cs130305 http://wkar.org en Current State #37 | March 5, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-37-march-5-2013 <p></p><p>Today on&nbsp;<em>Current State:&nbsp;</em>The local impact of federal budget cuts; climate change in Michigan; Michigan farmers markets; the new dynamics of the Michigan Supreme Court; and Lansing's new city attorney designate.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 23:36:56 +0000 Current State 32193 at http://wkar.org Sequestration cuts will be felt locally http://wkar.org/post/sequestration-cuts-will-be-felt-locally <p></p><p>Automatic cuts to the federal budget, known as sequestration, went into effect last week. If the initial round of $85 billion in cuts to the military and domestic discretionary spending are not averted, the cuts will resonate throughout the nation's economy, including in Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 23:28:39 +0000 Current State 32192 at http://wkar.org Sequestration cuts will be felt locally The potential effects of climate change in Michigan http://wkar.org/post/potential-effects-climate-change-michigan <p></p><p></p><p>Climate change is continuing to influence Michigan’s environment. Last March a sudden thaw and freeze devastated the state’s berry crops. While recently, record low water levels have forced the government to spend millions on dredging.</p><p>Jeff Andresen, &nbsp;Michigan Climatologist and assistant professor of geography at Michigan State University, discusses Michigan's climate future.</p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 23:02:44 +0000 Current State 32189 at http://wkar.org Michigan farmers markets boost economy, health http://wkar.org/post/michigan-farmers-markets-boost-economy-health <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Michigan Farmers Market Conference takes place today and tomorrow as part of <a href="http://www.anrweek.canr.msu.edu/">Agriculture and Natural Resources Week</a>. The growth and expansion of farmers’ markets is one of the most visible aspects of Michigan’s vibrant local and regional food renaissance. This rapid market growth has created a need for educational and advocacy programs that protect and grow these venues and highlight the benefits and importance of Michigan agriculture.</span></p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:53:25 +0000 Current State 32187 at http://wkar.org Michigan farmers markets boost economy, health David Viviano set to begin tenure on Michigan Supreme Court http://wkar.org/post/david-viviano-set-begin-tenure-michigan-supreme-court <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, Governor Rick Snyder named Macomb County Chief Circuit Judge David </span>Viviano<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to the Michigan Supreme Court. &nbsp;</span>Viviano<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> replaces former justice Diane Hathaway, who resigned in January under a cloud of scandal pertaining to her involvement in a fraudulent real estate deal. &nbsp;</span>Viviano<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has worked as a city attorney and was also a Republican nominee for Macomb County prosecutor.</span></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:36:49 +0000 Current State 32185 at http://wkar.org David Viviano set to begin tenure on Michigan Supreme Court Lansing Mayor nominates first woman, African American as city attorney http://wkar.org/post/lansing-mayor-nominates-first-woman-african-american-city-attorney <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If Mayor Virg Bernero has his way, Janene McIntyre will be Lansing’s next city attorney. She would succeed Brigham Smith, who left for a similar job in Connecticut earlier this year.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McIntyre is a Lansing native and Cooley Law School graduate, currently working with the public finance practice groups at <a href="http://www.fosterswift.com/professionals-Janene-McIntyre-Attorney.html">Foster Swift Collins and Smith</a> in Lansing.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If approved by the city council, she would become Lansing’s first female, and first African-American, city attorney.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Current State’s</em> Scott </span>Pohl<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> speaks with McIntyre about the new opportunity.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:24:52 +0000 Current State 32179 at http://wkar.org