Mark Bashore http://wkar.org en 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 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 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' 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 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 '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 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 After 80 years U of M plant finally blooms http://wkar.org/post/after-80-years-u-m-plant-finally-blooms <p></p><p>Two weeks ago, we made quite a stink over a corpse flower that attracted long lines of visitors to Michigan State University. The Indonesian plant blooms infrequently and unpredictably. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:19:17 +0000 Mark Bashore 56491 at http://wkar.org After 80 years U of M plant finally blooms 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 MSU's 'Dean of deans' on Chinese students, online education and sexual assault http://wkar.org/post/msus-dean-deans-chinese-students-online-education-and-sexual-assault <p></p><p></p><p>In April, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees approved the appointment of <a href="https://provost.msu.edu/" target="_blank">June Pierce Youatt </a>to the position of provost. As provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, she’s in charge of academic initiatives at MSU. She had served as interim provost for more than a year before succeeding <a href="http://chancellor.ucr.edu/" target="_blank">Kim Wilcox</a>, who now is chancellor of the University of California-Riverside. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:53:30 +0000 Mark Bashore & Scott Pohl 56424 at http://wkar.org MSU's 'Dean of deans' on Chinese students, online education and sexual assault 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 Viewing love through Hollywood's lens http://wkar.org/post/viewing-love-through-hollywoods-lens <p></p><p></p><p>Love. Is it destiny, something that conquers all, or something that requires work and compromise? Chances are your answer depends on what kinds of TV shows and movies you like to watch according to a new study. A group of <a href="http://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/22253-isn-t-it-romantic-movies-tv-shows-strongly-shape-how-we-view-love" target="_blank">University of Michigan</a> researchers recently published a paper that examines the connection between romantic media and real-life perceptions of love and romance. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:21:59 +0000 Mark Bashore 56362 at http://wkar.org Viewing love through Hollywood's lens Bigger fireworks, bigger safety concerns http://wkar.org/post/bigger-fireworks-bigger-safety-concerns <p></p><p></p><p>We’re celebrating Independence Day as a nation tomorrow, and that means fireworks. Michigan relaxed its fireworks sales law in 2012, so there are now more roadside stands and large retailers hawking their wares. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:14:31 +0000 Kevin Lavery & Mark Bashore 56167 at http://wkar.org Bigger fireworks, bigger safety concerns Civil Rights Act at 50: Michigan was a pioneer http://wkar.org/post/civil-rights-act-50-michigan-was-pioneer <p></p><p></p><p>On Friday, our nation celebrates its 238th birthday. But today, America is also observing the passage of one of the most significant laws ever crafted in its history.&nbsp; On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law that forbids discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin was born in an era of violence and intolerance in America. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:01:13 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 56105 at http://wkar.org Civil Rights Act at 50: Michigan was a pioneer State Rep pushes corrections reform, prisoner rehab http://wkar.org/post/state-rep-pushes-corrections-reform-prisoner-rehab <p></p><p></p><p>In a recent op-ed, <a href="http://gophouse.org/representatives/westmi/haveman/" target="_blank">Republican State Representative Joe Haveman</a> of Holland describes coming to Lansing five years ago to advance principles of limited government and restrained spending. He goes on to describe how his commitment to those principles unexpectedly led him to advocate reforms to Michigan’s $2 billion a year correctional system. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:54:27 +0000 Mark Bashore 56104 at http://wkar.org State Rep pushes corrections reform, prisoner rehab Environmentalist responds to criminal probe of Lansing oil spill http://wkar.org/post/environmentalist-responds-criminal-probe-lansing-oil-spill <p></p><p></p><p>Last Thursday, an oil spill was discovered in the Grand River near Old Town in Lansing. As crews continue to clean it up, city officials are planning their next moves. Yesterday, Lansing mayor Virg Bernero held a news conference to give an update on the spill. