Current State #42 | March 12, 2013

Mar 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.

Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick convicted of 24 counts

Mar 12, 2013
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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.

Niowave pole barn dispute continues over tax exemption

Mar 12, 2013
Mark Bashore/WKAR

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. 

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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.  

Timebanks foster community building

Mar 12, 2013

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.