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4:57 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Stateside for Thursday, March 7th, 2013

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman heard arguments today for and against Michigan's constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage and civil unions.

There was some thought that the judge would rule on the case today. Instead, he decided to wait until after the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on two unrelated same-sex marriage cases.

On today's show, we got an update on the court case in Detroit.

And, we heard about what's working to increase high school graduation rates. One Wayne County school district has made a dramatic difference in how many of its kids graduate from high school.

But first, we talk "re-shoring" with Tobias Schoenherr, a professor of supply chain management at Michigan State University, and Tom Harrison, CEO of Michigan Ladder Company based in Ypsilanti.

"Re-shoring is the opposite of "outsourcing" and "off-shoring."

Listen to these interview and more by clicking on the audio above.

Stateside
4:46 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Despite all the problems, some businesses moving to Detroit

Detroit's skyline from Windsor, Ontario.
Shawn Wilson wikimedia

The Detroit City Council will challenge Governor Snyder’s decision to appoint an emergency financial manager for the city.

The Council also approved a resolution asking Governor Snyder to delay his appointment.

They’re asking that he wait until a new emergency manager law kicks in later this month.

Council member Ken Cockrel Junior says that would give the city more choices.

"You could take the existing consent agreement, actually rewrite it and enhance it. So, what do you want to call that? A new consent agreement, or modification of the old one? I think we’d have the ability to do that," said Cockrel.

The appeal comes even as Detroit mayor Dave Bing declined to sign on to the effort.

"This decision does not mean that I'm turning the keys to our city over to the state or throwing in the towel," said Bing. "It is simply a fight that we cannot win at the eleventh hour in a 30-minute appeals hearing."

A hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday in Lansing.

It is with this backdrop that we turned to Detroit News businesses columnist Daniel Howes.

He wrote a column about how businesses are moving to Detroit despite all these problems.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
4:40 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

'Everything Michigan' brings jobs to workers with disabilities

There's a little shop on the Main Street of Lake Orion in Oakland County that can teach the rest of the state a big lesson in how to create jobs for workers with disabilities.

The shop is called "Everything Michigan," and it's located in the North Oakland Vocational Association building.

NOVA has been around since 1992 helping disabled workers train for and find jobs around North Oakland County.

One of those workers is Barbara Bell. She has set up her "Everything Michigan" shop to sell products that are all about Michigan.

Store manager LaToi English joined us today from Lake Orion.

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Law
4:38 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Judge decides not to rule today on Michigan's gay marriage ban

DeBoer Rowse Adoption Legal Fund

Federal Judge Bernard Friedman decided not to rule on Michigan's gay marriage ban this morning.

He said he wanted to wait until after the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage.

Rick Pluta was at today’s hearing in Detroit and he joined to talk about this surprise decision.

He talked with us about the takeaway from today's hearing.

Stateside
4:23 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Fixing the budget by keeping kids from dropping out of school

TeachingWorks aims develop a nationwide system for all teaching programs, so that teachers are prepared the minute they walk into the classroom.
Jennifer Guerra Michigan Radio

From Maine, to California - from Alaska to Hawaii - one of the biggest challenges facing governors and state lawmakers is how to plug the gaping holes in their budgets.

Certainly, Michigan is right in the thick of that challenge.
 
There are plenty of belt-tightening measures that have been taken - cost-cutting steps that can leave the quality of life for citizens somehow diminished.
 
But a new report offers another way to plug those holes in struggling state budgets: keep our kids from dropping out of high school. Increase the graduation rates.

The education advocates who put this report together find that high school dropouts cost our nation some $1.8 billion in lost tax revenue.
 
Today we took a closer look at the cost of high school dropouts, and we found out how one Michigan school district has successfully managed to raise its graduation rate.
 
We were joined by Michigan State University economist Charley Ballard and the Superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools, Brian Whiston.
 
Listen to the full interview above.

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Stateside
4:14 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Are outsourced jobs coming back to Michigan?

A mold inside Tiara Yachts' manufacturing space at Energetx.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

“Outsourcing” and “off-shoring” - those are words our parents and grandparents never really encountered.

But if you’ve worked in Michigan the past 10 to 15 years, it’s a pretty safe bet you are very aware of outsourcing and off-shoring.

American manufacturers have sent tens of thousands of jobs overseas or across the border - to Mexico, to China, to India, and other countries - setting up foreign plants or farming out work to foreign manufacturers in those countries where labor is cheaper, and costs are lower.

But there’s a new term being heard these days - "Re-Shoring."

