Today on Current State: China expert Tom Watkins on Gov. Rick Snyder's investment trip to Asia; Edgewood Village opens a new "network center;" author Gordon Young on his book "Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City;" a Dearborn Heights fast food restaurant bucks the minimum wage trend and a preview of the fall film season.
According to Governor Rick Snyder’s office, in 2012 Michigan companies exported 22 percent more goods and materials to China than during the previous year. Chinese foreign investment reached $1 billion.
Such numbers make clear why Governor Snyder on Wednesday left for China and Japan on a nine-day investment mission. This is the governor’s third trip to Asia since taking office, illustrating his commitment to bringing more direct foreign investment into the state.
One of the Lansing area’s most historic and vital housing communities continues to evolve and grow, more than 40 years after it was conceived.
East Lansing’s Edgewood Village is the site of 135 apartments and townhouses for low and moderate-income residents, the physically impaired and the elderly. It includes common areas, a computer lab---amenities and other services not often associated with low-income, publicly funded housing.
Last week, thousands of fast food restaurant employees across the country walked out of their kitchens and into the streets to demand a living wage. They were demanding their companies pay them $15 per hour...well above the national average. There were protests in several Michigan cities, including Detroit, Flint and Lansing.
From tales of slavery to adventures in outer space, this year’s crop of fall films runs the gamut. Current State’s Emanuele Berry chats with MLive.com entertainment reporter and film critic John Serba about the upcoming film season. They started with a film neither is excited to see: a dance flick entitled “Battle of the Year.”
Erin Knott, State Director for Enroll America, said that their mission is to educate people, provide them with resources and then get them to commit to seriously looking into Affordable Care Act plans when they are available on October 1st.
Though the Michigan Senate may have delayed the expansion of Medicaid until likely the spring, the fast approaching date of October 1st still looms large. That’s when the new health insurance marketplaces, one of the key components of the Affordable Care Act, will open for enrollment.
Actress Grace Kelly was not the first American princess. In the late 19th century, young American heiresses exchanged their wealth for titles, marrying into the European elite. One such heiress was Clara Ward, who was born in Detroit in 1873. She married a Belgian Prince, becoming Princesse de Caraman-Chimay, but Clara’s story is no traditional fairy tale.
Today on Current State: Medicaid expansion in Michigan; Niowave redesigns controversial building; the impact of Ariel Castro's death on his victims; Public Poetry Announcement; aging out of foster care; and the Wharton Center's upcoming season.
Governor Rick Snyder says he looks forward to signing a Medicaid expansion bill when he returns in a couple of weeks from a trade mission to Asia. In the meantime, the state will continue to negotiate with the federal government on the program.
The last year has been a trying one for Lansing’s Niowave Corporation and its residential neighbors in the area north of downtown. The Lansing Economic Area Partnership has spent months forging an agreement between the company and its neighbors over how to improve the appearance of a large metal building that went up last summer.
Ariel Castro, the man who was recently convicted for holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for nearly a decade, was found hanged in his cell earlier today. Prison officials are calling it a suicide.
Our Neighbors in Action series this week looks at social work professionals who help children who age out of the foster care system. St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Lansing offers a long term residential care program for children aged five to 17.
Today on Current State: MSU professor on the conflict in Syria; Detroit’s Water Renaissance series; Right to Work after first Labor Day; Al Jazeera America launches Detroit bureau; and the HopCat bar in East Lansing.
More than 100,000 people have been killed and nearly a quarter of Syria’s population has been displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al Assad began in March 2011.
While the Obama administration up until this point has largely avoided any direct involvement in the conflict, the administration claims an August 21 chemical weapons attack that left 1400 civilians dead was the work of Assad’s forces. Calling the use of chemical weapons “a red line," President Obama has asked for Congressional approval for a U.S. military strike.
On August 20th, the TV network known as Current became Al Jazeera America. The network, owned by the government of Qatar, bought Current for about half a billion dollars. One of the Al Jazeera America domestic news bureaus is in Detroit, which has been placed in the hands of former WDIV-TV reporter Bisi Onile-Ere.
Today's program showcases the MSU Wind Symphony with a major work by Mozart - his Gran Partita - plus the lively and popular Danzon #2 by Arturo Marquez. New releases of music by Bach and Brahms round out this edition of What's New.
Current State finished out the summer season with a live broadcast from MSU's Adams Field before Friday's Spartan victory in the football opener. Current State/Current Sports hosts Mark Bashore and Al Martin co-anchored the show with a variety of interviews and music from the Spartan Marching Band. Hope you can join us in person as Current State tailgates again this season. Be listening to 90.5FM and AM870 for future dates and locations...
Listen Now Here | Current State presents a special Current Sports broadcast with Al Martin, live from Adams Field on the campus of Michigan State University. It's a pre-game special from WKAR, as MSU hosts WMU for the season-opening night game at Spartan Stadium.