cs130816 http://wkar.org en Current State #144 | August 16, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-144-august-16-2013 <p></p><p>Today on <a href="http://wkar.org/programs/current-state"><em>Current State</em>:</a> a look at how the Affordable Care Act would impact small business owners; Michigan fans remember Elvis Presley; legendary broadcaster George Blaha&nbsp;and his career experience; the winning script of this year's 'One Book, One Community' program - 'The Yellow Bird;" Lansing's first rowing regatta and remembering WJR personality J.P. McCarthy.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:29:57 +0000 Current State 40888 at http://wkar.org Michigan small business reactions to Medicaid expansion http://wkar.org/post/michigan-small-business-reactions-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beginning in 2014, much of the federal Affordable Care Act (</span>ACA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) takes effect. The landmark law aims to ensure that U.S. citizens have access to quality and affordable health insurance. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:29:22 +0000 Current State 40879 at http://wkar.org Michigan small business reactions to Medicaid expansion Michigan fans to remember Elvis Presley with music, impersonation http://wkar.org/post/michigan-fans-remember-elvis-presley-music-impersonation <p></p><p><a href="http://www.elvis.com/">Elvis Presley</a> will be in Ionia this weekend, at least in spirit. The <a href="http://www.mielvis.com/Home_Page.php">Michigan Elvis Presley Fan Club</a> has arranged “a concert for the King” with several Elvis interpreters at the Ionia Theater on Sunday. Today is the 36th anniversary of Elvis' death. Yet many years on, he continues to attract devoted fans. <em>WKAR</em>’s Melissa Benmark spoke with Jennifer Thede, one of the fan club's co-founders.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:27:59 +0000 Current State 40881 at http://wkar.org Michigan fans to remember Elvis Presley with music, impersonation Legendary broadcaster George Blaha reflects on career http://wkar.org/post/legendary-broadcaster-george-blaha-reflects-career <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Broadcasting legend&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nba.com/pistons/news/blaha_blog_archive.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">George&nbsp;Blaha</a>&nbsp;is the long-lasting television and radio play-by-play voice of the Detroit Pistons. He is also the play-by-play voice of Spartans football.</p><p>Recently, he spoke with the&nbsp;<em>Current Sport</em>s host Al Martin to&nbsp;<a href="http://wkar.org/term/george-blaha">talk</a>&nbsp; about his past, the NBA during the 80's and 90's and the upcoming season for the Pistons.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:27:22 +0000 Current State 40882 at http://wkar.org Legendary broadcaster George Blaha reflects on career 'One Book, One Community' features the book 'The Yellow Birds' http://wkar.org/post/one-book-one-community-features-book-yellow-birds <p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:26:46 +0000 Current State 40884 at http://wkar.org 'One Book, One Community' features the book 'The Yellow Birds' Remembering WJR legend J.P. McCarthy http://wkar.org/post/remembering-wjr-legend-jp-mccarthy <p></p><p>Eighteen years ago this morning brought the sad news of the death of beloved Detroit radio personality J.P. McCarthy. McCarthy ruled the morning radio airwaves at <a href="http://www.wjr.com/"><em>WJR</em></a> for 30 years. <em>Current State</em> contributor Russ White worked with McCarthy for the last five years of J.P.'s life and has this remembrance of the great voice of the Great Lakes.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:26:16 +0000 Current State 40891 at http://wkar.org Remembering WJR legend J.P. McCarthy