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Current State #169 | October 1, 2013

Oct 1, 2013

Today on Current State: health care exchanges open for business; climate change and water adaptation; Michigan food hubs; and the troubled life of Motown's first star, Mary Wells.

New health care exchanges open for business

Oct 1, 2013
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Today is the day that the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, takes effect. There has been an enormous amount of back and forth and controversy over the plan.

Don Hazaert, executive director of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, a non-governmental agency whose aim is to inform consumers about their options under the new law, helps us make sense of it all.

Water security relies on adapting to climate change

Oct 1, 2013
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According to a new report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development,  40 percent of the world’s population will live under severe water stress by 2050.

 

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The locavore movement has taken off in the last five years at least. This notion that consuming food that is raised and grown close to where we live was even given a memorable send-up in the hit IFC comedy "Portlandia." 

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In the early 1960’s, Mary Wells was the "Queen of Motown." But her life was not always so glamorous. She grew up in Detroit,  in the Black Bottom and Cass Corridor neighborhoods, yet she was determined to find a way into the music industry.