Kevin Lavery http://wkar.org en 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 A century ago, two bullets sparked the 'Great War' http://wkar.org/post/century-ago-two-bullets-sparked-great-war <p></p><p>It’s been a full century since the event that triggered what the world once believed to be “the war to end all wars.”&nbsp; Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:25:07 +0000 Kevin Lavery 55888 at http://wkar.org A century ago, two bullets sparked the 'Great War' MSU economist maps U.S. cocaine trafficking http://wkar.org/post/msu-economist-maps-us-cocaine-trafficking <p></p><p>Last month, a federal judge sentenced a 90 year old Indiana man to three years in prison for his role in transporting more than 1,200 kilograms of cocaine into Michigan. The man’s age spurred new attention to an old problem. &nbsp;Illegal drug trafficking is an ongoing epidemic across the United States. Now, a Michigan State University professor has created a new way to track the flow of cocaine into the country. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:34:37 +0000 Kevin Lavery 55821 at http://wkar.org MSU economist maps U.S. cocaine trafficking Symposium highlights Michigan's role in modern architecture http://wkar.org/post/symposium-highlights-michigans-role-modern-architecture <p></p><p>The history of 20th century design in Michigan isn’t just about automobiles. After World War II, Michigan was a hub for architects who broke away from the neo-classical shapes inspired by ancient Greece and Rome. The era of modern architecture lasted about 30 years and produced many structures still seen today. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:53:59 +0000 Kevin Lavery 55522 at http://wkar.org Symposium highlights Michigan's role in modern architecture Community rallies to rebuild EL park http://wkar.org/post/community-rallies-rebuild-el-park <p>A popular East Lansing park is in the midst of a major transformation. All week, dozens of volunteers have been hammering, lifting and drilling sections of what will soon be a new playground at <a href="http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/playgroundinthepark/" target="_blank">Patriarche Park</a>. They’re expecting to wrap up work today, and <em>Current State’s</em> Kevin Lavery has been following their progress.&nbsp; Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:43:06 +0000 Kevin Lavery 55455 at http://wkar.org Community rallies to rebuild EL park Michigan may authorize new uses for toxic coal ash http://wkar.org/post/michigan-may-authorize-new-uses-toxic-coal-ash <p></p><p></p><p>One of the bills that cleared the Michigan legislature this session was a provision that allows certain bio-waste materials to be re-used for beneficial purposes. These substances include things like cement kiln dust, wood pulp and coal ash. Coal ash is the leftover residue from coal burned by electric power plants. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:36:49 +0000 Kevin Lavery 55154 at http://wkar.org Michigan may authorize new uses for toxic coal ash Michigan roads: Is the solution in the asphalt? http://wkar.org/post/michigan-roads-solution-asphalt <p></p><p></p><p>The $1-billion road funding package that Michigan lawmakers have been struggling to pass in the final days of the session failed to achieve consensus last night. As of this morning, the <a href="http://www.senate.michigan.gov/default.html" target="_blank">Michigan Senate</a> will have just a few hours to try to cobble together&nbsp; a plan to raise the revenue to fix the state’s roads. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:10:17 +0000 Kevin Lavery 55091 at http://wkar.org Michigan roads: Is the solution in the asphalt? Despite intense winter, Michigan tourism warming up http://wkar.org/post/despite-intense-winter-michigan-tourism-warming <p></p><p></p><p style="margin:0px;font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria">Michigan had one of the most brutal winters it has ever seen, and unfortunately its impacts are still lingering. &nbsp;As people begin to plan their summer travels, there may be some residual effects from this winter. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:16:01 +0000 Kevin Lavery 54959 at http://wkar.org Despite intense winter, Michigan tourism warming up Michigan Remembers D-Day: Today's Generation Honors the Greatest Generation http://wkar.org/post/michigan-remembers-d-day-todays-generation-honors-greatest-generation <p></p><p></p><p>On June 6, 1944, more than 160, 000 Allied forces traversed the English Channel to land on the beaches of Normandy in France.&nbsp; Operation Overlord, commonly known as "D-Day," was the largest seaborne invasion in history.