Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
6:22 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Diverse lineup remains for Wharton Center's season

Anthony Bourdain appears in East Lansing on May 7.

The stretch run begins next week for the remainder of the concert season at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts.  WKAR’s Peter Whorf chats with Wharton Center executive director Mike Brand about the breadth and depth of performances coming to East Lansing in the next few months.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:48 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Michigan Spring Breaker Dies In Florida Panhandle

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Police say a 20-year-old college student from Michigan has died in an alcohol-related incident while on spring break in the Florida Panhandle.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:39 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Michigan House Approves Bear Cub Handling Bill

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People in Michigan could get the chance to pet and take photos with bear cubs, under legislation approved by the House.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:37 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Michigan Senate OKs $21 Million To Dredge Harbors

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The Michigan Senate has voted to authorize $21 million in emergency spending to dredge Great Lakes harbors grappling with record-low water levels.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:34 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Michigan Conditionally OK'd For Health Market

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The Obama administration has conditionally approved Michigan to help run a health insurance market in partnership with the federal government.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:14 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Ruling On Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Ban Will Wait For SCOTUS Decisions

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A decision on whether Michigan’s gay marriage ban is constitutional will wait until this summer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:58 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Current State #38 | March 6, 2013

Today on Current State: The latest setback to the Lansing casino deal; Michigan ACLU on "Right to Work" lawsuit; the "Michigan 2020"  plan; Neighbors in Action featuring All Saints Episcopal Church; folk legend Janis Ian; and MSU students and staff in Beijing. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:52 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Legal setback for Lansing casino plans


A federal judge has dealt a blow to a Michigan Indian tribe seeking to build a casino in downtown Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:46 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Michigan ACLU on 'Right to Work' lawsuit

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has taken action to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s controversial right-to-work law.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:36 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Neighbors in Action: All Saints Episcopal Church's Teen After School Center

About 50 youth from Lansing and East Lansing attend the Teen After School Program at All Saints Episcopal Church.
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Radio Made in Michigan
5:30 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Democratic leaders double down on 'Michigan 2020' plan

On Tuesday, Democratic senate leaders reintroduced their “Michigan 2020” plan which proposes to guarantee college tuition for all Michigan high school graduates.  Senator Rebekah Warren from Ann Arbor, one of the proposal’s lead backers, outlines the details.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:23 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Judge To Hear Legal Challenge To Michigan’s Gay Marriage Ban

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In Michigan, a federal judge could rule as soon as Thursday on a challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:10 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Federal Judge To Hear Challenge To Gay Marriage Ban

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There’s a hearing Thursday in Detroit before a federal judge on a legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:54 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Singer Janis Ian on her career, upcoming performance

Folk singer Janis Ian recorded her first hit single at the age of 13.
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This Friday, musician Janis Ian will perform at the Ten Pound Fiddle in East Lansing. In 1967, Ian wrote her first hit song, "Society’s Child," which was about an interracial relationship. She was 13 years-old. The song was banned by some radio stations, and Ian received hate mail, but it became a national hit after conductor Leonard Bernstein featured it in a TV special.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:43 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

In Beijing, MSU students and staff get taste of Chinese college life

The Administration Building at Beijing Normal University.
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It’s no secret that the Chinese student population has exploded at Michigan State over the last few years. And with that, there has been some friction, including last fall when some Chinese students’ cars were vandalized with graffiti telling them to “go back home.” 

