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Energy
10:43 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Report shows positive trends for wind power in Michigan

Ubly Wind Farm in Huron County
Credit (courtesy Consumers Energy)

Michigan connected more wind farms to the power grid than almost every other state last year, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Michigan added 175 megawatts of wind power in 2013 – more than 46 other states.

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Law
10:01 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Michigan officials break ground for new emergency operations center

State officials break ground on a new State Emergency Operations Center
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

By this time next year, state officials hope to be ready to move in to a new $22-million center to manage Michigan’s future emergencies.   

Ground was broken yesterday for the new State Emergency Operations Center.    The center serves as a command center coordinating various local, state and federal agencies at times of emergency.

The old center has been activated several times in the past 12 months to coordinate the state response to floods, ice storms and other natural disasters.

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Sports
9:28 am
Fri October 24, 2014

U of M extends olive branch to students upset about ticket prices

Hundreds of U of M students took part in a protest on the Ann Arbor campus earlier this fall.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The University of Michigan athletic director is slashing student ticket prices for next fall’s football season.

U of M students were in near revolt earlier this fall, not only because of the school’s struggling football team, but also the higher prices they had to pay to watch a game at the Big House.   

The athletic department has agreed to slash prices for next season.  

The price for a student ticket package for all seven home games next fall will cost a third less than this year. The school’s also working on reduced pricing for students with financial need.

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Opinion
8:37 am
Fri October 24, 2014

UM - MSU football game could be about more than football

President Schlissel might be paying more attention to football this week than usual.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Eighth-ranked Michigan State is favored to beat the struggling Wolverines by more than two touchdowns.

A victory would mark the Spartans’ sixth win over the Wolverines in their last seven games, establishing unquestioned dominance over the state for the first time in 50 years.

Calling your little brother “Little Brother” gets a bit awkward when he keeps kicking your butt. A win would also preserve the Spartans’ hopes of a national title – something no other Big Ten team can realistically claim.

Michigan’s dreams are more modest, but more urgent.

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

The Henry Ford gets a piece of computing history with "Apple-1"

The 1976 Apple-1 purchased by The Henry Ford.
Credit Bonham

The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn has acquired one of the world’s foremost digital artifacts: an Apple-1 computer.

As the first pre-assembled personal computer ever sold, the Apple-1 marked a key moment at the start of the digital age.

The Henry Ford got one of 50 hand-built in 1976 by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak--in fellow co-founder Steve Jobs’s family garage.

Executive Vice President Christian Overland said the Henry Ford’s collection is all about new ideas and innovations--and the Apple-1 fits in perfectly.

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Stateside
10:28 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

DIA rethinks compensation policy after criticisms of pay hikes

The Detroit Institute of Arts
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The DIA was left with egg on its face when news broke of double digit pay increases and $50,000 bonuses doled out to each of its top two executives in 2012, just as the DIA got voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties to say "yes" to a special millage to keep its doors open.

Two years ago, Graham Beal, whose compensation is over half a million dollars a year, got a 13% raise. Annmarie Erickson, the DIA's Chief Operating Officer, got a 36% raise.

Now it seems the firestorm of protest has pushed the DIA to re-think this whole "raise and bonus thing."

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Stateside
10:24 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Why should we care about the decline of newspapers in Michigan?

Credit T. Voekler

 

The latest circulation figures for the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press are out. Where once the Detroit News and Free Press boasted sales of over 600,000 copies a day, the Free Press now has fewer than 200,000 subscribers and the News fewer than 100,000.

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Stateside
10:22 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

MSU vs. UM football weekend: redemption or domination?

Universty of Michigan QB Devin Gardner sacked by Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun during the 2013 MSU-UM football game.
Credit User: Michigan State Spartans / facebook

 

 

The spotlight this week is on one of the deepest college rivalries in sports: Michigan vs. Michigan State.

The Wolverines will travel to Spartan Stadium this Saturday.

Michigan Radio's sports commentator John U. Bacon says the game means "survival" for Michigan. "Michigan has lost 6 out of the last 7 to the 'little brother' -- by the way, calling them little brother gets a bit old when they keep kicking your butt."

But, as Bacon explains, Spartans are just as hungry for this game as the Wolverines. The rivalry is so personal that people from outside the state sometimes don't get it. Plus, if they win this weekend, Spartans will have a real shot for the Big Ten title, a Rose Bowl berth, and even the national title.

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Health
9:51 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Doctor with ties to Detroit tests positive for Ebola

Credit CDC

NEW YORK (AP) - A law enforcement official and a New York City official say a doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus.

The Detroit News identifies the man as Craig Spencer.  The 33-year-old emergency room doctor attended Wayne State’s School of Medicine

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Health
9:12 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Here's why so few people get flu shots

Ow ow ow ow ow....
Credit Lance McCord

Everyone is freaking out about Ebola right now, even though health experts say there is next to no chance of a widespread American outbreak.

But there will be a different outbreak this year that kills children, puts thousands of adults in the hospital, and sickens 10% of our population: the flu.

Yet the Centers for Disease Control says less than half of all Americans actually get

the flu shot, even though it’s safer, cheaper and more accessible than ever before.

So we wondered: why not?

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Transportation
7:16 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

GM posts strong third quarter

General Motors HQ in Detroit
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General Motors made nearly $1.5 billion dollars in the third quarter. That was better than many analysts expected. 

