cs131209 http://wkar.org en Current State #216 | December 9, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-216-december-9-2013 <p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State: </em>campaign finance and education reforms in Michigan; country music in Detroit; remembering the tragic Italian Hall fire; Chinese student business owners; and MSU football heads to the Rose Bowl.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:06:57 +0000 Current State 46396 at http://wkar.org State Rep. Lyons weighs in on campaign finance, education reforms http://wkar.org/post/state-rep-lyons-weighs-campaign-finance-education-reforms <p>With just a few days left in the 2013 legislative session, the Michigan House is working its way through a cluster of controversial proposals. One package of bills calls for significant education reforms, including a plan to hold back Michigan third graders who aren’t reading at that level.&nbsp; Another would impose a letter grading system on school districts statewide. Another addresses the regulation of so-called “issue ads.” Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:02:08 +0000 Current State 46403 at http://wkar.org State Rep. Lyons weighs in on campaign finance, education reforms Detroit's music heritage: Motown, punk rock and ... country? http://wkar.org/post/detroits-music-heritage-motown-punk-rock-and-country <p></p><p></p><p>In the middle of the 20th century, Detroit was home to a thriving country music scene. This little known music history of the Motor City is chronicled in the book “<a href="http://www.press.umich.edu/5592531/detroit_country_music">Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys and Rockabillies</a>.” Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:00:57 +0000 Current State 46402 at http://wkar.org Detroit's music heritage: Motown, punk rock and ... country? A century later, Michigan author recounts UP tragedy http://wkar.org/post/century-later-michigan-author-recounts-tragedy <p>Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula is known for its rugged beauty, freezing weather, and copper.&nbsp; Copper mining is a way of life in the UP whose tradition goes back more than a century.&nbsp; And it was a century ago that one of the darkest episodes in the history of Copper Country played out in the small town of Calumet. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:55:08 +0000 Current State 46401 at http://wkar.org A century later, Michigan author recounts UP tragedy Some Chinese MSU students mix business with learning http://wkar.org/post/some-chinese-msu-students-mix-business-learning <p>Imagine you were an 18-year-old American student, and you went off to study at a university in China that taught economics, biology and all the other subjects in Chinese. Then imagine on top of that navigating the legal and cultural differences to start your own business. For most of us, it would be a daunting challenge to say the least, and more likely too difficult to even attempt. At Michigan State University, some Chinese international students are up to the challenge. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:54:03 +0000 Current State 46400 at http://wkar.org Some Chinese MSU students mix business with learning New Big Ten champs bound for Pasadena http://wkar.org/post/new-big-ten-champs-bound-pasadena <p></p><p>Pasadena hasn't been on the MSU football itinerary since 1988. In 23 days, that will change with a Spartan <a href="http://www.rosebowlstadium.com/">Rose Bowl</a> date with Stanford. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:46:49 +0000 Current State 46398 at http://wkar.org New Big Ten champs bound for Pasadena