Take a look in your medicine cabinet or your shower and you’re likely to find microbeads. Those are the small plastic spheres used as exfoliants in products like face wash or toothpaste. The tiny beads have been big news since scientists found them showing up in the Great Lakes several years ago. Last week, Michigan became the latest state to introduce legislation that would ban products containing microbeads.
For more than three decades, Lansing area elementary public schools have broadened student’s worlds by teaming with adults from around the globe. The greater Lansing area has a huge international community, with more than 100 countries represented on the MSU campus alone. Many of those people want to improve their English skills, and for many different reasons.
Today on Current State: The recent FCC ruling on net neutrality; a preview of this week's Suren Bagratuni concert with Ralph Votapek; part two of our "Voices of Experience" conversation with former Cong. Joe Schwarz; and Detroit News sportswriter Lynn Henning on the Detroit Tigers in spring training.
Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission enacted historic new rules governing broadband technology. The FCC moved to reclassify internet service providers under Title Two of the Telecommunications Act, an 80-year-old law originally written to regulate telephone companies. Democrats hailed the decision as a victory for open access to the Internet, and a means to prevent so-called “fast lanes” for those who could afford to pay for quicker service. Some Republicans criticized the move as increased government control over the Internet.
This Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the MSU College of Music’s Cook Recital Hall, cellist Suren Bagratuni and pianist Ralph Votapek collaborate for a performance of four works. The duo will play sonatas by Benjamin Britten and Johannes Brahms, and variations by Beethoven and Martinu.
Last Thursday, Current State aired part of an interview with former Congressman Joe Schwarz of Battle Creek. Dr. Schwarz, who is a physician and head and neck surgeon, represented Michigan’s 7th district in 2005 and 2006. That discussion focused on his political and medical careers, and his service in southeast Asia, which included service as a surgeon during the Vietnam War and then as a CIA operative. Schwarz has never returned to that part of the world in the 40-plus years since those experiences.
For many people, the first sign of spring isn’t the return of the robin to Michigan. It’s when pitchers and catchers report for spring training. That happened last week, so baseball fans in Michigan are watching the news out of Lakeland, Florida, where the Detroit Tigers have begun prepping for the 2015 season.
At the end of the month, Current State takes one last look back at the top news stories in Michigan politics and government. This time around, we revisit a proposed, new state budget, new leadership for Michigan’s Republican Party, and the discussion over May’s sales tax proposal.
Michigan’s expanding brewing culture will be well-represented today and tomorrow in Grand Rapids. The 10th Annual Winter Beer Festival will feature more than 100 Michigan breweries with over 1000 different craft beers available to sample.
You’ve probably seen the picture come across your Facebook or other social media at some point this winter. A sign that reads “Hell” with icicles hanging off the bottom. Don’t worry, it’s not a sign of the end times, it’s just pointing you in the direction of Hell, Michigan, a small community northwest of Ann Arbor. While Hell might be frozen over, it’s a hot commodity on the real estate market, and for the price of $999,666, you could own a piece of it. But, you’ll have to beat Anthony DVS to do it.
Our Live Music Friday guests today on Current State are the Zodiac Trio: Kliment Krylovskiy on clarinet, Vanessa Mollard on violin, and Riko Higuma on piano. The group is in Lansing to record at the Blue Griffin Recording Studio, and they’ve been playing for us throughout the show today.
Today on Current State: Voices of Experience with former Cong. Joe Schwarz; a possible passenger rail service from Ann Arbor to Traverse City; farmers discuss road funding and other issues; and collegiate hookup culture.
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 that result from those experiences. Getting better acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s occasional series, “Voices of Experience.”
Earlier this month, the Michigan Land Use Institute floated the idea of a new passenger train service from Ann Arbor to Traverse City. It’s a complicated process, but it appears that one of the biggest components is getting people excited about it.
It’s still too cold for spring planting, but the legislative issues Michigan farmers care most about are heating up again. Yesterday, dozens of crop producers from across the state met in Lansing for the annual Lansing Legislative Seminar, sponsored by the Michigan Farm Bureau. Farmers met in conference sessions to talk about a number of current issues, and many had a chance to speak one on one with their local lawmakers.
It shouldn’t be shocking to hear that college students are sexually active. What might come as a surprise is the attitude many of today’s students are bringing to their sexual lives. What’s changed is that what people tend to think of the preferred order of things, getting to know someone well and for a long time before sex, maybe even marriage before sex, seems to be shifting. For some now, the sex comes first, and on a casual basis.
Today on Current State: Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann on the Red Cedar Golf Course development; Neighbors in Action: Arts Council of Greater Lansing; a Rwandan genocide survivor visits Fowler; and growing orchids.
Developers are about to become the owners of 30 acres of city land straddling Lansing and East Lansing. Monday evening, the Lansing City Council approved the sale of the former Red Cedar Golf Course property to Ferguson/Continental Lansing LLC. Developer Joel Ferguson and his partner Frank Kass want to build a $276-million complex at the site that could include a ten-story hotel, restaurant and housing. Part of the site would remain green space.
Wednesday on Current State means Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn more about one of the cultural organizations of the Capital city, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.The Council celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Nearly 21 years ago, an airplane carrying Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down, killing all on board. The crash ignited a four-year-old Rwandan civil war into what would become the Rwandan Genocide, a mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority.
The Greater Lansing Orchid Society’s annual show and sale is coming up this weekend. Current State’s Scott Pohl met up with a leading local orchid grower to learn more about these beautiful flowering plants. Bill Porter would say that successfully growing orchids isn't terribly hard as long as you treat them right.
Today on Current State: a U-M survey asks local officials about road funding; a tour of "The Runway" in downtown Lansing; our Great Lakes Month in Review and the novel "Station Eleven" is a Great Michigan Read winner.
One in four local government officials around Michigan say the roads and bridges in their jurisdictions are in poor condition. But there appears to be little agreement among those same officials on how to generate the billions of dollars needed to repair that infrastructure.
Those are among the findings in a new survey out of the University of Michigan.
Michigan State University students Katie Raynard and Anami Chan will receive an award honoring their work to demonstrate diversity through artistic expression. The two MSU seniors are studying apparel and textile design.
Raynard is an associate designer at The Runway, the new fashion industry incubator in downtown Lansing that’s only been up and running for about four months now.
Current State’s Kevin Lavery recently toured the building, which is in a historic venue.
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 hear about progress on pet coke in Chicago, what’s next for fracking in Michigan, and how budget cuts could impact the fight against Asian carp in the basin.
Today on Current State: MSU Assistant Dean Vincent Delgado takes on a new role as Lansing city councilor; the life of pioneering African American scholar Merze Tate; the Michigan GOP's new chairwoman; a new University of Michigan report looks at options for regulating fracking; and Detroit Free Press reporter Joe Rexrode checks in about this weekend's Spartan victory in men's basketball.
The Lansing City Council will officially be back at full strength tonight, when it swears in its newest member. Vincent Delgado was appointed to the council Thursday night in a 6 to 1 vote. He’ll finish the current term vacated by Derrick Quinney, who stepped down after becoming the new Ingham County Register of Deeds.