A recap of Current State's top stories from the last two weeks

Aug 9, 2013

Here's a review the top stories on Current State from the past two weeks:  

-- How will the Affordable Care Act affect Michigan's medical providers? "This legislation is really about putting patients first. That's what we hope to do, to build a foundation for health care in the future, and empower patients to really take care of themselves," said Dr. Kenneth Elmassian, president of the Michigan State Medical Society and an anesthesiologist practicing in Lansing. Full story: http://wkar.org/post/how-will-affordable-care-act-affect-michigans-medical-providers 

-- Dr. Brad Cardinale, a professor at the University Of Michigan School of Natural Resources,has teamed up with 133 other scientists to fight for Michigan's natural resources and biodiversity. Full story: http://wkar.org/post/scientists-across-michigan-oppose-legislation-limit-biodiversity

 -- Why aren't veterans from Michigan receiving their benefits? The Department of Veterans Affairs is struggling to fill a backlog of some 816,000 disability claims. Michigan ranks last in the nation in benefit-spending per veteran. Iraq war veteran Eric Calley shared his story on Current State. Full story: bit.ly/12zShwY  

 -- Michigan State University sociology professor Craig Harris joined Current State to discuss his research on the sociology of food and specifically food security and deserts. "Thinking about the history of Detroit over the past couple decades, there used to be more Farmer Jack stores there, other Michigan and regional chain stores there that gradually closed, leaving areas of the city without what we think of as at least a supermarket, a larger grocery store," Harris said. "About ten years ago, the United States Department of Agriculture began paying attention to this and popularizing the term, 'food desert' as a way of thinking about areas in the United States, and in our case, especially in Michigan, where people lived - where a large number of people lived more than a mile, more than half a mile away from a supermarket." Hear the full story: bit.ly/12zShwY  

  -- Author Steve Miller spoke with Scott Pohl about his new book: "Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock 'n' Roll in America's Loudest City. The book is an oral history of rock 'n' roll in Detroit. "You had your alternative to the factory, and that was rock, and that's really how it came about," Miller said. "The sounds of the factory, of course, are very evident in rock 'n' roll." Hear the full interview with Steve Miller: bit.ly/1bH7IY8