Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero (right) and Peter Lark, general manager of the Board of Water & Light, address Lansing Council members in a special session on Dec. 30 about the extended power outages for BWL customers.
Last night more than 50 Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) customers who lost power over the last 9 days vented their anger and frustration during a special council session at Lansing City Hall. Residents complained of BWL’s slow response and poor communication. Some who spoke were still without power since an ice storm hit the region on December 22. There were also calls for resignations, demands of an independent review board, and safety concerns that some said went unaddressed by city and BWL leaders.
It's been 25 years since the last time the Michigan State Spartans were in the Rose Bowl. Tomorrow they take on Stanford in Pasadena, with tens of thousands of fans in Green and White expected to cheer them on. The two teams, both with strong defenses and ground games, are near mirror images of each other. Current Sports host Al Martin has followed the team to Los Angeles and tells us how the Spartans have been handling the Hollywood hoopla and offers a preview of the game.
Each month we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. This year we’ve covered, diverting water, budget woes, algal blooms and more. Gary joins us to look back at some of the major environmental stories of 2013.
As of early Friday afternoon some 64,000 Michigan residents remained without power in the aftermath of an ice storm which struck the state's central lower peninsula early Saturday and Sunday. More than 600,000 experienced loss of electrical services which has now extended from the Great Lakes state to Canada, upstate New York and into Maine.
A powerful ice storm swept through the center of Michigan's lower peninsula late Saturday and early Sunday leaving an estimated 373,000 without electrical power.
Consumers Energy estimated 260,000 without power as of midday Monday, with approximately 40,000 without power in the Ingham, Eaton and Clinton county tri-state area. Full restoration is expected by week's end.
DTE Energy estimated 83,000 without power and 90% restoration by Christmas eve.
Today on Current State: Gov. Snyder's energy future plan; losing unemployment benefits; "Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie"; the Festival of Trees; a review of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol"; and the MSU Community Music School provides live Christmas music.
Daphne Whitfield is a staff volunteer at Tabernacle of David in Lansing. She's one of nearly 45,000 Michigan residents who will lose their federal unemployment insurance benefit on Dec. 28. Whitfield says she's undeterred by the loss. She's a full-time student and is planning to launch her own clothing business soon.
The holidays can be a stressful time in and of themselves, but some Michigan residents are bracing for more difficulty. About 45,000 people in the state who are currently receiving unemployment insurance through a federal extension program will lose that benefit by the end of the month.
The last few weeks have been eventful ones at the State Capitol. Legislators strongly considered measures involving education and phone service, among others. They passed measures involving abortion insurance, medical marijuana and others.
The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concert is Sunday at Wharton Center. Current State’s Melissa Benmark spoke with conductor Timothy Muffitt about the music, starting with some pieces that will include local students.
Over the past decade there has been tremendous growth in Michigan based breweries. There’s Founders in Grand Rapids, Bell's in Kalamazoo, Atwater in Detroit. In Lansing, there’s nothing. Matt Jason and Jeremy Sprague are hoping to change that.
Today on Current State: the shortage of primary care physicians; Michigan Department of Civil Rights director Matt Wesaw; mental health treatment for veterans and their families; the R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project; and locals skaters head to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
By the year 2020, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts the U.S. will be short more than 45,000 primary care physicians. With the likely influx of hundreds of thousands of new patients due to the Affordable Care Act, not to mention the aging Baby Boomer generation, this shortage has the potential to wreak havoc on our health care system over the next decade.
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is calling for a review of an apparent murder dating back to 1970. The incident, still unsolved, took the life of one of the department’s own, its first executive director.
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. Today, during this festive holiday season, we feature the R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project. The group handcrafts thousands of wooden toys each year for local children.
Award season kicked off last week with the announcement of this year’s Golden Globe nominees. This is also the time of year where some Michigan critics vote on their favorite films and performances. The Detroit Film Critics Society revealed the winners of their annual contest last Friday. John Serba, entertainment reporter for MLive.com/The Grand Rapids Press and a founding member of the Detroit Film Critics Society, assess this year’s Golden Globe nominations and reveals the big winners from the Detroit Film Critics Society's awards.
Last week, Ingham County commissioners voted 13 to 1 to demand that the city of Lansing pay the $1.1-million the county says it is owed for pension and health insurance obligations for the 34 city-employed 911 dispatchers who were transferred last year to the new Ingham County dispatch center. The county’s deadline is January 15th. If payment is not received by then, they say they’ll sue the city.
Michigan is one of only two state that have the authority to regulate federal wetlands within their borders. However, the Environmental Protection Agency may revoke that power. Last week, the EPA held a hearing to determine if Michigan’s environmental standards for wetland management meet federal benchmarks.
A sharply growing percentage of Ingham County children appear to be victims of abuse and neglect. And five years after the great recession, more children in Ingham County remain eligible for food assistance than the statewide average.
The role of the academic journal in advancing research findings is changing rapidly. A New York Times article earlier this year looked at the problem of pseudo-academic journals which had names similar to well-established ones, and which charged hefty fees for publication.
Today on Current State: the Red Cedar Renaissance development; the economic impact of universities; outgoing Lansing city councilman Brian Jeffries; and the Potter Park Zoo helps save an endangered toad.