Michigan Radio http://michiganradio.org en Audit finds problems with prisoner education programs in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/audit-finds-problems-prisoner-education-programs-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new audit shows problems in Michigan’s prisoner education program. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state auditor general’s office says the Michigan Department of Corrections <a href="http://209.59.148.65/~audgenmi/finalpdfs/13_14/r471031013.pdf#search=">failed to identify prisoners who qualify for federal assistance to take classes</a>. It also shows the department failed to make sure the programs were effective.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Russ&nbsp;</span>Marlan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Corrections. He says the department agrees with the report’s findings and is working to fix those problems.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Having a third party come in and look at your operations and give you recommendations about how to improve I think is a good thing. And so, we’re going to take these recommendations and move forward and hopefully improve our prison education and vocational education,” says Marlan.</span></p><p>Marlan&nbsp;says the department has already taken steps to improve the programs over the last three years.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:19:32 +0000 Jake Neher 18786 at http://michiganradio.org Audit finds problems with prisoner education programs in Michigan It's time for Michigan kids to start preparing to return to school http://michiganradio.org/post/its-time-michigan-kids-start-preparing-return-school <p>Michigan school districts are gearing up for the beginning of the school year.</p><p></p><p>Many school districts are holding kickoff events, including<a href="http://www.grps.org/"> Grand Rapids Public Schools </a>which drew hundreds of grade-school students and parents today.</p><p>Teresa Weatherall-Neal is Grand Rapids' school superintendent. She says it’s important for parents and children to realize summer is almost over.</p><p>"We need people to now switch gears. Summer is over. We need you to start thinking about school,” says Weatherall-Neal. “It’s time to come back.”</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:18:54 +0000 Steve Carmody 18787 at http://michiganradio.org It's time for Michigan kids to start preparing to return to school Report: Toxic algae just one way climate shifts are changing the American outdoors http://michiganradio.org/post/report-toxic-algae-just-one-way-climate-shifts-are-changing-american-outdoors <p>An environmental group’s report says climate change is already affecting how Americans experience the outdoors.</p><p>The National Wildlife Federation’s report <a href="http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/Media-Center/Reports/Archive/2014/08-12-2014-Ticked-Off-The-Outdoor-Experience.aspx">“Ticked Off: America’s outdoor experience and climate change”</a> cites this summer’s toxic algal blooms in Western Lake Erie as a prime example of the phenomenon.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:22:35 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18789 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Toxic algae just one way climate shifts are changing the American outdoors State seeks "pay for success" partners to reduce infant mortality http://michiganradio.org/post/state-seeks-pay-success-partners-reduce-infant-mortality <p>Michigan's first experiment with an idea called "pay for success" is getting underway.<br /><br />The state is asking private or non-profit groups for proposals to reduce infant mortality. &nbsp;</p><p>"The goal," says Snyder administration spokesman Dave Murray, "is to help high-risk mothers and their babies, through home visitation or community programs or better coordination of care up until the child's second birthday."</p><p>Murray says the selected partners would pay for the projects up front.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:56:30 +0000 Tracy Samilton 18788 at http://michiganradio.org State seeks "pay for success" partners to reduce infant mortality Stateside for Tuesday, August 19, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-august-19-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today on Stateside:</span></p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Green Infrastructures could be the answer to preparing for severe weather like the massive rainfall in Metro Detroit last week.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; An&nbsp;MSU study shows that adolescents who have a healthy fear of crime are less likely to become a victim.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Our insatiable need for energy could be colliding with our desire to preserve Michigan's natural beauty. Case in point: some 97-hundred acres of Hartwick Pines State Park near Grayling could be included in a DNR auction October 29th for a lease of mineral rights.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A story from Failure Lab Detroit.