Current State http://wkar.org en Current State #353 | July 18, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-353-july-18-2014 <p></p><p>Today on&nbsp;<em>Current State</em>: An independent debate commission in Michigan; Michigan Ag Expo; Tilted Axes in Detroit; Lansing United's playoff-bound; live music with The Springtails.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:30:30 +0000 Joe Linstroth 56921 at http://wkar.org Current State #353 | July 18, 2014 Media key to creation of independent debate commission http://wkar.org/post/media-key-creation-independent-debate-commission <p></p><p>With elections not too far off, there's been the usual back and forth between candidates about debates. Currently, the terms and conditions of political debates in Michigan are mostly left up to the candidates to decide, which often leaves them lacking in substance for voters. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We explore the idea of an independent statewide debate commission and what affect it might have on Michigan's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">democratic process with Rick Pluta, Capitol bureau chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:25:53 +0000 Joe Linstroth 56920 at http://wkar.org Media key to creation of independent debate commission Ag Expo focuses on education, technology http://wkar.org/post/ag-expo-focuses-education-technology <p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:07:02 +0000 Scott Pohl 56917 at http://wkar.org Ag Expo focuses on education, technology Tilted Axes to shred Detroit http://wkar.org/post/tilted-axes-shred-detroit <p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:53:37 +0000 Peter Whorf 56916 at http://wkar.org Tilted Axes to shred Detroit After regular season title, Lansing United poised for playoffs http://wkar.org/post/after-regular-season-title-lansing-united-poised-playoffs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://lanunited.com/" target="_blank">Lansing United</a> Soccer Club has enjoyed a great first season. Last week, the team clinched the championship of the National Premier Soccer League’s Great Lakes West Conference, and this weekend, the team will host the NPSL’s Midwest Region playoffs.</span></p><p>Team owner Jeremy Sampson joins us to look back at the team's inaugural season and look ahead to this weekend and beyond.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:43:09 +0000 Scott Pohl 56915 at http://wkar.org After regular season title, Lansing United poised for playoffs LIVE MUSIC: Lansing's The Springtails http://wkar.org/post/live-music-lansings-springtails <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>We're back with our Live Music Fridays series and featuring <a href="http://www.thespringtails.com/" target="_blank">The Springtails</a>. The Lansing-based band has released one album so far called "Because We're in Love" in 2013. The quartet performs a variety of styles, from swing and vaudeville standards to original compositions.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>Springtails<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> play for us live all hour.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:34:09 +0000 Joe Linstroth 56911 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: Lansing's The Springtails Current State #352 | July 17, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-352-july-17-2014 <p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State:</em> Flint's financial situation; the Faster Horses Music Festival; GOP candidates for 69th district; a Public Poetry Announcement; and Detroit's mass mobs.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Current State 56850 at http://wkar.org Current State #352 | July 17, 2014 Between pensions and police: Flint faces financial situation http://wkar.org/post/between-pensions-and-police-flint-faces-financial-situation <p></p><p>In <a href="http://www.cityofflint.com/" target="_blank">Flint</a>, city leaders and residents continue to struggle with serious fiscal challenges. Lately, the focus of the debate has been over whether city services or benefits for municipal retirees is more important. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:37:11 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56847 at http://wkar.org Between pensions and police: Flint faces financial situation Country music with a kick at Faster Horses http://wkar.org/post/country-music-kick-faster-horses <p></p><p></p><p>Michigan’s biggest country music festival of the summer is in Brooklyn this weekend. Michigan International Speedway will host the<a href="http://fasterhorsesfestival.com/" target="_blank"> Faster Horses Festival</a>, which includes three days of music, camping, and fun in southern Michigan. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:32:48 +0000 Scott Pohl 56848 at http://wkar.org Country music with a kick at Faster Horses GOP candidates for 69th share economic priorities http://wkar.org/post/gop-candidates-69th-share-economic-priorities <p></p><p>Michigan’s 69th House district covers parts of the cities of Lansing and East Lansing, as well as Meridian and Williamston Townships. It’s one of the state’s most culturally diverse political districts and historically, the 69th has leaned Democratic. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:23:41 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 56846 at http://wkar.org GOP candidates for 69th share economic priorities Public Poetry Announcement: Marion McCready http://wkar.org/post/public-poetry-announcement-marion-mccready <p></p><p>It’s been awhile since we’ve paused for a Public Poetry Announcement here on <em>Current State</em>. With this polar vortex making the nights feel more like autumn, contributor Stephanie Glazier has a timely <a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poem/247016" target="_blank">poem</a> from Marion McCready to remind us that it is still, indeed, summertime.