The eighth edition of the Renegade Theatre Festival in Old Town Lansing starts Thursday. Events are planned at several locations over three days, with a number of local theater companies taking part.
Joining us today for a preview are organizers Chad Badgero and Melissa Kaplan. Chad is the founder and artistic director of Lansing’s Peppermint Creek Theatre Company; Melissa is the performing arts coordinator at Lansing Community College.
Our Neighbors in Action segment features Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. It's a nonprofit charitable organization that promotes, protects and advocates for the rights, health, housing and economic well-being of vulnerable adults.
Michigan health officials and physicians have launched an awareness-raising effort to get more young people vaccinated. The move comes after data showing an increase in the number of Michigan parents choosing not to get their kids vaccinated. Last year, more than 7,000 kindergartners alone in the state had some kind of vaccination waiver.
About 250 miles southeast of WKAR's studio in East Lansing is the town of Eastlake, Ohio. Ten years ago, an electric generation plant in that small Cleveland suburb went offline, triggering the largest power outage in U.S. history. The Northeast Blackout of 2003 affected 10 million people in Canada and 45 million Americans. Here in Michigan, more than two million homes and businesses went dark, mostly in metro Detroit.
Today on Current State: the debate over children's vaccinations; remembering the Northeast blackout of 2003; historic baseball plays out in Dearborn; our Neighbors in Action segment profiles Elder Law of Michigan and the return of the Renegade Theatre Festival.