Al opens the show with analysis of the reported Jim Harbaugh deal with Michigan football. Alex gets in on the fun later to comment on Michigan State basketball's win over EMU last night and the callers start pouring in with their opinions of Michigan football's coaching search. Later, it's 'Throwback Thursday' to close.
Today on Current State: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act; Lansing attorney Richard McLellan on normalizing relations with Cuba; the controversy over religious displays at the state capitol; and a preview of the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
One of the hot button issues of this year’s lame duck session was the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) bill. The bill would exempt people from state and local laws if they can prove those laws violate deeply held religious beliefs. Opponents of the legislation say it amounts to a “license to discriminate”, and they are worried about its implications after a companion bill that would have expanded LGBT protections died in committee.
Americans have been busy discussing President Obama’s call to normalize relations with Cuba. Lansing-based attorney Richard McLellan, a long-time Michigan political insider and a two-time visitor to Cuba, supports the President’s move.
Al and Alex kick off the show previewing MSU basketball's game tonight against Eastern Michigan and touch on the Greg Monroe trade rumors . LPGA golfer Liz Nagel joins in the second half to discuss her pro career and some of the challenges she has faced on her way to success. To close, recent comments about concussions in the NFL are debated.
Today on Current State: Gov. Snyder discusses lame duck issues; a look at the competing plans to fund road repairs in Michigan; Neighbors in Action with the Southside Community Kitchen; and the invasive faucet snail.
The Michigan legislature is in the eleventh hour of this year’s lame duck session. This week, legislative leaders and Gov. Rick Snyder have been meeting more often to try to hammer out a measure for road and bridge funding in the state. A couple meetings were held yesterday, and the Governor expressed concern over how little time remains. The 2014 session is scheduled to conclude tomorrow.
The clock is counting down on the lame duck legislature at the state Capitol. Tomorrow is the last full day of the session. Lawmakers are facing a hard deadline to reach a deal to raise more than a billion dollars each year in new revenue to fix Michigan’s deteriorating roads.
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 learn about the Southside Community Kitchen that serves meals to hungry residents on Lansing’s Southside.
The populations of an invasive snail in the Great Lakes may be increasing, according to a new study. Researchers from ten universities including Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University have found “faucet snails” in more areas along the Great Lakes coastline than experts previously thought.
Michigan State is heading to the Cotton Bowl and the team addressed the media today with information. Al breaks down the press conference and also dives into the coaching search with University of Michigan. Later, Al and Alex give their top five college three-point shooters in wake of the college basketball season and they close the show previewing the women's basketball game tonight against Alcorn State.
Today on Current State: Remembering TV newsman Bill Bonds; a look ahead to next year's contract talks between the United Auto Workers union and the domestic carmakers; a new project connects watersheds with green infrastructure; and a Profiles conversation with Lansing Symphony Orchestra maestro Timothy Muffitt.
New contract bargaining between the United Auto Workers union and American automakers is scheduled for next year. Recently, we’ve been getting a clearer picture of the union’s priorities. UAW President Dennis Williams has indicated members want to eliminate a recently introduced feature of the autoworker landscape: “two-tier” wages and benefits.
The water cycle is pretty simple. Evaporation. Condensation. Precipitation. But when urban areas filled with buildings and parking lots get in the way, the cycle gets interrupted, and that can cause all sorts of problems, from flooding basements to sewer overflows.
The Detroit Lions are coming off a come-from-behind win and Al and Alex break down the successes from the game. East Lansing head basketball coach Steve Finamore joins Al at the second half of the show to talk about the recent transfers and the future games for the year. Closing the show, it's 'Weekend Winners.'
Today on Current State: Michigan's vaccination rates; charity fraud; the "Women of Vision" exhibition at the Cranbrook Institute of Science; and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's "Symphony in D" project.
Before you register your kid in a public school, you have to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against diseases like measles and whooping cough. But parents can get vaccination waivers for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons, and an increasing number of Michigan parents are doing just that. Public health officials say that means preventable, but highly contagious, diseases are making a comeback.
We’re halfway through December, and you’ve probably noticed retailers aren’t the only people competing for your cold, hard cash. ‘Tis the season for charitable organizations to ramp up their efforts to solicit donations. Most groups out there do represent worthy causes, but the holidays also tend to bring out the less-than-legitimate actors hoping to pull off the perfect scam.
For 125 years, National Geographic has documented the world and all that is in it with stunning photography and images that capture the soul of a story. Some of the most powerful and impactful stories of the past decade have been produced by a new generation of female photojournalists. "Women of Vision", currently on exhibit at the Cranbrook Institute of Science features the work of eleven photographers.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has launched an ambitious project with composer Tod Machover. He’s been commissioned to write a piece inspired by, and including, the sounds of the Motor City. “Symphony in D” will debut late next year.
EAST LANSING (AP) - About 200 people gathered outside Michigan State University's commencement ceremonies to protest a speech by columnist George Will over his commentary on sexual assault reporting at colleges.
The Lansing State Journal reports that Will didn't mention the protests during his speech to undergraduates Saturday on the East Lansing campus.
More than a dozen students stood as he spoke and turned their backs to him and several others in the audience did the same or held up newspapers.
Michigan State is heading to the Cotton Bowl but tickets have still not sold out. Plus, University of Michigan hires a recruiting staff to help find their next football coach. Al and Alex break down this news and a lot more. At the end of the show, MSU wide receiver Tony Lippett joins Al to break down the upcoming bowl game and look back on a lost friend from this year.