The Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame, located within the Lansing Center, showcases a wealth of local athletic talent. Home to memorabilia from 228 individuals and 46 teams, the Hall of Fame celebrates the world class athletic talent that Mid-Michigan has produced. WKAR’s Al Martin toured of the Hall of Fame with Executive Director and 1994 inductee Bob Every.
Brown trout, Chinook and coho salmon are all currently stocked in one or more of the Great Lakes, however none of these prized catches are native to the basin. These fish were stocked to help manage invasive species and to build a sport fishery.
Ben Schneider, Mark Bary and Tom Renauda from Okemos, along with Miguel Briseno of Eaton Rapids and Californian Karl Kerfoot have been making waves with their band Lord Huron. Now based in Los Angeles, Lord Huron is touring to support their album "Lonesome Dreams."
Current State's Scott Pohl spoke with Ben Schneider about his music, and growing up in a media savvy household with his parents, well-known Lansing PR executive Sharon Emery and longtime Lansing State Journal columnist John Schneider.
Today on Current State: Michigan high school education gap in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes; co-generation power plant in REO Town; third-party gubernatorial candidate Robin Sanders; 3D printing; and diagnosing sick dogs.
Last week, Bridge Magazine highlighted a study conducted by The Education Trust, a Washington D.C.-based education research and policy group, showing Michigan had one of the worst rates in the country for enrollment in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes among low income and minority students. Enrollment in these higher level classes during high school greatly increases a student’s chances for success in college.
The massive co-generation power plant rising above Lansing's REO Town neighborhood is nearly complete. The Lansing Board of Water and Light 's (BWL) new 46,000 square-foot facility has been under construction for more than two years. The power plant officially comes online July 1, and will replace four coal-fired steam units at the nearby Moores Park plant built in 1950s. The BWL says the new plant is much more environmentally friendly. Residents and business owners believe it will also bring economic gain to their neighborhood.
Many Michigan voters have begun anticipating a Gubernatorial contest next year between Republican incumbent Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer. But a political neophyte from Southeast Michigan has also launched an effort at getting the state’s top job. Robin Sanders has spent close to 20 years as a corrections officer with the Michigan Department of Corrections, most of it specializing in mental health work.
3D printing was in the news recently when a Texas group called Defense Distributed posted instructions on its website for printing a functional plastic handgun using a 3D printer. Although the State Department had the group remove the postings, the story brought 3D printing to the headlines.
Current State host Mark Bashore speaks with Dr. Patrick Kwon, a professor of mechanical engineering at MSU, about the technology of 3D printing.
When a beloved dog becomes seriously ill, owners are faced with difficult decisions. Researchers are developing a new tool which could help dog owners tackle the tough choice of prolonging life or letting go.
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival bills itself as "an international arts gathering." Events are indoors and outdoors over the next three weeks. It will be a good time for everybody -- kids, music lovers, film buffs and even public radio fans. Current State’s Scott Pohl spoke with Robb Woulfe about the 30th Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Woulfe has been the festival’s executive and artistic director for nine years.
Thirteen years ago, right around Father’s Day, Lansing native Maureen Abood’s father, prominent local attorney Camille Abood, passed away from cancer.
Maureen, who pens a popular blog about Lebanese food and culture called Rose Water & Orange Blossoms, was gracious enough to share her memories of her father and explain how the healing power of food helped her and her family cope with their loss.
This Sunday isn’t just Father's Day -- it's also National Fudge Day. By most accounts, the first batch of fudge was concocted in Baltimore in the 1880's. By the turn of the 20th century, fudge making arrived on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan.
The Michigan Public Radio Network’sRick Pluta tours the modern day "fudge capital."
Recently, the nation has become focused on a series of scandals emanating from Washington, D.C. Edward Snowden, an analyst with the National Security Agency, publicly disclosed details of a secret telephone data mining program. That disclosure came shortly after news that the Internal Revenue Service had targeted and allegedly harassed Tea Party groups.
A Michigan House committee has approved a much debated proposal to expand Medicaid coverage in the state. Expansion of the federal program enjoys some bipartisan support, but the measure was delayed by some House Republicans who wanted stricter guidelines. Some were also reluctant to approve the expansion because of its connection to the federal Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.”
Today, Lansing kicks off the opening events of the 20th annual Juneteenth celebration, which is a three-day festival celebrating the emancipation of African-Americans from slavery. The holiday has been officially recognized in the state since 2005 when Gov. Jennifer Granholm declared the third Saturday in June to be "Juneteenth National Freedom Day."
Of the multiple features of this year's Midwestern classical music season, one is the 20th anniversary of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival - which will celebrate with over 20 concerts throughout downtown Detroit.
The start of summer signals the time for music festivals to spring up all across the Great Lakes region. WKAR’s Jody Knol, Mark Schwitzgoebel and Peter Whorf preview and highlight the 2013 summer classical music festival season throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.
Today on Current State: the Ingham Health Plan and healthcare changes; wind energy in Michigan; the MSU Student Organic Farm; Neighbors in Action features Black Men Inc. of Greater Lansing and discovering a Lake Michigan shipwreck from 1679.
Medicaid expansion continues to be a very closely watched issue in Michigan. Yesterday, a House committee moved to loosen requirements and the impact of the federal Affordable Care Act is tied closely to Medicaid expansion.
Michigan was one of the fastest growing states for wind power in 2012. That's according to the American Wind Energy Association’s annual market report. But the nuts and bolts of harnessing wind energy is a complicated issue, with its fair share of supporters and detractors.
The MSU Student Organic Farm operates year-round as both a teaching and production facility. WKAR’s Peter Whorf speaks with MSU Student Organic Farmstand manager April Plankey about healthy eating trends, the farm's day-to-day operations and the weekly bounty.
Built by French explorer Rene-Robert Sieur de La Salle, the vessel "Le Griffon," or "Griffin" in English, was the first vessel to sail the Great Lakes. The ship was an important supply line to support La Salle’s expedition in search of the mouth of the Mississippi River. However, the ship was disappeared in 1679 and hasn’t been found since.
Today on Current State: Can redistricting be done without politics?; archeological finds under MSU's campus; Lansing's new sewer project; and state transportation issues including road funding and Detroit metro's new Regional Transportation Authority.
Michigan’s state legislative districts are redrawn after every U.S. Census. The last time around the process turned contentious and led many Democrats to allege gerrymandering by the GOP majority. They point to what they say are contorted district lines drawn to ensure a political advantage.