The Associated Press http://michiganradio.org en Judge won't order recalled GM cars to be parked http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-wont-order-recalled-gm-cars-be-parked <p>DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge in Texas has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of 2 million recalled cars to stop driving their vehicles until their ignition switches are repaired.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos issued her order&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;in Corpus Christi. Attorney Robert Hilliard, who represents some owners, had argued that the GM cars could at any moment lose power and expose their occupants to serious injury or death.</p><p>GM had urged the court not to intervene and instead let a recall overseen by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proceed. The carmaker said extensive testing had shown that if the recall instructions were followed, there was no risk that the ignition switch would fail.</p><p>GM has linked the switch to 13 deaths.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:43:57 +0000 The Associated Press 17269 at http://michiganradio.org Judge won't order recalled GM cars to be parked Detroit bankruptcy judge revives talks on regional water agency http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bankruptcy-judge-revives-talks-regional-water-agency <p>DETROIT (AP) - A judge has ordered the city of Detroit and the suburbs to further explore the creation of a regional water department.</p><p>Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes granted Wayne County's request&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;to have the parties sit down with a mediator.</p><p>Detroit's water department provides water to Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has expressed interest in spinning off the department as a regional agency.</p><p>But some suburban leaders are concerned about future financial burdens on their residents.</p><p>The judge says the bankruptcy case is a "unique opportunity" to keep negotiating. Otherwise, Rhodes says the opportunity "will be lost forever."</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:58:19 +0000 The Associated Press 17266 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit bankruptcy judge revives talks on regional water agency Whitefish shortage causing Passover meal problems http://michiganradio.org/post/whitefish-shortage-causing-passover-meal-problems <p>TRAVERSE CITY –&nbsp;Many fish markets in the Great Lakes region are running short of whitefish, and it's coming at a bad time: the Passover holiday.</p><p>Whitefish is a key ingredient in gefilte fish, a traditional Jewish dish that originates in eastern Europe. Recipes vary, but it often consists of ground fish, vegetables such as onion and carrots, and bread crumbs formed into loaves or balls.</p><p>The shortfall results partly from the bitterly cold winter that caused vast sections of the Great Lakes to freeze over. The ice cover kept some commercial fishing crews stuck in port. A drop in the whitefish population is also to blame.</p><p>Kevin Dean of Superior Fish Co. near Detroit says his latest shipment amounted to just 75 pounds, although he requested 500 pounds.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:32:14 +0000 The Associated Press 17231 at http://michiganradio.org Whitefish shortage causing Passover meal problems Body found in Indiana lake, Officials believe it may be missing Kalamazoo doctor http://michiganradio.org/post/body-found-indiana-lake-officials-believe-it-may-be-missing-kalamazoo-doctor <p>PORTER, Ind. (AP) - Authorities say the body of a woman has been found in a northwestern Indiana lake near where they conducted a January search for a missing Michigan doctor.</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 22:53:32 +0000 The Associated Press 17120 at http://michiganradio.org Body found in Indiana lake, Officials believe it may be missing Kalamazoo doctor Flint Council commenters can have their say – for 3 minutes http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-council-commenters-can-have-their-say-3-minutes <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">FLINT –&nbsp;The clock is ticking on people who have something to say at Flint City Council meetings.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Anyone with a beef or praise will have three minutes near the end of meetings – not before council members consider issues on the agenda.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 15:13:58 +0000 The Associated Press 17116 at http://michiganradio.org Women to get "potty parity" at DeVos Hall http://michiganradio.org/post/women-get-potty-parity-devos-hall <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">GRAND RAPIDS&nbsp;— The latest shouts of "bravo!" have nothing to do with the stage at a Grand Rapids performance hall.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The group that oversees DeVos Performance Hall will spend $69,000 to add five bathroom stalls for women. It's a response to complaints about long lines for women at intermission.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:48:51 +0000 The Associated Press 17115 at http://michiganradio.org It's Hash Bash Saturday in Ann Arbor today http://michiganradio.org/post/its-hash-bash-saturday-ann-arbor-today <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><p>ANN ARBOR –&nbsp;Thousands of people are expected to attend an annual pro-marijuana rally that's been held on the University of Michigan campus for more than 40 years.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:28:34 +0000 The Associated Press 17113 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's medical schools need more cadavers; law would make donation easier http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-medical-schools-need-more-cadavers-law-would-make-donation-easier <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">LANSING –&nbsp;Any accredited Michigan medical school could receive dead body donations under legislation being considered in the state House.