Michigan Radio http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Monday, July 28, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-july-28-2014 <p></p><p></p><p>Today on Stateside:</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For every dollar a Michigan candidate spends in campaign ads, outside groups have spent $3.50. Why should we care?</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Academic research is being misused, and academics' words have been twisted in the media and by politicians. Andrew Hoffman joined Stateside to discuss this disturbing trend.</p><p>· &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Sweet corn is coming in later in the season, due to the cold spring.&nbsp;</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; With John Dingell retiring, his wife Debbie Dingell is running in the Democratic primary to take his place.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A bill to certify Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (ARPN) would allow nurses to work more independently from physicians, and could allow them to write prescriptions and refer patients to specialists.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full show above. Lester Graham is sitting in for Cynthia Canty this week.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:43:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 18528 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, July 28, 2014 Outside groups are spending more money on campaign ads http://michiganradio.org/post/outside-groups-are-spending-more-money-campaign-ads <p></p><p>A recent report shows that for every dollar spent by a Michigan candidate in campaign ads, outside groups have spent $3.50. Another way to look at it: of the $18 million spent on TV campaign ads in the first half of this year, outside groups contributed $14 million.</p><p>What are the consequences of outside money in Michigan political campaigns, and who are these groups?</p><p>To answer those questions, Rich Robinson and Todd Spangler joined Lester Graham on Stateside. Robinson is the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. &nbsp;Spangler is a correspondent with the <em>Detroit Free Press</em>.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:38:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 18531 at http://michiganradio.org Outside groups are spending more money on campaign ads Corn crops are coming in late http://michiganradio.org/post/corn-crops-are-coming-late <p></p><p></p><p>This summer, many of us are still waiting for Michigan sweet corn. Tom Hulett is known as the "Corn Man" in the Port Huron area. He said people had problems planting their sweet corn due to the cold spring, and that's delayed this year's harvest.</p><p>Hulett&nbsp;says we should start seeing more sweet corn in the markets two to three weeks later than normal.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:35:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 18532 at http://michiganradio.org Corn crops are coming in late Michigan Radio is seeking a Social Media Producer http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radio-seeking-social-media-producer <p><strong><u>Social Media Producer</u></strong></p><p><strong><u>Job Summary:</u></strong><br />Michigan Radio, the public radio stations of the University of Michigan, is seeking a producer for online and social media. We are searching for a professional social media producer who can oversee and implement Michigan Radio’s social media activities and coordinate Michigan Radio’s online outreach, engagement and promotion by directly engaging Michigan Radio’s audience in a variety of social media channels and leading efforts to develop a vibrant social media presence for Michigan Radio’s journalism content across platforms.</p><p><strong><u>Responsibilities</u></strong>:<br />Consistently and enthusiastically engages with readers and listeners in social media venues.&nbsp;Monitors stories and interviews from Stateside and other Michigan Radio shows, as well as, other providers for news items to use on social media&nbsp;Coordinates with News editors and Stateside producers on developing stories, aligning social media activities with station activities and journalism agenda.</p><p>Develop ideas and projects for social engagement with Michigan Radio’s audience&nbsp;Inspire station journalists, producers and editors to use social media to develop audience and enhance user participation&nbsp;Leverage social media platforms for station fundraising.&nbsp;Develop, maintain and interpret key social media metrics and assess their success against social media’s successes, criteria, and goals.&nbsp;Responsible for following social media trends and recommending new strategies to maximize social exposure.</p><p>Ensures that all materials produced meet Michigan Radio standards and practices, including standards of accuracy, fairness, honesty and impartiality.&nbsp;Ability and willingness to work varied shifts, including early mornings, nights and/or weekends.&nbsp;The producer will also play a role in selecting, producing, writing and editing content for Michigan Radio’s website, mobile, broadcast, and social platforms as appropriate.<br />Other duties as assigned.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:28:57 +0000 Tony Brown 18530 at http://michiganradio.org Nurses with advanced degrees could be given more independence http://michiganradio.org/post/nurses-advanced-degrees-could-be-given-more-independence <p></p><p></p><p>Last year, the state Senate passed a bill allowing the certification of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), which will allow APRNS to practice independently from physicians, granting them the ability to write prescriptions and refer patients to specialists. Last month, the bill was referred to the House.</p><p>Kathleen Potempa, Dean of Nursing School at the University of Michigan, said the data shows in other states that have adopted similar policies, the quality of patient care remained high. She added that this could alleviate primary care shortages in Michigan.</p><p>Potempa joined Stateside today to talk about how Senate Bill 2 could change the role of nurses in Michigan.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:38:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 18525 at http://michiganradio.org Nurses with advanced degrees could be given more independence Why aren't more university researchers engaging with the public? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-arent-more-university-researchers-engaging-public <p></p><p>In the last two or three decades, public discussions seem to have shifted from looking to scholars, scientists, the researchers and experts at universities to help inform the debate to relying on politicians, spinmeisters and people with microphones determining what is sound science.