Michigan Radio Newsroom http://michiganradio.org en Detroit has a maternal death rate that is triple the nation's http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-has-maternal-death-rate-triple-nations <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In Detroit, the number of women dying from pregnancy-related causes is three times the national average.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:02:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18331 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit has a maternal death rate that is triple the nation's Is the hybrid hype dying down? http://michiganradio.org/post/hybrid-hype-dying-down <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.365000057220459; background-color: transparent;">People may talk about wanting to be environmentally friendly but, when it comes to buying new cars, </span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.365000057220459; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">the data show they aren't spending their green on being green.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.365000057220459;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.365000057220459; background-color: transparent;">Car buyers don’t actually end up buying hybrids and electrics even though they say it’s important to them.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.365000057220459;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-0646ff47-1660-add1-ef19-861989012400" style="line-height: 1.365000057220459;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">"Hybrids and plugins tend to be more expensive," says </span></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sonari</span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.7450008392334px; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Glinton,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.7450008392334px; white-space: pre-wrap;">NPR’s auto reporter.</span><span style="line-height: 1.365000057220459;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> The advance drive market [hybrids, electric vehicles, plugin hybrids] has accounted for 3.6% of the market in the first half of 2014, a decline when compared to 3.8 % in the first half of 2013. Glinton says this market plateau is partially because shoppers are acclimating to higher gas prices. He thinks the other reason is "the novelty of these [hybrid] cars has worn off, so it's not like there's a big new electric car that people are like 'oh I gotta go out and buy that car.' "</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.365000057220459;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:55:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18285 at http://michiganradio.org Is the hybrid hype dying down? LCV says the "Michigan Legislature is failing on state conservation issues" http://michiganradio.org/post/lcv-says-michigan-legislature-failing-state-conservation-issues <p>The Michigan League of Conservation Voters is giving the Michigan Legislature a grade of "incomplete" for its current session.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group's scorecard grades lawmakers on their votes related to energy, land and water issues.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:32:38 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18318 at http://michiganradio.org LCV says the "Michigan Legislature is failing on state conservation issues" Do you judge people based on the way they speak? http://michiganradio.org/post/do-you-judge-people-based-way-they-speak <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, State of Opportunity's Jennifer Guerra explored </span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/what-happens-when-our-biases-against-certain-dialects-color-what-we-hear" style="line-height: 1.5;">language and discrimination</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. She talked to Robin Queen, a linguist who teaches a class about it at the University of Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From Guerra's story:</span></p><blockquote><p>Queen says people often think there's one right way to speak, what linguists call Standard American English, or "The Standard," and everyone else is doing it wrong.</p><p></p><p>"Who gets to decide they can police someone else's language?" asks Queen. "I mean, when did we get to this point that shaming people for their language is fine?"</p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remember the George Zimmerman trial last year? You probably read headlines about it somewhere, or maybe watched coverage of it on TV.</span></p><p>If you got to hear any of the testimony, you may remember Rachel&nbsp;Jeantel. She's a young, African-American woman who was the primary witness for the prosecution, and was on the phone with&nbsp;Trayvon&nbsp;Martin on the day he died.&nbsp;</p><p>When&nbsp;Jeantel&nbsp;began speaking, people both in and out of the courtroom focused on the way she spoke.</p><p>Why?&nbsp;</p><p>Check out <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/what-happens-when-our-biases-against-certain-dialects-color-what-we-hear">Guerra's piece</a>. You can watch testimony from the Zimmerman trial and read about a study from MSU on language and discrimination that has some surprising results.&nbsp;</p><p><em>-- Lucy Perkins, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:31:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18310 at http://michiganradio.org Do you judge people based on the way they speak? Demolished GM plants could get cleaned up next year http://michiganradio.org/post/demolished-gm-plants-could-get-cleaned-next-year <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Three demolished General Motors plants could get state approval for cleanup, starting next year.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:33:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18282 at http://michiganradio.org Demolished GM plants could get cleaned up next year Vacant lots in Flint are becoming urban gardens http://michiganradio.org/post/vacant-lots-flint-are-becoming-urban-gardens <p>There are more than 12,000 vacant lots in Flint, and Genesee county is trying to change that.