General Motors already put most of the costs of its many recalls on the books in the first and second quarters.  So the third quarter looks much healthier by comparison. 

Strong profits in North America boosted the automaker's performance, driven by increases in truck and large SUV sales. 

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Education
6:49 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Four Detroit colleges share $21 million NIH award

Research Lab
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The National Institutes of Health has made a $21.2 million grant over five years to a group of four Detroit institutions of higher education. 

The University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College,  Wayne  County Community College, and Wayne State University make up the consortium.

The goal of the NIH award is to encourage minority and low income students into biomedical research careers.

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Sports
5:22 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

High contact sports pose risk of drug, alcohol use in teens

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Many parents believe participation in any competitive sport will keep their teenage child from smoking or drinking.  But according to a new  study, they may be in for a disappointment.

A University of Michigan study reports that teens who play sports like  football, wrestling, hockey or lacrosse, are more likely to drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes or marijuana than students who play tennis, run track or swim.

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Politics & Government
3:24 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

As election approaches, anti-foreclosure activists ramp up rhetoric against Trott

Trott's former law firm, Trott & Trott, is accused of using unethical and deceptive practices to foreclose on homes.
Credit Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

Republican candidate for Congress David Trott was the subject of some street theater this week.

Trott is running for the U.S. House seat in Metro Detroit’s 11th district.

He’s also a former co-owner of the Trott & Trott law firm, which specializes in home foreclosure work on behalf of banks. It prospered during the recent housing crisis, foreclosing on up to 80,000 homes in 2009 alone.

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Weekly Political Roundup
3:21 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Can visits from political heavyweights tip the scale in elections?

Mitt Romney
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We’re edging ever closer to the November election and across the country big names in politics have been visiting states to drum up support for different candidates.

Here in Michigan we’ve had visits from:

  • Michelle Obama 
  • Mitt Romney
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Bill Clinton
  • Chris Christie
  • Jeb Bush

Next week President Obama will visit Michigan.

Do these visits really have an impact on local elections?

Or is it more about building political capital for that political heavyweight?

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Opinion
1:01 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

The irrational panic about Ebola is more contagious than the virus itself

I seldom laugh out loud at anything I read, but I did at story in the Detroit News yesterday. The headline said: Snyder: Michigan has 1,000 isolation beds for Ebola. That’s all the proof I needed that, sure enough, we are all going to die. But before you put on your hazmat suit to walk the dog, I want to let you in on a little secret. 

We are indeed all going to die, but not of Ebola. I am frightened of many things, but I am not worried about Ebola in the least. If over the air gambling was legal, I’d happily bet anyone that nobody in Michigan is going to die of Ebola, ever. That is, unless they go to West Africa and come in contact with the body fluids of an infected person, and I’m not planning on that this weekend.

However, there is something that is hazardous to our emotional and mental health, and that is the appearance of any frightening disease close to an election.

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Stateside
12:24 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Charity helps address the financial side effect of breast cancer

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Each October, the nation blooms with pink: It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

The big push is often about awareness, as in "don't forget to get your mammogram" and in raising money for breast cancer research.

But there's a lesser-told side of the breast-cancer story: the financial hardships so many patients endure as they go through treatment.

Molly MacDonald of Oakland County knows this all too well through her own breast cancer experience.

That's why she founded The Pink Fund, a nation-wide organization offering financial aid to breast cancer patients. 

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The Environment Report
12:14 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Resilient Michigan project helps communities prepare for climate change

As part of the Resilient Michigan project, Grand Haven is revising its master plan to consider climate change.
Michigan Municipal League Flickr

Grand Haven is the latest city to consider climate change in its master plan. It’s part of a grant-funded project called Resilient Michigan.

Harry Burkholder is a community planner with the program. He says they’re working with city and township officials to help them prepare for more extreme weather events like heat waves and intense rainstorms.

“A lot of communities are looking at ways to increase pervious pavement on sidewalks and parking lots; ways that you can collect rainwater right from your home or even from your business in large underground cisterns so it doesn’t automatically go into the sewer system,” he says.

Heavy rain events can overload sewer systems and lead to sewage overflows into rivers and lakes.

Resilient Michigan is also working with Monroe, Ludington, St. Joseph and East Jordan.

They’ll be launching a program with the Port Huron community in November, and Burkholder says they have enough grant money to work with one more Michigan community.

Politics & Government
11:13 am
Thu October 23, 2014

More political heavyweights in Michigan, poll updates and 11th hour campaign strategy

Former President Bill Clinton was in Flint on Wednesday, where he spoke to a crowd of hundreds of Democrats.
Credit Jake Neher / MPRN

This Week in Michigan Politics, Emily Fox and Jack Lessenberry discuss what it means for Michigan when big name politicians campaign for local candidates, the outlook for the state’s major races, and what political parties are up to as Nov. 4 draws near.


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Arts & Culture
10:36 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Some art in Detroit and Toledo listed among nation's most endangered

House of Soul, Heidelberg Project, Detroit.
Credit Heidelberg Project

A new report lists public art in Detroit and Toledo among the most endangered in the United States.

The Heidelberg Project in Detroit and the works of Greek-American artist Athena Tacha in Toledo are on the list compiled by the Cultural Landscape Foundation. The group works to preserve and protect notable U.S. landscapes.

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