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Radio Made in Michigan
4:23 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Current State #42 | March 12, 2013

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Today on Current State: former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's conviction; more on the Niowave pole barn; "STEMinists," a new exhibit at the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame; timebanks; and Holt and Mason leaders take the stage for a good cause.

Radio Made in Michigan
4:21 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick convicted of 24 counts

Kwame Kilpatrick's legacy of corruption as mayor of Detroit came to an end Monday morning.
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On Monday, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 of 30 charges, including racketeering and extortion.

MLive’s Gus Burns has been covering the trial and joins us from Detroit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:18 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Niowave pole barn dispute continues over tax exemption

Debate continues over the Niowave pole barn's presence in the Walnut Neighborhood.
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In the latest episode of the Niowave pole barn dispute, Monday night the Lansing city council held a public hearing regarding the company’s recent application for a tax break on its property on North Walnut Street.

Lansing city council member Brian Jeffries, chairman of the council’s Planning and Development committee, and Walnut Neighborhood activist Dale Schrader update the situation. Niowave did not respond to our interview request. 

Radio Made in Michigan
3:43 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Michigan Women's Hall of Fame features modern women in science and technology

Despite graduation rates exceeding that of American men, women in this country are still underrepresented in the science and technology fields.
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More than half of all college graduates are women, yet there's a shortage of women in many science and technology professions.  The trend inspired the new exhibit “STEMinists -- Michigan women in science, technology, engineering and math," which opens this week at the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame in Lansing.  The exhibit profiles women who have been successful in various STEM fields.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:32 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Timebanks foster community building

Timebanks have been cropping up in cities  across the country. Very loosely, participants trade work hours in an effort to build a better community. Of course, there’s much more to it than that, and Edge Brussel, coordinator of the new Lansing Timebank, as well as Stephanie Rearick, co-director of the thriving Dane County Timebank in Madison, Wisc., tell us what’s involved.

Radio Made in Michigan
3:28 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Holt vs. Mason: Community leaders face-off

Tonight at Holt High School, it’s round one of the first annual Holt and Mason Scholarship Challenge.  This is an amateur talent competition featuring music, dance, comedy, visual art, and poetry. It’s open to all ages and all kinds of creativity. To set the mood of friendly competition, Delhi Township Supervisor CJ Davis and Mason Mayor Leon Clark will showcase their singing and guitar-playing talents tonight. Davis and Clark join us to discuss the event.   

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