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Current State for Jan. 5-6, 2019

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Top row: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Rep. Elissa Slotkin; Middle row: Alexandra Ilitch, Ray Chen; Bottom Row: SOS Jocelyn Benson, Redbox Bowl Stadium, AG Dana Nessel

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.

Capitol Correspondent Cheyna Roth reflects on Gretchen Whitmer's first week as governor.

Politics/Gov't. Reporter Abigail Censky reflects on Inauguration Speeches of Attorney General Dana Nessel & Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

Taylor Wizner reports Michiganders helping Coast Guard employees during federal gov't. shutdown.

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Aaron Payment of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe about how the government shutdown is affecting Native American tribes that rely on federal money for things like medical care.

Reginald Hardwick interviews Rep. Elissa Slotkin about Trump's wall, Nancy Pelosi & Lansing office.

Investigative reporter Alexandra Ilitch uncovers new information in Larry Nassar investigation. Click here for a link to her Twitter account.

Laura Michels reports on police stepping up drug-impaired driver searches after Michigan okays recreational marijuana.

Current Sports host Al Martin reflects on Redbox Bowl and criticism of MSU offensive coordinator Dave Warner. Plus, updates on MSU men and women's basketball.

Peter Whorf reports on 90.5 Classical New Release of The Month: Ray Chen's The Golden Age.

Scott Pohl & Jody Knol talk about the debut of Great Lakes Concerts: Saturdays at noon on 90.5 WKAR.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
Jody Knol began announcing classical music on 90.5 WKAR while a student at MSU in 1982.
Al Martin is the host of Current Sports, the daily radio call-in program from WKAR NewsTalk. Al is also on the WKAR News team as a regular sports contributor and plays a key sports reporting and content role on all other WKAR media platforms.
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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