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7:40 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Detroit banktruptcy trial begins today

Detroit’s historic bankruptcy case is entering the home stretch.

The crucial, final trial phase begins today in a Detroit courtroom.

It will decide the fate of a plan to wipe out billions of dollars in debt and help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy a new, revitalized city.

But some big creditors are fighting to the end.

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Health
5:58 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Michigan schools will have new tool to respond to allergic reactions

At least two staffers in each school building must be trained to use the pen-like device that helps relieve severe allergic reactions to things like peanuts or bee stings.

Starting this fall, Michigan schools are required to have epinephrine injectors ready in case students suffer an allergic reaction.

Until now, students with known allergies to bee stings, peanuts and other foods could have their own epi-pens.  

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Politics & Government
6:05 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Labor Day: End of Summer, Beginning of election campaign season

Democrat Mark Schauer talks with a union member before Detroit's 2014 Labor Day parade
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Labor Day is the unofficial end of Summer.

For politicians, Labor Day is also seen as the unofficial beginning of the final campaign stretch toward the November election.   The election is little more than two months away.     

Many Michigan politicians spent the Labor Day holiday walking in parades and shaking a lot of hands.        

For Democrats, the place to be Monday was in or around the annual Labor Day parade in Detroit.

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Auto
3:51 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Auto industry, regulators prepare for "mid-term review" of CAFE

Ford's three-cylinder Ecoboost engine. Ford's strategy to meet new fuel economy standards includes smaller engines and lightweighting.
Credit Ford Motor Company

To most of us, 2017 is three years away.

To the auto industry, it's just around the corner.  The fast-paced industry develops its vehicles three to five years ahead of when they will be on the market.

So, there's already a lot of talk about what's going to happen during the midterm review in 2017.

That's when everyone gets together to determine if the nation's ambitious new fuel economy standards for the years 2022-2025 are technologically feasible - without making vehicles so expensive we can't afford them, or so impractical we don't want them. 

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Politics & Government
3:21 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Flint searches for city manager

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Flint’s search for a city manager begins in earnest Sept. 1.

Emergency manager Darnell Earley wants to hire a city manager to serve as a bridge from state oversight of the city. He hopes to choose someone by December.

“I’ve already had some preliminary conversations with some executive recruitment firms,” says Earley. “Although we’re going to do this in-house, I’m going to beg and plead as much as I can for assistance to get that word out so that we can cast the widest net we possibly can.”

A Flint city manager would be joining the city at a time of major change.

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Law
1:53 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Annual homicides in Detroit could fall below 300

Homicides in Detroit were down 20% from the same period last year, according to police stats released back in June.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

For the first time in years, Detroit Police say the city is on track to have fewer than 

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Economy
1:52 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Vice President Biden uses Labor Day speech to call for "a fair share" for workers

Vice President Joe Biden talking to a Labor Day crowd in Detroit. UAW Pres. Dennis Williams listens.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Vice President Joe Biden repeatedly raised the issue of income inequality during a speech before the start of today’s Labor Day parade in Detroit.

Thousands of union workers packed the grounds of Old Tiger Stadium at Michigan and Trumbull to hear the Vice President speak. Biden was flanked on stage by  Teamsters President James P. Hoffa and United Auto Workers president Dennis Williams.  

Biden lashed out at corporations and the wealthy who make millions of dollars while union workers continue to struggle.

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Politics & Government
1:50 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

November election on minds of Detroit Labor Day parade marchers

A heavy downpour failed to dampen the spirits of thousands of union members marching in Detroit's annual Labor Day parade
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Thousands of union workers marched down Michigan Avenue today as part of Detroit’s annual Labor Day parade.

Just as the parade was getting started, a heavy downpour drenched the marchers as they stepped off from Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Street.

But the crowd’s passions remained enflamed by speeches from state union leaders, like SEIU president Marge Robinson, who attacked Governor Rick Snyder for signing Right to Work legislation.

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Business
1:48 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Report: Many Michiganders struggling to make ends meet

Waitresses, home care workers and others who are the backbone of Michigan economy fall short of having enough money to meet their basic survival needs.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Many Michiganders are working hard this Labor Day weekend and still not making ends meet.

According to a new report, 4 in 10 Michigan households meet the definition of “asset-limited, income constrained, employed” – or ALICE for short.

Scott Dzurka is the CEO of the Michigan Association of United Ways. He says these people are waitresses, home care workers and others who are the backbone of the Michigan economy. He says ALICE households fall short of having enough money to meet their basic survival needs. 

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That's What They Say
1:08 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Cracking wise: A word with so many meanings

Credit Michigan Radio

Cracking up is funny, except when it involves going completely to pieces, but cracking down often isn't funny at all. 

