summer vacation http://michiganradio.org en The best places for vacation in Michigan aren't on the "top 10" lists http://michiganradio.org/post/best-places-vacation-michigan-arent-top-10-lists <p></p><p>Michigan destinations are working their way into these lists: Saugatuck was voted No. 1 Summer Weekend Escape in America in a recent USA Today reader poll. And a somewhat obscure Upper Peninsula drive got on a top 10 "Best U.S. Road Trips" list.</p><p>Ellen Creager, a Detroit Free Press Travel writer, says the big reason for the publicity is the Pure Michigan campaign. However, don’t limit yourself to “Cool Places to Visit” lists when choosing your next Michigan vacation spot.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:03:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 17975 at http://michiganradio.org The best places for vacation in Michigan aren't on the "top 10" lists Stateside for Thursday, July 11th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-july-11th-2013 <p>Michigan's home foreclosure rate is falling and our state is certainly no longer number one in foreclosures in the country. We found out why on today's show.</p><p>And, Michigan Radio's Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry joined us to take a look at how your state lawmakers are spending their summer recess.</p><p>And, a Michigan videographer is heading to Greenland to document the effects of pollution on glaciers for a project called “Dark Snow.”</p><p>Also, we spoke with the father of a 12-year-old Ohio State fan who found a creative way to use the rivalry between OSU and U of M to help him beat brain cancer.</p><p>And, Scott DeRue, who teaches at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, joined us to talk about his recent climb to the summit of Mount Everest.</p><p>First on the show, it’s Thursday which means it’s the time we turn to Daniel Howes – Columnist at the Detroit News.</p><p>Today he took a look at Kevyn Orr and the meetings he had this week with Detroit’s creditors and bond holders.</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:42:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 13500 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, July 11th, 2013 Summer vacation for Congress and state Legislature http://michiganradio.org/post/summer-vacation-congress-and-state-legislature <p>What are your summer vacation plans? For many in Michigan, it's time at the cottage or beach up North.</p><p>If you're a lawmaker, either state or federal, "summer vacation" has a different meaning. It gives you time to be in your district, take the pulse of voters, hear their concerns.</p><p>Covering the Washington angle is Todd Spangler, the D.C.-based reporter for the Detroit Free Press. And looking at Lansing is Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Public Radio's political analyst.</p><p>They joined us today to talk about summer vacation for members of Congress and state Legislature.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:15:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 13498 at http://michiganradio.org Summer vacation for Congress and state Legislature Has summer become too organized for kids? http://michiganradio.org/post/has-summer-become-too-organized-kids <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's a new traffic jam each morning at the end of my street. It began the week after school let out. It starts around 8:30 each morning: the stream of mini-vans and SUV's waiting to turn into the parking lot of a church to drop the kids off at summer day camp.</span></p><p>It's a scene being repeated all over Michigan. Kids being taken to one organized activity or another, from computer camp to theater camp to summer club swim meets, you get the idea.</p><p>Michigan Radio Sports Commentator John U. Bacon has a question: what ever happened to good old fashioned playing?</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:34:23 +0000 Cynthia Canty 13169 at http://michiganradio.org Has summer become too organized for kids? Stateside for Thursday, May 30th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-may-30th-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you live in Michigan there’s a good chance you’ll head up north this summer, or maybe west to bask in the sun on Lake Michigan, but if you’re still not sure where to escape this summer, we have some fun tips on hidden vacation gems you are sure to enjoy.</span></p><p>And, Rick Pluta gave us an update on the Mackinac Policy Conference.</p><p>And, Daniel Howes shared his insights on how the financial and investing world views the Detroit auto companies.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 19:59:53 +0000 Stateside Staff 12815 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, May 30th, 2013 State of Opportunity: Preschool in the summer http://michiganradio.org/post/state-opportunity-preschool-summer <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>This week, Michigan Radio&#39;s <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/even-short-term-job-loss-parents-can-turn-long-term-problem-kids">State of Opportunity</a> reporter <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/people/dustin-dwyer" rel="author">Dustin Dwyer</a> looked into children&#39;s first glimpse of classroom education-- preschool.</p><p>Dwyer reports that although early education can have a <a href="http://www.highscope.org/content.asp?contentid=219">profound effect</a> on the development of children, there aren&#39;t enough classes to go around.&nbsp; Only <a href="http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/bystate/stateprofile.aspx?state=MI&amp;group=DataBook&amp;loc=24&amp;dt=1%2c3%2c2%2c4">about half </a>of preschool-aged children attend classes.</p><p>He found one solution in Grand Rapids Public Schools, where preschools have extended classes into the summer.</p><p><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/preschool-summer-one-last-chance-early-education">Listen to Dwyer&#39;s story</a>, in which parents, guardians and teachers of preschoolers speak about the benefits of summertime preschool and the challenges they face providing education opportunities for their children.</p><p><em>-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:52:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8680 at http://michiganradio.org State of Opportunity: Preschool in the summer Facebook followers share 'up north' highlights http://michiganradio.org/post/facebook-followers-share-north-highlights <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Earlier today, Michigan Radio&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/why-we-love-going-north">Kyle Norris posted a story</a> about Michiganders&rsquo; love of traveling north of their hometowns for an in-state getaway.