Michigan Radio http://michiganradio.org en Detroit businesses vote to pay for supplement city services http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-businesses-vote-pay-supplement-city-services <p>Business owners in downtown Detroit voted this week to collectively contribute $4 million a year to keeping the downtown clean and safe.</p><p></p><p>The vote means a new Business Improvement Zone will be established downtown between the freeways and the Detroit River. Commercial property owners in the zone will pay an additional fee on top of their property taxes to pay for supplementary services.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:08:14 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17276 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit businesses vote to pay for supplement city services Legislation to address drugged driving includes saliva testing http://michiganradio.org/post/legislation-address-drugged-driving-includes-saliva-testing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State lawmakers are debating a package of bills intended to get repeat drug offenders off the road.</span></p><p>Under the bills, drivers pulled over for erratic driving could be asked to submit to a saliva test. Current law provides for blood, breath and urine testing.</p><p>State Representative Dan Lauwers sponsored the legislation. He acknowledged critics who dispute the accuracy of the saliva tests.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:59:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17275 at http://michiganradio.org Legislation to address drugged driving includes saliva testing Legislature begins debate over $500 million road funding plan http://michiganradio.org/post/legislature-begins-debate-over-500-million-road-funding-plan <p>A plan to boost state road spending by about half-a-billion dollars a year is taking shape. State lawmakers introduced four bills Thursday that are now part of the package.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Jake Neher 17274 at http://michiganradio.org Legislature begins debate over $500 million road funding plan Michigan's unemployment rate falls and the labor force ticks upward http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-unemployment-rate-falls-and-labor-force-ticks-upward <p>The state's unemployment rate fell for the seventh consecutive month to 7.5% for the month of March 2014.</p><p>The unemployment rate is the measure of people who are out of work, but are counted as part of the overall labor force. The labor force is a measure of those folks who are actively looking for work in the last month. See my explanation of the rate <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/5-things-know-about-unemployment-rate">here</a>.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:55:40 +0000 Mark Brush 17271 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's unemployment rate falls and the labor force ticks upward Michigan Radio Reporter named Young Journalist of the Year http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radio-reporter-named-young-journalist-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has named Michigan Radio reporter </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/lindsey-smith" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lindsey Smith</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the Young Journalist of the Year. Based in Grand Rapids, Lindsey is Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter. She has worked at the station since 2010.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:54:01 +0000 Steve Chrypinski 17270 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Radio Reporter named Young Journalist of the Year 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 1 in 3 Michiganders are seriously underwater on their homes http://michiganradio.org/post/1-3-michiganders-are-seriously-underwater-their-homes <p>At first it doesn't sound that great: 1 in 3 people who have mortgages&nbsp;still owe at least 25% more on their house than it's actually worth.</p><p>But a year ago, it was even worse.&nbsp;At that time, more than half of all&nbsp;Michiganders&nbsp;with mortgages were in that position.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:24:49 +0000 Kate Wells 17265 at http://michiganradio.org 1 in 3 Michiganders are seriously underwater on their homes Restaurants and markets running low on a popular Great Lakes fish http://michiganradio.org/post/restaurants-and-markets-running-low-popular-great-lakes-fish <p></p><p>Monahan’s Seafood Market in Ann Arbor carries soft-shell crabs from Maryland, Alaskan salmon, and Florida red snapper.</p><p>But at the moment, they’re fresh out of Great Lakes whitefish.</p><p>Bernie Fritzsch manages the fish market.</p><p></p><p>“We’re hoping to see it today, but we haven’t seen it for the last week,” he says.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:19:48 +0000 Rebecca Williams 17267 at http://michiganradio.org Restaurants and markets running low on a popular Great Lakes fish 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 Journalists work hard to tell you everything you don't want to hear http://michiganradio.org/post/journalists-work-hard-tell-you-everything-you-dont-want-hear <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To put it mildly, journalists are not the most beloved group in society. They never have been. We show up to tell you all sorts of unpleasant truths about life, society, your leaders and yourselves.</span></p><p>“Good afternoon. The mayor’s a crook, the governor is owned by special interests, your city is broke and your water polluted.”</p><p>“The country is involved in a ridiculous war it isn’t winning, your child is getting a lousy education, your roads will cost billions to fix and your representatives sold out to corporate interests. By the way, your kids are binge drinking and you are too fat. Have a nice day.”&nbsp;</p><p>It’s no wonder people aren’t all that happy when they see us coming. Like any other profession or family, we also have our share of black sheep. Journalists who lie or make things up are very rare, but nobody forgets it when they do.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:53:53 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17264 at http://michiganradio.org Journalists work hard to tell you everything you don't want to hear Now it's up to Lansing to make Detroit's "grand bargain" work http://michiganradio.org/post/now-its-lansing-make-detroits-grand-bargain-work <p>Now that <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140416/NEWS01/304160130/Detroit-pension-board-general-cut">Detroit’s bankruptcy is moving along</a>, Gov. Rick Snyder is moving to secure the state’s end of a so-called “grand bargain.”</p><p>It would use $816 million to minimize city pension cuts, and protect the Detroit Institute of Arts from potential liquidation to pay off creditors.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17263 at http://michiganradio.org Now it's up to Lansing to make Detroit's "grand bargain" work With major settlements piling up, Detroit bankruptcy moves along at lightning speed http://michiganradio.org/post/major-settlements-piling-detroit-bankruptcy-moves-along-lightning-speed <p>This has proven to be a watershed week in Detroit’s bankruptcy case, which is now moving along at lightning speed.</p><p>On Tuesday, representatives for Detroit’s <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140416/NEWS01/304160130/Detroit-pension-board-general-cut">two pension funds reached tentative settlements with the city</a>.