Michigan Radio http://michiganradio.org en Detroit Bankruptcy Battle Begins In Federal Court http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bankruptcy-battle-begins-federal-court Detroit's historic bankruptcy case is entering the home stretch. The crucial, final trial phase begins Tuesday in a Detroit courtroom.<p>The trial will decide the fate of a plan to wipe out billions of dollars in debt and help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy as a new, revitalized city.<p>This trial is a big deal, but don't expect anything with lots of courtroom drama. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:41:37 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18938 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Bankruptcy Battle Begins In Federal Court Michigan schools will have new tool to respond to allergic reactions http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-schools-will-have-new-tool-respond-allergic-reactions <p>Starting this fall, <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140825/NEWS06/308250015/epi-pens-allergies-schools">Michigan schools are required to have epinephrine injectors</a> ready in case students suffer an allergic reaction.</p><p></p><p>Until now, students with known allergies to bee stings, peanuts and other foods could have their own epi-pens.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18909 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan schools will have new tool to respond to allergic reactions Labor Day: End of Summer, Beginning of election campaign season http://michiganradio.org/post/labor-day-end-summer-beginning-election-campaign-season <p>Labor Day is the unofficial end of Summer.</p><p>For politicians, Labor Day is also seen as the unofficial beginning of the final campaign stretch toward the November election. &nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The election is little more than two months away. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Many Michigan politicians spent the Labor Day holiday walking in parades and shaking a lot of hands. &nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p>For&nbsp;Democrats, the place to be Monday was in or around the annual Labor Day parade in Detroit.</p><p></p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:05:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 18935 at http://michiganradio.org Labor Day: End of Summer, Beginning of election campaign season Auto industry, regulators prepare for "mid-term review" of CAFE http://michiganradio.org/post/auto-industry-regulators-prepare-mid-term-review-cafe <p></p><p>To most of us, 2017 is three years away.</p><p>To the auto industry, it's just around the corner.&nbsp; The fast-paced industry develops its vehicles three to five years ahead of when they will be on the market.</p><p>So, there's already a lot of talk about what's going to happen during the midterm review in 2017.</p><p>That's when everyone gets together to determine if the nation's ambitious new fuel economy standards for the years 2022-2025 are technologically feasible - without making vehicles so expensive we can't afford them, or so impractical we don't want them.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:51:50 +0000 Tracy Samilton 18934 at http://michiganradio.org Auto industry, regulators prepare for "mid-term review" of CAFE Flint searches for city manager http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-searches-city-manager <p>Flint’s search for a city manager begins in earnest Sept.&nbsp;1.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Emergency manager Darnell </span>Earley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> wants to hire a city manager to serve as a bridge from state oversight of the city. He hopes to choose someone by December.</span></p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:21:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18916 at http://michiganradio.org Flint searches for city manager Annual homicides in Detroit could fall below 300 http://michiganradio.org/post/annual-homicides-detroit-could-fall-below-300 <p>For the first time in years, Detroit Police say the city is on track to have fewer than&nbsp;</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:53:24 +0000 Kate Wells 18931 at http://michiganradio.org Annual homicides in Detroit could fall below 300 Vice President Biden uses Labor Day speech to call for "a fair share" for workers http://michiganradio.org/post/vice-president-biden-uses-labor-day-speech-call-fair-share-workers <p>Vice President Joe Biden repeatedly raised the issue of income inequality during a speech before the start of today’s Labor Day parade in Detroit.</p><p></p><p>Thousands of union workers packed the grounds of Old Tiger Stadium at Michigan and Trumbull to hear the Vice President speak.&nbsp;Biden was flanked on stage by &nbsp;Teamsters President James P. Hoffa and United Auto Workers president Dennis Williams.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Biden lashed out at corporations and the wealthy who make millions of dollars while union workers continue to struggle.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:52:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 18932 at http://michiganradio.org Vice President Biden uses Labor Day speech to call for "a fair share" for workers November election on minds of Detroit Labor Day parade marchers http://michiganradio.org/post/november-election-minds-detroit-labor-day-parade-marchers <p>Thousands of union workers marched down Michigan Avenue today as part of Detroit’s annual Labor Day parade.</p><p></p><p>Just as the parade was getting started, a heavy downpour drenched the marchers as they stepped off from Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Street.</p><p>But the crowd’s passions remained enflamed by speeches from state union leaders, like SEIU president Marge Robinson, who attacked Governor Rick Snyder for signing Right to Work legislation.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:50:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 18933 at http://michiganradio.org November election on minds of Detroit Labor Day parade marchers Report: Many Michiganders struggling to make ends meet http://michiganradio.org/post/report-many-michiganders-struggling-make-ends-meet <p>Many Michiganders are working hard this Labor Day weekend and still not making ends meet.</p><p></p><p>According to a new report, 4 in 10 Michigan households meet the definition of “asset-limited, income constrained, employed” – or ALICE for short.</p><p>Scott Dzurka is the CEO of the Michigan Association of United Ways. He says these people are waitresses, home care workers and others who are the backbone of the Michigan economy. He says ALICE households fall short of having enough money to meet their basic survival needs.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:48:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18927 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Many Michiganders struggling to make ends meet Cracking wise: A word with so many meanings http://michiganradio.org/post/cracking-wise-word-so-many-meanings <p></p><p>Cracking up is funny, except when it involves going completely to pieces, but cracking down often isn't funny at all.&nbsp;</p><p>University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan&nbsp;hadn't really deeply pondered the many meanings of the word "crack," until Rina Miller mentioned getting a chuckle from a road department's press release about crack sealing, prompting the predictable plumber's butt joke.