Water attracted early settlers to Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery.
So far we’ve looked at lucrative walleye fishing on the Detroit River, daylighting streams, rebuilding shorelines and the destruction of the Rouge River. Today we explore efforts to clean up the Rouge.
This week we start our segment Great Lakes Month in Review. We'll take time each month to recap environmental news from around the Great Lakes Basin with Chicago-based commentator and journalist Gary Wilson.
Family secrets are often the stuff of suspenseful movies and fictional page-turners. Detroit native Steve Luxenberg discovered his family had one of its own—the existence of an aunt who had been shut away in a mental institution.
Today on Current State: Republicans gather on Mackinac Island; fighting the stigma of STD's; preserving former slave dwellings; business health exchanges; and reviewing the MSU football loss at Notre Dame.
Many Michigan businesses have voiced concern and disapproval of the federal Affordable Care Act. Twice before on Current State, we’ve explored the issue with one of the state’s key advocates for small business.
Rob Fowler is CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan, based in Lansing. He returns with his thoughts on the health insurance exchanges that will soon to be unveiled. Fowler isn't sure that businesses will benefit from them.
Penalties against the MSU defense were a big factor in the 17-13 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday. The coaching staff is also facing questions about the decision to replace starting quarterback Connor Cook late in the game.
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Today on Current State: Michigan experiments with "social impact bonds;" a controlled deer harvest in Michigan Township; international artists compete in Grand Rapids' ArtPrize event; a very visible prank sparks a cancer research fundraiser and the blues duo Matchette and Frog join us in the studio.
Michigan has joined a small group of state and local governments in something of an experiment. The state is launching a program that will seek to attract private investors, whose money will address very public problems.
Organizers now say more than $33,000 has been raised for cancer research in a spur-of-the-moment campaign triggered by a very visible prank.
Few people in the East Lansing area and fewer still in social media don’t know about the enormous ‘GO BLUE,’ message, skywritten last Saturday over Spartan Stadium. And as many of those same people have learned, one MSU official responded quite creatively.
This weekend, the blues will flow like muddy water through the streets of Lansing's Old Town, as performers from around the U.S. will take the stage at Old Town's Bluesfest. One of the acts playing this weekend is Matchette and Frog.
Today on Current State: Update on fiscal conditions in Detroit and other U.S. cities; Lansing's historical Knapp's building renovation; MSU Theatre's production of "Widows"; Michigan native on her goal to make it to Mars; and Lansing Makers Network takes over city landmark.
Back in July when state officials filed for federal bankruptcy protection for Detroit, worries spiked about other fiscally troubled U.S. cities. Frank Shaforth is keeping an eye on several of those cities. Shafroth is a noted municipal finance expert coming to Detroit tomorrow to participate in the Michigan Municipal League’s annual meeting. Mr. Shafroth is a Professor of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
The massive renovation of the former J.W. Knapp department store continues in downtown Lansing. The historic 190,000 square foot building is being converted into a mix of retail and residential space. Architects and developers are being careful to keep some of the original charm of the 75-year-old landmark, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Current State’s Kevin Lavery spoke with Robb McKay, a historical architect with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office. They walked through the old Knapp’s building, which is slated to re-open for business in February.
Over 200,000 people from around the world have volunteered to leave their life on earth behind to become part of the first human colony on Mars. The project titled Mars One aims to settle humans on the red planet by 2023. Current State’s Emanuele Berry found out that the people who will man this mission are everyday people like Michigan native, Erica Meszaros.
The makerspace in Lansing, located in Old Town's Temple Building, is a community workshop where people can share tools and concepts, according to Brian Adams the board president of the Lansing Makers Network.
Over 100-years ago it was a church, its stairwell under the feet of countless young brides as they stood at the top and tossed their bouquets. Decades later, it was nightclub that laid claim to hosting some of the biggest national acts to come through Lansing. Then it was empty sitting unused. But not anymore.
There are some new tenants using Old Town’s Temple Building. Current State’s Becky McKendry took a trip to see just who’s been occupying the space.
Today on Current State: Update on shooting in Lansing; Move to Amend urges action against Citizens United decision; Organ transplant recipients and donor families connect; Ele's Place offers grieving families relief; and Manual Cinema modernizes shadow puppets.
Lansing Police continue their investigation into a shooting Tuesday afternoon that left at least three Sexton High School students injured. LPD says none of the injuries were life-threatening and at least two victims have been discharged from hospitals. Early Wednesday morning, WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski.
The second Donate Life Capitol Celebration is at the state Capitol today, with hundreds of donor families on hand to promote organ donation. They’ll be joined by transplant recipients and patients still waiting for a suitable donation.There are many examples of donor families bonding with those whose lives were saved by the resulting transplant. In 2003, 20-year-old Chase Coleman died in a car accident. At the same time, then-50-year-old Terry Gould was awaiting a heart transplant. He’s alive today because the Coleman family made the decision to donate Chase’s heart. Terry Gould and Chase Coleman’s brother, Lon Coleman discuss their relationship.
In January 2010, the Supreme Court released its 5-4 decision in Citizens United versus the Federal Election Commission. The opinion struck down a Federal Elections Commission rule prohibiting corporations from engaging in certain political activity, maintaining it violated free-speech rights.
On this weeks Neighbors in Action segment we feature Ele’s Place. The non-profit, which has branches in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Lansing, offers services to families and children who are grieving. Lori Bosch, managing director of Ele’s Place in Lansing, and Tanya Overweg, who has been a part of Ele’s Place, discuss the process of healing.
Today on Current State: Architect-futurist anticipates global demoralization; Detroit's Water Renaissance series on the Rouge River; filmmaking staying relevant in Michigan despite changes; and MSU Museum photos capture modern workers in new exhibits.
Andrés Duany is an architect and community planner whose firm—Duany Plater-Zyberk, headquartered in Miami—has completed designs for almost 300 new towns, regional plans and community revitalization projects.