Michigan Radio http://michiganradio.org en Environmentalists pan proposed fracking rules as comment period ends http://michiganradio.org/post/environmentalists-pan-proposed-fracking-rules-comment-period-ends <p>Michiganders have until the end of Thursday to tell state officials what they think of proposed new rules for fracking.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/1298_2013-101EQ_orr-draft_454571_7.pdf">rules </a>would require oil and gas companies to do more water quality testing and provide more information to the public.</p><p></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:35:31 +0000 Jake Neher 18582 at http://michiganradio.org Environmentalists pan proposed fracking rules as comment period ends Wayne State aims to boost on-time graduation with tuition discount http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-state-aims-boost-time-graduation-tuition-discount <p>Wayne State University is hoping new tuition incentives will push more students to graduate in four years.</p><p>Starting next year, Wayne State will <a href="http://media.wayne.edu/2014/07/31/wayne-state-introduces-30-percent-tuition-cut">offer some full-time students a 30% tuition discount</a> during the spring and summer semesters.</p><p>The idea is to encourage students who may need a more staggered courseload during the regular school year to keep taking classes all year.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:56:30 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18581 at http://michiganradio.org Wayne State aims to boost on-time graduation with tuition discount Ann Arbor Public Schools to annex Whitmore Lake schools? Voters to decide in November http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-annex-whitmore-lake-schools-voters-decide-november <p>The school boards in Ann Arbor and nearby&nbsp;Whitmore&nbsp;Lake have voted to pursue Ann Arbor Public Schools' annexation of the much smaller school district to the north of the city.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the past few years, </span>Whitmore<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lake Public Schools has suffered steep enrollment drops as the community's population declined&nbsp;</span>–<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and the district is moving grades out of its middle school building this fall&nbsp;to <a href="https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-fC2tvipFITSFlvVVNjQndrQTQ/edit">balance its budget</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Voters will decide the question in November. A "yes" vote in both communities would result in annexation next July.</span></p><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:53:47 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18579 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor Public Schools to annex Whitmore Lake schools? Voters to decide in November Shout it out loud! Simmons tells AP movie about KISS '75 visit to Cadillac is a go http://michiganradio.org/post/shout-it-out-loud-simmons-tells-ap-movie-about-kiss-75-visit-cadillac-go <p>KISS bass player and noted "God of Thunder" Gene Simmons says a film about his band's visit to Cadillac, MI in&nbsp;1975 is now fully funded and in pre-production.&nbsp;</p><p>Talk about "Cadillac Dreams!"&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>According to Cadillac High School's then assistant football coach, Jim Neff, the town's team was using KISS' music to motivate their players in what went on to become a spectacular winning season.&nbsp;</p><p>The film was reportedly offered $8.2 million in incentives from the Michigan Film Office back in 2012.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:31:50 +0000 Kate Wells 18577 at http://michiganradio.org Shout it out loud! Simmons tells AP movie about KISS '75 visit to Cadillac is a go Making the Great Lakes safer for swimming, fishing and drinking the water http://michiganradio.org/post/making-great-lakes-safer-swimming-fishing-and-drinking-water <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Just in case the <a href="http://www.ijc.org/en_/Great_Lakes_Water_Quality">Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement</a> isn’t on your summer reading list, here’s the gist of it:</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1; background-color: transparent;">It’s an agreement between the U.S. and Canada. One of the goals of that agreement is to make the Great Lakes more </span>swimmable<span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1; background-color: transparent;">, </span>fishable<span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1; background-color: transparent;"> and drinkable.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-2cb5efdc-8caf-0692-3f70-f587a08ad6eb" style="line-height: 1;"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The International Joint Commission is an independent bi-national organization. It gives advice to the U.S. and Canada on meeting those goals, among other things. </span></span><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1; background-color: transparent;">The</span><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1; background-color: transparent;"> </span>IJC<span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1; background-color: transparent;"> has a Health Professionals Advisory Board, and the board’s come out with a <a href="http://ijc.org/files/tinymce/uploaded/HPAB/Recommended-Human-Health_Indicators-June2014.pdf">report</a> proposing five ways to measure risks to our health from contaminants and other hazards in the Great Lakes. </span></p><p>The advisory board is proposing these indicators:</p><p></p><ul dir="ltr"><li style="line-height: 1; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1; background-color: transparent;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:10pt">The chemical integrity of source water</span></span></li><li style="line-height: 1; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1; background-color: transparent;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:10pt">Biological hazards of source water</span></span></li><li style="line-height: 1; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1; background-color: transparent;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:10pt">Illness risk at Great Lakes