Joe Linstroth http://wkar.org en 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 Peters: Still no response from Land about senate debates http://wkar.org/post/peters-still-no-response-land-about-senate-debates <p></p><p></p><p>It’s been four weeks since <a href="http://peters.house.gov/" target="_blank">Democratic Congressman Gary Peters</a> proposed a series of five debates with his opponent in the race for the U.S. Senate from Michigan. He will (likely) face former <a href="http://terrilynnland.com/" target="_blank">Republican Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land</a> in November. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:02:49 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56425 at http://wkar.org Peters: Still no response from Land about senate debates Neighbors in Action: Care Free Dental Clinic's Pay It Forward program http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-care-free-dental-clinics-pay-it-forward-program <p></p><p></p><p>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 <a href="http://www.carefreemedical.com/CareFree.html" target="_blank">Care Free Dental Clinic’s</a> new Pay It Forward program, which offers dental care in exchange for volunteer service in the community. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:48:25 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56422 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Care Free Dental Clinic's Pay It Forward program A genocide survivor and MSU poet pursue healing through writing http://wkar.org/post/genocide-survivor-and-msu-poet-pursue-healing-through-writing <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While we’ll be celebrating Independence Day here in America tomorrow, halfway around the world the date also marks a national holiday in Rwanda, though it’s a much more somber occasion.</span></p><p>July 4 is Rwanda's Liberation Day and it marks the end of the country’s official mourning period for the more than one million people who were murdered during the genocide there in 1994. And this year, of course, is the 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary of those horrific 100 days.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:08:02 +0000 Joe Linstroth 56169 at http://wkar.org A genocide survivor and MSU poet pursue healing through writing Neighbors in Action: MY Lansing CAP http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-my-lansing-cap <p></p><p></p><p>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 Mayor’s Young Lansing Coalition and Partnerships, or <a href="http://www.neonlansing.org/my-lansing-cap/" target="_blank">MY Lansing CAP</a>. The coalition, which was officially announced last week, features a broad array of community partners and stakeholders that are coming together to improve the quality of life for Lansing’s young people of color. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:43:58 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56102 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: MY Lansing CAP State to look at passenger rail from Holland to Detroit http://wkar.org/post/state-look-passenger-rail-holland-detroit <p></p><p>Last week, the<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdot" target="_blank"> Michigan Department of Transportation</a> announced that it plans to study the viability of a passenger rail service that would connect Holland, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit. The study has been mandated in the state’s 2015 budget. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:34:09 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 55822 at http://wkar.org State to look at passenger rail from Holland to Detroit Neighbors in Action: 2020 Girls http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-2020-girls <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 <a href="http://www.iteclansing.org/programs/2020girls/" target="_blank">2020 Girls</a>, a Lansing-based program that aims to grow the next generation of professional women in the STEM fields by introducing young girls to the wonders of robotics, game design, and more. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:16:35 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 55754 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: 2020 Girls Free Press' charter school review triggers varied reactions http://wkar.org/post/free-press-charter-school-review-triggers-varied-reactions <p></p><p></p><p>The tension between advocates of traditional and charter schools in Michigan has intensified. That’s because of recent stories in the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140622/NEWS06/306220096/Michigan-charters-1-billion-taxpayer-dollars" target="_blank">Detroit Free Press</a> which raise serious doubts about the operation and oversight of the state’s nearly 400 charter schools. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:56:05 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 55700 at http://wkar.org Free Press' charter school review triggers varied reactions LIVE MUSIC: Marshall Music's Friday Jazz Lunch Bunch http://wkar.org/post/live-music-marshall-musics-friday-jazz-lunch-bunch <p></p><p>Our Live Music Friday Series continues with yet another extremely talented local jazz group. <a href="http://www.marshallmusic.pro-activewebsites.com/index.php" target="_blank">Marshall Music</a> has started a Summer Jazz Lunch series that involves live jazz from noon to 1 p.m. every Friday. People are encouraged to bring their lunch and relax to some free jazz during the noon hour. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:19:53 +0000 Joe Linstroth 55523 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: Marshall Music's Friday Jazz Lunch Bunch Could Michigan learn from Minnesota's high tax success? http://wkar.org/post/could-michigan-learn-minnesotas-high-tax-success <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>As Michigan works to recover from the economic downturn and the decline in its manufacturing base, there have been plenty of debates over which policies will set Michigan on a long-term path toward more prosperity. