st. clair http://michiganradio.org en St. Clair County Jail implements new policy for religious diets http://michiganradio.org/post/st-clair-county-jail-implements-new-policy-religious-diets <p>The St. Clair County Jail has installed new procedures for inmates who request religious diets.</p><p>Until now, inmates who wanted religious diets were required to pass a written exam that tested their knowledge of their faith.</p><p>A lawsuit filed last year by the Council on American-Islamic Relations claimed that policy was unconstitutional.</p><p>The case concerned Aaron Utley, a Muslim man and a former inmate at the jail, who was denied a Halal diet – in keeping with Islamic tradition – after failing a test on Islam.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:45:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16556 at http://michiganradio.org St. Clair County Jail implements new policy for religious diets High School Draws Chinese Students, Tuition Dollars http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-high-school-draws-chinese-students-tuition-dollars Lake Shore High School in St. Clair Shores, Mich., is pretty typical as American high schools go. Walking the halls, you find the quiet kids, the jocks and the artsy crowd.<p>But a visitor will also see what sets Lake Shore apart: The school's large number of exchange students from China. Tue, 05 Jun 2012 20:06:59 +0000 7772 at http://michiganradio.org High School Draws Chinese Students, Tuition Dollars Gas company plans new pipeline under St. Clair River http://michiganradio.org/post/gas-company-plans-new-pipeline-under-st-clair-river <p>Plans are underway for a natural gas company to construct a pipeline under the St. Clair River into Canada, stretching some 1,500 feet.</p><p>More from the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;A bike path in Marysville will be closed to the public as Bluewater Gas Storage LLC conducts the work. The project is expected to last about a month. The bike path will be used as a staging area, rather than using people&#39;s yards or driveways.&quot;</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 17:32:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6600 at http://michiganradio.org Gas company plans new pipeline under St. Clair River Investigating rare childhood cancer cluster in Michigan (Part 3) http://michiganradio.org/post/investigating-rare-childhood-cancer-cluster-michigan-part-3 <p>This week, we&rsquo;re bringing you a series of stories on cancer and the environment.</p><p>Today, in the third part of our series, we&rsquo;re going to St. Clair County.</p><p>The state of Michigan has <a href="http://www.stclaircounty.org/offices/health/WilmsTumor.aspx">confirmed a cancer cluster</a> in the county. Since 2007, eight young children &ndash; and a possible ninth &ndash; have been diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer called Wilms tumor.&nbsp; According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 550 children a year are diagnosed with Wilms tumor nationally.</p><p>Health officials ran a statistical analysis and found there are more cases of Wilms tumor in kids in the county than you&rsquo;d expect to find.</p><p>Danielle Williams&rsquo; (<em>no relation to Rebecca Williams</em>) daughter Erika was the first to be diagnosed. She was seven years old.</p><p>&ldquo;My daughter was playing soccer and she came home that night and we noticed she had a protruding lump on the side of her belly, and to the touch it was hot.&rdquo;</p><p>An ultrasound revealed what looked like a six inch mass in Erika&rsquo;s kidney. Erika had surgery to remove her left kidney ... and that&rsquo;s when the doctors discovered the tumor was the size of a football.</p><p>&ldquo;In the hospital, she quit... she didn&rsquo;t speak. She didn&rsquo;t really know what was going on but she knew it was serious. Because they&rsquo;re so little they don&rsquo;t know the serious(ness) of it, but her seeing me so broken, she just sat there in silence all the time and didn&rsquo;t talk.&rdquo;</p><p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 13:55:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 6530 at http://michiganradio.org Investigating rare childhood cancer cluster in Michigan (Part 3) Revelers use dance moves and "Jazz Hands" to conjure up snow http://michiganradio.org/post/revelers-use-dance-moves-and-jazz-hands-conjure-snow <p>It&#39;s been a mild winter, and, so far, a big disappointment for people who enjoy playing in the snow.</p><p>Some people are getting desperate.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">Amy Biolchini&nbsp;reports for the <a href="http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20120126/NEWS01/201260307/1002/rss">Port Huron Times Herald</a> that people in the small city of St. Clair held an informal dance ritual last night commanding &quot;the&nbsp;power of the Finnish God of Snow&quot; to bring down the white stuff.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">The town needs snow for its annual &quot;<a href="http://stclairontheriver.com/uploads/images/PDF%20files/2012%20Winter%20White%20Out%20calendar_p.pdf">Winter White Out</a>&quot; festival which includes a snowman building contest, a snowball toss, and frozen chicken bowling.