CS130716 http://wkar.org en Current State #127 | July 16, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-127-july-16-2013 <p></p><p>Today on <a href="http://wkar.org/programs/current-state"><em>Current State</em></a>: a discussion of early childhood education in the state; the Michigan Agriculture and Food Index; a Michigan-based group helping to eliminate electronic waste; and celebrating the life of the late president Gerald R. Ford.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:02:27 +0000 Current State 39222 at http://wkar.org Support growing for strengthening preschool education http://wkar.org/post/support-growing-strengthening-preschool-education <p>Governor Rick Snyder recently excited bipartisan backers of stronger early childhood education with his approval of a new state budget.&nbsp; The budget seeks to increase early childhood funding for next year by $65 million.</p><p>Tanya Wright, assistant professor of education at Michigan State University and Kelly Mix, an MSU early childhood learning specialist, discuss what's needed to educate young children in the state.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:00:46 +0000 Current State 39219 at http://wkar.org Support growing for strengthening preschool education Michigan Agriculture & Food Index aims to gauge the industry’s health http://wkar.org/post/michigan-agriculture-food-index-aims-gauge-industry-s-health <p>The MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is releasing the first-ever Michigan Agriculture &amp; Food Index, or MAFI.&nbsp; It's designed to gauge the business climate for agriculture and food business within the state.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:58:30 +0000 Current State 39217 at http://wkar.org Michigan Agriculture & Food Index aims to gauge the industry’s health How should we deal with increasing electronic waste? http://wkar.org/post/how-should-we-deal-increasing-electronic-waste <p>As new consumer technology becomes more rapidly available, unwanted electronics are building up in America's landfills. Jim Grandholm, founder of Michigan-based <a href="http://www.greenearth1.com/">Green Earth Electronics Recycling,</a> discusses how these items become e-waste and how they can be safely disposed of or donated.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:56:45 +0000 Current State 39216 at http://wkar.org How should we deal with increasing electronic waste? Remembering the life and work of President Gerald Ford http://wkar.org/post/remembering-life-and-work-president-gerald-ford <p>Last Sunday marked the centennial of the birth of President Gerald Ford.&nbsp; The only president from Michigan, Ford was also the only person in U.S. history never to be elected president or even vice-president.&nbsp; <a href="http://wkar.org/programs/current-state"><em>Current State's</em></a> Melissa Benmark spoke with James Kratsas, Deputy Director of the <a href="http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/museum/aboutmus.asp">Gerald R. Ford Museum</a> in Grand Rapids about Ford’s life and legacy.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:53:08 +0000 Current State 39213 at http://wkar.org Remembering the life and work of President Gerald Ford