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Current State #600 | September 3, 2015

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Today on Current State: Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley weighs in on Michigan's growing opioid abuse epidemic; Lansing State Journal columnist Anne Erickson on the best September concerts; Detroit Free Press reporter Joe Rexrode on the Spartans' upcoming season; a Grand Ledge business incubator that combines skateboards and tech start-ups; and an Okemos business is busy repairing instruments before students return to school. 

pill bottles
Baer Law Firm, Pharmacy Attorney, Aurora, CO.

America is eager to do something about the recent surge in prescription drug overdoses and fatalities.Here in Michigan, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley heads the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force.  Current State sorts through the challenges of tackling the problem and asks the Lieutenant Governor about his take on the road funding challenge and Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat. 

picture of Barbara Bailey Hutchinson
Courtesy of Barbara Bailey Hutchinson

The Michigan concert scene for September is led by shows with Van Halen, AC/DC and the opening of this year’s Ten Pound Fiddle schedule. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Anne Erickson of the Lansing State Journal. 

Current State occasionally checks in with the Lansing State Journal’s Things to Do reporter and music columnist Anne Erickson to look at the concert scene in Michigan.

football players
Courtesy of Michigan State University

Current State checks in with Detroit Free Press sports reporter Joe Rexrode about the Spartans' upcoming football season. 

One of MSU Football’s most-anticipated seasons kicks off Saturday as the Spartans take on the Western Michigan Broncos in Kalamazoo.

Detroit Free Press sports writer Joe Rexrode will be there. Current State checks in with him about the upcoming weekend game, and the season ahead.  

two men building skateboard ramp
Jerry Norris

Many businesses get their start with the help of an incubator, a company that offers support and training to startups. Current State talks to some of the people behind Grand Ledge Fledge, a local incubator trying to enhance the culture and fill vacant storefronts in the city's downtown.  

How difficult is it to start your own business? 

The answer to that question varies wildly depending on where you are and what kind of business you’re trying to start.