</p><p>All those university professors have been busy publishing in journals which other researchers read. But rigorous published research doesn't always make it to the public at large, or if it does, it's distorted by news media, pundits, or just loudmouths who twist research to support their own beliefs.</p><p>Andrew Hoffman joined us to discuss this disturbing trend. He’s a professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He teaches and researches business sustainability.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:35:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 18523 at http://michiganradio.org Why aren't more university researchers engaging with the public? Arab American group wants investigation into Dearborn Heights city clerk http://michiganradio.org/post/arab-american-group-wants-investigation-dearborn-heights-city-clerk <p><em>Update: we've now obtained the city clerk's (now rescinded) resignation letter from July 22, and we've updated the story to include the information it provides.&nbsp;</em></p><p>Something “fishy” is going on at the Dearborn Heights city clerk's office.</p><p>That's how the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee puts it.</p><p>They say they're getting dozens of complaints from Arab Americans who tried to get absentee ballots in Dearborn Heights – and ran into trouble at the city clerk’s office.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:01:51 +0000 Kate Wells 18527 at http://michiganradio.org Arab American group wants investigation into Dearborn Heights city clerk Long-awaited Detroit streetcar project breaks ground http://michiganradio.org/post/long-awaited-detroit-streetcar-project-breaks-ground <div align="left" style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><p>After a series of fits and starts, Detroit's&nbsp;M1&nbsp;Rail project breaks ground today.</p><p></p><p>A short stretch of Woodward Avenue will be shut down today as construction gets underway.</p><p></p><p>The streetcar line will run 3.3 miles from downtown to New Center, and will have 12 stops.</p><p></p><p>More than a dozen private donors, led by Roger&nbsp;Penske, kicked in $100 million of the project's $140 million price tag.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:00:23 +0000 Sarah Hulett 18529 at http://michiganradio.org Long-awaited Detroit streetcar project breaks ground Debbie Dingell wants to be your next congresswoman http://michiganradio.org/post/debbie-dingell-wants-be-your-next-congresswoman <p></p><p></p><p>It’s an election year and the primary elections will be held August 5<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; With the retirement of John Dingell, the 12<sup>th</sup> Congressional district is an open seat. His wife, Deborah Dingell, is running for that seat in the Democratic primary against Ypsilanti attorney Raymond G. Mullins.</p><p>Debbie Dingell joined Stateside today to talk about her campaign.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:17:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 18522 at http://michiganradio.org Debbie Dingell wants to be your next congresswoman Those who want to outlaw publications over sexually explicit ads should study Constitution first http://michiganradio.org/post/those-who-want-outlaw-publications-over-sexually-explicit-ads-should-study-constitution-first <div class="gmail_default" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; display: inline;">​</div><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Ten years or so ago, a woman named Andrea Lavigne sat in on some media survey classes I was teaching at Wayne State University.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">She was in her late 30s or early 40s, and seemed to be searching for answers. She wanted to know how the media work, and told me she was a Maoist. This fascinated me, because I thought authentic Maoists were almost as rare as passenger pigeons.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Chairman Mao, we now know, starved to death and slaughtered tens of millions of his own citizens, and kept China economically and intellectually backward. Intrigued, I got together one night before class with her and another Maoist, to find out what they were all about. Alas, they spouted a form of primitive, grade-school Marxism.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">They seemed to have very little historical knowledge of Communism or what it had actually been like.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Three years ago, I got a friendly email from Ms. Lavigne telling me she had now founded a marijuana film club.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Well, Andrea Lavigne has a new cause now: She wants to get the city of Grosse Pointe Park to outlaw the weekly newspaper, <em>The Metro Times</em>, because it has sexually oriented ads.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:04:48 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18524 at http://michiganradio.org Those who want to outlaw publications over sexually explicit ads should study Constitution first Detroit regional bus system's future will be decided on August 5th ballot http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-regional-bus-systems-future-will-be-decided-august-5th-ballot <p>Voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties face a <a href="http://www.lwvoa.org/files/VG2014PrimaryCountyProposal.pdf">crucial millage proposal on the August 5<sup>th</sup> ballot</a> that could decide the future of the region’s mass transit system.</p><p>The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) is southeast Michigan’s only bus system outside the city of Detroit.</p><p>SMART covers by far the largest square mileage of Michigan’s mass transit systems, but has the lowest millage rate supporting it.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:03:07 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18526 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit regional bus system's future will be decided on August 5th ballot Republicans & Democrats vying for Michigan's open 8th congressional district seat http://michiganradio.org/post/republicans-democrats-vying-michigans-open-8th-congressional-district-seat <p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/03/28/rep-mike-rogers-to-retire-launch-national-radio-show/">Republican Congressman Mike Rogers’ decision to retire </a>from his 8<sup>th</sup> congressional district seat is leaving a void that Michigan Democrats hope to fill.