Michigan Radio Newsroom http://michiganradio.org en Reports show early uptick of contagious hand, foot and mouth virus http://michiganradio.org/post/reports-show-early-uptick-contagious-hand-foot-and-mouth-virus <p>Recent reports show an early uptick in hand, foot and mouth disease.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:01:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18504 at http://michiganradio.org Reports show early uptick of contagious hand, foot and mouth virus Groups ask for pardon of Flint man held by Iran http://michiganradio.org/post/groups-ask-pardon-flint-man-held-iran <p>A Muslim advocacy group is asking the Iranian government to pardon a Michigan it convicted of spying for the U.S. government.</p><p></p><p>Amir Hekmati is a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who served in the U.S. Marine Corps.</p><p></p><p>Three years ago, he traveled to Iran to visit his extended family. Hekmati is from Flint.</p><p></p><p>But when he arrived he was arrested and convicted of "cooperating with hostile governments." He's been in prison ever since.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:59:45 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18517 at http://michiganradio.org Groups ask for pardon of Flint man held by Iran Washtenaw judge dismisses lawsuit to block oil drilling project http://michiganradio.org/post/washtenaw-judge-dismisses-lawsuit-block-oil-drilling-project <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A judge in Washtenaw&nbsp;County today dismissed a lawsuit to prevent oil drilling in Scio&nbsp;Township, near Ann Arbor.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:16:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18495 at http://michiganradio.org Washtenaw judge dismisses lawsuit to block oil drilling project Scientists find algae bloom near Maumee River http://michiganradio.org/post/scientists-find-algae-bloom-near-maumee-river <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Scientists are working to identify an algae bloom near the Maumee River.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">It's a yearly event that occurs during the warm summer months.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:26:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18476 at http://michiganradio.org Scientists find algae bloom near Maumee River Groups sue MDEQ over air permit granted to large steel plant http://michiganradio.org/post/groups-sue-mdeq-over-air-permit-granted-large-steel-plant <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Citizen groups are suing the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality over an air permit it granted to a Dearborn steel plant.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:22:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18463 at http://michiganradio.org Groups sue MDEQ over air permit granted to large steel plant Genesee County tries to deal with feral cat population http://michiganradio.org/post/genesee-county-tries-deal-feral-cat-population <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Feral cats have become a serious problem in Genesee County.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:47:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18448 at http://michiganradio.org Genesee County tries to deal with feral cat population Jury selection begins in Renisha McBride shooting case http://michiganradio.org/post/jury-selection-begins-renisha-mcbride-shooting-case <div class="gmail_default" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; display: inline;">​</div><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">DETROIT (AP) - Jury selection starts today in Detroit in the trial of a 55-year-old man who shot to death a young woman who had been knocking on his door in the wee hours of the morning in November.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Prosecutors say Theodore Wafer grabbed his shotgun, opened the front door of his Dearborn Heights home and blasted 19-year-old Renisha McBride in the face.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">McBride was drunk but unarmed when she had gone to get help after crashing her car.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Wafer claims McBride was aggressive and violent and that he acted in self-defense.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:12:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18450 at http://michiganradio.org Jury selection begins in Renisha McBride shooting case Detroit celebrates its 313th birthday next week http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-celebrates-its-313th-birthday-next-week <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Detroit turns 313 years old next week. T</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">he Detroit Historical Society is celebrating with a week's worth of programming beginning tomorrow.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">July </span>24th<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;marks the day when the French explorer Antoine Cadillac landed on what would later become the city of Detroit.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Each day the group will host a different event- including storytelling, a classic car show, and film screenings.</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;">Bob Sadler is with the Detroit Historical Society. He said celebrating the city is especially important now.</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 based on Detroit’s history of being a hard-working, very creative and entrepreneurial town, I have every reason to believe that we’re reinventing ourselves again," said Sadler.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Some of the events include:</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;Arsenal of Democracy, Detroit is America’s Motor City, The Streets of Old Detroit, and one of the newer exhibits, the Gallery of Innovation.&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;">The Detroit Historical Museum is in Midtown Detroit. All of the week's events are free.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 22px;">–&nbsp;</span><em 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</em></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:48:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18434 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit celebrates its 313th birthday next week More younger men diagnosed with late-stage prostate cancer http://michiganradio.org/post/more-younger-men-diagnosed-late-stage-prostate-cancer <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The number of younger men diagnosed with late-stage prostate cancer has been rising sharply over the past two decades.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Prostate cancer has generally been associated with aging.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But researchers at the University of Michigan say it's time to rethink that.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:06:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18421 at http://michiganradio.org More younger men diagnosed with late-stage prostate cancer Community group near Ann Arbor tries to stop new oil drilling http://michiganradio.org/post/community-group-near-ann-arbor-tries-stop-new-oil-drilling <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Exploratory oil drilling could come to Scio Township</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">, near Ann Arbor, soon. But a community group has a filed a lawsuit to try to prevent it.