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5:12 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Environmentalists Pan Proposed Fracking Rules As Comment Period Ends

The time for people to tell the state what they think of proposed new rules for fracking ends at midnight.

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Politics & Government
3:34 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Prop 1: A Solution Born Of Suspicion

Until recently, businesses in Michigan had to pay taxes on almost all their equipment.

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Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Book Review: Christopher Moore's 'The Serpent of Venice'

Moore takes on rewriting Shakespeare in his new novel 'The Serpent of Venice.'
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“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” While some would take this quote from Shakespeare as merely insightful into human nature, author Christopher Moore takes it as gospel. Moore’s character named Pocket turns out is the very same fool from the great Bard’s “King Lear.” And this fool is the wisest person in any throne room.

Pocket first appeared in Christopher Moore’s wonderful satire “Fool,” reinventing the classic Shakespeare tragedy from the perspective of this intrepid character. In that novel, Pocket is the mastermind for the undoing of King Lear and his two wicked daughters.

Now Pocket has returned in a new book, “The Serpent of Venice.” In this comedy adventure Pocket is stuck in Venice, and it begins with him trapped in a cellar preparing to experience a slow and horrible death. From there the story grows to include mermaids, a best friend named Othello, a merchant named Shylock and a villain named Iago, who really doesn’t have a chance against a brain like Pocket’s.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:31 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Current State #357 | July 31, 2014

Today on Current State: July's Month in Review; the state of mental health services under medicaid expansion; a murder mystery set on MSU's campus; and Scott D. Southard reviews "The Serpent of Venice."

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Politics & Government
2:30 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Month in Review: July's biggest news stories

Pluta, Demas and Oosting discuss the upcoming primary, Central American children in Michigan and more.
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Current State's Mark Bashore revisits several of July's biggest Michigan news stories with state capitol reporters Rick Pluta, Jonathan Oosting and Susan Demas.

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Health
2:27 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

MI mental health services disrupted by medicaid expansion

Reinstein says no lawmakers attended the meeting on Monday.
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As enrollment in the state’s Healthy Michigan program continues, many of the state’s Community Mental Health officials have been sounding the alarm that they do not have sufficient funds to treat everyone who comes to them for help. In fact, there have already been scattered reports of people being cut off from state mental health services due to the shift in funding caused by the Medicaid expansion.

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Arts & Culture
2:24 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Novel: Murder on the MSU campus

McGiveron says the project took two years of diligent writing to complete.
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Rafeeq McGiveron is not just a counselor at Lansing Community College, he is also the author of new book about a murder set on the MSU campus titled "Student Body."

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Sports
2:12 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Current Sports #288 | July 31, 2014

The week of fame continues on Current Sports, as Al invites former MSU football player Jerry West on the show to discuss his induction into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame taking place tonight. He played at Durand high school and played during the 1966 championship year. Later, AL and Alex talk about the recent comments made by Mark Dantonio and discuss recent commitment Tyler Higby. To close, it's throwback Thursday.


Sports
2:15 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Current Sports #287 | July 30, 2014

Al chats with Jody (Every) Parker, daughter of chairman Bob Every, about her recent induction into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame. Later, it's a big day for Detroit Tigers discussion, as Joakim Soria gave up four runs in his first appearance. Al and Alex debate about the concern, and also touch on comments made by head coach Mark Dantonio about assistant coach Pat Narduzzi. Finally, it's barbershop Wednesday, and they talk about the decline of playground basketball.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:42 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Current State #356 | July 30, 2014

Today on Current State: corporate tax incentives and Michigan's economy; RoadBelly magazine; Neighbors in Action: VFW National Home for Children; and Michigan rattlesnakes.

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Economy
12:40 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Do corporate tax incentives boost Michigan's economy?

David Bieri is assistant professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His main research and teaching interests are at the intersection of urban planning and real estate economics, public finance and economic geography.
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Last week, General Motors announced plans to expand its Delta Township plant and requested a 50% tax break over 12 years from the Lansing City Council. Similarly, the new logistics center at General Motor’s Grand River plant that just started construction that comes with a $4-million tax break.

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Arts & Culture
12:36 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

RoadBelly offers colorful coverage of Michigan food and drink

The cover of RoadBelly Magazine's fourth edition.
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The passions of farming, cooking, brewing and much more are all a part of RoadBelly Magazine. The Grand Rapids based publication is about to enter its second year as it expands its scope beyond western Michigan.

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Families
12:33 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Neighbors in Action: VFW National Home for Children

VFW Homes provide housing and support services to struggling military and veteran families from across the nation on a 70-acre campus village in Eaton Rapids, MI.
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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 VFW National Home for Children. The campus, located in Eaton Rapids, offers a nationwide help-line and has 42 single-family homes for families of active duty military or veterans from around the country.

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Environment
12:32 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Snake bite incident rekindles awareness of Michigan rattlesnake

Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake: Sistrurus Catenatus is the only rattlesnake native to Michigan.
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We recently reported on a snakebite incident in Lower Michigan. A young, barefoot visitor to an Ann Arbor botanical garden was bitten by an Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, the only rattlesnake native to our state. The young girl was hospitalized and recovered. The incident has triggered an advisory from a group of Michigan naturalists of the risk of an encounter with this species of snake in our state.

