News http://wkar.org en State Senator Ready To Revisit Creating State-Run Health Exchange http://wkar.org/post/state-senator-ready-revisit-creating-state-run-health-exchange <p>There could be another push in Lansing to set up a state-run website to purchase insurance through the federal healthcare law.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:21:18 +0000 Jake Neher 57265 at http://wkar.org State Senator Ready To Revisit Creating State-Run Health Exchange Current Sports #284 | July 25, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-sports-284-july-25-2014 <p>Al invites Scott Yoshonis from <em>Lansing State Journal</em> on the show to give listeners the latest in the firing of Fulton's head football coach. Scott breaks down all of the gritty details and the missing links that surround it. He also touches on Lansing United. Later, Alex and Al debate whether Soria&nbsp;was the right deal for the Detroit Tigers, and if the Detroit Lions should put the franchise tag on Ndamokung&nbsp;Suh. Finally, favorite stories from the week are discussed.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:23:02 +0000 Current Sports 57247 at http://wkar.org State Orders Enbridge To Fix Pipeline Through Mackinac Straits http://wkar.org/post/state-orders-enbridge-fix-pipeline-through-mackinac-straits <p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the state Department of Environmental Quality have told Enbridge Energy the company has to do a better job of securing an oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:40:26 +0000 Rick Pluta 57217 at http://wkar.org State Orders Enbridge To Fix Pipeline Through Mackinac Straits $10.10/hour Minimum Wage Petition Shot Down By State Elections Board http://wkar.org/post/1010hour-minimum-wage-petition-shot-down-state-elections-board-0 <p>A petition to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour did not get enough valid signatures to move forward.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:21:16 +0000 Jake Neher 57216 at http://wkar.org $10.10/hour Minimum Wage Petition Shot Down By State Elections Board $10.10/hour Minimum Wage Petition Shot Down By State Elections Board http://wkar.org/post/1010hour-minimum-wage-petition-shot-down-state-elections-board <p>A petition to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour did not get enough valid signatures to move forward.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:18:08 +0000 Jake Neher 57215 at http://wkar.org $10.10/hour Minimum Wage Petition Shot Down By State Elections Board Current Sports #283 | July 24, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-sports-283-july-24-2014 <p>Al talks more about the firing of Fulton's head football and baseball coach, John Winkler. Al and Aaron talk more about Rory Mcllory and Tiger woods. You will also hear an interview with Desmond Ferguson from the Current Sports TV show.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:23:45 +0000 Current Sports 57196 at http://wkar.org Uber brings ride-sharing service to Lansing-East Lansing http://wkar.org/post/uber-brings-ride-sharing-service-lansing-east-lansing <p>The ride-sharing company called <a href="https://www.uber.com/" target="_blank">Uber</a> is coming to the Lansing area. An announcement is expected today, which comes on the heels of a new regional approach to the regulation of taxis. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Scott Pohl 57139 at http://wkar.org Uber brings ride-sharing service to Lansing-East Lansing Pro-Gaza Protesters Rally At State Capitol http://wkar.org/post/pro-gaza-protesters-rally-state-capitol <p>Pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian groups are holding events across Michigan to offer their perspectives on the conflict in Gaza.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:42:39 +0000 Jake Neher 57158 at http://wkar.org Pro-Gaza Protesters Rally At State Capitol Elections Panel To Consider Minimum Wage, Wolf Hunting Petition Drives http://wkar.org/post/elections-panel-consider-minimum-wage-wolf-hunting-petition-drives <p>A state elections board will decide Thursday whether to certify petitions to initiate two new state laws.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:24:51 +0000 Rick Pluta 57149 at http://wkar.org Elections Panel To Consider Minimum Wage, Wolf Hunting Petition Drives Current Sports #282 | July 23, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-sports-282-july-23-2014 <p>Al has Michigan State men's and women's soccer and Lansing United beat reporter for Impact Sports, Brooks Laimbeer, on to discuss Lansing United regional championship win this past weekend. Al will also talk more about Tony Dungy and his comments about Micheal Sam. To close out the show Al and Aaron discuss a little golf and Rory Mcllory.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:40:10 +0000 Current Sports 57140 at http://wkar.org Court Ruling On Obamacare Tax Breaks Has No Immediate Effect In Michigan http://wkar.org/post/court-ruling-obamacare-tax-breaks-has-no-immediate-effect-michigan <p>An appeals court ruling Tuesday out of Washington DC could jeopardize tax subsidies that help nearly a ¼ million Michiganders buy health coverage.