Flint http://michiganradio.org en Turning a brownfield into a green space in Flint http://michiganradio.org/post/turning-brownfield-green-space-flint <p>A place where General Motors built cars for nearly century may later this year begin <a href="http://www.thelandbank.org/downloads/reimagining_chevy_in_the_hole.pdf">transforming into a city park</a> in Flint.</p><p></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17203 at http://michiganradio.org Turning a brownfield into a green space in Flint Marine veteran gets 10-year sentence in Iran http://michiganradio.org/post/marine-veteran-gets-10-year-sentence-iran <div>TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An Iranian news agency is reporting that an appeals court has overturned a death sentence of an American man convicted of working for the CIA, instead sentencing him to 10 years in prison.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The semiofficial </span>ISNA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> news agency reported Saturday that lawyer </span>Mahmoud<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Alizadeh<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Tabatabaei<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says a Revolutionary Court issued the verdict for U.S. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:24:21 +0000 Associated Press 17214 at http://michiganradio.org Marine veteran gets 10-year sentence in Iran Consultant says Flint needs to charge more for water and sewer service http://michiganradio.org/post/consultant-says-flint-needs-charge-more-water-and-sewer-service <p>Flint’s water customers may need to prepare to pay more for their tap water.</p><p></p><p>A consultant is recommending the city plan on annual rate hikes for the foreseeable future.</p><p></p><p>Flint’s aging water system has endured more than a hundred water main breaks since New Year’s Day. The city is also planning on replacing water service from Detroit by tapping into the Flint River and eventually a new pipeline that would reach Lake Huron.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:41:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 17199 at http://michiganradio.org Consultant says Flint needs to charge more for water and sewer service Share Art Project brings together juvenile offenders and artists http://michiganradio.org/post/share-art-project-brings-together-juvenile-offenders-and-artists <p></p><p>How do we really get through to kids who are headed down the path to trouble?</p><p>There is a group of artists in the Flint area that believes the answer is spoken word and visual art.</p><p>The Share Art Project has been bringing artists together with young offenders. It's a collaborative effort among artists at the Buckham Gallery, students and the Genesee Valley Regional Center.</p><p>Shellie Spivack is a Buckham board member who chairs the program, and she joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p><em><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">*Support for Arts and culture coverage on Stateside comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:11:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 17189 at http://michiganradio.org Share Art Project brings together juvenile offenders and artists Stateside for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-april-8-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A former Republican state representative says he was on the "wrong side of history" when he opposed same-sex marriage during his time in Lansing 10 years ago. On today's show, Chris Ward, former representative from Genoa County talked about the gay marriage ban and the future of the Republican Party.</span></p><p>Then, we spoke with a very talented Flint rapper about his music and raising the profile of the Flint community.</p><p><br />We heard from writer Deidre Stevens about the Ca-Choo Club, a very unique way to attract allergy sufferers to Sault Ste. Marie.</p><p>Also, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">s Michigan's Aug. 5 primary and November election draw closer, there are some very tight races shaping up. W</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ho are the voters who could most influence the outcome of these races, depending upon whether they stay home or go to the polls?</span></p><p>First on the show, y<span style="line-height: 1.5;">esterday was the deadline to file objections to the disclosure statement spelling out Detroit's plan to climb out of its bankruptcy hole.</span></p><p>And yes, objections poured in – long lists of objections to the disclosure statement.</p><p>Detroit News reporter Chad Livengood joined us today to tell us who's objecting, why, and what comes next.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:10:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 17150 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Flint singer/songwriter Tunde Olaniran creates fresh new music http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-singersongwriter-tunde-olaniran-creates-fresh-new-music <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Don't make the mistake of thinking that fresh new music – rap, electronic and more – comes out of Detroit.</span></p><p>Listen to what's coming out of Flint.</p><p>Tunde Olaniran is a Flint artist: singer, songwriter, rapper, electropop, rock. Tunde is attracting lots of attention, including a glowing review in the New York Times for his new EP, Yung Archetype.</p><p>Tunde Olaniran joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:50:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 17147 at http://michiganradio.org Flint singer/songwriter Tunde Olaniran creates fresh new music Flint denied federal grant to pay for firefighters http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-denied-federal-grant-pay-firefighters <p></p><p>The city of Flint will not be getting a major federal grant that would have paid to keep many city firefighters on the job.