Today on Current State: The latest setback to the Lansing casino deal; Michigan ACLU on "Right to Work" lawsuit; the "Michigan 2020" plan; Neighbors in Action featuring All Saints Episcopal Church; folk legend Janis Ian; and MSU students and staff in Beijing.
On Tuesday, Democratic senate leaders reintroduced their “Michigan 2020” plan which proposes to guarantee college tuition for all Michigan high school graduates. Senator Rebekah Warren from Ann Arbor, one of the proposal’s lead backers, outlines the details.
This Friday, musician Janis Ian will perform at the Ten Pound Fiddle in East Lansing. In 1967, Ian wrote her first hit song, "Society’s Child," which was about an interracial relationship. She was 13 years-old. The song was banned by some radio stations, and Ian received hate mail, but it became a national hit after conductor Leonard Bernstein featured it in a TV special.
It’s no secret that the Chinese student population has exploded at Michigan State over the last few years. And with that, there has been some friction, including last fall when some Chinese students’ cars were vandalized with graffiti telling them to “go back home.”
In an effort to improve cultural understanding in the MSU community, this week a delegation of students, faculty and staff is visiting China's capital city of Beijing to meet with their counterparts at Beijing Normal University.
The state says Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has remained unchanged at 8.9 percent in the latest month, as both the number of people working and the size of the labor force rose slightly.
The Big Ten conference is up in the air, as Ohio State upset Indiana last night. Fred Heumann is here to analyze the game, and talk about some college basketball rumblings. Oakland University forward Drew Valentine joins Fred to discuss his season, and later is pleasantly surprised on-air by his father, Carlton Valentine. We then close the show with General Manager Ken Holland from the Detroit Red Wings. Open lines follow and BTN’s Lisa Byington also chimes in.
Today on Current State: The local impact of federal budget cuts; climate change in Michigan; Michigan farmers markets; the new dynamics of the Michigan Supreme Court; and Lansing's new city attorney designate.
Automatic cuts to the federal budget, known as sequestration, went into effect last week. If the initial round of $85 billion in cuts to the military and domestic discretionary spending are not averted, the cuts will resonate throughout the nation's economy, including in Michigan.
Climate change is continuing to influence Michigan’s environment. Last March a sudden thaw and freeze devastated the state’s berry crops. While recently, record low water levels have forced the government to spend millions on dredging.
Jeff Andresen, Michigan Climatologist and assistant professor of geography at Michigan State University, discusses Michigan's climate future.
The Michigan Farmers Market Conference takes place today and tomorrow as part of Agriculture and Natural Resources Week. The growth and expansion of farmers’ markets is one of the most visible aspects of Michigan’s vibrant local and regional food renaissance. This rapid market growth has created a need for educational and advocacy programs that protect and grow these venues and highlight the benefits and importance of Michigan agriculture.
Last week, Governor Rick Snyder named Macomb County Chief Circuit Judge David Viviano to the Michigan Supreme Court. Viviano replaces former justice Diane Hathaway, who resigned in January under a cloud of scandal pertaining to her involvement in a fraudulent real estate deal. Viviano has worked as a city attorney and was also a Republican nominee for Macomb County prosecutor.
Fred Heumann calls upon a flurry of guests today. He kicks off the show with Lansing Catholic head coach Darren Zwick, who discusses the thrilling game last night that went into double overtime. Fred then invites MSU hockey coach Tom Anastos to discuss his trips out west. Lynn Henning chats about Tiger baseball in Florida to cap off the show.
Today on Current State: A breakdown of the impending changes to Michigan's health care system; phobias and fears with the co-author of "Encyclopedia Paranoiaca;" a profile of new state representative Theresa Abed; sports with the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode; and business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.
It may be hard to believe, but evidence suggests many otherwise benign, everyday items like flip- flops, drinking straws and neckties pose serious dangers. Other reputable data point to the health risks involved in common activities like flossing our teeth, washing our hands and eating leafy greens.
We continue our series of interviews with new local State Representatives with Theresa Abed. Last November, Abed defeated one-term Representative Deb Schaughnessy, moving the 71st District's Eaton County seat from Republican to Democratic. She joins us to discuss her 2013 legislative agenda.