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Current State #90 | May 17, 2013

May 17, 2013

Today on Current State: Rep. Andy Schor; the renowned Stradivarius violins; Michigan mental health courts; and a preview of summer constellations.

Rep. Andy Schor discusses budget and reforms

May 17, 2013
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Michigan’s fiscal year 2014 budget is due in six weeks. In the midst of the always intriguing process, Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, joins Current State. Schor has also been active in May launching and announcing support for measures involving voting reform, gun control and women’s health.

Today, he talks with Current State host Mark Bashore about the ongoing budget proposals, Medicaid expansion, the possible use of an unanticipated revenue increase, his voting reform bills, and more.

Michigan looks to expand mental health courts

May 17, 2013

Earlier this month, a group of House Republican lawmakers introduced a four-bill package that would create a permanent system of mental health treatment courts in Michigan.

Careen Loos

For centuries,  the Stradivarius Violins have been acknowledged as fine instruments, whose work is set as a standard by all violin makers.  The instrument was made by Antonio Stradivarius at Cremona, Italy, in 1690s.

Now with radiology technology, members from MSU Radiology department and Mid-Michigan MRI, Inc.,  are able to scan and look at the inside of the instrument without opening it.  Current State's Peter Whorf take us to see how art and science come together.

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Summer nights mean summer constellations, but if you slept through your astronomy class, it might be hard to figure out what exactly you are looking for.  Current State’s Emanuele Berry joined John French,  interim Director of the Abrams Planetarium for a tour of the summer sky.