</p><p>The impromptu dancing seemed to pay off. From the Port Huron Times Herald:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">Shimmying and shaking, hooting and hollering, the group of enthusiastic dancers called for &quot;Snow! Snow! Snow!&quot;</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">As they danced, the flakes actually did appear to increase in intensity -- coating the area in a glittering blanket.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">&quot;I can&#39;t believe it worked!&quot; Skonieczny said, citing the 0% chance of precipitation in the forecast for the city.</p></blockquote><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">As Biolchini&nbsp;reports, there are no official moves to the snow dance, so the ubiquitous&nbsp;&quot;jazz hands&quot; were employed.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">The lack of snow has led to a tough winter season for some businesses in Michigan. Interlochen Public Radio&#39;s Peter Payette recently reported for the <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=604">Environment Report</a> that most ski resorts up north are doing o.k. because they&#39;ve been able to make snow:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">But for businesses that depend on snowmobile traffic this time of year, things couldn&rsquo;t be much worse. They&rsquo;ve had just one weekend of business all winter.</p></blockquote><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">If there isn&#39;t enough snow for the Winter White Out festival, it sounds like they&#39;ll still have fun. There are less snow-dependant events like poetry contests, a &quot;dunk tank,&quot; and a McDonald&#39;s &quot;bun toss.&quot;</p><p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 14:55:43 +0000 Mark Brush 5951 at http://michiganradio.org Revelers use dance moves and "Jazz Hands" to conjure up snow Saline wins "Snowman Building Champion of the Free World" trophy http://michiganradio.org/post/saline-wins-snowman-building-champion-free-world-trophy <p>Looking at the photos... they don't really look like snowmen - more like snowbots, but I guess that's the kind of quality you can expect when the goal is <em>quantity.</em></p><p>The cities of Zeeland, St. Clair and Saline took part in a snowman building contest over the weekend.</p><p>As <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/three-cities-preparing-build-armies-snowmen-weekend">Michigan Radio's</a> Lindsey Smith reported, the goal of the contest was to see who could build the most snowmen (at least 4ft. tall) in a 2 hour period with 50 volunteers.</p><p>The volunteers employed garbage cans, pickle buckets, and Pam cooking spray to help them churn the snow creatures out.</p><p>The city of Saline came out on top winning the soon-to-be coveted, wood-carved trophy known as "Frosty."</p><p>Here are the final tallies:</p><p><strong>1st Place - Saline </strong>with <strong>483</strong> snowmen like creatures</p><p><strong>2nd place - Zeeland</strong> with <strong>268</strong></p><p><strong>3rd place - St. Clair</strong> with <strong>113</strong></p><p>St. Clair Downtown Development Director Dan Lockwood blamed their poor showing on "terrible packing snow."</p><p><a href="http://photos.mlive.com/4469/gallery/zeeland_competes_in_snowman_building_contest/index.html?fromentry=5641219&amp;fromblog=3625">The Grand Rapids Press</a> has several photos of the contest as it took place in Zeeland.</p><p>You be the judge, do they need to tighten up their definition of a snowman? Or should snowbots count? Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:35:59 +0000 Mark Brush 1093 at http://michiganradio.org Saline wins "Snowman Building Champion of the Free World" trophy Reports: Natural gas explosion in St. Clair County http://michiganradio.org/post/reports-natural-gas-explosion-st-clair-county <p>There was a explosion at a natural gas storage facility in St. Clair County this morning.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110112/NEWS06/110112014/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a> reports:</p><blockquote><p>An equipment malfunction lead to the explosion just before 9 a.m. at <a href="http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=30209809">Blue Water Gas Storage</a> on Wales Center Road near Rattle Run in Columbus Township, said Joanne Alberty, who works in the assessing office for Columbus Township.</p><p>“There was a loud boom at the township hall,” Alberty said. “The whole building shook.”</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20110112/NEWS05/110112011/Update++EMA+director+says+explosion+a++very+minor+event+">The Times Herald</a> reports that "eleven people — six employees and five contractors — were at the facility when the incident happened."</p><p>One person was treated for minor injuries. The <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mpsc">Michigan Public Service Commission</a> has been called to investigate.</p><p>St. Clair county Emergency Management Director Jeff Friedland is quoted as saying the explosion was a "very minor event." Wed, 12 Jan 2011 15:57:06 +0000 Mark Brush 845 at http://michiganradio.org