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:17:17 +0000 Stephanie Glazier 56851 at http://wkar.org Public Poetry Announcement: Marion McCready Detroit mass mobs look to fill pews, coffers http://wkar.org/post/detroit-mass-mobs-look-fill-pews-coffers <p></p><p>Starting this past spring, Detroiters and suburbanites have gathered in growing numbers at historic Detroit Churches. They’ve been named the ‘<a href="http://www.detroitmassmob.com/" target="_blank">Detroit Mass Mob</a>’ and have been imagining the past while building toward the future. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:14:28 +0000 Peter Whorf 56849 at http://wkar.org Detroit mass mobs look to fill pews, coffers Current State #351 | July 16, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-351-july-16-2014 <p></p><p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: Congressman Dan Kildee on bringing unaccompanied Central American children to Michigan; a 20th Michigan Shakespeare Festival preview; 8th District Democratic candidates on campaigning together; and <em>Neighbors in Action </em>features MSU's International Friendship Program.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:04:26 +0000 Current State 56796 at http://wkar.org Current State #351 | July 16, 2014 Congressman Kildee on Vassar plan: 'These kids are in danger' http://wkar.org/post/congressman-kildee-vassar-plan-these-kids-are-danger <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p style="margin:0px;font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria">Many in our state are closely watching events in Vassar, Michigan.<span style="font-size:12px;font-family:Times"> </span>The community 65 miles northeast of Lansing in Genesee County could become the temporary home of 60 to 120 mostly young refugees from Central America. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:54:14 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56794 at http://wkar.org Congressman Kildee on Vassar plan: 'These kids are in danger' Hamlet 'to be' headliner at Shakespeare Festival http://wkar.org/post/hamlet-be-headliner-shakespeare-festival <p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.michiganshakespearefestival.com/" target="_blank">20<span style="font-size:9px"><sup>th</sup></span> Michigan Shakespeare Festival</a> season includes what might be the biggest of all the Bard’s works: "Hamlet". Also on the schedule is one lesser-known Shakespeare play and one non-Shakespeare classic. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:44:21 +0000 Scott Pohl 56793 at http://wkar.org Hamlet 'to be' headliner at Shakespeare Festival Eighth District Dems decry lack of public forums http://wkar.org/post/eighth-district-dems-decry-lack-public-forums <p></p><p>It’s not uncommon in small political races for several candidates to run together as a slate to fill a number of vacancies. For example, candidates for the local school board sometimes appear together as a unit, in hopes voters will sweep them all into office. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:35:49 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 56792 at http://wkar.org Eighth District Dems decry lack of public forums Neighbors in Action: MSU's International Friendship Program http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-msus-international-friendship-program <p></p><p></p><p>It’s Wednesday and time for our <em>Neighbors in Action</em> segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the <a href="http://cvip.isp.msu.edu/friendship/" target="_blank">International Friendship Program</a> at Michigan State University, an organization that aims to ease the transition for international students and connect Lansing residents with the world by sponsoring cross-cultural friendships. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:31:15 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56791 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: MSU's International Friendship Program Current State #350 | July 15, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-350-july-15-2014 <p></p><p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: the dispute at Lansing's Friendship Baptist Church; pipelines in Michigan; an MSU study linking childhood obesity with brand recognition; and Gourmet Gone Wild.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:34:32 +0000 Current State 56730 at http://wkar.org Current State #350 | July 15, 2014 Mediator: Lansing church dispute at an impasse http://wkar.org/post/mediator-lansing-church-dispute-impasse <p></p><p>The sign on the vacant church building on Pleasant Grove in south Lansing says “Friendship Baptist,” but in recent months relations between two groups within the congregation have been anything but friendly. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:33:20 +0000 Kevin Lavery 56729 at http://wkar.org Mediator: Lansing church dispute at an impasse Activist details Michigan pipeline concerns http://wkar.org/post/activist-details-michigan-pipeline-concerns <p></p><p></p><p>Pipelines have been a hot topic in Michigan in the last few years. Very recent developments suggest the issue is intensifying. Canada’s <a href="http://www.enbridge.com/" target="_blank">Enbridge</a> is part of a proposal to install about 600 miles of new, interstate natural gas pipelines, about 150 miles of which would run through Michigan. Besides arousing environmental concerns over a possible pipeline rupture, the proposal affects homeowners whose properties were not long ago disrupted by another Enbridge project. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:30:05 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56728 at http://wkar.org Activist details Michigan pipeline concerns MSU study: Brand awareness linked to overweight kids http://wkar.org/post/msu-study-brand-awareness-linked-overweight-kids <p></p><p></p><p>A recent <a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/kids-who-know-unhealthy-food-logos-more-likely-to-be-overweight-1/" target="_blank">Michigan State University study</a> indicates that the more familiar young children are with the brand names of less healthy foods, the more likely they are to be overweight or obese.