Current State #1 | January 14, 2013

Jan 14, 2013

On today’s Current State premiere: Governor Rick Snyder, East Lansing schools, Lansing business news,  MSU basketball and the new therapy dog program in Ionia County.

Governor Rick Snyder is Current State's first interview

Governor Rick Snyder (right) speaks with host Mark Bashore at the Romney Building in Lansing.
Credit Peter Whorf / WKAR

Host Mark Bashore spoke with Governor Rick Snyder about his contentious 2012, the upcoming legislative session and Michigan versus Michigan State in basketball. 

East Lansing's School District addresses budget issues, school closing

Last year, the East Lansing school board voted to close the doors to Red Cedar Elementary and re-purpose the building. The expected closing date has yet to be finalized.
Credit Joe Linstroth

The East Lansing School Board meets tonight for its first session of the new year.  Two new board members are expected to be sworn in.   One of them -- Kathleen Edsall -- along with district Superintendent Dave Chapin discuss what lay ahead for the district.  Topics include next month’s vote on a technology bond and the ongoing discussion over the future of the Red Cedar Elementary School.

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

MLive's Angela Wittrock
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MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins host Mark Bashore every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development.

Michigan State basketball with Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press

Joe Rexrode, Detroit Free Press
Credit WKAR

Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues.

Ionia County's new therapy dog program

(l-r) Mark Bashore, Jeannie Wernet, Ronald Schafer.
Credit WKAR

A new therapy dog program in Ionia county helps children withstand the stress of having to appear in court.  Jeannie Wernet, Ionia County's crime victims services coordinator, and Ronald Schafer, the county's prosecuting attorney, discuss the program's success.  Joining them is ‘Patty,’ a black lab that’s become a more familiar site in the county's courtrooms.