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Current State #143 | August 15, 2013

Aug 15, 2013

Today on Current State: the Michigan Public Radio Network's Jake Neher checks in on issues at the state Capitol; a local attorney leads a petition drive to de-criminalize marijuana in Lansing; the inspiring story of an MSU graduate living with multiple sclerosis; a Public Poetry Announcement featuring the work of Paisley Rekdal and a tour of the World War II submarine U.S.S. Silversides on display in Muskegon.

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Lansing voters soon may decide to change the city’s marijuana laws.  Last week, organizers submitted what appears to be more than enough signatures to put a proposal on November’s ballot.  It would decriminalize the possession of less than an ounce of pot for people who are at least 21 years old and on private property.

Other Michigan cities have already passed similar laws: Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Flint.  And in addition to Lansing, voters in Jackson and Ferndale may also vote this fall on similar measures.   

Diagnosed with MS at 15, MSU grad lives inspiring life

Aug 15, 2013
WKAR/Joe Linstroth

Back in the mid-1980s, when Kelly Finger-McNeela was in high school, she began having problems walking and playing basketball, her favorite sport. Soon, Kelly would receive the terrible news:  she had primary-progressive multiple sclerosis.  It's one of the worst forms of the diseases, characterized by progressively worsening symptoms without any relapse.

Public Poetry Announcement: Paisley Rekdal

Aug 15, 2013
Flickr/James P. Mann

Paisley Rekdal's "Happiness" is the featured Public Poetry Announcement read by Current State contributor Stephanie Glazier. 

Peter Whorf / WKAR

Today marks 68 years since the official Japanese surrender to the U.S. and the ending of World War II.

The submarine U.S.S. Silversides played an important role in the epic struggle in the Pacific.  From 1941 to 1945, the Silversides inflicted heavy losses on Japanese shipping.  The sub sank the third most tonnage of any submarine in the U.S. Navy.

The U.S.S. Silversides Submarine Museum  - and the sub itself – are now located in Muskegon, Michigan.

WKAR’s Peter Whorf joined Silversides docent Garry McKeen for a tour of the boat.