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Current State #153 | September 6, 2013

Sep 6, 2013

Today on Current State: China expert Tom Watkins on Gov. Rick Snyder's investment trip to Asia; Edgewood Village opens a new "network center;" author Gordon Young on his book "Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City;" a Dearborn Heights fast food restaurant bucks the minimum wage trend and a preview of the fall film season.

Historic housing complex adds new 'network center'

Sep 6, 2013
Courtesy Greater Lansing Housing Coalition

One of the Lansing area’s most historic and vital housing communities continues to evolve and grow, more than 40 years after it was conceived.

East Lansing’s Edgewood Village is the site of 135 apartments and townhouses for low and moderate-income residents, the physically impaired and the elderly.  It includes common areas, a computer lab---amenities and other services not often associated with low-income, publicly funded housing.

WKAR File Photo

Back in June, we heard from author Gordon Young. His book about Flint, called “Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City,” had just been published. Gordon Young is back in East Lansing today to do a Brown Bag presentation for Our Daily Work, Our Daily Lives,  a multi-faceted project run by the Michigan Traditional Arts program at the MSU Museum, and by MSU’s School of Labor and Industrial Relations.

'Moo Cluck Moo' bucks wage trend at $12 per hour

Sep 6, 2013
WKAR File Photo

Last week, thousands of fast food restaurant employees across the country walked out of their kitchens and into the streets to demand a living wage. They were demanding their companies pay them $15 per hour...well above the national average.  There were protests in several Michigan cities, including Detroit, Flint and Lansing.

Fall films are a mix of flair and fizzle

Sep 6, 2013
Flickr/Joe & Jeanette Archie

From tales of slavery to adventures in outer space, this year’s crop of fall films runs the gamut.  Current State’s Emanuele Berry chats with MLive.com entertainment reporter and film critic John Serba about the upcoming film season.  They started with a film neither is excited to see: a dance flick entitled “Battle of the Year.”