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Roxor offroad vehicle photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Alongside the cars and trucks on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year, you’ll find offroad vehicles from a company based in India called Mahindra. They’re built in Michigan, and you can see them at the show when it opens on Saturday.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with Dan Proffer, Marketing Manager with Roxor Offroad.


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Yesterday, board chairperson Dianne Byrum informed MSU Interim President Engler that the board would vote to fire him at a special meeting this morning if he did not resign. He did so last night in an 11-page letter, in which he said his last day would be next Wednesday, January 23rd.

Elliot Bokeno with SureFly helicopter photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

When you go to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, you expect to see cars and trucks. This year’s show will also include a hybrid electric helicopter.


Paul Eisenstein photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

On Monday, auto industry journalists from around the world got their first look at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Paul Eisenstein of TheDetroitBureau.com has attended auto shows in Detroit for 40 years. WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with Eisenstein about what’s in store.


Genesis G70 photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit kicked off today with the announcement of Car, Truck and Utility Vehicles of the Year.


This week on Current State: MSU Trustees changes; Simon effect on MSU; Flint Registry Goes Online; Comparing the lame duck to years past; Romanian Symphony at Wharton; Previewing PBS Kids Day; Brad Salem Gets New Role at MSU and Michiganders react to R. Kelly Docuseries. 


A new era for Lansing & Washington; learn how the federal government shutdown is affecting Michiganders; new revelations in the Larry Nassar investigation; police step up efforts to catch drug-impaired drivers; should MSU coach Dave Warner get all the blame for the Spartans' bowl loss? And the 90.5 Classical New Release of the month.


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Courtesy photo

One of the newcomers heading to Lansing in January is Senator-elect Mallory McMorrow. A Democrat, McMorrow won her first-ever bid for office, unseating Republican Marty Knollenberg in Oakland County’s 13th district.


Some late breaking MSU & Statehouse news. Plus a look back at some of our more memorable stories from 2018. 


McClaren Hospital Greenlawn photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. The National Cancer Institute says about 165-thousand cases have been diagnosed this year.

With early detection, treatment is often successful.

New diagnostic technology is helping patients in the Lansing area avoid prostate surgery, or undergo surgery earlier when needed.


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Three years after the beginning of the Flint Water crisis, the city has reached a new milestone. This month, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announced the city is a year ahead of schedule in tackling a court-mandated order to deal with lead service lines.

WKAR’s Karel Vega spoke with Mayor Weaver about what’s next for the city, and her thoughts on Michigan's lame-duck legislative session and the incoming administration.

This week, the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame will consider the status of an inductee who has pleaded guilty to embezzlement. Marylou Olivarez Mason was inducted into the Hall in 2014, honored for founding Michigan Hispanic Heritage Month.


Brian Mosallam photo
File photo / WKAR/MSU

Two current Michigan State University Trustees and the two who were elected to take office in January are criticizing interim President John Engler for closing a fund set up to aid Larry Nassar sexual assault survivors.


Aerial view of auto assembly plant
Courtesy / Second Shift

Last week, General Motors announced plans to close three production plants and phase out models like the Impala and the electric Volt.

The Lansing area’s two GM plants were spared, but what might the future hold for local production?

Micheline Maynard is a veteran journalist and author who has written extensively about the Detroit carmakers.


This week on Current State: Lame Duck in the legislature; An arraignment and resignation at MSU; Concerns about General Motors workers in Lansing; Mothers who take their babies to prison; How to help seniors this Christmas; MSU Basketball; Songs of the season and more. 


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