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Offbeat
8:02 pm
Sat March 8, 2014

Daylight saving time: Set clocks ahead 1 hour

Most Americans will set their clocks 60 minutes forward before heading to bed Saturday night. Daylight saving time officially starts Sunday at 2 a.m. local time.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Spring is closer than you think, and here's a sure sign: Daylight saving time arrives this weekend.

Most Americans will set their clocks 60 minutes forward before heading to bed Saturday night. Daylight saving time officially starts Sunday at 2 a.m. local time.

You may lose an hour of sleep, but daylight saving time promises an extra hour of evening light for many months ahead.

It's also a good time to put new batteries in warning devices such as smoke detectors and hazard warning radios.

Offbeat
10:00 am
Sat March 8, 2014

$138,000 Michigan Lottery prize goes unclaimed

The lottery said Friday that the winning Fantasy 5 jackpot from the March 9, 2013 drawing was bought at the Smokers Depot & Convenience store in the Detroit suburb of Southfield.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan Lottery ticket worth more than $138,000 has gone unclaimed for a year and been deposited into the state's fund for K-12 schools.

The lottery said Friday that the winning Fantasy 5 jackpot from the March 9, 2013 drawing was bought at the Smokers Depot & Convenience store in the Detroit suburb of Southfield.

Terminal-based tickets are valid one year from the draw date.

Another Fantasy 5 top prize of $100,000 is set to expire Tuesday. It was purchased at Gould's Mini Mart in Sand Lake, and the drawing was held March 11, 2013.

Education
11:38 am
Tue March 4, 2014

$4.5 million fund is being formed to benefit Head Start programs in Detroit

Mercedes Mejia Michigan Radio

The Detroit Head Start Early Childhood Innovation Fund announced Tuesday will award grants in part to support improved services and better outcomes for young children and families.

The announcement was made by the Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, funders working to support early childhood education. The group includes the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Skillman Foundation and others.

The fund will be managed by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

The fund was created in response to a federal competition for $48 million in Head Start funding in Detroit. The Office of Head Start recently announced Detroit organizations with winning proposals that are in negotiations to get federal funding.

Law
12:21 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Michigan's witness in gay-marriage trial barred

Sherif Girgis.
C-SPAN screen grab

DETROIT – The state of Michigan's defense of a ban on gay marriage is off to a rocky start after a judge refused to allow the first witness to testify.

Sherif Girgis is a law student at Yale University and a doctoral candidate at Princeton University. He has written and talked about a historical defense of marriage between a man and a woman.

Federal Judge Bernard Friedman says Girgis will be an expert witness – someday. Friedman says Girgis' opinions won't help him decide this case.

Two Detroit-area women are challenging Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, which was approved by voters in 2004.

The state attorney general's office is defending the amendment this week and asked for a break Monday to summon another witness.

Weather
4:04 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Snow, cold in Michigan, but power crews head south

The National Weather Service reports 5.1 inches of new snow in Jackson County.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

JACKSON – A fresh wave of snow has fallen on much of Michigan over the weekend, but for once the worst of the weather is elsewhere in the region as CMS Energy Corp. dispatches dozens of its employees to help with a severe ice storm expected to hit Kentucky.

Slippery streets and highways have caused numerous accidents in Michigan, including one in which a car hit a state police patrol car handling an earlier accident on Interstate 696 in Southfield.

WWJ-AM says the trooper escaped injury in the crash. Traffic was halted on eastbound I-696.

Business
11:35 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Michigan Lottery extends contract with GTECH

The lottery announced Friday that the contract with GTECH Corp. now will run through mid-January of 2017. The company helps run games such as Powerball, Mega Millions and Club Keno.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

LANSING – The Michigan Lottery has extended its contract with a company that helps run games such as Powerball, Mega Millions and Club Keno.

The lottery announced Friday that the contract with GTECH Corp. now will run through mid-January of 2017. The initial six-year deal was scheduled to expire in January 2015.

Under terms of the contract, the bulk of the company's compensation is based on a percentage of sales. The contract extension has an estimated value of more than $53 million.