&nbsp; On our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/michiganradio">facebook page</a>, we asked fans to join the conversation:</p><p><strong>&ldquo;Ok, let&#39;s hear your favorite thing about going &lsquo;up north.&rsquo;&rdquo;</strong></p><p>Followers posted comments detailing the perks of their favorite spots up north.</p><p>Several answered that the drive north is the best part of the experience.</p><p><em><strong>Gary:</strong> Crossing the tension line (or &quot;ecotone&quot;) between southern and northern forests. The pines and sand sneak in so slowly you barely notice, until they seem suddenly to dominate.</em></p><p><em><strong>Cathrin: </strong>Not only do the trees change, but the landscape begins to rise and fall in drastic contrast to the flat plains of the center of the mitten. So beautiful!</em></p><p><em><strong>Dani:</strong> crossing the bridge to the u.p ...being so close to 3 of the great lakes the beautiful scenery the falls the fudge in mackinaw smoked fish in st ignance and most of all being away from the big city</em> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 21:34:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8312 at http://michiganradio.org Facebook followers share 'up north' highlights Ten signs it's summertime in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/ten-signs-its-summertime-michigan <p>Detroit Free Press columnist Ron Dzwonkowski offers 10 ways we can tell another Michigan summer is upon us.</p><p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120620/COL32/120620024/Ron-Dzwonkowski-A-pure-Michigan-summer-has-arrived?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Here&#39;s the list</a>:</p><p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 18:41:53 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7956 at http://michiganradio.org Ten signs it's summertime in Michigan Do you unplug on vacation? http://michiganradio.org/post/do-you-unplug-vacation <p>Michigan State University researchers found that vacationers are increasingly staying connected to the office and social media with cell phones, laptops and tablets while away.</p><p>From <a href="http://research.msu.edu/stories/more-people-staying-connected-vacation">MSU News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The study showed that people using smart phones have tripled. The study also revealed that wireless use was higher on vacation (40 percent) than at home (25 percent). Also telling, were figures that show that people used the Web more to plan vacations (80 percent) than for work (70 percent).</p></blockquote><p>Yesterday, we posted this question to the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/michiganradio">Michigan Radio Facebook </a>community:</p><p><em><strong>&ldquo;When you go on vacation, do you stay connected to work?&rdquo;</strong></em></p><p>Responses show the wide range of readers&#39; feelings towards technology-filled vacations.</p><p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 18:23:21 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7872 at http://michiganradio.org Do you unplug on vacation? Lawmakers to return to Lansing occasionally in July and August http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-return-lansing-occasionally-july-and-august <p>State lawmakers are on a summer break but, they will be meeting infrequently throughout this month and next.</p><p>&ldquo;The Senate Appropriations Committee has a meeting set for Tuesday to discuss bills related to transportation funding, court of appeals fees and quality assurance assessments at some health facilities. The state Senate is expected to meet in a full session Wednesday,&rdquo; the Associated Press reports.</p><p>State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville also plans to introduce legislation this week that would boost the value of Michigan&rsquo;s film incentives. As the Michigan Public Radio Network&rsquo;s Rick Pluta reported yesterday, &ldquo;the state Senate leader says he is looking for ways to make Michigan more attractive to filmmakers now that the state has scaled back generous tax breaks for the industry.&rdquo;</p><p>Meanwhile, the state House has a session scheduled for July 27<sup>th</sup>. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 10:50:57 +0000 Zoe Clark 3258 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers to return to Lansing occasionally in July and August Lawmakers wrap up work before summer break http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-wrap-work-summer-break <p>State lawmakers wrapped up their work late last night before they take a two-month summer break. As Michigan Public Radio&rsquo;s Laura Weber reports, one of the issues that pushed debates into the night was big changes to teacher tenure rules:</p><blockquote><p>The tenure bills would make it easier for school districts to get rid of teachers in underperforming classrooms. But many Democrats say teachers should not be held responsible for the shortcomings of school districts and for deep cuts to education funding.</p><p>Democratic state Senator Coleman Young says the proposed changes to teacher tenure won&rsquo;t help students.</p><p>&ldquo;Paris Hilton has a better chance of winning an Oscar than this bill does of doing anything positive or for reforming the public education system.&rdquo;</p><p>Those cheers came from teachers&rsquo; union members and supporters filling the Senate gallery. But the bills did pass the Senate, moved to the House for final approval, and are now on their way to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Lawmakers target public worker health costs</strong></p><p>The Republican-led state House passed another version of a bill that would require many public &nbsp;employees to pay more of their own health insurance costs, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>A bill approved by a 56-52, mostly party-line vote Thursday would cap the dollar amount a public employer can pay toward health insurance for a public employee. An example would be $15,000 a year for family coverage.</p><p>Local governments and school boards could vote to change that requirement so that public employees must cover at least 20 percent of their health coverage costs.</p><p>It&#39;s possible the proposal will be a compromise between versions previously passed by the House and Senate. It was not immediately clear if Senate leaders would be on board with the House plan. Fri, 01 Jul 2011 10:39:17 +0000 Zoe Clark 3109 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers wrap up work before summer break