Today on Current State:Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero on the state of the city, a breakdown of the Center for Michigan's education report, and farewell tributes to WKAR's Earle Robinson and Lansing City Council gadfly John Pollard.
Today on Current State: Newly elected State Representative Tom Leonard, Prima Civitas' "Young Innovators" competition, the Lansing-made Chevy Traverse at the Detroit Auto Show, and a classical music concert guide.
Earle hosts today’s show with MLive.com’s Mike Griffin. The duo first host Tennessee Volunteer basketball coach Cuonzo Martin. The two then discuss concussions with prominent Dr. Novicki. They close the show with WILX’s Jeremy Sampson, and then Coach Bruce Pearl, sharing some pastimes on Mike and Earle.
On today's Current State: East Lansing city manager George Lahanas and Tim Dempsey, director of Planning, Building and Development, local efforts at Medicare cost reduction, electric cars, MSU women's basketball and dancing to Pink Floyd.
Sam Singh, newly elected State Representative for the 69th District, is the first Indian-American elected to the Michigan legislature. Above, Singh joins host Mark Bashore (left) in the 'Current State' studio.
On today's Current State: The legendary William Shatner, former East Lansing mayor and newly elected Michigan Rep. Sam Singh, more from the Detroit auto show, and Neighbors in Action highlights the work of NAMI Lansing.
Earle opens the show featuring co-host for the day, Jack Ebling. He invites Lansing State Journal writer Chris Solari to discuss Michigan State football and off-season coaching changes. Earle also hosts MSU baseball coach Jake Boss Jr. He closes the show with Jack Ebling, and opens the lines for listeners.
Congressman Mike Rogers says U.S. foreign policy in Africa must be stronger in the face of rising terrorist activity. Above, two farmers from Mali, where Islamist insurgents control vast swaths in the North.
On today's Current State: Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers discusses U.S. foreign policy in Africa and gun legislation, artist Eto Otitigbe's exhibit "Loss Prevention," Michigan military wives, sports with the Free-Press' Joe Rexrode and business with MLive's Angela Wittrock.
Kirk Heinze talks with MSU J-School alumnus and Detroit Free Press automotive columnist Mark Phelan about the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. And Russ White talks with MSU College of Engineering Dean Satish and MSU Institute for the Study of Youth Sports Director Dan Gould.
Earle invites East Lansing high school basketball coach Steve Finamore on the show, discussing upcoming games against Grand Ledge and Lansing Sexton. The duo also touches on issues with transfer athletes. Earle closes the show with Jack Ebling, and has open lines.
State auditors say pharmacies were paid $89,000 for prescriptions ordered by doctors who were dead.
Auditors examined how the state of Michigan runs its Medicaid pharmacy program, which pays for medication for poor people. The money is a mix of state and federal dollars.
Auditors found that 324 pharmacies were paid for prescriptions purportedly written by 82 doctors who were already dead. Pharmacies received about $50,000 for prescriptions from doctors who had been dead for at least six months and sometimes more than two years.
Union leaders and workers say Governor Rick Snyder offered no olive branch in his State of the State address and they will keep fighting the right-to-work legislation he recently signed.
United Auto Workers Local 652 President Mike Green was among about 200 union workers protesting outside the Capitol on Wednesday night. He said Thursday that Snyder's silence on unions was "just like he didn't pay attention to what the people wanted in the first place."
On today's Current State: Off the Record's Tim Skubick analyzes Gov. Snyder's "State of the State" speech, and Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer offers a response. Also, a new discovery in Antarctica and a preview of the BackStage Pass season premiere with the metal band, Silent Lapse.