DIA http://michiganradio.org en Detroit bankruptcy case, bondholders and the future of the DIA http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bankruptcy-case-bondholders-and-future-dia <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s Thursday, the day we talk Michigan politics with Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.</span></p><p>This week, host Jennifer White discusses the latest developments in the Detroit bankruptcy case and examines the implications.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There was a significant breakthrough yesterday. A settlement was announced between the city of Detroit and three major bond insurers. The insurers will get about 74 cents on the dollar, a significant increase from what emergency manager </span>Kevyn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Orr originally offered, and the roughly $50 million in savings will go to support retirees.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The question now is whether retirees will accept further cuts to their pensions, given the fact that Gov. Rick Snyder has stated that the state will not put any money forward unless the retirees agree to cuts. Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says it's imperative that retirees back the plan.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:31:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17195 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit bankruptcy case, bondholders and the future of the DIA The latest developments between the DIA, Detroit pensioners, and creditors http://michiganradio.org/post/latest-developments-between-dia-detroit-pensioners-and-creditors <p></p><p>There have been two big developments this week in the high-stakes showdown over Detroit's pensioners, its art treasures and creditors who hope bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes will pressure the city to put those art treasures on the table.</p><p>There's a lot to try to sort out. So, as we do each Thursday, we spoke to Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:13:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 17186 at http://michiganradio.org The latest developments between the DIA, Detroit pensioners, and creditors Stateside for Thursday, April 10, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-april-10-2014 <p></p><p>The average gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. has steadily been improving, and greenhouse gas emissions are at an all-time low. The Environmental Protection Agency also recently set new emissions standards, scheduled to be phased in between 2017 and 2025, that will reduce the amount of sulfur found in gasoline.</p><p>B<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut is the slow and steady climb in fuel economy and emissions enough? On today’s show, we ask if the Obama administration's 2016 and 2025 fuel efficiency goals setting the bar too low?</span></p><p>Then, a new documentary film brings us the story of the Great Lakes as seen through its ice.</p><p>And, last month, Gov. Snyder confirmed a financial emergency existed in Royal Oak Township. Can other communities learn from Royal Oak’s situation?</p><p>Also, the Share Art Project is a collaborative effort among artists at the Buckham Gallery, students and the Genesee Valley Regional Center. We spoke to a Buckham board member about the program and an upcoming exhibit.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">here have been two big developments this week in the high-stakes showdown over Detroit's pensioners, its art treasures and creditors, who hope bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes will pressure the city to put those art treasures on the table.</span></p><p>There's a lot to try to sort out. So, as we do each Thursday, we spoke to Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:10:35 +0000 Stateside Staff 17192 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, April 10, 2014 If you think the Detroit Institute of Arts is now safe, think again http://michiganradio.org/post/if-you-think-detroit-institute-arts-now-safe-think-again <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you aren’t following every twist and turn in the saga of Detroit’s bankruptcy, you may think things are well on track.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, in fact, came the good news that the city has apparently reached a deal with its unsecured bondholders, who are evidently going to settle for almost 75 cents of every dollar owed them.&nbsp;</span></p><p>But the biggest and toughest challenges are ahead.</p><p>And if you think the Detroit Institute of Arts is now safe, think again.</p><p>Here is how things stand:</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:10:51 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17155 at http://michiganradio.org If you think the Detroit Institute of Arts is now safe, think again Timeline: The complicated relationship between the DIA and the city of Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/timeline-complicated-relationship-between-dia-and-city-detroit <p>Even before Detroit officially filed for bankruptcy last July, many Michiganders and outsiders feared for the future of the Detroit Institute of Arts – the city’s so-called "<a href="http://content.time.com/time/travel/cityguide/article/0,31489,1994456_1994357_1994239,00.html">crown jewel</a>."</p><p>With the city in financial turmoil, the newly appointed emergency manager of Detroit started a catalog of city assets. Many feared the&nbsp;DIA's&nbsp;status as a city asset would mean part of the museum’s collection could be sold off to satisfy creditors.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:25:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16852 at http://michiganradio.org Timeline: The complicated relationship between the DIA and the city of Detroit Gov. Snyder proposes cash infusion to save Detroit Institute of Arts http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-proposes-cash-infusion-save-detroit-institute-arts <p>Big news out of Lansing yesterday: Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed committing up to $350 million of state money to guarantee city of Detroit pension benefits and to keep Detroit Institute of Arts art off the auction block.</p><p>Big news, but not altogether surprising.