On June 8, 1953, an F-5 tornado hit Flint and the nearby community of Beecher, killing 116 people. It was the tenth deadliest tornado in U. S. history, and a generation of Michigan residents would never look at a dark sky the same way again.
Jerry Hodak was the face of TV weather in the Detroit market for 45 years. He retired in 2010. Today he joins Current State to talk about the 60th anniversary of the Flint Beecher tornado.
The number of Michigan school districts facing serious financial challenges continues to grow. On Thursday, state schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan reported there are 55 districts across the state operating in the red. That’s up by six since the start of the year.
Flanagan updates the state legislature quarterly on school finances. He commented that the situation requires “more resources.”
In the coming decades, if NASA has its way, the long, harrowing trip to Mars will be more than just a bad Hollywood movie directed by the likes of Michael Bay.
The space agency has said it plans to send astronauts to the Red Planet by the early 2030's. While 20 years is a long way off, NASA has already begun the planning and research, and MSU scientists are part of these early stages.
This weekend is the fourth annual Pumpstock music festival. The annual gathering in East Lansing’s Bailey Park features live American roots music and local food. Festival coordinator Dudley Smith, more commonly known as “Smitty,” and performer Elden Kelly joins Current State host Mark Bashore.