Mark Bashore http://wkar.org en 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 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 Great Lakes Month in Review: Mayors take on Great Lakes issues http://wkar.org/post/great-lakes-month-review-mayors-take-great-lakes-issues <p></p><p></p><p style="margin:0px;font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:rgb(35,35,35)">At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. <span style="color:rgb(0,0,0)">For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review we focus on the <a href="http://www.glslcities.org/" target="_blank">Great Lakes </a></span><a href="http://www.glslcities.org/" target="_blank">&amp; St. Lawrence Cities Initiative</a>. The group includes 114 mayors of cities throughout the Great Lakes Basin.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:40:25 +0000 Mark Bashore & Emanuele Berry 55698 at http://wkar.org Great Lakes Month in Review: Mayors take on Great Lakes issues MSU's rare corpse flower comes to life http://wkar.org/post/msus-rare-corpse-flower-comes-life <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Michigan State University campus here in East Lansing is often described as one of the most beautiful in America.</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:30:05 +0000 Mark Bashore 55634 at http://wkar.org MSU's rare corpse flower comes to life Why do Americans call it 'soccer'? http://wkar.org/post/why-do-americans-call-it-soccer <p></p><div>Football is played with your hands, soccer is played with your feet. Here in the U.S., that’s something that has been ingrained in our culture regardless of any international criticism of its absurdity. However, a recent study reveals that the word "soccer" isn’t American at all. It’s actually British.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:54:57 +0000 Mark Bashore 55630 at http://wkar.org Why do Americans call it 'soccer'? Voices of Experience: Pauline Adams dedicates a lifetime to education http://wkar.org/post/voices-experience-pauline-adams-dedicates-lifetime-education <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;We all know Michiganians we feel are extraordinary --for their memorable life experiences or their sacrifices. &nbsp;Maybe for their success or their service, and for the insights they produce.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Getting acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of <em>Current State’s</em> ongoing series, “Voices of Experience.” Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:48:17 +0000 Melissa Benmark & Mark Bashore 55629 at http://wkar.org Voices of Experience: Pauline Adams dedicates a lifetime to education EL city attorney position stirs emotion http://wkar.org/post/el-city-attorney-position-stirs-emotion <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Voters in East Lansing may decide whether to alter policy involving the city’s attorneys. Two East Lansing activists claim the city could save money and avoid potential conflicts of interest by hiring a full-time municipal lawyer. The <a href="http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/council/" target="_blank">East Lansing City Council</a> already has that option, but often opts to contract legal work hourly to private firms. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:57:14 +0000 Mark Bashore 55520 at http://wkar.org EL city attorney position stirs emotion MSU's beepalooza offers education ... bee petting? http://wkar.org/post/msus-beepalooza-offers-education-bee-petting <p></p><p>It was inevitable that <em>Current State</em> caught the buzz about <a href="http://www.ent.msu.edu/news/article/spend_a_day_with_bugs_june_22_during_bee_palooza_and_bug_house_open_house" target="_blank">Beepalooza</a>. The free bee education event is this Sunday at Michigan State University’s Horticulture Demonstration Gardens. The main question is, why do we need to be educated about bees? Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:56:38 +0000 Melissa Benmark & Mark Bashore 55521 at http://wkar.org MSU's beepalooza offers education ... bee petting? Provenzano: heavy rain a prelude to a 'normal' summer http://wkar.org/post/provenzano-heavy-rain-prelude-normal-summer <p></p><p></p><p>The Lansing area is expected to get a break from yesterday’s stormy weather that triggered flooding and weather warnings. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:44:55 +0000 Mark Bashore 55452 at http://wkar.org Provenzano: heavy rain a prelude to a 'normal' summer 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? Superintendent: Lansing Shabazz Academy "not just a school, it's a living museum" http://wkar.org/post/superintendent-lansing-shabazz-academy-not-just-school-its-living-museum <p></p><p></p><p>Juneteenth is a celebration marking the anniversary of the ending of slavery in America. In Lansing, the <a href="http://www.lansingjuneteenthcelebration.org/" target="_blank">Juneteenth Freedom Festival</a> is in its 21st year. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:43:57 +0000 Scott Pohl & Mark Bashore 55458 at http://wkar.org Superintendent: Lansing Shabazz Academy "not just a school, it's a living museum"