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Current State #55 | March 29, 2013

Mar 29, 2013

Today on Current State: local journalists review the top news stories from March; the effects of common insecticides on songbird populations; March Madness check-in with Joe Rexrode; and Lansing grassroots leaders on issues their neighborhoods face.

Local journalists review the top news stories in March

Mar 29, 2013
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From the appointment of Detroit’s emergency manager to the ongoing fallout from Right to Work, March was a dramatic month in Michigan.  And in Lansing, officials finally unveiled a controversial plan to address the city’s long-term structural budget shortfalls.  

 

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The American Bird Conservancy released a report last week calling for a ban on widely-used insecticides suspected of damage to bird and aquatic populations.

 

WKAR’s Peter Whorf speaks with MSU assistant professor of zoology Dr. Pamela Rasmussen about the class of insecticides containing neonicotinoids.

Sports check-in with FREEP's Joe Rexrode

Mar 29, 2013
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The Detroit Free Press’ Joe Rexrode breaks down Friday night’s ‘Sweet 16’ contest between Michigan State and Duke.

Around the city of Lansing, grassroots volunteers are the lifeblood of neighborhood organizations trying to improve the quality of life.