Michigan http://wkar.org en Country music with a kick at Faster Horses http://wkar.org/post/country-music-kick-faster-horses <p></p><p></p><p>Michigan’s biggest country music festival of the summer is in Brooklyn this weekend. Michigan International Speedway will host the<a href="http://fasterhorsesfestival.com/" target="_blank"> Faster Horses Festival</a>, which includes three days of music, camping, and fun in southern Michigan. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:32:48 +0000 Scott Pohl 56848 at http://wkar.org Country music with a kick at Faster Horses 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 'Oddball Michigan': Tridges, concrete kitsch, and trees from space http://wkar.org/post/oddball-michigan-tridges-concrete-kitsch-and-trees-space <p></p><p>"<a href="http://www.chicagoreviewpress.com/oddball-michigan-products-9781613748930.php?page_id=21" target="_blank">Oddball Michigan: A Guide to 450 Really Strange Places</a>" is a recently published book which seeks to catalog all of the oddball tourist destinations throughout our state, and there are plenty of them. Fri, 23 May 2014 17:19:05 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 54150 at http://wkar.org 'Oddball Michigan': Tridges, concrete kitsch, and trees from space Michigan stakeholders rely on non-partisan ‘Tax Outline’ http://wkar.org/post/michigan-stakeholders-rely-non-partisan-tax-outline <p></p><p>There are 59 different taxes yielding nearly $40 billion in public revenue. That is a snapshot of current Michigan tax levies contained in a comprehensive new report. The money is used to pay for police and fire protection, Medicaid coverage, state employee salaries, schools, roads and lots more.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:45:18 +0000 Mark Bashore 52263 at http://wkar.org Michigan stakeholders rely on non-partisan ‘Tax Outline’ New MSU project expected to help create thousands of Michigan jobs http://wkar.org/post/new-msu-project-expected-help-create-thousands-michigan-jobs <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-e64ba568-4bdb-c45f-46ec-f48a8a294abc" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;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;">There are plans to build a new center here at MSU that, if realized, proponents say could have a substantial economic impact on the state of Michigan, including the creation of potentially thousands of new jobs. <em>Current State's</em> Joe Linstroth talked with Chris Peterson, an agricultural economist and the head of MSU’s <a href="http://productcenter.msu.edu/">Product Center</a>, who says there are more than 600 mid-sized food processors in the state of Michigan. Many of these companies’ facilities are maxed out, meaning that if they want to create a new product, they don’t have the capacity to test the product or its manufacturing and packaging techniques to see if it’s economically viable.</span> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:14:39 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 51980 at http://wkar.org New MSU project expected to help create thousands of Michigan jobs Local poet explores sights, sounds of Michigan http://wkar.org/post/local-poet-explores-sights-sounds-michigan <p></p><p></p><p>Poetry, art, and Michigan. All have inspired local writer and artist <a href="https://www.facebook.com/jvanwierenpoetryart">Jeanne Van Wieren</a>.&nbsp;The Williamston Enterprise columnist has published a book of her art and poetry called “This Mitten Is Tightly Knit”.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:45:18 +0000 Scott Pohl 51797 at http://wkar.org Local poet explores sights, sounds of Michigan From Newfoundland to Georgia: trying to map the Midwest http://wkar.org/post/newfoundland-georgia-trying-map-midwest <p></p><p></p><div>If you live in Michigan, you live in the Midwest, right? Well, maybe not.&nbsp;While the U.S. Census Bureau defines the Midwest as a 12 state region between Ohio and North Dakota, many other organizations and individuals have their own definitions.</div><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:42:19 +0000 Emanuele Berry 51579 at http://wkar.org From Newfoundland to Georgia: trying to map the Midwest MSU and Michigan Meet in the Big Ten Tournament Championship | Current Sports | WKAR http://wkar.org/post/msu-and-michigan-meet-big-ten-tournament-championship-current-sports-wkar <p>MSU topped Wisconsin on Saturday, moving on to the Big Ten Final! It's the first time in the 17 year history of the Big Ten Tournament that MSU and Michigan will meet in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game on Sunday afternoon! WKAR's Al Martin reports from Indianapolis on just what this means to the Spartans and how this one could be a bit of payback for the team.</p><p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 07:57:19 +0000 Current Sports 50721 at http://wkar.org Michigan School Board President: EAA not ready for expansion http://wkar.org/post/michigan-school-board-president-eaa-not-ready-expansion <p></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3adc1162-54f4-4cdf-324e-7bd4f4f69b34"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Michigan’s failing schools will be expanding future turnaround efforts by collaborating with various partners, not just </span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">the state’s <a href="http://michigan.gov/eaa">Education Achievement Authority</a>. </span></span> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:14:18 +0000 Current State 49683 at http://wkar.org Michigan School Board President: EAA not ready for expansion Michigan Office for New Americans to focus on employer education http://wkar.org/post/michigan-office-new-americans-focus-employer-education <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Du</span>ring his State of the State address last month, Governor Rick Snyder pledged to create the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/ona">Michigan Office for New Americans</a>. He did so on January 31, and named Bing Goei, of Grand Rapids, to run the office. The idea is to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants in Michigan.