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Environment & Science
10:33 am
Mon November 25, 2013

At least 11 wolves killed in Michigan hunt

MDNR's tally of the number of wolves killed in the different hunting zones.
MDNR

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — At least 11 wolves have been killed during Michigan's wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.

The state Department of Natural Resources updated the results Monday. The wolf season started on Nov. 15 and runs through December, unless 43 are killed before the end of the year.

It's the first hunt in Michigan since the wolf was placed on the endangered species list nearly 40 years ago. A total of 1,200 people are licensed to participate with firearm, crossbow or bow and arrow.

The DNR had estimated the state's wolf population at 658.

Auto
9:26 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Fiat says no Chrysler IPO in 2013

Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne
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FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Italian automaker Fiat says it won't launch an initial public offering for Chrysler before the end of this year.

Fiat said Monday it is "not practicable" for Chrysler in 2013, and said it was working to launch the IPO in the first quarter of 2014. It did not elaborate on the reasons, but said the decision was made after consulting underwriters.

Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said last month that Fiat was "bent on executing the IPO" and that he hoped it would be done by the end of the year.

Fiat owns a controlling stake in Chrysler, but has been stymied in its efforts to buy out the minority shareholder in a disagreement over price. An IPO is an alternative way to monetize the stake.

Politics & Government
3:24 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Defense Chairman Carl Levin backs deal on Iran's nuclear programs with Iran

U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan) (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

DETROIT (AP) - U.S. Senate Defense Committee Chairman Carl Levin of Michigan says he supports the agreement between Iran and six leading nations that curbs some of Iran's nuclear programs in exchange for the easing of sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation.

The Democratic lawmaker said Sunday that the interim agreement "is a realistic, practical way to freeze Iran's nuclear program for six months while we seek a long-range diplomatic end to Iran's nuclear weapon ambition."

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Offbeat
2:20 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Demolition plans on track for Flint's tallest building

Genesee Towers, Flint, Michigan (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Construction crews have started to put up plywood to protect nearby buildings in anticipation of the mid-December demolition of Flint's tallest building.

Uptown Reinvestment bought downtown Flint's 19-story Genesee Towers from the city for $1.

MLive.com  says plywood protection is going up at the nearby C.S. Mott Building, and Flint officials say two nearby streets have been closed and fenced off in the past week and will stay closed into the spring.

WEYI-TV reports that the new owners plan to transform the site into Exploration Park.

Politics & Government
11:14 am
Sun November 24, 2013

Arson arrests drop in Flint

Flint firefighters battle yet another suspicious fire (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A newspaper reports that Flint is spending less time and money investigating arsons and making fewer arrests for the crime even though the city leads the nation in arsons per capita.

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Sports
4:48 pm
Sat November 23, 2013

DNR: At least 10 wolves killed in Michigan hunt

Gray Wolf
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - At least 10 wolves have been killed during Michigan's wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.

The state Department of Natural Resources updated the results Saturday. The wolf season started on Nov. 15 and runs through December, unless 43 are killed before the end of the year.

Environment & Science
11:10 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Many Michigan agencies lose 2014 beach monitoring funds

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Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - About three dozen local health departments and other agencies that usually receive state funding to monitor beach waters for contamination won't get any next year.

The funding comes from the federal government. Michigan will get $152,000 in 2014.

But a provision inserted into a state budget bill orders the Department of Environmental Quality to spend $100,000 of that money on one project in Macomb County.

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Environment & Science
1:20 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Enbridge pipeline construction delayed

The pipeline under construction in southern Ingham County
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) - Pipeline company Enbridge Energy says completion of construction of an oil pipeline in parts of Michigan will be pushed back until mid-2014.

Word of the delay in Michigan comes after Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge this week said its project to replace a stretch of oil pipeline across northern Indiana won't be completed until at least February, months later than planned, due to delays in obtaining needed permits.

Enbridge spokesman Jason Manshum tells the Times Herald of Port Huron that work in Michigan's Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair counties was supposed to wrap up this year, but delays in environmental approvals stalled work.

The overall project is replacing Line 6B, which runs between Sarnia, Ontario to Griffith, Ind. A portion of Enbridge's existing pipeline ruptured in southwestern Michigan in 2010.

Environment & Science
12:03 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

2 Michigan men killed in severe storm

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DETROIT (AP) — At least two people have been killed in a severe storm that struck much of Michigan.

Jackson County Sheriff Steven Rand says Ryan Allan Rickman died when his vehicle was crushed by a fallen tree Sunday evening. Rand tells the Jackson Citizen Patriot he's not sure if the tree fell onto Rickman's vehicle or if the 21-year-old Leslie resident hit it.

Meanwhile, the Shiawassee County sheriff's department says 59-year-old Philip Daniel Smith of Perry was found dead and entangled in high voltage power wires after going outside late Sunday to investigate a noise.

In Detroit, Officer Dan Donakowski says a 14-year-old boy was critically injured after grabbing a downed power line while walking from a school Monday morning. A hospital spokeswoman says the boy was in critical condition.

Environment & Science
2:13 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Michigan Tech tests if solar power works up North

Do snow and solar power mix?
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HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) - Researchers at Michigan Technological University are trying to figure out if solar power generation that works in the sunny South can function in the snowy North.