</p><p>Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes has been writing about this possible cash infusion for weeks now. He joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:12:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 16155 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder proposes cash infusion to save Detroit Institute of Arts State leaders hope to join in on 'Grand Bargain' for Detroit pensions and the DIA http://michiganradio.org/post/state-leaders-hope-join-grand-bargain-detroit-pensions-and-dia <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Update 5:00 p.m. f</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rom Rick </span>Pluta<span style="line-height: 1.5;">:</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Rick Snyder has proposed committing up to $350 million to help mitigate cuts to Detroit pension benefits – as well as keep assets of the Detroit Institute of Arts off the auction block.</span></p><p></p><p>The state’s offer would play out over 20 years and would match money raised from private donations to make sure DIA paintings, sculptures, and other works of art don’t get sold off to pay pension benefits that are central to the bankruptcy negotiations.</p><p></p><p>“This is not bailout,” he said. “This is a settlement. I want to be very clear about that.”</p><p></p><p>Snyder said one of the conditions would have to be creditors dropping any legal claims to DIA asserts.</p><p></p><p>“This is not geared toward the bondholders, bankers, or people on Wall Street,” he said. “This is geared towards Michiganders that worked really hard in our state and have a pension and are looking at a difficult situation – how do we improve that situation?”&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The governor says he hopes the state’s offer will help move the city through bankruptcy more quickly, which would be a good deal for the state.</p><p></p><p>The proposal must still be adopted by the Legislature. Republican leaders say hearings will begin very soon.</p><p></p><p>“We have some questions, some ‘t’s’ that need be crossed, some ‘i’s’ that need to be dotted, but in general is something that’s very positive and being received that way,” said state Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe). “So, we will consider it over the next few weeks. We will look in detail, and consider it as best we can.”</p><p></p><p>The governor’s offer came as Detroit bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes refused to allow an evaluation of DIA assets to go ahead. Detroit’s creditors could still challenge the plan in bankruptcy court.</p><p></p><p>The state’s share would match contributions from private donors. It would come from money the state gets annually from the 1998 nationwide settlement between states and tobacco companies. The plan will be part of the governor’s budget proposal to be delivered Feb. 5.</p><p><strong>Update 4:44 p.m.</strong></p><p>Gov. Snyder and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sen. Majority Leader Randy&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Richardville</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;(R-Monroe), and Speaker of the House&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jase</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bolger</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;(R-Marshall) announced that they plan to support legislation aimed at saving Detroit pensions and DIA art.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From their <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277--320046--,00.html">press release</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and House Speaker Jase Bolger announced they are working with the Michigan state legislature to allocate up to $350 million over the next 20 years to be combined with funds raised by private Michigan foundations to assist in saving retiree pensions.&nbsp;The governor recommends these state funds would come from tobacco settlement revenues...</span></p><p>“We are working on a fiscally sound mediation solution with clear conditions.&nbsp; We will not participate in a bailout, nor allow these funds to go anywhere other than directly to retiree pensions,” said Snyder.&nbsp; “This is an opportunity to work together to find solutions that will allow Detroit to get on a firm foundation faster, help pensioners, and ultimately save the Michigan taxpayers millions in the long run.&nbsp; I want to applaud the foundations for taking this unprecedented and generous step and the mediators for facilitating these discussions.”</p></blockquote><p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Snyder said there would be "strict conditions on any funds allocated towards the settlement." Money from the state, he said, must solely go toward pensions and that "independent fiduciaries manage the pension funds going forward."</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Detroit's emergency manager released a statement after today's announcement saying in part:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"The level of proposed investment by the philanthropic community and the State will go far in helping reach a timely and positive resolution of the City's financial emergency.&nbsp; A mutually agreed resolution to outstanding bankruptcy issues is the best way to help the City restore basic and public safety services to its 700,000 residents. &nbsp;It is now time for the remaining parties to set aside the bargaining rhetoric and step forward and join this settlement to help this great city regain its footing and become once again an attractive place to live, work and invest."</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">MPRN will have more for us later.</span></p><p><strong>11:43 a.m.</strong></p><p>Many political deals have been dubbed a "grand bargain."</p><p>This "grand bargain" involves private money and potential state money to save Detroiters' pensions and the artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts.</p><p>This morning federal mediators involved in the Detroit bankruptcy <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/michigan/files/201401/Federal_Mediators_Statement.pdf">released a statement</a>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">saying in part:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"We are advised that the governor of the State of Michigan, Rick Snyder, intends to announce soon his support for significant state participation in the plan to help protect the pensions of city of Detroit retirees, support the </span>DIA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and revitalize the city in the aftermath of the bankruptcy. The governor &nbsp;has indicated that he will engage with the Michigan Legislature to help secure this support for the plan."