Today on Current State: the City of East Lansing budget; a proposed underground storage facility by Lake Huron; Take Back the Night events address sexual assault awareness; and the documentary "Particle Fever."
East Lansing officials are working on the city’s budget for the coming fiscal year. The $32.7 million spending plan features a small millage rate cut for 2015. There will be meetings and public forums on the budget over the next few weeks.
Ongoing concern over a proposed nuclear waste site very near Lake Huron took a new twist recently. A Canadian government review panel is exploring the viability of a new underground storage facility in Kincardine, Ontario.
It's Sexual Assault Awareness Month and a number of events have been happening across the MSU campus and in the Lansing area to bring attention to the issues surrounding sexual violence. Today, in particular, there are numerous events planned as part of Take Back the Night, including workshops, art displays, a candlelight vigil, and a march down Michigan Avenue from campus to the capital steps. Current State's Joe Linstroth spoke with two young leaders on campus about sexual assault.
A new documentary called “Particle Fever” will be screened by the East Lansing Film Society tomorrow night. It’s the story of the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs Boson. The East Lansing Film Society will screen “Particle Fever” tomorrow night at the Studio C! Theatres in Okemos.
Founder of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields...first music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra...hundreds of best-selling recordings. Sir Neville Marriner has remained one of the most important classical artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. In tribute to the great conductor (and violinist), WKAR's Mark Schwitzgoebel and Jody Knol will feature wall-to-wall Marriner tomorrow from 10am to 4pm. Be sure to join Wolfgang, Johann, Mark, Jody and the rest for Tuesday's musical celebration!
Al and the team will discuss the Red Wings chances against the Boston Bruins in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Bubba Watson won The Masters over the weekend and the crew will discuss his win and also discuss what the lower ratings meant.
The planet Mars won’t be the only red object in the night sky tomorrow. If you happen to be up before dawn, check out the moon around 3 a.m. If the weather is clear, Earth’s celestial neighbor will take on a reddish tone during a total lunar eclipse.
Al chats with former Michigan State basketball great Steve Smith about his basketball career and his career as a broadcaster. Al will also give his thoughts about professional athletes not being able to stay out of trouble.
Today on Current State: Behind the effort to create a new Lutheran high school; The Wharton Center's upcoming lineup; Saginaw artist sketches his way to ESPN; and the Ann Arbor Symphony closes its season with Brahms.
The idea of starting a high school under any circumstances is a daunting one, to say the least. With schools struggling all across Michigan, the economy still on the rebound, and the constant political maneuvering in education policy, the task of creating a new high school in the Lansing area seems that much more difficult.
Along with 'Once' and 'Kinky Boots', the Broadway schedule for next season includes 'Annie'. The Dance Theatre of Harlem is also on the schedule, along with violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman.
For many years, the Wharton Center for Performing Arts at MSU has announced its schedule for the coming year with a big story in the Sunday paper. Patrons are especially anxious to know what shows will be in East Lansing next year, and today, Current State’s Scott Pohl has the scoop on the first of two Wharton Center previews.
Al chats with Yahoo Senior Investigative Sports Reporter and Michigan State alumn Charles Robinson about his time here at Michigan State and his time at Yahoo. Al and Matt will also discuss if Darko Milicic was the worse move Joe Dumars ever made.
Today on Current State: MSU legal scholars argue student-athletes are employees; spoken word artist Sarah Kay; new MSU project expected to help create thousands of Michigan jobs; and 'Latin is America' celebrates cultural collaboration.
Late last month the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that football players at Northwestern University qualify as employees under federal law and can therefore unionize. The decision has been divisive. While some applaud the move to provide players with more rights and financial compensation, others fear that the collegiate athletic system will be destroyed by the move.
Sarah Kay is a spoken word artist, teacher and author. She’s performed her poetry around the country, including at the Lincoln Center and the United Nations. Her TED Talk has gathered hundreds of thousands of views.
The Food Processing and Innovation Center is raising the funding for the estimated $5.5 million project. It’s expected to consist of a mix of federal and state dollars, along with a commitment from MSU and five industry partners. It will be located on Hewlett Road.
There are plans to build a new center here at MSU that, if realized, proponents say could have a substantial economic impact on the state of Michigan, including the creation of potentially thousands of new jobs. Current State's Joe Linstroth talked with Chris Peterson, an agricultural economist and the head of MSU’s Product Center, who says there are more than 600 mid-sized food processors in the state of Michigan. Many of these companies’ facilities are maxed out, meaning that if they want to create a new product, they don’t have the capacity to test the product or its manufacturing and packaging techniques to see if it’s economically viable.
The second MSU "Latin IS America" series got underway Wednesday and continues at campus locations and around the Lansing area through next Saturday, April 19. It's a ten day festival that includes lectures, discussions, and concerts.
Inmates who leave Michigan prisons at the end of their sentences need an array of support services to help them successfully reenter society. The Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative was created in 2003 to fulfill that goal. The program has done quite well in the years since, but the state is still seeking ways to improve. The Michigan Department of Corrections is asking service providers to help enhance the post-prison experience for those who’ve served their time.
It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Capital Region Community Foundation’s Youth Action Committee or YAC. The committee is made up of high school students in the Tri Country Area who volunteer and distribute grants to area non-profits that serve youth.