News en Bolger: Unions Will Have To Put Up Cash To Help Settle Detroit Bankruptcy <p>The state House Republican leader says he expects unions to put up cash from their bank accounts as part of Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:17:20 +0000 Rick Pluta 52410 at Bolger: Unions Will Have To Put Up Cash To Help Settle Detroit Bankruptcy Current State #299 | April 18, 2014 <p>Today on <em>Current State:</em> controlling Michigan's prison spending; a Saranac syrup-maker; MSU students work to make clean water more accessible; and live music with The DeCamp Sisters.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:16:01 +0000 Current State 52387 at With soaring costs, Michigan struggles to control prison spending <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-69ce4fd5-756d-8253-1c93-bcdc2101e088" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">A host of challenges associated with Michigan’s prison system make</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> corrections one of the state’s biggest and most persistent issues. No discussion of Michigan corrections lasts long without the topic of its dollar cost coming up. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:05:17 +0000 Current State 52382 at With soaring costs, Michigan struggles to control prison spending Saranac syrup-maker sticks to tradition <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-abb90942-7573-e7bc-ae31-cd5be70881f1" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">As you drive west from Ionia, Michigan, you’ll come to the little town of Saranac. Its streets are lined with a bountiful number of large old maple trees. And this time of year, it’s not uncommon to see many of them with pails and spouts attached to collect sap for maple syrup. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:58:17 +0000 Current State 52383 at Saranac syrup-maker sticks to tradition MSU students work to make clean water more accessible in developing world <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Earlier this year, <em>Current State </em>welcomed John Barrie from the <a href="">Appropriate Technology Collaborative</a> to studio ‘S.’ He explained that the collaborative &nbsp;creates new technologies to improve the quality of life in developing countries worldwide. The organization also collaborates with universities.</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> This year, a team of <a href="">Michigan State Engineering</a> students worked to build a </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">water purification system for low income countries. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:56:09 +0000 Current State 52384 at MSU students work to make clean water more accessible in developing world LIVE MUSIC: The DeCamp Sisters from Romeo, Michigan <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-4d986032-7575-fb33-b417-26595876ab7d" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">T<span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">oday for our live music Friday series, we welcome <a href="">The DeCamp Sisters</a> to the studio. Hailing from the Romeo, Michigan, Riley and Libby DeCamp bring their earthy and harmonious music to life. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:32:17 +0000 Current State 52385 at LIVE MUSIC: The DeCamp Sisters from Romeo, Michigan Richard Sherman, Minsoo Sohn to perform live on 90.5FM <p>MSU faculty musicians Richard Sherman and Minsoo Sohn will perform live on WKAR this afternoon, Friday, April 18th at 2:00pm.&nbsp; The flute/piano duo will premiere the new occasional 90.5 Classical series, <strong><em>Live from Studio S</em></strong>.&nbsp; Sherman and Sohn will perform selections from their Saturday, April 19th Fairchild Theatre program of 20th century French music for flute and piano.&nbsp; Hear Sherman and Sohn with music and conversation&nbsp;joined by&nbsp;WKAR's Peter Whorf .</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:33:45 +0000 Peter Whorf 52395 at Richard Sherman, Minsoo Sohn to perform live on 90.5FM Murderer Of State Trooper Commits Suicide <p>An inmate convicted of murdering a Michigan State trooper has committed suicide.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:09:13 +0000 Rick Pluta 52358 at Murderer Of State Trooper Commits Suicide Legislature Begins Debate Over $500 Million Road Funding Plan <p>State House Speaker Jase Bolger says it’s time for lawmakers to do something about Michigan’s crumbling roads – even if it’s not a full solution.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:54:53 +0000 Jake Neher 52357 at Legislature Begins Debate Over $500 Million Road Funding Plan Current Sports #219 | April 17, 2014 <p>Al chats with former Michigan State running back Tico Duckett about football and life beyond football. Al and Matt also discuss the beauty that was <em>The Bad Boys</em><em>. </em></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:16:26 +0000 Current Sports 52338 at Current State #298 | April 17, 2014 <p>Today on <em>Current State:</em> a Detroit bankruptcy update; helping Michigan combat veterans; MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine; 50 years of Mustangs; and Scott Southard reviews "The Way North".