</p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Residents now can donate their bodies to one of three older medical schools, which allocate some donations to other schools and hospitals. But Michigan's new medical schools want to receive bodies independently to promote donations in their areas and streamline the process.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:26:08 +0000 The Associated Press 17112 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan says licensees must follow safety pact http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-says-licensees-must-follow-safety-pact <p>ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan says it will require companies that make licensed products at factories in Bangladesh to meet worker safety standards.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Mary Sue Coleman announced this week that licensees must either sign and abide by the worker safety initiative or demonstrate that they have an equivalent safety plan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.bangladeshaccord.org/">Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh</a> is a five-year agreement between apparel manufacturers and trade unions. It was developed in response to a 2013 factory collapse that killed more than 1,000 people in Bangladesh.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.michigandaily.com/news/coleman-approves-new-apparel-licensing-accords">The Michigan Daily reports</a> Coleman's announcement came a day after a protest in the Fleming Administration Building.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to a news release from Michigan, the Ann Arbor school becomes the </span>10th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> university to add the accord to its licensing requirements.</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:26:02 +0000 The Associated Press 17104 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan says licensees must follow safety pact Network aims to boost Michigan-produced food http://michiganradio.org/post/network-aims-boost-michigan-produced-food <p>LANSING –&nbsp;A new network aims to connect farmers, food processors, and food service directors as part of an effort to increase the amount of Michigan-produced food served in institutions.</p><p>The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the nonprofit Ecology Center environmental group&nbsp;on Thursday&nbsp;announced the launch of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network.</p><p>Organizers want schools, child care centers, hospitals, colleges and universities to get 20 percent of their food products from Michigan growers, producers and processors by 2020. The Center for Regional Food Systems says food service directors have expressed interest in the idea.</p><p>The Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center is working with Michigan hospitals on the effort. A campaign called "Cultivate Michigan" aims to help institutions reach the goal.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:34:00 +0000 The Associated Press 17093 at http://michiganradio.org Network aims to boost Michigan-produced food U.S. Supreme Court ruling on campaign donations may affect Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-ruling-campaign-donations-may-affect-michigan-politics <p>A campaign spending watchdog is worried about the potential effect on Michigan’s politics by a U.S. Supreme Court decision today.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:16:17 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 17079 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Supreme Court ruling on campaign donations may affect Michigan politics Gov. Snyder signs bills so Michigan cities don't lose revenue http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-signs-bills-so-michigan-cities-dont-lose-revenue <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation designed to ensure local government budgets aren't hurt if manufacturers and small businesses get planned tax cuts.<br /><br />A phase-out of taxes on industrial machinery starts in 2016 and is underway for small businesses with equipment. The tax cuts will be halted if a statewide vote fails in August.<br /> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:27:00 +0000 The Associated Press 17026 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder signs bills so Michigan cities don't lose revenue Developer gets OK for road across Michigan dunes http://michiganradio.org/post/developer-gets-ok-road-across-michigan-dunes <div><p>SAUGATUCK&nbsp;TOWNSHIP,&nbsp;Mich. (AP) - Construction is expected to begin in the coming months on an access road across part of the Lake Michigan shoreline for 18 home sites.</p><p>The Grand Rapids Press reports&nbsp;that Singapore Dunes LLC says it has received permission from the state Department of Environmental Quality to build the two-lane blacktop in&nbsp;Allegan&nbsp;County's&nbsp;Saugatuck&nbsp;Township.</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:14:33 +0000 The Associated Press 17030 at http://michiganradio.org Developer gets OK for road across Michigan dunes Ford CEO's pay up 11% to $23.2 million in 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/ford-ceos-pay-11-232-million-2013 <p>DETROIT (AP) - Ford CEO Alan Mulally's compensation rose 11 percent to $23.2 million in 2013, as the company reported record profits in North America.<br /><br />Mulally earned $2 million in salary, the same as 2012. But he earned more in bonuses, at $5.9 million, and in stock and option awards, which totaled $14.7 million.<br /><br />The company's board said Mulally exceeded profit and cash flow targets. The company also earned a record pretax profit of $8.8 billion in North America.