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7:35 am
Thu September 16, 2010

Poll: Snyder continues to lead Bernero

Rick Snyder
Matthew G. Bisanz

A new poll released yesterday shows Republican Rick Snyder leading Democrat Virg Bernero in the race for Governor.  The EPIC-MRA poll surveyed 600 likely voters.  53% of respondents say they support Snyder, 29% favor Bernero and 15% say they are undecided.  The election is November 2nd.

News Roundup
7:19 am
Thu September 16, 2010

In this morning's news headlines...

Foreclosure Numbers Improve

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Arts/Culture
5:52 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

New college scholarship is brewing up north

Artist William Hosner created a portrait of barista Dan Campbell. Sold portraits contribute to a college scholarship fund for baristas.
Jennifer Guerra

It costs a lot of money for Michigan students to go to college. Tuition is up at nearly every Michigan school, and the $4,000 once awarded to students under the state's Promise Scholarship has been cut. As a result, lots of students have to take out loans or work to pay for school.

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Pipeline Hearings
4:40 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Top federal pipeline official skips hearing on Michigan oil spill

A map of pipelines crisscrossing the United States. Leaks, spills and explosions have lead to a call for more regulation.
USDOT

Congress held hearings today on the Enbridge oil spill in Michigan. Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody reports that one top official was conspicuously abset from the hearings. Cynthia Quarterman recused herself from the oil spill hearings, because she used to work for Enbridge Energy Partners.

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Cuisine
2:51 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Chocolate chirp cookies and entomophagy gaining ground

A cricket in Tanzania.
Philip Creative Commons

Some of us have accidentally made a meal of a bug while riding a bike or going on a boat ride.

But there are some people who say by not eating bugs on purpose, we're ignoring an entire food group.

The Wall Street Journal has the latest on entomophagy, or bug eating.

I think it's what sushi was 20 or 30 years ago. Now it's time for bugs.

Jobs
1:49 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Michigan's jobless rate unchanged

Michigan's jobless rate remained steady from July to August.  The state umployment rate was 13.1%   The nation's August unemployment rate was 9.6%, up from 9.5% in July.  Michigan has the nation's second highest jobless rate.  Nevada has the highest.

Detroit Fires
1:24 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Commission to investigate response time in Detroit fires

The Detroit Fire Department responds to a fire on August 13th. The Department and DTE Energy is under scrutiny for their response to the Detroit fires on September 7th, 2010.
Patricia Drury

Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett reports that the Michigan Public Service Commission is "launching an investigation into
DTE Energy's role in the fires that swept through parts of Detroit last week."

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Pipeline Problems
12:39 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Leaking and exploding pipelines bad for business

The 6B oil pipeline near Marshall, Michigan. Workers have repaired the pipeline that spilled close to a million gallons of crude oil. Enbridge Energy Partners, the company that owns the pipeline, is waiting to get the o.k. from the government to ...
USEPA Region 5

The last few weeks have not been good for pipeline companies.  Coming off a summer that included the mother of all oil spills you had...

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Kalamazoo Oil Spill
12:16 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Enbridge officials testify before Congressional Panel

Officials at Enbridge Energy are testifying before a House panel this afternoon in DC.  They're being questioned about their pipeline that broke in July near Marshall, MI and leaked more than 800,000 gallons of oil.

Asian Carp
11:21 am
Wed September 15, 2010

Granholm to meet "Asian Carp Czar"

The Bighead Asian Carp found in Lake Calumet
REUTERS/Illinois Department of Natural Resources/Handout

Governor Granholm is part of a delegation from the Great Lakes region that is meeting today with officials from the Obama administration. They're meeting in D.C. to discuss how to keep the invasive Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes.

The meeting also includes Governor Ted Strickland of Ohio and John Goss, the White House's newly appointed "Asian Carp Czar."

Officials from the Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies will also attend.

Hollywood in Michigan
10:39 am
Wed September 15, 2010

The celebrities are coming, the celebrities are coming...

Hollywood, California
Jon Sullivan

As more companies claim Michigan's film tax incentives, more and more celebrities are being seen around the state. Celebrities like David Arquette are tweeting about Michigan sunsets or talking about the state's hot spots. But, Michigan is still experiencing the economic doldrums.

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Election 2010: Debate-gate
10:34 am
Wed September 15, 2010

Lessenberry: Bernero crashing Snyder's town hall was "politically brilliant"

Michigan Radio's Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry
Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio's political analyst Jack Lessenberry says Democratic candidate for Governor Virg Bernero's crashing of GOP nominee Rick Snyder's town hall meeting on Monday evening was, "politically brilliant."

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News Roundup
7:33 am
Wed September 15, 2010

In this morning's news...

Pipeline Execs To Be Grilled

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News Roundup
7:22 am
Tue September 14, 2010

In this morning's news...

Christmas Day Bomber to Represent Himself

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Election 2010
8:29 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Debate-gate

 

It appears Democratic candidate for Governor Virg Bernero and GOP nominee Rick Snyder aren't any closer to debating before the November election.  Discussions between the two campaigns about debate-specifics (including where and when) have broken down.  This news, of course, has many political observers across the state adding their two cents about 'debate-gate.' Here's a rundown of what they're saying:

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News Roundup
6:52 am
Mon September 13, 2010

In this morning's news...

Debates Continue (About Debates)

It seems Democratic candidate for Governor Virg Bernero and GOP nominee Rick Snyder aren't any closer to debating before Election Day. Discussions over scheduling the debates have broken down between the two campaigns and Bernero is now asking Michigan TV stations to host debates. Bernero says he'd show up to the debates, and hopes Snyder would too.

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Schools
2:50 pm
Fri September 10, 2010

6 thoughts from our extended school year discussion

A student in Japan. The school year in Japan has three terms, separated by holidays in spring and winter, a summer break that lasts for one month.
Mehan Creative Commons

Governor Grahom recently aired the idea of an extended school year for Michigan students. She says U.S. students are at a disadvantage globally. So how often are kids in other countries in school?

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Student Loans
10:08 am
Fri September 10, 2010

Student loan debt outpaces credit card debt

It costs a lot of money to go to college.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

We collectively owe around $828 billion in revolving credit debt (that includes credit card debt), according to the latest numbers from the Federal Reserve.

Now, a column in the Detroit Free Press is reporting that for the first time ever, student loan debt has outstripped  revolving credit debt, coming in at $850 billion.

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News Roundup
8:33 am
Fri September 10, 2010

In this morning's news...

Temporary Ban on Federal Funds for Stem Cell Research Lifted

As Michigan Radio's Rina Miller reports, many Michigan scientists are welcoming news that an appeals court lifted a temporary ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Scientists working on stem cells have been under a cloud of uncertainty since President George W. Bush vetoed legislation that would have expanded the research.

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Legislation
1:08 pm
Thu September 9, 2010

Roadside Drug Testing Coming to a Town Near You?

A proposal would allow Michigan police to use new, portable drug testing kits when they suspect a motorist is under the influence of substances other than alcohol.

Legislation to allow the roadside drug tests was introduced Wednesday in the state House.

The bills would create guidelines for using a preliminary oral drug test during a traffic stop. Republican state Rep. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge says police could know within minutes whether a driver is high on drugs, similar to tests for alcohol that have been given at roadside traffic stops for years.

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