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Eric Phelps Vision Collision photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The cost of repairing body damage after a car accident is going up. Safety is becoming a big focus for car companies, but what if your new car with this technology gets rear-ended? The repair bill just shot up.


On this edition of Current State - A Serving Up Science takeover: The MSU Fall 2018 Food Literacy and Engagement Poll shows what Americans understand and are concerned about regarding their food; Low carb diets seem like a good idea on the surface, but all nutrients are necessary in moderation; You may soon be faced with another decision when buying meat at the grocery store: farm-raised vs laboratory-grown.

On the heels of a recent report that smoking rates in the U.S. have hit a record low, health officials and the American Cancer Society are hoping today’s Great American Smokeout will drive the numbers even lower.


Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home sign
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

WKAR recently reported on local funeral homes that have faced Federal Trade Commission sanctions over the pricing information that’s required to be delivered to customers. An official of the FTC now is contesting what two funeral homes told us about their violations.


Current State for Nov. 10-11, 2018

Nov 9, 2018

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.

Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board met Thursday to consider another batch of applications.


William Strampel courtroom photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Ingham County Circuit Judge Joyce Draganchuk will allow some new testimony when former MSU Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel is tried for felony misconduct and misdemeanor sexual assault.


voting sign
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Michigan officials are expressing confidence in the security and accuracy of voting technology ahead of tomorrow’s election.


Brianna Scott, Kelly Tebay
Campaign Facebook pages

Brianna Scott and Kelly Tebay are the two democratic candidates running for the two open seats on the MSU Board of Trustees. They spoke with Morning Edition host, Emily Fox about the fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal, how to prevent more sexual assaults on campus and how to lower tuition.


Mike Miller, Dave Dutch
Campaign websites

Two Democrats and two Republicans are vying for two seats on the board of the MSU Trustees. Today we speak with Republican candidates Mike Miller and Dave Dutch.


Hillel photo
Nate Strauss / MSU Hillel

The Hillel Jewish Student Center at MSU will host a vigil tonight in honor of the victims of the shootings at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend.


Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home sign
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Coping with the death of a loved one is stressful, and the cost of a funeral might not be the first thing on your mind. In order to make shopping around for funeral services easier, the Federal Trade Commission requires funeral homes to give people pricing information early in the process. But in the eyes of some funeral directors, the rules around the pricing information are not well defined. That uncertainty has put seven funeral homes in the Lansing area in trouble with the FTC.


Restart the fund banner photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The Michigan State University College of Law will be fully integrated into MSU over the next year and a half.


Current State for Oct. 27-28, 2018

Oct 26, 2018

A politics packed Current State: legalization of marijuana in Michigan; Williamston School Board recall over safety for LGBTQ students; Fight to stop partisan gerrymandering and Conversations with all 6 gubernatorial candidates in Michigan.


Linda Vail photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

The Ingham County Health Department is gearing up for another flu season.


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