Current State #9 | January 24, 2013

Jan 24, 2013

On today's Current State: East Lansing city manager George Lahanas and Tim Dempsey, director of Planning, Building and Development, local efforts at Medicare cost reduction, electric cars, MSU women's basketball and dancing to Pink Floyd.

East Lansing city officials address revenue, development

George Lahanas (right), East Lansing's city manager, and Tim Dempsey, the director of Planning, Building and Development, share their outlook for the city in 2013.
Credit WKAR

East Lansing city leaders continue to face questions and challenges involving budget revenue, downtown development and home leasing regulations.  City Manager George Lahanas and Tim Dempsey, director of Planning Building and Development, discuss crucial issues facing the city along with the "Emerging Leaders" program.

Lansing healthcare providers part of nationwide study on re-hospitalization

A report published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association documents how health care professionals in Lansing and 13 other communities across the country are working to reduce hospital re-admission rates among Medicare patients.

Experts say about 20 percent of all Medicare patients who are discharged from hospitals across the country return for more treatment within 30 days.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says these re-hospitalizations cost billions of dollars each year -- and many are avoidable.

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery has been looking into this study and what it means for the health care system.

A tour of Chevrolet's electric vehicles

The North American International Auto Show takes place at Detroit’s Cobo Hall all this week. During last week’s press review, WKAR’s Peter Whorf checked out the latest models and new car technology.  He stopped by the General Motors area to zero in on Chevrolet’s electric vehicles.

Anne Marie Damon is an NAIAS product specialist and Peter’s tour guide for a discussion of Chevy’s new Spark and the updated Chevy Volt.

MSU women's basketball team thrives despite injuries

The MSU women’s basketball program has been playing well this season, despite a rash of injuries. The squad recently cracked the Top 25 with a 4-1 record in Big Ten play and 16-2 overall. They visit Lincoln, Neb. tonight to take on the Cornhuskers.  

Brian Calloway, sportswriter for the Lansing State Journal, has been covering the Spartan women’s team and offers an update.

Lansing dance company tackles Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon'

This weekend, Lansing area's  Happendance company presents an original production choreographed to the music of Pink Floyd’s legendary album, “The Dark Side Of The Moon.” Happendance administrators Diane Newman and Missy Lilje discuss the production and what it's like to choreograph movements to Pink Floyd.