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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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Radio Made in Michigan
1:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Voices of Experience: 'Eternal General', Frank Kelley Part II

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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:19 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Current State #169 | October 1, 2013

Today on Current State: health care exchanges open for business; climate change and water adaptation; Michigan food hubs; and the troubled life of Motown's first star, Mary Wells.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:18 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

New health care exchanges open for business

Don Hazaert, director of Michigan Consumers for Health Care, says he considers Michigan prepared for the new health care exchanges.
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Today is the day that the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, takes effect. There has been an enormous amount of back and forth and controversy over the plan.

Don Hazaert, executive director of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, a non-governmental agency whose aim is to inform consumers about their options under the new law, helps us make sense of it all.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Revamped state agency seeks to improve services for the blind

Braille reading materials are among the services provided by the Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons.
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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?

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:25 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Current State #167 | September 26, 2013

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:19 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Voices of Experience: 'Eternal General', Frank Kelley Part I

For decades, Frank Kelley has been considered a ground breaking crusader in consumer and environmental protection.
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Getting better acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s new series, Voices of Experience. Arguably, no one shares Frank J. Kelley’s perspective on Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:11 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Michigan led way in banning death penalty

Michigan was the first English speaking jurisdiction in the world to do away with capital punishment.
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:41 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Michigan tackles public ills with private funding

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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.  

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Michigan native wants a one-way ticket to Mars

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:05 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Current State #160 | September 17, 2013

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.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:01 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Architect-futurist: Think locally, act locally

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.
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For more than 30-years, Andrés Duany has sought to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment, both in American cities and around the world.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Despite shifting incentives, filmmakers still look to Michigan

Michigan’s film industry has seen a few changes over the past 5 years. Under Gov. Jennifer Granholm, refundable tax credits for films were unlimited. For the 2012 fiscal year, under Gov. Snyder, a cap of 25 million cap was placed on film incentives. The following year the cap was increased to 50 million.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:10 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Current State #155 | September 10, 2013

Today on Current State: MSU Board of Trustee candidate Melanie Foster on professor scandal; our "Detroit Water Renaissance" series continues with a look at the walleye industry; a Great Lakes Week 2013 update; the impact of the Affordable Care Act on small businesses and the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:59 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Great Lakes Week conference stresses lake level, watershed access

One of the topics under discussion at the Great Lakes Conference was that of Waukesha, Wisconsin, a city outside of the Great Lakes basin that says they need water diverted from the lakes because their wells are contaminated by radium.
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Organizations from across the Great Lakes region are converging in Milwaukee for Great Lakes Week. Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson is at this year’s conference. Wilson says two of the major issues are low lake levels and water divergence.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:57 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Michigan business spokesman shares fears on ACA

 

Michigan business owners continue efforts to understand their responsibilities ahead of the launch of the Federal Affordable Care Act.  A few weeks ago, Current State spoke with Rob Fowler, CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan, who talked about the challenges business owners are facing.  He said many of his members are struggling.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:33 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Current State #152 | September 5, 2013

Today on Current State: campaign helps Michigan residents understand Affordable Care Act; Detroit princess of 1800's; Michigan LGBT laws; and new exhibits at the Broad Art Museum.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:32 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Campaign helps Michigan residents navigate Affordable Care Act

Erin Knott, State Director for Enroll America, said that their mission is to educate people, provide them with resources and then get them to commit to seriously looking into Affordable Care Act plans when they are available on October 1st.
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Though the Michigan Senate may have delayed the expansion of Medicaid until likely the spring, the fast approaching date of October 1st still looms large. That’s when the new health insurance marketplaces, one of the key components of the Affordable Care Act, will open for enrollment.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:30 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Detroit born princess considered Kim Kardashian of the 1800’s

Clara Ward was the daughter of Eber Ward, the first millionaire in Detroit.
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Actress Grace Kelly was not the first American princess. In the late 19th century, young American heiresses exchanged their wealth for titles, marrying into the European elite. One such heiress was Clara Ward, who was born in Detroit in 1873. She married a Belgian Prince, becoming Princesse de Caraman-Chimay, but Clara’s story is no traditional fairy tale.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:29 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Michigan advocates assess LGBT landscape

The city of East Lansing is considering the establishment of a domestic partnership registry to more formally acknowledge gay and lesbian couples.
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Last week, the Internal Revenue Service announced that for taxation purposes, it would recognize all legally married couples, gay and straight.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:26 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Current State #150 | September 3, 2013

 

Today on Current State: MSU professor on the conflict in Syria; Detroit’s Water Renaissance series; Right to Work after first Labor Day; Al Jazeera America launches Detroit bureau; and the HopCat bar in East Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:06 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Michigan’s first Labor Day after Right to Work legislation

Michigan was the 24th state in the country to enact right to work, amid protests. Some took place in Lansing last December at the Capitol building.
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Yesterday was the first Labor Day in Michigan since Right to Work legislation was signed into law.

John Beck, associate director of the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at MSU, joined Current State to talk about organized labor, especially post-Right To Work.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:56 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Former Spartan opens HopCat bar in East Lansing

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No Lansing area bar has generated a buzz lately like the HopCat in East Lansing. Lines have been common since its opening just over a week ago at Grove and Albert in downtown East Lansing.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:38 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Current State #148 | August 29, 2013

Today on Current State: August's biggest's stories in review; Chicago-based "Wavelength" trains Lansing teachers using humor; 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice; Michigan railroads; and a film commentary on End of the World films. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:37 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Month in Review: August 2013

With the end of the month, we take some time to review the month’s most impactful Michigan news stories. Tim Skubick, the host of WKAR-TV’s ‘Off the Record”, Zach Gorchow, editor for Gongwer News Michigan and Kathleen Gray, who covers the state capitol for the Detroit Free Press, came into our studios to discuss the issues that made news in August.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:35 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Michigan railroads crucial to state; conference meets to discuss challenges

Railroads in Michigan are critical for the transportation of agriculture commodities out of the state.
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Michigan railroads employ thousands of workers, maintain thousands of miles of track, move millions of tons freight, and generate billions of dollars. The system’s health is crucial to commerce in the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:57 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Current State #146 | August 27, 2013

Today on Current State: new proposal to evaluate Michigan teachers effectiveness; book about living with Muscular Dystrophy; Detroit's Water Renaissance series; Detroit's current environmental initiatives; and MSU student on "Americas Got Talent."

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:51 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Evaluating teacher effectiveness in Michigan

Under the new proposal from Michigan's Council for Educator Effectiveness, teachers' jobs will depend on evaluations and test scores.
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In two weeks, Michigan legislators will begin hearings on how to improve teacher evaluations in the state.  They’ll consider a new plan submitted recently by the Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness.  That's an independent body created by Governor Rick Snyder and the legislature two years ago after the passage of teacher tenure reform in Michigan.

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