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:15:06 +0000 Rick Pluta 57100 at http://wkar.org Court Ruling On Obamacare Tax Breaks Has No Immediate Effect In Michigan Snyder: Pensioner Approval Of Grand Bargain Sets Detroit Up For Faster Recovery http://wkar.org/post/snyder-pensioner-approval-grand-bargain-sets-detroit-faster-recovery <p>Governor Rick Snyder says pensioner approval of Detroit’s grand bargain sets the city up for a faster recovery.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:11:21 +0000 Jake Neher 57099 at http://wkar.org Snyder: Pensioner Approval Of Grand Bargain Sets Detroit Up For Faster Recovery Current Sports #281 | July 22, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-sports-281-july-22-2014 <p>Al has sports writer Tom Shanahan on the show to discuss his upcoming book <em>Raye of Light.</em> Later, Al and Alex talk about the new stadium renovations for the Detroit Red Wings. To close the show, they discuss the recent comments made by NFL icon Tony Dungy, and it sparks a hot topic with callers. Rory Mcllroy in the game of golf is also mentioned.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:24:44 +0000 Current Sports 57072 at http://wkar.org Henry Paulson Tells Michigan To Seek Out Chinese Investment http://wkar.org/post/henry-paulson-tells-michigan-seek-out-chinese-investment <p>Former U-S Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says China could play a key role in Michigan’s economic recovery.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:16:21 +0000 Jake Neher 57032 at http://wkar.org Henry Paulson Tells Michigan To Seek Out Chinese Investment AG Prison Report Cites Human, Technology Errors As Prime Cause Of Inmate Escape http://wkar.org/post/ag-prison-report-cites-human-technology-errors-prime-cause-inmate-escape <p>A report by the state Attorney General’s office makes a dozen recommendations to prevent future prison escapes.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:13:12 +0000 Rick Pluta 57031 at http://wkar.org AG Prison Report Cites Human, Technology Errors As Prime Cause Of Inmate Escape Current Sports #280 | July 21, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-sports-280-july-21-2014 <p>Al is back from vacation and tries to catch up on the biggest week in sports of the summer. Al and Alex give mid-season grades for the Detroit Tigers and talk about possible trade scenarios. Later, James Moore joins the panel to discuss the SWAP initiative and the first annual football camp this weekend at Lansing Sexton. To close, Al and Alex discuss Lansing United and take callers.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:38:17 +0000 Current Sports 57017 at http://wkar.org MSU Today | July 20, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/msu-today-july-20-2014 <p>Cutting-edge tree fruit research at MSU Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Russ White 56682 at http://wkar.org MSU Today | July 20, 2014 State Could Become More Transparent About Infection Rates At Hospitals http://wkar.org/post/state-could-become-more-transparent-about-infection-rates-hospitals <p>The state could soon be more open about how many patients contract infections at hospitals.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:11:07 +0000 Jake Neher 56932 at http://wkar.org State Could Become More Transparent About Infection Rates At Hospitals Current Sports #279 | July 18, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-sports-279-july-18-2014 <p>Matt Ludtke fills in for Al on his final show, as Matt heads to San Francisco. To start, Alex and Matt debate the potential trade of Kevin Love and Andrew Wiggins. Later. WKAR's own Brad Walker joins Matt to discuss fandom and the Oakland Raiders, given the topic of the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders having the possibility of sharing a stadium. To close, special guests join to wish Matt a farewell.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:12:07 +0000 Current Sports 56922 at http://wkar.org Current State #353 | July 18, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-353-july-18-2014 <p></p><p>Today on&nbsp;<em>Current State</em>: An independent debate commission in Michigan; Michigan Ag Expo; Tilted Axes in Detroit; Lansing United's playoff-bound; live music with The Springtails.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:30:30 +0000 Joe Linstroth 56921 at http://wkar.org Current State #353 | July 18, 2014 Media key to creation of independent debate commission http://wkar.org/post/media-key-creation-independent-debate-commission <p></p><p>With elections not too far off, there's been the usual back and forth between candidates about debates. Currently, the terms and conditions of political debates in Michigan are mostly left up to the candidates to decide, which often leaves them lacking in substance for voters. