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Environment
11:34 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Expert: Michigan mosquitoes 3x normal numbers this year

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If you live in Michigan it seems like every summer is a time to complain about the mosquitoes being really bad this year, but how bad are they, really?

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:38 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Current State #341 | June 27, 2014

Today on Current State: Democratic legislator says more oversight needed for MI charter schools; a summer film preview; National HIV Testing Day; and marking the 100 year anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the start of World War I.

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Education
2:36 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Dem legislator says more oversight needed for MI charter schools

Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods)
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For over a week, The Detroit Free Press has been exploring the impact of Michigan’s two decades with charter schools. 

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Entertainment
2:33 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Summer film preview: the good, the bad and Michael Bay

Earlier this year Current State’s Emanuele Berry previewed the first half of the summer film season with John Serba, M-live entertainment reporter and film critic. Emanuele found out what the rest of the summer films have to offer.

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Health
2:27 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Awareness, prevention highlight National HIV Testing Day

Scanning electron micrograph of HIV particles infecting a human H9 T cell, colorized in blue, turqoise, and yellow.
Credit Flickr- NIAID

Today is National HIV Testing Day. Across Michigan this weekend there will be events and opportunities for free HIV tests, including Ingham County, which has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the state.

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History
2:25 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

A century ago, two bullets sparked the 'Great War'

The arrest of Gavrilo Princip, who murdered Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914.
Credit Flickr- Ruslan

It’s been a full century since the event that triggered what the world once believed to be “the war to end all wars.” 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:43 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Current State #340 | June 26, 2014

Today on Current State: Bridge Magazine assesses Detroit's Duggan at six months; MSU economist maps U.S. cocaine trafficing; state to look at passenger rail from Holland to Detroit; new Canadian Consul in Detroit; and a review of "Love in the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel García Márquez.

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Politics & Government
1:42 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Bridge Magazine assesses Detroit's Duggan at six months

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
Credit Flickr- Aaron Eckles, Crains Detroit Business

Among Detroit’s many challenges, one painful reality is the decreasing population. The city’s become known for surreal, sparsely settled ‘urban prairies’ that thousands of residents used to call home. 

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Economy
1:34 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

MSU economist maps U.S. cocaine trafficking

MSU professor Dr. Siddharth Chandra has devised a map that tracks cocaine trafficking across U.S. cities. Red circles indicate cities where cocaine is least expensive. These are often hub cities from which cocaine is distributed. Blue circles show destination cities where cocaine is most expensive.
Credit Siddharth Chandra

Last month, a federal judge sentenced a 90 year old Indiana man to three years in prison for his role in transporting more than 1,200 kilograms of cocaine into Michigan. The man’s age spurred new attention to an old problem.  Illegal drug trafficking is an ongoing epidemic across the United States. Now, a Michigan State University professor has created a new way to track the flow of cocaine into the country.

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Economy
1:34 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State to look at passenger rail from Holland to Detroit

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Last week, the Michigan Department of Transportation announced that it plans to study the viability of a passenger rail service that would connect Holland, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit. The study has been mandated in the state’s 2015 budget.

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Politics & Government
1:32 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Canadian Consul: new Detroit bridge a priority

Consul General Douglas George
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Canada has a new Consul General in Detroit. Douglas George has more than 30 years of experience in Canada’s foreign service, including working on the creation of the World Trade Organization and representing his country in places like Jamaica and Kuwait.

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Arts & Culture
1:31 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Book Review: 'Love in the Time of Cholera' by Gabriel García Márquez

“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.” And with that poignant line, Gabriel Garcia Marquez begins his masterpiece “Love in the Time of Cholera.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:34 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Current State #339 | June 25, 2014

Today on Current State: Tensions rise in 8th District race; building a Great Lakes coastal trail; the history of the Stormy Kromer; and Neighbors in Action: 2020 Girls.

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Politics & Government
2:30 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Eighth District candidates reflect GOP differences

Pluta says republican primary voters are being asked to make a choice between a classic 'bring home the bacon' legislator and a more ideological congressman.
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We’re down to fewer than six weeks before primary elections in Michigan. Michigan Public Radio Network Managing Editor Rick Pluta updates Current State on some of the races and other stories.

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Environment
2:24 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Effort underway to build coastal Great Lakes trail

The Great Lakes Coastal Trail is designed to span 7000 miles of Lake Michigan's coastline.
Credit http://www.lmwt.org

Throughout the Great Lakes region there are many wonderful biking, hiking and kayaking trails. Imagine if all these pathways were connected into a giant international trekking system, a Great Lakes Coastal Trail.

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Arts & Culture
2:21 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Hats off to Michigan-made Stormy Kromers

The Stormy Kromer draws a crowd of unique and devoted visitors to its store in Ironwood, Michigan.
Credit Courtesy of Stormy Kromer

While many of us are enjoying summer after this year’s long and harsh winter, others are using the season to prepare for the coming cold.

