heat wave http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-july-16th-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An unhappy statistic: Child abuse is on the rise in Michigan. So, why has state-funding for prevention been cut? We found out more on today's show.</span></p><p>And, in case you hadn't noticed - it is hot out there. But, are these temperatures rivaling those of past record-making days?</p><p>And, three ordinary guys are pooling their resources in order to save Detroit’s GAR building from the wrecking ball.</p><p>Also, we spoke with Dr. Ryan Shinska, a graduate from the University of Michigan’s dental school, about his plan to move to Uganda to open a dental clinic.</p><p>First on the show, numbers show that more of us are climbing aboard Amtrak trains than ever before.</p><p>The three lines that Amtrak runs in Michigan are often packed, especially the Detroit to Chicago Wolverine Line.</p><p>Come this October, the State of Michigan's tab for Amtrak will jump. The subsidy will go from 8 million a year to around 25 million. That's around a 200% jump.</p><p>Why is that happening? What does this mean for you, the taxpayer, and for Amtrak and its passengers?</p><p>Adie Tomer is with the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, and he joined us today from Washington.</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:37:48 +0000 Stateside Staff 13562 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 How does this week measure up in Michigan's weather history? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-does-week-measure-michigans-weather-history <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No matter where you go in Michigan this week, it seems the hot weather is a prime topic of conversation.</span></p><p>When you pop your head out of the door first thing in the morning and it's already 83 degrees and there's nowhere to go but up, that is some hot weather.</p><p>We wondered how this week fit into Michigan's "hot weather history," so we turned to MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa. He also has the website <a href="http://farmerweather.com/">farmerweather.com</a> which will give you everything you want to know about the weather.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:31:53 +0000 Stateside Staff 13558 at http://michiganradio.org How does this week measure up in Michigan's weather history? With changing climate, Michigan might experience more heat waves and other health concerns http://michiganradio.org/post/changing-climate-michigan-might-experience-more-heat-waves-and-other-health-concerns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you are not a fan of hot weather, this is not a week you're going to enjoy. Temperatures will be in the </span>90s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the high humidity means it's going to feel like it's over 100 all week long.</span></p><p>Weather and public health experts tell us we in Michigan had better get used to heat waves like this, because this is our future, and that is raising many health concerns.</p><p>The current issue of <em><a href="http://www.hourdetroit.com/">Hour Detroit</a></em> has a story that looks at what those health concerns are: it's called <a href="http://www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detroit/July-2013/Warning-on-Warming/">"Warning on Warming”</a> by Ilene Wolff.</p><p>She joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:35:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 13541 at http://michiganradio.org With changing climate, Michigan might experience more heat waves and other health concerns Stateside for Monday, July 15th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-july-15th-2013 <p>Democrats in the state House have introduced a package of bills that would add more state regulations to the process of hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking.’ We spoke to a co-sponsor of the legislation on today's show.</p><p>And, as the use of meth makes headlines across the state, we talked to one woman about her recovery and what she's doing for other addicts.</p><p>And, it’s going to be a hot week for Michiganders. We took a look at what health concerns are related to the increased temperatures.</p><p>Also, we spoke with Gary Whelan of the State Department of Natural Resources about what is being done to keep the Great Lakes stocked with fish.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he debate over expanding Medicaid in Michigan continues.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Snyder is still pushing for the state Senate to vote on the legislation. It would expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults in the state. The state House has already approved it.</span></p><p>Over the weekend, Mark Schauer waded into the debate.</p><p>Schauer – a Democrat – is running for Governor in 2014. He said on Saturday that he does not understand why Governor Snyder is not calling the Legislature into a special session.</p><p>Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio’s “It’s Just Politics” team, joined us today to answer Mark Shauer’s question.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:17:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 13543 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, July 15th, 2013 Heat advisories issued for much of the Lower Peninsula http://michiganradio.org/post/heat-advisories-issued-much-lower-peninsula <p></p><p>The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory warning for <a href="http://www.weather.com/weather/newscenter/alerts/nswxcategory/MI">over 50 counties</a> in Michigan beginning Tuesday, July 16 at noon and running through Wednesday, July 17 until midnight.</p><p>Heat indices predict temperatures could reach nearly 100-102 degrees between 1 and 6 pm both days in some counties.