Current State’s Month in Review takes a look back at June’s top stories with Gongwer News’ John Lindstrom and MIRS News’ Kyle Melinn. Topics include more Flint charges and rebuttals and the Detroit Public School’s financial package.
The Michigan House, and now the Senate, have passed various proposals to reform and modernize the state’s criminal justice system. We talk with the effort’s leader in the Senate, Republican John Proos.
Michigan has launched civil suits seeking millions of dollars from two engineering companies it says made the Flint water crisis worse. Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News joins Current State host Mark Bashore to talk with Michigan Special Assistant Attorney General Noah Hall about the charges.
The state of Michigan has dealt a setback to a group trying to put recreational marijuana on the November ballot. The Bureau of Elections has ruled that some of the more than 354,000 signatures the group has collected don't count. Campaign organizers are considering a lawsuit against the state. We hear from MI Legalize chairman and Lansing attorney Jeff Hank.
The Listening Ear Crisis Center in East Lansing recently fired several counselors when it was discovered that they are registered sex offenders. Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. is drafting a bill to prohibit registered sex offenders from working as counselors. We talk with Sen. Hertel about the legislation.
Repairing the Detroit Public Schools, connected vehicle technology and homeland defense are just some of the topics being talked about this week on Mackinac Island at the annual gathering hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber. The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta is there and we talk with him about the conference.
Our series of conversations with candidates for Ingham County Prosecutor continues with Democrat Patrick O’Keefe. He’s a Democrat who has been endorsed by former Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley.
Former Democratic state legislator Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing will become Ingham County’s interim prosecutor in July. We ask what it’ll take to restore integrity to the office, about any other future plans and get her thoughts on the Democratic Presidential Primary campaign.
Michigan Republicans include quite a few critics of presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump. We talk with former GOP state chairman Saul Anuzis and Gov. John Kasich’s Michigan campaign director Jeff Timmer about that criticism.