</span></p></blockquote><p>Gov. Snyder is expected to hold a press conference at 3:30 announcing more details of the plan.</p><p>He'll be joined by Sen. Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe), and Speaker of the House Jase Bolger&nbsp;(R-Marshall). It's a sign that these legislative leaders are supportive of the plan.</p><p>Chief bankruptcy mediator Judge Gerald Rosen struck a deal with private foundations that pledged more than $300 million to help Detroit solve the pension/art problem.</p><p>With that money pledged, state leaders took note and are deciding whether to try to match the money pledged by the foundations.</p><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-proposes-350-million-state-aid-detroit">Earlier reports</a> stated that the plan calls for sending Detroit $350 million over 20 years.&nbsp;</p><p>We'll find out more details later today.</p><p>How Michigan legislators will react to this plan is anyone's guess. In their statement, federal mediators urged that "all parties approach the issue with an open mind."</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:44:56 +0000 Mark Brush 16133 at http://michiganradio.org State leaders hope to join in on 'Grand Bargain' for Detroit pensions and the DIA Gov. Snyder proposes $350 million in state aid for Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-proposes-350-million-state-aid-detroit <p>Foundations and individuals <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/dia-supporters-seek-170-million-more-save-detroits-art-and-pensions?nopop=1">have stepped up to pledge big dollars</a> to the struggling city of Detroit, and now Gov. Rick Synder is floating a plan to send Detroit $350 million over 20 years.</p><p>The Detroit Free Press named an anonymous source when reporting the plan this morning.</p><p>Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville&nbsp;(R-Monroe) confirmed today that Snyder has floated the plan.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:12:37 +0000 Mark Brush 16055 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder proposes $350 million in state aid for Detroit DIA helps us correct errors in an earlier broadcast http://michiganradio.org/post/dia-helps-us-correct-errors-earlier-broadcast <p>Yesterday, on Michigan Radio, we discussed the news that a group of philanthropists and foundations have raised more than $300 million to try to save works from the Detroit Institute of Arts and protect city worker pensions.</p><p>However, in the course of our conversation, we had a couple errors.</p><p>AnneMarie Erickson is the Chief Operating Officer of the Detroit Institute of Arts and she joined us to help clarify the situation.</p><p><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16053 at http://michiganradio.org DIA helps us correct errors in an earlier broadcast The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-49 <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley talk about Governor Rick Snyder's upcoming State of the State address, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/170-million-more-group-may-save-dia-art-sell">a new effort</a> to save Detroit pensions and the Detroit Institute of Arts, and how abortion right advocates are backing off<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/abortion-rights-advocates-won-t-attempt-repeal-right-life-backed-insurance-rider-law"> efforts </a>to block a law that requires women to buy a separate health insurance rider to cover abortions.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:03:33 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 16028 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics It's time for Snyder to fight for the DIA http://michiganradio.org/post/its-time-snyder-fight-dia <div></div><div><p>Ever since Detroit’s bankruptcy filing was announced last summer, there has been one major concern in the art world.</p><p>What will happen to the Detroit Institute of Arts and its world-class collection, something previously assumed to be untouchable and priceless? When emergency manager Kevyn Orr said the collection needed to be inventoried and appraised, it caused greater shock in some circles than the bankruptcy itself.</p><p>At first, I assumed this was a bluff, possibly designed to demonstrate how deep the city’s crisis really was.</p><p>But it quickly became clear that the creditors want their money by any means necessary. And for many, art takes a back seat to their stomachs. One former council member, a highly educated woman and a single parent, told me “I am tired of hearing that the pension I worked for is less important than your right to drive down here and see a Van Gogh.”</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:47:36 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16011 at http://michiganradio.org It's time for Snyder to fight for the DIA In this morning's headlines: Power in Flint City Council, Detroit swap deal, MEAP tests http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-power-flint-city-council-detroit-swap-deal-meap-tests <p><strong>Flint City Council could gain power back today</strong></p><p>The Flint city council has been largely powerless in the two years since the appointment of an emergency manager. But that begins to change this evening. Emergency manager Darnell Earley says the City Council will now be asked to get<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-council-start-path-self-governance"> more involved</a> in city decisions.</p><p><strong>Detroit swap deal to resume today</strong></p><p>"A bankruptcy court hearing on Detroit's renegotiated deal to pay off two banks in an interest rate swaps deal is scheduled to resume today," The Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Lawmakers to discuss which standardized test students will take this year</strong></p><p>"State lawmakers will begin hearings this week to determine which standardized test Michigan students will take starting next spring. State education officials say the Smarter Balanced Assessment is the only good option to replace the Michigan Educational Assessment Program – or MEAP," Jake Neher reports.