Michigan Radio http://michiganradio.org en State reverses decision to throw out southwest Michigan elementary’s MEAP scores http://michiganradio.org/post/state-reverses-decision-throw-out-southwest-michigan-elementary-s-meap-scores <p></p><p>Scores from this year’s standardized test at one southwest Michigan elementary school will count after all. The <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-throws-out-test-scores-entire-elementary-school-southwest-michigan">state is reversing its decision</a> to throw out the test scores after the district appealed.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:08:58 +0000 Lindsey Smith 18518 at http://michiganradio.org State reverses decision to throw out southwest Michigan elementary’s MEAP scores Reports show early uptick of contagious hand, foot and mouth virus http://michiganradio.org/post/reports-show-early-uptick-contagious-hand-foot-and-mouth-virus <p>Recent reports show an early uptick in hand, foot and mouth disease.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:01:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18504 at http://michiganradio.org Reports show early uptick of contagious hand, foot and mouth virus Groups ask for pardon of Flint man held by Iran http://michiganradio.org/post/groups-ask-pardon-flint-man-held-iran <p>A Muslim advocacy group is asking the Iranian government to pardon a Michigan it convicted of spying for the U.S. government.</p><p></p><p>Amir Hekmati is a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who served in the U.S. Marine Corps.</p><p></p><p>Three years ago, he traveled to Iran to visit his extended family. Hekmati is from Flint.</p><p></p><p>But when he arrived he was arrested and convicted of "cooperating with hostile governments." He's been in prison ever since.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:59:45 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18517 at http://michiganradio.org Groups ask for pardon of Flint man held by Iran Lt. Gov. Calley’s future could be decided on the bottom of the August ballot http://michiganradio.org/post/lt-gov-calley-s-future-could-be-decided-bottom-august-ballot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are some big stakes in the primary elections less than two weeks away, and fierce fights over congressional and legislative nominations are getting a lot of attention.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not that it’s likely to boost what is usually anemic turnout in the primaries, and that’s despite the reality that most seats are so firmly partisan that the primary is actually the decisive election that really determines who goes to Lansing or Washington.</span></p><p>Like other politicos, we’ve paid a lot of attention to the face-off between the Republican establishment and the GOP’s Tea Party wing. And while that fight is playing out in some state House and Senate races, and some big Congressional races, it’s also playing out locally. Very locally.</p><p>We’re talking about the humble precinct delegate.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:45:22 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 18516 at http://michiganradio.org Lt. Gov. Calley’s future could be decided on the bottom of the August ballot U of M's Regents vetoed fireworks because 'The Big House isn't Comerica Park' http://michiganradio.org/post/u-ms-regents-vetoed-fireworks-because-big-house-isnt-comerica-park <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of Michigan’s athletic director sent a proposal to the University’s Regents, requesting permission to set off fireworks during two football games this fall. When the Regents turned down the request, it suggested the balance of power might be shifting.&nbsp;</span></p><p>At first blush, the question of post-game fireworks didn’t seem like a big deal either way. On Michigan fan blogs, reactions were mixed.</p><p>As for the University’s Regents, they have bigger things to worry about. Even the athletic department’s budget which has grown by 50%, to $150 million dollars might seem like a lot to us, but that’s a rounding error at the University’s hospital.</p><p>So when the Regents voted down the fireworks for two games this season, it got people’s attention.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:05:17 +0000 John U. Bacon 18515 at http://michiganradio.org U of M's Regents vetoed fireworks because 'The Big House isn't Comerica Park' These veterans deserve some recognition, but the City of Detroit ignores them http://michiganradio.org/post/these-veterans-deserve-some-recognition-city-detroit-ignores-them <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mike Sand didn’t technically serve in Vietnam. But he might as well have. He was stationed with a tactical fighter group in Thailand where he serviced the planes and cleaned the messes out of the cockpits of the men who fought and died in the skies.</span></p><p>Paul Palazzollo did serve on the ground, for perhaps the two most intense years of the war. He earned a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, and two purple hearts. But he doesn’t talk much about what he did. Few of his buddies do either.&nbsp;</p><p><br />They’d rather talk about their dream, which is a Memorial Park commemorating all veterans of all wars, a peaceful place to relax, have programs, and learn about our history.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:32:34 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18513 at http://michiganradio.org These veterans deserve some recognition, but the City of Detroit ignores them Michigan Radio is seeking a Senior producer/editor http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radio-seeking-senior-producereditor <p><strong><u>Job Summary:</u></strong><br />Michigan Radio, the public radio stations of the University of Michigan, is seeking a Senior producer/editor to launch a new digital and broadcast opinion essay project. We are seeking a professional editor/producer who can handle a variety of duties.