</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:15:13 +0000 Current State 52321 at State offers money up front in Detroit bankruptcy <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Developments toward a ‘grand bargain’ to speed the end of Detroit’s landmark &nbsp;bankruptcy have been unfolding quickly.</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> Late on Tuesday night, negotiators from the city and two of its retiree pension funds reached tentative deals involving cuts and cost-of-living revisions. &nbsp;Those agreements were two more hurdles cleared toward an $816-million arrangement that could lessen</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> pension cuts, allow reinvestment in city services, and prevent the sale of city-owned art at the <a href="">Detroit Institute of Arts</a>. However, more agreements need to be hammered out with other creditors.</span> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:14:16 +0000 Current State 52312 at State offers money up front in Detroit bankruptcy State trust fund helps Michigan combat veterans <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The <a href=",4569,7-126-2362_66822---,00.html">Michigan Veterans Trust Fund </a>helps combat-era veterans weather economic emergencies. The fund operates within the <a href="">Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency</a>.</span> <span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The director of the Agency, Jeff Barnes, recently appointed U.S. Marine veteran Lindell Holm to run the trust fund. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:08:42 +0000 Current State 52313 at State trust fund helps Michigan combat veterans MSU continues leadership role in osteopathic medicine <p></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Michigan State University is home to the nation’s first publicly-funded <a href="">Osteopathic Medical School </a>in the country. MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is also the top-ranked school of its kind in the nation.</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:02:18 +0000 Current State 52316 at MSU continues leadership role in osteopathic medicine Mustang celebrates 50 years of pony car evolution <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#333333;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Fifty years ago today, America’s historic journey with the automobile took an adventurous detour. On April 17, 1964, Detroit’s Ford Motor company unveiled the Mustang at the New York World’s Fair, trading stamps not included. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:58:10 +0000 Current State 52314 at Mustang celebrates 50 years of pony car evolution Book Review: 'The Way North' edited by Ron Riekki <p></p><p></p><p>Reviewing a literary collection can feel a lot like reviewing a local talent show.</p><p></p><p>It can be hard to sum up the entire experience, since every act is unique, and it is unfair to compare the performers to each other; even though we all do it, no matter what the focus of the talent show is or the age of those involved. And like that talent show, literary collections tend to have their writers who take your breath away and make you lean forward in your chair, as well as the ones who make you wonder what you’re missing on TV. "The Way North" is a collection showcasing some of the leading voices in the Upper Peninsula literary movement. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:46:44 +0000 Scott B. Southard 52320 at Book Review: 'The Way North' edited by Ron Riekki Schauer Calls Education His “Top Priority” In Schools Plan <p>The Democrat likely to challenge Governor Rick Snyder in November says improving public schools would be his top priority in office.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:17:42 +0000 Jake Neher 52287 at Schauer Calls Education His “Top Priority” In Schools Plan Michigan Jobless Rate Drops To 7.5% <p>Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last month to 7.5%.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:13:07 +0000 Rick Pluta 52286 at Michigan Jobless Rate Drops To 7.5% Current State #297 | April 16, 2014 <p>Today on&nbsp;<em>Current State:</em> the Citizens Research Council of Michigan's 'Tax Outline'; an MSU psychologist's study on positive and negative thinking; CASA of Eaton and Barry counties; and Virginia Poet Laureate Sofia Starnes.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:46:31 +0000 Current State 52266 at Michigan stakeholders rely on non-partisan ‘Tax Outline’ <p></p><p>There are 59 different taxes yielding nearly $40 billion in public revenue. That is a snapshot of current Michigan tax levies contained in a comprehensive new report. The money is used to pay for police and fire protection, Medicaid coverage, state employee salaries, schools, roads and lots more.