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Mid-Michigan entrepreneur warns of "patent trolls"

Jul 15, 2015
Tom Stewart photo
Courtesy Tom Stewart / NEO Center

Lansing entrepreneur Tom Stewart says "patent trolls" undermine legitimate business, burdening them with costly legal fees.

Michigan is home to a diverse array of industries.  Long gone are the days when auto manufacturing was the sole driver of our state’s economy.  Our 21st century economy constantly demands new advances in technology and innovation.

19th century drawing
Flickr / Boston Public Library

In the 19th century, Women's Exchanges formed a national network that created economic alternatives for financially vulnerable women in a world that permitted limited employment options.

Women's Exchanges are one of the nation's oldest continuously operating voluntary movements.  Many are still in business after more than a century.

The Women's Exchange took root in Michigan in Detroit during the 1880's.

Current State #575 | July 14, 2015

Jul 14, 2015

Today on Current State: The state cuts ties with prison food vendor Aramark; Rep. Larry Inman's search for Amelia Earhart; some Lansing-area faith communities connect people with environmental stewardship; and the Civil War era First Michigan Colored Regiment.

The state is cutting ties with Aramark and starting fresh with a new company to provide food service to Michigan prisons. Current State talks with Michigan Public Radio Network Statehouse Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.

Larry Inman photo
Michigan House Republicans

Michigan State Representative Larry Inman recently returned from a trip to the South Pacific. looking for clues to the disappearance of famed pilot Amelia Earhart.