Steve Carmody http://michiganradio.org en Making plans for the future of the Kirtland's warbler in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/making-plans-future-kirtlands-warbler-michigan <p>The <a href="http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/birds/Kirtland/">Kirtland’s warbler</a> is starting its migration from Michigan to the Caribbean.</p><p>By the time the song birds return to their Michigan breeding grounds next year, <a href="http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/birds/Kirtland/pdf/KIWA_MOU27April2011.pdf">the Kirtland’s warbler may no longer be listed as an endangered species. &nbsp;</a></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:57:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 18254 at http://michiganradio.org Making plans for the future of the Kirtland's warbler in Michigan Fireworks business booming in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/fireworks-business-booming-michigan <p>Business is looking up for people selling fireworks in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>Since <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-35299_42271_59975---,00.html">state lawmakers expanded the kinds of fireworks that can be sold in Michigan</a>, fireworks are a growing business in the state.</p><p>Bill Weimer is a vice president with Phantom, one of the nation’s largest fireworks retailers. He says Michigan is a ‘developing’ market since the state loosened the rules on ‘consumer” fireworks starting in 2012.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:22:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 18253 at http://michiganradio.org Fireworks business booming in Michigan Outside groups already spending big in Michigan's U.S. Senate and governor's races http://michiganradio.org/post/outside-groups-already-spending-big-michigans-us-senate-and-governors-races <p>Nearly $18 million has been spent so far this year on political TV ads in Michigan’s U. S. Senate and governor’s races. Most of the money has been coming from national Republican, Democratic, conservative and liberal groups.</p><p></p><p>Rich Robinson is the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. He analyzed TV ad buys by political groups in a half dozen television markets in Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:40:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 18238 at http://michiganradio.org Outside groups already spending big in Michigan's U.S. Senate and governor's races Highway Trust Fund shortage threatens road work in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/highway-trust-fund-shortage-threatens-road-work-michigan <p>Transportation officials in Michigan are hearing from their federal counterparts this week about a funding shortage that may affect next year’s orange barrel season.</p><p></p><p>The problem is fuel efficient cars, at least partially. More fuel efficient cars mean less gas revenue flowing into the <a href="http://www.dot.gov/highway-trust-fund-ticker">Federal Highway Trust Fund</a>. &nbsp;The federal gas tax rate has remained at the same level for two decades.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:08:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18232 at http://michiganradio.org Highway Trust Fund shortage threatens road work in Michigan Food trucks will soon roll into downtown Battle Creek http://michiganradio.org/post/food-trucks-will-soon-roll-downtown-battle-creek <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Battle Creek is the latest Michigan city to welcome food trucks to its downtown.</span></p><p></p><p>The city commission voted last night to lift a longtime ban on food trucks. &nbsp;Starting later this month, the city will start handing out permits to up to seven food truck vendors to set up shop in a specific zone in downtown Battle Creek. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Supporters say food trucks will add much-needed vitality and variety to Battle Creek’s downtown.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18233 at http://michiganradio.org Food trucks will soon roll into downtown Battle Creek Michigan company's legal fight against Obamacare goes on http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-companys-legal-fight-against-obamacare-goes <p>A Michigan company’s legal fight against the Affordable Care Act’s contraception requirement will likely continue, despite <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/30/326926331/companies-can-refuse-to-cover-contraception-supreme-court-says">the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling</a> in a similar case Monday.</p><p></p><p>The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 18211 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan company's legal fight against Obamacare goes on Study: The better a child can ID a fast food logo the more likely they are overweight http://michiganradio.org/post/study-better-child-can-id-fast-food-logo-more-likely-they-are-overweight <p><a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/kids-who-know-unhealthy-food-logos-more-likely-to-be-overweight-1/">A new report </a>links a young child’s knowledge of fast food and snack food logos with their being overweight.</p><p></p><p>A research team asked three- to five-year-olds if they could identify various advertising logos.</p><p></p><p>It turns out the young children who could easily ID things like “golden arches,” "silly rabbits,” and “a king’s crown,” were more likely to have higher body mass indexes.