The self-destruction of the comet ISON captured the public imagination last week, as it passed between our planet and the sun. The mystery of outer space has enthralled humanity for centuries. Now, Michigan State University is taking a giant leap into inner space.
Today on Current State: former LSJ executive Mickey Hirten joins City Pulse as editorial director; tar sands shipping in the Great Lakes region; and a new Broad Art Museum exhibit pays homage to a Lansing-born visionary architect.
As the tar sands industry continues to grow, a pressing issue is finding ways to transport the crude oil to midwest refineries. Some are hoping to ship tar sands across the Great Lakes, while others fear another disaster like the Kalamazoo spill.
Recently, the EPA denied Enbridge’s request to extend the deadline for dredging sections of the Kalamazoo River. Enbridge is still trying to clean up the remaining tar sands crude oil in the Kalamazoo watershed from the spill three years ago.
Today on Current State: The U.S. Supreme Court hears a Michigan case that could impact tribal relations across the country; a new fashion incubator for Lansing; the GED test goes digital; local TV personality Evan Pinsonnault launches a new variety show and the Spartans prepare for a clash of wills against the Buckeyes in the Big 10 Conference Championship.
The business start-up scene here in Lansing is about to get another boost. A business incubator for fashion designers called The Runway is expected to open in February in the historic former Knapp’s department store building downtown. The project will house up to 12 designers in residence and a retail store, and will work to retain and cultivate design talent here in mid-Michigan.
Tens of millions of American adults have not graduated from high school. Every year, thousands of these non-graduates take “general educational development” tests – the GED – to be considered proficient at the level of a graduate.
Every 10 years the GED test is updated to meet with current educational standards. Time is running out for individuals planning to earn their GED before the new test is put into place this January.
The Spartan football team is basking in the glow of an impressive regular season: 11-1, and the prospect of going to its first Rose Bowl since 1988. Current State’s Mark Bashore and Current Sports host Al Martin look back to Saturday’s game and ahead to the Big Ten conference championship game Saturday night against Ohio State.
Man versus nature: It’s a conflict as old as storytelling itself. And for one Grand Ledge man, it’s a conflict he will never forget.
Last September, Adrian Knopps, an electrician and avid hunter, went on a bear-hunting trip in southeastern Alaska with his friend, Alaska native Garrett Hagen. Only Adrian came back alive. And that was after he miraculously survived a week stranded in the wilderness with little to eat or drink, inadequate clothing and no shelter.
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.
It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. On this day before Thanksgiving we feature the Greater Lansing Food Bank.
Picture a bookstore as an all-you-can-eat buffet. Can you see it? There is the salad bar, the pasta, the breakfast area with the waffle maker, the giant slab of ham or beef. Okay, let’s skip all the healthy things and aim for the dessert table. You know how at every buffet there is that one enormous piece of chocolate cake? Well, for me, Mitch Albom’s books have always been that piece of cake.
Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow, and people everywhere are buying all the fixings for a big turkey dinner. MSU chef Kurt Kwiatkowski has concocted some new uses for the jellied cranberry sauce in a can that often is served but left uneaten.
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.
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.
We check in monthly 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 petcoke piles and Asian carp.
We all know Michiganians we feel are extraordinary, for their memorable life experiences or their sacrifices, their success or their service, and for the insights that result from those experiences. Getting better acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s ongoing series, “Voices of Experience.”
Earlier this year, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced a bill proponents say would better serve Americans with mental disorders. Her "Excellence in Mental Health" measure would expand access to community mental health centers, in part by making more of them eligible for payments under Medicaid.