&nbsp; The offensive marked the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe.</p><p>WKAR is proud to honor the sacrifice of all veterans, living and dead, who gave of themselves to restore freedom and hope to a war-torn world.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 04:01:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 54756 at http://wkar.org Michigan Remembers D-Day: Today's Generation Honors the Greatest Generation Teaching first aid for mental health http://wkar.org/post/teaching-first-aid-mental-health <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>For decades, organizations like the American Red Cross and local fire departments have offered courses in basic first aid. Many Americans who are not in the medical field have a working knowledge of how to perform CPR. But few people are trained to give mental health first aid. That’s the aim of an ongoing training series being held this summer in Lansing. Fri, 30 May 2014 17:08:35 +0000 Kevin Lavery 54481 at http://wkar.org Teaching first aid for mental health Exhibit celebrates 125 years of local innovation http://wkar.org/post/exhibit-celebrates-125-years-local-innovation <p></p><p></p><p>If you’ve found yourself passing through Lansing City Hall these past couple of days, you may have noticed a treasured piece of the city’s past. In the lobby now sits a 1901 Curved Dash Olds Runabout. It will be on display there through October as part of a new exhibit entitled “<a href="http://lansinghistory.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Made in Lansing</a>.” Thu, 29 May 2014 18:31:37 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 54419 at http://wkar.org Exhibit celebrates 125 years of local innovation Volunteers enlisted to protect state from cybercrime http://wkar.org/post/volunteers-enlisted-protect-state-cybercrime <p></p><p></p><p>Anyone who ever uses a computer gets hit now and then with e-mail spam or the occasional computer virus. Many are just minor hassles that try to derail our plans, but some do cause significant damage. Now imagine how often large companies and government agencies get hacked by those seeking to inflict harm. To address this, the state of Michigan is creating an all volunteer defense team, the <a href="http://www.micybercorps.org/" target="_blank">Cyber Civilian Corps</a>. Wed, 28 May 2014 16:19:58 +0000 Kevin Lavery & Mark Bashore 54356 at http://wkar.org Volunteers enlisted to protect state from cybercrime Michigan providers address costly hospital readmissions http://wkar.org/post/michigan-providers-address-costly-hospital-readmissions <p></p><p></p><p>Nationwide, a significant number of people who leave the hospital return within days or weeks for another stay. The reasons for this are varied. A conference taking place Wednesday at Michigan State University seeks to address how to implement better transitions between health care settings</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 17:26:06 +0000 Kevin Lavery & Mark Bashore 54299 at http://wkar.org Michigan providers address costly hospital readmissions Okemos fourth graders lobby for state amphibian http://wkar.org/post/okemos-fourth-graders-lobby-state-amphibian <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Some elementary students in Okemos are wrapping up their school year with a crash course in political lobbying. Thu, 22 May 2014 17:01:15 +0000 Kevin Lavery 54083 at http://wkar.org Okemos fourth graders lobby for state amphibian Director previews 51st EL Art Festival http://wkar.org/post/director-previews-51st-el-art-festival <p></p><p>The <a href="http://elartfest.com/" target="_blank">East Lansing Art Festival</a> returns this weekend for its 51st run. The two-day event in the city’s downtown core features more than 180 artists and musicians. For many long-time attendees, the East Lansing Art Festival signals the unofficial start of summer. Fri, 16 May 2014 15:57:35 +0000 Kevin Lavery 53787 at http://wkar.org Director previews 51st EL Art Festival MSU physician discusses risk of ibuprofen and related drugs http://wkar.org/post/msu-physician-discusses-risk-ibuprofen-and-related-drugs <p></p><p></p><p>Ibuprofen is one of the most widely used over the counter pain medications in the United States. Most consumers know it under such brands as Advil and Motrin. The labeling on these products purport to treat a variety of pains, from headaches to arthritis to the common cold. A growing body of research in the last few years suggests those labels should contain stronger warnings. Wed, 14 May 2014 15:26:47 +0000 Kevin Lavery & Mark Bashore 53670 at