</p><p></p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:43:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18190 at http://michiganradio.org Study: The better a child can ID a fast food logo the more likely they are overweight Little fallout expected from landmark ruling on cell phones and police in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/little-fallout-expected-landmark-ruling-cell-phones-and-police-michigan <p>Michigan police officers and defense attorneys don’t expect much to change in the state after a landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in a privacy case.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/26/325760330/supreme-court-rules-police-need-warrants-for-most-cellphone-searches">The nation’s highest court ruled</a> that police need a warrant to search a criminal suspect’s mobile phone.</p><p></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:54:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18191 at http://michiganradio.org Little fallout expected from landmark ruling on cell phones and police in Michigan Group wants "Health" to be a key consideration in all government decisions http://michiganradio.org/post/group-wants-health-be-key-consideration-all-government-decisions <p>A handful of Michigan county health department leaders say “health” should play a bigger role in local decision making.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Health department officials from Wayne, Genesee, Ingham, Kent, Kalamazoo, Saginaw and Washtenaw counties met in Lansing this past week to strategize how to change the way local governments do pretty much everything.&nbsp;</p><p>Linda Vail is Ingham County’s Chief Health Officer.&nbsp;&nbsp; She says city and county leaders often fail to consider the potential effects their decisions will have on their community’s health.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 17:23:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18185 at http://michiganradio.org Group wants "Health" to be a key consideration in all government decisions Prison museum in Jackson offers a "captivating" experience http://michiganradio.org/post/prison-museum-jackson-offers-captivating-experience <p>This Saturday, a unique museum experience will open in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>“Cell Block 7” at the state prison in Jackson will officially open to the public. &nbsp;The museum is located in the old Southern Michigan Correctional Facility. The cell block was closed in 2007.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The museum will chronicle <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_State_Prison">the history of state prisons in Jackson</a>, which dates back to the 1830s. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:56:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18132 at http://michiganradio.org Prison museum in Jackson offers a "captivating" experience Flint school district budget deficit soars to $20 million http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-school-district-budget-deficit-soars-20-million <p>The Flint school district is sinking deeper into red ink.</p><p></p><p>Less than 12 months ago, an audit placed the district’s budget deficit at $10.4 million.&nbsp; It's now pegged at $20.4 million.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Flint school district has been struggling to reduce its multi-million dollar deficit for years. But last night, school district officials described recent budget plans as being “far from reality,” even describing the district’s current budget as only ”close to reality.”</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:48:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 18179 at http://michiganradio.org Flint school district budget deficit soars to $20 million Michigan bars score with World Cup http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-bars-score-world-cup <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Team USA lost to Germany today at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.fifa.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">the World Cup</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in Brazil. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Michigan sports bars are counting themselves as winners.</span></p><p></p><p>Since the global soccer tournament began, sports bars have been very busy.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Business at Peppinos in East Lansing usually slows in June as the college crowd thins. But not this year.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:21:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 18175 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan bars score with World Cup Michiganders should expect to pay more for Obamacare next year http://michiganradio.org/post/michiganders-should-expect-pay-more-obamacare-next-year <p>The<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/difs/0,5269,7-303--313356--,00.html"> cost of Obamacare health insurance plans will likely rise</a> next year in Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>272,000 Michiganders signed up for health insurance using the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;&nbsp; They will be paying more for those plans if proposed rate increases released this week are approved by state and federal regulators.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18152 at http://michiganradio.org Michiganders should expect to pay more for Obamacare next year Lansing groups coming together to improve the lives of young people of color http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-groups-coming-together-improve-lives-young-people-color <p>The city of Lansing is <a href="https://file:///C:/Users/SGCarmod/Downloads/MY_Lansing_June_24_2014_Final%20(1).pdf">launching an effort</a> to coordinate programs aimed at improving the lives of young people, especially children of color.</p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero says the community must work together to provide better opportunities for children and young adults.