9:56 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Interim CEO of Battle Creek Community Action to keep job

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Michelle Williamson had been Chief Financial Officer before CEO Nancy Macfarlane was fired in June
Michelle Williamson, interim CEO of Community Action since this summer's controversial ouster of Nancy Macfarlane, was on Monday named the permanent head of the Battle Creek nonprofit agency. The agency announced her appointment in a news release Tuesday, saying its board of directors voted unanimously to move her into the permanent post.
8:45 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Amtrak to add trains for holiday season

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Extra routes between Detroit and Chicago offered between December 22nd and January 3rd
Amtrak will add trains on its busiest Chicago-bound Michigan route in time for the holidays. The extra trains will run on the Pontiac-to-Chicago Wolverine line, which includes a stop in Detroit and connects with the local Blue Water Line in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.
8:11 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Hotline established for bullied kids

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Tip line will be set up by Attorney General's office
In light of last week's school shooting in Arapahoe, Colo., and the one-year anniversary of the mass killings at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., the bill - dubbed Ok 2 Say - will be a timely safeguard for students, said Attorney General Bill Schuette.
8:08 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Former Congressman Ron Paul urges donations for Amash

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Call to action for Grand Rapids Congressman facing primary challenge
Washington West Michigan U.S. Rep. Justin Amash is getting a financial assist from his mentor, former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, to battle a Republican primary challenger. Paul, the former presidential candidate who ignited a libertarian movement within the GOP, sent out a fundraising email to supporters titled: Justin Amash is in trouble!
U.S.
8:04 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Diplomat's Arrest In N.Y. Sparks Anger In India

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 9:53 am

Financial Times New Delhi correspondent Amy Kazmin speaks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about the case of an Indian diplomat arrested in New York for allegedly paying her maid below minimum wage. The diplomat was strip-searched and jailed, touching off an angry reaction in India.

7:16 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Amash says budget deal represents "a failure to compromise"

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Grand Rapids Republican says two sides need to work on biggest budget items - Social Security, military spending and Medicare
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash came to Springfield with the same attitude he has become well-known for: a commitment to what he called his "constitutionally principled, consistent voting record." "Even if that gets me in trouble with my own party at times," he said, "I'm ready to stand up and represent the entire district on every vote."
Around the Nation
6:34 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Jersey City Spends Big To Find Out What's Inside Safe

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:02 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. So a new boss comes in and wants to clean house. For Jersey City's new mayor that meant cracking some dusty old safes in City Hall. What would he find? Ill gotten gains? Sepia photos? Local pols were guessing a stash of cash. New mayor Steven Fulop hired a locksmith. The city spent about 1,000 bucks to open the safe to reveal - drum roll, please - an extension cord. At least it's useful. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
6:33 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Why N.Y. Mets Should Avoid Donning Santa's Suit

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:02 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Here's why most New York Mets avoid standing-in for Santa at the team holiday party. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Santa suit is cursed. Consider these former Santa Mets: Center-fielder Mike Cameron got badly injured, right-fielder Jeff Francoeur was traded, pitcher John Maine, career tanked. The list stretches back a decade.

6:25 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Battle Creek increases salary ranges for top employees

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Action does not raise current salaries, but sets estimates for 52 non-union positions
Some of the city's highest-paid employees may see a 5 percent raise next fiscal year after Battle Creek commissioners approved adjustments to salary ranges Tuesday night. "We really want to make sure that salary ranges are competitive," City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama said during the City Commission meeting.
6:22 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Portage City Council picks new member by drawing name from hat

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Richard Ford's name drawn after council deadlocks on new member. