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Protest
11:28 am
Tue September 28, 2010

NASA scientist arrested in D.C.

NASA scientist James Hansen being arrested in front of the White House
Rainforest Action Network Creative Commons

NASA Scientist James Hansen has been arrested in front of the White House. Hansen was participating in a protest against mountaintop removal coal mining. The Associated Press covered Hansen's arrest. The article said Hansen issued a statement saying mountaintop removal...

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Investigative
12:00 am
Tue September 28, 2010

New gas drilling raises pollution concerns: Part 2

A natural gas line in northern Michigan.
Lester Graham

Environmentalists are concerned drilling for new sources of natural gas in Michigan could contaminate water. They're basing that on reports from other states that blame a new method of drilling for contaminating their water.

This new kind of drilling is called horizontal hydraulic fracturing. Until recently in Michigan, it was only used in vertical wells. Drill down, pump water, sand and chemicals at high pressure into a layer of shale, fracture it and release the natural gas trapped there.

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Investigative
12:00 am
Mon September 27, 2010

Companies buy up drilling rights in Michigan: Part 1

A horizontal drilling rig in Appalachia
Creative Commons photo by user Meridithw

Michigan could be seeing the beginning of a new boom in drilling for natural gas. Leases for drilling rights are going for unheard of prices in northern-lower Michigan.

Drilling for natural gas in Michigan is not new. The first natural gas production began in the 1930s according to the Michigan Public Service Commission. Since then we've seen drilling booms come and go.

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ELECTION 2010
12:05 pm
Fri September 24, 2010

The candidates for governor take YOUR questions next week

Next week we'll be airing special, live call-in shows with the candidates running for governor.  On Monday, from 9-10AM we'll hear from Democratic candidate Virg Bernero.  On Friday, also from 9-10AM, we'll hear from Republican nominee Rick Snyder.  Rick Pluta, the Michigan Public Radio Newtork's Lansing Bureau Chief, will host.  You can call-in and ask your questions at (877) 952-7870.

Weather
9:29 am
Fri September 24, 2010

The big chill coming to Michigan

The weather turns today
Piccolo Namek Creative Commons

Fall officially began on the 22nd. So far we've been treated with the Harvest Moon and warm weather. My kids even broke out the inflatable pool on Wednesday. They splashed around for 5 minutes before they gave up and asked for towels.

Health Insurance Changes
5:38 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

Health care consumer protections take effect today

President Barack Obama marks changes in health care laws at the Brayshaw residence in Falls Church, Va., Sept. 22, 2010
White House

New census data says 16.7% of Americans are without health insurance:

The number of people without health insurance coverage rose from 46.3 million in 2008 to 50.7 million in 2009

But starting today, that will change for many without coverage, including young adults and kids with pre-existing conditions.

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ArtPrize 2010
9:26 am
Thu September 23, 2010

ArtPrize takes over Grand Rapids

ArtPrize visitors check out a piece titled "Vision" by David Spriggs, at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Dustin Dwyer

ArtPrize opened in Grand Rapids yesterday.  The huge art competition runs until October 10th.  There are some 1,700 artists competing for this year's prize.  As Dustin Dywer reports, just like last year, the winner will be decided by popular vote.

News Roundup
7:05 am
Thu September 23, 2010

In this morning's headlines...

Regulators Give OK to Enbridge's Plan to Restart Pipeline

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Pigs in our space
11:41 am
Wed September 22, 2010

This little piggy went wild

The Wild Boar is an ancestor of the domestic pig. They're not native to the U.S.
Photo by Richard Bartz Creative Commons

Peter Payette from Interlochen Public Radio filed a report on wild pigs with the Environment Report this week.

Pigs and boars can escape from farms and game ranches and cause problems in an ecosystem. The problem is especially bad in southern states.

Check out this video about the problem in Texas:

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News Roundup
7:46 am
Wed September 22, 2010

In this morning's news...

Strong Storms Leave Thousands without Power

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RACE RELATIONS
9:10 am
Tue September 21, 2010

Mapped: Racial Integration in Detroit

A color-coded map of racial integration in Detroit.
Eric Fischer

By using U.S. Census data, Eric Fischer has created a map that shows the racial integration of Detroit.  As Gawker.com explains, "one dot equals 25 people. The dots are then color-coded based on race: White is pink; Black is blue; Hispanic is orange, and Asian is green."   You can find the racial integration of other large U.S. cities here.

News Roundup
7:46 am
Tue September 21, 2010

In this morning's headlines...

Corrections Budget Stalled

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Election
11:47 am
Mon September 20, 2010

Breaking down the attack ads with Truth Squad

The Truth Squad from the Center for Michigan checks the facts behind the political ads we see and hear.
Center for Michigan

Here's an interesting post from FactCheck.org, "candidates have a legal right to lie to voters." It's protected speech. In fact, TV or radio stations running political ads they know to be false, can't refuse to run the ad.

That's why we need people like John Bebow from the Truth Squad and Lester Graham from Michigan Radio's Michigan Watch.

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News Roundup
7:20 am
Mon September 20, 2010

In this morning's news headlines...

A Budget This Week (Maybe)

Legislative leaders in Lansing hope they can finalize the state's budget this week. By law the budget must be balanced by October 1st. It looks, as of now, that there are two issues holding up the budget negotiations: temporary amnesty for delinquent taxpayers and an early retirement proposal for state workers.

A Republican-led House?

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State Budget Negotiations
9:19 am
Fri September 17, 2010

Stem cell fight delays state budget

With two weeks to go before the October 1st budget deadline, lawmakers are fighting over controversial science funding.  As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, the budget remains in limbo over a deal on stem cell research funding for the state's 15 public universities.

Recession
9:03 am
Fri September 17, 2010

Follow that cute little toxic asset

A not-so-lovable little creature. NPR's Planet Money's toxic asset creature.
NPR's Planet Money

The team at NPR's Planet Money has come up with another way for us to understand the financial crisis. They bought a pet.

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Election 2010
8:01 am
Fri September 17, 2010

Robert Steele wants Rep. John Dingell's job

Dr. Robert Steele
Photo courtesy of Dr. Rob Steele for Congress website

Republican Dr. Robert Steele is challenging Democratic incumbent John Dingell in this year's election. Congressman Dingell represents Michigan's 15th district and is the longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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News Roundup
6:54 am
Fri September 17, 2010

In this morning's news...

Kalamazoo River Clean Up Progressing

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Education
4:03 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

Reports of classroom overcrowding in Detroit

O.k., o.k., we know this one is empty, but some high school students in the Detroit Public Schools say their classroom are far from empty.
User Motown31 Creative Commons

Students are saying their classrooms are overcrowded this year. WDIV reports of some advanced placement classes with 60 students in them. 

It's like a race to get up there, and if you don't have a seat, you're just standing there for the whole hour. It's just tough. It's hard to see the board because everybody is in the way and I can't really focus on my work.

Says Mumford High School senior Glen Miller.

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Poverty in Michigan
1:42 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

14% of Michiganders Lived in Poverty in 2009

According to new data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, 14% of people in Michigan last year lived in poverty.  As the Detroit News reports that is, "the highest for the state since it hit 14.1 percent in 1994.'' Nationally, in 2009, the poverty rate was 14.3%.  That means 1 in 7 people, or 43.6 million Americans, lived in poverty last year.

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