cs130607 http://wkar.org en Current State #103 | June 7, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-103-june-7-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today on </span><a href="http://wkar.org/programs/current-state"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current State</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">:&nbsp; Michigan schools face a financial crisis; exercise in space; the 60th anniversary of the Flint Beecher tornado; and the 2013 Pumpstock American Roots Music Festival.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:54:31 +0000 Current State 37191 at http://wkar.org Record 55 school districts running deficits, subject to state review http://wkar.org/post/record-55-school-districts-running-deficits-subject-state-review <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of Michigan school districts facing serious financial challenges continues to grow. On Thursday, state schools Superintendent <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-6530_6526-121770--,00.html">Mike Flanagan</a> reported there are 55 districts across the state operating in the red. &nbsp;&nbsp;That’s up by six since the start of the year.</span></p><p>Flanagan updates the state legislature quarterly on school finances. &nbsp;He commented that the situation requires “more resources.”</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:52:59 +0000 Current State 37190 at http://wkar.org Record 55 school districts running deficits, subject to state review MSU studying ways to keep astronauts fit in deep space http://wkar.org/post/msu-studying-ways-keep-astronauts-fit-deep-space <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the coming decades, if <a href="http://nasa.gov">NASA</a> has its way, the long, harrowing trip to Mars will be more than just a bad Hollywood movie directed by the likes of Michael Bay.</span></p><p>The space agency has said it plans to send astronauts to the Red Planet by the early 2030's. &nbsp;While 20 years is a long way off, NASA has already begun the planning and research, and MSU scientists are part of these early stages.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:48:21 +0000 Current State 37189 at http://wkar.org MSU studying ways to keep astronauts fit in deep space 60 years after, how Flint Beecher tornado influenced tornado forecasting http://wkar.org/post/60-years-after-how-flint-beecher-tornado-influenced-tornado-forecasting <p></p><p>On June 8, 1953, an F-5 <a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dtx/1953beecher/facts.php">tornado</a> hit Flint and the nearby community of Beecher, killing 116 people.&nbsp; It was the tenth deadliest tornado in U. S. history, and a generation of Michigan residents would never look at a dark sky the same way again.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:43:24 +0000 Current State 37183 at http://wkar.org 60 years after, how Flint Beecher tornado influenced tornado forecasting Local musicians highlight Pumpstock American Roots Music Festival http://wkar.org/post/local-musicians-highlight-pumpstock-american-roots-music-festival <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This weekend is the fourth annual <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Pumpstock">Pumpstock</a> music festival. The annual gathering in East Lansing’s Bailey Park features live American roots music and local food. Festival coordinator Dudley Smith, more commonly known as “Smitty,” and performer Elden Kelly joins <a href="http://wkar.org/programs/current-state"><em>Current State </em></a>host Mark Bashore.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:26:46 +0000 Current State 37182 at http://wkar.org Local musicians highlight Pumpstock American Roots Music Festival