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Radio Made in Michigan
2:02 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Current State #127 | July 16, 2013

Today on Current State: a discussion of early childhood education in the state; the Michigan Agriculture and Food Index; a Michigan-based group helping to eliminate electronic waste; and celebrating the life of the late president Gerald R. Ford.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:00 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Support growing for strengthening preschool education

Governor Snyder says the investment should reduce by half the number of preschoolers from low-income families waiting to get into Michigan’s “Great Start Readiness Program.”
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Governor Rick Snyder recently excited bipartisan backers of stronger early childhood education with his approval of a new state budget.  The budget seeks to increase early childhood funding for next year by $65 million.

Tanya Wright, assistant professor of education at Michigan State University and Kelly Mix, an MSU early childhood learning specialist, discuss what's needed to educate young children in the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:58 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Michigan Agriculture & Food Index aims to gauge the industry’s health

The 34th annual Agriculture Expo is the three-day outdoor farm show starting today at Michigan State University.
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The MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is releasing the first-ever Michigan Agriculture & Food Index, or MAFI.  It's designed to gauge the business climate for agriculture and food business within the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:56 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

How should we deal with increasing electronic waste?

Old desktop computers can be donated at Green Earth Electronics Recycling events where they are refurbished and provided to those who could not have previously afforded the technology.
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As new consumer technology becomes more rapidly available, unwanted electronics are building up in America's landfills. Jim Grandholm, founder of Michigan-based Green Earth Electronics Recycling, discusses how these items become e-waste and how they can be safely disposed of or donated.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:53 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Remembering the life and work of President Gerald Ford

Pictured here with his wife Betty, President Gerald Ford was the longest living president in U.S. history, passing away at the age of 93.
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Last Sunday marked the centennial of the birth of President Gerald Ford.  The only president from Michigan, Ford was also the only person in U.S. history never to be elected president or even vice-president.  Current State's Melissa Benmark spoke with James Kratsas, Deputy Director of the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids about Ford’s life and legacy.

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