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We explore the idea of an independent statewide debate commission and what affect it might have on Michigan's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">democratic process with Rick Pluta, Capitol bureau chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:25:53 +0000 Joe Linstroth 56920 at http://wkar.org Media key to creation of independent debate commission Ag Expo focuses on education, technology http://wkar.org/post/ag-expo-focuses-education-technology <p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:07:02 +0000 Scott Pohl 56917 at http://wkar.org Ag Expo focuses on education, technology Tilted Axes to shred Detroit http://wkar.org/post/tilted-axes-shred-detroit <p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:53:37 +0000 Peter Whorf 56916 at http://wkar.org Tilted Axes to shred Detroit After regular season title, Lansing United poised for playoffs http://wkar.org/post/after-regular-season-title-lansing-united-poised-playoffs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://lanunited.com/" target="_blank">Lansing United</a> Soccer Club has enjoyed a great first season. Last week, the team clinched the championship of the National Premier Soccer League’s Great Lakes West Conference, and this weekend, the team will host the NPSL’s Midwest Region playoffs.</span></p><p>Team owner Jeremy Sampson joins us to look back at the team's inaugural season and look ahead to this weekend and beyond.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:43:09 +0000 Scott Pohl 56915 at http://wkar.org After regular season title, Lansing United poised for playoffs LIVE MUSIC: Lansing's The Springtails http://wkar.org/post/live-music-lansings-springtails <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>We're back with our Live Music Fridays series and featuring <a href="http://www.thespringtails.com/" target="_blank">The Springtails</a>. The Lansing-based band has released one album so far called "Because We're in Love" in 2013. The quartet performs a variety of styles, from swing and vaudeville standards to original compositions.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>Springtails<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> play for us live all hour.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:34:09 +0000 Joe Linstroth 56911 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: Lansing's The Springtails Current Sports #278 | July 17, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-sports-278-july-17-2014 <p>To open, Dan Killbridge from 247sports.com joins Matt to talk all things Michigan State basketball and football. They mainly discuss recruiting and recent transfers. Later, Matt and Alex recap the ESPY Awards and talk about the impact of Michael Sam. Plus, Rodney Stuckey gets a deal from the Indiana Pacers, and Al is not in studio to weigh in on it. Matt and Alex close the show with Detroit Pistons conversation.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:19:50 +0000 Current Sports 56857 at http://wkar.org Current State #352 | July 17, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-352-july-17-2014 <p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State:</em> Flint's financial situation; the Faster Horses Music Festival; GOP candidates for 69th district; a Public Poetry Announcement; and Detroit's mass mobs.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Current State 56850 at http://wkar.org Current State #352 | July 17, 2014 Between pensions and police: Flint faces financial situation http://wkar.org/post/between-pensions-and-police-flint-faces-financial-situation <p></p><p>In <a href="http://www.cityofflint.com/" target="_blank">Flint</a>, city leaders and residents continue to struggle with serious fiscal challenges. Lately, the focus of the debate has been over whether city services or benefits for municipal retirees is more important. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:37:11 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56847 at http://wkar.org Between pensions and police: Flint faces financial situation Country music with a kick at Faster Horses http://wkar.org/post/country-music-kick-faster-horses <p></p><p></p><p>Michigan’s biggest country music festival of the summer is in Brooklyn this weekend. Michigan International Speedway will host the<a href="http://fasterhorsesfestival.com/" target="_blank"> Faster Horses Festival</a>, which includes three days of music, camping, and fun in southern Michigan. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:32:48 +0000 Scott Pohl 56848 at http://wkar.org Country music with a kick at Faster Horses GOP candidates for 69th share economic priorities http://wkar.org/post/gop-candidates-69th-share-economic-priorities <p></p><p>Michigan’s 69th House district covers parts of the cities of Lansing and East Lansing, as well as Meridian and Williamston Townships. It’s one of the state’s most culturally diverse political districts and historically, the 69th has leaned Democratic. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:23:41 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 56846 at http://wkar.org GOP candidates for 69th share economic priorities