Detroit

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A long-standing clinic on the east side of Detroit is reopening after being closed since its founder died in 2015. We learn more about MSU’s role in reviving the Popoff Clinic.

MSU club football a labor of love for coaches and players

Oct 5, 2016
MSU Club Football
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EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State club football team might be not be playing for scholarships and potential pro careers, but that doesn't mean the 11 coaches dedicate anything less than everything to the success, on and off the field, to its players.

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Amy Haimerl

Amy Haimerl and her husband wanted to move from Brooklyn to Detroit, so they bought an old house at a rock-bottom price. The fixer-upper has become the subject of her book “Detroit Hustle”. Current State's Scott Pohl went to see the house for himself and talk with the author.

Detroit River channel photo
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Detroit has a rich shipbuilding heritage. For our final stop at Detroit historical sites for this summer, we talk with Jack Dempsey at Milliken State Park along the Detroit River.


UD Mercy clock tower photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The University of Detroit Mercy campus is Scott Pohl’s next stop of historic Detroit sites with Jack Dempsey of the Michigan Historical Society. They visit a memorial to those who died serving their country during World War I.


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Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley discusses the future of the Detroit Public Schools, this year’s extraordinary presidential campaign and more.


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Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with Dr. Charles Hyde, former Wayne State University professor and author of the 2014 book, "Images from the Arsenal of Democracy."


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A section of Woodward Avenue in Detroit marks America's first mile of concrete road.

Alycia Meriweather photo
Courtesy photo / Detroit Public Schools

The Detroit Public Schools will get more than $600-million to begin paring down debt and to launch a new debt-free district. Current State talks with interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Soon, the Detroit Public Schools will consider hiring classroom teachers who haven’t earned teaching certificates. We hear from two critics of placing uncertified teachers in Detroit classrooms.


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A new Detroit Public School district will be taking off soon, with the help of hundreds of millions of newly approved state dollars. We talk with Michigan School Superintendent Brian Whiston about a meeting with other DPS and state officials to begin planning the new district.


Current Sports | 6/10/16 | #720

Jun 10, 2016
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RIP Gordie Howe.


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Courtesy photo / Sen. Goeff Hansen

When Michigan legislators return from a Spring break, they’ll continue discussions on a financial rescue of the beleaguered Detroit Public Schools. The state Senate and House have differing proposals. We talk with a key figure in the Senate measure, Republican Goeff Hansen, about what lies ahead.


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The Michigan Senate has passed a $720-million bailout for the troubled Detroit Public Schools. We talk with Skillman Foundation CEO Tonya Allen and MSU assistant professor Sarah Reckhow about what lies ahead for education in Detroit.


Eastern’s Edwards using basketball to teach life lessons

Mar 21, 2016
Seth Kinker

LANSING, Mich. – Julius Edwards has always loved the game of basketball. And he’s also always wanted to help put youth in the right direction. Little did he know that life would lead him down an unexpected path that combined both of these interests.

“When I first got into coaching I didn't get into coaching for the basketball part of it,” said Edwards. “Well, part basketball, but the main part of it was to help out young men and send them in the right direction. My main focus was on inner city youth.”

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