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:44:39 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 55454 at http://wkar.org Could Michigan learn from Minnesota's high tax success? Lansing Schools superintendent on budget, arts ed, and future of Eastern http://wkar.org/post/lansing-schools-superintendent-budget-arts-ed-and-future-eastern <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.lansingschools.net/pages/Lansing_SD" target="_blank">Lansing School District</a> is facing a projected $6-million budget deficit next year. The school board has authorized privatization of the district’s bus system and the layoffs of up to 95 employees. Fri, 30 May 2014 17:13:52 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 54480 at http://wkar.org Lansing Schools superintendent on budget, arts ed, and future of Eastern LIVE MUSIC: The Spragues and Pumpstock Music Festival http://wkar.org/post/live-music-spragues-and-pumpstock-music-festival <p></p><p>Saturday, June 7<sup>th</sup> is the date of the fifth annual <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Pumpstock" target="_blank">Pumpstock Music Festival</a>. The annual gathering in East Lansing’s Bailey Park features live American roots music and local food. Fri, 30 May 2014 17:07:57 +0000 Joe Linstroth 54484 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: The Spragues and Pumpstock Music Festival Living with a severe mental illness: One Lansing woman's story http://wkar.org/post/living-severe-mental-illness-one-lansing-womans-story <p>May is Mental Health Awareness Month and to commemorate<em>, Current State’s</em> Joe Linstroth speaks with longtime Lansing resident Jerri Nicole Wright about what it’s like to live with a severe and persistent mental illness. Thu, 29 May 2014 18:30:53 +0000 Joe Linstroth 54421 at http://wkar.org Living with a severe mental illness: One Lansing woman's story Open Science movement challenges status quo http://wkar.org/post/open-science-movement-challenges-status-quo <p></p><p></p><p>Studying the final frontier of space got a little bit easier this month. On May 5th, a group of scientists launched an online simulator that allows users to explore our galaxy in incredibly accurate detail in a span of billions years. But what’s the most innovative part of this new project? Anyone can use it whether you’re getting your doctorate in astrophysics or you’re just a curious websurfer. Wed, 28 May 2014 16:21:35 +0000 Joe Linstroth 54361 at http://wkar.org Open Science movement challenges status quo Neighbors in Action: The Homeless Angels http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-homeless-angels <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 <a href="http://homelessangels.org/Home.html" target="_blank">The Homeless Angels</a>, a new Lansing-based organization that does outreach and referrals primarily for street-based homeless people. Wed, 28 May 2014 15:47:30 +0000 Joe Linstroth 54355 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: The Homeless Angels Great Lakes Month in Review: Army Corps of Engineers, Asian carp and Waukesha's water troubles http://wkar.org/post/great-lakes-month-review-army-corps-engineers-asian-carp-and-waukeshas-water-troubles <p></p><p></p><p>At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and Chicago-based journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the Basin.</p><p>For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we have more on the efforts to keep Asian carp and <a href="http://www.csgmidwest.org/policyresearch/policy_greatlakes.aspx" target="_blank">Waukesha, Wisconsin</a> out of Lake Michigan. Tue, 27 May 2014 17:31:45 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 54300 at http://wkar.org Great Lakes Month in Review: Army Corps of Engineers, Asian carp and Waukesha's water troubles Pinning down Lansing's pro wrestling scene http://wkar.org/post/pinning-down-lansings-pro-wrestling-scene <p></p><p></p><p>Before the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheIROG" target="_blank">International Ring of Grapplers </a>(IROG) was founded in Lansing two years ago, the best chance of seeing moves like a piledriver and a Double Chickenwing, and the high-flying wrestlers who perform them, was likely on TV. Tue, 27 May 2014 17:20:57 +0000 Joe Linstroth 54296 at http://wkar.org Pinning down Lansing's pro wrestling scene Net neutrality debate: Will the way we use the internet change? http://wkar.org/post/net-neutrality-debate-will-way-we-use-internet-change <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>There has been a lot of recent buzz around the idea of net neutrality and how it will affect people’s everyday use of the internet. Net neutrality is the debate over free use of the internet and has been going on for several years now. Fri, 23 May 2014 17:22:08 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 54149 at http://wkar.org Net neutrality debate: Will the way we use the internet change? 'Oddball Michigan': Tridges, concrete kitsch, and trees from space http://wkar.org/post/oddball-michigan-tridges-concrete-kitsch-and-trees-space <p></p><p>"<a href="http://www.chicagoreviewpress.com/oddball-michigan-products-9781613748930.php?page_id=21" target="_blank">Oddball Michigan: A Guide to 450 Really Strange Places</a>" is a recently published book which seeks to catalog all of the oddball tourist destinations throughout our state, and there are plenty of them. Fri, 23 May 2014 17:19:05 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 54150 at http://wkar.org 'Oddball Michigan': Tridges, concrete kitsch, and trees from space LIVE MUSIC: Lindsay Lou & Joshua Rilko http://wkar.org/post/live-music-lindsay-lou-joshua-rilko <p></p><p></p><p>This week’s Live Music Friday featured Joshua Rilko and Lindsay Lou of <a href="http://www.lindsayloumusic.com/" target="_blank">Lindsay Lou and the Flatbelly’s</a>. They played several new tracks from their most recent EP, "<a href="http://www.lindsayloumusic.com/1/post/2014/04/here-between-ep-review.html" target="_blank">Here Between</a>". Their first record was released in 2010 and they have been touring for two years, playing 200 shows within the last year. Fri, 23 May 2014 17:13:14 +0000 Joe Linstroth 54151 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: Lindsay Lou & Joshua Rilko Neighbors in Action: Memorial fund for Rite Aid shooting