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Courtesy photo / 54B District Court

This week, 11 participants of East Lansing's inaugural sobriety court class graduated from the program. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with District Court Judge Andrea Larkin.


Dunnings’ criminal charges: what’s next?

Mar 15, 2016
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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III faces 15 criminal counts, most of them involving soliciting prostitutes and pandering, a felony. We talk with Lansing City Pulse reporter Todd Heywood about the charges and how the City Pulse became aware of police concerns about Dunnings going back to last summer.


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Michigan Municipal League / flickr creative commons

A recent Supreme Court ruling means more than 2,200 juveniles nationwide serving life sentences now have a chance at lighter sentences or parole. Current State talks with Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III about his concerns over resentencing.


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Michigan Municipal League / flickr creative commons

Ingham County officials are charging more residents with making terror threats. Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings discusses what’s behind the surge and how one person’s “terror threat” is another’s “free speech.”


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In 2014, federal officials investigated MSU’s response to campus sexual harassment and assault. They ordered reforms. Two new university officials recently assumed leadership positions in the school’s effort. Current State talks with Ande Durojaiye and Jessica Norris of MSU’s Office of Institutional Equity.


African-American women are more than two times more likely than white women to be victims of violent crime. But according to a new book from Oakland Community College Professor Cheryl Neely, there’s a huge racial disparity in how the media covers the death of those women. We talk to Neely about the book.


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Courtesy image / Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency

There’s been increasing scrutiny in recent years of how Michigan treats juveniles who are tried and convicted as adults in the state’s justice system. A bipartisan coalition of Michigan lawmakers is proposing big changes to the way the state handles these cases. We talk to Sen. Rick Jones, one of the sponsors of the bill package being introduced Wednesday, and Kristen Staley, Associate Director of Youth Justice Policy for the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency.


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Courtesy image / Meridian Township Police Department

For 17 years, the Meridian Township Police Department has invited those it serves to get an up close look at day to day life behind the Thin Blue Line. The township’s Police Citizens Academy is an outreach tool that both officers and participants say pays dividends in trust. Current State’s Kevin Lavery previews this year’s session.


Lansing police dealing with heroin resurgence

Aug 11, 2015
Mike Yankowski photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Medical cases involving the use of heroin are on the rise in Lansing. Current State talks with police chief Mike Yankowski about efforts to deal with the increasing usage of heroin use in the city.

Social media helps solve Michigan girl’s 1980 disappearance

May 1, 2015
WOOD-TV

Social media and the internet have helped solve a Michigan-based disappearance dating back more than 30-years. 17-year old Carol Ann Cole of Kalamazoo vanished in 1980 shortly after leaving Michigan for Texas. For about as long, Louisiana authorities had been trying to identify the body of a young woman found in woods near Shreveport. Posts on Facebook and Craigslist, described as “happenstance”, helped bring together authorities and members of Cole’s family in February. It was six days after the Facebook page was launched.

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