Current State #96 | May 29, 2013

May 29, 2013

Today on Current State: Sen. Debbie Stabenow discusses the Farm Bill; the 250th anniversary of the battle of Fort Michilimackinac; Neighbors in Action; and a MSU student and former American Idol stars in local production and gets taste of American Idol.

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A new five-year Farm Bill is making its way to a vote in the U.S. Senate.  This is the second time in a year that the legislation has cleared the Senate.  Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, says the House has promised to take up the bill in mid-June.  

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Memorial Day signals the start of the summer tourist season in Michigan, and the Straits of Mackinac is a traditional favorite for thousands of people. One of the area’s top attractions is Fort Michilimackinac, built by French fur traders in the early 1700's, and later turned into a British military outpost.

Neighbors in Action: Charter House

May 29, 2013
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Each Wednesday, Current State presents “Neighbors in Action,” which features people and organizations working to make our community a better place.  This week we feature Charter House, a daytime clubhouse  for adults with mental illnesses in the Lansing area.

Clubhouse director Stephanie Tighe and Charter House member Nicole Wright join Current State to discuss the impact that a safe, social environment can have on an individual with a mental illness.

Courtesy/Riverwalk Theatre

Adam Woolsey grew up in Jackson with musical theater on his mind. A performance at the “American Idol Experience” at Disney World in Orlando led to Woolsey auditioning for the TV show in 2011 – and gaining some national exposure.

Current State’s Scott Pohl talked with the MSU senior about his newest endeavor -  starring in the upcoming production of “My Favorite Year” at Lansing's Riverwalk Theatre.