News http://wkar.org en 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 Public Poetry Announcement: Marion McCready http://wkar.org/post/public-poetry-announcement-marion-mccready <p></p><p>It’s been awhile since we’ve paused for a Public Poetry Announcement here on <em>Current State</em>. With this polar vortex making the nights feel more like autumn, contributor Stephanie Glazier has a timely <a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poem/247016" target="_blank">poem</a> from Marion McCready to remind us that it is still, indeed, summertime.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:17:17 +0000 Stephanie Glazier 56851 at http://wkar.org Public Poetry Announcement: Marion McCready Detroit mass mobs look to fill pews, coffers http://wkar.org/post/detroit-mass-mobs-look-fill-pews-coffers <p></p><p>Starting this past spring, Detroiters and suburbanites have gathered in growing numbers at historic Detroit Churches. They’ve been named the ‘<a href="http://www.detroitmassmob.com/" target="_blank">Detroit Mass Mob</a>’ and have been imagining the past while building toward the future. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:14:28 +0000 Peter Whorf 56849 at http://wkar.org Detroit mass mobs look to fill pews, coffers Current Sports #277 | July 16, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-sports-277-july-16-2014 <p>Al is still on vacation, and Matt and Alex still get all of the best sports news to talk about. First, they talk about Adam Wainwright's pitches to Derek Jeter. Were they fair? Did he groove pitches? Also, the duo debates where the MLB All-Star game ranks against other sports spectacles. Later, they realize how fast summer has moved on by and debate further on what the Detroit Tigers need most for the second half of the season.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:15:19 +0000 Current Sports 56805 at http://wkar.org Current State #351 | July 16, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-351-july-16-2014 <p></p><p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: Congressman Dan Kildee on bringing unaccompanied Central American children to Michigan; a 20th Michigan Shakespeare Festival preview; 8th District Democratic candidates on campaigning together; and <em>Neighbors in Action </em>features MSU's International Friendship Program.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:04:26 +0000 Current State 56796 at http://wkar.org Current State #351 | July 16, 2014 Congressman Kildee on Vassar plan: 'These kids are in danger' http://wkar.org/post/congressman-kildee-vassar-plan-these-kids-are-danger <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p style="margin:0px;font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria">Many in our state are closely watching events in Vassar, Michigan.<span style="font-size:12px;font-family:Times"> </span>The community 65 miles northeast of Lansing in Genesee County could become the temporary home of 60 to 120 mostly young refugees from Central America. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:54:14 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56794 at http://wkar.org Congressman Kildee on Vassar plan: 'These kids are in danger' Hamlet 'to be' headliner at Shakespeare Festival http://wkar.org/post/hamlet-be-headliner-shakespeare-festival <p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.michiganshakespearefestival.com/" target="_blank">20<span style="font-size:9px"><sup>th</sup></span> Michigan Shakespeare Festival</a> season includes what might be the biggest of all the Bard’s works: "Hamlet". Also on the schedule is one lesser-known Shakespeare play and one non-Shakespeare classic. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:44:21 +0000 Scott Pohl 56793 at http://wkar.org Hamlet 'to be' headliner at Shakespeare Festival Eighth District Dems decry lack of public forums http://wkar.org/post/eighth-district-dems-decry-lack-public-forums <p></p><p>It’s not uncommon in small political races for several candidates to run together as a slate to fill a number of vacancies. For example, candidates for the local school board sometimes appear together as a unit, in hopes voters will sweep them all into office. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:35:49 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 56792 at http://wkar.org Eighth District Dems decry lack of public forums Neighbors in Action: MSU's International Friendship Program http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-msus-international-friendship-program <p></p><p></p><p>It’s Wednesday and time for our <em>Neighbors in Action</em> segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the <a href="http://cvip.isp.msu.edu/friendship/" target="_blank">International Friendship Program</a> at Michigan State University, an organization that aims to ease the transition for international students and connect Lansing residents with the world by sponsoring cross-cultural friendships. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:31:15 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56791 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: MSU's International Friendship Program Non-Union Builders Challenge Local Wage Floors http://wkar.org/post/non-union-builders-challenge-local-wage-floors <p>An association of non-union construction companies has asked the state Supreme Court to strike down local prevailing wage laws.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:39:16 +0000 Rick Pluta 56759 at http://wkar.org Non-Union Builders Challenge Local Wage Floors House Panel Looks To Relax Fines For Driving Without License, Proof Of Insurance http://wkar.org/post/house-panel-looks-relax-fines-driving-without-license-proof-insurance <p>State lawmakers will be back in Lansing Wednesday for their only scheduled session day in July.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:25:31 +0000 Jake Neher 56758 at http://wkar.org House Panel Looks To Relax Fines For Driving Without License, Proof Of Insurance Current Sports #276 | July 15, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-sports-276-july-15-2014 <p>Matt and Alex continue to host the week as Al is on vacation. The first half of the show is dedicated to Major League Baseball, and Alex and Matt break down the Home Run Derby last night and the All-Star Game tonight. Later, they debate whether an entire channel dedicated to golfer Tiger Woods will be good for fans. To close the show, the duo debates what the Detroit Tigers need the most during the second half of the season.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:14:32 +0000 Current Sports 56738 at http://wkar.org Current State #350 | July 15, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-350-july-15-2014 <p></p><p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: the dispute at Lansing's Friendship Baptist Church; pipelines in Michigan; an MSU study linking childhood obesity with brand recognition; and Gourmet Gone Wild.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:34:32 +0000 Current State 56730 at http://wkar.org Current State #350 | July 15, 2014 Mediator: Lansing church dispute at an impasse http://wkar.org/post/mediator-lansing-church-dispute-impasse <p></p><p>The sign on the vacant church building on Pleasant Grove in south Lansing says “Friendship Baptist,” but in recent months relations between two groups within the congregation have been anything but friendly. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:33:20 +0000 Kevin Lavery 56729 at http://wkar.org Mediator: Lansing church dispute at an impasse