Arts
3:34 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

New program trains arts leaders in Grand Rapids area

Modern dance company Wellspring celebrates its 30th anniversary this year
Amelia Falk Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers

35 arts organizations in west Michigan have been picked to be part of a new two-year training program run by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The goal of the program is to teach arts leaders how to fundraise better and attract new board members, among other things.

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Countdown to Election Day
2:38 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

Tea Party Express rallies conservative voters in Michigan

Tea Party members attend a pre-election rally in Jackson, Michigan
(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

The Tea Party Express roadshow is making several stops today in Michigan in hope of energizing conservative voters before next week’s election.

 About 500 people crowded a vacant lot in downtown Jackson for the event which was part political rally and part fundraiser.

The tea party vote could be critical in several close congressional and state legislative races next week.

Tea Party Express chairwoman Amy Kramer says establishment Republicans and Democrats are underestimating the movement.  

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Election 2010
8:39 am
Fri October 29, 2010

Statewide GOP candidates to rally in Oakland County today

Once Chance to Victory Rally Flyer
Photograph Courtesy of migop.org

Republican candidate for Governor Rick Snyder will campaign today at an Oakland County rally.  Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are expected to attend.  The Oakland Country Press reports other statewide Republican candidates including Attorney General candidate Bill Schuette, Secretary of State Candidate Ruth Johnson and Lt.

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Election 2010
8:27 am
Fri October 29, 2010

New Poll Shows Snyder Continues to Lead Bernero

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Rick Snyder
Photo by MBisanz/Creative Commons

With four days to go before Election Day, a new EPIC-MRA poll shows continued support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder over his opponent Democrat Virg Bernero.  The poll shows 55% of those surveyed support Snyder to Bernero's 37%.  4% were undecided. 

News Roundup
7:14 am
Fri October 29, 2010

In this morning's news...

Photo by user Infrogmation / Creative Commons

GM to Rehire Workers

General Motors plans to rehire workers to build a new small Cadillac at the company's Grand River Assembly plant in Lansing. CEO Dan Ackerson says that will mean the brand will have a small car to compete head-to-head with other smaller cars built by Mercedes and Lexus. 600 workers will be rehired at the plant; the automaker will invest $190 million to accommodate the new production.

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Juvenile Crime
3:31 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Study shows fewer crimes commited by Grand Rapids youth

The Grand Rapids Juvenile Offense Index Report was released Thursday. It was produced by Our Community's Children (a partnership between the city and Grand Rapids Public Schools) with Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Police.

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Halloween & Arson
3:07 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Flint preps for Devils Night

An abandoned home in Flint burns
(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

Flint city leaders are working with neighborhood watch groups and others to prevent an outbreak of arson fires this weekend. 

Flint firefighters have battled dozens of suspicious fires in abandoned homes for months.

 City leaders are concerned arsonists may step up their activity this Halloween weekend.

 Police officer Tanya Meeks is the liaison officer between the Flint police department and local volunteer groups.

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The politics of music
12:54 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

An update on the Detroit Symphony Orchestra strike

DSO musicians perform at a church in Bloomfield Hills to raise support for the strike
Jennifer Guerra Michigan Radio

There’s a big fight going on at Orchestra Hall. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians have been on strike for nearly a month, and they say management's proposed cuts are unreasonable. Haden McKay, a DSO cellist, calls it "the most extreme attack that’s ever been made on an orchestra in the United States."

The DSO is one of the top ten orchestras in the country, but it's saddled with a multi-million budget deficit. Both sides agree that cuts need to be made, but that's about all they agree on. Here's where things stand:

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How Green a Governor?
10:35 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Snyder v. Bernero on the Environment

Michigan's next governor will have a lot of influence over what happens to our farms and lakes and state parks.

Today we're taking a look at the two major party candidates for governor, and how they compare on some of the big environmental issues.

Michigan troops home from Afghanistan
1:30 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Michigan community celebrates soldiers' homecoming

The celebration and parade marked the return of the 180th Transportation Company.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

Veterans, family and friends gathered inside Muskegon Catholic Central High School for the rally to welcome home the 180th Transportation Company. The unit spent 13 months fighting in the Afghanistan desert.

Among them was Private First Class Derrick Jackson. "It's great - great to see something that's green. Just being able to spend time with my family - it's a good feeling," Jackson said. Courtney Jackson's eyes light up watching her husband hold their 7 month old son Tyler. "It's so weird I'm used to doing everything by myself. It's kind of nice to have help," Jackson said.