</p><ul type="disc"><li>Generating and developing ideas for compelling essay</li><li>Soliciting and recruiting occasional and regular contributors from diverse walks of life</li><li>Editing essays to conversational web friendly style</li><li>Handle digital presentation of essays</li><li>Produce, schedule and edit on-air interview based on essay with contributor</li><li>Recording interviews with an ear to assuring proper content is obtained</li><li>Promote essays and on-air segments in social media</li><li>Other duties as assigned</li></ul><p>The Senior Producer/Editor must be self-motivated, very well organized and have experience in broadcast production and text or print journalism.</p><p><strong><u>Required Qualifications:</u></strong><br />Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or related field or equivalent of experience and knowledge; demonstrated experience in editing, copy-editing and headline writing; experience building a journalism project from the ground up; experience in editorial decision-making required; complete proficiency with digital audio editing is required; ability to craft a focused segment a necessity; ability to produce high-quality work on deadline and handle several projects at once; strong editorial judgment. Must be able to demonstrate an understanding of public radio’s core values.&nbsp;&nbsp; Familiarity with Audition, Newsboss, and NPR Digital Services Core Publisher a plus.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><u>How to Apply:</u></strong></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:27:41 +0000 Tony Brown 18514 at http://michiganradio.org Major changes proposed to Flint governance http://michiganradio.org/post/major-changes-proposed-flint-governance <p>Flint city government may undergo some major changes, if the recommendations from a blue ribbon committee become reality.</p><p></p><p>Before the governor appointed an emergency manager to run the city of Flint in 2011, the city’s mayor ran much of the city’s day-to-day business. &nbsp; The city council, ombudsman and civil service office also held significant control.</p><p></p><p>When Flint eventually emerges from state oversight, someone else could be calling the shots.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:36:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18508 at http://michiganradio.org Major changes proposed to Flint governance Ride share company Uber launches in more Michigan cities, but Uber at your own risk http://michiganradio.org/post/ride-share-company-uber-launches-more-michigan-cities-uber-your-own-risk <p></p><p>A technology company that allows people to turn their personal cars into taxi cabs <a href="http://blog.uber.com/UberMichigan">is launching in four Michigan cities</a>. But state officials say drivers are probably breaking the law.</p><p>Uber links people who want a ride to drivers who are available for a fixed price through a smart-phone app. The service is already available in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Now it’s launched in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Flint.</p><p>But it’s still very unclear if Uber drivers are following local and state regulations.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:28:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 18511 at http://michiganradio.org Ride share company Uber launches in more Michigan cities, but Uber at your own risk State orders Enbridge to fix pipeline through Mackinac straits http://michiganradio.org/post/state-orders-enbridge-fix-pipeline-through-mackinac-straits <p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the state Department of Environmental Quality have sent a warning letter to Enbridge Energy. It says the company has to do a better job of securing an oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We just want to make sure that this pipeline’s going to be safe," said Dan</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Wyant,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;director of the </span>DEQ<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He says a leak in the pipeline would have implications throughout the Great Lakes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“A lot of concern about this pipeline. Sixty years it’s been safe, but we’re in a position, Attorney General </span>Schuette<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, I as the chief environmental officer of this state, to ensure we don’t have a problem on this pipeline,” he said.</span></p><p>Enbridge<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> quickly responded it would add more anchors to its pipeline. Four years ago, a break in an </span>Enbridge<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> pipe dumped about a million of gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:46:20 +0000 Rick Pluta 18510 at http://michiganradio.org State orders Enbridge to fix pipeline through Mackinac straits ACA ruling and its impact on Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/aca-ruling-and-its-impact-michigan <p>This week two separate federal appeals court rulings came down on opposite sides of a key provision in&nbsp;the Affordable Care Act. This leaves thousands of low and middle income&nbsp;Michiganders&nbsp;who signed up&nbsp;for healthcare through Michigan’s exchange in a bit of limbo.&nbsp;</p><p>Jennifer White, host of&nbsp;<em>All Things Considered</em>, is joined by Marianne&nbsp;Udow&nbsp;Phillips, Director, Center for&nbsp;Healthcare Research and Transformation and Ken&nbsp;Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior&nbsp;Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Phillips states that although these rulings were issued nothing is going to change immediately and that&nbsp;it is important to understand that the legal rulings will take time to play out.