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Current State for Nov. 10-11, 2018

Top row: Lansing students with PBS playpads; Cesar HS Academy students; 2nd row: Rep.-elect Elissa Slotkin, Fmr. Gov. James Blanchard, Journalist Cokie Roberts; Bottom row: woman fishing in U.P.

On November 10-11 edition of Current State: recapping the pink & blue wave from Election 2018; passage of legalization of marijuana in Michigan; PBS Playtime expanding their role in Lansing schools & the growing demographic of anglers in the U.P.

Emily Fox & Cheyna Roth recap pink & blue wave in Election 2018

One-on-one with Rep.-elect Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) of 8th congressional district

Cheyna Roth & Jake Neher on State legislative leaders

Alexandra Schmidt of Bridge magazine on when marijuana legalization in Michigan starts

James Blanchard, Cokie Roberts
Credit DLA Piper Global Law Firm, The Wharton Center

Former Gov. James Blanchard talks about his November 27 forum featuring Cokie Roberts

New documentary on Hispanic students' quest for college education screening  - November 14 - 4:00 p.m. at WKAR-TV, 404 Wilson Road, East Lansing

WKAR, Lansing Schools Expand PBS Playtime Pads Project

Women anglers increasing in Michigan

Calidore String Quartet/90.5 Classical New Release Of The Month

As managing editor, Karel Vega supervises news reporters and hosts of news programming, and is responsible for the planning and editing of WKAR's news content.
Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County.
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