federal government http://michiganradio.org en Helping Americans better understand history and civics http://michiganradio.org/post/helping-americans-better-understand-history-and-civics <p>Schools across Michigan have wrapped up a week of activities designed to help students better understand America’s founding principles.</p><p>Michael Warren is an Oakland County Circuit Court Judge and co-founder of<a href="http://patriotweek.org/"> Patriot Week</a>. He started the project in 2009 because he says people have a poor understanding of American history and government.</p> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 19:42:31 +0000 Kyle Norris 9205 at http://michiganradio.org Helping Americans better understand history and civics Federal court allows Nativity scene on public highway http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-court-allows-nativity-scene-public-highway <p></p><p>A Macomb County man has the right to display a Nativity scene in a public road median. That&rsquo;s according to a federal appeals court ruling. It reverses a Detroit judge&rsquo;s decision.</p><p>John Satawa&#39;s family has been displaying a crèche in this busy highway median every Christmas for decades. But the county asked him to take it down when it got complaints from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.&nbsp; Satawa sued, and now the federal appeals court is siding with him.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 22:30:37 +0000 Kate Wells 8528 at http://michiganradio.org Federal court allows Nativity scene on public highway Federal judge refuses to halt UP mine construction http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-refuses-halt-mine-construction <h1 class="entry-title">U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell has refused to halt construction of a nickel and copper mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.</h1><p>In an order signed today, Bell rejected a request by the Huron Mountain Club, a private sportsmen's group, to stop work on the mine while the club's lawsuit works its way to trial.</p><p>The exclusive club owns about 19,000 acres of forest land in the Upper Peninsula's Marquette County, including an 11-mile stretch of the Salmon Trout River, according to the AP.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:49:08 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8449 at http://michiganradio.org Federal judge refuses to halt UP mine construction Federal judge may block Michigan teacher union dues law http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-may-block-michigan-teacher-union-dues-law <p>DETROIT (AP) - A lawyer says a Detroit federal judge plans to block a new state law that stops school districts from deducting union dues from paychecks. Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:50:55 +0000 The Associated Press 7776 at http://michiganradio.org Federal judge may block Michigan teacher union dues law Traverse City may lose its federal courthouse http://michiganradio.org/post/traverse-city-may-lose-its-federal-courthouse <p>The federal courthouse in Traverse City is on a list of 60 nationwide&nbsp;that may face closure.</p><p>The federal government is considering closing up to 60 courthouse across the country as part of an effort to cut costs.</p><p>Documents obtained by The Associated Press show federal courthouses facilities in 29 states could be on the chopping block.&nbsp;&nbsp; Many of the court sites are in rural areas and critics say closing them could make it more difficult for people to get to court proceedings.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 23:01:01 +0000 The Associated Press & Steve Carmody 6749 at http://michiganradio.org Traverse City may lose its federal courthouse Amash says he's gaining support for plan to balance federal budget http://michiganradio.org/post/amash-says-hes-gaining-support-plan-balance-federal-budget <p>Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) is pushing for a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget. Amash<a href="http://amash.house.gov/sites/amash.house.gov/files/BCBBA%20-%20legislative%20and%20plain%20text.pdf"> shared his proposal </a>with a group of college students Monday night and he&rsquo;ll host a town hall meeting Tuesday night in Barry County.</p><p>Amash is one of 66 Republicans who voted against raising the debt ceiling back in August. He says he&rsquo;d vote against a deal again if &ldquo;it&rsquo;s not very serious&rdquo; about reducing federal spending.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 01:36:54 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4319 at http://michiganradio.org Amash says he's gaining support for plan to balance federal budget State lets some families know aid is running out http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lets-some-families-know-aid-running-out <p>Michigan has begun sending out notices to some families receiving welfare benefits to notify them that their federal assistance is running out. The Detroit Free Press reports the change may affect nearly 14,000 families who had passed a five-year federal limit but got the time extended. Notices began going out Tuesday that include contact information for caseworkers who will try to help families find other assistance programs.</p><p>Michigan Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan says the notices come at the same time the state is revamping how it hands out assistance. It&#39;s also planning to put into effect a four-year limit in most cases for families receiving welfare benefits.</p><p>The limit could begin Oct. 1. Critics say such a limit would boot some needy families off public assistance. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 11:44:05 +0000 The Associated Press 3675 at http://michiganradio.org Money for Great Lakes restoration http://michiganradio.org/post/money-great-lakes-restoration <p>The federal budget left many groups wanting more money, but those lobbying to restore Lake Michigan and the rest of the Great Lakes are actually pretty pleased with the President and Congress.</p><p>Andy Buchsbaum co-chairs a group that&rsquo;s trying to get enough funding over five years to restore the Great Lakes. He says the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative didn&rsquo;t get all the money it wanted in the 2011 federal budget. But Buchsbaum says given the tight economic times, the $300 million they did get will keep the program on track.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;The Great Lakes did remarkably well this year in the federal budget, and the people in this region will benefit from it.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>In Michigan, Buchsbaum says the money is being used to restore wetlands. It&rsquo;s also being used to get rid of toxic hot spots, such as the so-called black lagoon in the Detroit River area. And it&rsquo;s being used to prevent Asian Carp from getting into Lake Michigan.</p><p>Buchsbaum says both parties supported Great Lakes restoration because of the economic benefits, and everyone wants their children to be able to swim at the beaches and drink the water.