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Election 2010
8:25 am
Tue November 2, 2010

Local election results

We've gathered up all the county election results sites in our listening area.

Click here to find your local election results

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News Roundup
8:11 am
Tue November 2, 2010

In this morning's news...

Photo courtesy of Infrogmation/Creative Commons

Election Day

Michigan voters will elect a new Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General and two state Supreme Court justices today. All of the state's fifteen U.S. Congressional seats are also up for election. State elections officials estimate a little less than 4 million of the state's 7 million registered voters will cast ballots. At least 575,000 people have already voted absentee.

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Election 2010
7:09 am
Tue November 2, 2010

It's Election Day

It's Election Day. Voters in Michigan are set to choose many new candidates for top offices.

Voters are set to choose a new governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general. Voters will also choose two state Supreme Court nominees. All of Michigan's fifteen U.S. Congressional seats are also up for election, as well as seats for the state Senate and House.

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Free speech
9:54 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

CMU students listen to and protest lecture of fundamental church members

CMU students protesting the appearance of the Westboro Baptist Church members
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

Members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church spoke to journalism students at Central Michigan University Monday. The church is known for protesting at the funerals of U.S. soldiers. The group was invited to speak to journalism law students about how far free speech is protected by the first amendment.

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ARTS
4:05 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

Writing helps one man heal from some big life changes

Writing helps Hicks "make connections" between his past & present
Courtesy Russ Hicks

Two big changes recently happened to Russ Hicks. His wife Carol was diagnosed with cancer and passed away.

“I tell you right after Carol died I was completely rudderless and almost berserk. There was a time, a week afterward, at work where they said ‘you 'gotta go home and we'll drive you home!'”

Shortly after that, Hicks got laid off from his job of 22 years at a factory warehouse.

“And so here I am, within a year’s time I’d lost my wife and my job.”

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Jobless in Michigan
11:38 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Many Michigan jobless could soon lose their unemployment benefits

 Time is running out again for many Michiganders living on unemployment benefits.

 Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders have spent nearly two years surviving on unemployment checks as the state struggles with a double digit jobless rate.

But time may be running out for those benefits.  Congress has passed several extensions but may not this time. 

Norm Isotello is with the state department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth.    He concedes there is an argument that extended benefits may get in the way of people looking for work...but

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Countdown to Election Day
11:24 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Tuesday's election will lead Michigan to lose 'Seniority' in Congress

Michigan will have at least 4 freshman members of Congress after November’s general election.

But all that new blood means Michigan is losing something special in Washington...seniority.

By January,  Republicans Pete Hoekstra and Vern Ehlers, and Democrats Bart Stupak and Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick will have packed up and moved out of their congressional offices in Washington. 

Hoekstra, Ehlers and Stupak voluntarily retired. Cheeks-Kilpatrick lost her party’s August primary.

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Election 2010
9:47 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Countdown to Election Day

Virg Bernero and Rick Snyder

With one day to go before Election Day, the candidates running for Governor will spend the day traveling around the state getting out their campaign messages.  Democratic nominee Virg Bernero will start his day in Detroit and end it in Lansing.  Republican candidate Rick Sndyer will make stops in Portland and Ann Arbor.

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News Roundup
7:30 am
Mon November 1, 2010

In this morning's news...

Photo by Infrogmation / Creative Commons

Gubernatorial Campaigns in Final Stretch

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Sports & Rec
6:31 pm
Sat October 30, 2010

Rural roads by bike

Rob Pulcipher's "Dirt Road Washtenaw"

I'll be talking with Rob Pulcipher about his new book, "Dirt Road Washtenaw: Biking the Back Roads." He believes dirt roads are the hidden gems of Michigan. Listen for that interview in early November.

Arts
4:40 pm
Sat October 30, 2010

Soup, salad, & micro-funding

Catherine Hadler

Several Detroit artists have started what they call “an experiment in micro-funding.”  Once a month they host a public dinner that costs five dollars. During the dinner, several local groups pitch ideas for a creative project they’d like to do.  Diners vote on the proposals and at the end of the night the winning project takes home the money raised from dinner.

