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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that she wrote a letter informing the federal government that communities in the state will continue welcoming refugees after the Trump administration began requiring written consent.

Max Bischel
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Michigan’s Legislature voted Wednesday to legalize sports betting and internet gambling. The federal ban was lifted by the Supreme Court in 2018.

The bills approved will expand options for gamblers in Michigan, which will become the 20th state to authorize sports wagers and the fifth to allow casino-style games to be played online.

Current Sports host Al Martin invited Max Bischel of Gambling.com to discuss how big of an impact this could have on the state’s economy.


Current Sports | December 13, 2019

Dec 13, 2019
Lamar Jackson
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Lamar Jackson; Michael Vick; Tiger Woods; Max Bischel; Ron DeLeon


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The newest Michigan State University trustee says she will personally review documents that have been withheld from investigators probing the Larry  Nassar scandal.


Topic: Restoration of state services in budget deal. Guest: Robin Schneider

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The panel discusses the restoration of state services in a new budget deal and legalized gambling. The guest is marijuana industry advocate Robin Schneider. Paul Egan, Lauren Gibbons and Chad Livengood join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, a moderate Republican, said Thursday he will vote against impeaching President Donald Trump, who is accused of abusing his power and obstructing Congress.

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New legislation in the state Senate would create a long list of required items for the Department of Corrections to report when it closes a prison.

The legislation would require the Department of Corrections to announce a closure one year in advance and to outline the impacts to communities where closures would occur.

The legislation would also require the department to hold a hearing in the community where a closure is planned.

Republican State Senator Ed McBroom sponsored the legislation.

U.S. Capitol Building
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Fri. Dec. 13 approx. 10am | The House Judiciary Committee votes on articles of impeachment against President Trump.

Larry Inman
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Embattled Republican state Representative Larry Inman appeared for state House session Wednesday.


WKAR Morning Edition Host Mary Ellen Pitney and Radio Program Director Jamie Paisley on events coming up in the Greater Lansing area.

Erik "Doc" Love
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When it comes to knowing the local Lansing area scene in high school football and basketball, Erik "Doc" Love is the go-to man. The high school sports analyst and broadcaster joins Current Sports with Al Martin, previewing the top talent in high school boys basketball. Doc breaks down the names and teams that you should know and who could make it all the way for a possible state title. Also, listen as Doc recaps the incredible high school football seasons of Lansing Catholic and Pewamo-Westphalia, who both won state championships over Thanksgiving break at Ford Field! 


Bag of Chips
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Whenever you’re stressed at work or school, do you ever catch yourself reaching for a bag of chips or candy? Or are you ever so lost in your work that you don’t realize you’re snacking? On this episode of Serving Up Science, science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR’s Karel Vega discuss stress eating with student reporter Amanda Barberena.


Current Sports | December 11, 2019

Dec 11, 2019
Derrick Rose
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Derrick Rose; Detroit Pistons; Erik "Doc" Love; High School Football State Championships; mid-Michigan High School Basketball


Rep. Elissa Slotkin is co-sponsoring legislation attempting to overturn Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' rule changes to Title IX.
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Representative Elissa Slotkin from Michigan's 8th congressional district has introduced legislation to stop controversial Title IX changes from taking effect. The program requires that schools which receive federal funding not discriminate on the basis of sex. Since the proposed changes were announced, the program has received more than 120,000 public comments - mostly opposing the move. 

WKAR's Karel Vega spoke with Representative Slotkin about the legislation. Below are highlights of their conversation.

Current Sports | December 10, 2019

Dec 10, 2019
Yankee Stadium
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MSU Football; Michigan Football; College Football Playoff 2019; Joe Burrow; MSU Basketball


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