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Sports
3:23 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Big Ten prefers "status quo", but is looking at expanded college football playoff

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Big Ten officials are seriously looking at a plan to create a potentially lucrative national college football playoff system.   Just how lucrative remains an unanswered question.

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Transportation
3:20 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Feds: We need to see more before we put money in Detroit light rail

An artist's rendering of the proposed M-1 light rail project.
m-1rail.com

Elected leaders and private backers of the proposed Woodward Avenue light rail line met with federal transit officials in Detroit Monday.

They left that meeting with yet another 60-day deadline to try and secure federal funding.

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Education
1:53 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Michigan schools to adopt anti-bullying policies this week

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Every K-12 school in Michigan has to adopt an anti-bullying policy by Wednesday. Michigan was the 48th state to pass a school anti-bullying law.

Martin Ackley is with the Michigan Department of Education. He said the law is very important to help students feel safe.

 "The bottom line is to protect the kids who are being bullied because it is definitely not deserved and it’s not helpful to the kids, to the school, to the families, to the communities and the consequences are dire," Ackley said.

Health
1:15 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

MDCH unveils a new plan to combat obesity in the state

ObesityinAmerica.org The Endocrine Society and The Hormone Health Network

The Michigan Department of Community Health has a new plan to reduce the number of obese people in Michigan.  The Department announced a new 5-year statewide  program called "4 x 4" on Monday at the Recreation Park in Ypsilanti.  

The program wants to encourage Michigan residents to eat a healthy diet, exercise, get check-ups, and avoid tobacco.  The program will involve local governments, businesses and trade associations across the state. 

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Environment & Science
12:16 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Duck Lake Fire 72% contained

Remains of the Rainbow Lodge near the mouth of the Two Hearted River.
Michigan DNR/facebook

In a progress report released yesterday, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that workers had contained 72 percent of the Duck Lake Fire after nearly an inch of rainfall on Saturday.

The fire, caused by a lightning strike 11 days ago, now covers 21,135 acres in Luce County. The perimeter of the fire is 44 miles long. Fifteen of those miles remain uncontained.

Out of the 141 structures within the fire’s perimeter, 136 have been lost. The DNR reported the completed property damage assessment as follows:

  • 49 homes/cabins (including a store and a motel)
  • 23 garages
  • 38 sheds/outbuildings
  • 26 campers

Stretching 11 miles south of the Lake Superior shoreline, the fire is about 14 miles north of Newberry and seven miles west of Tahquamenon Falls State Park campgrounds.

Click here to see the DNR's most up-to-date map of the fire perimeter.

The next chance of rain in the area is Wednesday.

- Suzanne Jacobs, Michigan Radio Newsroom

Series & Documentaries
11:46 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Facing the Mortgage Crisis

2009 Facing the Mortgage Crisis
Michigan Radio aired the documentary "Facing the Mortgage Crisis," narrated by Christina Shockley. We also hosted a web chat with guest panelists Kent Spencer and Gloriane Wiley of the Wayne County Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program. 

During the week of November 16-20, 2009, we aired American RadioWorks documentaries that explore how education during these hard times in America is central to economic opportunity and social mobility -- and to our individual and collective well-being. We also rebroadcasted Michigan Radio's "Facing the Mortgage Crisis."

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Series & Documentaries
11:43 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Generation Y

2009 Generation Y
Over half of all Michigan's public university graduates leave the state within one year of graduation. Michigan Radio Intern Lauren Silverman will probably be one of them. However, according to many thinkers, young college graduates are the people Michigan needs most. Generation Y Michigan takes a look at why young adults are leaving or staying in Michigan. 

Series & Documentaries
11:33 am
Mon June 4, 2012

The Health Care Debate

2009 The Health Care Debate
President Obama wants a health care overhaul in place by the end of the year. There's intense debate in Congress over what to do. Our series "The Health Care Debate" takes a look at different aspects of health care and insurance, with interviews by Christina Shockley.

Series & Documentaries
11:31 am
Mon June 4, 2012

How We Got Here: The Decline of Newspapers

2009 How We Got Here: The Decline of Newspapers
If you have a local newspaper subscription, it probably doesn't deliver what it once did. The series "How We Got Here: The Decline of Newspapers" takes a look at the uncertain situation of the newspaper industry.

