Current State #84 | May 9, 2013

May 9, 2013

Today on Current State: privatizing Michigan prisons; the Lansing Symphony Orchestra concludes its season; the L3 Academy faces possible closure; and Mighty Uke Day in Old Town Lansing.

Michigan spends $2 billion annually on its prison system. That’s slightly more than one-fifth of the state’s general fund, according to a 2012 House Fiscal Agency report.  In order to whittle down the size of the prison system’s financial burden, Michigan lawmakers have been looking at private companies to provide services.

LSO wraps up season with Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff

May 9, 2013
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Tonight, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra wraps up its season with a program featuring music from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto Number One. Current State's Melissa Benmark caught up with conductor Timothy Muffitt for a preview.

Lansing charter school faces possible closure

May 9, 2013

Administrators, staff and students of one of Lansing’s newest charter schools got some bad news yesterday.  The Learn, Live, Lead Academy, launched by local banking executive and former Lansing Community College President Paula Cunningham, was told its contract was being revoked.  “L3,” as it’s called,  is nearing the end of its first year of operations.

Mighty Uke Day returns to Old Town Lansing

May 9, 2013

It’s the third annual Mighty Uke Day this weekend, with many of the festivities taking place in Lansing’s Old Town. In the studio to play for us today is The Mighty Uke Day Trio, as they’re calling themselves. They are Chris Hamilton on the ukulele; Andy Wilson on the harmonica and pocket trumpet; and the Mighty Uke Day organizer, Ben Hassenger, is also on the ukulele. They spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore.