The eyes of the world are on Washington, D.C. today, as hundreds of thousands of people are expected in the nation’s capital to observe the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. In many ways, the 1963 rally was the high water mark of the civil rights era and the stuff of legend. Nearly a quarter of a million people jammed the National Mall to hear a rising Georgia preacher lay out his vision for a more just and equal world.
In August of 1963, Lee June was a young college student. He was working in New Jersey that summer, though he attended one of the nation’s most prestigious historically black colleges in the South. Rather than attend the march, June instead came back to school.
Each Wednesday we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week's Neighbors in Action segment features Gateway Community Services, which has offered a wide array of services for the tri-county area’s at-risk youth for more than 40 years.
Gateway street outreach program manager Jennifer Cousineau and executive director Mark Morton join us to talk about their programs.
Today on Current State: new proposal to evaluate Michigan teachers effectiveness; book about living with Muscular Dystrophy; Detroit's Water Renaissance series; Detroit's current environmental initiatives; and MSU student on "Americas Got Talent."
In two weeks, Michigan legislators will begin hearings on how to improve teacher evaluations in the state. They’ll consider a new plan submitted recently by the Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness. That's an independent body created by Governor Rick Snyder and the legislature two years ago after the passage of teacher tenure reform in Michigan.
Labor Day is next Monday, and with it, the annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Over the years, hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised for research, and to help people like Mo Gerhardt live life with Muscular Dystrophy to the fullest.
Gerhardt is the author of “Perspective From An Electric Chair.” The book chronicles his childhood, his diagnosis at the age of 8, and how he’s coped with the disease.
He talked about his life, and his book, with Current State’s Scott Pohl.
Water attracted the early settlers of Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery.
Join us over these next five weeks, as our regular Tuesday Knight segment will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with Detroit’s waterfront through our series "Detroit's Water Renaissance."
Our first story goes back to the days before industrialization, when the city of Detroit was a maze of fresh waterways.
Michigan native and MSU student, Steve Price, showed his unique abilities on this season of "America’s Got Talent." Steve builds Rube Goldberg machines, complicated contraptions that use dominos, tubes, ping pong balls and various materials to complete a simple task. The America’s Got Talent judges were impressed. Price’s invention took him all the way to the quarterfinals. Price explains why he decided to share his talent on national television.
Today on Current State: a film about keeping GM in Lansing; East Lansing developer converts a hotel into student housing; MSU's neighborhood campus system; a new study on the relationship between HIV-infected children and their caregivers; residents concerned over South Lansing river trail extension; and Batman comes to East Lansing.
If you lived in the Lansing area in the second half of the 90's, you probably remember billboards and bumper stickers shouting "Lansing Works" and "Keep GM." It was part of an aggressive campaign to persuade General Motors from cutting back, and possibly ceasing operations in Lansing. Up to 7,000 jobs in the city were at risk.
The fall semester here at Michigan State University begins on Wednesday. Hundreds of new and returning students are completing their moves into residence halls and transitional housing units. Not far from the campus, a new housing development is in the works.
A new study on the relationship between HIV-infected children and their caregivers is showing some remarkable benefits for both groups. MSU researcher Michael Boivin and colleagues recently published the findings in The Journal of Pediatrics.
Tonight, the Lansing City Council could move forward with a plan that would add five-miles to the city’s river trail.
The body will vote on a proposal to provide city funding for most of the “South Lansing Pathway.” That’s three sections of new biking and walking paths that would stretch from Cavanaugh Road to Waverly Road.
Federal dollars would pay for about 80 percent of the project’s construction costs. Tonight’s council action could green light the city’s share of funding.
Today on Current State: we discuss "The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych;" the good and bad of the Detroit Lions' draft choices; Tiger legend Hank Greenberg fought off pitches and anti-semitism; and Senior Vice President and General Manager at FOX Sports South, Jeff Genthner.
Today on Current State: The future of the U.S. nuclear arsenal; MSU women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant on life, leadership; Stephen Esquith, Dean of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities discusses the culturally rich West African country of Mali; and the growing problem of electronic waste.
Today on Current State: The auto industry ramps up hydrogen battery effort; a look at the book “Encyclopedia Paranoiaca;” MSU Coach Mark Dantonio discusses children and health; and artist Karl Gude on information graphics and the creative process.
Here's a review of the top stories on Current State from this past week:
At 20 percent, Michigan's recycling rate is 10 percent lower than the regional average. Kerrin O'Brien of the Michigan Recycling Coalition explains the reasons for Michigan's low rate and how a comprehensive statewide recycling plan can improve the current efforts. Click here for the full story. - August 13, 2013.
Today on Current State: a look at how the Affordable Care Act would impact small business owners; Michigan fans remember Elvis Presley; legendary broadcaster George Blaha and his career experience; the winning script of this year's 'One Book, One Community' program - 'The Yellow Bird;" Lansing's first rowing regatta and remembering WJR personality J.P. McCarthy.
Elvis Presley will be in Ionia this weekend, at least in spirit. The Michigan Elvis Presley Fan Club has arranged “a concert for the King” with several Elvis interpreters at the Ionia Theater on Sunday. Today is the 36th anniversary of Elvis' death. Yet many years on, he continues to attract devoted fans. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with Jennifer Thede, one of the fan club's co-founders.
The One Book, One Community program encourages MSU students and East Lansing residents to read the same book and then discuss it together. This year’s title goes to ‘The Yellow Birds,’ a novel by Kevin Powers. The book reflects Powers' experience as a veteran serving in the Iraq War.
Eighteen years ago this morning brought the sad news of the death of beloved Detroit radio personality J.P. McCarthy. McCarthy ruled the morning radio airwaves at WJR for 30 years. Current State contributor Russ White worked with McCarthy for the last five years of J.P.'s life and has this remembrance of the great voice of the Great Lakes.
Today on Current State: the Michigan Public Radio Network's Jake Neher checks in on issues at the state Capitol; a local attorney leads a petition drive to de-criminalize marijuana in Lansing; the inspiring story of an MSU graduate living with multiple sclerosis; a Public Poetry Announcement featuring the work of Paisley Rekdal and a tour of the World War II submarine U.S.S. Silversides on display in Muskegon.
Lansing voters soon may decide to change the city’s marijuana laws. Last week, organizers submitted what appears to be more than enough signatures to put a proposal on November’s ballot. It would decriminalize the possession of less than an ounce of pot for people who are at least 21 years old and on private property.
Other Michigan cities have already passed similar laws: Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Flint. And in addition to Lansing, voters in Jackson and Ferndale may also vote this fall on similar measures.
Back in the mid-1980s, when Kelly Finger-McNeela was in high school, she began having problems walking and playing basketball, her favorite sport. Soon, Kelly would receive the terrible news: she had primary-progressive multiple sclerosis. It's one of the worst forms of the diseases, characterized by progressively worsening symptoms without any relapse.