beaches</span></span></li><li style="line-height: 1; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1; background-color: transparent;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:10pt">Identified risks at Great Lakes beaches</span></span></li><li style="line-height: 1; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1; background-color: transparent;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:10pt">Contaminant levels in fish</span></span></li></ul><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:11:09 +0000 Rebecca Williams 18572 at http://michiganradio.org Making the Great Lakes safer for swimming, fishing and drinking the water Best Michigan representatives money can buy? http://michiganradio.org/post/best-michigan-representatives-money-can-buy <div><div class="gmail_default" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; display: inline;">​</div><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Imagine that you are a CEO and you are looking to hire somebody for a temporary, two-year position that pays $174,000 a year, and may include access to highly sensitive information.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Somebody steps up and announces he will pay more than $3 million, most of it out of his own pocket, to be considered for this job. &nbsp;Would you be suspicious?</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Let’s say you also needed to hire someone for a lower-ranking position, one which will have little power, and which will pay less than $72,000. A woman who could easily make more than that elsewhere borrows money, hits up friends, and spends more than $200,000 in an attempt to be a finalist for the position.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Would you say something is wrong here?</span></p></div><div> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:58:56 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18576 at http://michiganradio.org Best Michigan representatives money can buy? Democratic primary will decide who goes to Congress in Metro Detroit's 14th district http://michiganradio.org/post/democratic-primary-will-decide-who-goes-congress-metro-detroits-14th-district <p>In our political system, sometimes the primary election is <em>the</em> election.</p><p>That’s the case in Metro Detroit’s 14<sup>th</sup> Congressional district, where the winner of the Democratic primary is virtually guaranteed a win November.</p><p>There are <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140730/NEWS06/307300215/14th-congressional-election-hobbs-lawrence-clarke-foster">three major candidates in this year’s primary</a>, making for a pretty competitive race in a very strange district.</p><p></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">A “geographical monstrosity”</strong></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:27:46 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18574 at http://michiganradio.org Democratic primary will decide who goes to Congress in Metro Detroit's 14th district Michigan Radio Wins National Clarion Award http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radio-wins-national-clarion-award <p>Michigan Radio has won a national <a href="http://www.womcom.org/wp/clarion-awards/about-clarion-awards/">Clarion Award</a> from The Association for Women in Communications for the news series “Shooting in Muskegon shed light on hero, and problems.” The series, which originally aired in August 2013, won a Clarion Award in the category of Best Radio Documentary Series.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:15:29 +0000 Steve Chrypinski 18573 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Radio Wins National Clarion Award Mackinac Island was site of a major battle 200 years ago http://michiganradio.org/post/mackinac-island-was-site-major-battle-200-years-ago <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The War of 1812 is famous for the Star Spangled Banner, Admiral Perry’s "We have met the enemy and they are ours.” But, really, not a lot of people know much about that war. Michigan and the Great Lakes were key battle sites between the fledgling United States and the British. The River Raisin near Monroe, Michigan was site of a major battle.</span></p><p>And August 4<sup>th</sup> marks the 200<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Battle of Mackinac Island.</p><p>Craig Wilson is the Museum Historian for the<a href="http://www.mackinacparks.com/"> Mackinac State Historic Parks</a>. He joined us to talk about why Mackinac was an important strategic site worth fighting for during the war.</p><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:34:18 +0000 Stateside Staff 18561 at http://michiganradio.org Mackinac Island was site of a major battle 200 years ago Truth Squad calls "flagrant foul" in 3rd District race http://michiganradio.org/post/truth-squad-calls-flagrant-foul-3rd-district-race <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://bridgemi.com/">Bridge</a> magazine’s <a href="http://bridgemi.com/category/truth-squad/">Truth Squad</a> has been reviewing political ads in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District's Republican primary campaigns.</p><p>The Third Congressional district stretches from north of Grand Rapids to south of Battle Creek. The incumbent is Justin Amash, a libertarian and Tea Party favorite. He’s being challenged in the Republican Primary by Brian Ellis, who has backing from many business leaders and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Lester Graham 18534 at http://michiganradio.org Truth Squad calls "flagrant foul" in 3rd District race Flint schools' deficit plan relies on retaining students http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-schools-deficit-plan-relies-retaining-students <p>The Flint school board last night approved a plan to eliminate its $20.4 million deficit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the plan relies on the district being able to do something it has struggled to do:&nbsp; retain students.</span></p><p></p><p>The Flint school district delivers its revised deficit elimination plan to the state Department of Education tomorrow. &nbsp;The plan calls for zeroing out a $20.4 million deficit by the end of 2021.