law http://wkar.org en Research on parenting to figure in federal same sex marriage trial http://wkar.org/post/research-parenting-figure-federal-same-sex-marriage-trial <p></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">A federal judge in Detroit will hear opening arguments today on a case that could potentially overturn Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. In 2012, two lesbian nurses sued Governor <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder">Rick Snyder</a> and Attorney General <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/ag">Bill Schuette.</a> The couple is raising three special needs children, but they cannot legally adopt them unless they are married.</span><br /> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:22:22 +0000 Current State 49861 at http://wkar.org Research on parenting to figure in federal same sex marriage trial Trayvon Martin's family attorney on latest 'Stand Your Ground' cases http://wkar.org/post/trayvon-martins-family-attorney-latest-stand-your-ground-cases <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;<span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. George Zimmerman shot the unarmed teenager while on a neighborhood watch patrol. Claiming self defense under Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, Zimmerman was ultimately acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Attorney <a href="http://parkscrump.com/attorneys/benjamin-crump/">Benjamin Crump</a> has represented the interests of Martin’s family. He has a speaking engagement tonight in Lansing.</span> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:59:23 +0000 Current State 49868 at http://wkar.org Trayvon Martin's family attorney on latest 'Stand Your Ground' cases Advocate urges action against Citizens United decision http://wkar.org/post/advocate-urges-action-against-citizens-united-decision <p></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:58:05 +0000 Current State 42499 at http://wkar.org MSU professor stresses importance of due process in Penn affair http://wkar.org/post/msu-professor-stresses-importance-due-process-penn-affair <p></p><p>Highly controversial comments made recently by a Michigan State University professor continue to be a topic of discussion both locally and beyond. &nbsp;</p><p>Last week, creative writing professor William Penn sparked an intense backlash after a <a href="http://www.campusreform.org/blog/?ID=5040">video surfaced</a> of him suggesting Republicans had “raped the country” and included many closet racists. &nbsp;A student attending the lecture told MLive.com that Penn also denigrated Christians and athletes.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:47:51 +0000 Current State 42002 at http://wkar.org MSU professor stresses importance of due process in Penn affair Legislation will overhaul Michigan's flawed indigent defense system http://wkar.org/post/legislation-will-overhaul-michigans-flawed-indigent-defense-system <p></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:06:33 +0000 Current State 37971 at http://wkar.org SCOTUS rules against gene patenting http://wkar.org/post/scotus-rules-against-gene-patenting <div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><p>The U.S. Supreme Court has&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-398_8njq.pdf">ruled</a> unanimously that naturally occurring human genes cannot be patented. The ruling will affect researchers, universities and industries.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:46:46 +0000 Current State 37575 at http://wkar.org SCOTUS rules against gene patenting Current State #78 | May 1, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-78-may-1-2013 <p>Today on&nbsp;<em>Current State</em>: Ingham County Chief District Judge talks Indigent Defense<strong> </strong>; the Lansing Information Technology Empowerment Center; Michael Finney from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and re-imagining the Grand River corridor.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 18:14:19 +0000 Current State 35148 at http://wkar.org Chief judge makes case for indigent defense reform http://wkar.org/post/chief-judge-makes-case-indigent-defense-reform <p>The sixth amendment to the U.S. Constitution makes it clear: &nbsp;any citizen accused of a crime will--if necessary--have access to qualified legal representation in court. &nbsp;Many legal professionals think that guarantee has been seriously compromised in Michigan for many years. &nbsp;&nbsp;The state often ranks low in assessments of its system of indigent defense. &nbsp;&nbsp;In recent years, several efforts by the state legislature to strengthen the system have failed.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 18:11:13 +0000 Current State 35147 at http://wkar.org SCOTUS takes up of gene patenting http://wkar.org/post/scotus-takes-gene-patenting <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 200%;">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/default.aspx" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 200%;">Supreme Court</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 200%;"> heard arguments last week about whether human genes can be patented. The court’s ruling could drastically change the biotech industry and also the way universities do research.</span></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:06:30 +0000 Current State 34652 at http://wkar.org SCOTUS takes up of gene patenting Biker Group says Motorcycle Fatalities Down Since Helmet Law Repeal http://wkar.org/post/biker-group-says-motorcycle-fatalities-down-helmet-law-repeal <p>Early data suggest the state may not be causing a big jump in the number of biker deaths since the Legislature repealed a law requiring them to wear helmets. The group American Bikers Aiming Toward Education – or ABATE – released those numbers this week.</p><p>However, state officials say it’s too early to come to any conclusions. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 21:42:15 +0000 Jake Neher 24887 at http://wkar.org Biker Group says Motorcycle Fatalities Down Since Helmet Law Repeal Juvenile Lifer Ruling Requires Authorities to Track Down Victims http://wkar.org/post/juvenile-lifer-ruling-requires-authorities-track-down-victims <p>A state House committee held a hearing Tuesday on what Michigan needs to do to comply with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 23:06:52 +0000 Rick Pluta 20683 at http://wkar.org Juvenile Lifer Ruling Requires Authorities to Track Down Victims