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Radio Made in Michigan
2:36 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Current State #81 | May 6, 2013

Today on Current State: the expansion of Jackson National Life Insurance’s headquarter in Lansing; chef and author Anthony Bourdain coming to the Red Haven; Detroit Tiger’s Hank Greenberg; and Lansing’s business news with MLive’s Angela Wittrock.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:35 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Branding Lansing for insurance companies

David Hollister said that the quality of life, universities and state capitol are part of reasons that attract the insurers coming to Mid-Michigan.
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Last week, company officials from Jackson National Life Insurance, alongside Gov. Rick Snyder and mayor Virg Bernero, announced a proposed $100-million expansion of its headquarters near Lansing. The project has rekindled an interesting discussion on marketing Lansing as a hub of the insurance industry.  Four insurers-Auto Owners, Jackson National, the Accident Fund and Farm Bureau Insurance-already employ at least 5,500 people in Lansing, according to the Lansing Economic Area Partnership.  The expansion plan, if it proceeds, would add about another 1,000.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:32 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Red Haven to host Anthony Bourdain for VIP event

The Red Haven restaurant in Okemos will host a VIP event with Anthony Bourdain on Tuesday.
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Chef and author Anthony Bourdain has a new globetrotting TV show called “Parts Unknown” on CNN. On Tuesday, he brings his “Guts and Glory” speaking tour to MSU’s Wharton Center. After his talk, he’ll join 150 people for a VIP event at Red Haven, a new restaurant in Okemos.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:27 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Tiger legend Hank Greenberg fought off pitches and anti-semitism

Hank Greenberg debuted as a Detroit Tiger in 1933.
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In the spring of 1933, a young ballplayer from the Bronx named Hank Greenberg began his rookie campaign with the Detroit Tigers. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Tiger legend’s first season. Greenberg's storied career is celebrated not only for his excellence on the diamond but also for the adversity Hammerin' Hank overcame during one of the world's most turbulent periods.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:24 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

The proposed Market Place project will sit at the corner of Cedar and Shiawassee Streets
Credit Courtesy of City of Lansing

 MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins Current State every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. Today, she talks with Current State host Mark Bashore about the delayed Market Place project in downtown Lansing, a new food business in Old Town, and the future of convention business in Detroit. 

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