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:07:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 18571 at http://michiganradio.org Flint schools' deficit plan relies on retaining students Stateside for Wednesday, July 30, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-july-30-2014 <div class="gmail_default" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; display: inline;">​<p></p><p>Today on Stateside:</p></div><ul><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Michigan's primary elections are on Tuesday, and one of the things you’ll be looking at is Proposal 1. We sorted out what Prop 1 is all about, before you hit the voting booth.</span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">New NPR president Jarl Mohn was here. We talked with him about what's next for the network.</span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Next Monday marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Mackinac Island. We heard how Mackinac State Historic Parks are planning to bring the battle back to life.</span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Today, business is booming for Michigan's auto industry. But what happens if there's another downturn? Are the automakers really better prepared to weather it? A new report offered some answers.</span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Two of the biggest teams in professional soccer are going to be playing at the Big House at the University of Michigan. Manchester United and Real Madrid will be playing on Aug. 2 in Ann Arbor.&nbsp;</span></li></ul><p><em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">* Listen to the full show above.</span></em></p><p></p><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:25:08 +0000 Stateside Staff 18567 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, July 30, 2014 What's your biggest failure behind success? Charlie Wollborg shares his on Failure: Lab http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-your-biggest-failure-behind-success-charlie-wollborg-shares-his-failure-lab <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Droid Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 24px;"><a href="http://failure-lab.com/">Failure:Lab</a> is a program that showcases personal stories of failure. It's been happening in Michigan and is spreading outside the state.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Droid Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 24px;">The events are designed to share stories we normally keep hidden, connect us with others and give us a chance to learn from the mistakes of others.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">On this stage,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.curvedetroit.com/charliewollborg.html" style="font-family: 'Droid Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;">Charlie Wollborg</a>&nbsp;shared some of his struggles behind the success he's had.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-family: 'Droid Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">His bio from the website:&nbsp;</span></p><blockquote><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><font face="Droid Sans, sans-serif" size="2"><span style="line-height: 24px; text-align: center;">Charlie&nbsp;</span></font>Wollborg&nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Droid Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">is a Marketing Strategist and Creative Director at Curve Detroit. He’s a speaker, innovator, and one of the main instigators behind </span>TEDx<span style="font-family: 'Droid Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> Detroit. He is an educator and grower of brands and businesses.</span></p></blockquote><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px;">This is the story that Wollborg shared at Failure:Lab Detroit on November 21, 2013 at the Detroit Opera House.</span></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Q8assLlHu3I" width="560"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:24:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 18568 at http://michiganradio.org What's your biggest failure behind success? Charlie Wollborg shares his on Failure: Lab Real Madrid takes on Manchester United in the Big House this weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/real-madrid-takes-manchester-united-big-house-weekend <div class="gmail_default" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; display: inline;">​</div><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">This year, we’ve heard more about soccer than ever in the U.S. More than 26 million people in the U.S. watched the World Cup in Brazil. And we are just about to get hit with more soccer here in Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Two of the biggest teams in professional soccer are going to be playing at the football stadium at the University of Michigan. Manchester United and Real Madrid will be playing on Aug. 2 in Ann Arbor.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Andy Markovits&nbsp;joined us today. He teaches political science at the University of Michigan and has written widely about soccer.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Markovits</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;believes this game will set an attendance record for a soccer match in the U.S. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“I’m expecting a packed stadium.”</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Despite the fact that the two teams are playing for commercial reasons,&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Markovits</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;said the event would give the University of Michigan “a global forum that is second to none.”</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“These two different cultures, different languages meeting in one ground… I'm&nbsp;</span>ecstatic<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;to see it in my lifetime,”&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Markovits</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;said.</span></p><p><em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">* Listen to the interview with&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Andy&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Markovits&nbsp;above.