A new conservative group is hoping to open up the conversation about renewable energy. The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum is working to increase the state’s investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.
Each year the Library of Michigan chooses 20 books which feature notable Michigan residents, historical events and Michigan writers. The 2014 Michigan Notable Books List includes works of poetry, memoirs of cities and photographs from around the mitten.
Residents throughout the state woke up to over a foot of heavy snow, following last nights large storm. Cold temperatures and high winds halted activities throughout mid-Michigan on Monday.
The mayors of Lansing and East Lansing declared snow emergencies on Sunday, closing all non- essential government facilities. Current State spoke with several local officials for the latest on the snow emergency.
On January 5, 1914, Henry Ford introduced a conditional five-dollar a day wage for his assembly line workers. One hundred years later, different people put different spins on the story. Some say it was Henry Ford paying his workers enough to buy the cars they were producing. Some say it was only a move to stop the high levels of worker on the assembly lines. MSU's John Beck takes a look at the competing narratives and some interesting parallels 100 years on.
MSU's G. Robert Vincent Voice Library houses over 40,000 hours of spoken word recordings. Voices in the collection range from everyday people to cultural and political figures. Over 100,000 voices are captured in the collection, which includes audio dating back to 1888.
Current State's Peter Whorf spoke with John Shaw, supervisor of the Vincent Voice Library.
Due to the emergency cold and snow conditions impacting Michigan, and due to the snow emergency declared by Mayor Bernero in the City of Lansing prohibiting non-essential travel on Lansing roads, State of Michigan facilities in the Lansing area (including the Secondary Complex) will only be open for critical functions on Monday, January 6.
On Thursday afternoon, J. Peter Lark, the embattled general manager of Lansing’s Board of Water & Light, stated at a press conference that he would remain as the head of the public utility. The announcement came after the Lansing State Journal reported that Mr. Lark was out of town in New York City for the early days of the extended power outage.
The Lansing Board of Water & Light said on its website yesterday that it has restored power to its entire electric service territory. However, judging by reports and comments on BWL’s Facebook page, there are a number of individual homes and pockets of homes that are still without electricity since a major ice storm hit the region 12 days ago on December 22.
Dream big. That was MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio's simple mantra for his team this season. The Spartan football program's dream was realized last night with its 24-20 victory over Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl.
We call southern California to recap the game and the atmosphere with Current Sports host Al Martin, Current State host Mark Bashore, and Scott Westerman, executive director of the MSU Alumni Association.
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.