cs130514 http://wkar.org en Current State #87 | May 14, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-87-may-14-2013 <p></p><p>Today on&nbsp;<em>Current State</em>: Rally urges more state dollars for early childhood education; a new documentary about ice and the Great Lakes region; MSU student film looks at hard-hit Marine battalion; and residents and businesses collaborate in Lansing's Genesee neighborhood.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 22:48:19 +0000 Current State 35858 at http://wkar.org Rally urges lawmakers to increase funding for early childhood education http://wkar.org/post/rally-urges-lawmakers-increase-funding-early-childhood-education <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A few thousand supporters of early childhood education are gathering at the State Capitol today. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Participants in the annual "Star Power" rally will encourage state lawmakers to approve a proposed $130 million increase to the state budget for families-in-need who want to participate in <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-63533_50451---,00.html">Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program</a>.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Currently, the program can afford assistance for only about half of those eligible statewide.</span></p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 22:39:01 +0000 Current State 35857 at http://wkar.org Rally urges lawmakers to increase funding for early childhood education New documentary explains how ice continues to shape Great Lakes region http://wkar.org/post/new-documentary-explains-how-ice-continues-shape-great-lakes-region <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Great Lakes formed thousands of years ago &nbsp;when a glacier moved across the region and melted. The film "</span><a href="http://projecticemovie.com/Welcome.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Project:Ice</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">" depicts the important role ice continues to play in the Great Lakes Basin.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill Kleinert, the documentary’s executive producer and director, discusses the importance of ice to the Great Lakes region.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 14 May 2013 22:26:37 +0000 Current State 35854 at http://wkar.org New documentary explains how ice continues to shape Great Lakes region Student film documents Marine battalion hard hit in Afghanistan http://wkar.org/post/student-film-documents-marine-battalion-hard-hit-afghanistan-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2010, the Third Battalion, Fifth Marine regiment deployed to Sangin, Afghanistan. &nbsp;Nicknamed the “Darkhorse Battalion,” the Three-Five was sent to patrol a region of the country known as a Taliban refuge and a center for the opium trade. &nbsp;During the deployment, the battalion achieved a somber record. &nbsp;That single unit suffered the highest casualty rate of any in the Marine Corps. &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 14 May 2013 22:09:24 +0000 Current State 35853 at http://wkar.org New projects generate community discussion in Lansing's Genesee neighborhood http://wkar.org/post/new-projects-generate-community-discussion-lansings-genesee-neighborhood <p></p><p></p><p>Two planned projects In Lansing’s Genesee neighborhood have triggered a forward-looking discussion among residents and business people there. &nbsp;&nbsp;Earlier this year, the <a href="http://www.michmab.com/">Michigan Association of Broadcasters</a> and the non-profit Zero Day announced plans for new offices and facilities on Butler Street, which runs less than a half mile near the Capitol.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 21:51:46 +0000 Current State 35851 at http://wkar.org