cs130624 http://wkar.org en Current State #114 | June 24, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-114-june-24-2013 <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;">: transparency and open government in Michigan; how SCOTUS decision on water diversion in Oklahoma could affect Great Lakes; microfinance in Detroit and Flint; and the 40th anniversary of the&nbsp;Verdehr trio.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:44:47 +0000 Current State 38087 at http://wkar.org Michigan's woeful record on government transparency one of nation's worst http://wkar.org/post/michigans-woeful-record-government-transparency-one-nations-worst <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As NSA leaker Edward Snowden makes his way from Moscow to, what sounds like, Cuba or Venezuela today, the debate across the country continues over government transparency and what sorts of things the public has a right to know about its government’s actions.</span></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:42:35 +0000 Current State 38086 at http://wkar.org How SCOTUS decision about a Texas water district could impact the Great Lakes http://wkar.org/post/how-scotus-decision-about-texas-water-district-could-impact-great-lakes <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texans and </span>Oklahomans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> don’t just clash over football. They also have a long history of battling over water, with the most recent conflict playing out in the Supreme Court. Justices recently ruled that &nbsp;the Tarrant &nbsp;Regional Water District, located in North Texas, cannot divert water from Oklahoma river basins. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:32:37 +0000 Current State 38076 at http://wkar.org How SCOTUS decision about a Texas water district could impact the Great Lakes Once found only in developing world, microfinance takes root in Michigan http://wkar.org/post/once-found-only-developing-world-microfinance-takes-root-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The concept of </span>microfinance<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> -- essentially small loans given to entrepreneurs who are too little or too under-funded to qualify for traditional bank loans -- has exploded in the developing world.&nbsp;</span></p><p>One of the leading online platforms for microfinance is called <a href="http://www.kivadetroit.org/Kiva_Detroit/Kiva_Detroit.html">Kiva</a>, which connects entrepreneurs with interest-free loans offered by community members.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">About two years ago, with the help of <a href="http://www.michigancorps.org/">Michigan Corps</a>, a Detroit-based non-profit organization, </span>Kiva<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> became the first </span>microfinance<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> effort in the United States. Last month, Michigan Corps expanded </span>Kiva’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> platform into Flint.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:26:22 +0000 Current State 38085 at http://wkar.org Once found only in developing world, microfinance takes root in Michigan Verdehr Trio celebrates 40th anniversary http://wkar.org/post/verdehr-trio-celebrates-40th-anniversary <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For 40 years, Walter and Elsa </span>Verdehr<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> have made up two-thirds of the </span><a href="http://verdehr.com/about.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">Verdehr Trio</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. They’ve been joined by a number of pianists over the years. Silvia </span>Roederer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been the third member for the last 15 years. During that time, their repertoire has included hundreds of pieces that were specially commissioned for violin, clarinet and piano.</span></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:18:58 +0000 Current State 38079 at http://wkar.org Verdehr Trio celebrates 40th anniversary