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Current State #63 | April 10, 2013

Apr 10, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan's first-ever Veterans Affairs Agency; Neighbors in Action features the Open Door Ministry in Lansing; and the first annual Spartan Sports Journalism Classic event.

Current State #63 | April 10, 2013

Apr 10, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan's first-ever Veterans Affairs Agency; Neighbors in Action features the Open Door Ministry in Lansing; and the first annual Spartan Sports Journalism Classic event.

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Data show that Michigan’s nearly 700,000 veterans are not connecting with important services that state and federal agencies offer involving employment, health and education.

  

To correct the situation, Governor Rick Snyder last month approved $3 million to launch Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. Current State's Mark Bashore speaks with its first director, U.S. Army veteran Jeff Barnes.

Neighbors in Action: Open Door Ministry

Apr 10, 2013
Courtesy of Open Door Ministry

For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment we feature the Open Door Ministry, a non-profit day drop-in center where homeless individuals can rest, eat and do laundry.

Dennis Ranville, co-director of Open Door Ministry, talks about the people his organization serves and poverty in downtown Lansing. And Ira Savage, a current volunteer and formerly homeless client at Open Door, joins the conversation.

First annual Spartan Sports Journalism Classic

Apr 10, 2013
courtesy / CAS at MSU

MSU’s College of Communication Arts & Sciences hosts its inaugural Spartan Sports Journalism Classic on Thursday.