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Justice
12:16 pm
Fri November 26, 2010

The Michigan Supreme Court orders the release of a man who planned a killing spree

Andrew Osantowski
(courtesy the Michigan Department of Corrections)

The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered the release on parole of a 23 year old man who plotted a killing spree when he was in high school. The Macomb County prosecutor opposed the release of Andrew Osantowski.



Osantowski was convicted of plotting to murder students and a security officer when he was 17 years old. He was caught after detailing his plan on an internet chat room. A police raid on his home turned up guns, ammunition, and material for making pipe bombs.


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Offbeat
1:51 pm
Thu November 25, 2010

Thousands in need served hot Thanksgiving meal in Grand Rapids

Volunteers serve Thanksgiving at DeVos Place
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

More than 600 volunteers served people in need a hot Thanksgiving meal today in Grand Rapids. Thousands of homeless, elderly, sick and downtrodden came for the feast.

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Crisis in Korea
1:14 pm
Thu November 25, 2010

Stabenow: We need to watch North Korea closely

Michigan US Senator Debbie Stabenow says the Obama administration is handling the volatile Korean situation well. 


North Korea bombed a South Korea fishing village this week, prompting South Korea to fire back. 


This weekend, US and South Korean naval forces are planning a joint exercise off the North Korean coast.  


Stabenow says it’s important for the US not to back down.

Jobless benefits extension
12:55 pm
Thu November 25, 2010

Kildee: Congress will pass jobless benefit extension

Michigan congressman Dale Kildee expects congress will approve extending jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed next week. 


An extension would allow people who’ve been receiving jobless benefits for more than 26 weeks to continue to receive financial aid.   The current extension expires next Wednesday.    Hundreds of thousands of unemployed Michiganders will stop receiving unemployment checks unless an extension is approved. 

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Arts/Culture
11:51 am
Thu November 25, 2010

Detroit's Thanksgiving Day Parade draws big crowds

Thousands line up to see floats, marching bands, giant balloons and more at Detroit's annual Thanksgiving parade
Jennifer Guerra Michigan Radio

Detroit held its 48th annual America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Thousands of people lined up along Woodward Avenue to celebrate. 

People came from Detroit, the suburbs, Muskegon, I even talked to somebody from Marquette, MI. All of them came in for the parade. For a lot of them it’s a family tradition. They’re here for the clowns, the floats, and the marching bands.

Lisa Greleski and her son, Adam, has been coming here for the last 3 years.

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Arts/Culture
5:05 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

State lawmaker says Detroit Institute of Arts millage proposal is "not a good fit" for Detroit Symphony Orchestra

The DSO musicians have been on strike since Oct. 4
Jennifer Guerra Michigain Radio

The Michigan House could vote on a bill next week that would allow voters to approve a millage for the Detroit Institute of Arts. A state representative from metro Detroit looked into whether the struggling Detroit Symphony Orchestra could be added to the bill.

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Flint's budget woes
4:18 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

Flint police officers will not get layoff notices this week

Flint police officers will not be getting layoff notices this week after all. 


 50 city workers are expected to lose their jobs to help ease the city’s budget crisis.


 But Flint mayor Dayne Walling says there will be no layoff notices sent to city police officers or firefighters this week.   He says layoff notices will be sent to Flint public safety employees after the holiday weekend, though contract talks with the city’s police officers continue.  

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GM invests more for Chevy Volt
4:11 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

UAW celebrates new GM investment in Flint and Bay City

General Motors formally announced today that it is investing more than 160 million dollars in plants in Flint, Bay City and in Defiance, Ohio.


 The three plants produce components for the Chevy Volt, Cruze and a third unnamed Chevrolet small car.


 Bill Jordan says GM’s announcement is an early "Christmas present.”   Jordan is the president of United Auto Workers local 599.    He says GM’s investment shows workers are doing the job right. 

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Politics
2:04 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

Lessenberry: the week in state politics

Glass floor inside the Michigan Capitol
Lester Graham Michigan Radio

Censure from Michigan's Supreme Court

This week, for the first time in state history, the Michigan Supreme Court publicly rebuked a former justice for violating court confidentiality. Former Justice Elizabeth Weaver was rebuked by the court for secretly taping deliberations and later making them public. Lessenberry says Weaver had been feuding for years with her fellow justices until she resigned this past summer after making a deal with Governor Granholm.