</p><p>The NWS suggests taking the following precautions:</p><ul><li>Drink plenty of water</li><li>Stay out of the sun</li><li>If possible, stay in an air-conditioned building</li><li>Don't leave children or pets unattended in vehicles under any circumstances</li><li>Reschedule strenuous activity for the early morning or in the evening</li><li>Wear loose or light clothing</li></ul><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:13:51 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13544 at http://michiganradio.org Heat advisories issued for much of the Lower Peninsula State parks could see record summer attendance http://michiganradio.org/post/state-parks-could-see-record-summer-attendance <p></p><p>If you&#39;re planning a trip to Michigan&#39;s state parks this summer, expect some company.</p><p>The parks are on track to break attendance records this year, with more than 25 million visits expected. &nbsp;</p><p>It&rsquo;s mostly thanks to hot weather, lowers gas prices, and cheaper park passes, says Harold Herta of the Department of Natural Resources.&nbsp; &quot;We&#39;ve seen a lot of people coming out to the parks this year that said, I haven&#39;t been to a state park in years, and I thought I&#39;d try it out. Especially in the metro-Detroit area.&quot;</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:21:30 +0000 Kate Wells 8404 at http://michiganradio.org State parks could see record summer attendance A good day to sit next to an air conditioner in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/good-day-sit-next-air-conditioner-michigan <p>How hot was it today?</p><p></p><p>Hot enough for Consumers Energy to smash its all-time record for electricity demand.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 22:04:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 8318 at http://michiganradio.org A good day to sit next to an air conditioner in Michigan MI cooling centers open amid excessive heat and power outages http://michiganradio.org/post/mi-cooling-centers-open-amid-excessive-heat-and-power-outages <p><strong>Update 3:27 p.m.</strong></p><p>The AP is now reporting that more Michigan homes and businesses --around 400,000-- lost power this week:</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 19:27:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8157 at http://michiganradio.org MI cooling centers open amid excessive heat and power outages It’s hot… and only getting warmer the rest of the week http://michiganradio.org/post/it-s-hot-and-only-getting-warmer-rest-week <p>The National Weather Service has put much of southwest and lower mid-Michigan under an &ldquo;excessive heat warning&rdquo; through Saturday. With the humidity factored in, it could feel as hot as 110-degrees in some places later this week.</p><p>Chapters of The American Red Cross are prepared for the heat wave. Chip Kraght directs emergency services for the west Michigan district.</p><p>&ldquo;It can become a disaster, however, with some really easy preventative stuff and some careful monitoring people can really prevent any sort of side effects,&rdquo; Kraght said.</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:42:50 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8130 at http://michiganradio.org It’s hot… and only getting warmer the rest of the week Crest of heat wave passing through Michigan, power conservation urged http://michiganradio.org/post/crest-heat-wave-passing-through-michigan-power-conservation-urged <p>Much of the state is under <a href="http://www.weather.gov/">excessive heat warnings</a> and <a href="http://www.deqmiair.org/">air pollution alerts</a> today as the peak of the Midwest heat wave passes over the state. The <a href="http://www.usairnet.com/weather/maps/current/heat-index/">heat index</a> (a measure of air temperature and relative humidity) has reached 110 in some areas.</p><p>According to Jeff Masters at <a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=1852">wunderground.com</a>, 22 deaths in the Midwest have been blamed on the heat wave and Detroit is expected to reach 100 degrees for the first time in sixteen years.</p><p><a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110721/METRO/107210425/1409/1-dead--29-000-powerless-in-heat--temp-hits-102-in-Ypsilanti">One death in Oakland County</a> is being blamed on the heat and power companies are asking customers to cut back on their electricity usage.</p><p>The Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO), issued an energy conservation alert today because of high customer demand. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 20:43:07 +0000 Mark Brush 3421 at http://michiganradio.org Crest of heat wave passing through Michigan, power conservation urged What do all the heat warnings, advisories, and watches mean? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-do-all-heat-warnings-advisories-and-watches-mean <p>Media outlets around the state want you to know... IT&#39;S HOT!!</p><p>They have several different ways of telling you it&#39;s hot.</p><p>There are heat advisories, warnings and watches, heat indices, and ozone action days.</p><p>But what do all these terms really mean?</p><p>Here&#39;s a breakdown of the terms you might be reading or hearing about. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:05:27 +0000 Mark Brush 3371 at http://michiganradio.org What do all the heat warnings, advisories, and watches mean? Heat wave may cause power outages http://michiganradio.org/post/heat-wave-may-cause-power-outages <p>The extremely hot weather has caused some electrical outages in metro Detroit. High temperatures and storms last month contributed to power outages across the state. <a href="http://www.weather.gov/">The National Weather Service</a> expects southern Michigan&rsquo;s heat wave to continue through the weekend.</p><p>Scott Simon is with <a href="http://www.dteenergy.com/">Detroit Edison</a>. He says the electric grid is in good shape and should be able to handle the increased need for power.</p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:40:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3357 at http://michiganradio.org Heat wave may cause power outages