CS130501 http://wkar.org en 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 Neighbors in Action: Lansing’s Information Technology Empowerment Center http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-lansing-s-information-technology-empowerment-center <p>For this week’s <em>Neighbors in Action </em>we feature the <a href="http://www.iteclansing.org/">Information Technology Empowerment Center</a>, which works with students and families in the Capital Region to build excitement for coursework and careers in science, technology, engineering and math.</p><p>K-12 Program Manager Cathy Post and ITEC student Joshua Ambrose join us in studio to discuss the non-profit and the technology training courses offered to children and adults.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 18:09:12 +0000 Current State 35143 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Lansing’s Information Technology Empowerment Center MEDC president on Michigan's economic future http://wkar.org/post/medc-president-michigans-economic-future <p>The Michigan Economic Development Corporation touts itself as the state's marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, tourism, incentives and overall economic growth.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Michael Finney is the President and CEO of MEDC. He came to the organization after holding a key economic development position as head of the Ann Arbor Spark. Finney joins<em> Current State</em> to discuss MEDC and Michigan’s larger economic picture.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 01 May 2013 18:05:08 +0000 Current State 35142 at http://wkar.org MEDC president on Michigan's economic future Organizers seek community input to transform Grand River Avenue corridor http://wkar.org/post/organizers-seek-community-input-transform-grand-river-avenue-corridor <p>The stretch of Grand River Avenue and Michigan Avenue from the Capitol building all the way east to Webberville is this region’s busiest corridor. A new plan, led by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, is in the works to transform this corridor with more attractive design, improved rapid transit, and sustainable business and infrastructure improvements. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 17:56:40 +0000 Current State 35137 at http://wkar.org Organizers seek community input to transform Grand River Avenue corridor