cs130521 http://wkar.org en Current State #91 | May 21, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-91-may-21-2013 <p>On today's <a href="http://wkar.org/programs/current-state"><em>Current State: </em></a>Medicaid expansion hinges on an unlikely waiver; a Public Poetry Announcement by poet Jane Kenyon; farmers fear a migrant labor shortage for the harvest; the International Joint Commission issues a report card on the health of the Great Lakes and Lansing business news with <a href="http://mlive.com"><em>MLive's </em></a>Angela Wittrock.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 17:01:39 +0000 Current State 36208 at http://wkar.org Medicaid expansion hinges on unlikely federal waiver http://wkar.org/post/medicaid-expansion-hinges-unlikely-federal-waiver <p></p><p>Both chambers of the Michigan legislature have passed budgets for fiscal 2014. &nbsp;But neither includes funding to expand Medicaid to more of the roughly 400,000 state residents without health insurance. &nbsp;The decision is important because Medicaid expansion is a key component of the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Advocates of Medicaid expansion who have faced cancer will be in downtown Lansing today hoping to change some legislators’ minds. &nbsp;&nbsp;They’re part of a group associated with one of our next guests. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 16:51:16 +0000 Current State 36207 at http://wkar.org Medicaid expansion hinges on unlikely federal waiver Public Poetry Announcement: Jane Kenyon http://wkar.org/post/public-poetry-announcement-jane-kenyon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jane Kenyon’s </span><a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse/167/2#!/20604646" style="line-height: 1.5;">“Afternoon At MacDowell”</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is this week’s Public Poetry Announcement.</span></p><p><a href="http://wkar.org/programs/current-state">Current State's</a>&nbsp;Public Poetry Announcements <em>are brought to you by the&nbsp;<a href="http://rcah.msu.edu/student-life/spaces-places/rcah-center-poetry">Center for Poetry at&nbsp;MSU's&nbsp;Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.</a></em></p><p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 16:44:33 +0000 Current State 36206 at http://wkar.org Public Poetry Announcement: Jane Kenyon Farmers fear migrant labor shortage at harvest time http://wkar.org/post/farmers-fear-migrant-labor-shortage-harvest-time <p>It’s harvest time in parts of Michigan, and farmers along Lake Michigan are starting to bring in their asparagus crop. &nbsp;The cherry harvest will follow by early July. &nbsp;Growers are confident this season will be better than 2012, when an early warm-up followed by a quick killing frost destroyed much of the fruit crop. &nbsp;Last year’s scenario also created another problem: many of the migrant laborers who traditionally arrive here for seasonal work did not come to Michigan. Tue, 21 May 2013 16:39:40 +0000 Current State 36205 at http://wkar.org Farmers fear migrant labor shortage at harvest time International Joint Commission issues Great Lakes report card http://wkar.org/post/international-joint-commission-issues-great-lakes-report-card <p>Over the past 25 years, environmental protection measures have greatly improved the health of the Great Lakes.&nbsp; However, the region’s waterways are facing new issues. &nbsp;According to the International Joint Commission's latest progress report, warmer temperatures are having a dramatic effect on the ecological health of&nbsp;the Great Lakes.</p><p>Lana Pollack chairs the commission’s U.S. delegation.&nbsp; She joins us today to discuss the past, present and future of cleaning up the Great Lakes.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 16:33:00 +0000 Current State 36204 at http://wkar.org International Joint Commission issues Great Lakes report card Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock http://wkar.org/post/lansing-business-news-mlives-angela-wittrock-12 <p></p><p><a href="http://mlive.com">MLive.com's</a> Angela Wittrock joins <a href="http://wkar.org/programs/current-state"><em>Current State's </em></a>Mark Bashore and Lansing city councilman Brian Jeffries to talk about the Lansing budget.&nbsp; Angela also talks about the East Lansing city budget.</p><p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 16:10:09 +0000 Current State 36203 at http://wkar.org Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock