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10:40 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Funeral set for famed Detroit boxing trainer Emanuel Steward

Lead in text: 
The Detroit News has this obituary of Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward.
Detroit - The funeral for Emanuel Steward, the legendary Detroit boxing trainer and manager who worked with some of the most celebrated pugilists of the past four decades, will be held Nov. 13 at the Greater Grace Temple. According to funeral officials, the delay was to accommodate friends traveling from overseas Steward died Thursday.
Politics & Government
6:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Politicians learn their lines

Bob Kolt teaches his students to "smile big" during interviews

Bob Kolt is using a wildly popular video clip to teach future politicians the importance of knowing their lines. It’s an excerpt from the 2007 Miss Teen USA competition. In the video, Miss South Carolina is asked why she thinks 1/5 of Americans can’t find the United States on a map.

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Politics & Government
1:01 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Election: Michigan's U.S. Senate Race

Will Michigan voters choose incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow or Republican challenger Pete Hoekstra for US Senate?
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michigan voters will choose between two long time fixtures on the state political scene in next Tuesday’s U.S. Senate race.  

The result may mark the end of one of those political careers.

Democrat Debbie Stabenow has spent the past twelve years in the U.S. Senate. 

In that time, the Democratic incumbent has acquired a certain degree of political influence, for example as the chair of the Senate Agriculture committee, and a certain comfort when it comes to raising campaign donations. 

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Election 2012
3:03 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

6 things to know about Proposal 1: Referendum on the emergency manager law

An emergency manager has been operating Benton Harbor for over two years.
notashamed flickr

In November, Michigan voters will decide the fate of Public Act 4 of 2011 (PA 4)—the controversial emergency manager law.

PA 4 is the latest of three Michigan laws that define the state’s ability to appoint emergency managers to oversee financially distressed local governments.

Under the law, emergency managers have the power to modify and terminate existing contracts, and in some cases, collective bargaining agreements.

Since August 8, when the Board of Canvassers placed Proposal 1 on the ballot, PA 4 has been suspended while awaiting the statewide referendum.

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Politics & Government
1:01 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Election: Flint voters to decide big property tax increase

Flint firefighters hose down a fire that has consumed a small home on the city's north side. If voters reject a proposed millage increase on election day, there may soon be fewer firefighters to battle Flint's fires.
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Flint voters face a tough choice on Election Day.

Agree to a big property tax increase…or face even more cuts to the city’s overburdened police and fire departments.

On November Sixth, Flint voters will decide if they are willing to pay an additional 6 mills on their property taxes or about 79 dollars extra a year for the average home owner.    

Supporters say about five million dollars would be raised for police and fire protection.

Flint set a record for homicides two years ago.     And could do it again this year.   Flint’s arson rate has exploded as well.

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Economy
1:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Report: Detroit's home foreclosure rate is moving down

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Detroit’s home foreclosure rates are dropping.

Realty Trac reports Detroit now has the 39th highest home foreclosure rate in the country. That's a big change from a few years ago, when Detroit routinely ranked in the top ten.

In September,  Detroit’s home foreclosure rate was at its lowest point since September, 2006. 

Daren Bloomquist is with Realty Trac.    He says Detroit’s foreclosure numbers are improving, but he says more than half of Wayne County homeowners are ‘underwater” on their mortgages.

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Offbeat
6:17 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Stateside: A good city for a drink

A taste of Detroit's hard-drinking beginning.
Laserbrain

Imagine going to your pharmacy to fill a keg of hard cider.

Such was reality in 19th century Detroit.

Stateside’s Cyndy Canty spoke with Bill Loomis, writer for the Detroit News, about the city’s history of dedicated drinking.

“You could get liquor almost anywhere. Pharmacies sold liquor. You would bring in your container and they would fill it up and charge you,” said Loomis.

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Politics & Government
6:16 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Snyder: Proposal 2 is not a referendum on right-to-work laws

Office of Governor Rick Snyder Wikimedia Commons

Governor Rick Snyder says Proposal 2 should not be viewed as a referendum on whether Michigan becomes a right-to-work state that outlaws compulsory union membership.

Proposal 2 would guarantee collective bargaining rights in the state constitution.   

Governor Snyder opposes Proposal 2. He says it not only guarantees collective bargaining, but would be a sweeping re-write of labor laws as they deal with public employees.

“Proposal 2 could be devastating, in my view, of what it could do to the economic recovery in Michigan, but people need to make their own assessment of how to vote,” he said.

But he said rejecting the proposal would not convince him Michigan is ready to become a right-to-work state. 

“I don’t view it as just a green light to go ahead,” he said.

The governor has asked the Legislature to stay away from the right-to-work debate because it’s too divisive. But he has not said what he would do if the Legislature sent a bill to his desk.

One of the leading proponents of right to work in the Legislature says he won’t push the issue until he has the governor’s support.

Politics & Government
6:14 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

State Rep. will not receive jail time for drunken driving

Republican state Representative Bob Genetski
Photo courtesy of Rep. Genetski's office

State Representative Bob Genetski will serve no jail time for his drunken driving conviction handed down last month.

The Republican from Saugatuck will have to complete 40 hours of community service. He’ll also have to pay fines and court fees.

Genetski was pulled over for driving while intoxicated in January by a Michigan State Police officer. His blood alcohol level was .08 an hour and a half after his arrest.

A jury found him guilty last month.

The maximum penalty would have been 93 days in jail. It could also come with up to 360 hours of community service, and a maximum $500 fine.

Jail time is unusual for first-time offenders.

Environment & Science
5:50 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Worried about fracking, citizens group sues the DNR

Steve Losher lives in Barry county, and he's worried. So worried, he and the rest of the citizens in the non-profit group called the Michigan Land Air Water Defense are suing the state. 

They're upset about what they believe could happen once the Department of Natural Resources auctions off the mineral rights to gaming areas in Barry and Allagen counties. It's a totally typical auction - the DNR does this kind of thing twice a year since about 1920. 

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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Stateside for Wednesday, October 24, 2012

On today's show Cyndy speaks with Charley Ballard about Michigan. Are we better off than we were four years ago?

We talk about the role of alcohol in Detroit's history with Detroit news writer, Bill Loomis.

Andy Markovitz and Emily Albertson, co-authors of “Sportista: Female Fandom in the United States," speak about women's role in sports fandom.

In Stateside's third and final installment of our look at Michigan's film industry, we speak with Scott Watkins about the incentives' sustainability.

Auto
5:07 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Ford, GM move to stem losses in Europe

Both Ford and General Motors announced steps this week to reduce their losses in Europe.

The region is experiencing a disabling recession that's expected to last at least through 2015.

Car sales are abysmal in Europe, down more than 30-percent from normal demand.

Ford says it may lose a total of one billion dollars in the region for the entire year.

General Motors' losses might be more than that.

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Politics & Government
5:03 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Voting rights hotline and volunteers ready for Election Day

A voting rights group says it will be on call on Election Day.

Volunteers will staff a hotline that voters can call if they experience problems casting a ballot.

Jocelyn Benson is with the Michigan Center for Election Law.

She says the phone number will be on yard signs outside most precincts.

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Sports
4:18 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Spirit of Detroit suits up for the Tigers, Bing talks trash

The Spirit of Detroit is ready for Game 1 of the World Series.
Matt Helms Twitter

This photo was tweeted out by Matt Helms, City Hall reporter for the Detroit Free Press.

Helms writes in today's Detroit Free Press that Mayor Bing has been trash talking with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

The two have made a wager, writes Helms, "the losing mayor has to visit the other team’s city to participate in a day of service for youth and youth programs."

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Economy
3:59 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Stateside: Is Michigan Improving?

Dr. Ballard calls for a focus on Michigan's education system.
Michigan State University Press

Is Michigan better off than it was four years ago? The question is important when assessing the progress of both our state’s citizens and the politicians who govern it.

To further investigate this question, Stateside’s Cyndy Canty spoke with Michigan State University Economics Professor, Dr. Charley Ballard.

Although no simple answer to this question exists, Ballard felt generally positive about our state’s status.

“For the state as a whole, I would say the state is definitely better off than it was three years ago.”

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Politics & Government
3:54 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

"Free speech is alive again at Michigan bars and restaurants"

Michigan bar owners will be allowed to display political signs in their taverns.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission today agreed to stop enforcing a 1954 rule which barred businesses with liquor licenses from posting signs endorsing political candidates.

The owners of Ann Arbor's Aut Bar filed suit against the rule last week, after they were told they had to take down signs for Democratic candidates.

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Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Stateside: Watkins' critique of Michigan's film plan

On the Detroit set of Paramount Pictures’ "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon."
Robert Zuckerman Michigan Film Office

Stateside continues its look at Michigan's film industry.

Yesterday, we spoke with a Michigan actor who found that film producers, by and large, headed to other states when Michigan's film subsidies were dramatically cut.

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Sports
3:15 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Stateside: Sportistas seek entry into a male-dominated realm

The book by authors Albertson and Markovits.

Women’s place in sports is an important one, claim Andy Markovits and Emily Albertson, co-authors of “Sportista: Female Fandom in the United States.

Markovits, a Sociology professor at the University of Michigan, and Albertson, a U of M law student, coined the term “Sportista.”

According to Markovits, a “Sportista is a female who loves sports and is knowledgeable about them.”

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Politics & Government
2:53 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

President of the Union of Concerned Scientists stumps in Michigan for Prop 3

Kevin Knobloch, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists was in Grand Rapids and will be in Kalamazoo tonight to ask people to vote in favor of Proposition 3. In an essay Knobloch called it "the most important clean energy vote this year".

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Environment & Science
2:44 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

New study looks at cancer risk near nuclear facilities, including one in Michigan

The Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant in Charlevoix, Michigan. The plant was decommissioned in 1997.
NRC

A new federal study will look at cancer risk around nuclear facilities.

The National Academy of Sciences study will look at cancer types in infants and the general population near six nuclear power plants and one nuclear-fuel plant for the Navy.

The sites being studied are in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey and Tennessee.

Researchers will look at the area around the decommissioned Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant in Charlevoix, Michigan.

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