CS130730 http://wkar.org en Current State #132 | July 30, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-132-july-30-2013 <p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: Fracking in Michigan; improving dental care; rural development in Michigan; and the history of Detroit rock ‘n’ roll.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:40:34 +0000 Current State 39934 at http://wkar.org The regulatory issues unearthed by fracking http://wkar.org/post/regulatory-issues-unearthed-fracking <p>The hydraulic fracturing also known as "fracking" is the process of releasing natural gas trapped deep within underground rock formations by pumping large amounts of high pressured water combined with chemicals and sand. Though many politicians and industry leaders say the process is safe and a means for energy independence, there are critics who claim that this type of drilling can threaten air, soil and water quality.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:39:01 +0000 Current State 39930 at http://wkar.org State, Delta Dental address oral health in Michigan http://wkar.org/post/state-delta-dental-address-oral-health-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to federal statistics, young Americans miss around 51 million hours of school each year due to oral-health issues.&nbsp; For about a year now, a philanthropic effort from Delta Dental of Michigan called "Brighter Futures" has tried to tackle both the healthcare and educational challenges that come with poor dental care.</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:26:10 +0000 Current State 39929 at http://wkar.org State, Delta Dental address oral health in Michigan Rural development in Michigan extends beyond agriculture http://wkar.org/post/rural-development-michigan-extends-beyond-agriculture <p>With Michigan being such an agriculturally diverse state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a strong presence here, but not all having to do with cattle or crops.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/MIHome.html">USDA's Rural Development</a> office's purpose is to support smaller communities that, in turn, support the nation’s farmlands.</p><p>James Turner, the USDA Rural Development agency's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">state director, discusses its efforts to improve rural Michiganders' access to culture and technology.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:17:56 +0000 Current State 39928 at http://wkar.org Rural development in Michigan extends beyond agriculture Rock 'N' Roll in 'America's Loudest City' http://wkar.org/post/rock-n-roll-americas-loudest-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Motown is what most people connect with Detroit's music scene, but the Motor City has also been the birthplace of some of the most influential American rockers.</span></p><p>"Detroit Rock City," the latest book by local author Steve Miller, chronicles the city's rock scene through interviews with some of its most legendary rock musicians, such as&nbsp;Iggy Pop, Bob Seger and Jack White. Miller and&nbsp;<em>Current State's&nbsp;</em>Scott Pohl discuss the deep tracks of Detroit's&nbsp;rockin' legacy.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:51:09 +0000 Current State 39927 at http://wkar.org Rock 'N' Roll in 'America's Loudest City'