Kate Wells http://michiganradio.org en 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 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 With stalemate in D.C., White House pushes jobless benefits in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/stalemate-dc-white-house-pushes-jobless-benefits-michigan <p>Anybody who's out of work in Michigan knows they can't get an unemployment check for as long as they used to.&nbsp;</p><p>Ever since the federal government stopped offering emergency benefits extensions at the end of last year, Michiganders can get just 20 weeks of jobless benefits.</p><p>They used have up to 99 weeks, back when the recession was at its worst.</p><p>For months now, Democrats and a handful of Republicans have been trying to get those extensions up and running again.&nbsp;</p><p>But some Republicans say no.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:13:00 +0000 Kate Wells 17210 at http://michiganradio.org With stalemate in D.C., White House pushes jobless benefits in Michigan Yo Yo Ma playing with Detroit kids might make your heart melt http://michiganradio.org/post/yo-yo-ma-playing-detroit-kids-might-make-your-heart-melt <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144204203&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Cellist&nbsp;Yo&nbsp;Yo&nbsp;Ma and a few other renowned artists were in Detroit this week, working with some very young musicians.</p><p>"Can we say 'Tchaikovsky'?"</p><p>"Tchaikovsky!" screamed a classroom of&nbsp;obedient&nbsp;fourth graders. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 17197 at http://michiganradio.org Yo Yo Ma playing with Detroit kids might make your heart melt For some aging vets, PTSD triggered late in life http://michiganradio.org/post/some-aging-vets-ptsd-triggered-late-life <iframe width="100%" height="150" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143754915&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe><p></p><p>There’s still so much we don’t understand about war vets and PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.&nbsp;</p><p>Why some experience it, but so many others don’t.&nbsp;</p><p>Why one vet can have symptoms right away, while another can be fine for years.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:39:50 +0000 Kate Wells 17148 at http://michiganradio.org For some aging vets, PTSD triggered late in life Adopting a child in Michigan could soon get a little easier http://michiganradio.org/post/adopting-child-michigan-could-soon-get-little-easier <p>Parents looking to adopt a child in Michigan could soon have a little less red tape to deal with.&nbsp;That's if Governor Snyder signs off on a package of bills the legislature just passed. &nbsp;</p><p>For parents like Kimberly&nbsp;Naik&nbsp;of Holland, the adoption process started when her son was less than a year old ... and didn't finish until he was three and a half.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:30:56 +0000 Kate Wells 17021 at http://michiganradio.org Adopting a child in Michigan could soon get a little easier State Senate says minors shouldn't be charged as prostitutes http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senate-says-minors-shouldnt-be-charged-prostitutes <p>The Michigan Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would make it illegal to charge minors with prostitution.&nbsp;</p><p>"Right now, when children who are victims of sex trafficking in Michigan are found, they’re frequently criminalized," says Bridgette Carr of the University of Michigan Human Trafficking Clinic.&nbsp;"We don’t have a path for them to be treated as victims of sexual abuse, rather than criminals."</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:26:18 +0000 Kate Wells 16990 at http://michiganradio.org State Senate says minors shouldn't be charged as prostitutes Not just another movie about Detroit: Free Press Film Fest kicks off an experiment http://michiganradio.org/post/not-just-another-movie-about-detroit-free-press-film-fest-kicks-experiment <p></p><p>I like movies. You like movies.</p><p>So let’s get together, watch some new documentaries about Detroit, and then talk with the people who actually have the power to fix some of the stuff that’s wrong in this city.</p><p>That’s the idea behind the first-ever Detroit Free Press Film Fest, which kicked off last week with a line stretched for blocks around the Fillmore Theater.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 16944 at http://michiganradio.org Not just another movie about Detroit: Free Press Film Fest kicks off an experiment Same-sex couples flock to clerks' offices to wed ahead of temporary stay http://michiganradio.org/post/same-sex-couples-flock-clerks-offices-wed-ahead-temporary-stay <p><strong>Update 5:05 p.m.</strong></p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:00:45 +0000 Rick Pluta, Lindsey Smith, Sarah Cwiek & Kate Wells 16936 at http://michiganradio.org Same-sex couples flock to clerks' offices to wed ahead of temporary stay Ann Arbor Schools losing kids; is $10 million short http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-schools-losing-kids-10-million-short <p>First, there's the mystery of the disappearing kids.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor's enrollment dropped by about 200 students this year.&nbsp;</span></p><p>That's a surprise, School Board&nbsp;Treasurer Glenn Nelson says, because enrollment was basically stable last year.&nbsp;</p><p>Administrators do know where about 50 of those kids went: the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, which offers specialized programming.&nbsp;</p><p>But the other 150 students?</p><p>"I don't know," says Nelson. "And that's something I wish we knew more about."&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:43:22 +0000 Kate Wells 16889 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor Schools losing kids; is $10 million short Three things you might not know about sexual assault on campus http://michiganradio.org/post/three-things-you-might-not-know-about-sexual-assault-campus <p>Ok, first, the stats.&nbsp;</p><p><b>The bad news: the problem is rampant</b></p><p>For every 10,000 women on a college campus, as many as 350 could experience attempted to completed rape every school year.&nbsp;</p><p>Those numbers come from the <a href="https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/205521.pdf">U.S. Department of Justice</a>, in a 2005 report on what schools are doing about sexual assault on campus.&nbsp;</p><p>If those stats bear out, then at a school the size of the University of Michigan, as many as 490 women will experience attempted or completed rape every school year.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:54:58 +0000 Kate Wells 16832 at http://michiganradio.org Three things you might not know about sexual assault on campus Flood risk has West Michigan Red Cross focusing on disaster aid http://michiganradio.org/post/flood-risk-has-west-michigan-red-cross-focusing-disaster-aid <p>Almost a year after Grand Rapids was slammed by major flooding, the Red Cross is rallying West Michigan aid groups in case this spring’s snowmelt leads to another big flood.