Michigan Radio Newsroom http://michiganradio.org en University of Michigan-Flint grant aims to support needed health care providers http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-flint-grant-aims-support-needed-health-care-providers <p>A Flint nursing program is receiving a financial boost that aims to fill a health care employment gap.</p><p></p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:26:53 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18769 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan-Flint grant aims to support needed health care providers Michigan Senate votes to pass pro-wolf hunt measure http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-votes-pass-pro-wolf-hunt-measure <p>The Michigan Senate has adopted a citizen petition initiative to allow wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula and overhaul wildlife management rules. It would let the Natural Resources Commission designate game animals, and make irrelevant two November questions before voters to decide the issue.</p><p>It cleared the Senate on a 23-10 mostly party vote.</p><p>The measure now goes to the state House, which could vote on it later this month.</p><p><em>*This post will be updated.</em></p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:51:30 +0000 Rick Pluta & Michigan Radio Newsroom 18713 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate votes to pass pro-wolf hunt measure Kellogg asks more of suppliers with new sustainability goals http://michiganradio.org/post/kellogg-asks-more-suppliers-new-sustainability-goals <p>Michigan cereal maker Kellogg announced a broad initiative today to tackle a number of environmental issues.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The company says its efforts will be focused in two areas:</span></p><ol><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Responsible sourcing, and</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Conserving natural resources.</span></li></ol><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The company <a href="http://newsroom.kelloggcompany.com/2014-08-13-Kellogg-Company-Announces-New-Responsible-Sourcing-Commitments-And-Renews-Conservation-Goals">says </a>it will “responsibly source its top 10 ingredients and materials by 2020, and validate compliance across all direct suppliers by 2015.”</span></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They also say they will work to be more efficient with their packaging materials and will continue to work on reducing how much energy is used in making their products.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You can read more about all their “Global Sustainability 2020 Commitments” <a href="http://www.kelloggcompany.com/content/dam/kelloggcompanyus/corporate_responsibility/pdf/2014/Sustainability_2020Commitments_Final.pdf">here</a>.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 11.5pt; line-height: 16.5pt;">Diane Holdorf is the the company's chief sustainability officer.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 11.25pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 11.5pt; line-height: 16.5pt;">The company plans to educate and give resources to its suppliers to be more energy efficient as well as reduce water use and maintain healthier soil.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 11.25pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#333333">"We're really trying to look very holistically at the business and what makes sense, not just for us and what's right for the environment and society, but also for our consumers, our customers and our other stakeholders, knowing that not only is it what we expect of ourselves, but it's what others expect of us as well," Holdorf said.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More from <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/kellogg-wants-suppliers-report-carbon-emissions">John </a></span><a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/kellogg-wants-suppliers-report-carbon-emissions">Flesher</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/kellogg-wants-suppliers-report-carbon-emissions"> of the Associated Press</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the plan, the Battle Creek-based food products manufacturer will require key suppliers such as farms and mills to measure and publicly disclose their greenhouse gas outputs and targets for reducing them. The company said it will report annually on those emissions and include climate and deforestation policies in the company's code of conduct for suppliers.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this year, Oxfam International <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp186-standing-sidelines-big10-climate-emissions-200514-summ-en_2.pdf">was critical of food companies</a>&nbsp;for not doing enough to combat climate change. They called the Kellogg Company and General Mills "climate laggards."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oxfam praised this latest effort by Kellogg.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">– Alyse Guenther, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">*This post was updated.</span></em></p><p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:07:28 +0000 Mark Brush & Michigan Radio Newsroom 18708 at http://michiganradio.org Kellogg asks more of suppliers with new sustainability goals Michigan Women's Commission surveys female veterans on needed services http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-womens-commission-surveys-female-veterans-needed-services <div>Michigan's female veterans can now take a survey to help policymakers develop services that will better fit their needs.<br /><p><br />The Michigan Women's Commission is conducting the survey.<br /><br />Susy Avery is the executive director of the commission. She says the main goal of the survey is identify service gaps, and fix them.<br /><br />"I think awareness is critical," Avery said. "So many times when you're hearing a lot of stories about veterans, women are kind of left out of it because they just don't realize that there are so many of them."<br /> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:35:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18653 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Women's Commission surveys female veterans on needed services New 'Detroit Dashboard' gives weekly report on city projects and improvements http://michiganradio.org/post/new-detroit-dashboard-gives-weekly-report-city-projects-and-improvements <p>The City of Detroit's website has launched a new performance measurement feature.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/DetroitDashboard.aspx">Detroit Dashboard</a> tracks the progress and outcome of improvements across the city.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The data is gathered</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from various city departments such as the Lighting Authority or EMS. Each colored section of the infographic on the side of the page is a clickable link to a department's website or information page.&nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:33:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18578 at http://michiganradio.org New 'Detroit Dashboard' gives weekly report on city projects and improvements Michigan schools get funds for year-round classes http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-schools-get-funds-year-round-classes <p></p><div><div class="gmail_default" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; display: inline;">​</div><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">LANSING – Several Michigan schools are expected to get money to help transition from the traditional school calendar to a year-round calendar as part of a pilot program.