</p><p></p><p>The Federal Emergency Management Agency has turned down Flint’s request for a nearly $8 million SAFER grant. The city has used two previous <a href="http://www.fema.gov/staffing-adequate-fire-emergency-response-grants">SAFER grants</a> to pay dozens of firefighters.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:53:36 +0000 Steve Carmody 17139 at http://michiganradio.org Flint denied federal grant to pay for firefighters Flint leaders to consider proposed 7-point plan to fix city's problems http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-leaders-consider-proposed-7-point-plan-fix-citys-problems <p>The Flint city council is expected to consider a plan tonight that may lead the city out from under state oversight.</p><p></p><p>Flint has had a series of state appointed Emergency Managers, dating back to 2002 under Governor Engler.</p><p></p><p>Darnell Earley is the current man in the job. He's outlined a seven- point plan to prepare the city to transition back to local control for the first time since 2011.</p><p></p><p>Earley’s plan includes addressing Flint’s deficit, legacy costs and strategic planning.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17122 at http://michiganradio.org Flint leaders to consider proposed 7-point plan to fix city's problems Warming temperatures may cause more water main breaks in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/warming-temperatures-may-cause-more-water-main-breaks-michigan <p>Temperatures across Michigan today are rising into the 50’s.</p><p></p><p>Warmer temperatures are expected to cause headaches for local water systems.</p><p></p><p>Water mains could break as surrounding ground thaws.</p><p></p><p>Flint is dealing with 30 to 40 water main breaks at any one time.</p><p></p><p>Howard Croft is Flint’s Public Works director.</p><p></p><p>He expects the number of water main breaks will increase this week…</p><p></p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17033 at http://michiganradio.org Warming temperatures may cause more water main breaks in Michigan Flint to pressure water customers to pay their overdue bills http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-pressure-water-customers-pay-their-overdue-bills <p>Flint officials will soon be more aggressive about getting people and businesses to pay their water bills.</p><p></p><p>Right now, the Flint water department is dealing with 30 to 40 water main breaks at any one time. That’s primarily the fault of the brutal winter weather.</p><p></p><p>But the water department has another problem and it has to do with inflow of cash.</p><p></p><p>Emergency manager Darnell Earley says the city is going to start putting more pressure on homeowners and businesses with delinquent water bills.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17013 at http://michiganradio.org Flint to pressure water customers to pay their overdue bills Metal theft bill hung up despite push by legislative leaders http://michiganradio.org/post/metal-theft-bill-hung-despite-push-legislative-leaders <p> LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Five years after Michigan targeted copper thefts plaguing cities like Detroit and disrupting railroads and utilities, plans to better restrict sales of stolen scrap metal are caught in a legislative fight.<br /><br />Lawmakers are generally in agreement over giving law enforcement more tools to crack down on the problem.<br /><br />But a provision to make people wait three days for payment for copper wire, air conditioners and catalytic converters is angering scrap buyers and dividing legislators.<br /> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:12:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16860 at http://michiganradio.org Metal theft bill hung up despite push by legislative leaders Records may fall with the snow this week in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/records-may-fall-snow-week-michigan <p>All-time snowfall records could be broken this week in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>A storm blowing through the state tonight is expected to dump two to eight inches of snow.</p><p></p><p>What’s on the line this week may very well be bragging rights for generations of people in Flint and Detroit.</p><p></p><p>Flint is just about five inches short of its all-time snowiest winter. 82.9 inches fell during the winter of 1974-75. So far this winter, Flint has been buried under 77.3 inches of snow.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:43:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 16816 at http://michiganradio.org Records may fall with the snow this week in Michigan Same-sex marriage, war against blight in Flint and Obama's budget proposal make political headlines http://michiganradio.org/post/same-sex-marriage-war-against-blight-flint-and-obamas-budget-proposal-make-political-headlines <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockely discuss<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/fight-same-sex-marriage-continues"> the trial</a> challenging Michigan's same-sex marriage ban, the mayor of Flint's proposal to fight blight in the city, and what President Obama's budget proposal could mean for Michigan.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:34:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 16720 at http://michiganradio.org Same-sex marriage, war against blight in Flint and Obama's budget proposal make political headlines Flint mayor Dayne Walling talks 'state of the city' http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-mayor-dayne-walling-talks-state-city <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px;">Today we looked at Flint Mayor Dayne Walling’s annual state of the city speech. He gave his speech yesterday and we got him on the phone today.</span></p><p><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px;">*Listen to the interview above.