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Chip Kragt, of the Red Cross in Michigan, says the organization is getting updates from the National Weather Service. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:14:57 +0000 Kate Wells 16818 at http://michiganradio.org Flood risk has West Michigan Red Cross focusing on disaster aid Homeless veteran buried in National Cemetery after 5 months unclaimed in morgue http://michiganradio.org/post/homeless-veteran-buried-national-cemetery-after-5-months-unclaimed-morgue <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A homeless navy veteran died in Ann Arbor last October.</span></p><p>No family members came forward to claim his body.</p><p>So for five months, the veteran’s body lay in the morgue.</p><p>Now, finally, thanks to a few friends who refused to give up, Lawrence Tucker’s body was laid to rest last week at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 16797 at http://michiganradio.org Homeless veteran buried in National Cemetery after 5 months unclaimed in morgue In Ann Arbor, public art money will be spent on sewers, roads http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-public-art-money-will-be-spent-sewers-roads <p>Ann Arbor's city council is sending almost $100,000 of public art money back to city services.&nbsp;</p><p>Last year, they pulled the plug on a controversial plan called "Percent for Art."&nbsp;</p><p>For five years, it set aside money from some new city construction projects and put it towards art installations.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Now, council members are sending the leftover money back to city services, to pay for things like roads and sewers. &nbsp;</p><p>They will hold onto enough money to wrap up a few art projects, and they're asking for a new plan for future public art.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:39:45 +0000 Kate Wells 16706 at http://michiganradio.org In Ann Arbor, public art money will be spent on sewers, roads Some advocates think it might be time to ditch arts education as we know it http://michiganradio.org/post/some-advocates-think-it-might-be-time-ditch-arts-education-we-know-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nobody gets into politics or education with the dream of taking arts education away from children.</span></p><p>We get it. There is no evil bad guy out there, stroking his evil bad guy beard and cackling as he watches the arts being slowly siphoned away from kids in struggling schools.</p><p>But those cuts are happening, thanks to dwindling budgets and less time for anything that isn’t test prep.</p><p>And the usual hand wringing just isn’t going to cut it.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:15:55 +0000 Kate Wells 16634 at http://michiganradio.org Some advocates think it might be time to ditch arts education as we know it Feds say U of M, MSU sexual assaults under investigation http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-say-u-m-msu-sexual-assaults-under-investigation <p></p><div><p>If school administrators know, or should know, about a sexual assault involving students, they have to act fast – and they have to "address" the "effects" of the assault.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>That's according to federal law, under Title IX.</p><p></p><p>But neither the University of Michigan, nor Michigan State University, handled sexual assaults the right way, according to<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;complaints sent to the U.S. Department of Education&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Office of Civil Rights.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:32:13 +0000 Kate Wells 16625 at http://michiganradio.org Feds say U of M, MSU sexual assaults under investigation In Detroit, coworking spaces aim to bring startups together http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-coworking-spaces-aim-bring-startups-together <p>Life for a startup company is tough.</p><p>But life for a startup in Detroit may be getting a little easier.</p><p>Coworking spaces are sprouting up around the city. They've become increasingly popular across the country in the wake of the recession, according to this video from office furniture company Turnstone:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le0dfcG_jVw">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le0dfcG_jVw</a></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:57:55 +0000 Kate Wells 16595 at http://michiganradio.org In Detroit, coworking spaces aim to bring startups together The University of Michigan wants more black students http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-wants-more-black-students <p>The University of Michigan has a race problem.</p><p>“Open it up! Or we’ll shut it down!” chanted half a dozen black students at the Board of Regents meeting yesterday.</p><p>Their frustrations are getting national attention.&nbsp;</p><p>The Black Student union has led protests on campus and online.</p><p>Their #BBUM Twitter campaign (Being Black at U of M) has gone&nbsp;viral.&nbsp;</p><p>They’re fed up, they say, by a school that boasts about a diverse community, yet where just roughly 5% of some 28,000 undergraduate students are black.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:49:40 +0000 Kate Wells 16547 at http://michiganradio.org The University of Michigan wants more black students Detroit's artists on love, heartbreak, and sext messages http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-artists-love-heartbreak-and-sext-messages <p></p><p></p><p>By now you've hopefully recovered from your Valentine's weekend.</p><p>Maybe you spent it with a hot date, or just curled up in pajamas binge-watching "House of Cards."</p><p>In Detroit, you could have checked out an art show about love and heartbreak. It's made up entirely of people's breakup emails, sext messages, tween diary entries, and love letters.</p><p>And if that sounds cringe-worthy, you're right.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Anonymous submissions, from prison letters to breakup emails&nbsp;</strong></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:32:30 +0000 Kate Wells 16471 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's artists on love, heartbreak, and sext messages After cutting arts teachers, schools adjust to new normal in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/after-cutting-arts-teachers-schools-adjust-new-normal-lansing <p></p><p>Last year, Lansing public school officials laid off all their elementary art and music teachers.</p><p>The move got national attention from outraged educators and arts groups.</p><p>Now, almost a year after the layoffs were announced, Lansing students and teachers are getting used to the new normal.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:07:31 +0000 Kate Wells 16185 at http://michiganradio.org After cutting arts teachers, schools adjust to new normal in Lansing