University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan hadn't really deeply pondered the many meanings of the word "crack," until Rina Miller mentioned getting a chuckle from a road department's press release about crack sealing, prompting the predictable plumber's butt joke.

What Curzan discovered is that the word goes back to old English, starting as a verb. 

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That's What They Say
12:49 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Even the Romans had their dog days of summer

Credit Michigan Radio

Michiganders didn't really get much of a chance to refer to "the dog days of summer" this year, but what you might not realize is that the expression didn't come from sizzling weather, but from the stars.

University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan says people have come up with some very good explanations that relate to dogs on scorching days.

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That's What They Say
12:37 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Puzzling over plurals: Is it vinyl or vinyls?

Credit Michigan Radio

It appears vinyl records are causing some folks a bit of grammatical angst.

University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan says one of those people experiencing discomfort about the plural of the word "vinyl" is Michigan Radio's Mike Perini, who happens to be an avid music collector.

Curzan says she was surprised to find quite a debate about the word. It's been in newspapers and blogs.

"There are even t-shirts and magnets that say the plural of vinyl is vinyl," she says.

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Business
11:29 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Gradual minimum wage hike set to launch

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

DETROIT (AP) - An increase in Michigan's minimum wage is set to launch, and with it comes a test of whether the gradual rise will help workers, harm businesses or neither.

The first bump comes Monday, when the wage moves up from $7.40 an hour to $8.15. The 25 percent overall raise comes in annual increments, capping at $9.25 in 2018.

It directly affects about 4 percent of the state's roughly 2.5 million hourly workers who earn the minimum wage or lower. It could help some who make more since employers likely will adjust their pay scales.

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Politics & Government
9:52 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Airwaves heat up in race for Michigan governor

Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI)
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Political TV ads are set to escalate in the final two months of the race between Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Democrat Mark Schauer. If the ads that have already run in the contest are any indication, themes will used time and again.

Some charges are inaccurate or lack context the public might find useful. Snyder never cut education funding by $1 billion in his first year. State-based K-12 funding has gone up every year of his term. But he did slash universities' funding and deprive the K-12 school fund of revenue through a business tax cut.

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Law
7:35 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Michigan troopers join traffic safety initiative

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State Police troopers are putting special emphasis on dangerous driving behaviors over Labor Day weekend.

In a news release, the state police say troopers are joining their counterparts from across the country in a traffic safety initiative called Operation C.A.R.E.

Operation C.A.R.E. was formed to deter three causes of highway fatalities: aggressive driving, impaired driving and failure to use restraints.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Leading US Muslim group holding convention in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter has told a group of Muslim Americans in Detroit they should take a role in supporting peace and justice efforts.

Carter delivered the keynote at Saturday's Islamic Society of North America convention at Cobo Center.

The society is among America's leading Muslim groups. The Detroit area has one of the nation's largest Muslim populations.

The Detroit News reports that Carter said he hopes Muslim Americans "will use the principals of Allah to bring peace and justice to all."

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Environment & Science
5:29 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Ohio farmers get more money to combat lake's algae

Credit Lake Improvement Association / Flickr

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The federal government is coming up with more money to help farmers cut down on the fertilizers that are feeding cyanobacteria, sometimes referred to as blue-green algae, in Lake Erie.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio announced Friday that an additional $1 million will go into a program that will give grants to farmers who plant winter crops.

Researchers say winter crops help to stop fertilizers from washing into streams and rivers that flow into Lake Erie.

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Health
5:12 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Michigan small businesses get help navigating health care law changes

A lot of Michigan businesses are set to renew their health insurance plans in the fourth quarter of the year.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is launching a private health insurance marketplace September 1st.

Jason Russell is the senior director of the chamber’s Department of Insurance Services.

He says the intent of the new marketplace is to help small businesses and insurance agents deal with an increasingly complex health insurance landscape under the Affordable Care Act.

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Business
3:30 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Abusive bosses infect entire teams, MSU study claims

The 2011 movie Horrible Bosses had audiences laughing at abusive bosses. But a new MSU study say abusive leaders are a serious problem.

Many Michiganders are enjoying a long weekend away from their abusive bosses.

A new Michigan State University study finds leaders who are verbally abusive to their employees are actually doing more harm than you may think.    

Crystal Fahr is an assistant professor of management in MSU’s Broad College of Business.  She is the lead investigator on the study published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology

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Education
11:29 am
Sat August 30, 2014

EMU upgrades campus security after murder of 2 students

Credit MorgueFile

 

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University is completing security upgrades as students return for fall classes.

The Ann Arbor News reports that the work is aimed at improving campus safety.

The Ypsilanti school is spending $485,000 to upgrade security cameras. Eastern Michigan has more than 500 surveillance cameras on campus. Another $273,000 is being spent on two lighting projects.

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