Current State #51 | March 25, 2013

Mar 25, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing teachers’ union on new contract; the discovery of century-old  handwritten messages in the former Traverse City State Hospital; sports with Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode;  a look a  documentary on wise older women; the Motown Museum; and Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.

Lansing teachers' union on new contract

Mar 25, 2013
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Last Thursday, the Lansing School District and the city teachers’ union reached a new five-year contract agreement.  The deal cuts 87 full-time equivalent positions in art, music and physical education classes.  On Friday we spoke with school board president Guillermo Lopez.  He assured us that those particular curricula would continue in Lansing schools, but that the method of providing that instruction is going to be restructured.  After Mr. Lopez’s interview aired, Current State’s Kevin Lavery caught up with Patti Seidl, the president of the Lansing Schools Education Association, to hear the union’s perspective on the deal.  

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Recently, workers at the site of the former Traverse City State Hospital made a series of curious discoveries.  After pulling down old plaster from the walls of a former women’s dormitory, they found dozens of handwritten messages beneath.  A few were over a century old.  Ian Jones, director of Marketing and Communications for Traverse City’s Munson Medical Center,  talks about these mysterious findings.

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 Spartan's performance in the NCAA tournament. 

Many people fear and fight aging. If your turn to almost any channel on TV, you’ll find older women attempting to cloak themselves in youth.  Age is a deficit.

A look at the history of Motown

Mar 25, 2013
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Soon a little piece of Detroit’s history will join the marquees on Broadway. "Motown the Musical" will debut in New York in April. If you can’t make it to Broadway, you can find the story of Motown on display at the Motown Museum. WKAR’s Scott Pohl toured the museum with president and CEO of the Motown Museum, Allen Rawls. 

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

Mar 25, 2013

MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development.