Michigan Election
1:24 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Bernero tells Grand Rapids youth he's not giving up hope

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero is making a push to energize his political base as the general election nears. Polls show republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder around 20 points ahead of his competitor with less than a week before the election. That hasn't stopped Democrat Virg Bernero's enthusiasm. The Lansing Mayor peppered West Michigan with 7 campaign stops Wednesday - including Battle Creek, Muskegon and Grand Rapids.

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Schauer v Walberg (Round 2)
1:09 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

7th Congressional District race - familiar faces

Congressional Mark Schauer (D) talks with a constituent
(Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

Voters in the 7th congressional district will have two familiar choices on the ballot in November.  They faced each other before.  This time the result may be different.

 When you are congressman running for re-election you walk in a lot of parades.  Democrat Mark Schauer spent a recent September day walking in Charlotte’s Frontier Days parade.   The crowd lining the parade route was polite,  but several people like Liz Goble were not happy to see Mark Schauer. 

"I definitely wasn’t happy when he was voted in.  I will be happy to see him go," says Goble. 

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Economic Development
5:30 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Dematic North America to create 500 new jobs in Grand Rapids

Dematic Corportation designs and manufactures a variety of logistical systems.
logisticsbusiness.com

A Grand Rapids company is planning a major expansion. Michigan's Economic Development Corporation approved tax incentives for the company Tuesday.

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Mental Health
5:09 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Former First Lady discusses mental illness

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter speaks at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Tuesday.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

Rosalynn Carter is in Grand Rapids raising awareness of mental illness. She's promoting her new book about how to end what she calls a "national mental health care crisis."

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An ill wind blows
3:12 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Big midwest storm similar to storm that sank Edmund Fitzgerald

Today's storm is similar to the one that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald on November 10th, 1975.
Screen grab from the Weather Underground weatherunderground.com

The storm passing through the Midwest today has a similar look to the storm that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald on November 10th, 1975.

The 1975 storm had an extremely low pressure at its center, which generated winds similar to a category 2 hurricane. The storm in 1975 dropped to 978 millibars (mb) when it passed over James Bay in Ontario.

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Free Speech or Hate Speech (or both?)
3:09 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Anti-gay church group to speak to CMU Journalism class

Photo from a WBC picket in Topeka, KS on December 2, 2005
(courtesy of Westboro Baptist Church)

Members of a controversial church group that protests outside soldiers' funerals will speak at Central Michigan University next week.

Journalism professor Tim Boudreau says he invited Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church to talk to his students.

Members of the Kansas church believe U.S. soldiers' deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan are punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.

Boudreau says he caught his students by surprise when he told them who was coming.

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Tornado warnings issued (but is anybody paying attention?)
2:40 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Severe storm prompts the National Weather Service to issue tornado warnings

 The National Weather Service issued numerous tornado warnings this afternoon, as severe storms rolled across Michigan.  No actual tornados were confirmed.

 A Michigan State University researcher says it’s time to reconsider how severe weather warnings are issued.

 Research Bob Drost says only about 63 percent of people take weather warnings seriously. 

A Plea to listeners
3:47 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Alec Baldwin's mission: kill public radio

Alec Baldwin
Josh Wood Creative Commons

You may have heard Alec Baldwin's plea during recent public radio pledge drives. He has a simple message for listeners:

Baldwin's other promos include reassigning Terry Gross to "Wine Fancy," making Scott Simon a traffic reporter, and putting Ira Glass on a Spanish pop station.

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Medical education
2:17 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

MSU expands program to assure admission for some pre-med students

Dean of MSU's College of Human Medicine Marsha Rappley with the presidents of Hope, Calvin and Aquinas colleges.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

Michigan State University is partnering with three private colleges in west Michigan to give undergraduate students a head start in medical school.

It's not easy to get into medical school. Last year more than 6,000 students applied for 200 open seats at MSU's College of Human Medicine in downtown Grand Rapids.

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PPO request dropped against anti-gay blogger
1:32 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

U-M student leader drops request for PPO against assistant state attorney general

Andrew Shirvell, assistant Michigan Attorney General
(photo is a screen capture of a CNN broadcast posted on a Facebook page)

A University of Michigan student leader has dropped his request for a personal protection order against an assistant state attorney general.

Andrew Shirvell used his blog to attack Chris Armstrong for promoting what Shirvell called a radical homosexual agenda on campus.

Shirvell also protested at events where Armstrong was present.

Philip Thomas is Andrew Shirvell's lawyer.

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