Al dives right into what's going on in the sports world with Matt, Alex and Mike, including discussing Maurice Cheeks being hired as the new Detroit Pistons head coach, the Tigers closer struggles and the hiring of Jason Kidd as the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. And MSU track and field team member Leah O'Connor joins Current Sports to talk about her performance this season.
Recently, the nation has become focused on a series of scandals emanating from Washington, D.C. Edward Snowden, an analyst with the National Security Agency, publicly disclosed details of a secret telephone data mining program. That disclosure came shortly after news that the Internal Revenue Service had targeted and allegedly harassed Tea Party groups.
A Michigan House committee has approved a much debated proposal to expand Medicaid coverage in the state. Expansion of the federal program enjoys some bipartisan support, but the measure was delayed by some House Republicans who wanted stricter guidelines. Some were also reluctant to approve the expansion because of its connection to the federal Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.”
Today, Lansing kicks off the opening events of the 20th annual Juneteenth celebration, which is a three-day festival celebrating the emancipation of African-Americans from slavery. The holiday has been officially recognized in the state since 2005 when Gov. Jennifer Granholm declared the third Saturday in June to be "Juneteenth National Freedom Day."
Of the multiple features of this year's Midwestern classical music season, one is the 20th anniversary of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival - which will celebrate with over 20 concerts throughout downtown Detroit.
The start of summer signals the time for music festivals to spring up all across the Great Lakes region. WKAR’s Jody Knol, Mark Schwitzgoebel and Peter Whorf preview and highlight the 2013 summer classical music festival season throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.
The panel discusses the Tea Party and Gov. Snyder, Medicaid breakthrough, road funding. The guest is Rep. Jase Bolger, (R) House Speaker. Emily Lawler, Chad Livengood, Rick Pluta join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.