<br /> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:24:00 +0000 The Associated Press 17025 at http://michiganradio.org Ford CEO's pay up 11% to $23.2 million in 2013 Michigan Supreme Court to hear dispute over court costs http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-hear-dispute-over-court-costs <p> DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court soon will hear arguments in a dispute over whether convicts can be ordered to pay the operating costs of local courts.<br /><br />Fred Cunningham is asking the Supreme Court to throw out a $1,000 bill that was part of his sentence for a drug crime in Allegan County, southwest of Grand Rapids.<br /><br />Judges statewide have used their discretion to order local court costs, citing Michigan law. The attorney general's office is defending the practice, saying the Legislature could have restricted the meaning of the law but didn't.<br /> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:21:00 +0000 The Associated Press 17024 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court to hear dispute over court costs MSU and U of M reach the Elite Eight http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-and-u-m-reach-elite-eight <p>UNDATED (AP) - The NCAA men's regional finals are set following Friday night's action. Second seed Michigan will take on No. 8 Kentucky in the Midwest final at Indianapolis, and fourth seed Michigan St. will battle No. 7 Connecticut in the East at New York's Madison Square Garden.<br /> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:25:41 +0000 The Associated Press 17023 at http://michiganradio.org MSU and U of M reach the Elite Eight GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-adding-824000-vehicles-ignition-recall <p>DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is adding 824,000 small cars to its ongoing recall tied to defective ignition switches.<br /><br />The company will add vehicles from the 2008-2011 model years to a recall that initially covered cars only through the 2007 model year.<br /><br />The Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky are all involved in the recall.<br /><br />GM says around 5,000 of the faulty switches were used for repairs on 2008-2011 model year cars. GM says it's expanding the recall to make sure it finds all the switches.<br /> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:12:32 +0000 The Associated Press 17022 at http://michiganradio.org GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall US Rep. Mike Rogers won't seek re-election http://michiganradio.org/post/us-rep-mike-rogers-wont-seek-re-election <p>DETROIT – Seven-term Republican Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan says he won't seek re-election.<br /><br />The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee announced his plans on Friday morning during an interview on Detroit radio station WJR-AM. He says he'll serve out the end of his term and plans to start a national radio program.<br /><br />Last year, Rogers had said he would not run for the U.S. Senate in Michigan this year, saying the best way for him to make a difference in Washington is staying in the House.<br /> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:05:38 +0000 The Associated Press 17014 at http://michiganradio.org US Rep. Mike Rogers won't seek re-election Study planned on adapting to changing water levels http://michiganradio.org/post/study-planned-adapting-changing-water-levels <p>ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan is planning a wide-ranging study of how people in the Great Lakes region can adapt to changing water levels.</p><p>Don Scavia of the university's Graham Sustainability Institute announced the study&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;in Ann Arbor at the conclusion of a seminar on the topic for scientists, policymakers and advocates.</p><p>It will be modeled after a broad analysis that university experts conducted last year on the natural gas extraction process known as "fracking."</p><p>Great Lakes levels fluctuate with the seasons and over longer periods. They've risen substantially in the past year after a sustained low period, but it's uncertain how long the comeback will continue.</p><p>Scavia says that shoreline property owners, communities and businesses need to accept that lake levels will not remain stable and make necessary adjustments.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:16:20 +0000 The Associated Press 17008 at http://michiganradio.org Study planned on adapting to changing water levels Democrats ask for recognition of recent gay marriages in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/democrats-ask-recognition-recent-gay-marriages-michigan <div><p>Michigan's congressional Democrats are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for federal recognition of the more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in the state this past weekend.&nbsp;The letter is signed by&nbsp;Sens. Debbie&nbsp;Stabenow&nbsp;and Carl Levin, and Reps. John&nbsp;Dingell, Sander Levin, Gary Peters and Dan&nbsp;Kildee.</p><p>A judge ruled last Friday that Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, but the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals put a hold on further same-sex weddings while it deliberates the Michigan marriage case.</p><p>Yesterday, Gov. Snyder said the marriages performed over the weekend in Michigan are legal, but they cannot be officially recognized by the state because of current law. Here's what he said:</p><p>http://youtu.be/hmpbMvxlgpA</p><p>In January, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the government would honor same-sex marriages in Utah in a case very similar to Michigan's. The Justice Department so far has said it's monitoring the situation in Michigan.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:53:10 +0000 Rick Pluta & The Associated Press 16999 at http://michiganradio.org Democrats ask for recognition of recent gay marriages in Michigan