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Science/Medicine
12:56 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

Supporters push state senate to take up bill that would expand autism coverage

Brian Calley
Gophouse.com

Supporters are pushing the Michigan legislature to pass a bill that would expand health care coverage for autism treatment before the measure dies at the end of the lame duck session. The bills would force health insurance companies to offer coverage for behavioral therapies for autism.

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Food
11:36 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Produce in the Motor City (audio slide show)

Inside the Detroit Produce Terminal
Kate Davidson Changing Gears

Changing Gears reporter Kate Davidson put together this look at the Detroit Produce Terminal. The Terminal was built in 1929 by a railroad company. Produce was shipped in by rail and wholesalers bid on it at an auction. The Terminal has changed but there is still a lot of action in the building, including fights over cauliflower.

Entertainment
10:01 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Jeff Daniels: What I'm thankful for

Michigan Radio's Jenn White and actor and musician Jeff Daniels in Studio East at Michigan Radio
Eliot Johnson Michigan Radio

Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow, and it's a time to reflect on what we're all thankful for this year.

Actor and Musician Jeff Daniels stopped by the Michigan Radio studios this week to talk about why he calls Michigan home, the importance of the arts in the state and what he is thankful for. His answer might surprise you.

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Politics
6:20 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Ottawa County consolidates two elected offices

Tight budgets are forcing local governments across the state to do more with less. That's easier said than done - even in traditionally fiscally conservative areas. Straight ticket republican voters in Ottawa County outnumbered their democratic counterparts 4 to 1 in the last election. Many self-described-fiscal-conservatives spoke out against the plan. They don't think the consolidation will save the county as much money as expected and worry services will suffer.


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Thanksgiving
4:49 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Michigan State Police stepping up patrols for Thanksgiving

 


 


Michigan State Police are stepping up highway patrols this evening as the Thanksgiving rush picks up.


 


Sergeant Jill Bennett is with the state police Traffic Safety Division. 


 


She says drunk driving has become a major problem on the night before Thanksgiving. 


 “A lot of people don’t understand that St. Patrick’s Day, super bowl Sunday, New Year’s Eve are not the busiest bar nights of the year…the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is." says Bennett. 


 

Flint's budget woes
3:51 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Layoff notices going out in Flint

 


The city of Flint has started sending out layoff notices to city employees.
But so far, none of the notices have gone out to those who work in public safety.
The city of Flint is wrestling with an estimated 5 million dollar short fall in this year’s city budget.    The mayor wants the city’s unions to absorb about half of that deficit with double digit wage and benefit concessions.

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Foster care
2:05 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Michigan families, children celebrate National Adoption Day

Susan Wares adopted her three grandkids
Jennifer Guerra Michigan Radio

Families across the country are celebrating the addition of new family members as part of National Adoption Day on Nov. 23.

Nearly 30 Michigan counties are holding Adoption Day events.

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Black Friday Shopping
11:33 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Shopping on the menu for Thanksgiving

Michigan retailers are optimistic that holiday sales will be better this year.

The first real test comes this week. 

 Thanksgiving is such a pivotal time for Michigan retailers many aren’t waiting for their customers to finish their turkey dinners.

K-Mart, Sears and other retailers plan to be open on Thanksgiving day.   Many other stores, like Banana Republic and the Gap will open their doors Thursday night.

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Economy
10:29 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Michigan to stop taking extended unemployment applications

Unemployment benefits will run out for millions of Americans this spring if Congress doesn't extend the unemployment insurance program (an unemployment line in California in 2007).
Michael Raphael Flickr

The Associated Press reports that the state "will stop taking new extended unemployment benefit applications after Saturday because Congress has failed to renew the program."

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Got Weeds?
10:08 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Rent-a-Goat

Some members of the Goat Mowers team.
(Photo by Lindsey Smith)

If you’ve got a large piece of land that’s overgrown with weeds and brush, you could bring in big lawnmowers and bushhogs. But if you want something a little more low-key… you could rent a goat. Tanya Ott brings us the story of one Michigan couple who've built a business on landscaping with goats.  

Special thanks to Lindsey Smith for her help with this story.

Business
3:09 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Grand Rapids bar owner wants to 'monetize' the Titanic

RMS Titanic at the docks
author unknown creative commons

Chris Knape has a piece in the Grand Rapids Press about hedge fund manager and bar owner, Mark Sellers.

Sellers moved back to Grand Rapids around three years ago where he owns the bars Hopcat, Stella’s Lounge and Viceroy.

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