Current State #164 | September 23, 2013

Sep 23, 2013

Today on Current State: Republicans gather on Mackinac Island; fighting the stigma of STD's; preserving former slave dwellings; business health exchanges; and reviewing the MSU football loss at Notre Dame.

Michigan GOP sidesteps Tea Party showdown on Mackinac

Sep 23, 2013
Flickr - Robert Fred

Possible presidential candidates joined Gov. Rick Snyder and other top Republicans this weekend for the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.

Project aims to break the stigma surrounding STDs

Sep 23, 2013

Jenelle Marie says the subject of sexual health remains  shrouded in stigmatized myths.

Preservationist sleeps in former slave-dwellings

Sep 23, 2013
Courtesy preservation.org

In parts of the country, there are an unknown number of old dwellings that once were the homes of slaves. For Joe McGill, preserving these structures has become a mission.

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Many Michigan businesses have voiced concern and disapproval of the federal Affordable Care Act.  Twice before on Current State, we’ve explored the issue with one of the state’s key advocates for small business.

Rob Fowler is CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan, based in Lansing.  He returns with his thoughts on the health insurance exchanges that will soon to be unveiled. Fowler isn't sure that businesses will benefit from them.

Flickr - Samuel Mikalonis

Penalties against the MSU defense were a big factor in the 17-13 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday. The coaching staff is also facing questions about the decision to replace starting quarterback Connor Cook late in the game.