cs131220 http://wkar.org en Current State #225 | December 20, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-225-december-20-2013 <p></p><p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State:</em> Gov. Snyder's energy future plan; losing unemployment benefits; "Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie"; the Festival of Trees; a review of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol"; and the MSU Community Music School provides live Christmas music.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:35:15 +0000 Current State 46966 at http://wkar.org Current State #225 | December 20, 2013 Environmental official encouraged by Snyder energy blueprint http://wkar.org/post/environmental-official-encouraged-snyder-energy-blueprint <p></p><p></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder wants a <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277--318423--,00.html">“no regrets energy future"</a> for Michigan by 2025.&nbsp; That was how he summarized his administration’s long-awaited energy “blueprint” which was released yesterday. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:29:15 +0000 Current State 46970 at http://wkar.org Environmental official encouraged by Snyder energy blueprint Optimism in the face of lost jobless benefits http://wkar.org/post/optimism-face-lost-jobless-benefits <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The holidays can be a stressful time in and of themselves, but some&nbsp; Michigan residents are bracing for more difficulty.&nbsp; About 45,000 people in the state who are currently receiving unemployment insurance through a <a href="http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/supp_act.asp">federal extension program</a> will lose that benefit by the end of the month. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:26:37 +0000 Current State 46977 at http://wkar.org Optimism in the face of lost jobless benefits 'Fried Walleye, Cherry Pie': A guide to Midwestern cuisine http://wkar.org/post/fried-walleye-cherry-pie-guide-midwestern-cuisine <p></p><p></p><p>When we discuss food culture in the U.S. we typically think of the chic restaurants on the East or West coast. But a new book is trying to change the way people understand Midwestern food culture. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:22:48 +0000 Current State 46973 at http://wkar.org 'Fried Walleye, Cherry Pie': A guide to Midwestern cuisine Festival of Trees brightens Old Town, Turner-Dodge http://wkar.org/post/festival-trees-brightens-old-town-turner-dodge <p></p><p></p><p>For the second year, the <a href="http://www.iloveoldtown.org/events/friends-turner-dodge-house-present-old-town-festival-trees">Old Town Festival of Trees</a> takes place at Lansing's historic <a href="http://www.lansingmi.gov/tdodge">Turner Dodge House</a>. This year’s event runs through the 29th and features 23 trees decorated by Old Town businesses and neighbors. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:22:04 +0000 Current State 46972 at http://wkar.org Festival of Trees brightens Old Town, Turner-Dodge