In an effort to improve cultural understanding in the MSU community, this week a delegation of students, faculty and staff is visiting China's capital city of Beijing to meet with their counterparts at Beijing Normal University.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:54 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Michigan's Jobless Rate Unchanged At 8.9 Percent

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The state says Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has remained unchanged at 8.9 percent in the latest month, as both the number of people working and the size of the labor force rose slightly.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:51 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Michigan Boy Scout Tents Don't Need Smoke Detectors

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A Michigan agency says the Boy Scouts of America won't need to equip their two-person tents with smoke detectors.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:48 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Cooley Law School Starts Homeland Security Degree

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The Thomas M. Cooley Law School says it will start offering a master's degree in homeland security and national security law.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:43 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Advocates Ask Congress To Spare Great Lakes Funds

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Advocates are lobbying Congress this week to protect a Great Lakes environmental program from across-the-board cuts that will hammer many federal programs unless a budget agreement is reached.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:38 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Bill Would Expand Michigan Oversight Of Poor Schools

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A Michigan legislative panel is set to start considering a new bill that would expand a program designed to boost schools with the lowest academic performance.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:35 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Mayor Expects Emergency Manager

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says he believes Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will appoint an emergency manager over the city's finances and that he "intends to work collaboratively" with that person.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

SportsTalk | Wed 3/6/13

Fred Heumann from WLNS hosts this week

The Big Ten conference is up in the air, as Ohio State upset Indiana last night.  Fred Heumann is here to analyze the game, and talk about some college basketball rumblings.  Oakland University forward Drew Valentine joins Fred to discuss his season, and later is pleasantly surprised on-air by his father, Carlton Valentine.  We then close the show with General Manager Ken Holland from the Detroit Red Wings.  Open lines follow and BTN’s Lisa Byington also chimes in.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:36 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Current State #37 | March 5, 2013

Today on Current State: The local impact of federal budget cuts; climate change in Michigan; Michigan farmers markets; the new dynamics of the Michigan Supreme Court; and Lansing's new city attorney designate. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:28 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Sequestration cuts will be felt locally

Due to expected federal budget cuts, the Head Start program at Capital Area Community Services, Inc. in Lansing is expected to serve 150 fewer children, says director Lucy McClintic.
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Automatic cuts to the federal budget, known as sequestration, went into effect last week. If the initial round of $85 billion in cuts to the military and domestic discretionary spending are not averted, the cuts will resonate throughout the nation's economy, including in Michigan. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:02 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

The potential effects of climate change in Michigan

Climate change is continuing to influence Michigan’s environment. Last March a sudden thaw and freeze devastated the state’s berry crops. While recently, record low water levels have forced the government to spend millions on dredging.

Jeff Andresen,  Michigan Climatologist and assistant professor of geography at Michigan State University, discusses Michigan's climate future.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:53 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Michigan farmers markets boost economy, health

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The Michigan Farmers Market Conference takes place today and tomorrow as part of Agriculture and Natural Resources Week. The growth and expansion of farmers’ markets is one of the most visible aspects of Michigan’s vibrant local and regional food renaissance. This rapid market growth has created a need for educational and advocacy programs that protect and grow these venues and highlight the benefits and importance of Michigan agriculture.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:40 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Michigan Senate Approves Blue Cross Changes

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The Michigan Senate has given final approval to legislation to overhaul Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:36 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

David Viviano set to begin tenure on Michigan Supreme Court

David Viviano hails from a family of Michigan judges.

Last week, Governor Rick Snyder named Macomb County Chief Circuit Judge David Viviano to the Michigan Supreme Court.  Viviano replaces former justice Diane Hathaway, who resigned in January under a cloud of scandal pertaining to her involvement in a fraudulent real estate deal.  Viviano has worked as a city attorney and was also a Republican nominee for Macomb County prosecutor.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:24 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Lansing Mayor nominates first woman, African American as city attorney

If Mayor Virg Bernero has his way, Janene McIntyre will be Lansing’s next city attorney. She would succeed Brigham Smith, who left for a similar job in Connecticut earlier this year.

McIntyre is a Lansing native and Cooley Law School graduate, currently working with the public finance practice groups at Foster Swift Collins and Smith in Lansing.

If approved by the city council, she would become Lansing’s first female, and first African-American, city attorney. 

Current State’s Scott Pohl speaks with McIntyre about the new opportunity. 

Radio Made in Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Governor, Legislators Trying To Strike Road $ Deal

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Governor Rick Snyder is pushing lawmakers to act soon on a plan to raise more than a billion dollars in new revenue for roads and transportation projects.

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