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:50:33 +0000 Current State 49570 at http://wkar.org Michigan Office for New Americans to focus on employer education Exploring Michigan’s decades-long relationship with Japan http://wkar.org/post/exploring-michigan-s-decades-long-relationship-japan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1968, Michigan Governor George Romney signed an agreement with the governor of Shiga Prefecture, which is one of Japan’s 47 state-like territories, to create a sister state relationship. The cultural partnership between the two states is one of the longest-running in the country and is still going strong today.</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:22:27 +0000 Current State 49483 at http://wkar.org Exploring Michigan’s decades-long relationship with Japan State proposes local control of backyard livestock http://wkar.org/post/state-proposes-local-control-backyard-livestock <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An important debate over urban farming in Michigan continues today in Lansing. Officials from the </span><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdard" style="line-height: 1.5;">Department of Agriculture and Rural Development </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and others will discuss </span><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1599_1605---,00.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">proposed rule changes</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> governing farm animals in developed, residential areas.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:51:05 +0000 Current State 49265 at http://wkar.org State proposes local control of backyard livestock State's high court seeks more language interpreters http://wkar.org/post/states-high-court-seeks-more-language-interpreters <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The American legal system is littered with ancient Latin terms. Phrases like </span>“habeus<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> corpus,” “ex post facto” and “pro bono” are common in our courts. Many of us who are not lawyers and judges have some idea what they mean, but imagine trying to grasp what’s happening in a courtroom when English is not your first language. At best, the experience can be stressful and even frightening without an interpreter.</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:03:27 +0000 Current State 48931 at http://wkar.org State's high court seeks more language interpreters State, homeowners, retailers respond to propane shortage http://wkar.org/post/state-homeowners-retailers-respond-propane-shortage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thousands of </span><a href="http://michigan.gov/documents/mpsc/propane_fact_sheet_446197_7.pdf?20140131130623" style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">households and businesses that use </span><a href="http://www.eia.gov/pressroom/presentations/sieminski_01282014.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">propane gas</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> continue to be squeezed by a </span><a href="http://www.eia.gov/pressroom/presentations/sieminski_01282014.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">shortage</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the fuel.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:57:35 +0000 Current State 48823 at http://wkar.org State, homeowners, retailers respond to propane shortage MSU Falls to Michigan at the Breslin Center http://wkar.org/post/msu-falls-michigan-breslin-center <p>WKAR's Al Martin gives his postgame report after MSU falls to Michigan this past weekend, 80 to 75. You would think head coach Tom Izzo would be disappointed after losing to his rival, but his reaction afterward was quite the opposite.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 06:21:47 +0000 Current Sports 48481 at http://wkar.org Former EM: Flint will take time http://wkar.org/post/former-em-flint-will-take-time <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>For two years, Flint native <a href="http://primacivitas.org/About-Us/Bios/ID/169/Brown-Mike">Michael Brown</a> served as the city of Flint’s Emergency Manager. He has recently returned to <a href="http://primacivitas.org/">Prima Civitas</a> in East Lansing as president. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:28:03 +0000 Current State 48045 at http://wkar.org Former EM: Flint will take time Outdoor winter fun not far away http://wkar.org/post/outdoor-winter-fun-not-far-away <p></p><p></p><p>The Great Lakes State celebrates our beautiful outdoors, and outdoor activities year-round.&nbsp; <em>Current State's</em> Peter Whorf checked in late last week at Meridian Township’s <a href="http://www.meridian.mi.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&amp;SEC={C5697FB4-5ED2-4042-B837-973AB9F00E7B}">Harris Nature Center</a> to find out about upcoming events. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:58:16 +0000 Current State 47900 at http://wkar.org Outdoor winter fun not far away Michigan 2014 notable books: Ford, Yoopers and Fidrych http://wkar.org/post/michigan-2014-notable-books-ford-yoopers-and-fidrych <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Each year the Library of Michigan chooses 20 books which feature notable Michigan residents, historical events and Michigan writers. The <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/libraryofmichigan/LM_2014_MNB___MDE_Press_Release_443742_7.pdf">2014 Michigan Notable Books</a> List includes works of poetry, memoirs of cities and photographs from around the mitten. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:49:23 +0000 Current State 47647 at http://wkar.org Michigan 2014 notable books: Ford, Yoopers and Fidrych A century later: The legacy of Ford’s 'living wage' http://wkar.org/post/century-later-legacy-ford-s-living-wage <p></p><p></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 16:26:22 +0000 Current State 47591 at http://wkar.org A century later: The legacy of Ford’s 'living wage' Former LSJ editor Hirten joins City Pulse http://wkar.org/post/former-lsj-editor-hirten-joins-city-pulse <p></p><p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">A long-time <a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/">Lansing State Journal</a> executive has a new masthead. Mickey Hirten joined the LSJ in 2001 and spent a dozen years as the paper’s executive editor. