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Current State for Dec. 8-9, 2018

On this week's Current State - lame duck in the Michigan legislature: protection or power grab? Plus, mayor Karen Weaver of Flint updates us on pipeline replacement & what's next. Smoking is on the decline, except e-cigarettes. And meet WKAR's newest reporter!

Lame duck in Michigan - interview with MLive's Emily Lawler

-Minimum wage/paid sick time changes proposed

-Bill to end local breed bans

-Bill to end local governments from putting in tree ordinances

-GOP putting limits on Democratic Attorney General-elect & Secretary of State-elect's power

Meet WKAR's new political/government reporter - Abigail Censky

Flint mayor Karen Weaver on pipeline replacement - interview by Karel Vega

Making The Grade Updates

-New school resource officer standards - reported by Kevin Lavery

-New elementary school standards - reported by Kevin Lavery

-PBS Playtime Pads distributed to all Lansing kindergartners - reported by Kevin Lavery

E-cigarette use grows along with health risks - reported by Araceli Gomez-Aldana  

90.5 Classical new release of the month - reported by Peter Whorf

Kevin Lavery is a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things considered.
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.
Abigail Censky is the Politics & Government reporter at WKAR. She started in December 2018.
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