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It would have a huge impact and it would really push the whole system into chaos,” explains Phillips.&nbsp;“There are 240,000 in Michigan who have already gotten health insurance coverage through the health&nbsp;insurance exchange with a subsidy, and so were they to lose that subsidy, almost all of them would not&nbsp;be able to afford healthcare coverage.”&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sikkema&nbsp;states that it is a very polarizing topic and coupled with an election year, politicians and&nbsp;candidates have honed in on the issue. “It already is a big political issue; it’s the primary political issue&nbsp;for Republicans who are running for office” says&nbsp;Sikkema, “but it’s really hard to look in your crystal ball&nbsp;and see what the future of the Affordable Care Act is going to be.”</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:00:14 +0000 Jennifer White 18505 at http://michiganradio.org ACA ruling and its impact on Michigan State board rejects petition to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour http://michiganradio.org/post/state-board-rejects-petition-raise-michigans-minimum-wage-1010-hour <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state elections board has rejected a petition to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in a 3 to 1 vote.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Board of State Canvassers says the campaign failed to collect enough valid signatures to move forward.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">John </span>Pirich<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is with the group opposing the minimum wage proposal. He praised the board for throwing out dozens of duplicate signatures.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I’m 100% confident that what we’ve shown them in terms of duplication will be confirmed by any review of any of them.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Groups that support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could challenge the decision in court. They say the elections board went out of its way to throw out petition signatures.</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">*This post has been updated.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:46:20 +0000 Jake Neher 18507 at http://michiganradio.org State board rejects petition to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour Discussion in Detroit to focus on kids & breaking the cycle of violence http://michiganradio.org/post/discussion-detroit-focus-kids-breaking-cycle-violence-0 <p>Michigan Radio’s popular <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/issues-ale-kids-violence-and-breaking-cycle">“Issues &amp; Ale”</a> discussion series will visit the Traffic Jam &amp; Snug restaurant in midtown Detroit on Monday, &nbsp;July 28<sup>th</sup> at 6:00 pm to discuss the issue of kids growing up in violence. &nbsp;Many kids growing up in urban areas and poverty face high levels of crime and violence. What impact does crime have on their mental and psychological development and are there programs that really work in addressing the problem?</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:08:38 +0000 Steve Chrypinski 18503 at http://michiganradio.org Discussion in Detroit to focus on kids & breaking the cycle of violence Approaching construction on the highway? Experts say the "zipper merge" can help http://michiganradio.org/post/approaching-construction-highway-experts-say-zipper-merge-can-help <p>Everybody has their own philosophy when it comes to merging in construction zones.</p><p>Conventional wisdom on the roads seems to be that when faced with an approaching merge, you should just get over as soon as you can and just wait for your turn like a good little driver.</p><p>The people whizzing by in the open lane are looked down upon - morally corrupt drivers making a&nbsp;<em>BAD </em>decision refusing to get in line and wait for their turn.&nbsp;</p><p>Watching the other drivers zoom ahead makes you feel like this:</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:47:05 +0000 Mark Brush 18501 at http://michiganradio.org Approaching construction on the highway? Experts say the "zipper merge" can help Was it murder or self-defense? Jurors will decide case of man who shot Renisha McBride http://michiganradio.org/post/was-it-murder-or-self-defense-jurors-will-decide-case-man-who-shot-renisha-mcbride <p>Was it murder or self-defense?</p><p>That’s the question jurors will decide in the case of Theodore Wafer, whose <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140723/NEWS02/307230038/Renisha-McBride-porch-shooting-trial">trial on charges including second-degree murder is now underway</a> in Detroit.</p><p></p><p>Wafer is the white, Dearborn Heights homeowner who shot 19-year-old Renisha McBride on his front porch last fall.</p><p>No one disputes that Wafer shot and killed McBride after she knocked on his front door around 4 am on November 2<sup>nd</sup>.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:08:05 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18500 at http://michiganradio.org Was it murder or self-defense? Jurors will decide case of man who shot Renisha McBride State elections board approves petition to allow wolf hunting in Michigan's UP http://michiganradio.org/post/state-elections-board-approves-petition-allow-wolf-hunting-michigans <p>A petition that would allow future wolf hunts in the Upper Peninsula is headed to the state Legislature.</p><p>The initiative would allow the hunts regardless of how two anti-wolf hunting referendums turn out.</p><p>A state elections board approved almost 300,000 petition signatures for the proposal today.</p><p>State lawmakers have 40 days to pass the measure. Otherwise, it will go on the statewide ballot in November.</p><p>Bob LaBrant is with the group that gathered the signatures. He says it’s clear the Legislature supports wolf hunting and will approve the measure.