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:00:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18283 at http://michiganradio.org Vacant lots in Flint are becoming urban gardens Monday is the deadline to register to vote in Michigan primary http://michiganradio.org/post/monday-deadline-register-vote-michigan-primary <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The deadline to register to vote in Michigan's primary is today.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">On Aug.&nbsp;5, </span>Michiganders<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> will vote in the party primaries for state House and Senate seats.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18226 at http://michiganradio.org Monday is the deadline to register to vote in Michigan primary What researchers are finding out about low-level exposure to arsenic http://michiganradio.org/post/what-researchers-are-finding-out-about-low-level-exposure-arsenic <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">This week, the Environment Report is taking a look at </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/michigans-silent-poison" style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Michigan’s silent poison</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> — arsenic.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Federal standards allow public drinking water supplies to have arsenic levels of up to 10 parts per billion (ppb), but these standards do not apply to private well owners (that's left up to the well owner to determine).</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">And in counties throughout Michigan, some wells have much higher levels of arsenic than this "maximum contaminant level" set by the EPA.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Higher levels of arsenic in drinking water have been linked to skin cancer, lung cancer, and bladder cancer, among others.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But are lower levels of arsenic a threat to human health?</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:16:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18245 at http://michiganradio.org What researchers are finding out about low-level exposure to arsenic The search begins for Michigan's official Christmas tree http://michiganradio.org/post/search-begins-michigans-official-christmas-tree <p>It may only be July, but Michigan has already begun its search for this year's official Christmas tree.<br /><br />People can nominate their picks for trees that could fit the bill.<br /><br />Usually 10 to 15 trees are nominated, and the one that's chosen must be easy to access.<br /><br />But the process isn't a quick one.<br /><br />The search begins in the summer to allow enough time to prepare, choose, harvest, and transport the tree to the Capitol.<br /><br />Lauren Leeds is a spokeswoman for the state. She says cutting down these trees often also helps the surrounding area. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:31:34 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18249 at http://michiganradio.org Cooley Law School plans faculty and staff cuts after low enrollment http://michiganradio.org/post/cooley-law-school-plans-faculty-and-staff-cuts-after-low-enrollment <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Thomas M. Cooley Law School is battling low student enrollment with faculty and staff cuts.</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:15:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18258 at http://michiganradio.org Cooley Law School plans faculty and staff cuts after low enrollment Michigan History Foundation to get $1 million grant http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-history-foundation-get-1-million-grant <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A $1 million grant is going to the Michigan History Foundation.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:07:09 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18247 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan History Foundation to get $1 million grant Protesters call for immediate moratorium on Detroit water shut-offs http://michiganradio.org/post/protesters-call-immediate-moratorium-detroit-water-shut-offs <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Protesters voiced their anger Monday morning over the controversial water shut-offs in Detroit.</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:44:53 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18210 at http://michiganradio.org Protesters call for immediate moratorium on Detroit water shut-offs MEC report suggests Michigan living conditions don't live up to residents' hopes http://michiganradio.org/post/mec-report-suggests-michigan-living-conditions-dont-live-residents-hopes <p>The living conditions in Michigan are crumbling and the residents aren't happy about it.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:04:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18207 at http://michiganradio.org MEC report suggests Michigan living conditions don't live up to residents' hopes Protests Call For End to Deportations http://michiganradio.org/post/protests-call-end-deportations <p></p><p>Friday marked one full year since the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill, but with the measure effectively dead in the House, immigrant advocacy groups hope to convince President Obama to use his executive powers to steer around the Congressional roadblock.<br /><br />In Michigan, activist Maximo Anguiano with Action of Greater Lansing says his group feels separating families with 1,100 daily deportations is not the answer.</p><p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:24:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18200 at http://michiganradio.org Protests Call For End to Deportations Experiencing Detroit's blight digitally is getting interesting http://michiganradio.org/post/experiencing-detroits-blight-digitally-getting-interesting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I timed myself and it took me a minute and 21 seconds to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/06/27/us/detroit-foreclosure-photo-mosaic.