cs130924 http://wkar.org en Current State #165 | September 24, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-165-september-24-2013 <p>Today on <em>Current State: </em><span id="docs-internal-guid-168742da-5095-8657-bb12-56794dd0f594" style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Canada and Michigan seek to strengthen economic ties; the anniversary of the last execution in Michigan; our first Great Lakes Month in Review segment; our Detroit’s Water Renaissance series: The Rouge River part two</span>; and a book about family secrets is the next "Great Michigan Read".</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:17:31 +0000 Current State 42789 at http://wkar.org In Port Huron, Michigan and Canada seek to strengthen economic ties http://wkar.org/post/port-huron-michigan-and-canada-seek-strengthen-economic-ties <p></p><p>Exporting is big business in Michigan, and no country is more crucial than our neighbor to the north: Canada. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:14:55 +0000 Current State 42781 at http://wkar.org In Port Huron, Michigan and Canada seek to strengthen economic ties Michigan led way in banning death penalty http://wkar.org/post/michigan-led-way-banning-death-penalty <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5a2efd2c-505a-eab8-a020-a889d21c7f67"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">On this day 183 years ago, thousands of people gathered to watch the second and the last execution in Michigan. Stephen Simmons was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife. From this case eventually came the end of capital punishment in the State.</span></span> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:11:42 +0000 Current State 42784 at http://wkar.org Michigan led way in banning death penalty Detroit’s Water Renaissance: A river with old enemies and new allies http://wkar.org/post/detroit-s-water-renaissance-river-old-enemies-and-new-allies <p style="text-align: left;">Water attracted early settlers to Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery.</p><p>So far we’ve looked at lucrative walleye fishing on the Detroit River, daylighting streams, rebuilding shorelines and the destruction of the Rouge River. Today we explore efforts to clean up the Rouge. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:07:56 +0000 Current State 42787 at http://wkar.org Detroit’s Water Renaissance: A river with old enemies and new allies Great Lakes Month in Review: commission urges action on algae blooms http://wkar.org/post/great-lakes-month-review-commission-urges-action-algae-blooms <p></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">This week we start our segment <em>Great Lakes Month in Review</em>. We'll take time each month to recap environmental news from around the Great Lakes Basin with Chicago-based commentator and journalist <a href="http://greatlakesecho.org/?s=gary+wilson&amp;x=0&amp;y=0">Gary Wilson</a>.</span> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:45:38 +0000 Current State 42786 at http://wkar.org Great Lakes Month in Review: commission urges action on algae blooms Family secret prompts the new Great Michigan Read http://wkar.org/post/family-secret-prompts-new-great-michigan-read <p></p><p></p><p>Family secrets are often the stuff of suspenseful movies and fictional page-turners.&nbsp; Detroit native <a href="http://steveluxenberg.com/content/index.asp">Steve Luxenberg</a> discovered his family had one of its own—the existence of an aunt who had been shut away in a mental institution. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:38:32 +0000 Current State 42788 at http://wkar.org Family secret prompts the new Great Michigan Read