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:45:18 +0000 Current State 52263 at Michigan stakeholders rely on non-partisan ‘Tax Outline’ Are you born with the glass half full? <p></p><p>Do you tend to see the glass half full or half empty? A new study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology is the first to show that brain activity is actually different between positive and negative thinkers, so just telling someone to try and see the glass as half-full isn’t going to help them do it. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:42:44 +0000 Current State 52262 at Are you born with the glass half full? Neighbors in Action: CASA for Kids in Barry and Eaton Counties <p></p><p>It’s Wednesday and time for our <em>Neighbors in Action</em> segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the <a href="">CASA for Kids in Eaton and Barry Counties</a>. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:39:26 +0000 Current State 52261 at Neighbors in Action: CASA for Kids in Barry and Eaton Counties Virginia Poet Laureate shares work with Michigan audience <p></p><p>Each year, in honor of National Poetry Month in April,&nbsp;MSU's&nbsp;<a href="">Residential College in the Arts and Humanities’ Center for Poetry</a> brings a series of poets to campus to conduct readings and workshops with the public. <em>Current State</em> spoke with Poetry Center Director Anita Skeen and Virginia Poet Laureate <a href="">Sofia Starnes</a> about this year’s festival, and both read from their works.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:37:06 +0000 Current State 52258 at Virginia Poet Laureate shares work with Michigan audience Local Governments: Tax Day Study Shows State Not Paying Fair Share <p>Local officials want the state to share more of the revenue it takes in.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:10:16 +0000 Jake Neher 52239 at Local Governments: Tax Day Study Shows State Not Paying Fair Share A2SO Encore <p>Miss it last Saturday?&nbsp; Tune in this weekend.&nbsp; Heard it in person?&nbsp; Hear it again!</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:32:55 +0000 Peter Whorf 52226 at A2SO Encore Current State #296 | April 15, 2014 <p>Today on <em>Current State:</em> 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."</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:08:16 +0000 Current State 52206 at EL budget aims more spending at roads <p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">East Lansing officials are working on the city’s <a href="">budget</a> for the coming fiscal year. The $32.7 million spending plan features a small millage rate cut for 2015. </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">There will be meetings and public forums on the budget over the next few weeks.</span> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:07:24 +0000 Current State 52207 at EL budget aims more spending at roads Disclosure stirs Lake Huron nuclear waste worries <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">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.</span> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:04:46 +0000 Current State 52208 at Disclosure stirs Lake Huron nuclear waste worries Events, advocates raise awareness about sexual assault in Lansing area <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-4e16cd92-6630-d0d3-49de-ccc96dcde347" style="font-size:15px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">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 <a href="">Take Back the Night,</a> <span id="docs-internal-guid-4e16cd92-6634-58be-42b3-41902f3eaced" style="font-size:15px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">including workshops, art displays, a candlelight vigil, and a march down Michigan Avenue from campus to the capital steps</span>. <em>Current State's</em> Joe Linstroth <span id="docs-internal-guid-4e16cd92-6632-4b2d-e320-b8fb09517f57" style="font-size:15px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">spoke with two young leaders on campus about sexual assault.</span> </span> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:02:29 +0000 Current State 52209 at Events, advocates raise awareness about sexual assault in Lansing area Film captures human drama at the large Hadron Collider <p></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-cefa35a0-658b-abed-12ab-e8503af78a25" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">A new documentary called “<a href="">Particle Fever</a>” will be screened by the East Lansing Film Society tomorrow night. It’s the story of the <a href="">Large Hadron Collider</a> and the search for the Higgs Boson.</span> <span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The East Lansing Film Society will screen “Particle Fever” tomorrow night at the Studio C! Theatres in Okemos.</span> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:00:23 +0000 Current State 52210 at