It’s spring commencement time, when tens of thousands of new graduates head out into the “real world.” Here in Michigan, there have been a lot of public conversations about how we train our students for jobs in this state, how we keep talent from leaving and attract new talent, and what our universities can be doing to facilitate all of this. From the proposed Michigan 2020 plan by state Democrats to re-thinking the university corridor, there are a lot of ideas floating out there.
Michigan State University is offering adventurous members of its alumni association another chance to visit Cuba later this year. MSU Alumni Association (MSUAA) has announced its plans to return to the Caribbean island in November. The excursion follows an earlier visit in March that included chances to meet the Cuban people and explore museums, factories and other interesting places.
Al Martin and the Current Sports crew has been preparing for the debut week of Mid-Michigan's newest daily sports talk show...starting Monday, May 13 at 1pm on 870AM. Al will also be a special guest and regular sports contributor for the daily news/arts radio magazine, Current State. Be sure to tune in to 870AM next week for special guests including a few Spartan legends, Fox Sports Southwest executive and MSU grad Jeff Genthner...and a special familiar friend to kick of Al's premiere!
It’s Matt Ludtke’s last show, and he starts with the Detroit Red Wings last chance in game six. He then moves onto issues with referees and the art of the human eye, and potential shot clock changes in college basketball. Matt closes the show with a discussion on the rookie signings of the Detroit Lions.
The U.S. military is facing a crisis of conscience. This week, the Pentagon released an annual report indicating the rate of rape and sexual assault by and against service members has risen significantly in the past year. Adding to the scandal is the arrest of the Air Force officer who previously led that branch’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit -- who himself was charged with sexual assault.
Matt Ludtke starts today show off with the breakdown of the Big Ten and ACC challenge. He then delves into the issues for Michigan State’s basketball team next season with the departing of Derrick Nix. He touches on bench players stepping up, and who will have a breakout year. He closes the show with the Detroit Red Wings loss in Anaheim.
Michigan spends $2 billion annually on its prison system. That’s slightly more than one-fifth of the state’s general fund, according to a 2012 House Fiscal Agency report. In order to whittle down the size of the prison system’s financial burden, Michigan lawmakers have been looking at private companies to provide services.
Tonight, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra wraps up its season with a program featuring music from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto Number One. Current State's Melissa Benmark caught up with conductor Timothy Muffitt for a preview.
Administrators, staff and students of one of Lansing’s newest charter schools got some bad news yesterday. The Learn, Live, Lead Academy, launched by local banking executive and former Lansing Community College President Paula Cunningham, was told its contract was being revoked. “L3,” as it’s called, is nearing the end of its first year of operations.
It’s the third annual Mighty Uke Day this weekend, with many of the festivities taking place in Lansing’s Old Town. In the studio to play for us today is The Mighty Uke Day Trio, as they’re calling themselves. They are Chris Hamilton on the ukulele; Andy Wilson on the harmonica and pocket trumpet; and the Mighty Uke Day organizer, Ben Hassenger, is also on the ukulele. They spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore.
There’s movement in both Lansing and Washington D.C. toward what many call a “leveling of the playing field” regarding sales taxes. A pair of measures dubbed “The Main Street Fairness” bill is currently being debated in the Michigan House. The proposal would collect a 6% Michigan sales tax on purchases from out of state internet retailers at the point of sale. And on Monday, the U.S. Senate widely approved a measure that would empower states to do just that.
A little known state agency is celebrating an important milestone today. The Michigan Historical Commission is holding its 100th anniversary meeting in Lansing. The commission is the group responsible for the more than 1,700 green and gold historic markers scattered across the state. It’s also heavily involved in the ongoing sesquicentennial of Michigan’s role in the Civil War. The chair of the Michigan Historical Commision, Jack Dempsey, spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore about the importance of preserving Michigan’s history.
In a speech Monday night at a law enforcement memorial held at the state Capitol, longtime Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth decried the political influence and budget cuts on law enforcement. Sheriff Wriggelsworth spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore about the effects of downsizing police departments.
Our weekly Neighbors in Action segment features people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week, we feature a new organization: the Greater Lansing chapter of First Book. It’s a non-profit that offers new books to children in need. Board chairperson Jeremiah Rivera and chair-elect Paul Harmon spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Matt Ludtke starts the show off recapping the overtime thriller from the Detroit Red Wings last night at Joe Louis Arena. He then delves into the latest in the Derrick Rose decision, and NBA playoff matchups. Matt closes the show with the induction of MSU linebacker Percy Snow to the College Football Hall of Fame, and then looks at the upcoming football schedule for next season.
According to a 2012 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, bacterial levels of Great Lakes’ beaches exceeded public health standards more than beaches in any other region. Contaminated water can cause illness and force beaches to close. Joan Rose is the Nowlin Endowed Chair of Water Research. She discusses beach health and water systems. She spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore.
A Michigan filmmaker is taking her romantic comedy on the festival circuit, including a screening tonight at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York.
“Detroit Unleaded” focuses on the personalities who come and go at a gas station in the Motor City.
The movie’s writer, director and producer Rola Nashaf grew up on the west side of Lansing. She emigrated with her family from Lebanon at the age of five. The Waverly High School graduate moved to Detroit after college.
For years, eating disorders such as bulimia and the binge / purge subtype of anorexia were thought to be connected to cultural and psychological pressures, especially among girls and women. But a new study by a Michigan State University psychologist indicates binge eating may have biological roots. Dr. Kelly Klump concludes that female rats are more likely to binge eat than males. Her work could influence the science of eating disorders in humans. She spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Today on Current State: the expansion of Jackson National Life Insurance’s headquarter in Lansing; chef and author Anthony Bourdain coming to the Red Haven; Detroit Tiger’s Hank Greenberg; and Lansing’s business news with MLive’s Angela Wittrock.
Last week, company officials from Jackson National Life Insurance, alongside Gov. Rick Snyder and mayor Virg Bernero, announced a proposed $100-million expansion of its headquarters near Lansing. The project has rekindled an interesting discussion on marketing Lansing as a hub of the insurance industry. Four insurers-Auto Owners, Jackson National, the Accident Fund and Farm Bureau Insurance-already employ at least 5,500 people in Lansing, according to the Lansing Economic Area Partnership. The expansion plan, if it proceeds, would add about another 1,000.
In the spring of 1933, a young ballplayer from the Bronx named Hank Greenberg began his rookie campaign with the Detroit Tigers. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Tiger legend’s first season. Greenberg's storied career is celebrated not only for his excellence on the diamond but also for the adversity Hammerin' Hank overcame during one of the world's most turbulent periods.
MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins Current State every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. Today, she talks with Current State host Mark Bashore about the delayed Market Place project in downtown Lansing, a new food business in Old Town, and the future of convention business in Detroit.