Law
3:12 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Washtenaw County ordered to pay in Muslim bias

The verdict was returned Thursday in Detroit federal court. Attorney Shereef Akeel says Ali Aboubaker was awarded money for lost wages and pain and suffering.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

ANN ARBOR – A jury has awarded nearly $1.2 million to a Muslim man who said he was called a terrorist and repeatedly passed over for promotions while working for Washtenaw County.

The verdict was returned Thursday in Detroit federal court. Attorney Shereef Akeel says Ali Aboubaker was awarded money for lost wages and pain and suffering.

Aboubaker worked for Washtenaw County for 17 years until 2008. The native of Tunisia says he was demoted and bypassed for promotions despite having engineering skills and college degrees.

Politics & Government
2:07 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Bill to legalize scalping splits Michigan venues, brokers

Supporters say letting people buy and resell tickets freely would help consumers. Opponents say the legislation would lead to higher prices in the resale market.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Repealing Michigan's rarely enforced ban against scalping tickets is, on its face, an effort to help out the average customer looking to sell a few unused tickets to a game or concert.

But it's also a high-stakes financial tussle - one between venue owners like pro sports teams and brokers who resell their tickets on the Internet. So far, the brokers are winning in Lansing.

The Republican-led House voted this week to legalize ticket scalping. Entertainment venues are hoping to block the bill in the GOP-controlled Senate.

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Arts & Culture
3:34 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Steven Spielberg to join Detroit Symphony for benefit

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
www.DSO.org

DETROIT – Director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams will join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a special benefit concert on June 14.

Williams will conduct the DSO as it performs selections from some of his most popular scores, including "Star Wars," "Harry Potter," "Jaws," "E.T.," "Indiana Jones," "Schindler's List" and more.

Spielberg will join Williams to host the second half of the evening. He'll present selections from his decades-long artistic collaboration with Williams, including selected film clips projected on an oversized screen above the orchestra.

Tickets will be available starting April 14 for the concert, which will benefit the Detroit Symphony. Both Spielberg and Williams are donating their services for the event.

Williams last conducted the DSO in 2008.

Environment & Science
11:36 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Isle Royale wolf dies after escaping

The "West Pack" on Isle Royale.
www.isleroyalewolf.org

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A scientist says one of the few remaining gray wolves of Isle Royale National Park has been found dead after escaping to the mainland across a Lake Superior ice bridge.

Michigan Technological University biologist Rolf Peterson tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that the 5-year-old female's body was discovered this month along the lakeshore on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation in northeastern Minnesota.

Peterson says the wolf wore a radio collar and its serial numbers confirmed her identity. Scientists had nicknamed her "Isabelle."

The cause of her death is unknown. Peterson says she apparently wasn't shot. She was wounded last year in attacks by other wolves.

Scientists hoped that mainland wolves would migrate to Isle Royale across ice bridges this winter but none have. The island's population now totals nine.

Law
6:51 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Detroit chief: Death threat shows drug trafficking crackdown works

Detroit Police Chief James Craig says the crackdown is "having an impact on undermining these criminal organization's revenue streams, so they're angry."
Sarah Cwiek Michigan Radio

DETROIT – Detroit's police chief says a death threat against him on a social media site shows that his department's crackdown on drug trafficking is cutting into the profits of criminals.

James Craig held a news conference Sunday to discuss the threat uncovered Friday. He declines to say where the threat was posted but says it included a photo of a handgun.

The police chief says his department has conducted five large-scale drug sweeps since July as well as an average of 35 drug house raids each week.

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Business
1:51 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Legislators back Lake Michigan barge proposal

The Michigan Agri-Business Association says 86 House members and eight senators have signed letters favoring the idea.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - Supporters of allowing cargo barges to travel on Lake Michigan as far north as Muskegon say they've lined up significant backing from members of the state legislature.

The Michigan Agri-Business Association says 86 House members and eight senators have signed letters favoring the idea.

Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright says allowing barges to call at ports in Muskegon and elsewhere along the lake's eastern shore would give those areas a better shot at economic growth opportunities. Sen. Goeff Hansen says it would lead to infrastructure improvements.

