Barring the highly unforeseeable, Mark Schauer will be Michigan’s Democratic candidate for Governor next year. Schauer headed the BlueGreen Alliance, a group comprised of 14 of the country’s largest unions and environmental organizations that advances a green jobs agenda.
Today is the first of two day-long sessions at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island. Much of this year’s agenda focuses on the connection between public education and the health of Michigan’s economy.
Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon plays a noticeable role in this year’s gathering. She’s leading a key panel discussion today on the importance of corporate investment in education and efforts to close Michigan’s much publicized “skills gap.”
A key piece of the 2014 Michigan budget moved forward yesterday. The Republican-held majority of the state Senate passed a spending plan covering Michigan's public schools, community colleges and universities.
Today on Current State: Sen. Debbie Stabenow discusses the Farm Bill; the 250th anniversary of the battle of Fort Michilimackinac; Neighbors in Action; and a MSU student and former American Idol stars in local production and gets taste of American Idol.
A new five-year Farm Bill is making its way to a vote in the U.S. Senate. This is the second time in a year that the legislation has cleared the Senate. Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, says the House has promised to take up the bill in mid-June.
Memorial Day signals the start of the summer tourist season in Michigan, and the Straits of Mackinac is a traditional favorite for thousands of people. One of the area’s top attractions is Fort Michilimackinac, built by French fur traders in the early 1700's, and later turned into a British military outpost.
Each Wednesday, Current State presents “Neighbors in Action,” which features people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week we feature Charter House, a daytime clubhouse for adults with mental illnesses in the Lansing area.
Clubhouse director Stephanie Tighe and Charter House member Nicole Wright join Current State to discuss the impact that a safe, social environment can have on an individual with a mental illness.
Adam Woolsey grew up in Jackson with musical theater on his mind. A performance at the “American Idol Experience” at Disney World in Orlando led to Woolsey auditioning for the TV show in 2011 – and gaining some national exposure.
Current State’s Scott Pohl talked with the MSU senior about his newest endeavor - starring in the upcoming production of “My Favorite Year” at Lansing's Riverwalk Theatre.
This weekend Gov. Snyder will welcome Governors from across the Great Lakes region to the 2013 leadership summit on Mackinac Island. Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson previews the summit and reflects on the Great Lakes Advisory Board's meeting in Chicago.
Wilson is the former co-editor of the Great Lakes Town Hall. He’s a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and currently writes for Great Lakes Echo.
Michigan has one of the larger Muslim populations in the country. Today, community leaders from across the state will be gathering in Lansing for the annual Michigan Muslim Capitol Day. The event, organized by the Michigan Muslim Community Council, seeks to strengthen relationships with state lawmakers.
Dr. Farhan Bhatti, a local physician and board member at the Islamic Center of East Lansing and MSU psychiatrist Dr. Farha Abbasi discuss the goals and concerns of the Michigan Muslim community.
Mlive’s Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. Today, she discusses the Michigan Flyer-AirRide motorcoach service, Detroit’s finical issues and the loss of current Bank of America customer perks.
WKAR is asking area middle school students to produce their own videos that speak out against bullying. The best ones will be aired on WKAR-TV. WKAR's Jason Thomson, a multimedia producer with MSU’s Interactive Video Services department, explains more about the series.
A new study finds that practice is not enough to explain gaps in skill levels. The study, led by Michigan State University associate professor of psychology Zach Hambrick, focused on skill levels in chess and music. Hambrick explains that while practice is highly important, it may not be enough.
The MSU Museum used social media to help build its new exhibit VOICE. The exhibit focuses on the words sing, roar, cry, whisper, persuade, and converse.
Each word has its own display filled with items and selected by the public. WKAR's Emanuele Berry stopped by VOICE to speak with MSU Museum Education Specialist and Assistant Curator of Folk Arts, Mary Worral.
Currently, the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act only allows patients with the need for medical marijuana to either grow the plant on their own, or find an individual -- known as the primary caregiver -- who is willing to grow it for them to do so. However, registered primary caregivers can only assist up to five qualifying patients.
Marijuana possession is still a federal crime, but law enforcement and prosecution has been extremely confusing in many states -- including Michigan -- which have legalized the use of marijuana to varying degrees.
If you’ve been outside in the last few weeks, it's not hard to notice the swarms of attacking mosquitoes. The creepy buzzing in the ears, the itchy welts and the inordinate blood loss -- they all seem particularly bad this spring. Ned Walker, MSU entomology professor and an expert on the dastardly mosquito, talked with Current State host Mark Bashore about how bad it is and why.
In March, Spartan Hospitality Group at Michigan State University launched a new venture that it hoped would change the nature of fast food on the MSU campus and beyond. The venture is called the "Food for Thought" food truck. Since then, business has steadily grown.
Captain Mike Yankowski is about one month into his new responsibilities as the interim chief of the Lansing Police Department, after succeeding retired police chief Teresa Szymanski. He's considered a strong possibility for the permanent position as chief.
Yankowski joins Current State to discuss several issues including high profile local cases, his law enforcement philosophy and the state of medical marijuana in Michigan.
Michigan State University professor and graphics expert Karl Gude approaches the visual side of storytelling with a heavy dose of creativity. He relies on that impulse to teach "Visualizing Information" and other classes in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. He also taps into this mindset to paint and he is now promoting his most recent exhibit at the Nisbet Building at MSU.
Yesterday, a public panel in East Lansing might have moved the city a little closer to updating a key downtown space. The city’s Park District review team made recommendations regarding specific development companies and their plans for that space.
Many in the area are eager to start developing the largely derelict area west of Abbot Road and north of Grand River. The panel recommended that the city council focus on plans from both DTN Management Co. and Lurvey White Ventures.
The last few years have brought significant changes to the city of Detroit. A financial emergency was declared, and despite opposition from residents and the city council, a financial manager was appointed. And just this month, Mayor Dave Bing announced he would step down from office at the end of his term—and a crowded field of new candidates announced their intentions.