Could it be that work is coming home from those distant shores?

Tobias Schoenherr, a professor of supply chain management at Michigan State University, and Tom Harrison, CEO of Michigan Ladder Company based in Ypsilanti, joined us today.

You can listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
6:48 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

A not-so-hot jobs forecast for Michigan

Searching for a job.
flickr user Daniel Johnson Flickr

We're more than three years into an economic recovery, but as we in Michigan battle our way back to that recovery, it's a fair question to wonder: when will we get our jobs back to where they were before the Great Recession came smashing its way into our lives?

According to a new forecast from IHS Global Insight, an economics and financial forecasting firm, the answer seems to be "don't hold your breath". Even though six states have made their way back to their peak employment levels, meaning the pre-Great-Recession levels, the news is not as bright for Michigan. Bob Tomarelli, an economist with IHS Global Insight, joined us from Philadelphia. 

Stateside
6:39 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

The balance of women to men on Michigan's Supreme Court

Michigan Supreme Court
photo courtesy of the MI Supreme Court

The State Supreme Court began hearing cases this week with a full bench.

With Governor Snyder's appointment of new Justice David Viviano to replace former Justice Diane Hathaway, it was the first time in some six weeks that the court has had seven sitting justices.

Of course, Diane Hathway had to step down from the court in January and has since pleaded guilty to a federal bank fraud charge in connection with a family real estate deal. Detroit News columnist Laura Berman had been giving a lot of thought to the appointment of Justice Viviano, and her column in Tuesday's Detroit News reflects her disappointment in Governor Snyder's  choice of a man to replace Diane Hathaway. We now have five men and two women on the Supreme Court. Click the audio link above to hear the full interview.

Stateside
5:35 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

The Affordable Care Act is coming

Governor Snyder signed a law aimed at protecting doctor's if they say "I'm sorry" after a failed medical procedure.
user the consumerist Flickr

Like it or not- for it or against it - Obamacare is coming, and coming soon.

The Affordable Care Act requires that most Americans carry some form of health insurance beginning next January or pay a fee. And by October 1, less than seven months from now, states need to have health care exchanges in place where consumers can buy the required insurance.

Last week, the State House agreed to let the state spend a federal grant worth nearly $31 million to help set up that health care exchange.

What would it mean for Michigan to partner with Uncle Sam in running this exchange?

For that answer, we spoke with Helen Levy. Levy is a research associate professor at the Institute for Social Research, the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, and the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.

Politics & Culture
5:28 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

How to keep the Detroit Symphony Orchestra relevant

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra rehearses on stage
Jennifer Guerra Michigan Radio

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has just wrapped up its Beethoven Festival to great acclaim and great ticket sales.

For the finale, they played Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in D-Minor.

The DSO streamed that final concert in hi-def over the internet. It's a clear sign that the DSO is finding new ways to reach more people to become a true 21st Century Orchestra and to become "the most accessible orchestra on the planet."

Just what does it take to keep the DSO thriving, and to make it a more "sustainable" business?

Paul Hogle is the man who has been tasked with that challenge. He's the Executive Vice President of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and he joined us today in the studio.

To listen to the full interview, click the audio above.

Politics & Culture
5:23 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Stateside for Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

The Affordable Care Act requires that most Americans carry some form of health insurance beginning next January or pay a fee.

And by October 1, 2013, states need to have health care exchanges in place where consumers can buy the required insurance.  What would it mean for Michigan to partner with Uncle Sam in running this exchange?

For that answer, we spoke with Helen Levy. Levy is a research associate professor at the Institute for Social Research, the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, and the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.

The state Supreme Court is back in action this week. We speak with one columnist who isn't so happy with Governor Snyder's recent appointment of a male judge to replace former Justice Diane Hathaway. Does gender matter on the state's highest court?

And then, we'll take a look at the business side of classical music. What’s the future like for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra? We talked with Paul Hogle, the Executive Vice President of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Stateside
5:16 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

A conversation with singer-songwriter Khalid Hanifi

Khalid Hanafi
khalidhanifi.com

Khalid Hanifi is a singer-songwriter who brings an unusual perspective to the songs and lyrics that he writes.

He's based in Ann Arbor, but as the son of an Afghan man who came from Kabul to the United States in 1956, Khalid has a foot in both worlds, and that informs his writing, from songs to his blog on the Huffington Post.
 
His latest CD is "A Brief Respite From Shooting Fish In A Barrel."

To hear the full interview, listen to the link above.