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Sports
2:46 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Current Sports #286 | July 29, 2014

Al chats with Jessica Beech Bograkos about her recent induction into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame. Later, the hot topic is Big Ten Media Day, and Al and Alex break down all of the interviews. They later discuss the recent move of the Detroit Lions to push back the contract negotiations of Ndamokung Suh until the end of next season. To close, they give the five biggest busts in sports history.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:01 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Current State #355 | July 29, 2014

Today on Current State: a charter school official addresses accountability and transparency; Great Lakes Month in Review: Detroit water shut-offs and Asian carp litigation; 8th District candidate Tom McMillin; and a magazine highlights the best of Lake Superior.

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Education
12:59 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Charter school official addresses accountability and transparency

Central Michigan University is Michigan's largest university charter school authorizer, and one of the nation's largest.
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Several Michigan charter school authorizers from around the state journeyed to Lansing yesterday. They met with state schools Superintendent Michael Flanagan about more vigorous oversight of the state’s charter schools. 

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Environment
12:55 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Great Lakes Month in Review: Detroit water shut-offs and Asian carp litigation

People standing before one of the largest bodies of water in the world in solidarity with the people of Detroit as they shut off water to some citizens and businesses in the city.
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At the end of each month we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. 

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Politics & Government
12:52 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Shrinking government a priority for 8th District candidate Tom McMillin

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We are just one week away from the primary election here in Michigan, which means it’s the home stretch for the candidates vying for their party’s nominations to succeed Congressman Mike Rogers in the 8th Congressional District.

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Environment
12:48 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Magazine highlights the best of Lake Superior

Lake Superior Magazine’s September issue will includes its annual Best of the Lake list. The article highlights reader favorites in dozens of categories, from best spectacular views to best boat ride to best fish sandwich.

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Politics & Government
4:51 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

State Superintendent Meets With Charter Authorizers

The state Superintendent of Public Instruction met behind closed doors Monday with some of Michigan’s largest charter school authorizers.

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Sports
2:17 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Current Sports #285 | July 28, 2014

Al opens up Monday with a recap of Lansing United's historic run in the NPSL playoffs. Then, Al invites Lansing Lugnuts play-by-play broadcaster Jesse Goldberg-Strassler on the air to discuss the current status of the team. Finally, Al and Alex debate whether the Detroit Tigers slump over the weekend should cause concern, and go over weekend winners.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:42 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Current State #354 | July 28, 2014

Today on Current State: 8th district congressional candidate Mike Bishop; historic Fort Wayne; tax incentives for GM; a primer on pensions; and native Michigan plants.

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Politics & Government
11:42 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Mike Bishop makes case for Republican nod in 8th District

Former State Sen. Majority Leader Mike Bishop faces State Rep. Tom McMillin in the Aug. 5 GOP primary election. The winner could replace Cong. Mike Rogers.
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Mike Bishop is a leading contender for the chance to represent Lansing and East Lansing in the U.S. Congress beginning next year. A recent EPIC/MRA poll shows the former State Senate leader enjoys a 12 percentage point lead over his closest competitor in the GOP-leaning 8th district.

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History
11:36 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Future of Detroit's Fort Wayne tied to new international bridge

A layout of Detroit's Fort Wayne.
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Current State’s Scott Pohl has been meeting historian Jack Dempsey at historic sites around Detroit this summer, and he’s back with another installment today. This time around, they stopped by Fort Wayne in Detroit.

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Business
11:34 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Ypsilanti offers cautionary tale on GM tax breaks

GM's Delta Township Plant
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Last Friday, General Motors announced plans for a $37-million expansion of its Delta Township auto production plant. GM will ask the city of Lansing for a tax incentive package to help finance the project. The company will make its initial request to the Lansing City Council this evening.

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Economy
11:31 am
Mon July 28, 2014

A look at the changing face of pensions

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From the Detroit bankruptcy to a high-profile lawsuit against phone giant Verizon, pensions are in the news lately. With all the talk about pensions being frozen, or reduced, or bought out, we wanted to get kind of a “Pensions 101” perspective.

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Environment
11:27 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Native plants promote state's environmental health

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MSU Grad Bill Schneider operates Wildtype Native Plant Nursury in Mason, Michigan. Current State’s Peter Whorf has been taking us there this summer to hear about Schneider’s work and expertise in the field.

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Politics & Government
5:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

State Senator Ready To Revisit Creating State-Run Health Exchange

There could be another push in Lansing to set up a state-run website to purchase insurance through the federal healthcare law.

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Sports
2:23 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Current Sports #284 | July 25, 2014

Al invites Scott Yoshonis from Lansing State Journal on the show to give listeners the latest in the firing of Fulton's head football coach. Scott breaks down all of the gritty details and the missing links that surround it. He also touches on Lansing United. Later, Alex and Al debate whether Soria was the right deal for the Detroit Tigers, and if the Detroit Lions should put the franchise tag on Ndamokung Suh. Finally, favorite stories from the week are discussed.


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