CS130911 http://wkar.org en Current State #156 | September 11, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-156-september-11-2013 <p>Today on <a href="http://www.wkar.org/programs/current-state"><em>Current State</em></a>:&nbsp; new hotel developments are coming to Lansing Township; Michigan firefighters struggle with funding cuts and health care issues;<em> Neighbors in Action</em> highlights the Women's Center of Greater Lansing; youth adult author Holly Black on her new vampire novel, "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown"&nbsp;followed by Scott Southard's review of Ms. Black's book.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:55:00 +0000 Current State 42134 at http://wkar.org Lansing Township planner defends commercial growth http://wkar.org/post/lansing-township-planner-defends-commercial-growth <p></p><p>Lansing Township’s Eastwood development continues to grow. &nbsp;Township officials recently gave the green light to Lansing developer Mike Eyde to build a $10 million Fairfield Inn and Suites near U.S. 127 and Lake Lansing Road. &nbsp;&nbsp;It’s slated to open in 2015. &nbsp;The Fairfield will follow the scheduled opening of a nearby Hyatt Place hotel. &nbsp;It would make five hotels in the vicinity of Eastwood.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:54:22 +0000 Current State 42133 at http://wkar.org Lansing Township planner defends commercial growth Michigan firefighters weather budget cuts, seek better health care http://wkar.org/post/michigan-firefighters-weather-budget-cuts-seek-better-health-care <p></p><p>Today is September 11. &nbsp;It’s been 12 years since the horrible events in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania that saw nearly 3,000 people die at the hands of terrorists. &nbsp;As Americans, we still feel unsettling emotions at the mere mention of the term “Nine-Eleven.” &nbsp;</p><p>We remember with pride, however, the selfless bravery of &nbsp;our first responders who rushed into harm’s way to save lives. &nbsp;While we still hold police and firefighters in high regard, those professions have weathered their share of hardships in the years since. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:52:26 +0000 Current State 42127 at http://wkar.org Michigan firefighters weather budget cuts, seek better health care Neighbors in Action: Women's Center of Greater Lansing http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-womens-center-greater-lansing <p></p><p>Our Neighbors in Action segment features people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week, we feature the<a href="http://www.womenscenterofgreaterlansing.org/"> Women’s Center of Greater Lansing. </a>The non-profit offers a variety of services including counseling, employment assistance, even auto maintenance classes for women in the Lansing area. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wkar.org/programs/current-state">Current State</a></em> speaks with executive director Cindie Alwood.</p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:51:11 +0000 Current State 42126 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Women's Center of Greater Lansing YA author Holly Black dishes on new vampire novel, answers fans' questions http://wkar.org/post/ya-author-holly-black-dishes-new-vampire-novel-answers-fans-questions <p></p><p>The trend of teen novels transporting their readers to fantasy worlds filled with vampires, fairies and monsters is relevant once again this month with the release of a new book called <a href="http://www.blackholly.com/thecoldestgirlincoldtown.html"><em>The Coldest Girl in Coldtown</em>, </a>written by Holly Black, who will be visiting Lansing this week.</p><p>Black, who’s most famous for co-writing <em>The Spiderwick Chronicles</em> series, reveals her fear of zombies and answers questions from local fans from Okemos&nbsp;High School.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:40:51 +0000 Current State 42125 at http://wkar.org YA author Holly Black dishes on new vampire novel, answers fans' questions Book review: Holly Black's 'The Coldest Girl in Coldtown' http://wkar.org/post/book-review-holly-blacks-coldest-girl-coldtown <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>I have never understood the whole vampire thing (and that’s apart from my personal distaste of them). If an alien was to rocket past our planet and spy just a fraction of our entertainment, they would think we were taken over by the undead. &nbsp;They are everywhere—books, TV, movies—you can’t escape them and it seems a lot of us wouldn’t want to anyway.</p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:36:42 +0000 Scott D. Southard 42124 at http://wkar.org Book review: Holly Black's 'The Coldest Girl in Coldtown'