Series & Documentaries
11:28 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Mackinac Policy Conference

2009 Mackinac Policy Conference
Michigan Radio provided special coverage from this year's Mackinac Policy Conference. Throughout the last week of May, we aired special reports on Michigan's economy and other topics discussed at the conference. "Hybrid Economy" was co-hosted by Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett and Michigan Public Radio Network Managing Editor Rick Pluta. The program examined how alternative energy is changing what powers our cars, homes, and jobs, and how it may be the key to Michigan's economic future.
 

Series & Documentaries
11:25 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Michigan's Obesity Crisis

2009 Michigan's Obesity Crisis
In the Michigan Radio series "Michigan's Obesity Crisis," Charity Nebbe looks into the state's obesity crisis. She will explore whether where we live matters, how food policies effect the problem, and how the problem effects us. 

Series & Documentaries
11:15 am
Mon June 4, 2012

The Michigan Radio Picture Project

2009 The Michigan Radio Picture Project
The Michigan Radio’s Picture Project is a forum for photographs that address Michigan people, places, events, and issues. We envision a broad mixture of photo essays that expand on stories featured on Michigan Radio as well as historical photographs, fine art photography, pictures from various archives and collections, and more -– all Michigan related. 

Series & Documentaries
10:56 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Remaking Michigan

2009 Remaking Michigan
Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep was in Detroit the week of April 20-24, 2009, to take a look at the economic crisis that has hit the state. Throughout the week, NPR featured stories on Morning Edition about how we're adapting to the economic change. Michigan Radio aired a special one hour program called "Remaking Michigan" about how the state is trying to re-set itself economically. 

Environment & Science
10:46 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Beavers return to Belle Isle

Belle Isle Park
Patricia Drury/flickr

After years of rumors, it’s official - beavers are back on Belle Isle.

It’s been about 100 years since the animals left the 985-acre island on the Detroit River, driven away by trappings and human development. In recent years, any time someone thought they spotted a beaver in the area, park officials always deemed the animal a muskrat or raccoon caught in a case of mistaken identity.

That is, until last week when a park visitor snapped a cell phone photo of a beaver swimming in the Blue Heron Lagoon.

John Hartig of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge told The Detroit News that the Belle Isle beavers may have come from a family of beavers spotted at the nearby Conners Creek Power Plant four years ago.

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Series & Documentaries
10:34 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Up North in a Down Economy

2009 Up North in a Down Economy
In the series "Up North in a Down Economy," Michigan Radio will look at how the recession is affecting small towns in northern Michigan. 

Series & Documentaries
10:30 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Finding Our Bootstraps: Americans Deal with Recession

2008 Finding Our Bootstraps: Americans Deal with Recession
Since late 2007 America has been in an economic crisis. From a story about a family living on a beach, to a former GM employee looking to downsize his life, to a teenager weighing options for after high school, this one hour newscast compatible documentary explores how people are finding the strength and situations that get them through economic hard times by presenting personal stories and intimate portraits alongside contextual interviews and reports. 

Series & Documentaries
10:27 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Northern Arts

2008 Northern Arts

We spend a lot of time exploring the world of arts and culture from Detroit to Grand Rapids and everywhere in between. But what about up north? In our series "Northern Arts", Michigan Radio's arts reporter Jennifer Guerra takes a trip up north to spend some time around the campfire with a group of northern Michigan musicians visit to the deep woods of Mancelona for a lesson in the fine art of letter press and more. 

Series & Documentaries
10:24 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Foreclosing on the American Dream

2008 Foreclosing on the American Dream
Michigan has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. Thousands of people in the state have had their homes foreclosed on. Michigan Radio takes an in-depth look at what this means for our state, our communities, and all of us. Why has Michigan been hit so hard? What is this doing to our neighborhoods? What are the solutions? At the end of the week our documentary, "Foreclosing on the American Dream" explored how home foreclosures affect people, neighborhoods, and even art. 

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Series & Documentaries
10:19 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Ashes to Hope: Overcoming the Detroit Riots

2008 Ashes to Hope: Overcoming the Detroit Riots

In the summer of 1967 chaos broke out in the streets of Detroit. After five days of violence 43 were dead, thousands were injured and over 4000 people had been arrested. Forty years later – Michigan Radio takes an in-depth look at the deadliest riot of the 1960s. Why did the riots begin? What fueled them? And, have we ever really recovered?

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Commentary
10:19 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Commentary: Two States of Michigan

I heard some interesting ideas about our economic future on Mackinac Island last week at the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual conference of the state's movers and shakers. 

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