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Current State #209 | November 26, 2013

Nov 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.

New Court of Claims Chief outlines transition

Nov 26, 2013
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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.

Current State #206 | November 21, 2013

Nov 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.

Michigan Healthcare org updates ACA rollout

Nov 21, 2013
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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.

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

Nov 21, 2013
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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.

Current State #202 | November 14, 2013

Nov 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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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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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.

Current State #197 | November 7, 2013

Nov 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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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.

Michigan played early part in women’s suffrage

Nov 5, 2013
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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.

Michigan apple industry buoyed by hard cider demand

Nov 5, 2013
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According to market researcher IBISWorld, hard cider sales have increased an average 27.5% annually during the last five years.

Ah-oo, werewolves of … Michigan?

Oct 31, 2013
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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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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.

MEA responds to Right-to-Work complaints

Oct 29, 2013
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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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