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Arts & Culture
11:55 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Oakland County's developmentally disabled adults celebrate the new year early

The "Almost New Year's" dance
Sandy Dorey Oakland County Parks

The new year will come early for some people in Southeast Michigan. Tonight, Oakland County Parks and Recreation will host its annual "Almost New Year's" party.

The two-hour dance is specially created for the county's developmentally disabled adults. The party not only occurs before the year change, but the year-end countdown happens at 8:30 p.m. instead of midnight.

Sandy Dorey created the event. She says older parents and caregivers often don't want to stay out late on New Year's. She says it's also difficult to make reservations for Dec. 31.

"We just thought, 'It's a celebration.' We'd have the hats and everything else, so we just kick it off a few days early," she said.

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Education
5:22 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

UM's futuristic printers can print out 3D objects

Designing the digital model
UM3DLab YouTube.com

Some printers at the University of Michigan can make unusual prints.

Machines  in the University's 3D Lab can produce three-dimensional sculptures, car parts and even model human body parts. A student or faculty member can design a model, take it to the U-of-M's 3-D lab and leave hours later with their object in hand.

Here's how it works:

A student or faculty member designs a model on a computer. Technicians send the design to the refrigerator-sized machine, then a mechanical arm applies layers of material in cross-sections that slowly build up the model.

The machines layer plaster or heated plastic models as large as basketballs.

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Auto
2:01 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Ford will add more than 2,000 jobs, invest $773M in Michigan plants

The 2013 Ford Fusion
Andrew Duthie Wikimedia Commons

Ford is creating 2,350 new jobs in Southeast Michigan. The Ford Motor Company announced a new plan to invest $773 million into six Michigan plants.

As part of last year's agreement with the United Auto Workers, the car maker pledged to create 12,000 new hourly jobs across the country.

Todd Nissen is a spokesman for Ford. He says his company is growing across the country.

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Law
1:19 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Gov. Snyder signed 19 bills today

Gov. Rick Snyder
Rick Snyder for Michigan Facebook.com

Gov. Snyder signed several bills into law today that he says will strengthen communities and protect taxpayers.

This morning, Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta reported Rick Snyder signed an updated local emergency manager law to replace the one rejected last month by voters. 

Mr. Snyder also signed 18 other bills ranging from extending school loan programs to tracking pollution.

In a press release, the Governor said the new laws protect the Michigan economy.

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Environment & Science
5:40 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Winter's blast delaying flights, causing accidents in southern Michigan

Snow piling up in Ann Arbor
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

UPDATE 5:30pm

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Economy
3:08 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

New report: Detroit home sale prices up 10 percent from last year

A new report says housing prices are climbing in Detroit.

Home sale prices in major cities increased by about 4 percent from October 2011 to October 2012, and Detroit is rebounding more than twice as quickly.

However, news isn't all good for the city's housing market. Detroit still has the least expensive houses of any major U.S. city.

That's according to the Standard and Poor's Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. The monthly report tracks the prices of existing, single family houses in metropolitan areas.

David Blitzer works on the index. He says Detroit has seen the largest housing recovery of any city since it bottomed out.

"It has rebounded substantially, but it's certainly not rebounded even to where it was in the year 2000," he said.

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Business
3:08 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Michigan ski resorts opening for the snow sport season

Michigan's Crystal Mountain Ski Resort at night
Crystal Mountain Ski Resort

Michigan's ski resorts are taking advantage of the wintry weather.

This is a big week for the snow sports industry....with families able to hit the slopes during the holiday break.  

Mickey MacWilliams directs the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association.

She says new artificial snow technology will allow for better skiing conditions this year.

"Even if there isn't snow in your backyard, if it's 28 degrees or below, our ski areas are covered with snow," she said.

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Education
10:28 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Improving the winter driving skills of Michigan teens

Winter driving can be hazardous for even the most experienced drivers. It can be esspecially dangerous for teenagers.
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

A website is launching just in time to help parents monitor and improve winter driving skills for teen drivers.

The University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute created the site called - "safer driving for teens dot org".

“This promotes parents and teens communication with each other and clarity and what it is that’s expected. And some consequences…what will happen if the restrictions are not met,” says Jean Shope.  She’s with the Institute.

Arts & Culture
12:07 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Michigan man transforms vacant fire station into homeless shelter

Fire stations across the state are being left abandoned as fire departments shrink and consolidate. Now a man hopes to transform one of those vacant stations in Flint into a homeless shelter.

John Bone says he's transforming an eye sore into a place where up to 100 people in need can find a bed and a shower.

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Education
5:16 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

How social media closed down more than 100 Michigan schools

Tweets from students help spread the rumors.
Elaine Ezekiel Michigan Radio

You might have heard how Genesee and Lapeer counties closed down all their schools today and tomorrow due to rumors spreading across Facebook, Twitter, and texts.

But how could a rumor close so many schools?

Below is a Storify narrative of how one text message prompted a social media wildfire in southeast Michigan.

You can click on any of the linked text or images to follow the story further.

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Politics & Government
12:34 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Military kids; stress, trauma and potential

The military's strong culture creates opportunities for sharing resources to help families through stressful times, but the military has been criticized for not offering a more formal structure of support.
Sarah Alvarez

Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity is interested in talking about issues that affect Michigan's "at-risk" kids.

This week, Sarah Alvarez reports on a groups of these kids that have a tendency to  be overlooked: military families.