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:03:47 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18418 at http://michiganradio.org Community group near Ann Arbor tries to stop new oil drilling Michigan Shakespeare Festival will expand next year http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-shakespeare-festival-will-expand-next-year <p>This Thursday marks the opening night of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:49:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18369 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Shakespeare Festival will expand next year Cool science prints help send young scientists to conferences http://michiganradio.org/post/cool-science-prints-help-send-young-scientists-conferences <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A group of doctors and researchers is getting in on the Ann Arbor Art Fair fun this week.</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The program is called Bioartography. </span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Faculty and staff across the university submit images of cells and tissue from their research labs.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The images are photoshopped to add bright colors and patterns.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The winning prints are then sold. All proceeds go to help graduate students and post-docs travel to medical conferences.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Dr. Deborah Gumucio helped develop the fundraiser in 2005. She said roughly $40,000 to $50,000 has been collected over the past nine years. That's been enough to give more than 80 students $500 travel awards.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">"I</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">t’s really important to get out to the public to tell them about what we do," said Gumucio. "How our work with the fruit fly and work with yeast, for example, can make huge differences in human health."</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The prints are a representation of the intersection between art and science.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">They will be sold at the Ann Arbor Art Fair this week. They're also for sale online.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 22px;">–&nbsp;</span><em 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</em></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:48:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18368 at http://michiganradio.org Cool science prints help send young scientists to conferences Energy giant faces criminal trial on bid-rigging in Michigan lease sale http://michiganradio.org/post/energy-giant-faces-criminal-trial-bid-rigging-michigan-lease-sale <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You might recall that earlier this year</span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-unfolds-evidence-against-energy-giants-week-conspiracy-case" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">&nbsp;Michigan’s attorney general filed charges against two energy giants</a>.</p><p>Encana<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Oil and Gas USA and </span>Chesapeake<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Energy were accused of colluding to lower the price of land leases for oil and gas exploration.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last Friday, a Michigan&nbsp;</span>Cheboygan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County District Court judge&nbsp;rule</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">d</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;that Chesapeake Energy Corp must face a criminal trial, citing evidence of a conspiracy between the companies.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/10/us-antitrust-chesapeake-enrgy-idUSKBN0FF1Z020140710">Reuters </a>quoted&nbsp;<span style="font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 23px;">Judge Maria Barton of Michigan’s Cheboygan County District Court:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(119, 119, 119); line-height: 16px;">"The direct and circumsta</span><span style="color: rgb(119, 119, 119); line-height: 16px;">ntial evidence established that the parties did in fact strike an agreement to bid-rig the State sale."&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p>Part of that evidence could have come from&nbsp;Encana<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Oil. That company struck a plea deal with the State of Michigan in exchange for its help in Michigan's anti-trust case&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">Chesapeake Energy. Encana&nbsp;also agreed</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;"> to pay a $5 million fine.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">This past May, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/energy-company-agrees-pay-michigan-5-million-anti-trust-fine">MPRN's Rick Pluta&nbsp;reported</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">If Encana lives up to its end of the bargain, the state will drop other criminal charges at a sentencing hearing in 11 months.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chesapeake Energy is the nation’s second-largest producer of natural gas.</span></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:18:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18361 at http://michiganradio.org Energy giant faces criminal trial on bid-rigging in Michigan lease sale A new proposed pipeline in Michigan could run along Line 6B http://michiganradio.org/post/new-proposed-pipeline-michigan-could-run-along-line-6b <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A proposed natural gas pipeline could run through Michigan on its way to the Canadian border.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">ET Rover, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, is planning a pipeline that would run through about 180 miles of Michigan. </span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Some of it would track the same route as the controversial&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Enbridge</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;6-B pipeline that was recently replaced.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The company has sent out about 15,000 letters to landowners on and around the proposed line, asking for permission to do land surveys.</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;">ET Rover will then submit a plan to the federal government for review.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Vicki Granado is the company's spokesperson.</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;">"It’s important to Energy Transfer that we reach out and communicate and meet people and we talk to them," said Granadao. &nbsp;"It’s also important that as we do work in these communities, that we are very respectful of people’s property and of all of the environmental concerns."</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Jeff&nbsp;Insko&nbsp;is a landowner in Oakland County whose backyard was torn up for the Line&nbsp;6B&nbsp;project.</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 prospect of having to go through it all over again is utterly demoralizing," said Insko. "People are disheartened and some of them are angry; some of them are stubborn and ready to fight."</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;">ET Rover will hold an open house tonight in Fenton to update residents on the proposal.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 22px;">–&nbsp;</span><em 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</em></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:53:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18351 at http://michiganradio.org A new proposed pipeline in Michigan could run along Line 6B 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