Lansing State Rep. Andy Schor pursues school reforms

Oct 17, 2013

Rep. Andy Schor is in his first term representing Michigan’s 68th House District.  The Lansing Democrat recently introduced two bills involving schooling in the state.

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As we enter the second day of a partial government shutdown, it’s still uncertain just how much impact this will have across the state and locally. One thing is certain, however.  The longer this continues, the greater the effects will be. More than 40% of the state’s budget comes from the federal government. In the Tri-County area, there are many non-profits and government programs that rely on federal funding.

Month in Review: September 2013 | WKAR

Sep 30, 2013

On the last weekday of each month, Current State looks back on the biggest news stories around Michigan with a panel of journalists. Tim Skubick of WKAR-TV and Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network join Current State to discuss the Michigan GOP establishment pushback against the Tea Party, common core education standards, the possible federal government shutdown, and more.

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This month marks the 40th anniversary of the coup in Chile which elevated General Augusto Pinochet to power.

Pam Byrnes aims to unseat Walberg in 7th District

Sep 25, 2013

Michigan Democrats hope a former State lawmaker can unseat Republican incumbent Tim Walberg in the 7th Congressional district next year.

Detroit files bankruptcy protection, then what?

Jul 19, 2013
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A much-feared -- but widely anticipated -- day arrived yesterday in Michigan’s largest city.  Officials filed a 16-page bankruptcy petition on behalf of the city of Detroit in U.S. Court, making the city the largest municipal bankruptcy in the U.S. history.

Gov. Rick Snyder authorized the filing yesterday after efforts by state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr failed to satisfy numerous creditors. According to reports, the city owes as many as 100,000 creditors and  accrued obligation is as much as $20 billion.

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.

A minor turf war over public records is taking shape in Ingham County.

While the dispute is being downplayed by its two participants---Clerk Barb Byrum and Chief Circuit Court Judge Janelle Lawless---some observers suggest it’s symptomatic of a larger, ongoing problem:  poor public access to documents.

Current State host Mark Bashore visited with both Barb Byrum and Judge Janelle Lawless to learn more.

Current State #64 | April 11, 2013

Apr 11, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan Treasury reacts to tax collection criticism; preview of Latin IS America festival; and MSU and Lansing come together to cover Monteverdi's "Vespers of 1610." 

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  Last Sunday’s Lansing State Journal tore into the state Department of Treasury over its alleged inability to collect delinquent tax revenue.  

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State workers would no longer have to fork out four-percent of their salaries to keep their pensions if a judge’s ruling stands.

The finalists for East Lansing city manager met with residents at a public forum Wednesday evening.

The next step in the process is today, when the city council will conduct interviews with all five.

The council is scheduled to make a selection on Friday.

WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke with East Lansing mayor Diane Goddeeris about what she and her colleagues on the city council are looking for in the search's final days.