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Current State #11 | January 28, 2013

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Today on Current State: Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero on the state of the city, a breakdown of the Center for Michigan's education report, and farewell tributes to WKAR's Earle Robinson and Lansing City Council gadfly John Pollard. 

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero discusses 2013 agenda ahead of 'State of the City' address


Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero presents his annual "State of the City" address tonight.  Current State host Mark Bashore gets a preview from the mayor along with updates on the city’s projected budget deficit, guns, economic development and his working relationship with Lansing City Council President Carol Wood.

Center for Michigan study outlines public priorities in education reform


The Center for Michigan spent a year surveying the public’s priorities on education reform.  The results will be discussed in a sold-out gathering on Jan. 29 at the Lansing Center.  Lansing Schools’ Superintendent Yvonne Caamal-Canul and education policy expert Tom Watkins weigh in on the findings.

MLive's Angela Wittrock breaks down Lansing business news, pays tribute to City Council watchdog John Pollard


MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. This week, she highlights a lost revenue sharing opportunity for the city of Lansing and recalls the legacy of John Pollard, one of the city's most engaged citizens. Pollard passed away last week at the age of 65.

Monday sports check-in with Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free-Press


Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. Today, he and Mark pay tribute to WKAR's longtime host, Earle Robinson, who is retiring today after 39 years.

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