habor shores http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-84 <p><strong>Snyder likely to veto handgun bill</strong></p><p>"Governor Snyder has indicated he will likely veto a bill that would change the state's gun sales law. The bill would eliminate a state background check requirement for sales made over the Internet or at gun shows. Those account for close to half of all gun sales," Sarah Hulett reports.</p><p><strong>House speaker Bolger criticized for his company's tax history</strong></p><p>"State House Speaker Jase Bolger is facing harsh criticism about his business record from a liberal advocacy group. Progress Michigan released documents alleging Bolger’s company, Summit Credit Service, failed to pay more than $100,000 in taxes and fees between 1997 and 2000. The papers include liens from the Michigan Treasury Department, the state Unemployment Agency, and the IRS," Jake Neher <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/house-speaker-bolger-faces-criticism-over-companys-tax-history">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Striking Detroit workers suspended and face firing</strong></p><p>Thirty-four striking Detroit employees of the water and sewage department who went on strike this week have <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/some-striking-detroit-water-department-workers-be-fired">been suspended and face firing</a>.&nbsp;It's illegal in Michigan for municipal workers to strike. Sarah Cwiek reports that, "City officials plan to largely privatize the water department over five years, and cut up to 80-percent of its staff."</p><p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 11:50:12 +0000 Emily Fox 9339 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Michigan State University study finds Americans don't like to haggle online http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-university-study-finds-americans-dont-haggle-online <p>More than a million Michiganders will be traveling during the Fourth of July holiday period. Many of them made hotel reservations online.</p><p>A Michigan State University professor says making online hotel reservations is an unsatisfactory experience for many people.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 03:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8102 at http://michiganradio.org Severe weather rips through parts of southeast Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/severe-weather-rips-through-parts-southeast-michigan <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">DEXTER, Mich. (AP) &mdash; A Washtenaw County official says his office is responding to reports of &quot;lots of damage&quot; after reports of at least one tornado striking the ground.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">County director of Emergency Management Marc Breckenridge says he could not confirm any reports of injuries or deaths from the twister Thursday afternoon. He could not provide details of the damage. No injuries or deaths have been reported.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">National Weather Service spotters are reporting a tornado touchdown in the Dexter and Pinckney area of Washtenaw County. Weather Service Observation Program Leader Debra Elliott says radar also &quot;is highly suggesting&quot; a touchdown.</span></p><p><a href="http://annarbor.com/news/video-of-a-funnel-cloud-spotted-near-dexter/"><span style="font-size: 11px">Annarbor.com posted a video of the possible&nbsp;twister near Dexter.</span></a></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">Rain, hail and high winds have been moving across parts of southeastern Michigan late Thursday afternoon.</span></p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 23:01:09 +0000 The Associated Press 6659 at http://michiganradio.org Severe weather rips through parts of southeast Michigan Poll: Parents want children to have more access to physical education in school http://michiganradio.org/post/poll-parents-want-children-have-more-access-physical-education-school <p><a href="http://www.med.umich.edu/mott/npch/reports/gym.htm">A new poll</a> finds parents want more physical education in school.&nbsp; The U of M C-S Mott Children&rsquo;s Hospital National poll asked parents of 6 to 11 year olds about their children&rsquo;s access to gym classes and recess.</p><p>&nbsp; A third of parents say their children get too little physical education.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Sarah Clark is the associate director of the poll.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:24:38 +0000 Steve Carmody 2203 at http://michiganradio.org Poll: Parents want children to have more access to physical education in school Flu season picking up in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/flu-season-picking-michigan <p>Michigan is among more than 2 dozen states reporting widespread <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2940_2955_22779---,00.html">influenza outbreaks</a>.</p><p>Flu outbreaks have been reported in most regions of Michigan. Nursing home patients, college students and other groups of people living in close quarters have fallen ill with the flu. State health officials report one child has died from the flu.</p><p>Still, James McCurtis, a spokesman for the state <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch">Department of Community Health</a>, says this has been a relatively mild flu season<span style="text-decoration: underline;">:</span></p><blockquote><p><em>"Its very typical. Its nowhere near when we had the (Swine Flu) pandemic with H1N1 last year and two years ago."</em></p></blockquote><p>McCurtis says the flu season still has about 3 months to go. Which means there is still time to catch the flu, and there’s still time to get a flu shot. Thu, 03 Feb 2011 14:10:37 +0000 Steve Carmody 1148 at http://michiganradio.org MI Supreme Court to hear dispute over Benton Harbor golf course http://michiganradio.org/post/mi-supreme-court-hear-dispute-over-benton-harbor-golf-course <p>Attorneys will <a href="http://courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/Clerk/01-11/140685/140685-Index.html">make their case</a> before <a href="http://courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/">Michigan&rsquo;s Supreme Court</a> Friday over a disputed <a href="http://www.harborshoresgolf.com/layout10.asp?id=213&amp;page=6664">Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course</a> in <a href="http://www.bentonharborcity.com/">Benton Harbor</a>. The course <a href="http://www.mlive.com/golf/index.ssf/2010/08/jack_nicklaus_says_his_harbor.html">opened last summer</a>.</p><p>Nearly a century ago, the Jean Klock Park was donated to the city of Benton Harbor for public recreation. The city leased part of the 90-acre park to non-profit developer <a href="http://www.harborshoresdevelopment.com/">Harbor Shores Community Redevelop</a> Corporation, who used land including sand dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline for 3 holes of an 18 hole golf course.</p><p><a href="http://www.dickinson-wright.com/atty2.aspx?user_id=cameronj">John Cameron</a> represents the developers.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re not focusing here on three golf holes, we&rsquo;re focusing here on the entirety of a park and what its being used for, all the different uses; picnicking, hiking, kite-flying, volleyball, concerts, triathlons, and golf.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Michigan&rsquo;s Court of Appeals agreed with Cameron that designating part of it as a golf course is not against the restrictions. It also ruled that the city is allowed to lease the land. Thu, 20 Jan 2011 22:36:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 957 at http://michiganradio.org MI Supreme Court to hear dispute over Benton Harbor golf course Hackel to join Patterson, Ficano as new exec http://michiganradio.org/post/hackel-join-patterson-ficano-new-exec <p>Macomb County will be represented by a county executive for the first time, starting in January.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>County Sheriff Mark Hackel was elected to the post &ndash; which voters approved as part of a new county charter last year.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Hackel says Macomb County and the southeast Michigan region stand to benefit from the change.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&quot;I think it provides a lot more stability and the first to set forward a vision or an agenda for the county itself. We&rsquo;ve never had that opportunity before,&quot; Hackel said.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 20:35:58 +0000 Sarah Hulett 263 at http://michiganradio.org Hackel to join Patterson, Ficano as new exec Bear attack in northern Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/bear-attack-northern-michigan <p>Bear attacks are something we&#39;re used to hearing about out west or in Alaska, but in northern Michigan it can be rare just to see one.</p><p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20101013/NEWS06/10130303/">The Detroit Free Press</a> reports a hunter fought off a mother bear that was trying to climb into his tree stand.</p><p>Chad Fortune was bow hunting when two cubs tried to climb into his stand. He pushed them off, but the mother of the cubs put up more of a fight. Fortune was treated for his injuries at a nearby hospital. Wildlife officials say they plan to euthanize the bear.</p> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 14:15:33 +0000 Mark Brush 140 at http://michiganradio.org Bear attack in northern Michigan