 

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Education
4:20 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

Grand Rapids Public Schools looking for feedback

grpublicschools.org Grand Rapids Public Schools

Michigan's third largest K through 12 school district is in the early stages of forming a new 5 year plan. It'll cover everything from instruction to safety to athletics.

Grand Rapids Public Schools put together its first 5 year vision in February of 2009. Most of the goals set then have already been met or are being implemented. So they're looking to the community to help figure out how to keep the momentum going.

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Arts
3:34 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

New program trains arts leaders in Grand Rapids area

Modern dance company Wellspring celebrates its 30th anniversary this year
Amelia Falk Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers

35 arts organizations in west Michigan have been picked to be part of a new two-year training program run by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The goal of the program is to teach arts leaders how to fundraise better and attract new board members, among other things.

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Countdown to Election Day
2:38 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

Tea Party Express rallies conservative voters in Michigan

Tea Party members attend a pre-election rally in Jackson, Michigan
(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

The Tea Party Express roadshow is making several stops today in Michigan in hope of energizing conservative voters before next week’s election.

 About 500 people crowded a vacant lot in downtown Jackson for the event which was part political rally and part fundraiser.

The tea party vote could be critical in several close congressional and state legislative races next week.

Tea Party Express chairwoman Amy Kramer says establishment Republicans and Democrats are underestimating the movement.  

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Election 2010
8:39 am
Fri October 29, 2010

Statewide GOP candidates to rally in Oakland County today

Once Chance to Victory Rally Flyer
Photograph Courtesy of migop.org

Republican candidate for Governor Rick Snyder will campaign today at an Oakland County rally.  Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are expected to attend.  The Oakland Country Press reports other statewide Republican candidates including Attorney General candidate Bill Schuette, Secretary of State Candidate Ruth Johnson and Lt.

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Election 2010
8:27 am
Fri October 29, 2010

New Poll Shows Snyder Continues to Lead Bernero

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Rick Snyder
Photo by MBisanz/Creative Commons

With four days to go before Election Day, a new EPIC-MRA poll shows continued support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder over his opponent Democrat Virg Bernero.  The poll shows 55% of those surveyed support Snyder to Bernero's 37%.  4% were undecided. 

News Roundup
7:14 am
Fri October 29, 2010

In this morning's news...

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GM to Rehire Workers

General Motors plans to rehire workers to build a new small Cadillac at the company's Grand River Assembly plant in Lansing. CEO Dan Ackerson says that will mean the brand will have a small car to compete head-to-head with other smaller cars built by Mercedes and Lexus. 600 workers will be rehired at the plant; the automaker will invest $190 million to accommodate the new production.

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Juvenile Crime
3:31 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Study shows fewer crimes commited by Grand Rapids youth

The Grand Rapids Juvenile Offense Index Report was released Thursday. It was produced by Our Community's Children (a partnership between the city and Grand Rapids Public Schools) with Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Police.

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Halloween & Arson
3:07 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Flint preps for Devils Night

An abandoned home in Flint burns
(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

Flint city leaders are working with neighborhood watch groups and others to prevent an outbreak of arson fires this weekend. 

Flint firefighters have battled dozens of suspicious fires in abandoned homes for months.

 City leaders are concerned arsonists may step up their activity this Halloween weekend.

 Police officer Tanya Meeks is the liaison officer between the Flint police department and local volunteer groups.

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The politics of music
12:54 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

An update on the Detroit Symphony Orchestra strike

DSO musicians perform at a church in Bloomfield Hills to raise support for the strike
Jennifer Guerra Michigan Radio

There’s a big fight going on at Orchestra Hall. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians have been on strike for nearly a month, and they say management's proposed cuts are unreasonable. Haden McKay, a DSO cellist, calls it "the most extreme attack that’s ever been made on an orchestra in the United States."

The DSO is one of the top ten orchestras in the country, but it's saddled with a multi-million budget deficit. Both sides agree that cuts need to be made, but that's about all they agree on. Here's where things stand:

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