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Politics & Government
11:44 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Deal assures Michigan cities won't be hurt by business tax cut

An agreement reached among Snyder's administration, business interests and local officials would make sure municipalities opposing a loss in revenue are mostly kept whole.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

LANSING – Michigan lawmakers this week will propose a deal to guarantee that local governments lose little to no revenue from a planned phase-out of taxes on industrial machinery and small businesses' equipment.

The business tax cuts were enacted by Gov. Rick Snyder and legislators at the end of 2012. But they will be halted if a statewide vote fails in August.

An agreement reached among Snyder's administration, business interests and local officials would make sure municipalities opposing a loss in revenue are mostly kept whole.

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Politics & Government
7:36 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Obama Administration to announce Detroit manufacturing institute

The White House says President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday the creation of two manufacturing institutes.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago and the Detroit area stand to reap millions of dollars in federal grants and private sector investment as part of White House initiative to boost innovation in manufacturing and create jobs.

The White House says President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday the creation of two manufacturing institutes. The Detroit-area institute will focus on lightweight metals, while the Chicago hub will push innovation in digital manufacturing and design.

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Education
1:42 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

Flint schools require staff to pick up checks

Flint school employees were required to pick up their check in person Friday as the struggling district confirms that it's paying people who actually work.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - There is no direct deposit this week for teachers and other employees in the Flint school district.

They were required to pick up their check in person Friday as the struggling district confirms that it's paying people who actually work. Spokesman Brian Smith tells The Flint Journal it's too early to know if any problems were uncovered.

He says there might be legitimate reasons for someone who didn't pick up a check.

Education
11:34 am
Sat February 22, 2014

5 Michigan community colleges to let auto students transfer

Community college students face barriers to finishing their education due to employment and life changes forcing them to move to other parts of Michigan.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Five Michigan community colleges are partnering on a pilot program to let students in automotive technology programs transfer among the schools without losing credits or having to repeat course work.

Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, Montcalm Community and Mott Community Colleges have signed the agreement. It was announced Friday by Nigel Francis, the state's senior automotive adviser.

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Politics & Government
3:58 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

What you need to know about Detroit's bankruptcy adjustment plan

Peter Martorano Flickr

Listen to the interview with Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor at the Detroit Free Press.

Detroit's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, has filed a plan to restructure the city's $18 billion debt. 

The plan makes cuts to pensioners and creditors while offering a blueprint for the city to emerge from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. 

The plan was filed today in federal bankruptcy court.

What are the main things we should know about the plan? Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor at the Detroit Free Press, spoke with Rina Miller.

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Politics & Government
1:13 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Plan to restructure Detroit's debt expected tomorrow

Lester Graham Michigan Radio

DETROIT – The office of Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr says the blueprint for the city's restructuring through and after bankruptcy is expected to be filed Friday in federal court.

Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes had set a March 1 deadline for the long-awaited plan of adjustment. The plan will spell out how individual creditors will be treated as Orr reduces the city's $18 billion debt.

Spokesman Bill Nowling says Orr's office plans to file the plan with the court Friday.

A draft given last month to creditors showed retirees and pensioners getting $4.3 billion in payments and bondholders about $1.1 billion over the next 40 years, leaving the city with a nearly $336 million surplus.

Orr had hoped to have the plan ready before January but was delayed by ongoing negotiations.

Politics & Government
11:41 am
Tue February 18, 2014

State Senate committee debates snow plowing money, Medicaid expansion

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers are considering a mid-year budget bill that would send extra money to state and local governments grappling with higher snowplowing costs.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday talked about spending $100 million more on winter road maintenance.

Legislators in the current budget put an additional $230 million into a special fund for roads or other "risks." They announced half would fund 103 state and local transportation projects across Michigan.

Now lawmakers are looking to use all but $15 million of the balance to account for heavier-than-normal snow removal along highways and local roads.

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Arts & Culture
3:11 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Pulitzer prize-winning Detroit journalist Angelo Henderson dies

Angelo Henderson was 51.
Angelo Henderson/Facebook

DETROIT (AP) - A medical examiner's spokesman says Angelo Henderson, Pulitzer prize-winning Detroit journalist, radio host and co-founder of a prominent community patrol group, has died.

Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office spokesman Bill Mullan said Henderson died Saturday in Pontiac of natural causes but no other details were available. He was 51.

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