shoplifting http://michiganradio.org en New law cracks down on Michigan shoplifters http://michiganradio.org/post/new-law-cracks-down-michigan-shoplifters <p>Police and prosecutors in Michigan have a new tool in their collective tool bag to help them punish shoplifters.</p><p>It's no small problem in this country. The National Retail Federation figures retailers lose upwards of $34 billion each year to retail theft or what's called "shrink." More than half of that is caused by sticky-fingered shoppers or dishonest employees, and the NRF figures that costs you up to $500 each year.</p><p>Now, shoplifters in Michigan face the prospect of prison time and fines.</p><p>Shoplifting has been moved up from a misdemeanor to a felony called "Organized retail crime" punishable by up to five years in prison or a fine of $5,000, or both.</p><p>Can we expect this new law to slow down shoplifters? And what about Michigan's already-overcrowded prisons?</p><p>Jeffrey Morenoff is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, and he joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:13:37 +0000 Stateside Staff 14582 at http://michiganradio.org New law cracks down on Michigan shoplifters Stateside for Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-september-25th-2013 <p>So, whatever happened to moderates in politics? It seems everyone is an ideologue and "compromise" is a dirty word. On today's show, we talked to a former Republican leader who says the disappearance of the moderate is becoming a real problem in his party.</p><p>And, we talked with a "genius."</p><p>The MacArther Foundation has announced this year's "genius grants," and one of the 24 who has been recognized as an exceptionally creative individual is from the University of Michigan.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">And, the new Common Core Curriculum does not require that kids learn cursive, but is that really what is best?</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Also, shoplifting is now a felony in Michigan. What does this mean for consumers and shop owners?</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">And, a music student at the University of Michigan will have his work performed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. We talked to him about his piece.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he Michigan Legislature is considering bills that would overhaul auto insurance in the state.</span></p><p>There are several aspects to this. Jake Neher&nbsp;with Michigan Public Radio Network joined us today to help us wade through what has been proposed.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:29:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 14589 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 Some Black Friday bargains at Michigan stores are a real steal http://michiganradio.org/post/some-black-friday-bargains-michigan-stores-are-real-steal <p>Not everyone shopping in Michigan stores this weekend plans to buy.</p><p></p><p>Some plan to steal.</p><p></p><p>The hectic nature of the holiday shopping season makes it easier for shoplifters.</p><p></p><p>Individual shoplifters have always been a headache for Michigan store owners. &nbsp;&nbsp;But Tom Scott with the Michigan Retailers Association says now store owners are having to deal with organized gangs of shoplifters…</p><p></p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 18:56:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 10041 at http://michiganradio.org Some Black Friday bargains at Michigan stores are a real steal