</p><p><em>-Julie Grant for The Environment Report</em></p><p> Tue, 03 May 2011 14:53:19 +0000 Rebecca Williams 2322 at http://michiganradio.org Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum could be among the first victims of possible govt. shutdown http://michiganradio.org/post/gerald-r-ford-presidential-museum-could-be-among-first-victims-possible-govt-shutdown <p>The <a href="http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/museum/aboutmus.asp">Gerald R. Ford presidential museum and library </a>would be among the first places people in Michigan would see affected by a possible federal government shutdown.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>On a normal Saturday in April, a few hundred people visit the Ford presidential museum in Grand Rapids.&nbsp;&nbsp; But, if Congress can&rsquo;t reach a budget deal by midnight tonight, the Ford museum&rsquo;s doors will stay locked over the weekend.</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 18:34:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 1989 at http://michiganradio.org Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum could be among the first victims of possible govt. shutdown Gov. Snyder says effect of potential federal government shutdown unclear http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-says-effect-potential-federal-government-shutdown-unclear <p>Governor Rick Snyder says he is not sure how or if state government would be affected by a potential temporary shutdown of the federal government.</p><p>Leaders in Congress are still working with President Obama on a budget solution, with a deadline of this evening.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Snyder says information is still rolling into his office about the potential effects on the state.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 16:06:01 +0000 Laura Weber 1981 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder says effect of potential federal government shutdown unclear Countdown to federal government shutdown http://michiganradio.org/post/countdown-federal-government-shutdown-0 <p>The clock is ticking down to a possible federal government shutdown at the end of this week. And, Michigan lawmakers are playing pivotal roles in the budget debate.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan congressmen <a href="http://amash.house.gov/">Justin Amash</a> and <a href="http://walberg.house.gov/">Tim Walberg</a> are among a group of 13 House Republicans that have threatened to break with the GOP leadership on the budget negotiations. They&rsquo;ve pushed budget amendments to slash$61 billion in spending.</p><p>Michigan Democratic Senator <a href="http://levin.senate.gov/">Carl Levin </a>says far right Republicans in the House are preventing the two sides from reaching a budget deal.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Right now the leadership of the House&hellip;Mr. Boehner&hellip;is a kind of a captive of the far right of the House.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Levin complains that lawmakers with ties to the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_Party_movement">Tea Party</a> don&rsquo;t care if the federal government shuts down, since they believe government is the problem to begin with. Mon, 04 Apr 2011 13:46:09 +0000 Steve Carmody 1900 at http://michiganradio.org Countdown to federal government shutdown Energy efficiency makeovers for Michigan neighborhoods http://michiganradio.org/post/energy-efficiency-makeovers-michigan-neighborhoods <p>Many homeowners just can’t afford the upfront investment to make their homes more energy efficient. And many programs meant to defray some of that cost haven’t gotten much traction with consumers.</p><p>But <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=498">Sarah Cwiek reports</a> the federal government’s “BetterBuildings” program is trying to change that. It’s just now getting off the ground in Michigan with money from the 2009 stimulus package.</p><p>Sarah visited Chris Matus at his Ferndale home on the day he was getting an energy audit from Well Home's Kent Trobaugh.</p><p>The guys set up something called a blower door test to find out where the leaks were in Matus' home.&nbsp; Then they roamed the house with an infrared camera.&nbsp; The screen shows a landscape of blurred colors: gold is heat, purple is cold. Matus says the whole exercise reminds him of a certain movie from the 1980s.</p><blockquote><p>“It feels like we’re Ghostbusting.”</p></blockquote><p>Matus is getting about a thousand dollars worth of work done on his house today. But it only costs him 50. That’s because he’s taking advantage of the U.S. Department of Energy’s stimulus-funded BetterBuildings program. Michigan got 30-million dollars—the second-biggest chunk of any state. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 18:54:14 +0000 Rebecca Williams 920 at http://michiganradio.org Energy efficiency makeovers for Michigan neighborhoods Feds taking Michigan to court to get access to some medical marijuana records http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-taking-michigan-court-get-access-some-medical-marijuana-records <p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch">Michigan’s Department of Community Health</a> is refusing to voluntarily turn over the records of 7 medical marijuana patients to the federal government. The federal government is now taking the state to court to get them. Wed, 05 Jan 2011 21:11:05 +0000 Lindsey Smith 761 at http://michiganradio.org Feds taking Michigan to court to get access to some medical marijuana records Help Wanted: Federal Judge http://michiganradio.org/post/help-wanted-federal-judge <p>There are two unique job openings in Detroit. How would you like to be a federal judge? The Associated Press reports:<span lang="EN"><font size="1"> </font></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><span lang="EN">Applications are available for people who want to become a federal judge in Detroit.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Michigan</p><p>Sens</p><p>. Carl Levin and Debbie</p><p>Stabenow</p><p>are asking a committee to advise them on two openings. It will be chaired by Detroit lawyer Eugene Driker.&nbsp;</p><p><span lang="EN">There are openings at the federal court in Detroit because judges Bernard Friedman and Arthur Tarnow have chosen to take senior status, which can reduce their caseloads.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Wayne County Judge David Allen recently withdrew his name after more than a year of delay. Levin and</p><p>Stabenow</p><p>had recommended him to President Barack Obama but he was never formally nominated.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Allen says the confirmation process in the</p><p>U.S</p><p>. Senate is "broken."&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span lang="EN">Applications from Levin's office are due Jan. 24.</span></p></blockquote><blockquote><p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 17:01:43 +0000 583 at http://michiganradio.org Help Wanted: Federal Judge