cs130621 http://wkar.org en Current State #113 | June 21, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-113-june-21-2013 <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;">: Senate fails to vote on Medicaid expansion; indigent defense reform; GM's high quality ratings; Jackson's public housing dispute; and Lansing Beer Week.</span></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:13:29 +0000 Current State 37989 at http://wkar.org Republican-controlled Senate postpones vote on Medicaid expansion http://wkar.org/post/republican-controlled-senate-postpones-vote-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Rick Snyder is <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57577-306576--,00.html">calling</a> on state Senate Republicans to return to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lansing. That’s after the Senate adjourned for its summer recess&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">without voting on a Medicaid expansion under the new federal healthcare&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">law.</span></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:11:06 +0000 Current State 37977 at http://wkar.org Legislation will overhaul Michigan's flawed indigent defense system http://wkar.org/post/legislation-will-overhaul-michigans-flawed-indigent-defense-system <p></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:06:33 +0000 Current State 37971 at http://wkar.org GM vehicles receive high quality ratings http://wkar.org/post/gm-vehicles-receive-high-quality-ratings <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many </span><a href="http://www.gm.com/content/gmcom/home.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">General Motors</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> officials and workers are feeling good about the results of a closely watched annual survey. &nbsp;J.D. Power and Associates’ quality study came out Wednesday. &nbsp;It measures problems reported in new vehicles over their first 90 days on the road. Several GM brands including GMC and Chevrolet climbed noticeably in ratings, which reflects fewer problems reported compared to its competitors.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:01:29 +0000 Current State 37972 at http://wkar.org GM vehicles receive high quality ratings Conflict escalates between city officials and Jackson Housing Commission Board http://wkar.org/post/conflict-escalates-between-city-officials-and-jackson-housing-commission-board <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Jackson, conflict is escalating between public housing residents and the local housing commission board. &nbsp;This week, the </span><a href="http://www.jacksonhousing-mi.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Jackson Housing Commission</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> board appointed its fourth interim executive director since March. &nbsp;One former interim resigned, accusing the board of creating a hostile work environment. &nbsp;Another was terminated after less than three months on the job, and still another was released from his contract this week after just eight days. The residents say instability on the board makes them fearful for their homes. &nbsp;The issue has even caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which threatened to pull the commission’s funding.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:39:40 +0000 Current State 37973 at http://wkar.org Lansing Beer Week marks the official start of summer http://wkar.org/post/lansing-beer-week-marks-official-start-summer <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The second </span><a href="http://lansingbeerweek.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lansing Beer Week</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;starts this weekend with series of activities, including the Festival of the Moon tonight and the Festival of the Sun on Saturday.</span></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 20:54:53 +0000 Current State 37975 at http://wkar.org Lansing Beer Week marks the official start of summer