Turns out, it isn't just outside groups that overlook the needs of military families, though. Sometimes the military does, too.

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Environment & Science
4:21 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

TIMELINE: 8 shutdowns at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in past 2 years

Palisades Nuclear Power Plant on the shores of Lake Michigan near South Haven.
Entergy Corporation

Michigan Radio has been following the problems at the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant for the last several years.

Our West Michigan reporter, Lindsey Smith, has been on top of all the leaks, shutdowns, public meetings and visits from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Last February, after five shutdowns in one year, the NRC downgraded Palisades' safety rating. It was rated as one of the four worst in the country.

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Education
12:03 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

UM's social media director busted by social media, resigns

Former UofM Social Media Director, Jordan Miller. She resigned yesterday amid complaints that she falsified her application.
Jordan Miller Facebook

Update 12:03 p.m.

The anonymous Reddit user who posted the information was Jordan Miller's ex-husband, Dan. You can read the entire, sad story on the original Reddit post here.

Tuesday, December 12, 4:36 p.m.

The University of Michigan's social media director, Jordan Miller, resigned yesterday.

That news came three days after an anonymous user on the social media information site Reddit posted allegations that she had lied about her credentials while applying for the position.

From the Reddit post "UM Social Media Director Jordan Miller lies on resume about bachelors degree, keeps job":

I don't like seeing my tax and your tuition money going toward paying someone ~ $100k/yr in earnings obtained through fraud, so I'm posting a little FOIA dump you all may be interested in.

The University's choice to hire Miller as their first social media director made headlines early this year when she was selected from dozens of applicants.  AnnArbor.com reported that the position came with a $90,000 to $100,000 salary.

The anonymous Reddit user posted a link to documents they said they had received from the University in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Politics & Government
6:32 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

State employees will move into vacant office space in downtown Lansing

Over the past decade, the number of Michigan state government workers has shrunk, and that's left some state-owned buildings with lots of vacant space.

Now the state is hoping to fill in those gaps and save money at the same time.

The idea is to move some workers from leased offices across Lansing into Constitution Hall and the Mason Building.  Both of those state-owned buildings will undergo renovations to prepare the new workspace.

Kurt Weiss is with the state. He says Constitution Hall is 30 percent vacant.

"So as you can imagine, as you're walking down some of those hallways, there's a lot of empty cubicles," he said.

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Education
6:28 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Former NFL players to attend new UM business school program

Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor
User Kafuffle Wikimedia Commons

The University of Michigan will receive some unusual applicants next year.

Several dozen current and former National Football League players are expected to apply to the Ross Business School to learn how to open franchise businesses.

Dubbed the "NFL Franchising Boot Camp," the program will educate 30 of these athletes from across the country about the ins and outs of running a food, hotel or fitness chain.

During the four-day program this April, former professional football players will stay on the Ann Arbor campus and attend workshops with the school's faculty and business owners.

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The Environment Report
10:18 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Native American remains unearthed by road crew

In May, a road crew working in Oscoda, MI unearthed human remains.
Google Maps

You can listen to today's Environment Report (the story below starts about a minute in) - or read the story below.

Earlier this year, a road crew in Oscoda, Michigan found some bones while they were resurfacing a stretch of U.S. 23.  Scientists have recently confirmed the bones are Native American remains.

James Robertson is the Michigan Department of Transportation's senior archaeologist.

He says Oscoda's U.S. 23 road project had federal funding.  So, a 1990 law called the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act went into effect.

This provides a process that returns human remains, valuable or sacred objects, and objects of cultural significance to Native American tribes.

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Health
4:56 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

UM researchers developing treatment to make bone marrow transplants safer

Dr. Sung Choi
Christy Barnes University of Michigan

University of Michigan researchers are developing a new use for an old drug.

Small doses of medicine already used to treat cancer may reduce inflammation in patients after a bone marrow transplant.

These transplants can save a cancer patient's life, but many recipients suffer from a life-threatening side effect called Graft-versus-host disease. It occurs when the donated cells attack their new host's tissues.

The drug Vorinostat could help reduce that risk. For the first time, researchers at U-of-M's Comprehensive Cancer Center are testing that possibility on human patients.

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Politics & Government
4:26 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Obama in Redford: Right-to-work laws "don't have anything to do with economics"

President Obama speaking at Detroit Diesel's engine plant in Redford Township, Michigan.
screen grab WDIV

In a speech Monday in front of employees from Redford Township’s Detroit Diesel engine factory, President Barack Obama weighed in on Michigan’s impending right-to-work legislation.

About halfway through the President’s address, intended to promote his plan for averting the fiscal cliff, Obama took up the issue of right-to-work, the Detroit Free Press Reports:

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Education
5:12 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

University of Michigan lecturers rally for equal pay

LEO Demonstration in Ann Arbor
Chris Zollars

The University of Michigan’s got about 15 hundred unhappy lecturers to deal with.

Non-tenured faculty from the University of Michigan's three campuses want a bump in pay, to put them on par with their tenured colleagues.

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Health
5:13 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Michigan ranks 42nd nationally in funding smoking prevention

User: wcizmowski MorgueFile.com

Michigan ranks among the worst states for funding anti-smoking programs.

Each year, the state collects over one billion dollars in tobacco taxes and settlement money from a 1998 tobacco company lawsuit.

A new report by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids says Michigan only spends one tenth of one percent of that money on programs that reduce or prevent smoking.

As a result, the state has been ranked 42nd in spending money to keep kids away from cigarettes.

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