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:22:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 18566 at http://michiganradio.org Real Madrid takes on Manchester United in the Big House this weekend A conversation with new NPR president Jarl Mohn http://michiganradio.org/post/conversation-new-npr-president-jarl-mohn <p></p><p>NPR’s new president Jarl Mohn visited Michigan Radio this week. He joined us on the show.</p><p>Before NPR, Mohn managed MTV, VH1, E! Entertainment Television and several other media outlets.</p><p>Mohn said public radio had done a great job building an audience, but he is hoping to turn that into a solid business model.</p><p>Mohn worked as a radio disc jockey during the first 19 years of his career. He said his previous work with a public radio station rekindled his love for radio.</p><p>“This is the only thing on the planet that I would have gone back to work for,” Mohn said.</p><p><em>* Listen to our conversation with Jarl&nbsp;Mohn&nbsp;above.</em></p><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:19:07 +0000 Stateside Staff 18565 at http://michiganradio.org A conversation with new NPR president Jarl Mohn Auto business is booming, but report warns of next industry downfall http://michiganradio.org/post/auto-business-booming-report-warns-next-industry-downfall <p>When the economy in Michigan is hurting, you always hear politicians talking about diversifying the economy.</p><p>But when the auto industry is doing better and the economy in Michigan is riding along with it, that talk seems to disappear.</p><p>Well, not this time. Rick Haglund recently wrote about a <a href="http://www.alixpartners.com/en/MediaCenter/PressReleases/tabid/821/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/1271/Blind-Curves-Ahead-for-Auto-Industry-as-America-Nears-a-Peak-Europe-Remains-Spotty-China-Cools-Japan-Gears-Up-and-Regulations-Loom-According-to-AlixPartners-Study.aspx#sthash.bpqrDcdq.NQMfTFVc.dpbs">report</a> that indicates the auto industry might be hitting the brakes.</p><p>Haglund joined us today. He’s a freelance journalist and contributor to Bridge Magazine, MLive and others. Michigan Radio's auto reporter, Tracy Samilton, also joined us on the show.</p><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:16:35 +0000 Stateside Staff 18560 at http://michiganradio.org Auto business is booming, but report warns of next industry downfall 100+ show up to give input on new standardized test http://michiganradio.org/post/100-show-give-input-new-standardized-test <p>Michigan education officials are in the process of finding a new standardized test … again.</p><p></p><p>More than a hundred people were in Lansing Wednesday to tell the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) what they want out of a new assessment.</p><p></p><p>MDE had already chosen the Smarter Balanced assessment three years ago. But many lawmakers were not happy with that test because it’s aligned with the controversial Common Core school standards.</p><p></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:13:23 +0000 Jake Neher 18570 at http://michiganradio.org 100+ show up to give input on new standardized test Snyder, Canadian officials: "Let's get a bridge going" http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-canadian-officials-lets-get-bridge-going <p>Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian officials have vowed to forge ahead with plans to build a new bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor.</p><p>Snyder and Canada’s Transport Minister, Lisa Raitt, <a href="http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do;jsessionid=3720650f330722867f930f821139b8ae2f773627f5664b8e00cf4064cfe22bad.e34Rc3iMbx8Oai0Tbx0SaxqPaN10?mthd=advSrch&amp;crtr.page=1&amp;crtr.dpt1D=6695&amp;nid=871879&amp;crtr.tp1D=1">announced appointments to the International Bridge Authority in Windsor</a> on Wednesday.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:30:39 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18569 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder, Canadian officials: "Let's get a bridge going" New technology at Detroit Metro Airport to reduce travelers' wait times http://michiganradio.org/post/new-technology-detroit-metro-airport-reduce-travelers-wait-times <p>International travelers may soon experience shorter wait times at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.</p><p></p><p><br />New technology at the airport aims to make the U.S. customs process a little easier.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:39:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18564 at http://michiganradio.org New technology at Detroit Metro Airport to reduce travelers' wait times Join Michigan Radio for our next Issues & Ale: It’s Just Politics, Election Edition http://michiganradio.org/post/join-michigan-radio-our-next-issues-ale-it-s-just-politics-election-edition <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Tuesday, Aug. 12, 6-7:30 p.m. (Rain date: Wednesday, Aug. 13)</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.billsbeergarden.com/" target="_new">Bill's Beer Garden</a><br />218 S. Ashley<br />Ann Arbor, Michigan<br /><br /><strong>Thursday, Aug. 14, 6-7:30 p.m.</strong><br /><a href="http://downtownmarketgr.com/" target="_new">Downtown Market</a><br />Grand Rapids (SE Space)<br />435 Ionia Ave.&nbsp;SW<br />Grand Rapids, Michigan</p><p>The hosts of Michigan Radio's popular <em>It's Just Politics</em> series will take to the road for a pair of live Issues &amp; Ale events.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio Network Capitol Bureau Chief <a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/rick-pluta">Rick Pluta</a> and Michigan Radio’s resident political junkie <a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/zoe-clark">Zoe Clar</a>k will anchor this fast-paced spin around Michigan politics and the top issues in Lansing. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">We will review the results of Michigan’s August primary and look ahead to prospects for the November election.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Stop by, have a drink, and join in the discussion.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Free admission!</strong></p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:09:04 +0000 Tony Brown 18563 at http://michiganradio.org Join Michigan Radio for our next Issues & Ale: It’s Just Politics, Election Edition