</span></em></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:13:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 16714 at http://michiganradio.org Flint mayor Dayne Walling talks 'state of the city' In this morning's headlines: War on blight in Flint, Great Lakes 90% ice cover, ban term 'retarded' http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-war-blight-flint-great-lakes-90-ice-cover-ban-term-retarded <p><strong>Flint mayor declares war on blight</strong></p><p>"Flint Mayor Dayne Walling is calling for a $70 million "war on blight" to help tear down nearly 6,000 buildings in the financially troubled city. Walling made the declaration Monday in his State of the City speech," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Great Lakes 90% covered with ice</strong></p><p>All of the Great Lakes combined have 90% ice cover. According to the<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140303/NEWS06/303030093/great-lakes-ice-cover-record-ontario"> Detroit Free Press</a>, "that's the most ice cover in 34 years."</p><p><strong>Lawmakers want to ban term "retard" from state law</strong></p><p>"Michigan lawmakers are looking to remove the terms 'mental retardation' and 'mentally retarded' from state law. Bipartisan bills would strike references to outdated language such as 'retarded' from various statutes and instead use terms such as 'developmentally disabled' or 'intellectually disabled'," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:48:22 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16700 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: War on blight in Flint, Great Lakes 90% ice cover, ban term 'retarded' Flint mayor says state lawmakers should boost revenue sharing http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-mayor-says-state-lawmakers-should-boost-revenue-sharing <p>Flint’s mayor says his and other Michigan cities need more revenue sharing dollars from the state.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Dayne Walling delivered Flint’s “State of the City” speech yesterday. Walling outlined a lot of plans for Flint's future. But he says, without more money from the state, delivering basic services will continue to be a struggle.</p><p></p><p>“Our local communities were the ones that took the longest, most permanent cuts. And we need to be first in line,” says Walling.</p><p></p><p>But revenue sharing does not appear to be high on the legislative agenda in Lansing.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:58:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16698 at http://michiganradio.org Flint mayor says state lawmakers should boost revenue sharing Flint police turning to donors to meet needs http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-police-turning-donors-meet-needs <p>The Flint Police Department is taking a new approach to solving one of its biggest problems: money.</p><p></p><p>Flint’s declining tax base has meant deep cuts to the city’s police department for well over a decade. The result has been fewer police officers working with increasingly aging equipment.</p><p></p><p>The new Flint Police Foundation is intended to help fill the gap between the department’s needs and what its budget will allow.</p><p></p><p>The foundation will search for donors who can either provide cash or equipment.</p><p></p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16669 at http://michiganradio.org Flint police turning to donors to meet needs The people working to grow the biking culture in Flint and Marquette http://michiganradio.org/post/people-working-grow-biking-culture-flint-and-marquette <p>Cities like Ann Arbor, Portland, and Seattle are known for promoting biking in their cities, but biking hasn't found much of a foothold in many traditional Rust Belt cities.</p><p>Some people are trying to change that. Issue Media Group has two pieces profiling those people.</p><p>In their publication Mid-Michigan Second Wave, <a href="http://midmichigan.secondwavemedia.com/features/bikingmid21814.aspx">writer Kelli Kavanaugh&nbsp;looks at this trend in Flint</a>. Kavanaugh&nbsp;spoke with Flint native Andy Stamps who founded the Berston Bicycle Club Project.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:13:36 +0000 Mark Brush 16614 at http://michiganradio.org The people working to grow the biking culture in Flint and Marquette Flint schools require staff to pick up checks http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-schools-require-staff-pick-checks <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - There is no direct deposit this week for teachers and other employees in the Flint school district.<br /><br />They were required to pick up their check in person Friday as the struggling district confirms that it's paying people who actually work. Spokesman Brian Smith tells The Flint Journal it's too early to know if any problems were uncovered.<br /><br />He says there might be legitimate reasons for someone who didn't pick up a check.<br /> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:42:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16560 at http://michiganradio.org Flint schools require staff to pick up checks Flint is now only the 2nd most violent city in America http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-now-only-2nd-most-violent-city-america <p>Flint is no longer the most violent city in America – barely.</p><p></p><p>Flint has topped the FBI’s list of cities of 100,000 or more for per capita violent crime for three years.</p><p></p><p>But FBI statistics for the first six months of 2013 show Oakland, California has passed Flint, though by a very small margin.</p><p></p><p>Flint Police Chief James Tolbert credits a 26% drop in murders, robberies, and aggravated assault on the public stepping forward to provide much-needed information on crimes in the city.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 03:28:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 16519 at http://michiganradio.org Flint is now only the 2nd most violent city in America