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:50:16 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 56103 at http://wkar.org Environmentalist responds to criminal probe of Lansing oil spill 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 Report alleges disinvestment is costing Michigan http://wkar.org/post/report-alleges-disinvestment-costing-michigan <p></p><p>“We still have miles to go to rebuild Michigan after years of neglect.” That sentence reflects the findings of a new report from the Michigan Economic Center at the <a href="http://primacivitas.org/" target="_blank">Prima Civitas Foundation</a>. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:34:12 +0000 Mark Bashore 56047 at http://wkar.org Report alleges disinvestment is costing Michigan Cooley Law professor breaks down Hobby Lobby ruling http://wkar.org/post/cooley-law-professor-breaks-down-hobby-lobby-ruling <p><a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/" target="_blank">The Supreme Court of the United States</a> ruled yesterday that the craft company Hobby Lobby can be exempted from paying for certain types of employee birth control. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:18:18 +0000 Mark Bashore & Melissa Benmark 56044 at http://wkar.org Cooley Law professor breaks down Hobby Lobby ruling Month in Review: June's biggest news stories http://wkar.org/post/month-review-junes-biggest-news-stories-0 <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>June has come and just about gone. The Governor signed budgets this month, though not for a comprehensive road funding package as many had hoped. Primary candidates traded jabs, and the Detroit Free Press shined an intense light on the state’s charter schools and it has generated a lot of discussion. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:44:08 +0000 Mark Bashore 55992 at http://wkar.org Month in Review: June's biggest news stories Dem legislator says more oversight needed for MI charter schools http://wkar.org/post/dem-legislator-says-more-oversight-needed-mi-charter-schools <p></p><p></p><p>For over a week, The Detroit Free Press has been exploring the impact of Michigan’s two decades with charter schools.&nbsp; Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:36:26 +0000 Mark Bashore 55884 at http://wkar.org Dem legislator says more oversight needed for MI charter schools Awareness, prevention highlight National HIV Testing Day http://wkar.org/post/awareness-prevention-highlight-national-hiv-testing-day <p></p><p>Today is <a href="http://hivtest.cdc.gov/press_files/" target="_blank">National HIV Testing Day</a>. Across Michigan this weekend there will be events and opportunities for <a href="http://www.prep4itnow.com/" target="_blank">free HIV tests</a>, including Ingham County, which has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the state. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:27:55 +0000 Kevin Lavery & Mark Bashore 55887 at http://wkar.org Awareness, prevention highlight National HIV Testing Day Bridge Magazine assesses Detroit's Duggan at six months http://wkar.org/post/bridge-magazine-assesses-detroits-duggan-six-months <p></p><p>Among <a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/" target="_blank">Detroit’s </a>many challenges, one painful reality is the decreasing population.&nbsp;The city’s become known for surreal, sparsely settled ‘urban prairies’ that thousands of residents used to call home.&nbsp; Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:42:34 +0000 Mark Bashore 55820 at http://wkar.org Bridge Magazine assesses Detroit's Duggan at six months 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 Eighth District candidates reflect GOP differences http://wkar.org/post/eighth-district-candidates-reflect-gop-differences <p></p><p></p><p>We’re down to fewer than six weeks before primary elections in Michigan. Michigan Public Radio Network Managing Editor <a href="http://www.mprn.org/staff_bios.html" target="_blank">Rick Pluta</a> updates <em>Current State</em> on some of the races and other stories.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:30:13 +0000 Mark Bashore 55760 at http://wkar.org Eighth District candidates reflect GOP differences Effort underway to build coastal Great Lakes trail http://wkar.org/post/effort-underway-build-coastal-great-lakes-trail <p></p><p></p><p>Throughout the Great Lakes region there are many wonderful biking, hiking and kayaking trails. Imagine if all these pathways were connected into a giant international trekking system, a <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/05/great_lakes_coastal_trail_mtng.html" target="_blank">Great Lakes Coastal Trail</a>. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:24:52 +0000 Mark Bashore & Emanuele Berry 55759 at http://wkar.org Effort underway to build coastal Great Lakes trail 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