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Controversy has hit the small town of Barry Township over its police force. Specifically, the nearly three dozen unpaid, reserve police reserve officers. The non-certified officers carrying guns, ride in patrol cars and, according to some, use too much force.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Michigan's Grape and Wine Industry Council recognized eight Michigan wines as "best in class" at their recent awards ceremony.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full show above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:29:10 +0000 Stateside Staff 18782 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Diana Sieger wishes she gave the parents of her attacker some closure http://michiganradio.org/post/diana-sieger-wishes-she-gave-parents-her-attacker-some-closure <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A story of failure.</span></p><p>Diana Seiger shares her story of failure. She was attacked while bringing her groceries home. She says her failure was not allowing the parents of her attacker to get closure.</p><p>Watch her story here:</p><p>http://youtu.be/lNP0aH7DShs</p><p>To learn more about Failure Lab and hear more stories visit <a href="http://failure-lab.com/">failure-lab.com.</a></p><p><em>*Listen to the full story above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:26:37 +0000 Stateside Staff 18783 at http://michiganradio.org Diana Sieger wishes she gave the parents of her attacker some closure Land under Hartwick Pines State Park could be leased for oil and gas exploration http://michiganradio.org/post/land-under-hartwick-pines-state-park-could-be-leased-oil-and-gas-exploration <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our need for energy could be colliding with our desire to preserve Michigan’s natural beauty.</span></p><p>Case in point: around 9,700 acres of Hartwick Pines State Park near Grayling could be included in an&nbsp;MDNR auction October 29 for a lease of mineral rights.</p><p>Ron French reported on this<a href="http://bridgemi.com/2014/08/oil-lease-proposed-under-400-year-old-virgin-pines/"> story</a> for Bridge Magazine. He said it’s not unusual for the state to lease ground underneath state parks.</p><p>Twice a year the Michigan Department of Natural Resources holds an auction where they lease oil and gas rights to anyone who wants to explore. Companies or individuals can nominate any state property for exploration for oil and gas. One Michigan oil company nominated Hartwick Pines.</p><p>Hartwick Pines State Park holds a 49 acre parcel that is the largest, and possibly the last, virgin forest of white pines in the Lower Peninsula.</p><p>“These are pine that are up to 400 years old, they’re up to 12 feet in circumference, they are up to 165 feet tall, this is what Michigan looked like before logging,” French said.</p><p>French points out that a lease is not a right to drill on the property.</p><p>“What are the chances of something going on near Hartwick Pines? They are small, but they are greater than they would be if this lease hadn’t occurred,” French said.</p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:03:51 +0000 Stateside Staff 18780 at http://michiganradio.org Land under Hartwick Pines State Park could be leased for oil and gas exploration A list of Michigan's 'Best in Class' wines http://michiganradio.org/post/list-michigans-best-class-wines <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan's Grape and Wine Industry Council recognized eight Michigan wines as "best in class" at their recent awards ceremony.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Linda Jones, executive director of the Council, filled us in on the winners.</span></p><p>Among the winners are three Rieslings, a sparkling wine, a dry red that also won last year, a semi- dry red wine, one fruit, and one rosé</p><p>The judges were looking for wines that were true to the character of the grape produced in this region.</p><p>Here's a list of Michigan's eight "Best in Class" winners:</p><ul><li style="margin: 10px 0px 5px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: TeXGyreHerosCnRegular, helvetica, arial, verdana, san-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 19.5px; background-color: rgb(190, 190, 190);"><b>Sparkling: Aurora Cellars 2011 Brut</b></li><li style="margin: 10px 0px 5px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: TeXGyreHerosCnRegular, helvetica, arial, verdana, san-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 19.5px; background-color: rgb(190, 190, 190);"><b>Dry White: Blustone Vineyards 2013 Riesling</b></li><li style="margin: 10px 0px 5px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: TeXGyreHerosCnRegular, helvetica, arial, verdana, san-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 19.5px; background-color: rgb(190, 190, 190);"><b>Dry Red: Peninsula Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc</b></li><li style="margin: 10px 0px 5px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: TeXGyreHerosCnRegular, helvetica, arial, verdana, san-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 