Detroit

New book discusses Detroit race relations

May 23, 2013
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The last few years have brought significant changes to the city of Detroit. A financial emergency was declared, and despite opposition from residents and the city council, a financial manager was appointed. And just this month, Mayor Dave Bing announced he would step down from office at the end of his term—and a crowded field of new candidates announced their intentions.

Current State #62 | April 9, 2013

Apr 9, 2013

Today on Current State: MSU plant biologist's expertise plays major role in criminal investigation;  lead poisoning down in  Detroit, but so is funding for lead cleanup; and iPad periodical developed by MSU journalism students. 

Lead poisoning in children down in Detroit

Apr 9, 2013
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A story from Environmental Health News reports that lead poisoning in children in Detroit has decreased 70 percent since 2004. However, the number of children with exposure to excessive lead levels in Detroit still exceeds the national average, and funding for cleanup is dwindling.

Brian Bienkowski is a senior editor and staff writer at Environmental Health News. He discusses the decrease of lead poisoning and the motor city's environmental future.

  Tomorrow morning, the spring equinox occurs just after 7 a.m Eastern Time.

Diverse cultures throughout history have marked the passing of the seasons with music and artistic expression.

Thursday afternoon in Detroit, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to name Kevyn Orr, a Washington D.C.-based bankruptcy attorney, as  Detroit's incoming financial manager. The Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta explains the importance of this historic announcement.

Current State #42 | March 12, 2013

Mar 12, 2013
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Today on Current State: former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's conviction; more on the Niowave pole barn; "STEMinists," a new exhibit at the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame; timebanks; and Holt and Mason leaders take the stage for a good cause.

Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick convicted of 24 counts

Mar 12, 2013
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On Monday, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 of 30 charges, including racketeering and extortion.

MLive’s Gus Burns has been covering the trial and joins us from Detroit.

Current State #35 | March 1, 2013

Mar 1, 2013

On today's Current State: Detroit's financial future, a local practitioner of the ancient Japanese art form called mokuhanga, sports with the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode, the MSU football program's  legacy of racial integration, Friday fish fries and a preview of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's next performance.

Governor Snyder set to lay out plan for Detroit

Mar 1, 2013

Last week a state appointed financial review team concluded that the city of Detroit is in a financial emergency. Since then, Governor Snyder has been considering whether he should appoint an emergency financial manager to fix the city. He is expected to announce his decision today. Eric Scorsone, an MSU economist who specializes in municipal finance, discusses the future of Detroit’s finances.

Public Poetry Announcement: Jamaal May

Feb 22, 2013
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Jamaal May is a world class spoken-word artist and poet from Detroit. He has a guest performance at this weekend’s Poetry Out Loud Michigan high school state championships, which are being held in East Lansing.  Mr. May discusses his career, shares some poetry and tells us about the competition. 

Current State's Public Poetry Announcements are brought to you by the Center for Poetry at MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.

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The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show wraps up this Sunday at Cobo Center.  Dozens of dealers are on-hand with the latest and greatest for cruising the Great Lakes.

WKAR’s Peter Whorf spent some time at the expo earlier this week and brings us his last in a series of reports from Cobo. This time, Peter speaks with Bill Rose of Rose Marine Service about a boat that’s close to home.

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The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show continues at Cobo Center through this weekend.

WKAR’sPeter Whorf continues our series from the expo with a first look at a Michigan-made product.  Gibbs Sports and Amphibians’ Graham Jenkins describes the new Quadski, a specialized craft that travels on land and water.

 

A report released Tuesday afternoon by the Detroit emergency review team all but clears the way for Governor Snyder to appoint an emergency manager to take over the city’s finances. This scenario is nothing new to Flint, where, in late 2011, Governor Snyder appointed Michael Brown as emergency manager.  

We speak with Brown, as well as Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, about what the experience is like and what Detroit officials can learn from it.

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A financial review team has found Detroit faces a cash crisis of epic proportions – and city officials do not have a workable plan to deal with it.

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State officials and many in southeast Michigan have been keeping a very close eye on financial reports coming out of Detroit.  Sunday's Detroit Free Press reported that an emergency financial report completed late Friday suggests an emergency manager is inevitable.  The report found the city’s deficit continues to grow even after some degree of state oversight for more than 10 months.  

Free Press reporter and columnist Nancy Kaffer joins us to explain one of the biggest, ongoing stories in Michigan.

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