Across the nation, more and more people who are suffering from a severe mental illness are likely to wind up in prison than in a treatment facility. Here in Michigan, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, estimates that more than four times the number of people with mental illnesses are in prisons than in hospitals.
Dog owners in Michigan have a new reason to keep an eye on their pets. Last week, Michigan State University clinicians announced the arrival in Michigan of a virus that can make dogs sick. The canine circovirus was first identified in California just last April.
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.
Today on Current State: count day for public schools; Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps; Voices of Experience with Frank Kelley, Part II; and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's second MasterWorks concert.
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.
Today on Current State: the local impact of the government shutdown; a documentary about Michigan craft beers; the All of the Above Hip Hop Academy; and WKAR-TV's "Quizbusters" celebrates 25 years on the air.
As we enter the second day of a partial government shutdown, it’s still uncertain just how much impact this will have across the state and locally. One thing is certain, however. The longer this continues, the greater the effects will be. More than 40% of the state’s budget comes from the federal government. In the Tri-County area, there are many non-profits and government programs that rely on federal funding.
On this week's Neighbors in Action segment we feature the All of the Above Hip Hop Academy. The organization provides youth the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of hip hop through mentorship, while building a Hip Hop community in Lansing.
The locavore movement has taken off in the last five years at least. This notion that consuming food that is raised and grown close to where we live was even given a memorable send-up in the hit IFC comedy "Portlandia."
In the early 1960’s, Mary Wells was the "Queen of Motown." But her life was not always so glamorous. She grew up in Detroit, in the Black Bottom and Cass Corridor neighborhoods, yet she was determined to find a way into the music industry.
On the last weekday of each month, Current State looks back on the biggest news stories around Michigan with a panel of journalists. Tim Skubick of WKAR-TV and Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network join Current State to discuss the Michigan GOP establishment pushback against the Tea Party, common core education standards, the possible federal government shutdown, and more.
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?
This week on Current State: the impact of the tea party on conservative values in Michigan, Port Huron's exporting relationship with Canada, a perspective on Iran's new President, and a celebration of banned books. See below for the full stories.