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:25:48 +0000 Current State 46121 at http://wkar.org Former LSJ editor Hirten joins City Pulse Michigan tribe's SCOTUS case could have far-reaching effects http://wkar.org/post/michigan-tribes-scotus-case-could-have-far-reaching-effects <p>The <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/">U.S. Supreme Court&nbsp; </a>will hear oral arguments today in a Michigan case with potential repercussions for other states as well. &nbsp;&nbsp;It involves Indian tribal rights and casino operations.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:44:24 +0000 Current State 46073 at http://wkar.org Michigan tribe's SCOTUS case could have far-reaching effects Month in Review: November's biggest news stories http://wkar.org/post/month-review-novembers-biggest-news-stories <p></p><p></p><p>Tomorrow's holiday and the long weekend means the end of the month has arrived artificially early. To review November's top Michigan news stories, Current State's “Month in Review” welcomes back <a href="http://wkar.org/people/tim-skubick">Tim Skubick</a>, host of WKAR-TV'S Off The Record.&nbsp; Also re-joining us on Thanksgiving Eve is Kyle Melinn, Editor and Co-Owner of <a href="http://www.mirsnews.com/eula.php">MIRS News</a> in Lansing. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:54:10 +0000 Current State 45893 at http://wkar.org Month in Review: November's biggest news stories Current State #209 | November 26, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-209-november-26-2013 <p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: Michigan Court of Claims update with judge Michael J. Talbot; Great Lakes Month in Review; and <em>Voices of Experience</em> with MSU's George Perles.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:54:44 +0000 Current State 45836 at http://wkar.org New Court of Claims Chief outlines transition http://wkar.org/post/new-court-claims-chief-outlines-transition <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two weeks after becoming law, a move to revamp </span><a href="http://courts.mi.gov/courts/coc/pages/default.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan's Court of Claims </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is still generating questions and discussion.</span></p><div>The reform moves legal actions against Michigan out of the <a href="http://cc.ingham.org/">Ingham County Circuit Court</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>To help us understand some of these issues, we speak with the new Chief Judge of the revamped Michigan Court of Claims, the Honorable Michael Talbot.</div><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:53:09 +0000 Current State 45831 at http://wkar.org New Court of Claims Chief outlines transition Current State #206 | November 21, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-206-november-21-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today on </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current State</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: a Michigan health care non-profit on </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">; a new </span>MSU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> study on diversity and segregation; indie film producer Christine Vachon; and "nose-to-tail" eating.</span></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:44:53 +0000 Current State 45631 at http://wkar.org Michigan Healthcare org updates ACA rollout http://wkar.org/post/michigan-healthcare-org-updates-aca-rollout <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-252261c8-7b03-1507-6f58-86f37302703b"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Cambria; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Amid the chaotic rollout of the Affordable Care Act, an Ann Arbor organization is doing its best to explain what’s going on and what health care customers can do about it. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:42:28 +0000 Current State 45627 at http://wkar.org Michigan Healthcare org updates ACA rollout Michigan nose-to-tail chef (colon) It’s all good http://wkar.org/post/michigan-nose-tail-chef-colon-it-s-all-good <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-252261c8-7b47-7582-76d7-f018d0ccb35a"><span style="font-size: 21px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">As we head into the second week of firearms deer season in Michigan, <em>Current State’s</em> Melissa Benmark has been thinking about two groups of people, high-end chefs and hunters, that might not seem to have a lot in common, but do share a common respect for the animals they use for food. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:09:19 +0000 Current State 45630 at http://wkar.org Michigan nose-to-tail chef (colon) It’s all good Current State #202 | November 14, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-202-november-14-2013 <p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: the "Pure Michigan Waste" campaign; a review of Dave Eggers' "The Circle"; an American Indian Tribe and the wolf hunt in Michigan; a one-woman play on bullying; and live Turkish music.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:54:08 +0000 Current State 45296 at http://wkar.org ‘Pure Michigan Waste’ campaign aims to streamline government work force http://wkar.org/post/pure-michigan-waste-campaign-aims-streamline-government-work-force <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Michigan government services are inefficient and expensive because important reforms are not taking place.</span></span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">That’s the conclusion of a new report from a coalition of state employee labor unions entitled “<a href="http://www.workingformichigan.org/2013/10/pure-michigan-waste/">Pure Michigan Waste</a>.” </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:50:36 +0000 Current State 45287 at http://wkar.org ‘Pure Michigan Waste’ campaign aims to streamline government work force On hunt’s eve Saginaw Chippewa’s to hold vigil for wolf http://wkar.org/post/hunt-s-eve-saginaw-chippewa-s-hold-vigil-wolf <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.95;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-410b159a-573d-8432-6df1-28c9b02e208b"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tomorrow marks the opening day of Michigan’s first wolf hunt in nearly 40 years. The state has issued 1,200 hunting licenses to kill 43 wolves, all in the Upper Peninsula.</span></span></p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:14:12 +0000 Current State 45290 at http://wkar.org On hunt’s eve Saginaw Chippewa’s to hold vigil for wolf