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Education
2:16 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Neighbors in Action: 2020 Girls

2020 Girls hopes to involve 100 girls per year in programs that inspire interest in STEM subjects.
Credit Courtesy of 2020 Girls

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 2020 Girls, a Lansing-based program that aims to grow the next generation of professional women in the STEM fields by introducing young girls to the wonders of robotics, game design, and more.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:59 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Current State #338 | June 24, 2014

Today on Current State: the debate on charter schools; a Michigan environmentalist's reforestation efforts; the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Inititative; and the mystery of Northwest Flight 2501. 

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Education
12:56 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Free Press' charter school review triggers varied reactions

Amber Arellano and Brian Shaughnessy discuss transparency and other issues at the heart of the charter school debate.
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The tension between advocates of traditional and charter schools in Michigan has intensified. That’s because of recent stories in the Detroit Free Press which raise serious doubts about the operation and oversight of the state’s nearly 400 charter schools.

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Environment
12:53 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Michigan environmentalist champions reforesting with old growth trees

The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive travels country by country to archive the genetics of old growth trees.
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This weekend, the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association will hold its 10th annual Michigan Energy Fair at the Ingham County Fairgrounds. There will be exhibitions and workshops on energy efficiency, alternative energy, and sustainable living practices.

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Environment
12:40 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Great Lakes Month in Review: Mayors take on Great Lakes issues

Wilson says Great Lakes oil transport is one of the many issues being discussed at the meeting.
Credit Flickr - Dennis Jarvis

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 today’s Great Lakes Month in Review we focus on the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. The group includes 114 mayors of cities throughout the Great Lakes Basin.

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History
12:37 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

What happened to Northwest Flight 2501?

NWA Flight 2501 went down over Lake Michigan 64 years ago today and is still missing. This memorial service took place in 2008.
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On June 24th, 1950, Northwest Airlines Flight 2501 left New York City for Seattle. The state of the art DC-4 aircraft was to stop in Minneapolis for refueling, before proceeding to the west coast. Monitoring the plane in threatening weather over Lake Michigan, air controllers lost track of the flight. The aircraft was never recovered, nor were any passengers or crew. Further wreckage discovered some days later indicated a total loss.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Current State #337 | June 23, 2014

Today on Current State: MSU's rare corpse flower set to bloom; why Americans call it "soccer"; Voices of Experience with Pauline Adams. 

    

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Science
12:30 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

MSU's rare corpse flower comes to life

Curator Frank Telewski (left) and Peter Carrington, assistant curator, await the stench of the soon-to-bloom corpse flower from Sumatra, Indonesia.
Credit WKAR/Marie Steinbock

The Michigan State University campus here in East Lansing is often described as one of the most beautiful in America.

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Sports
11:54 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Why do Americans call it 'soccer'?

Is this a soccer ball or a football?
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Football is played with your hands, soccer is played with your feet. Here in the U.S., that’s something that has been ingrained in our culture regardless of any international criticism of its absurdity. However, a recent study reveals that the word "soccer" isn’t American at all. It’s actually British. 

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History
11:48 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Voices of Experience: Pauline Adams dedicates a lifetime to education

Pauline Adams with a portrait of her husband, former MSU president Walter Adams.
Credit WKAR/Nancy Kelly

 

 We all know Michiganians we feel are extraordinary --for their memorable life experiences or their sacrifices.  Maybe for their success or their service, and for the insights they produce. Getting acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s ongoing series, “Voices of Experience.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:57 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Current State #336 | June 20, 2014

Today on Current State: A city attorney for East Lansing; Beepalooza at MSU; Michigan's role in modern architecture; and LIVE MUSIC: Marshall Music's Friday Jazz Lunch Bunch.

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Politics & Government
1:57 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

EL city attorney position stirs emotion

Jeff Hank
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Voters in East Lansing may decide whether to alter policy involving the city’s attorneys. Two East Lansing activists claim the city could save money and avoid potential conflicts of interest by hiring a full-time municipal lawyer. The East Lansing City Council already has that option, but often opts to contract legal work hourly to private firms.

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Environment
1:56 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

MSU's beepalooza offers education ... bee petting?

Credit Flickr-Janet Sharp

It was inevitable that Current State caught the buzz about Beepalooza. The free bee education event is this Sunday at Michigan State University’s Horticulture Demonstration Gardens. The main question is, why do we need to be educated about bees?

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Arts & Culture
1:53 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Symposium highlights Michigan's role in modern architecture

The Michigan State Medical Society building in East Lansing is a leading local example of modern architecture.
WKAR/Kevin Lavery

The history of 20th century design in Michigan isn’t just about automobiles. After World War II, Michigan was a hub for architects who broke away from the neo-classical shapes inspired by ancient Greece and Rome. The era of modern architecture lasted about 30 years and produced many structures still seen today.

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