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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.