It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Capitol Area Literacy Coalition.
A new book of photography explores the pastime of basketball at its most basic level - the hoop. The book “hoop: the american dream” is filled with pictures of baskets from around the U.S.. The books creator, photographer Robin Layton, captures hoops nailed to trees, beneath highway underpasses, and the childhood baskets of various basketball stars. Current State’s Emanuele Berry spoke with Layton about creating the book.
Connie Binsfeld, who served in the Michigan House and Senate, as well as two terms as lieutenant governor, died Sunday at the age of 89. The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta covered Binsfeld in the State Senate and then as Lieutenant Governor, and Susan Demas, an MLive columnist and publisher of the “Inside Michigan Politics” newsletter also joins us to remember her legacy.
Stakeholders in the Lansing School District are weighing in on a new plan to adapt the district’s buildings and properties to the needs of the new century.
A 14-member Facilities Task Force has been at work since October. Key recommendations in its final report include repurposing a host of district buildings, consideration of a bond proposal to update Pattengill Middle School into a high school, and the sale of more than 100 acres of vacant land.
Credit Flickr/Kelli BrosnahanAccording to the report, everyday nearly six billion gallons of treated water is lost.Edit | Remove
In the Great Lakes region, we are protective of our water. Concern has been expressed over low lake levels, the amount of water being used for fracking, and diverting water to Waukesha, Wisconsin. But little is known about the loss of treated water in the region.
Comedian Mike Birbiglia returns to Wharton Center on Jan. 16. He’s known for his work on “This American Life,” his movie, called “Sleepwalk With Me,” and many more comedy records and appearances. His latest show is called “Thank God For Jokes.”
Current State’s Melissa Benmark speaks with Birbiglia about his new show, his career and his lifelong love of pizza.
On December 22nd, a powerful ice storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers, some for more than a week. Many people without electricity struggled get basic information and to get through to the municipally-owned power company to report outages. Some even took to social media to pick up the slack on their own. We’re not talking about the Lansing-area and Board of Water and Light. We’re talking about Toronto, which was hit by the same ice storm that wreaked havoc on us three weeks ago.
Imagine going up on stage and sharing your greatest failure with the world. Many people would hesitate to tell such personal stories, but that’s what the creators of the event Failure:Lab are asking people to do.
The Great Lakes State celebrates our beautiful outdoors, and outdoor activities year-round. Current State's Peter Whorf checked in late last week at Meridian Township’s Harris Nature Center to find out about upcoming events.
This edition of Primarily Piano features 2 concerto recordings -- one with a twist. First, Nelson Freire plays one of the all-time favorites: Edvard Grieg's a minor Piano Concerto. Then, it's Anne-Marie McDermott with her new recording of Mozart's 14th with the Calder Quartet accompanying, standing in for the orchestra role as was done in days gone by. And from the WKAR vinyl archives, we'll share a rare recording by Sergei Prokofiev playing his own music.
Earlier this week, the Army Corps of Engineers released the results of its 18 month study designed to deal with Asian carp in the Chicago waterways system. The study was mandated by Congress as the threat of the invasive species to the Great Lakes ecosystem continues to increase.
Last summer hundreds of thousands of people from around the world volunteered to take part in the first human expedition to Mars. The Mars One project provides a one-way ticket to the red planet for four finalists, who will form the first human colony on the planet.
The University of Michigan hospitals and Health Centers have recently had hundreds of people needing emergency treatment for the flu. MLive reporter Amy Biolchini reported that some patients wound up on life support with H1N1, which reached pandemic levels in 2009.
In most marketplaces, if customers are not happy with the product or service, they can look at competitors and choose another option. If Ford sells you a lemon, next time you go to buy a car, perhaps you’ll be looking at GM models, a Chrysler, or a foreign car. In the complex utility marketplace, however, things aren’t that simple.
Today on Current State:Neighbors in Action coverage of the Lansing Board of Water and Light response to power outages; gaming in Nigeria; the oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac; and last night's BWL public hearing.
Mid-Michigan has weathered two major winter storms in the last three weeks. It’s been widely reported that thousands of people who lost power following the December 21 ice storm found themselves with little or no reliable information about when or if their electricity was being restored. That prompted many citizens in the community to take it upon themselves to go looking for answers and to share what they found online.
About a month ago, U-S Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation asking about an Enbridge Company oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac. They asked for information on safety tests done on the pipeline, and for emergency response information from Enbridge.
The citizen board that oversees the embattled Lansing Board of Water and Light convened last night. The body heard from both the public as well as numerous BWL employees and leadership about the utility’s response to last month’s overwhelming ice storm that knocked out electric power to tens of thousands in the Lansing area.