Lead plaintiffs Glenna DeJong (l) and Marsha Caspar (center) join Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum (r) outside the federal court building in Detroit on Thursday. DeJong and Caspar were the first same-sex couple to get married in Michigan. Byrum officiated their wedding.
If you commit a crime, get caught, do your time, pay your debt to society, rehabilitate your life, and give back to the community, how long should you have to live with that criminal record? For many ex-offenders, the answer is for the rest of their lives. And that record creates all sorts of roadblocks, from gainful employment to obtaining child custody to the ability to receive a student loan.
But there is a process by which certain ex-offenders can clean up their criminal records. It’s called expungement.
Last week, President Obama ordered precision air strikes against members of Islamic State, the militant group that’s fighting U.S.-backed ethnic minorities in northern Iraq. The president has thus far not committed ground forces to the region. Meanwhile, the United States continues air and ground attacks in Afghanistan.
Julius Edwards, new head coach of Lansing Eastern, discusses with Al on how he got the head coaching position and what he will try and accomplish this year on the court. Later, Al and Alex debate whether Brandon Pettigrew and Nick Fairley are overrated players. Finally, to cap off the show, it's reflection Friday. The duo goes over their favorite moments from the week.
To start off today's show, DeAndre Carter, a motiviational speaker, inspires listeners with a sports twist. He tells Al how he got his start with speaking at Michigan State University, and discusses his book and his future goals. Later, Al and Alex debate if the Detroit Tigers are getting out of a slump. Finally, they discuss Tiger Woods' exit from the Ryder Cup, and Greg Monroe potentially becoming a free agent.
Four weeks from tonight, East Lansing’s Wharton Center opens its new season. It features a rich array of live music, theater, dance and speakers. Highlights include the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Roseanne Cash, Blue Man Group, Michelle Norris, 2CELLOS and many more. Up first, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s traditional Masterworks opener featuring violinist Yevgeny Kutik.
Wharton Center is just about ready to offer single ticket sales. Wharton’s Public Relations Manager Bob Hoffman joins us.
Cuatro Sur's sound is inspired by Spanish and Latin American traditional music. Both members of the East Lansing-based duo hail from Spain originally; Miguel Cabañas is from Salamanca, and Norberto Aguado is from Seville. The two will perform this weekend in Old Town as part of the Renegade Theatre Festival.
Today on Current State: Remembering Hamtramck Stadium's Negro League heritage; grading the MI legislature's environmental record; Michigan's obesity problem; a review of "Andrew's Brain" by E.L. Dotorow; and a recent MSU grad tries out for the LPGA.
Longtime fans of the Detroit Tigers cling to their memories of Tiger Stadium. Many still visit the old site at Michigan and Trumbull in the Motor City to stand on that hallowed ground or run the base paths.
Michigan is bursting at the seams. We’re one of the most obese states in the nation, with nearly one third of Michiganders being classified as obese, and 65 percent who are considered overweight or obese. With all that extra fat comes substantial costs to society, from rising health care expenses to lost worker productivity to lower GPA's among youth.
When your mind often swims in the written words of others, sometimes the water can get a bit muddy. You don’t mean for this to happen, but plots might intermingle in your head, characters might meet up even though they are in different stories and sometimes, honestly, you might point the finger at a possible murderer, not realizing right away that they are from another book and, of course, perfectly innocent. That is sometimes how my brain works.
Summer is the time of year when newly minted college graduates are pounding the pavement to grab that first job of their careers. One Michigan State University graduate is trampling a much softer surface: the fairway.
Terry Fitzwater, publisher and owner of the Midwest Racing Scene publication, joins Al to discuss the Tony Stewart incident in New York, and takes a stance on who is to blame. Later, Al and Alex discuss the Detroit Tiger woes, and weigh in on the 15,000 Spartan fans that attended the Meet The Spartans event at Spartan Stadium. Finally, it's barbershop Wednesday, and Al and Alex debate on what the punishment should be to University of Michigan wide receiver, C'sonte York.
Today on Current State: Charter school authorizers challenge state's evaluation process; Neighbors in Action features Habitat for Humanity Lansing; mosquitoes' dining preferences; and a preview of the Renegade Theatre Festival.
Michigan’s charter school operators are coming under closer scrutiny. On Monday, State Schools Superintendent Michael Flanagan released a list of 11 charter school authorizers that he says need to improve oversight of their schools.
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 Lansing chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity builds and renovates affordable homes and is one of the most recognized non-profits in the world.
As summer winds down and people try to make the most out of the beautiful Michigan environment, many may be fighting off nature’s age-old enemy: the mosquito. But what makes mosquitoes more attracted to some people than others? Many myths have circulated about the cause of this rather annoying phenomenon, but scientific research is also out there about what factors make mosquitoes swarm to certain people (Hint: It has to do with a lot more than blood).
The Renegade Theatre Festival will be back in Old Town Lansing for a ninth year this week. On Thursday through Saturday, there will be a variety of theatrical events in several Old Town locations, and a number of local theatre companies are again taking part.
Dr. Joey Eisenmann joins Al on the show to discuss Spartan Performance and the beginnings of the program. Later, is it panic time for Detroit Tiger fans? Al and Alex debate and give their top five reasons on why fans should or should not panic. Finally, the duo praises the performance of Rory McIlroy and discuss the future of golf.
Today on Current State: East Lansing's new Amtrak station; affordable housing in Lansing; the potential effects of chemical additive triclosan; the Michigan Supreme Court ruling on tax refunds for out-of-state companies; and an Uber ride-along.
Just off the MSU campus, demolition crews are preparing to raze the first in a series of buildings to make way for a new multi-modal transportation center. The 40-year-old Amtrak depot will eventually come down and be replaced with a larger facility that can handle train, bus and even taxi traffic.