</p><p>What Curzan discovered is that the word goes back to old English, starting as a verb.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:08:13 +0000 Rina Miller & Anne Curzan 18930 at http://michiganradio.org Cracking wise: A word with so many meanings Even the Romans had their dog days of summer http://michiganradio.org/post/even-romans-had-their-dog-days-summer <p></p><p>Michiganders didn't really get much of a chance to refer to "the dog days of summer" this year, but what you might not realize is that the expression didn't come from sizzling weather, but from the stars.</p><p>University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan says people have come up with some very good explanations that relate to dogs on scorching days.</p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:49:54 +0000 Rina Miller & Anne Curzan 18928 at http://michiganradio.org Even the Romans had their dog days of summer Puzzling over plurals: Is it vinyl or vinyls? http://michiganradio.org/post/puzzling-over-plurals-it-vinyl-or-vinyls <p></p><p>It appears vinyl records are causing some folks a bit of grammatical angst.</p><p>University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan says one of those people experiencing discomfort about the plural of the word "vinyl" is Michigan Radio's Mike Perini, who happens to be an avid music collector.</p><p>Curzan says she was surprised to find quite a debate about the word. It's been in newspapers and blogs.</p><p>"There are even t-shirts and magnets that say the plural of vinyl is vinyl," she says.</p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:37:30 +0000 Rina Miller & Anne Curzan 18929 at http://michiganradio.org Puzzling over plurals: Is it vinyl or vinyls? Gradual minimum wage hike set to launch http://michiganradio.org/post/gradual-minimum-wage-hike-set-launch <p>DETROIT (AP) - An increase in Michigan's minimum wage is set to launch, and with it comes a test of whether the gradual rise will help workers, harm businesses or neither.</p><p></p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:29:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18926 at http://michiganradio.org Gradual minimum wage hike set to launch Airwaves heat up in race for Michigan governor http://michiganradio.org/post/airwaves-heat-race-michigan-governor <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Political TV ads are set to escalate in the final two months of the race between Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Democrat Mark Schauer. If the ads that have already run in the contest are any indication, themes will used time and again.</p><p></p><p><br />Some charges are inaccurate or lack context the public might find useful. Snyder never cut education funding by $1 billion in his first year. State-based K-12 funding has gone up every year of his term. But he did slash universities' funding and deprive the K-12 school fund of revenue through a business tax cut.</p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:52:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18925 at http://michiganradio.org Airwaves heat up in race for Michigan governor Michigan troopers join traffic safety initiative http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-troopers-join-traffic-safety-initiative <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State Police troopers are putting special emphasis on dangerous driving behaviors over Labor Day weekend.</p><p></p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:35:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18924 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan troopers join traffic safety initiative Leading US Muslim group holding convention in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/leading-us-muslim-group-holding-convention-detroit <p>DETROIT (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter has told a group of Muslim Americans in Detroit they should take a role in supporting peace and justice efforts.<br /><br />Carter delivered the keynote at Saturday's Islamic Society of North America convention at Cobo Center.<br /><br />The society is among America's leading Muslim groups. The Detroit area has one of the nation's largest Muslim populations.<br /><br />The Detroit News reports that Carter said he hopes Muslim Americans "will use the principals of Allah to bring peace and justice to all."<br /> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:30:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18921 at http://michiganradio.org Ohio farmers get more money to combat lake's algae http://michiganradio.org/post/ohio-farmers-get-more-money-combat-lakes-algae <p>TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The federal government is coming up with more money to help farmers cut down on the fertilizers that are feeding&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">cyanobacteria,&nbsp;sometimes referred to as blue-green algae,</span>&nbsp;in Lake Erie.</p><p></p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:29:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18923 at http://michiganradio.org Ohio farmers get more money to combat lake's algae Michigan small businesses get help navigating health care law changes http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-small-businesses-get-help-navigating-health-care-law-changes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is launching <a href="http://www.michamber.com/chamber-launch-statewide-private-health-insurance-marketplace-sept-1-2014">a private health insurance marketplace </a>September </span>1<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p></p><p>Jason Russell is the senior director of the chamber’s Department of Insurance Services.</p><p>He says the intent of the new marketplace is to help small businesses and insurance agents deal with an increasingly complex health insurance landscape under the Affordable Care Act.</p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18910 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan small businesses get help navigating health care law changes Abusive bosses infect entire teams, MSU study claims http://michiganradio.org/post/abusive-bosses-infect-entire-teams-msu-study-claims <p>Many Michiganders are enjoying a long weekend away from their abusive bosses.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/abusive-leadership-infects-entire-team/">A new Michigan State University study</a> finds leaders who are verbally abusive to their employees are actually doing more harm than you may think.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Crystal Fahr is an assistant professor of management in MSU’s Broad College of Business.&nbsp; She is the lead investigator on the study published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology</p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18911 at http://michiganradio.org Abusive bosses infect entire teams, MSU study claims EMU upgrades campus security after murder of 2 students http://michiganradio.org/post/emu-upgrades-campus-security-after-murder-2-students <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p>YPSILANTI<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"> – Eastern Michigan University is completing security upgrades as students return for fall classes.</span></p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:29:58 +0000 The Associated Press 18922 at http://michiganradio.org EMU upgrades campus security after murder of 2 students