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Radio Made in Michigan
11:44 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Michigan tribe's SCOTUS case could have far-reaching effects

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a Michigan case whose outcome could influence state-tribal relationships across the country.
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The U.S. Supreme Court  will hear oral arguments today in a Michigan case with potential repercussions for other states as well.   It involves Indian tribal rights and casino operations.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:54 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Month in Review: November's biggest news stories

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Tomorrow's holiday and the long weekend means the end of the month has arrived artificially early. To review November's top Michigan news stories, Current State's “Month in Review” welcomes back Tim Skubick, host of WKAR-TV'S Off The Record.  Also re-joining us on Thanksgiving Eve is Kyle Melinn, Editor and Co-Owner of MIRS News in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Current State #209 | November 26, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan Court of Claims update with judge Michael J. Talbot; Great Lakes Month in Review; and Voices of Experience with MSU's George Perles.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:53 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

New Court of Claims Chief outlines transition

The move has led to a host of procedural questions, along with fears of so-called 'judge shopping' by state officials who are defendants in the cases because Michigan Court of Appeals judges will now be presiding over Court of Claims cases.
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Two weeks after becoming law, a move to revamp Michigan's Court of Claims is still generating questions and discussion.

The reform moves legal actions against Michigan out of the Ingham County Circuit Court. To help us understand some of these issues, we speak with the new Chief Judge of the revamped Michigan Court of Claims, the Honorable Michael Talbot.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Current State #206 | November 21, 2013

Today on Current State: a Michigan health care non-profit on Obamacare; a new MSU study on diversity and segregation; indie film producer Christine Vachon; and "nose-to-tail" eating.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:42 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Michigan Healthcare org updates ACA rollout

Marianne Udow-Phillips says she wants to help policy makers make decisions based on facts while serving the public by explaining current Healthcare laws.
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Amid the chaotic rollout of the Affordable Care Act, an Ann Arbor organization is doing its best to explain what’s going on and what health care customers can do about it.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:09 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Michigan nose-to-tail chef (colon) It’s all good

Brian Polcyn specializes in charcuterie, which is the art of preserving food before refrigeration.
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As we head into the second week of firearms deer season in Michigan, Current State’s Melissa Benmark has been thinking about two groups of people, high-end chefs and hunters, that might not seem to have a lot in common, but do share a common respect for the animals they use for food.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Current State #202 | November 14, 2013

Today on Current State: the "Pure Michigan Waste" campaign; a review of Dave Eggers' "The Circle"; an American Indian Tribe and the wolf hunt in Michigan; a one-woman play on bullying; and live Turkish music.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

‘Pure Michigan Waste’ campaign aims to streamline government work force

Two years after it first suggested reforms to streamline and improve front line services to Michigan citizens, the Coalition of State Employee Unions says the state has failed to improve its human capital strategy.
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Michigan government services are inefficient and expensive because important reforms are not taking place.That’s the conclusion of a new report from a coalition of state employee labor unions entitled “Pure Michigan Waste.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

On hunt’s eve Saginaw Chippewa’s to hold vigil for wolf

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe is holding a candlelight vigil and sacred fire to honor the wolf.
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Tomorrow marks the opening day of Michigan’s first wolf hunt in nearly 40 years. The state has issued 1,200 hunting licenses to kill 43 wolves, all in the Upper Peninsula.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:57 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Current State #197 | November 7, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan human trafficking report released; destruction from MSU football tailgating; an 'Interrupting Racism' workshop; and Asian-American stereotypes in the media.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:55 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

MI commission report urges action on human trafficking

The Michigan Human Trafficking Commission prepared a report for Attorney General Bill Schuette.
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:13 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Michigan played early part in women’s suffrage

Emily Fijol of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame says Michigan has a rich history of working for women's suffrage.
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Michigan women received the right to vote on this day—Nov. 5, 1918— 95-years ago. Michigan was one of the earlier states to approve women’s suffrage.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:58 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Michigan apple industry buoyed by hard cider demand

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According to market researcher IBISWorld, hard cider sales have increased an average 27.5% annually during the last five years.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:04 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Ah-oo, werewolves of … Michigan?