</p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:34:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15991 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Power in Flint City Council, Detroit swap deal, MEAP tests In this morning's headlines: The final bills of the year, DIA involved in bankruptcy talks http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-final-bills-year-dia-involved-bankruptcy-talks <p><strong>Anti-abortion coverage bill approved</strong></p><p>"The Michigan Legislature has approved a petition initiative that will require people to buy a separate health insurance policy for abortion coverage. The measure cannot be vetoed by Governor Rick Snyder. But it could be challenged via another petition drive," Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-legislature-bans-abortion-coverage-standard-insurance-plans">reports.</a></p><p><strong>What bills could move through on the last day of session</strong></p><p>"Big legislation that could win final approval today would <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-officials-set-expand-turnaround-district-struggling-schools">expand a state reform school district</a> to failing schools beyond Detroit and ease the potential <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senate-approves-bill-making-it-easier-end-landline-phone-service">discontinuation of traditional land line service</a>. Legislators also plan to update <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/issue-ad-and-campaign-finance-legislation-could-clear-state-legislature-2014">campaign laws</a> heading into an election year by doubling donation limits and keeping intact rules for political ads over objections from the secretary of state," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>DIA now involved in bankruptcy talks</strong></p><p>"The Detroit Institute of Arts has been allowed into talks on how to protect pieces in its collection during Detroit's bankruptcy. Museum officials say they're mobilizing public support to help implement a fundraising strategy that will meet the city's needs and ensure the well-being of the museum," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:16:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15654 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: The final bills of the year, DIA involved in bankruptcy talks Detroit Institute of Arts praises initial work by federal bankruptcy mediators http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-institute-arts-praises-initial-work-federal-bankruptcy-mediators <p>Leaders at the Detroit Institute of Arts praised the efforts of federal mediators today saying they're working toward a solution that protect's the museum's collection while giving relief to the city of Detroit.</p><p>The collection has been seen as a potential source of revenue by some creditors who are poised to lose a lot of money in the Detroit bankruptcy.</p><p>More from the DIA's press release:</p><blockquote><p>At a meeting with the mediators&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_105251094" tabindex="0">on Tuesday</span>, the DIA expressed enthusiastic support for the work that has been done to date, and pledged to help refine and implement the plan in the weeks ahead. The plan engages national and local foundations among other funding sources to create a mechanism for providing cash for the City, while ensuring the present and future safety of the DIA collection.&nbsp;Details of the plan are still in process, as meetings with the foundation community and others continue. The DIA has begun to mobilize its considerable public support to help implement a fundraising strategy that will satisfy the City’s needs, while ensuring the well-being of the museum for the residents of Detroit, southeast Michigan and beyond.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:00:04 +0000 Mark Brush 15645 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Institute of Arts praises initial work by federal bankruptcy mediators In this morning's headlines: Land lines, campaign finance, how to save DIA http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-land-lines-campaign-finance-how-save-dia <p><strong>State Senate approves bill making it easier to end land line service</strong></p><p>"Phone companies would have an easier time<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senate-approves-bill-making-it-easier-end-landline-phone-service"> discontinuing traditional land lines </a>under legislation that has passed the Michigan Senate. The bill approved yesterday is designed to loosen regulations on AT&amp;T and other providers as more customers forgo land lines and just carry cellphones," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>House is close to vote on issue ads and campaign finance bills </strong></p><p>"State House Speaker Jase Bolger says the House is close to a vote on legislation that would double the amount of money people can give to political campaigns. The bill would also block a proposal that would require groups who pay for so-called 'issue ads' to disclose their donors," Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/issue-ad-and-campaign-finance-legislation-could-clear-state-legislature-2014">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Philanthropists encouraged to save DIA and pensioners </strong></p><p>One Michigander has offered to donate $5 million to help protect the DIA and Detroit retiree pensions. As the Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20131206/NEWS01/312060034/Detroit-bankruptcy-pension-foundation-Schaap">reports,</a></p><blockquote><p>"Millionaire A. Paul Schaap said he plans to meet today with U.S. Chief District Judge Gerald Rosen, who is serving as mediator in Detroit’s bankruptcy case. Rosen has been trying to persuade at least 10 charitable foundations to put up $500 million to spin off the DIA from the city, which could then use the money to reduce pension cuts and improve services."</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:05:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15571 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Land lines, campaign finance, how to save DIA 3 things to know about Christie's preliminary report on the DIA http://michiganradio.org/post/3-things-know-about-christies-preliminary-report-dia <p>According to the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131204/METRO01/312040064/Detroit-bought-art-DIA-worth-between-452M-866M?