Today on Current State: expanding the Michigan Flyer; keeping graduates in Michigan; Michigan author Mardi Jo Link; Virginia Tech shooting survivor Colin Goddard; and Neighbors in Action features Meta Peace Team.
Vice President of Indian Trails Chad Kushman says that the expansion should allow for hourly airport trips, increasing convenience for passengers. Currently, those trips run about once every two hours.
Eight times a day, the Michigan Flyer bus departs downtown East Lansing with passengers en route to Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro Airport. The service, provided by the Owosso-based company Indian Trails, wants to expand to a dozen trips a day and looks to a $600,000 federal grant to make that possible.
The Meta Peace Team places peacekeepers anywhere from Palestine to rallies at the Capitol in Lansing (pictured). Meta Peace Team founder Peter Dougherty said that the presence of peacekeepers stopped several fights at the recent right-to-work rallies.
This week, Neighbors In Action features Meta Peace Team, an organization that provides peacekeeping teams to address and diffuse conflict in possibly dangerous situations like political rallies and war zones, both domestically and abroad.
Gordon Young, a senior lecturer in the Communication Department at Santa Clara University, has appeared in publications including his own Flint Expatriates, a blog for those no longer living in the birthplace of General Motors.
Today on Current State: transparency and open government in Michigan; how SCOTUS decision on water diversion in Oklahoma could affect Great Lakes; microfinance in Detroit and Flint; and the 40th anniversary of the Verdehr trio.
As NSA leaker Edward Snowden makes his way from Moscow to, what sounds like, Cuba or Venezuela today, the debate across the country continues over government transparency and what sorts of things the public has a right to know about its government’s actions.
Texans and Oklahomans don’t just clash over football. They also have a long history of battling over water, with the most recent conflict playing out in the Supreme Court. Justices recently ruled that the Tarrant Regional Water District, located in North Texas, cannot divert water from Oklahoma river basins.
The concept of microfinance -- essentially small loans given to entrepreneurs who are too little or too under-funded to qualify for traditional bank loans -- has exploded in the developing world.
One of the leading online platforms for microfinance is called Kiva, which connects entrepreneurs with interest-free loans offered by community members. About two years ago, with the help of Michigan Corps, a Detroit-based non-profit organization, Kiva became the first microfinance effort in the United States. Last month, Michigan Corps expanded Kiva’s platform into Flint.
For 40 years, Walter and Elsa Verdehr have made up two-thirds of the Verdehr Trio. They’ve been joined by a number of pianists over the years. Silvia Roederer has been the third member for the last 15 years. During that time, their repertoire has included hundreds of pieces that were specially commissioned for violin, clarinet and piano.
Governor Rick Snyder is calling on state Senate Republicans to return to Lansing. That’s after the Senate adjourned for its summer recess without voting on a Medicaid expansion under the new federal healthcare law.
Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta tells us how the episode left hard feelings, and dimming prospects for extending health coverage to many thousands of low-income working households
The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution makes it clear: any citizen accused of a crime will -- if necessary -- have access to qualified legal representation in court. Many legal professionals think that guarantee has been seriously compromised in Michigan for many years. The state often ranks low in assessments of its indigent defense system. After decades of failed efforts to reform the system, both the state Senate and House sent bipartisan bills on Wednesday to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk that would offer some concrete changes.
Many General Motors officials and workers are feeling good about the results of a closely watched annual survey. J.D. Power and Associates’ quality study came out Wednesday. It measures problems reported in new vehicles over their first 90 days on the road. Several GM brands including GMC and Chevrolet climbed noticeably in ratings, which reflects fewer problems reported compared to its competitors.
In Jackson, conflict is escalating between public housing residents and the local housing commission board. This week, the Jackson Housing Commission board appointed its fourth interim executive director since March. One former interim resigned, accusing the board of creating a hostile work environment. Another was terminated after less than three months on the job, and still another was released from his contract this week after just eight days. The residents say instability on the board makes them fearful for their homes. The issue has even caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which threatened to pull the commission’s funding.
Today on Current State: China's investments in Michigan; concussions in young athletes; successful approaches to sustainability; the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival; and growing chickens in your backyard.
In his column appearing in Dome Magazine, Michigan-based China expert Tom Watkins argues that China has noticeably stepped up investment in Michigan. Watkins joins Current State to discuss how Chinese business and governmental leaders see opportunities to grow by linking with Michigan enterprises.
A recent study published in the journal “Pediatrics” suggests that children and young adults need more time to recover from a concussion than had been thought before, especially if they’ve had a previous blow to the head. In order to avoid a second concussion, there have been calls to hold young athletes out of competition for a year after suffering a concussion.
By looking at the actions of environmental organizations, researchers at MSU have found that when working in a group, success is highly influenced by the number of people in the group. Too many and you have "free riders," not enough, and people are stretched too thin and don't have enough manpower.
Across Michigan, chicken coops are popping up in the backyards of city dwellers. Raising chickens is becoming more common, even if your "farm" is a tiny backyard. WKAR’S Peter Whorf speaks with Dru Montri, Director of the Michigan Farmers Market Association and owner of Ten Hens Farms, about the benefits of starting a personal chicken coop.
East Lansing is gearing up to host the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, which runs from June 21-22. Arlene McDaniel, longtime jazz pianist and music educator and bassist Ed Fedewa join Current State to talk about the festival, their music careers – and perform live in studio.
Kevin Clinton, Director of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, maintains that the insurance mandated by the passage of the Affordable Care Act will ensure that critically injured victims of car accidents will be taken care of.
Last week, another wrinkle was added to the ongoing debate over auto insurance reform in Michigan, as a FOIA request to obtain information about rate setting procedures was denied. Currently, a bill in the state Senate calls to cap lifetime payouts at a million dollars per claim.