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Radio Made in Michigan
7:14 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Current State #39 | March 7, 2013

Today on Current State: The iconic SS Badger's future; gender imbalance in medical research; summer road construction East Lansing; the Safe Patient Care Act; and a preview of the Wharton Center's remaining lineup.

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Radio Made in Michigan
7:07 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

EPA may end SS Badger's long run on coal

The SS Badger is one of the nation's last coal-fired passenger ships in operation.
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The iconic Michigan steamship, the SS Badger, may lose its permit to dump  spent coal into Lake Michigan.  The Ludington company that owns and operates the Badger, Lake Michigan Carferry, expects to hear soon from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about its request to continue the practice.  

Hugh McDiarmid, communications director  for the Michigan Environmental Council, discusses the impact of the SS Badger on the environment.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:58 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Lowered life expectancy for American women could have ripple effect in society

A long history of gender imbalance in medical research further complicates obtaining data specific to women's health.
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A recent study published in the journal Health Affairs this week shows a decline in life expectancy for American women.  Scientists still aren’t sure of the causes, and the need for more data is further complicated by the long history of gender imbalance in medical research.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:49 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Road construction will snarl East Lansing traffic through summer

Construction along Michigan and Grand River Avenues is expected to congest traffic until October.
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A major road construction project is getting underway in East Lansing.  The Michigan Department of Transportation says there will be improvements on Grand River Avenue from Coolidge Road to Park Lake Road, and on Michigan Avenue from the west city limits to Grand River.

There will be road resurfacing, sidewalk and ramp improvements, non-motorized pathways, and traffic signal upgrades. Todd Sneathen, the city of East Lansing’s Director of Public Works, discusses the upcoming road work. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:38 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Safe Patient Care Act would mandate minimum nurse-to-patient ratios

The Michigan Nurses Association says that nursing staff shortages in the state's hospitals lower the quality of care.
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Hundreds of nurses from across the state were in Lansing yesterday to lobby their state lawmakers.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:22 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Diverse lineup remains for Wharton Center's season

Anthony Bourdain appears in East Lansing on May 7.

The stretch run begins next week for the remainder of the concert season at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts.  WKAR’s Peter Whorf chats with Wharton Center executive director Mike Brand about the breadth and depth of performances coming to East Lansing in the next few months.  

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