Yesterday, Attorney General Bill Schuette unveiled a 64-page report to address the issue of human trafficking in Michigan. The Michigan Human Trafficking Commission is a bipartisan group including legislators, law enforcement officials, educators and other stakeholders assembled to addressed the issue of modern day slavery.
Today on Current State: Lansing's 'Marketplace Project'; HIV in Ingham County; what deregulation could mean for Michigan; environmental changes effect on Isle Royale; and a review of "The Ocean at the End of the Lane".
Earlier this week we spoke with Michigan Public Service Commission Chair John Quakenbush about draft reports published to guide Michigan’s energy future. One of many of the issues addressed in the report was electric choice and the deregulation of utilities.
After weeks of pointed criticism, the Snyder administration announced on Monday that it would shut down its so-called NERD fund. The “New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify" Fund was not legally obligated to disclose its donors.
In 2008, the state legislature passed Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. The law requires that by the year 2015, utilities must generate at least 10 percent of their energy from renewable sources. As 2015 approaches, state officials are working to determine the next steps for Michigan’s energy policy.
Today on Current State: MSU faculty on classroom transparency after Penn affair; interactive online game to learn Chinese; and concerns about the possible storage of Canadian nuclear waste near the Great Lakes.
An event this weekend in Detroit bills itself as “a three-day hackfest aimed at building great apps for the State of Michigan.” The term “hackfest” may conjure up some negative connotations. It’s real name –“Code Michigan” -- is a chance for techno geeks to unite for a noble cause.
School districts across the state of Michigan are doing their arithmetic this week. Yesterday was the bi-annual “Count Day”. Districts count the number of students attending school each February and October in order to determine their share of per-pupil state funding.
In 1933, America was in the grip of the Great Depression. Facing the specter of economic ruin, President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted a number of federal recovery programs, which came to be known as “Alphabet Soup.” One of those was the CCC or the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Getting better acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s new series, Voices of Experience. Last week, we launched the feature with the first of a two-part interview with former Michigan Attorney General,” Frank J. Kelley.
Very few of the books published every year come out in a version that is accessible to the millions of people who are visually impaired. Earlier this year, a treaty to address the problem was finalized. It's called "The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.”
What sorts of books and services are available to Michigan’s blind and visually impaired residents?
Today on Current State: Cristo Rey Community Center's new Executive Director; Public Poetry Announcement; MSU Symphony opens new season; Voices of Experience series with 'Eternal General' Frank Kelley; and Banned Books Week.
On this day 183 years ago, thousands of people gathered to watch the second and the last execution in Michigan. Stephen Simmons was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife. From this case eventually came the end of capital punishment in the State.
Michigan has joined a small group of state and local governments in something of an experiment. The state is launching a program that will seek to attract private investors, whose money will address very public problems.
Over 200,000 people from around the world have volunteered to leave their life on earth behind to become part of the first human colony on Mars. The project titled Mars One aims to settle humans on the red planet by 2023. Current State’s Emanuele Berry found out that the people who will man this mission are everyday people like Michigan native, Erica Meszaros.
Today on Current State: Architect-futurist anticipates global demoralization; Detroit's Water Renaissance series on the Rouge River; filmmaking staying relevant in Michigan despite changes; and MSU Museum photos capture modern workers in new exhibits.
Andrés Duany is an architect and community planner whose firm—Duany Plater-Zyberk, headquartered in Miami—has completed designs for almost 300 new towns, regional plans and community revitalization projects.