19.5px; background-color: rgb(190, 190, 190);"><b>Semi-dry White: Gill's Pier Vineyard &amp; Winery 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling</b></li><li style="margin: 10px 0px 5px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: TeXGyreHerosCnRegular, helvetica, arial, verdana, san-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 19.5px; background-color: rgb(190, 190, 190);"><b>Semi-dry Red: Lawton Ridge Winery 2012 AZO Red</b></li><li style="margin: 10px 0px 5px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: TeXGyreHerosCnRegular, helvetica, arial, verdana, san-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 19.5px; background-color: rgb(190, 190, 190);"><b>Dessert: Black Star Farms 2012 Arcturos Winter Harvest Riesling</b></li><li style="margin: 10px 0px 5px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: TeXGyreHerosCnRegular, helvetica, arial, verdana, san-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 19.5px; background-color: rgb(190, 190, 190);"><b>Fruit: 45 North Vineyard &amp; Winery Peach Cremant</b></li><li style="margin: 10px 0px 5px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: TeXGyreHerosCnRegular, helvetica, arial, verdana, san-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 19.5px; background-color: rgb(190, 190, 190);"><b>Rosé: Chateau de Leelanau 2013 Cabernet Franc Rosé</b></li></ul><p>You can find the full list of winners<a href="http://www.michiganwines.com/#sthash.JCAxDGi3.dpbs"> here</a>.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:46:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 18781 at http://michiganradio.org A list of Michigan's 'Best in Class' wines Your fear of crime could be protecting you http://michiganradio.org/post/your-fear-crime-could-be-protecting-you <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Are you afraid of crime? Are your children afraid of crime?</span></p><p>If the answer is yes, Chris Melde says&nbsp;that’s not a bad thing. In fact, your fear could be what keeps you out of harm’s way.</p><p>Melde is an associate professor of criminal justice at Michigan State University. His study of fear <a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/scared-of-crime-good/">has been published in the journal Justice Quarterly</a>.</p><p>Melde says fear of danger is a natural instinct to remain vigilant in the face of potential danger.</p><p>“If adolescents have a healthy fear of crime, it’s really an indication that they are likely to take precautionary behaviors,” Melde said.</p><p>These kids would avoid situations like parties with drugs and alcohol, hanging out where there is no adult supervision, or hanging out with delinquent peers -- all of which are known risk factors for violent victimization and violent offending.</p><p>He said in his piece that there is a "victim offender overlap." The population most at risk for being violently victimized are people who are likely to victimize other people.</p><p>Melde said that when talking about fear of crime, it is not merely a comparison of people who are fearful and people who are not fearful.</p><p>“We are really talking about a kind of continuum of people’s anxieties about being victimized,” Melde said. “People with a really low level of fear are actually more likely to put themselves in harm’s way and have a higher rate of victimization.”</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview with Chris Melde above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:38:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 18779 at http://michiganradio.org Your fear of crime could be protecting you How Detroit can prepare for the next extreme rain event http://michiganradio.org/post/how-detroit-can-prepare-next-extreme-rain-event <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We can't prevent an extreme weather event like the deluge that flooded some streets in Metro Detroit last week. However, we can prepare for them. But how?</span></p><p>Crain’s Detroit Business Lansing reporter Chris Gautz did some research, and found that green infrastructure could be the answer. By using sustainable methods, he says we could keep water from getting to storm drains.</p><p>Some examples:</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pervious concrete - allows water to drain through the concrete into the ground</p><p>· &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Gray water recycling systems - &nbsp;water can be reused in sprinkler systems.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Green roofs or rain gardens - the water is used instead of going down the drain</p><p>Guatz wrote in his<a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20140817/NEWS/308179982/officials-study-ways-to-lessen-burden-on-storm-systems"> article</a> that the inherent weakness in our current storm system is the amount of concrete covering the ground.</p><p>When parking lots were developed, the idea was to get the water off the parking lot as fast as possible. So they're designed to force the water into the drains.</p><p>“Go look out at a big parking lot and think when it rains, that rain can’t go into that concrete,” Gautz said. “It’s got to go somewhere, and it’s going into your basements.”