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE"><em>Detroit News</em></a>, Christie's Appraisals estimated the market value of the DIA's city bought works at somewhere between $452 and $866 million.</p><p>Christie's<a href="http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/885368-christies-preliminary-dia-report.html#document/p1"> released the preliminary report</a>&nbsp;today. The full report will be shown to Detroit's Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr the week of December 16.</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:07:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15530 at http://michiganradio.org 3 things to know about Christie's preliminary report on the DIA Community conversation about Detroit's future http://michiganradio.org/post/community-conversation-about-detroits-future <p></p><p>The city of Detroit remains immersed in a time of massive change. Ongoing bankruptcy proceedings, an approaching mayoral election, and the possibility of an auction of Detroit Institute of Arts masterpieces are on people's minds.</p><p>Joining us today is Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor for the Detroit Free Press.</p><p>As part of our <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity</a> project, Michigan Radio has partnered with the Detroit Free Press, The Center for Michigan, and WDET to host three community conversations with Detroit residents in three different locations in Detroit this Thursday. The goal is to talk&nbsp;with resident about what they see happening in the city and what would make Detroit a place where they feel they can build a future.&nbsp;</p><p>If you’re a resident of Detroit and would like to participate in one of the community conversations this <a href="http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/events.eventsmain?action=showEvent&amp;eventID=1437934">Thursday, October 24th at 6:00 pm</a> you can a reserve spot at one of three Detroit locations. Stephen Henderson will be at the Northwest Activities Center, Craig Fahle with WDET will be at the Northeast Guidance Center, and Jennifer White be at El Nacimiento in Southwest Detroit.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:50:18 +0000 Jennifer White 14932 at http://michiganradio.org Community conversation about Detroit's future New DIA exhibit on animation gets weird. And it's great. http://michiganradio.org/post/new-dia-exhibit-animation-gets-weird-and-its-great <p>This is not your five-year-old&#39;s animation.</p><p>Although you can certainly bring your five-year-old. They&#39;ll be right at home in the exhibits&#39; dark halls lined with screen after screen after screen, like a little iPad addict&#39;s paradise.</p><p>&quot;Watch Me Move&quot; is, according to the Detroit Institute of &nbsp;Arts, the &nbsp;largest animation exhibition ever mounted.</p><p>And when you exit, you&#39;ll feel like it was both too short, and somehow way too vast to get a good grasp in just one visit.</p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 14715 at http://michiganradio.org New DIA exhibit on animation gets weird. And it's great. In this morning's headlines: Bars open until 4am, DIA assets, private prison rejected http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-bars-open-until-4am-dia-assets-private-prison-rejected <p><strong>Bars could stay open until 4 am</strong></p><p>&ldquo;Legislation at the state Capitol would let downtown bars and restaurants sell alcohol until 4 am. Michigan&rsquo;s liquor code generally bans alcohol sales between 2 am and 7 am,&rdquo; Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Detroit EM talks DIA assets</strong></p><p>&ldquo;Detroit&#39;s state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr says the Christie&#39;s auction house will finish an assessment of city-owned pieces at the Detroit Institute of Arts this month, and he defends including their <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/kevyn-orr-talks-privatization-pensions-dia-art-forum">possible sale</a> in the city&#39;s bankruptcy process,&rdquo; the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>State rejects private prison</strong></p><p>&ldquo;Michigan has rejected allowing a privately run, for-profit prison to house about a thousand inmates. The state turned down two bids because there was no savings for taxpayers,&rdquo; Rick Pluta reports.</p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:13:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14716 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Bars open until 4am, DIA assets, private prison rejected Detroit's EM hints at how he might use DIA art to help city http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-em-hints-how-he-might-use-dia-art-help-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Emergency Manager </span>Kevyn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Orr has sent out the strongest hint yet that prized pieces in the </span>DIA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> collection are on the table as a way to put money into the city coffers.</span></p><p>Without offering many details, Orr told the Detroit Economic Club today that there are ways for the DIA to make money from its artwork that might not involve outright sales, but perhaps would involve long-term leases.</p><p>Orr was clear -- he said he must consider ways to use the museum&#39;s treasures to help the bankrupt city.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, earlier this week, another one of the city&#39;s &quot;jewels&quot; was back in the spotlight.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The State and Mayor Dave Bing announced an agreement under which the State </span>DNR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> would run Belle Isle as Michigan&#39;s </span>102nd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> State Park.</span></p><p>Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes joined us to talk about all this.</p><p><em>Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 21:47:51 +0000 Stateside Staff 14713 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's EM hints at how he might use DIA art to help city