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Current State #701 | February 11, 2016

Feb 11, 2016

Today on Current State: Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings discusses terrorism threats; an important historical document from the days of slavery at the Michigan Historical Center; Ron Dzonkowski of the Detroit Free Press and the Michigan Coalition for Open Government discusses Michigan's public records laws; jazz piano legend Kenny Barron; and the Grand Rapids Art Museum's Art + Chocolate event.


Stuart Dunnings III photo
Michigan Municipal League / flickr creative commons

Ingham County officials are charging more residents with making terror threats. Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings discusses what’s behind the surge and how one person’s “terror threat” is another’s “free speech.”


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Courtesy photo / Ben Hall

The Michigan Historical Center recently got a special donation: the manumission papers of Frank Demas, who likely bought his freedom from a slave owner in Kentucky before settling in Mason, were donated by his family. We hear from state archivist Mark Harvey and Ben Hall, a Lansing musician and descendant of Demas, about this rare piece of history.


Ron Dzonkowski photo
Courtesy photo / Ron Dzonkowski

Many are asking why media weren’t more on top of the Flint water crisis. We talk to Ron Dzonkowski, columnist for the Detroit Free Press and board member of the Michigan Coalition for Open Government, about the cloudiness of Michigan’s sunshine laws.


Kenny Barron photo
Jon Whiting

Jazz legend Kenny Barron takes up a week-long residency at MSU, performing and teaching throughout Mid-Michigan. Wel hear him perform and speak with Current State's Scott Pohl.


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