</p><p>Gautz quoted a 2001 report from SEMCOG that found between $14 billion and $26 billion would be needed by 2030 to maintain and improve the sewer infrastructure.</p><p>Gautz<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said that now is the time to implement new strategies for future weather events.</span></p><p>“You know these pipes are getting older and the system is getting older, and you keep putting that much pressure on it and eventually something could break,” Gautz said.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview with Chris Gautz above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:30:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 18778 at http://michiganradio.org How Detroit can prepare for the next extreme rain event Man who killed Renisha McBride in suburban Detroit sued for more than $10 million http://michiganradio.org/post/man-who-killed-renisha-mcbride-suburban-detroit-sued-more-10-million <p>DETROIT - A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch is being sued by her parents for more than $10 million.</p><p>The lawsuit against Theodore Wafer was filed&nbsp;Tuesday&nbsp;in Wayne County court, 12 days after a jury convicted him of second-degree murder in the death of Renisha McBride.</p><p>The 19-year-old was shot in the face in Dearborn Heights. Wafer says he acted in self-defense after hearing pounding at his doors last&nbsp;Nov. 2, but the jury found deadly force was unreasonable.</p><p>The 55-year-old Wafer is in custody awaiting his sentence on&nbsp;Sept. 3. The lawsuit was filed by attorney Gerald Thurswell on behalf of McBride's parents, Monica McBride and Walter Simmons.</p><p>They accuse Wafer of wrongful death and negligence.</p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:12:43 +0000 The Associated Press 18785 at http://michiganradio.org Man who killed Renisha McBride in suburban Detroit sued for more than $10 million Renowned forensic psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, Emanuel Tanay, dies at 86 http://michiganradio.org/post/renowned-forensic-psychiatrist-and-holocaust-survivor-emanuel-tanay-dies-86 <p>Dr. Emanuel Tanay&nbsp;died of metastatic prostate cancer on August 5. A visitation is planned for S<span style="line-height: 1.5;">aturday, September 13 at 11:00 am at the Nie Family Funeral Home in Ann Arbor with a memorial service to follow at noon.</span></p><p>Tanay led an amazing life. Here's more about Tanay from a family press release:&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:53:24 +0000 Mark Brush 18784 at http://michiganradio.org Renowned forensic psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, Emanuel Tanay, dies at 86 Lawyers argue man wrongfully convicted of killing two hunters near Battle Creek http://michiganradio.org/post/lawyers-argue-man-wrongfully-convicted-killing-two-hunters-near-battle-creek <p>The Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan law school is asking a judge to reopen the case of Jeff Titus.</p><p>Titus was convicted of killing two hunters near Battle Creek.</p><p>The crime occurred in November of 1990. Titus was convicted 12 years later by a "cold case" investigation, even though he was cleared in the initial investigation of the crime.</p><p>More from UM's <a href="http://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/innocenceclinic/acceptedcases/Pages/titus.aspx">Innocence Clinic</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Original investigating detectives concluded that Titus's alibi – supported by the owners of the land on which he had been hunting – made it impossible for him to be present at the time of the murders … In the course of the decade between the murders and the prosecution, Titus's alibi witnesses had aged and were no longer able to testify in his favor. At trial, his attorney failed to call the detectives who could testify about Titus's alibi…</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:54:56 +0000 Mark Brush 18777 at http://michiganradio.org Lawyers argue man wrongfully convicted of killing two hunters near Battle Creek Study finds food allergies are more common in inner-city children http://michiganradio.org/post/study-finds-food-allergies-are-more-common-inner-city-children <p><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;">A new </span><a href="http://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749(14)00899-9/abstract" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;">study </a><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;">finds inner-city kids might have a higher than normal risk of developing food allergies.</span></p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:54:29 +0000 Rebecca Williams 18772 at http://michiganradio.org Study finds food allergies are more common in inner-city children UM Innocence Clinic & two retired cops fighting to free man convicted of double murder http://michiganradio.org/post/um-innocence-clinic-two-retired-cops-fighting-free-man-convicted-double-murder <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jeff Titus is currently serving two life sentences for a double homicide in 1990.