorebird was once almost extinct--with just 12 pairs left in the Great Lakes.

But thanks to conservation efforts, scientists are starting to see a rebound in the population.

Courtesy Wharton Center for Performing Arts

"The Phantom of the Opera” is in the middle of a two-week run at MSU’s Wharton Center. A singer-actress from Bay City has the lead role of Christine.  Current State's Mark Bashore talks with Katie Travis about what it's like to perform in the touring company of the most successful musical production of all time.

Today on Current State:  a new Michigan State University survey on sexual assault; protecting baby animals in the wild; a former juvenile offender's prison story highlights flaws with the system and Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers.

Courtesy Michigan State University

A survey distributed to all Michigan State University students asks them to offer their opinion about sexual assault.  MSU will use the information to assess the effectiveness of its current programs and services.

We talk with Paulette Granberry Russell, the university's Title IX Coordinator and director of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.

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Baby animals are making their way into the world as the weather gets warmer.  Here in mid-Michigan we might see fawns, newborn birds and rabbits and more.  But what if you see one without an obvious parent nearby?  Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with MSU professor of zoology Jim Harding.

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In the 1990s, many states, including Michigan, began getting tough on juvenile crime.

That meant harsher sentencing and sending more youth to adult prisons.

Between 2003 and 2013, Michigan sent thousands of youth under the age of 18 to serve time in adult prisons.

But many are beginning to question the effectiveness of those “tough on crime” policies.

Advocates for reform say that sending a young person to an adult prison can have devastating consequences.

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Spring only arrived a couple of weeks ago, but spring training baseball is over and it's time for the games to count!

It's Opening Day in Detroit, with the Tigers hosting the Minnesota Twins.  Current State's Mark Bashore talks with Detroit Free Press sportswriter Shawn Windsor.

Current State #510 | April 3, 2015

Apr 3, 2015

Today on Current State: An analysis of Proposal 1 to fund road repairs in Michigan; a preview of Michigan State's Final Four matchup with Duke; Michigan Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Rich Studley on RFRA and talent development; and Live Music Friday with Brendan Doherty.

Current State #509 | April 2, 2015

Apr 2, 2015

Today on Current State: Legislation that would allow advanced practice registered nurses more authority to prescribe medications; an MSU student who is bicycling from East Lansing to Indianapolis for the Final Four; interim general manager Dick Peffley; the MSU College of Music's Cello Plus series; and Scott D. Southard reviews "The Rosie Effect" by Graeme Simsion.

Current State #508 | April 1, 2015

Apr 1, 2015

Today on Current State: Business leaders consider an economic "grand bargain" for Michigan; a huge new automotive mural will grace a building in Lansing's REO Town; Neighbors in Action: Housing Services Mid Michigan; and a Michigan man pays homage to the bowling shoes of actor Dave Madden.

Current State #507 | March 31, 2015

Mar 31, 2015

Today on Current State: The March Month in Review with Susan Demas of Inside Michigan Politics and Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network; a new MSU exhibition features works by Art Prize finalist Henry Brimmer; research into biodegradeable plastics; and the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis clubs.

Current State #506 | March 30, 2015

Mar 30, 2015

Today on Current State: The "college access gap" created by a need for more school guidance counselors; the MSU Quidditch Team; Great Lakes Month in Review examines Flint's water supply; efforts to restore a polar bear on display at the MSU Natural Resources Building; and Spartan men's basketball advances to the Final Four.

Today on Current State: Longtime Kellogg's lobbyist George Franklin on his book "Raisin Bran and Other Cereal Wars"; Bob Downes talks about his book "Biking Northern Michigan"; a study indicates that fast food might be addictive; Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press previews MSU's Sweet 16 basketball game tonight; and Live Music Friday with Abbey Hoffman.

Current State #504 | March 26, 2015

Mar 26, 2015

Today on Current State: Almost 2-million people in Michigan lack access to healthy foods; the MSU Department of Theatre stages "Bug"; MSU doctoral student Apryl Pooley's book recounting her personal story of sexual assualt, addiction and PTSD; and a story of working on a Great Lakes freighter.

Current State #503 | March 25, 2015

Mar 25, 2015

Today on Current State: Incoming state Superintendent Brian Whiston; Joshua Davis of the Lansing band Steppin' In It competes on TV's "The Voice"; Neighbors in Action: Helping Women Period; and this weekend's Spartahack event at MSU.

Current State #502 | March 24, 2015

Mar 24, 2015

Today on Current State: Lansing health providers talk about treating cancer patients; the 200th anniversary of the Michigan Meridian; a slimy microorganism is appearing more frequently in northern Michigan lakes; and a preview of the MSU Opera production of Handel's "Xerxes".

Current State #501 | March 23, 2015

Mar 23, 2015

Today on Current State: Efforts to boost mental health care in two northern Michigan counties; the "Great Girls" of Michigan history; teaching winning campaign strategies to political newcomers; Spike Lee movie art collaborator Art Sims; and the MSU men's basketball team advances in the NCAA tournament.

MSU Today | March 22, 2015

Mar 22, 2015

Branding and Marketing MSU and Congresswoman Candice Miller

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon talks about branding and marketing MSU with Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis and CABS VP Heather Swain.  And Kirk Heinze talks Great Lakes issues with Congresswoman Candice Miller.

Current State #500 | March 20, 2015

Mar 20, 2015

Today on Current State: The story of an Afghan interpreter seeking American citizenship with the help of Purple Heart awardee William Milzarski; a new art gallery displays works by young people in Lansing; an MSU chemist researches a natural compound that could help in the fight against Alzheimer's disease; a Lansing museum exhibition honors military women; and Live Music Friday with Randy Napoleon.

Current State #499 | March 19, 2015

Mar 19, 2015

Today on Current State: Gov. Snyder's creation of the Michigan Agency for Energy; author Jacqueline Woodson; John Schneider's visit to Cuba; classical music from the Dali Quartet and the Ann Arbor Symphony; and MSU hockey heads into the B1G tournament.

Current State #498 | March 18, 2015

Mar 18, 2015

Today on Current State: State Rep. Jeremy Moss; Neighbors in Action: Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan; the retirement of a pro football rookie reopens concerns about concussions; a Colorectal Cancer Awareness Week event in Ann Arbor; and Scott D. Southard reviews "Bird Box" by Josh Malerman.