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=photo-spot-region&amp;region=photo-spot&amp;WT.nav=photo-spot&amp;_r=0" style="line-height: 1.5;">scroll through&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the images of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit's blight. Initially, I didn't even read any of the analysis that&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">New York Times</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;provided, I just scrolled.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The <em>Times</em> has done several <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/05/27/us/Defining-Blight-in-Detroit.html">interactive</a> pieces on blight in Detroit. There's been a wealth of data since the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/05/27/us/detroit-blight.html">Detroit Blight Removal Task Force Plan was published</a>.</p><p>This one really makes you realize how vast the city's housing problem actually is.</p><p>Their analysis breaks blight up geographically with different anecdotes and facts. Here are two examples:</p><p>7 Mile Road:</p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">While most of the properties on the foreclosure list were residential, about 5 percent were sites of former businesses, of which a majority were vacant lots or unoccupied structures. Many were formerly gas stations, auto body shops and car washes.&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p>Lenox Street:</p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Ronald Ford Jr. says he has struggled to find work as a laborer and to pay his bills, let alone the $7,000 in property taxes that he now owes. His family bought the house in 1969, and his mother made the final mortgage payment years ago. But he said they stopped paying the taxes after she grew ill and moved into a nursing facility. &nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">-- Lucy Perkins, Michigan Radio Newsroom</span></em></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:21:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18187 at http://michiganradio.org Experiencing Detroit's blight digitally is getting interesting New task force to review pipeline safety in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/new-task-force-review-pipeline-safety-michigan <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A new government task force has been created to review the safety of Michigan's pipelines.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:24:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18172 at http://michiganradio.org New task force to review pipeline safety in Michigan Stepparent adoption not possible in joint-custody case http://michiganradio.org/post/stepparent-adoption-not-possible-joint-custody-case <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Stepparent adoption just became more difficult in the state of Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Michigan Supreme Court has upheld a state law that says a stepparent cannot adopt a child if the biological parents share joint custody.</span></p><p><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In the decision, Justice Brian Zahra wrote that stepparents wanting to do so would have to be married to a spouse with sole legal custody of the child. T</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">hat means going back to court and petitioning for sole custody before the stepparent can adopt.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Debra Keehn is a family law attorney in Ann Arbor. She said the added legal step is going to make adoption more difficult for families.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">"All of that takes a lot of time and a lot of money and it puts a big financial burden, I think, on a family who’s trying to increase the security of a child."</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The court ruled in the case of a couple who divorced in 2009.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The mother remarried a year later and petitioned to have her new husband adopt her child. She argued that the child's father had not made contact or sent any money in over two years. But the ruling said she would have to petition a court for sole custody of her child before her new husband could adopt.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The court's decision was unanimous.</span></p><p><i style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">– Reem Nasr, Michigan Radio Newsroom</i></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:12:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18165 at http://michiganradio.org Stepparent adoption not possible in joint-custody case Great Lakes region not doing well on beach water quality http://michiganradio.org/post/great-lakes-region-not-doing-well-beach-water-quality <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Great Lakes region didn't do so well last year in beach water quality, according to t</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">he annual beach report by Natural Resources Defense Council.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:31:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18153 at http://michiganradio.org Great Lakes region not doing well on beach water quality Small businesses welcome carbon emission regulations http://michiganradio.org/post/small-businesses-welcome-carbon-emission-regulations <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Support is growing within the small business community for tighter limits on carbon emissions, which contribute to climate change.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:24:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18151 at http://michiganradio.org Small businesses welcome carbon emission regulations A "humanitarian crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border http://michiganradio.org/post/humanitarian-crisis-us-mexico-border <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">At a congressional hearing today, Michigan congresswoman Candice Miller weighed in on the massive influx of unaccompanied children smuggled into the United States through the Mexican border. A situation Congress has called a "humanitarian crisis." &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:30:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18128 at http://michiganradio.org A "humanitarian crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border