On June 8, 1953, an F-5 tornado hit Flint and the nearby community of Beecher, killing 116 people. It was the tenth deadliest tornado in U. S. history, and a generation of Michigan residents would never look at a dark sky the same way again.
This weekend is the fourth annual Pumpstock music festival. The annual gathering in East Lansing’s Bailey Park features live American roots music and local food. Festival coordinator Dudley Smith, more commonly known as “Smitty,” and performer Elden Kelly joins Current State host Mark Bashore.
Along with hundreds of other state officials, Michael Finney - CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation - spent a few days last week at the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island. The annual gathering offers decision-makers from the public and private sectors a chance to connect with each other and learn more about the issues facing the state, along with possible remedies.
Each year, billions of dollars of our nation's agriculture sector are the direct result of the work done by bees. In Michigan, blueberry, apple and cherry growers - among others - count on them to pollinate their crops.
However, bee populations have been in slow decline across most of the United States.
Today on Current State: Michigan's demand for homebuilding labor; the Lansing Symphony Orchestra performs 1980s classics; Neighbors in Action features Friends of Ingham County Parks; East Lansing's Prima Civitas explores opportunities in Libya; and MSU's 53rd season of "Summer Circle Theatre."
One of the first casualties of the Great Recession was the national housing market; home values reached historic lows after the bubble burst in 2007. Now, a rising demand for new housing is driving a nationwide recovery. But the problem is that many skilled workers who lost their jobs in the last six years have moved on.
Today on Current State: Michigan’s Indian tribes react to the possibility of a Michigan wolf hunt; the invasive garlic mustard; discussing Detroit’s future; and Lansing’s interactive art Sculptures in the Park.
A controlled wolf hunt is scheduled to start this November in Michigan. Opponents of the Upper Peninsula hunt were encouraged recently when they succeeded in securing a ballot proposal for next year that would end hunting and trapping in the state.
Detroit’s in an immediate crisis. Emergency Manager Orr will be deciding in a couple of weeks whether bankruptcy is an option. If it should move in that direction, what’s the way forward? There has been a lot of talk about the Detroit Institute of Arts' assets, as well as other museums. What kinds of discussions need to be had?
Garlic mustard is a Michigan non-native plant that turns up all over the state. It out-competes native plants with its prolific number of seeds, blocking nutrients for surrounding species. While edible for humans, the weed is not eaten by other mammals or insects.
Featuring ten artworks by Michigan artists, "Sculptures in the Park" is a fully interactive experience, complete with a downloadable App where artists like Doug DeLind speak about their individual pieces.
For 15 years, Lansing-based Sergei Kvitko has been playing the organ at Lansing’s First Presbyterian Church. He also fills the roles of critically acclaimed pianist, composer, audio engineer and producer.
He's wrapped up a tour that ended with a Carnegie Hall appearance on May 23.
At the Council of Great Lakes Governors 2013 Leadership Summit, Great Lakes Governors, along with environmentalists and Canadian officials, discuss the possibility of separating the Mississippi River basin to stop the threat from Asian Carp.
Last week, the rather startling news broke of a Flint woman who was killed while fighting in Syria. According to Syrian state television, 33-year-old Nicole Mansfield was killed by government forces on May 29 while fighting alongside anti-government rebels in the northwestern city of Idlib.
Today on Current State: State Board of Education president John Austin; a Public Poetry Announcement with Jessica Greenbaum; Governor Rick Snyder; a review of May’s biggest stories; and the Jackson-based 1461st returns home from Afghanistan.
The Michigan economy and education are at the heart of discussions at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference. Current State's host Mark Bashore caught up with one key participant -- the president of the State Board of Education, John Austin.
Current State reviews the biggest news stories and some that flew under the radar in May. Angela Wittrock, MLive’s former Lansing beat reporter, and Elaine Kulhanek, community conversation editor for the Lansing State Journal, join host Mark Bashore for a reporters' roundtable.