In this specific case of Michigan's werewolf folklore, a young nun living in what now is Grosse Pointe became the object of a voyager’s affections.
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Each month Current State Weekend host Emanuele Berry sits down with historian David Votta to rediscover forgotten bits of Michigan’s history. Votta is the Community Engagement Librarian at the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services.  This month they decided to discuss the history of werewolves in Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:15 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Great Lakes Month in Review: fracking, ballast water and petcoke

Current State contributor Gary Wilson explains that pet coke is the by-product of the tar sand petroleum being mined in Canada and throughout the northern tier of the United States.
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At the end of each month we check in with Great Lakes Commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin.

For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we’re focusing on fracking, ballast water and petcoke.  

In July, Michigan residents watched as petcoke piled up along the Detroit River. Now residents in Chicago are scrutinizing rising piles of the waste product.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:14 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

MEA responds to Right-to-Work complaints

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 Michigan’s new right-to-work law triggered a dispute last week.  The conservative Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed a complaint with the state over what it claims is harassment by the Michigan Education Association toward a member.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:55 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Current State #186 | October 24, 2013

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". 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Survey suggests downsides to more Michigan utility dereg

Ken Sikkema says Michigan officials should consider the experiences of other states before pursuing deregulation.
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:44 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Gov. Snyder dissolves NERD Fund, won't reveal donors

The administration of Gov. Rick Snyder says the NERD Fund was in full compliance with existing laws.
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:54 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

National group promotes community of non-believers in Michigan

Members of the group, including our guest Jennifer Beahan, say the purpose of the campaign is to connect with what polls suggest is a growing number of Americans not affiliated with any religion.
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Driving around Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo or suburban Detroit you’re apt to see an interesting new billboard.  Alongside smiling, ethnically diverse faces, the boards read: “Millions of Americans are Living Happily Without Religion.”

 

These billboards and a related website are the work of the secularist organization The Center for Inquiry which is based in New York.  

Jennifer Beahan is the assistant director of the Center's Michigan chapter, and she joins us to discuss the campaign and her organization.

Radio Made in Michigan
4:52 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

New report outlines attitudes on Michigan’s energy future

Wind is the least costly renewable energy and costs have even declined since 2008, says Michigan Public Service Commission Chair John Quakenbush.
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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.

Earlier this year we spoke with Michigan Public Service Commission Chair John Quakenbush. At the time he was holding public forums on the state’s energy future. The information compiled at the forums and online are part of four comprehensive draft reports.

 

John Quakenbush discusses what he’s learned since starting this process.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:35 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Incoming State Treasurer prepares for new role

Gov. Rick Snyder has chosen Kevin Clinton to replace Andy Dillon as state Treasurer.
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has tapped the state's top financial and insurance regulator to become its next Treasurer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:18 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Michigan again at center of nation's affirmative action debate

The U.S. Supreme Court Building, where a Michigan-based affirmative action case is heard by the nation's highest court.
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For the second time in a decade, the Supreme Court of the United States will scrutinize the use of race in admissions policies at Michigan’s public universities.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:27 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Book explores Detroit connection to U.S. Nazi past

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Author Arnie Bernstein has published a new book about the rise of an American Nazi movement in the 1930s, which had strong ties to the city of Detroit. It’s called “Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:13 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Current State #174 | October 8, 2013

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

State Sen. concerned about nuclear waste site near Lake Huron

Ontario Power Generation has plans to store 200,000 cubic meters of low and mid grade radioactive waste in an underground limestone cavern off the shore of Lake Huron.
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Ontario Power Generation plans to store radioactive waste in an underground cavern near Lake Huron. The storage site’s proximity to the lake has raised concern across the Great Lakes basin.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:15 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Michigan hackfest turns state data into useful apps

Civic coding is the act of creating works of software for the purpose of promoting government transparency.
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:10 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Count Day crucial for public school funding

There are more than 1.5 million public school children in Michigan, a number that’s been steadily decreasing since 2002.
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps explores new funding

The CCC taught 3 million young, unmarried men how to build and maintain outdoor recreational areas. In turn, it gave them stable employment.
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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

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