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:31:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18144 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing groups coming together to improve the lives of young people of color 'Visiting hours' are not over at a rising number of Michigan hospitals http://michiganradio.org/post/visiting-hours-are-not-over-rising-number-michigan-hospitals <p>There’s a push underway to get hospitals to do away with <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24100430">restrictive ‘visiting hours’ policies.</a></p><p></p><p>Two Michigan hospitals are being cited as successfully doing just that.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.ipfcc.org/">Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care</a> is a Maryland-based group launching a campaign this week to encourage hospitals to give families 24 hour a day access to patients.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:05:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18111 at http://michiganradio.org 'Visiting hours' are not over at a rising number of Michigan hospitals Michigan's long, slow climb from home foreclosure crisis continues http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-long-slow-climb-home-foreclosure-crisis-continues <p>Michigan’s home foreclosure crisis of a few years ago can still be felt by the state’s real estate industry.</p><p></p><p>In February, 2011, 35.3% of the homes sold in Michigan were distressed homes: formerly foreclosed on or being sold short for a loss.</p><p>In May of this year, 18.6% of home sales involved distressed homes.</p><p><a href="http://www.realtytrac.com/statsandtrends">Realty Trac reports </a>Michigan home prices continue to improve, claiming the median sale price for a Michigan home last month was $100,000, that’s up 18% in the past year.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:12:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18112 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's long, slow climb from home foreclosure crisis continues A rare bloom is expected to cause a big stink in East Lansing this week http://michiganradio.org/post/rare-bloom-expected-cause-big-stink-east-lansing-week <p>Hundreds of people are expected to be drawn like flies to see and smell a reeking flower in East Lansing this week.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>“The Latin name for this plant is<a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/corpse-flowers-stench-soon-to-grace-msu/"> Amorphophallus Titanium</a>,” says Peter Carrington, assistant curator of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bealgarden.msu">MSU’s Beal Botanical Garden</a>, “which gloriously translates into "the very huge misshapen penis.”</p><p></p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:25:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18095 at http://michiganradio.org A rare bloom is expected to cause a big stink in East Lansing this week Stop looking at this kitten and pay attention in class http://michiganradio.org/post/stop-looking-kitten-and-pay-attention-class <p></p><p></p><p>College students should stop surfing the internet in class and start paying more attention to their professors. That’s the finding of <a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/surfing-the-web-in-class-bad-idea/">a new report from Michigan State University.</a></p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:32:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18092 at http://michiganradio.org Stop looking at this kitten and pay attention in class Report: Detroit's elected leaders need policies for future "non-official" interactions with police http://michiganradio.org/post/report-detroits-elected-leaders-need-policies-future-non-official-interactions-police <p>Detroit’s elected leaders are being advised to come up with a policy for how to deal with “non-official” interactions with city police officers, after a stop involving a Detroit city councilman.</p><p></p><p>Last January, Detroit city councilman George Cushingberry's was stopped by a city police officer.</p><p></p><p>There was marijuana and an empty alcohol bottle in the car. A passenger in the car was a medical marijuana patient and Cushingberry was not given a sobriety test.</p><p></p><p>Cushingberry entered a guilty plea in March to driving above the speed limit.</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:58:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18081 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Detroit's elected leaders need policies for future "non-official" interactions with police Michigan soccer fans celebrate USA victory over Ghana in the World Cup opening round http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-soccer-fans-celebrate-usa-victory-over-ghana-world-cup-opening-round <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Soccer fans packed World Cup watch parties across Michigan Monday evening.</span></p><p></p><p>In Flint, dozens of people packed a downtown sports bar to cheer Team USA to its 2-1 victory over Ghana.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The watch party doubled as a fundraiser to collect money to help rehab Flint’s 85-year-old Atwood Stadium.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>“It’s encouraging,” says Tom Saxton, Michigan State University’s women’s soccer coach, “The game gets better and better every year in the United States, and we're excited to be a part of it.”</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 02:20:55 +0000 Steve Carmody 18029 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan soccer fans celebrate USA victory over Ghana in the World Cup opening round