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Current State #127 | July 16, 2013

Jul 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.

Support growing for strengthening preschool education

Jul 16, 2013
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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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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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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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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.