Current State #130 | July 19, 2013

Jul 19, 2013

Today on Current State: Detroit files for bankruptcy protection; Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta on Medicaid expansion and Common Core standards; MSU's study abroad program in Mali and the new book to honor Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark Fidrych.

Detroit files bankruptcy protection, then what?

Jul 19, 2013
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A much-feared -- but widely anticipated -- day arrived yesterday in Michigan’s largest city.  Officials filed a 16-page bankruptcy petition on behalf of the city of Detroit in U.S. Court, making the city the largest municipal bankruptcy in the U.S. history.

Gov. Rick Snyder authorized the filing yesterday after efforts by state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr failed to satisfy numerous creditors. According to reports, the city owes as many as 100,000 creditors and  accrued obligation is as much as $20 billion.

Some members of the Michigan legislature are having a busier summer than usual. While most legislators are on a summer break, party leaders and work groups continue debating major proposals not resolved by the June passage of the 2014 state budget.  Those include Common Core education standards, Medicaid expansion and others.   Michigan Public Radio state capitol bureau chief Rick Pluta talks with Current State's  Mark Bashore for an update on legislators' current progress on such issues. 

Study abroad programs bring MSU students to Mali

Jul 19, 2013
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The West African nation of Mali is well known for its spectacular art and musical traditions, as well as its famed historical city of Timbuktu.  Until March 2012, it was also known as the most stable democracy in  Africa. That image was shattered, however, when a military coup threw the country into chaos, leading to the displacement of nearly half a million people, a surge in Islamist rebel fighters in the north, and an influx of French troops and UN peacekeepers.

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Mark Fidrych is one of the biggest stars in baseball history. In 1976, the legendary Detroit Tigers pitcher took baseball and the sports world by storm. His 19 wins brought him Rookie of the Year honors and an All-Star game appearance.

A new book "The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych" by lifelong Tigers fan Doug Wilson remembers the Tiger great, who died in 2009.

WKAR's Al Martin recently spoke with Wilson about his memory of Fidrych's baseball career.