Education
5:09 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Giving grants to to Michigan high school grads for college

On the MSU Campus
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

Anyone writing tuition checks to a college or university will tell you it takes a big bite out of your checking account.

Senate Democrats in Lansing are now re-introducing their Michigan 2020 plan.

Under their plan, Michigan high school grads would receive grants allowing them to pay tuition at our state's public universities and community colleges.

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Stateside
5:08 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

More people using Bridge Cards at farmers markets

Produce at a farmers market
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So, we're still here in it.

Stuck in the middle of winter and its hard to think about putting on flip-flops, sunglasses, and heading out for fresh, summer veggies from the farmers market.

But, it seems more and more people are going to farmers markets throughout the year, and paying for their purchases with Bridge cards.

Numbers are out from last year and they show the use of Bridge Cards at farmers markets around the state went up by 42 % in 2012.

Amanda Shreve joined us today. She's the Food Assistance Partnership Coordinator with the Michigan Farmers Market Association.

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Stateside
5:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Howell High School students know their U.S. Constitution

We always like to say here on Stateside that we are eager to get your ideas for stories that we should tell and people we should profile.

So when we got an email from Charlie Todd and Barb Schmidt of Howell - proud grandparents - telling us about a very special teacher at Howell High School, and his very special students, we soon realized that this was a story we wanted to share with the rest of Michigan.

We hear lots about the victories of high school teams all over the state. Generally it has to do with football, basketball, soccer, hockey.

This victory is different. The competition is called "We The People."

Schools compete based on their students' knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.

And this year Howell High School came in first in the state in the "We The People Competition," which was a first for Howell High and for any high school on the east side of the State.

The three competing students, Jon Reck, Aaron Osborne, Jake Tholen, and their teacher Mark Oglesby joined us today. Oglesby won the Michigan Civic Education Teacher of the Year in 2011.

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Politics & Culture
4:41 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Today on the show, anyone writing tuition checks to a college or university will tell you it takes a big bite out of your checking account.

Senate Democrats in Lansing are now re-introducing their Michigan 2020 plan.

Under their plan, Michigan high school grads would receive grants allowing them to pay tuition at our state's public universities and community colleges.

They tried to get this Michigan 2020 plan off the ground last year, but it got a hearing and never advanced beyond that.

We talked with Senator Gretchen Whimer (D- East Lansing) about how the plan would work and where the money would come from.

Also, a new study released by the University of Michigan shows belief in global warming among Americans is going back up.

We ask why and how this change in public opinion will impact public policy.

And, we'll talk with singer/songwriter Khalid Hanifi about his new album and his first song that was translated into Pashto.

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Stateside
5:23 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Interview with Congressman Gary Peters

Gary Peters peters.house.gov

Cyndi talked with Michigan Congressman Gary Peters (D) today.

Peters is the new co-chair of the House Automotive Caucus along with Republican Congressman John Campbell (R-CA).

Peters talked about what it's like in a bi-partisan caucus and what it might mean for Michigan and the auto industry.

Click the audio above to hear the full interview.

Politics & Culture
5:22 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Stateside for Monday, March 4, 2013

On today's show, Michigan exports are on the rise. We'll find out what products are selling, and why.

And, it's a tale of two cities, of sorts. We'll talk to two Detroiters with different ideas about what an emergency manager would really mean for their city.

We start today's show with a Michigan congressman who was just named co-chair of the House Automotive Caucus.

Congressman Gary Peters (D - MI14) will co-chair the caucus with Congressman John Campbell (R-CA45) who, it should be noted, was once a car dealer.

Stateside
5:17 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

CEOs want to see more post-secondary education in Michigan

Deciding where and how to spend money. It is a major part of the decisions made by top business executives.

There are 70 CEO's who have come together in West Michigan to set up a system of investment in human capital in their future employees.

They've named their effort "TALENT 2025," and they want to see 60 percent of the region's workforce achieve a post-secondary degree by 2025.

The President of TALENT 2025, Kevin Stotts, talked with Cyndy from Grand Rapids.

Stateside
5:13 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

More Michigan companies are tapping foreign markets

There’s an encouraging story to tell about Michigan companies. More companies are tapping into foreign markets, and that will have a duel result: they’re making money, and creating jobs.
 
Michigan was among 11 states that posted double-digit export growth last year. The Commerce Department reports that we were number eight when it came to exporting merchandise to foreign buyers.  It was at $56.9 billion in 2012.  That's up 12 percent from the year before.

Richard Curson is the director of the East Michigan US Export Assistance Center. He talked to us about the successes and challenges we face.

Click the audio above to hear the entire interview.

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