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Radio Made in Michigan
3:09 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Current State #88 | May 15, 2013

Today on Current State:  Entrepreneurship's expanding in Michigan; life on Mars;  Neighbors in Action features the LCC Foundation; and author, and Lansing native, Edward McClelland discusses his new book.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:04 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Entrepreneurship efforts expanding in Michigan

Manufacturers in Michigan account for almost 16 percent of the total state output, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.
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Economic developers in Michigan suggest there may be a silver lining to the Great Recession and the state’s well-documented decline in manufacturing.  Some point to a greater awareness of entrepreneurialism and to more interest in small business start-ups around the state. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:59 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Scientists look to meteorites for clues about life on Mars

A meteorite discovered in January in the Sahara Desert contained ten times more water than any other Mars meteorites that have been found on Earth.
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In order to find out more about the potential for life on Mars, some scientists aren’t looking up, but down. A team of researchers are examining meteorites to help determine if conditions on Mars were ever able to sustain life.

MSU geological sciences professor Michael Velbel is part of the research team. He joins Current State from Washington D.C, where he is currently serving as a senior fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:54 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Lansing Community College Foundation

According to LCC, starting pay for graduates of its automotive technician program ranges from $30,000 to nearly $80,000 a year.
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This week, Neighbors In Action features the Lansing Community College Foundation, which offers more than 300 scholarships to students in need.

Dan McKean, LCC Foundation executive director, and George Garza, an LCC student and scholarship recipient, discuss LCC’s need-based scholarships and the merits of a community college education.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:46 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Author Edward McClelland discusses new book, Lansing roots

Edward McClelland's book explores the stories of what happens when once-booming Rust Belt cities, like Flint, shrink.
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Author Edward McClelland got his start as a writer working on the Lookout, the campus newspaper at Lansing Community College. His new book “Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland,” recounts the Midwest’s industrial growth and decline in the second half of the 20th century. He will be at Everybody Reads bookstore in Lansing on Saturday.

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