victim http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-memorial-fund-rite-aid-shooting-victim <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 local effort to raise funds for the funeral and family of <a href="http://www.lansingsistercities.org/honoraddo/" target="_blank">Michael Addo</a>, the pharmacist who was shot to death at the Rite Aid in Frandor last Monday. Wed, 21 May 2014 16:14:48 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 54026 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Memorial fund for Rite Aid shooting victim Report suggests Michigan tax cuts have hampered prosperity http://wkar.org/post/report-suggests-michigan-tax-cuts-have-hampered-prosperity <p></p><p>A recent report casts doubt on the impact of two decades of tax-cutting in Michigan. It suggests that the resulting cuts in public revenue have seriously prevented greater prosperity. Wed, 14 May 2014 15:28:22 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 53674 at http://wkar.org Report suggests Michigan tax cuts have hampered prosperity Neighbors in Action: House of Promise http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-house-promise <p></p><p></p><p>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 one woman’s effort to turn her passion for addressing the horrors of human trafficking into action. Wed, 14 May 2014 15:25:57 +0000 Joe Linstroth 53669 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: House of Promise EL health forum explores cost containment http://wkar.org/post/el-health-forum-explores-cost-containment <p></p><p></p><p>In the era of Obamacare, we often hear of healthcare delivery. That refers to the various ways patients are served by health professionals. For example, there are primary care from a general practitioner, secondary care at a hospital, and urgent care. Tue, 13 May 2014 15:15:17 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 53611 at http://wkar.org EL health forum explores cost containment Construction expert looks at the worsening state of MI bridges http://wkar.org/post/construction-expert-looks-worsening-state-mi-bridges <p></p><p></p><p>The state of Michigan’s roads has gotten a lot of attention lately, and if you drive or pay attention to the state legislature, you know why: our roads are just flat-out awful. But what about Michigan’s bridges? It turns out, many of those are in need of major repairs as well. Mon, 12 May 2014 15:36:27 +0000 Joe Linstroth 53552 at http://wkar.org Construction expert looks at the worsening state of MI bridges MSU counselor encouraged by White House campus sexual assault report http://wkar.org/post/msu-counselor-encouraged-white-house-campus-sexual-assault-report <p></p><p></p><p>“One in five women is sexually assaulted in college.” That’s the opening statement in a 20-page <a href="http://m.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/report_0.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> released by the White House last week to address the epidemic of sexual assault on our nation’s college campuses. Last week, the U.S. Department of Education also revealed the names of the 55 colleges and universities that the agency is investigating for how they handle sexual assault complaints. As we know, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University were on that list. Thu, 08 May 2014 16:48:06 +0000 Joe Linstroth 53368 at http://wkar.org MSU counselor encouraged by White House campus sexual assault report LIVE MUSIC: Lansing 'Mighty Uke Day' preview http://wkar.org/post/live-music-lansing-mighty-uke-day-preview <p></p><p></p><p>Throughout today's show, we've heard the founder of <a href="http://benhassenger.com/mighty-uke-day/" target="_blank">Mighty Uke Day</a>, Ben Hassenger, on ukulele and vocals. He was joined by Andy Wilson on uke and harmonica, and Steve Szilagyi on upright bass. They performed "Jamaica Farewell" for Current State to preview the three-day event. Thu, 08 May 2014 16:24:50 +0000 Joe Linstroth 53366 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: Lansing 'Mighty Uke Day' preview Neighbors in Action: NorthWest Initiative http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-northwest-initiative <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-dc511b8f-d6d8-2814-eff1-91b29cd5582e"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Each Wednesday we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature <a href="http://nwlansing.org/" target="_blank">NorthWest Initiative</a>, which offers an array of programs and services to improve the health of neighborhoods on Lansing’s West and Northwest sides. Wed, 07 May 2014 15:44:00 +0000 Joe Linstroth 53315 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: NorthWest Initiative CRT Report: BWL culture, recordkeeping, technology must change http://wkar.org/post/crt-report-bwl-culture-recordkeeping-technology-must-change <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It’s become clearer how Lansing’s publicly-owned utility, the <a href="http://www.lbwl.com/" target="_blank">Board of Water and Light</a>, failed its customers following last December’s ice storm. A detailed <a href="http://media.graytvinc.com/documents/BWLMay+5.pdf" target="_blank">review</a> by an investigative panel explores the utility’s actions before, during and after the storm that knocked out power to some 35,000 customers. Tue, 06 May 2014 17:32:36 +0000 Joe Linstroth, Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 53272 at http://wkar.org CRT Report: BWL culture, recordkeeping, technology must change Michigan ACA enrollees top quarter million mark http://wkar.org/post/michigan-aca-enrollees-top-quarter-million-mark <p></p><p></p><p>Late last week, the latest numbers for Michigan were released for the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period, which ended on March 31st.&nbsp; It turns out more than 272,000 people signed up for one of the plans available on the <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/" target="_blank">healthcare.gov</a> website. Of those, 29 percent were from the coveted 18-34 age group and 87 percent were eligible for financial assistance. Mon, 05 May 2014 15:30:15 +0000 Joe Linstroth 53206 at http://wkar.org Michigan ACA enrollees top quarter million mark