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Radio Made in Michigan
6:16 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Current State #50 | March 22, 2013

Today on Current State: contracts for Lansing teachers; a look at the new Financial Empowerment Center; East Lansing high school's theater fundraiser; Michigan's 20-20 plan and reform options; sports check-in; Lansing's historic Albert Kahn building.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:13 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Lansing teachers nearing contract with city

Guillermo Lopez, President of the Lansing School Board says physical education, art and music will remain despite the new contracts.
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  The Lansing School District has a new contract agreement with its 915-member teachers’ union.  The Lansing Board of Education approved the new pact by an 8-1 vote last night. Guillermo Lopez, president of the Lansing Board of Education, discusses the new five-year deal.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:04 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Lansing's Financial Empowerment Center one of five in nation

Lansing is one of only five other cities that include Denver, Nashville, Philadelphia and San Antonio, that received a $1.5 million grant to establish a Financial Empowerment Center.
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In January, the city of Lansing announced that the city had been awarded a $1.5 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant to establish a Financial Empowerment Center. Lansing’s center opened yesterday.

The center is modeled after one in New York City. It will offer free, one-on-one financial counseling to low-income residents over the next three years.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:58 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

East Lansing H.S. set to raise $1 million for theater endowment

The East Lansing Foundation has already raised $700 thousand toward their cause.
Credit East Lansing Foundation

 

East Lansing high school presents "And The World Goes Round" tomorrow night, with a fundraising event after at the East Lansing Marriott. The "Gala of Gratitude" is part of the East Lansing Foundation's effort to raise $1 million for students  to support their theater tradition in East Lansing schools.

Many East Lansing high theater, music and arts grads will be attending the event on Saturday.

One of those people is Dana Brazil.  Brazil is the Associate Director of the MSU Federal Credit Union's Institute for Arts and Creativity at the Wharton Center.  She's a professional actress, teacher and M.F.A. acting student at Michigan State University.


WKAR's Peter Whorf spoke with Dana Brazil about her days at East Lansing High School.

Radio Made in Michigan
4:59 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Sports with Joe Rexrode of Detroit Free Press

 Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. Today he discusses the NCAA tournament. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:47 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

A tour of Lansing's Albert Kahn building

  Architect Albert Kahn was famous for his Michigan buildings, among them Detroit’s Fisher Building and General Motors Headquarters, Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium and the many functional but distinctive factories and industrial facilities throughout Detroit and the U.S. Lansing is home to one Kahn building, the former Motor Wheel Factory.

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