A two-year-study underway at the Houghton school's Keweenaw Research Center seeks to measure how snow affects solar panels' power generation.

The international engineering company DNV GL is helping underwrite the project. Michigan Tech spokeswoman Marcia Goodrich says the company specializes in "large energy and sustainability related projects."

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Environment & Science
1:20 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Strong storms possible across south Michigan

Storms are expected to start in southwest Michigan on Saturday night. Damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph and a chance of tornadoes are possible on Sunday afternoon and evening in southeast Michigan.
NOAA

DETROIT (AP) - The National Weather Service is forecasting a chance of strong thunderstorms starting Saturday night through Sunday in much of southern Michigan.

The storms are expected to start in southwest Michigan on Saturday night. Damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph and a chance of tornadoes are possible on Sunday afternoon and evening in southeast Michigan.

Politics & Government
12:08 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Bill forces disclosure of law's effect on premiums in Michigan

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Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State legislators are divided over a plan requiring Michigan insurers to tell policyholders the impact of the federal health care law on their premiums.

Legislation awaiting a vote in the Republican-led House would require that insurers give annual estimates of the overhaul's effect on premiums.

Republican Rep. Mike Shirkey of Clark Lake says people deserve to know the law's ramifications. He also wants to insulate insurers from being blamed for premium increases.

But Democrats say the bill is nothing more than a political ploy.

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Environment & Science
11:58 am
Sat November 16, 2013

3 wolves killed in 1st day of Michigan wolf hunt

DETROIT (AP) - The state reports that three gray wolves were killed in the first day of Michigan's wolf hunt.

Friday was the start of the wolf hunt, which is the first in the state since the animal was placed on the endangered species list nearly 40 years ago. A total of 1,200 people are licensed to participate in the hunt taking place in three Upper Peninsula zones.

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Politics & Government
10:04 am
Sat November 16, 2013

Michigan officials deliver energy policy report

The Lansing Board of Water & Light's new co-generation plant in the foreground. The smokestacks in the background are BWL's older power station.
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State officials have submitted the latest in a series of reports that Gov. Rick Snyder says will help Michigan make decisions about future energy policies.

The "Additional Areas" report deals with reliability of electricity, rates and prices, and natural gas infrastructure. Among the material is a section on the role of states versus the role of regional transmission operators or independent system operators for reliability.

Another section covers the linkage between natural gas prices and electricity prices.

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Agriculture
10:49 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Michigan farmers can get loan help after hail storms

Hail stones.
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Farmers in 20 Michigan counties that had damage from severe hail storms earlier this year are eligible for emergency loans.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan announced the support Wednesday involving loans from the Farm Service Agency. The hail storms took place between June 10 and Aug. 2. Farmers in the affected counties will have about eight months to apply for emergency loans.

Huron, Jackson, Saginaw and Washtenaw counties were all designated as primary disaster counties.

Sixteen were named contiguous disaster counties and are eligible for the same aid. Those are the counties of Bay, Calhoun, Eaton, Genesee, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Lenawee, Livingston, Midland, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Tuscola and Wayne.

Politics & Government
1:15 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Upper Peninsula back on map at White House health care website

Revised website
Whitehouse.gov

CRYSTAL FALLS, Mich. (AP) - The UP is back on the map.

MLive.com says a map that the White House put up on the website showing which states were expanding Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act was showing an outline of Michigan that omitted the Upper Peninsula.

Michigan is among the states that are expanding Medicaid under the health care law.

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Environment & Science
1:04 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

New invasion threatens Michigan water plants

European frog-bit (Latin name - Hydrocharis morsus-ranae)
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - An invasive plant is spreading in Michigan waters.

The Department of Natural Resources says European frog-bit has been spotted in Saginaw Bay, Alpena and Chippewa County's Munuscong Bay. Until recently, the free-floating aquatic plant had been reported only in a few sites in the southeastern Lower Peninsula.

European frog-bit was released accidentally into Canadian waters in the 1930s. It has spread across Ontario and the Northeastern U.S.

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Politics & Government
10:59 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Michigan legislators propose pharmacy marijuana sales

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Five years after Michigan voters legalized marijuana use for medical purposes, lawmakers say it's time patients can buy the drug at their corner pharmacy.

Legislation approved last week by a Senate committee would pave the way for the production and sale of "pharmaceutical-grade" cannabis. The measure would create a second medical pot system in Michigan that proponents say wouldn't interfere with the existing law under which patients can grow their own pot or obtain it from caregivers.

The change couldn't occur without federal approval.

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Politics & Government
6:47 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Michigan senator proposes ban on owning monkeys

A female chimpanzee
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - New legislation in Lansing would ban private ownership of monkeys, apes and lemurs.

Sen. Rick Jones said this week that the average person doesn't have the necessary training or equipment to properly care for nonhuman primates. The Grand Ledge Republican's bill would apply going forward and allow current owners to keep their pets.

Jones cites a 2009 incident when a Connecticut woman was mauled and disfigured by her chimpanzee.

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Arts & Culture
4:41 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

East Lansing's Broad Art Museum marks first year

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - More than 114,000 people visited the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing in its first year.

The Lansing State Journal reports that the museum recently held a celebration to thank donors, leaders of Michigan State University, where the museum is located, and staff members.

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