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Current State #163 | September 20, 2013

Sep 20, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan experiments with "social impact bonds;" a controlled deer harvest in Michigan Township; international artists compete in Grand Rapids' ArtPrize event; a very visible prank sparks a cancer research fundraiser and the blues duo Matchette and Frog join us in the studio.

Michigan tackles public ills with private funding

Sep 20, 2013
WKAR File Photo

Michigan has joined a small group of state and local governments in something of an experiment.  The state is launching a program that will seek to attract private investors, whose money will address very public problems.  

 

Controlled hunting thins deer herd in Meridian

Sep 20, 2013
Courtesy Mary K. Baird

Early antlerless deer season begins this weekend in Michigan.  Statewide, bow hunting is still almost two weeks away, and firearms hunting is permitted starting in mid-November.

 

WKAR File Photo

ArtPrize has become a major event in Grand Rapids, with thousands of visitors from all over the world. The huge pot of prize money available has a lot to do with why so many artists enter their works.

 

Now underway, the two-week run of ArtPrize will end October 4 with an awards ceremony.

 

'Go Blue' jab sparks MSU fundraiser

Sep 20, 2013
WKAR File Photo

Organizers now say more than $33,000 has been raised for cancer research in a spur-of-the-moment campaign triggered by a very visible prank.

 

Few people in the East Lansing area and fewer still in social media don’t know about the enormous ‘GO BLUE,’ message, skywritten last Saturday over Spartan Stadium.  And as many of those same people have learned, one MSU official responded quite creatively.

 

Joe Linstroth / WKAR

This weekend, the blues will flow like muddy water through the streets of Lansing's Old Town, as performers from around the U.S. will take the stage at Old Town's Bluesfest.  One of the acts playing this weekend is Matchette and Frog.