http://wkar.org MSU physician discusses risk of ibuprofen and related drugs Michigan researchers pick up pieces of children study http://wkar.org/post/michigan-researchers-pick-pieces-children-study <p></p><p></p><p>In 2011, Michigan State University embarked on a national project to study the impact of the environment on the health of children from birth to age 21. The <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23574419" target="_blank">National Children’s Study</a> was designed to be the largest such research of its kind. MSU was part of a statewide team which interviewed more than 100 pregnant women in Wayne County. They were in search of data that might determine their children’s long term health outcomes. Tue, 13 May 2014 15:13:39 +0000 Kevin Lavery 53608 at http://wkar.org Michigan researchers pick up pieces of children study 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 MSU pushes potential Parkinson's drug to clinical trial http://wkar.org/post/msu-pushes-potential-parkinsons-drug-clinical-trial <p></p><p></p><p>Neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s cost the U-S billions of dollars each year. Last year, a <a href="http://www.nia.nih.gov/newsroom/2013/04/nih-supported-study-finds-us-dementia-care-costs-high-215-billion-2010" target="_blank">study</a> supported by the National Institutes of Health found that in 2010, the cost of treating Alzheimer’s alone neared $215-billion. Mon, 05 May 2014 15:25:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 53203 at http://wkar.org MSU pushes potential Parkinson's drug to clinical trial Art fair gives voice to older foster children looking for homes http://wkar.org/post/art-fair-gives-voice-older-foster-children-looking-homes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan has just over 13,000 children in its foster care system. &nbsp;Most are living in &nbsp;licensed homes, but many live with relatives who are either licensed or unlicensed to provide care. &nbsp;Still others are in child caring institutions. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">May is National Foster Care Month and as part of that observance, one mid-Michigan agency is sponsoring an exhibition of artwork made by foster care children in search of adoption.</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 20:07:38 +0000 Kevin Lavery 53105 at http://wkar.org Fading down the back stretch: Michigan horse racing industry struggles to keep up http://wkar.org/post/fading-down-back-stretch-michigan-horse-racing-industry-struggles-keep <p>Horse racing fans around the country are gearing up for the <a href="http://www.kentuckyderby.com/">Kentucky Derby</a> next Saturday. The storied run that kicks off the quest for the Triple Crown will bring thousands of people to Michigan’s three horse tracks. Many will place their bets as they watch the Derby via simulcast. They’ll also come to cheer on local horses and riders who come to the tracks to test their mettle. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:10:06 +0000 Kevin Lavery 52862 at http://wkar.org Fading down the back stretch: Michigan horse racing industry struggles to keep up Ann Arbor emerging as global leader in connected vehicle technology http://wkar.org/post/ann-arbor-emerging-global-leader-connected-vehicle-technology <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 19px; line-height: 1.15;">If you were a fan of the 1980’s TV show “Knight Rider,” you’ll remember actor David </span>Hasselhoff<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 19px; line-height: 1.15;"> riding around in a modified Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that could talk, fly and even scan other vehicles. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:00:45 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 52682 at http://wkar.org Ann Arbor emerging as global leader in connected vehicle technology Teaching international students offers lesson for professors http://wkar.org/post/teaching-international-students-offers-lesson-professors <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-6c4dbe4e-93d1-4725-617c-ca26f812ba8a" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">It is no secret that Michigan State University has a growing body of international students. There are about 4,300 Chinese students alone enrolled at MSU. &nbsp;It is a trend that is prompting faculty and staff to re-evaluate how they respond to the challenges of educating this growing segment. &nbsp;</span> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:00:29 +0000 Kevin Lavery & Scott Pohl 52683 at http://wkar.org Teaching international students offers lesson for professors