</p><p>The deals would spare Detroit’s retired police officers and firefighters any direct cuts to their pensions, while non-uniform retirees would take 4.5% cuts.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17262 at http://michiganradio.org With major settlements piling up, Detroit bankruptcy moves along at lightning speed Mark Schauer calls education his “top priority” in schools plan http://michiganradio.org/post/mark-schauer-calls-education-his-top-priority-schools-plan <p>The Democrat likely to challenge Gov. Rick Snyder in November says improving public schools would be his top priority in office.</p><p></p><p>Former Congressman Mark Schauer and his running mate, Lisa Brown, unveiled <a href="http://markschauer.com/wp-content/uploads/Schauer_Education_Plan.pdf">their education plan </a>Wednesday in Lansing.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:14:16 +0000 Jake Neher 17261 at http://michiganradio.org Mark Schauer calls education his “top priority” in schools plan Stateside for Wednesday, April 16, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-april-16-2014 <p>Today on Stateside, we talk about the growing resale economy, we hear another story of failure from Failure:Lab, we get the latest from the GM ignition switch controversy, and we learn about a new theory that could help our understanding of black holes.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:36:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 17259 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, April 16, 2014 In Gibbons case, University of Michigan won't share internal privacy policies http://michiganradio.org/post/gibbons-case-university-michigan-wont-share-internal-privacy-policies <p>The University of Michigan is using what it calls its own interpretations of privacy laws to keep student investigators and media from understanding why it took four years to expel Brendan Gibbons for violating the school’s sexual misconduct policy.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The university, however, has not disclosed what those interpretations are, or if they are a written internal policy.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:31:04 +0000 Kate Wells 17225 at http://michiganradio.org In Gibbons case, University of Michigan won't share internal privacy policies An MSU physicist believes he has solved the "black hole information paradox" http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-physicist-believes-he-has-solved-black-hole-information-paradox <p>Ever since Stephen Hawking came out with his theory about how black holes work, physicists – including Hawking himself – have been wrestling with a "hole" in that theory.</p><p>Hawking postulated that if you threw something like a chair into a black hole, given enough time that chair would "dematerialize." It would disappear, leaving no trace of its existence.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:25:18 +0000 Mark Brush & Stateside Staff 17260 at http://michiganradio.org An MSU physicist believes he has solved the "black hole information paradox" GM asks bankruptcy judge to look at its liability http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-asks-bankruptcy-judge-look-its-liability <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">General Motors is asking a bankruptcy judge in New York to take a look at its "shield" – the shield that protects it from liability lawsuits that stem from crashes or defects that happened before its bankruptcy.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Veteran auto analyst Michelle Krebs joined us today.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She explained what GM is trying to find out.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></div> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:14:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 17258 at http://michiganradio.org GM asks bankruptcy judge to look at its liability With deals made with creditors, what's next in Detroit's bankruptcy? http://michiganradio.org/post/deals-made-creditors-whats-next-detroits-bankruptcy <p></p><p>It's turning into a momentous week in Detroit's quest to exit bankruptcy.</p><p>First came a deal with two global banks: UBS and Bank of America.</p><p>Then, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bankruptcy-mediators-announce-deal-police-and-fire-pensions">an agreement</a> with leaders of Detroit's retired police and firefighters.</p><p>That was followed late yesterday by a settlement with the remaining Detroit retirees.</p><p>Daniel Howes, a business columnist with The Detroit News, talks with us about the next challenges in the Detroit bankruptcy saga.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:43:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 17254 at http://michiganradio.org With deals made with creditors, what's next in Detroit's bankruptcy? How thrifting became a $13 billion industry http://michiganradio.org/post/how-thrifting-became-13-billion-industry <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Do you shop resale? Do you have a favorite thrift shop?</span></p><p>The business of selling second-hand goods has become a $13 billion industry in this country annually.</p><p>It's grown about 7% over each of the past two years.</p><p>Now you'll find resale, thrift and consignment shops in most Michigan cities and towns.</p><p>What's behind the growth? And what does this "resale" economy offer us?</p><p>We're joined by Brenda Parker. She is a professor of Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She recently coauthored a piece on the restructuring of retail economies in this era of e-commerce.</p><p>And we welcome Chantal McDaniel. She is based in Grand Rapids, and she writes a thrift fashion blog called "Thrift Trick: Miles of Fashion on a Shoestring."</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:42:58 +0000 Stateside Staff 17255 at http://michiganradio.org How thrifting became a $13 billion industry Michigan native fails to make it in NYC http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-native-fails-make-it-nyc <p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.19px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">It was Bill Gates who declared,"It's fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.19px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">And it's good to realize that we all fail at times. It's just that most of us try to cover that up, or, at the very least, we don't broadcast our failures.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.19px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">But that’s not how it works at&nbsp;<a href="http://failure-lab.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); vertical-align: baseline;" target="_blank">Failure:Lab</a>.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.19px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">It’s a program designed to get us thinking about the meaning of failure – to realize that failure happens to everyone and to inspire us to take intelligent risks.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.19px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">You can see our past Failure:Lab posts&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/failurelab" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); vertical-align: baseline;">here</a>.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.19px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Today, we hear about Rick Beerhorst’s failure: his attempt to move his family to New York City. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:30:54 +0000 Mark Brush 17257 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan native fails to make it in NYC