cs130402 http://wkar.org en Sheriff's shootout gives reporters hands-on with handguns http://wkar.org/post/sheriffs-shootout-gives-reporters-hands-handguns <p>The senseless tragedies that took place last year at a Colorado movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school brought renewed focus to the national debate over gun control.&nbsp; It’s a thorny issue that impacts everything from constitutional rights to mental health care. Thu, 02 May 2013 18:31:06 +0000 Current State 35220 at http://wkar.org Sheriff's shootout gives reporters hands-on with handguns Researchers defend the value of art and PE in school http://wkar.org/post/researchers-defend-value-art-and-pe-school <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recently, the Lansing school district announced that it will cut as many as 87 teachers in an effort to address the district’s budget deficit. Many of the teachers expected to be laid off are certified to teach art, music and physical education to elementary school students. The district says it's not eliminating its arts and physical education programs, but “redesigning” them, using existing teachers and outside programming as&nbsp; a substitute.</span></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 18:29:04 +0000 Current State 35218 at http://wkar.org Researchers defend the value of art and PE in school Current State #57 | April 2, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-57-april-2-2013 <p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: policy operative Richard McClellan; the Great Lakes Energy-Water Nexus; and Michigan's steps toward autism benefits.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:08:18 +0000 Current State 33654 at http://wkar.org Richard McClellan discusses education, looks back on career http://wkar.org/post/richard-mcclellan-discusses-education-looks-back-career <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>From education and the judiciary to telecommunications and energy, Lansing’s&nbsp;<a href="http://richardmclellan.com/">Richard&nbsp;McLellan</a>&nbsp;has played a huge role in Michigan’s policy landscape since the&nbsp;1970s, as well as being active nationally and internationally. &nbsp;The longtime GOP operative speaks to&nbsp;<em>Current State</em>&nbsp;about his long tenure in the policy arena, current debates, the future of his party, and his modest beginnings.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:02:04 +0000 Current State 33653 at http://wkar.org Richard McClellan discusses education, looks back on career Water-energy nexus in the Great Lakes Basin http://wkar.org/post/water-energy-nexus-great-lakes-basin <p></p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 17:46:58 +0000 Current State 33652 at http://wkar.org Water-energy nexus in the Great Lakes Basin Michigan set to roll out new autism benefits, guidelines http://wkar.org/post/michigan-set-roll-out-new-autism-benefits-guidelines <p></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:15.75pt">According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 88 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, or ASD, across the nation. In Michigan, approximately 16,000 students and 50,000 individuals have ASD. Last April, Lt. Governor Brian Calley signed an Autism Insurance Reform law, making Michigan the 30th state to mandate that <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/autism">state-regulated insurance plans offer coverage</a> for autism treatment and diagnosis. The law also provides a $15 million coverage fund for autism insurance providers. <span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.2in; line-height: 15.75pt;"> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 17:38:53 +0000 Current State 33651 at http://wkar.org Michigan set to roll out new autism benefits, guidelines