cs130617 http://wkar.org en Current State #109 | June 17, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-109-june-17-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today on </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current State</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: Michigan high school education gap in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes; co-generation power plant in REO Town; third-party gubernatorial candidate Robin Sanders; 3D printing; and diagnosing sick dogs.</span></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:05:22 +0000 Current State 37722 at http://wkar.org Closing enrollment gap in AP and IB classes a good short-term fix, research shows http://wkar.org/post/closing-enrollment-gap-ap-and-ib-classes-good-short-term-fix-research-shows <p></p><p>Last week, <em>Bridge Magazine</em> highlighted a <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2013/06/thousands-of-low-income-minority-students-missing-out-on-college-prep-classes/">study</a> conducted by <a href="http://www.edtrust.org/">The Education Trust</a>, a Washington D.C.-based education research and policy group, showing Michigan had one of the worst rates in the country for enrollment in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes among low income and minority students. Enrollment in these higher level classes during high school greatly increases a student’s chances for success in college.</p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:59:05 +0000 Current State 37718 at http://wkar.org Closing enrollment gap in AP and IB classes a good short-term fix, research shows New co-generation power plant set to recharge Lansing http://wkar.org/post/new-co-generation-power-plant-set-recharge-lansing <p></p><p>The massive co-generation power plant rising above Lansing's REO Town neighborhood is nearly complete. The Lansing Board of Water and Light 's (BWL) new 46,000 square-foot facility has been under construction for more than two years. The power plant officially comes online July 1, and will replace four coal-fired steam units at the nearby Moores&nbsp;Park plant built in 1950s. The BWL says the new plant is much more environmentally friendly. Residents and business owners believe it will also bring economic gain to their neighborhood.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:55:27 +0000 Current State 37717 at http://wkar.org New co-generation power plant set to recharge Lansing Third party gubernatorial candidate Robin Sanders focuses on public safety http://wkar.org/post/third-party-gubernatorial-candidate-robin-sanders-focuses-public-safety <div></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Many Michigan voters have begun anticipating a Gubernatorial contest next year between Republican incumbent <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder">Rick Snyder</a> and Democratic challenger <a href="http://www.markschauer.com/">Mark Schauer</a>. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:50:24 +0000 Current State 37716 at http://wkar.org Third party gubernatorial candidate Robin Sanders focuses on public safety 3D printing at the forefront of technology http://wkar.org/post/3d-printing-forefront-technology <p></p><p></p><p>3D printing was in the news recently when a Texas group called <a href="http://defdist.org/">Defense Distributed</a> posted instructions on its website for printing a functional plastic handgun using a 3D printer. Although the State Department had the group remove the postings, the story brought 3D printing to the headlines.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:46:18 +0000 Current State 37715 at http://wkar.org 3D printing at the forefront of technology New research helps owners, vets assess dogs' health http://wkar.org/post/new-research-helps-owners-vets-assess-dogs-health <p></p><p></p><p>When a beloved dog becomes seriously ill, owners are faced with difficult decisions. Researchers are developing a new tool which could help dog owners tackle the tough choice of prolonging life or letting go.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:37:38 +0000 Current State 37714 at http://wkar.org New research helps owners, vets assess dogs' health