The American legal system is littered with ancient Latin terms. Phrases like “habeus corpus,” “ex post facto” and “pro bono” are common in our courts. Many of us who are not lawyers and judges have some idea what they mean, but imagine trying to grasp what’s happening in a courtroom when English is not your first language. At best, the experience can be stressful and even frightening without an interpreter.
It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature Zero Day, a Lansing-based non-profit that provides employment training and supportive services to local veterans.
Last week, the Lansing State Journal wrote about the case of a 21-year old mentally ill man named Kosgar Lado who falsely confessed under police interrogation to a murder that took place in Lansing last June.
Along with two other U.S. capitals, Lansing will receive Green Design Assistance from the EPA. The project the city plans to develop under the Greening America’s Capitals program is a park on the state capitol complex.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is launching his re-election campaign with a string of appearances that tout “Michigan’s Comeback.” Yesterday, the Governor pressed the flesh in Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids. Today, it’s on to Traverse City, Frankenmuth and Oakland County.
Starting next week, artwork from all over the state will be featured in the University of Michigan’s "Atonement" exhibition. The artists participating in this exhibit are all connected by a shared aspect of their past - all the artists were at one time incarcerated.
A baby moose has moved into Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo. Willow the moose was orphaned in Alaska when her mother died after being hit by a car. When that sort of thing happens, wildlife officials in Alaska arrange to send the orphaned animal to a zoo. Lansing has been hoping to get a baby moose for about a year, and when the call came in, the zoo was ready to act.
Friday is the first night of the The Ten Pound Fiddle’s Mid-Winter Singing Festival. Dr. Ysaye Barnwell will lead the first “group sing” at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. She is a founding member of Sweet Honey in the Rock, as well as a composer, educator, and public health expert. Current State’s Melissa Benmark speaks with Dr. Barnwell about her multi-faceted career and her song choices for the festival.
It was two years overdue but the 2013 Farm Bill is making a steady course toward President Obama’s desk. The House passed the bill on Wednesday. It now goes to the full Senate, which is expected to take action as early as today.
Drew Howard is a veteran fixture of Lansing's and Michigan's music scene, as both a studio musician and performer. He discusses his long musical career and plays guitar and dobro throughout the show as part of our Friday Music Series on Current State.
To review and update some of the the month’s top Michigan news stories, Current State welcomes Tim Skubick, host of Michigan Public TV’s “Off the Record,” seen on WKAR-TV. Also joining us is Bill Ballenger of the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter, and Emily Lawler of MIRS News in Lansing.
When we think about our carbon footprint, we often look at things like our car’s gas mileage, our home’s energy usage, and how far our food had to travel to get to the plate. Rarely mentioned in a discussion about carbon footprints, however, are musical instruments.
On November 6, 2013, Michigan State University put out the call to people with MSU ties all over the world to shoot and submit video of whatever they were doing that day. The idea was to produce a video seeing the world through the eyes of Spartans for a day. Today, the finished product, called “MSU 360-24”, goes online, and there will also be airings on the Big Ten Network.
President Obama shared his priorities for the new year last night in his sixth State of the Union address. Among those goals: narrowing the country’s income gap, in part by raising the minimum wage for federal contract employees; immigration reform; and an expansion of employee retirement savings plans.
A long-time Michigan political insider is launching a bipartisan effort to bolster resources for state legislators. The “Strengthening Michigan’s Governing Institutions” project is the brainchild of Republican/Libertarian Richard McLellan, who thinks term limits have left legislators with too few resources to do their jobs well.
It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature two organizations that assist victims of sexual assault in our community.
Roman Krzarnic is a British author, teacher and philosopher whose latest book, “How Should We Live?” looks at 12 of humanity’s touchstones such as love, money, creativity and time, and then explores what thinkers throughout history have written about them.
A coalition of labor and civil rights groups calling itself Raise Michigan has announced its intention to form a ballot campaign committee. It’s a procedural step that could lead to a statewide vote this November on raising the minimum wage, which in Michigan is currently $7.40 an hour.
At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For the January 2014 Great Lakes Month in Review, we’re focusing on ice cover and Asian carp fatigue.
Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder offered a proposal he thinks will jump start Detroit’s struggling economy. At a company in predominantly Hispanic southwest Detroit, the Governor said he wants the Federal government to increase the number of skilled immigrants in Michigan to reach 50,000 over five years. The only condition is that they have to live and work in Detroit.