&nbsp;The study is interesting for several reasons, not the least of which is how you get a bunch of 3 to 5 year olds to express themselves on ideas like brand identification. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:24:46 +0000 Melissa Benmark 56727 at http://wkar.org MSU study: Brand awareness linked to overweight kids 'Gourmet' program connects wild game to dinner table http://wkar.org/post/gourmet-program-connects-wild-game-dinner-table <p></p><p></p><p>Healthy. Local. Sustainable. The words capture the priorities of the group <a href="http://www.gourmetgonewild.org/" target="_blank">‘Gourmet Gone Wild,'</a> a non-profit organization with a dual mission. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:20:41 +0000 Mark Bashore 56726 at http://wkar.org 'Gourmet' program connects wild game to dinner table Current State #349 | July 14, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-349-july-14-2014 <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State:</em> problems at Michigan's human services agencies; Lansing's first distillery; new rules for sign language interpreters; and previewing baseball's All-Star Game.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:54:32 +0000 Scott Pohl 56665 at http://wkar.org Current State #349 | July 14, 2014 Human services agencies pledge reforms in wake of scathing audits http://wkar.org/post/human-services-agencies-pledge-reforms-wake-scathing-audits <p></p><p></p><p>Twice in the past month, auditors have found serious problems at Michigan human services agencies. Last week, a report from the state auditor’s office found the <a href="http://michigan.gov/dhs/" target="_blank">Michigan Department of Human Services</a> has failed to investigate cases of suspected adult abuse and to adequately train its staff. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:53:59 +0000 Mark Bashore & Jake Neher 56664 at http://wkar.org Human services agencies pledge reforms in wake of scathing audits From farm to cocktail: New Lansing distillery to source locally http://wkar.org/post/farm-cocktail-new-lansing-distillery-source-locally <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>As Michigan-made brews are flowing from taps all over the state this summer, a game-changer in the micro-brewing business is underway right here in Lansing. <a href="http://americanfifthspirits.com/" target="_blank">American Fifth Spirits</a> aims to offer a variety of micro-distilled liquor to the Lansing community, as well as a historical milestone: it’s Lansing’s first distillery ever. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:51:46 +0000 Mark Bashore & Nicole Strobel 56663 at http://wkar.org From farm to cocktail: New Lansing distillery to source locally State listens to concerns of hearing impaired http://wkar.org/post/state-listens-concerns-hearing-impaired <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Last week, new <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdcr/0,1607,7-138-58275_28545---,00.html" target="_blank">regulations</a> took effect governing how sign language interpreters are used is places like courtrooms and hospitals in Michigan. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:43:47 +0000 Scott Pohl & Mark Bashore 56662 at http://wkar.org State listens to concerns of hearing impaired Current State #348 | July 10, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-348-july-10-2014 <p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State:</em> cleaning up former GM sites in Lansing; supply chains in a global economy; Personal Property Tax reform and Proposal 1; a rare plant blooms in Ann Arbor; and a book review of "'Forgiving the Angel."</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:36:09 +0000 Current State 56493 at http://wkar.org Current State #348 | July 10, 2014 Lengthy clean up of former GM sites could start next year http://wkar.org/post/lengthy-clean-former-gm-sites-could-start-next-year <p></p><p>This week, Lansing area residents had an opportunity to learn more about what’s happening at the large vacant tracts of land along West Saginaw where <a href="http://www.gm.com/" target="_blank">General Motors</a> factory buildings once stood. The three sites were torn down in 2005 and in the last 18 months, officials have found chemical contamination on the grounds including 1,4 Dioxane. &nbsp; Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:33:15 +0000 Kevin Lavery 56488 at http://wkar.org Lengthy clean up of former GM sites could start next year From baseball to manufacturing: role of supply chains in global economy http://wkar.org/post/baseball-manufacturing-role-supply-chains-global-economy <p></p><p>One of the biggest developments in world economies in recent years has been Supply Chain Management. Wikipedia defines “supply chain” as a system of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to costumer. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:30:40 +0000 Peter Whorf 56489 at http://wkar.org From baseball to manufacturing: role of supply chains in global economy Personal Property Tax reform reflects mistrust between legislature, municipalities http://wkar.org/post/personal-property-tax-reform-reflects-mistrust-between-legislature-municipalities <div class="actions"><a class="wysiwyg-asset-image-edit" href="#edit">Edit</a> | <a class="wysiwyg-asset-image-delete" href="#remove">Remove</a></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>On August 5<sup>th</sup>, Michigan voters will head to the polls to select who goes on to represent each party in November’s general election. They’ll also be asked to vote on Proposal 1, which is the first step in what has been a long-fought effort to reform the state’s <a href="http://www.lansingmi.gov/property_tax" target="_blank">Personal Property Tax</a>. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:24:08 +0000 Joe Linstroth 56490 at http://wkar.org Personal Property Tax reform reflects mistrust between legislature, municipalities