Current State #155 | September 10, 2013

Sep 10, 2013

Today on Current State: MSU Board of Trustee candidate Melanie Foster on professor scandal; our "Detroit Water Renaissance" series continues with a look at the walleye industry; a Great Lakes Week 2013 update; the impact of the Affordable Care Act on small businesses and the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie.

MSU board candidate reacts to Penn saga

Sep 10, 2013
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Melanie Foster has served on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees on two separate occasions.  Last week, the former business owner announced she wants to serve again.


We spoke with Foster about her candidacy and her reaction to the recent removal of MSU professor William Penn.


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Water attracted early settlers to Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery. We continue to explore the challenges and opportunities for Detroit’s waterfront in our series "Detroit’s Water Renaissance."

So far we’ve looked at daylighting streams and rebuilding shorelines. Today, we explore the Detroit River’s fishing industry.

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Organizations from across the Great Lakes region are converging in Milwaukee for Great Lakes Week. Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson is at this year’s conference. Wilson says two of the major issues are low lake levels and water divergence.


Michigan business spokesman shares fears on ACA

Sep 10, 2013


Michigan business owners continue efforts to understand their responsibilities ahead of the launch of the Federal Affordable Care Act.  A few weeks ago, Current State spoke with Rob Fowler, CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan, who talked about the challenges business owners are facing.  He said many of his members are struggling.



For the United States, the War of 1812 took a turn for the better on this date 200 years ago. American naval forces defeated the British in The Battle of Lake Erie. The victory secured the lake and ensured that Michigan and Ohio would remain the sovereign territory of the U.S.A.

Current State’s Scott Pohl talked with MSU historian Roger Rosentreter about the Battle of Lake Erie.