</span></p><p>Two men believe Titus’ alibi that he was hunting in a different part of the state at the time the shootings took place.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The two men are the original detectives who investigated the crime.</p><p></p><p>On November 17<sup>th</sup>, 1990, Doug Estes and Jim Bennett were hunting in the Fulton State Gaming Area.&nbsp; Both were shot in the back at close range.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:49:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 18776 at http://michiganradio.org UM Innocence Clinic & two retired cops fighting to free man convicted of double murder Some question aggressive police tactics in West Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/some-question-aggressive-police-tactics-west-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Controversy over police force has hit not only Ferguson, Missouri but a small town in West Michigan as well.</span></p><p>Some residents in Barry Township, Michigan are getting angry over the build-up of its police force.</p><p>Specifically, the nearly three dozen unpaid, reserve police officers from outside the community.</p><p>These non-certified officers are carrying guns, riding in patrol cars and, according to some, using way too much force.</p><p>Lori Brasier of Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140804/NEWS06/308040024/Berry-Township-aggressive-policing">has been covering this controversy</a>.</p><p>“These officers were stopping people for having things dangling off their rear view mirrors, they were stopping a lot of high school kids just to stop them,” says Brasier.</p><p>The department also has two Humvees and two armored personnel carriers received free of charge from the U.S. Department of Defense for a township with only four full-time officers.&nbsp;</p><p>"People are paying attention. 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font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;">The Environmental Protection Agency has a <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region5/cleanup/dowchemical/pdfs/dowchemical-floodplain-proposed-cleanup-plan-fs-201408.pdf">plan </a>for cleaning up soil contaminated by dioxins along the </span>Tittabawasee<span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;"> River floodplain. 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He was, of course, the unarmed black teenager shot to death by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson 10 days ago.</span></p><p>His death has reopened our eternal and eternally painful dialogue about equal rights and race. But what makes me sad is that a true civil rights movement giant died in Detroit two days ago, and almost nobody even noticed.</p><p>Fifty years ago this summer, a young black woman lawyer from Detroit named Claudia House Morcom arrived in Mississippi on a mission that really meant risking her life.</p><p>She was there to fight the system of institutionalized vicious racism that prevented black Americans from voting, and reduced them to subhuman status in virtually every way.</p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:08:59 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18773 at http://michiganradio.org This Detroit woman who fought for equal rights decades ago deserves to be remembered today Toledo Mayor compares water crisis to a terrorist attack http://michiganradio.org/post/toledo-mayor-compares-water-crisis-terrorist-attack <p>Earlier this month, from August 2 to August 4, people living in Toledo were suddenly without water. Pea-green bacteria growing in Lake Erie had released a toxin that got into the city's water supply.</p><p>The Mayor of Toledo, Michael Collins, compared what happened in his city to 9/11.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2014/08/19/Mayor-says-water-crisis-is-similar-to-9-11.html">Tom Troy of the Toledo Blade</a>:</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:57:51 +0000 Mark Brush 18774 at http://michiganradio.org Toledo Mayor compares water crisis to a terrorist attack Duggan announces $200,000 donation for water assistance fund; shutoffs resume next week http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-announces-200000-donation-water-assistance-fund-shutoffs-resume-next-week <p>Detroit officials are trying to boost aid programs for people who struggle to pay their water bills--before the city starts shutting off residential customers again.</p><p>The United Way and the philanthropic arms of Ford and General Motors announced a <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140818/NEWS01/308180175/Detroit-water-shutoffs-assistance">combined $200,000 in donations to the Detroit Water Fund </a>Monday.</p><p>That fund is designed to help eligible Detroiters pay up to 25% of their delinquent water bill.</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:45:25 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18770 at http://michiganradio.org Duggan announces $200,000 donation for water assistance fund; shutoffs resume next week