</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;">MLive.com <a href="http://bit.ly/1pDNWB6">reports </a>the State Board of Education is set to approve grant requests for four schools at next week's meeting and two additional schools received money through the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to help offset their costs.</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 Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System is set to get $750,000; charter school GEE Edmonson Academy in Detroit will get $395,000; and Ypsilanti Community Schools will get $146,000.</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;">Baldwin Community Schools and Madison District Public Schools each received $750,000 through the MEDC.</span></div><div> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:30:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18657 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan schools get funds for year-round classes Detroit MGM Grand Casino sued by employees seeking overtime pay http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mgm-grand-casino-sued-employees-seeking-overtime-pay <p>Current and former employees of the Detroit MGM Grand Casino are suing the casino for unfair labor practices.</p><p></p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:05:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18612 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit MGM Grand Casino sued by employees seeking overtime pay Utterly confused by Proposal 1? We've got answers http://michiganradio.org/post/utterly-confused-proposal-1-weve-got-answers <div class="gmail_default" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; display: inline;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">When you step into the voting booth tomorrow, one of the things you’ll be looking at is Proposal 1.</span></div><p><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 proposal asks voters to approve a tax policy change, but the language is very confusing.</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;">Michigan Radio staff have been examining the proposal. Here's a brief summary of their reporting and analysis pieces, to answer questions you might still have before heading to the polls tomorrow.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-1-asks-michigan-voters-weigh-complex-tax-issue">Mark Brush explained&nbsp;Proposal 1</a> </span>and tackled these questions:</p><ul><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">What is the proposal all about?</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">What’s problematic with the language of the proposal?</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">What do “yes” and “no” votes mean?</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">What is "personal property tax"?</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">How will it affect local business and communities?</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Who’s in favor of a “yes”/"no" vote on the proposal?</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">What will happen if the proposal wins/fails?</span></li></ul><p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:10:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18604 at http://michiganradio.org Utterly confused by Proposal 1? We've got answers State school board allows students to say no to animal dissections http://michiganradio.org/post/state-school-board-allows-students-say-no-animal-dissections <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">There's good news for Michigan students who don't want to dissect animals in the science lab.</span></p><p><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 State Board of Education has adopted a policy that schools give students a chance to opt out of animal dissection.</span></p> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 17:08:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18590 at http://michiganradio.org State school board allows students to say no to animal dissections Lansing's biggest park reopens after 28 years http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-biggest-park-reopens-after-28-years <div class="gmail_default" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><div class="gmail_default" style="display: inline;">​</div>LANSING (AP) - Lansing's largest park is back open after more than a quarter-century.<br /><br />The 200-acre Crego Park was closed in 1986 after industrial waste was found on the property.<br /><br />The Lansing State Journal <a href="http://on.lsj.com/1kpQeF3">reports </a>the city quietly reopened the park earlier this summer, but officially marked its rebirth at a ceremony Thursday.<br /><br />Several current and former city officials, and more than a dozen relatives of ex-Mayor Ralph Crego took part in a ribbon-cutting.<br /><br />City officials used a $500,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and $250,000 from Lansing's parks millage fund to add a parking area, a fishing pier and a launching facility for canoes and kayaks.<br /><br />Crego Park was closed after 200 drums of paint sludge and other toxic waste were found on the grounds.</div><div> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:15:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18585 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's biggest park reopens after 28 years Ann Arbor Public Schools to annex Whitmore Lake schools? Voters to decide in November http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-annex-whitmore-lake-schools-voters-decide-november <p>The school boards in Ann Arbor and nearby&nbsp;Whitmore&nbsp;Lake have voted to pursue Ann Arbor Public Schools' annexation of the much smaller school district to the north of the city.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the past few years, </span>Whitmore<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lake Public Schools has suffered steep enrollment drops as the community's population declined&nbsp;</span>–<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and the district is moving grades out of its middle school building this fall&nbsp;to <a href="https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-fC2tvipFITSFlvVVNjQndrQTQ/edit">balance its budget</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Voters will decide the question in November. A "yes" vote in both communities would result in annexation next July.</span></p><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:53:47 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18579 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor Public Schools to annex Whitmore Lake schools? Voters to decide in November New technology at Detroit Metro Airport to reduce travelers' wait times http://michiganradio.org/post/new-technology-detroit-metro-airport-reduce-travelers-wait-times <p>International travelers may soon experience shorter wait times at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.</p><p></p><p><br />New technology at the airport aims to make the U.S. customs process a little easier.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:39:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18564 at http://michiganradio.org New technology at Detroit Metro Airport to reduce travelers' wait times 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 cyanobacteria bloom near Maumee River http://michiganradio.org/post/scientists-find-cyanobacteria-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 a cyanobacteria 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 cyanobacteria 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