By virtually all accounts, the roll out of the Affordable Care Act has been shaky at best. The website, healthcare.gov, was virtually unusable for October and into November. But lately, reports are showing that the website’s improved considerably and, correspondingly, the number of people signing up for the health care exchanges is growing.
At the boom of the silent film era a century ago, theater organs were a mainstay in movie houses across the country. Lansing had its own such place, the Michigan Theater. It closed more than three decades ago, but the original 1928 concert organ still exists.
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut happened a year ago tomorrow. Remembrances are flooding the airwaves, but Newtown officials have asked the media to stay away during this painful time for the families.
People around the world strum away at guitars on a daily basis, maneuvering their language, voices and notes into spellbindings sounds. The Acoustic Guitar Project is all about trying to create and capture those moments.
Today on Current State: Right to Work one year later; a review of Wally Lamb's latest novel "We Are Water"; a local start-up competition for $10,000 in seed money; and Lansing Marathon organizer goes global.
It’s now been a year since Michigan’s controversial right-to-work measure was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder. The law, which formally took effect last March, made it illegal to require that employees join a union as a condition of employment.
Right-to-work triggered a stormy, sometimes violent, debate. Supporters called it an issue of worker freedom and a job creator. Opponents complained it was a flagrant attempt to undercut the power of unions and the working people who belong to them.
Barack Obama was just elected, those on the left were ecstatic, the right was growing in anger, everyone was concerned about the financial crisis, avatars and transformers were in the movie theaters, and everyone was listening to Beyonce.
Author Wally Lamb hasn’t forgotten that lost year and tries to capture the essence and feeling of the country during 2009 in his new book, “We Are Water.”
There’s been a lot of attention devoted to the start-up scene in the Lansing area over the last few years. New ideas and talent have been welcomed and nurtured at incubators like Lansing’s NEO Center and East Lansing’s Technology Innovation Center, or TIC. Early next year, The Runway, an incubator for fashion designers, opens in the old Knapps Department store building downtown.
Organizers of the Lansing Marathon are already preparing for the third installment of the race next May. Along with the marathon, there will be a 5K race, a 1.5K race for kids, and a half-marathon.
Additionally, marathon officials have announced the Lansing Marathon Race Series leading up to the marathon. Each race will incorporate a unique part of the Lansing area, starting with the Old Town New Year 5K on New Year’s Eve.
It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where Current State features people and organizations working to make the Greater Lansing community a better place. This week, we feature the East Lansing Rotary.
Earlier this year, members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Grand Ledge opened a century-old time capsule. A package, likely containing letters and photographs, was found inside the copper box and marked for the descendants of Rev. J.E. Foote, whom the church has yet to identify.
Earlier this year, as part of its centennial celebration, members of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Grand Ledge removed a time capsule that had been placed in the cornerstone all the way back in 1912.
Listening to Michigan’s elected officials, it might be easy to assume that the only transportation issue facing the state is road funding. Indeed, there is agreement that road funding is particularly important, but it’s just one of several priorities for Trans4M, or "Transportation for Michigan".
With the start of Michigan’s sometimes eternal-seeming winter, many of us may be taking refuge in seed catalogs or planning for next summer’s gardens. There's something else you might see in an increasing number of yards: hives of bees.
It’s safe to say most of us take for granted that when we turn on our faucets, clean water comes out. But where does our drinking water come from? How clean is it? And how much responsibility do we, as individuals, have to ensure that our water stays clean?
Say “impressionist art” and you’re likely to think of the Europeans like Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, and Cezanne. But a number of American artists fit in that category, too. In Jackson, the Ella Sharp Museum has opened an exhibition called “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony”. It’s on loan from the Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania.
Today on Current State: campaign finance and education reforms in Michigan; country music in Detroit; remembering the tragic Italian Hall fire; Chinese student business owners; and MSU football heads to the Rose Bowl.
With just a few days left in the 2013 legislative session, the Michigan House is working its way through a cluster of controversial proposals. One package of bills calls for significant education reforms, including a plan to hold back Michigan third graders who aren’t reading at that level. Another would impose a letter grading system on school districts statewide. Another addresses the regulation of so-called “issue ads.”
Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula is known for its rugged beauty, freezing weather, and copper. Copper mining is a way of life in the UP whose tradition goes back more than a century. And it was a century ago that one of the darkest episodes in the history of Copper Country played out in the small town of Calumet.
Imagine you were an 18-year-old American student, and you went off to study at a university in China that taught economics, biology and all the other subjects in Chinese. Then imagine on top of that navigating the legal and cultural differences to start your own business. For most of us, it would be a daunting challenge to say the least, and more likely too difficult to even attempt. At Michigan State University, some Chinese international students are up to the challenge.