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18443 at http://michiganradio.org Republicans & Democrats vying for Michigan's open 8th congressional district seat Long-term Democrat challenged in Michigan's 13th Congressional primary race http://michiganradio.org/post/long-term-democrat-challenged-michigans-13th-congressional-primary-race <p></p><p>Primary elections in Michigan will be held on August 5. Voters in parts of Detroit and Wayne County will decide between two Democratic candidates in the 13<sup>th</sup> Congressional District. The incumbent is John Conyers Jr. The challenger is The Rev. Horace Sheffield III.</p><p>Before we start talking about 2014, let me take you back 50 years:</p><blockquote><p>“In your heart, you know he’s right. Vote for Barry Goldwater.”</p></blockquote><blockquote><p>“Vote for President Johnson on November 3<sup>rd</sup>. The stakes are too high for you to stay home.”</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 18519 at http://michiganradio.org Long-term Democrat challenged in Michigan's 13th Congressional primary race Thunderstorms knock down trees, black out 150,000 in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/thunderstorms-knock-down-trees-black-out-150000-michigan <p>WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A series of severe thunderstorms has hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula, packing winds of up to 50 miles per hour that knocked down trees, ripped roofs off buildings and blacked out at least 150,000 homes and businesses.<br /><br />The National Weather Service says a trained spotter reports 1.75-inch hail struck Oakland County's White Lake Township in suburban Detroit on Sunday afternoon. It reports 50 mph wind gusts in neighboring Macomb County.<br /> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:29:08 +0000 The Associated Press 18520 at http://michiganradio.org Flint police are trying to whittle down a backlog of misdemeanor warrants http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-police-are-trying-whittle-down-backlog-misdemeanor-warrants <p>Flint police are launching a new effort this week to clear a backlog of misdemeanor warrants.</p><p></p><p>The department has more than 23,000 misdemeanor warrants on its books. Some of them date back to the 1970’s.</p><p></p><p>Flint Police Chief James Tolbert says these warrants for relatively minor offenses can lead to major problems for police.</p><p></p><p>“Because they’re wanted, they run for us. They engage in high-speed pursuits,” says Tolbert.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Tolbert says “Operation Fresh Start” lets people resolve their outstanding warrants without being arrested.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:38:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18509 at http://michiganradio.org Flint police are trying to whittle down a backlog of misdemeanor warrants Lansing city leaders are being asked to welcome undocumented child immigrants http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-leaders-are-being-asked-welcome-undocumented-child-immigrants <p>This week, &nbsp;activists will ask Lansing city leaders to adopt a resolution welcoming thousands of undocumented children who’ve entered the U.S. this year.</p><p></p><p>Since the beginning of the year, more than 50,000 children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have crossed the southern United States border illegally. Most remain in overcrowded detention centers as their immigration status is reviewed.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>During the past month, anti-immigration groups have held vocal protests against efforts to bring undocumented children to Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:43:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18493 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city leaders are being asked to welcome undocumented child immigrants Distinguishing between marinade and marinate http://michiganradio.org/post/distinguishing-between-marinade-and-marinate <p></p><p>We soap things with soap and we spice things with spice, so it seems like it should be possible to marinade things in a marinade.</p><p>That might not be the case after all.</p><p>This week on <em>That's What They Say</em>, host Rina Miller and University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan take a closer look at marinade and marinate.</p><p>According to Curzan, people seem to be concerned about the difference, or the confusion, between marinade, the noun, and marinate, the verb.</p><p>"The word 'marinade' as a noun, goes back to 1725, when we borrowed it from French," says Curzan. "The verb 'marinate' had been borrowed in from Italian in 1645, so it was already available in the language.</p><p>"When 'marinate' came into the language, it was a transitive verb. In other words, it had to have an object, so you 'marinated' things <em>in</em> vinegar, oil, or whatever you were marinating them in."</p><p>Curzan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says a metaphorical system exists where we talk about ideas as food. For example, an idea might be "hard to swallow," or "half-baked." Other examples include ideas that are "regurgitated."</span></p><p>Are there any food-related metaphors that you use to describe various situations? Let us know by leaving a comment below!</p><p><em>Omar Saadeh - Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Rina Miller & Anne Curzan 18475 at http://michiganradio.org Distinguishing between marinade and marinate Proposal 1 asks Michigan voters to weigh in on a complex tax issue http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-1-asks-michigan-voters-weigh-complex-tax-issue <p>First, let's get a little griping out of the way.</p><p>Just look what your Michigan Legislature&nbsp;is asking you to decipher when you step into the voting booth on August 5:</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are many problems with this language.</span></p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:02:58 +0000 Mark Brush 18512 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal 1 asks Michigan voters to weigh in on a complex tax issue State reverses decision to throw out southwest Michigan elementary’s MEAP scores http://michiganradio.org/post/state-reverses-decision-throw-out-southwest-michigan-elementary-s-meap-scores <p></p><p>Scores from this year’s standardized test at one southwest Michigan elementary school will count after all. The <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-throws-out-test-scores-entire-elementary-school-southwest-michigan">state is reversing its decision</a> to throw out the test scores after the district appealed.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:08:58 +0000 Lindsey Smith 18518 at http://michiganradio.org State reverses decision to throw out southwest Michigan elementary’s MEAP scores 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