Michigan

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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Radio Made in Michigan
11:46 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Local author on living with Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy is a disease that weakens the musculoskeletal system.
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Labor Day is next Monday, and with it, the annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Over the years, hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised for research, and to help people like Mo Gerhardt live life with Muscular Dystrophy to the fullest.

Gerhardt is the author of “Perspective From An Electric Chair.” The book chronicles his childhood, his diagnosis at the age of 8, and how he’s coped with the disease.

He talked about his life, and his book, with Current State’s Scott Pohl. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:54 am
Tue August 20, 2013

'The Way North' a budding Upper Peninsula literary tradition

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is not known for it’s great literary figures, but a new anthology is trying to change that. " The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works" is filled with poems and short stories shaped by the U.P.'s culture and landscape. Ron Riekki, the anthologies editor, says he cannot escape his U.P. roots.


 


 

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:22 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Michigan Wine Competition draws producers, wine experts

The 2013 Michigan Wine Competition will take place on Tuesday. Despite the extra rain this year, Karel Bush of the Michigan Grape and Wine Council says it's a good year for Michigan wine grapes.
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On Tuesday, the 36th annual Michigan Wine Competition will take place at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Some of Michigan’s top wineries will present their best creations to a panel of wine experts from across the state and nation.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:56 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Veterans struggle to access services in Michigan

Eric Calley served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq. He's the co-founder of the veterans' advocacy group, The Fight Continues. He's pictured with his service dog, Liberty.
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Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the United States has deployed nearly two million military personnel to Iraq and Afghanistan.  As operations wind down, thousands of troops are returning home, and many with profound physical and psychological wounds.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:51 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Michigan's craft spirits industry is on the rise

East Lansing's Red Cedar Spirits is part of the state's growing craft distillery movement.
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Michigan’s economy and culture has been positively impacted by the craft beer and wine industry. But if beer or wine isn’t your style, don’t fret. Michigan is also one of the friendliest states to small distillers, and as a result the state’s spirits industry is growing. Kris Berglund, an MSU distinguished professor of food science and chemical engineering and a statewide industry leader, discusses the spirits industry in Michigan. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

State Superintendent details his county-based streamlining proposal

Superintendent Flanagan believes a new approach to transportation, among other things, could potentially save a large sum for Michigan schools.
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State Schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan is calling for some changes to the state’s schooling landscape to deal with growing funding deficits.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:32 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Michigan’s tourism industry continues to grow

Michigan's museums and national parks saw increases in tourism last year.
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Originally aired on April 19, 2013.

The state of Michigan saw an increase in tourism spending in 2012, most of which can be attributed to travelers from other states.

At the annual Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism which started on April 14, MSU professor and tourism expert Sarah Nicholls predicted another year of industry growth. Nicholls speaks with Current State's Emanuele Berry to unveil more tourism trends and plans for Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:39 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Current State #70 | April 19, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing police chief retires; folk legend Tom Paxton; Michigan tourism; world renowned trumpeter Alison Balsom; and the Lansing Marathon.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:51 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Michigan’s tourism industry continues to grow

Michigan's museums and national parks saw increases in tourism last year.
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The state of Michigan saw an increase in tourism spending in 2012, most of which can be attributed to travelers from other states.

This week, at the annual Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism,  MSU professor and tourism expert Sarah Nicholls predicted another year of industry growth.  Nicholls speaks with Current States Emanuele Berry to unveil more tourism trends and plans for Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 4/9/13

Matt Ludtke kicks off the show with a recap of the NCAA Championship game last night.  He discusses potential referee changes in the NCAA, and key highlights from the game.  Ludtke continues with Spartan basketball discussion and takes callers opinions on what went wrong for the Wolverines last night.  He closes the show with MSU football talk, and which players are going to step up and be the new role models for a team that lost great leaders after last fall.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

SportsTalk | Fri 3/29/13

Matt and Alex wrap up the week discussing the upsets and the shockers.  Wichita State shocks the world by moving one step closer to the Final Four, and Indiana looses their dream by the inability to convert against Syracuse's 2-3 zone.  The duo then discuss Michigan State versus Duke tonight, and Michigan's matchup versus Kansas.  They close the show with Verlander's contract deal, and take open lines.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:28 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Holt vs. Mason: Community leaders face-off

Tonight at Holt High School, it’s round one of the first annual Holt and Mason Scholarship Challenge.  This is an amateur talent competition featuring music, dance, comedy, visual art, and poetry. It’s open to all ages and all kinds of creativity. To set the mood of friendly competition, Delhi Township Supervisor CJ Davis and Mason Mayor Leon Clark will showcase their singing and guitar-playing talents tonight. Davis and Clark join us to discuss the event.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:48 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Governor Rick Snyder calls for review of state mental health system

Mental health funding in Michigan is uneven, says Bob Sheehan, and the tri-county area around Lansing is at the bottom.
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On Wednesday, Governor Rick Snyder ordered a review of how Michigan delivers mental health services.  Among other issues, commissions headed by Lt. Governor Brian Calley will focus on how to close the gap for people who need help but end up in jail instead.

Bob Sheehan, executive director of Community Mental Health of Lansing, discusses mental health challenges in mid-Michigan and what he thinks the review needs to address.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:29 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Book recalls famous and forgotten Michigan authors

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Dave Dempsey is a widely respected environmentalist and writer; his attorney brother, Jack, is also a writer. Together, their love for Michigan and the written word are united in “Ink Trails: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors." The book has been chosen as a Michigan Notable Book for 2013. They join us to talk about Michigan’s rich literary history.

Jack and Dave Dempsey will appear at the Schuler Book Store in Okemos on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. to discuss the book.

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

Current State #24 | February 14, 2013

Michigan's electricity rates, which are among the highest in the Midwest, will be among the topics addressed in public forums across the state.
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Today on Current State: Michigan's energy future; Michigan radio legend Mike Whorf talks about life and love songs; MSU research on cyberbullying; a Public Poetry Announcement featuring Jack Gilbert; and  Michigan farmers voice their concerns. 

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NewsRoom
6:07 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Liberal Group Raises Bolger's Business History as Election Issue

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A liberal advocacy group is attacking state House Speaker Jase Bolger’s past business record in attempt to damage his shot at re-election. The attack comes while Bolger is in the midst of a separate election fraud investigation.  The group Progress Michigan says Bolger’s company avoided paying taxes over the course of three years.

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