marathon http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's headlines: Flooding, welfare targeted bills, Lansing marathon http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-flooding-welfare-targeted-bills-lansing-marathon <p><strong>Grand River crests in Grand Rapids, thousands evacuated from flooding</strong></p><p>The Grand River has crested in Grand Rapids. As Lindsey Smith<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/rivers-are-rising-michigan-communities-brace-flooding"> reports,</a></p><p>"Grand Rapids remains under a state of emergency because of significant damage to a number of buildings in the downtown area [from the flooding]. It’s estimated around 1,000 residents in mid and west Michigan have been evacuated from their homes."</p><p><strong>Bills that target welfare recipients being considered in the state House</strong></p><p>"Low-income Michigan families would have to take drug tests and make sure their children don't miss too much school to qualify for some welfare benefits, under legislation in the state House," the Associated Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130421/NEWS06/304210158/DFP-Michigan-lawmakers-back-changes-to-welfare-benefits">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Flooding, Boston bombings and freezing temperatures didn't stop Lansing marathon</strong></p><p>"Sub-freezing temperatures, tight security and a course rerouted to avoid a flooded section of the Lansing River Trail all failed to stop the Lansing Marathon. Lansing's temperature stood at 28 degrees at the race's 8 a.m. start yesterday as participants honored the victims of last Monday's Boston Marathon bombing," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Emily Fox 12227 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Flooding, welfare targeted bills, Lansing marathon Kalamazoo runners plan 'solidarity run' to remember Boston http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-runners-plan-solidarity-run-remember-boston <p>A group of runners in Kalamazoo will honor victims of the Boston marathon bombing by running together tonight.</p><p>“Runners who were nowhere near Boston just feel like a piece of their heart has been ripped out,” said Tonya Durlach. She did not run the Boston marathon, but members of her E.P.I.C. running group and Kalamazoo Area Runners did.</p><p>“We’re trying to make sense of what happened but we can’t. We can’t understand why someone would do something so horrible. But the only thing we can do right now is think of them and pray for them,” Durlach said.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:17:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12163 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: spending cuts, lottery winners on welfare, Lansing Marathon boosts security http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-spending-cuts-lottery-winners-welfare-lansing-marathon-boosts-security <p><strong>Federal cuts to affect schools </strong></p><p>"The state of Michigan doesn't plan to lay off any of its 48,000 workers because of automatic federal spending cuts. [But] federal education funding will drop $54 million and affect special education programs, after-school programs and aid for schools with more students in poverty," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>14 percent of lottery winners are on welfare or live with someone on welfare</strong></p><p>Michigan has found 3,500 lottery winners, representing around 14 percent of all winners, who either got welfare or lived with welfare recipients. As the Associated Press reports, "Human Services Director Maura Corrigan says some lottery winners are no longer getting public assistance because of the law signed a year ago. But she says 'loopholes' still let lottery winners collect some Medicaid benefits."<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lansing Marathon ramps up security</strong></p><p>"The two thousand runners expected to take part in this Sunday’s Lansing Marathon can expect to see tight security along the 26.2 mile course. The added security is in response to Monday’s deadly bombing at the finish of the Boston Marathon," Steve Carmody<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/boston-marathon-bombing-will-lead-added-security-sundays-lansing-marathon"> reports.</a></p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:18:58 +0000 Emily Fox 12154 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: spending cuts, lottery winners on welfare, Lansing Marathon boosts security Boston Marathon bombing will lead to added security for Sunday's Lansing Marathon http://michiganradio.org/post/boston-marathon-bombing-will-lead-added-security-sundays-lansing-marathon <p>The two thousand runners expected to take part in this Sunday’s Lansing marathon can expect to see tight security along the 26-mile course.</p><p>The added security is in response to Monday’s deadly bombing at the finish of the Boston Marathon.</p><p></p><p>Lansing Police Chief Teresa Szymanski says people attending the Lansing marathon will be protected.</p><p></p><p>“We’ll certainly have additional patrols….we’ll have extra officers working the event. We’ll take precautionary measures…such as bomb sweeps and those types of things we do for these events,” says Szymanski.</p><p></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 22:29:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 12146 at http://michiganradio.org Boston Marathon bombing will lead to added security for Sunday's Lansing Marathon 2012 Olympics: Running down a dream http://michiganradio.org/post/2012-olympics-running-down-dream <p>Nick Stanko is a small guy with a shaved head. He&rsquo;s an art teacher at Haslett High School, east of Lansing, and he also coaches the track team.</p><p>Stanko is hard-core about running. He&rsquo;s tried out for the Olympic team twice and even the kids on his track team admit he&rsquo;s a big deal. Senior Ryan Beyea told me he likes to brag to kids at other high schools that he gets to train alongside the legend, Nick Stanko.</p><p>In January, Stanko traveled to Texas to compete in the Olympic trials for the marathon and Beyea and some of other kids went down to support their coach.</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 11:55:05 +0000 Kyle Norris 7585 at http://michiganradio.org 2012 Olympics: Running down a dream Detroit residents consider Marathon buyout offers (part 2) http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-residents-consider-marathon-buyout-offers-part-2 <p>Michigan&rsquo;s only oil refinery is in the middle of a $2 billion dollar expansion project. Marathon Petroleum is expanding its refinery in southwest Detroit to process more heavy crude oil from Canada.</p><p>That expansion project is moving the footprint of Marathon&rsquo;s refinery closer to people&rsquo;s homes, especially the Oakwood Heights neighborhood in Southwest Detroit. A couple weeks ago, the company made a big announcement. Marathon is offering to buy about 350 homes in Oakwood Heights. The company is offering a minimum of $40,000 dollars plus half of what the home appraises for. There&rsquo;s also money to help people relocate.</p><p><em>&ldquo;We think it&rsquo;s a very generous program. We think the neighborhood is going to be very happy with it.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Tracy Case is with Marathon. He says the company is planning to demolish the homes it buys and create about a hundred acres of green space next to its refinery.</p><p><em>&ldquo;You know, I think if you asked anybody in industry, or if you asked anybody that lives next to industry, they&rsquo;d say yeah, that&rsquo;s a good thing to have, to have the green space.&rdquo;</em></p><p>He says the program is voluntary and no one will be forced to move.</p><p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:17:15 +0000 Rebecca Williams 5036 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit residents consider Marathon buyout offers (part 2) Fire at Marathon oil refinery in Detroit contained http://michiganradio.org/post/fire-marathon-oil-refinery-detroit-contained <p>There was a fire this morning at a Marathon oil refinery in southwest Detroit. The Associated Press reports the fire was contained by the company.</p><blockquote><p>Authorities say a fire at Marathon&#39;s southwest Detroit oil refinery has been contained by the company&#39;s on-site crews.</p><p>Some evacuations of contractors were reported following the Thursday morning fire, but people were returning to work.</p></blockquote><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110825/NEWS01/110825023/Marathon-refinery-fire-southwest-Detroit-contained?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p">Detroit Free Press</a> reports that Marathon officials gave the Detroit Fire Department a &quot;courtesy call&quot; at 8 a.m. this morning:</p><blockquote><p>Smears of dark smoke could be seen from Detroit&rsquo;s east side.</p><p>No Detroit firefighters or equipment were dispatched.</p><p>Marathon officials declined to release details of the fire, but said contractors working in the area left the scene but are now returning. No injuries were reported. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:56:57 +0000 Mark Brush 3911 at http://michiganradio.org Fire at Marathon oil refinery in Detroit contained