</p><p>“We think the Legislature, who’s already dealt with this subject twice only to be frustrated by referendums, will prevail in the end.”</p><p>The petition could still be challenged in court. Opponents of wolf hunting say it deals with too many issues unrelated to wolf hunting.</p><p><em>*This post has been updated.</em></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:25:40 +0000 Jake Neher 18499 at http://michiganradio.org State elections board approves petition to allow wolf hunting in Michigan's UP After 4 years, major cleanup on the Kalamazoo River coming to a close http://michiganradio.org/post/after-4-years-major-cleanup-kalamazoo-river-coming-close <div><p>It's been four years since the Enbridge pipeline Line 6B broke, creating the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history.</p></div><div>More than a million gallons of tar sands oil have been cleaned up from Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. This summer, crews are dredging areas of Morrow Lake.</div><div><p></p><p>Steve Hamilton is a professor of ecosystem ecology at the Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University. He’s served as an independent scientific advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency throughout the cleanup. I talked with him for today's Environment Report.</p><p>A few years ago, right in the heart of the cleanup, an EPA official said the agency was "writing the book" on how to remove tar sands oil from the bottom of a river.</p></div><div><p>Hamilton agrees: "First, before it even got to the bottom, we learned that in the first year, it stuck to surfaces of plants and debris that made a tarry mess that largely had to be manually removed."&nbsp;</p><p>He says it was the removal of the submerged oil that made the cleanup last as long as it has.</p><p>"It is so incredibly difficult to remove submerged oil from a complex river, extending over nearly 40 miles."</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:17:48 +0000 Rebecca Williams 18497 at http://michiganradio.org After 4 years, major cleanup on the Kalamazoo River coming to a close These three female candidates could be some of the most interesting leaders in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/these-three-female-candidates-could-be-some-most-interesting-leaders-michigan <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Unless you’ve been trapped in a coal mine, you may have noticed that this is an election year.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">We’re less than two weeks from Michigan’s statewide primary. Once we get through that, we may have a few weeks before the airwaves are again dominated by commercials for various candidates for various offices.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">I’ve been telling you about some of these, and I expect to be talking more about them before November.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But I was thinking that three of the most potentially interesting leaders in the state are not on the ballot this year.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">They are all women, all young, charismatic, intelligent, competent and highly educated. They also all happen to be Democrats, but that is almost a coincidence.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Republicans have some rising women leaders as well, two of whom, Lisa Posthumus Lyons and Tonya Schuitmaker, are running for reelection to the Legislature.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:05:23 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18498 at http://michiganradio.org These three female candidates could be some of the most interesting leaders in Michigan Re-thinking creativity's role in education http://michiganradio.org/post/re-thinking-creativitys-role-education <p>It’s probably pretty stressful being a high school principal, for all kinds of reasons.</p><p>But Eric Alburtus, principal of Portage Central High School, spends a big chunk of his time worrying about the arts. He’s specifically worried about the kind of human beings our schools are producing, when kids must fulfill heavy requirements in math and science, yet they barely have a chance to study music, choir, theater, or the visual arts.</p><p>(For a more complete look at the state’s requirements, <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/FAQ_-_Entire_Document_12.07_217841_7.pdf">click here</a>.)</p><p>Alburtus says arts classes give kids a chance to discover new worlds and different ways of thinking and creating.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:05:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 18496 at http://michiganradio.org Re-thinking creativity's role in education The struggles of Muskegon Heights school district http://michiganradio.org/post/struggles-muskegon-heights-school-district <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two years ago, Muskegon Heights made history by becoming the first school district in Michigan to convert entirely to a charter district, and turn the operation of its schools over to a for-profit company.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>This week, Michigan Radio's Dustin Dwyer and Lindsey Smith take an in depth look at the changes in the Muskegon Heights School district and what that could that mean for other troubled districts in the state in a new <a href="http://michiganradio.org/programs/stateside-cynthia-canty">State of Opportunity</a> documentary called <em>Tiger Pride</em>.</p><p>Why focus on Muskegon Heights? How does it impact other struggling school districts in Michigan?</p><p>Dwyer and Smith joined us today to give us a preview of the documentary.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tune in tomorrow afternoon at 3 pm to hear <em>Tiger Pride</em>.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:19:06 +0000 Jennifer White 18494 at http://michiganradio.org The struggles of Muskegon Heights school district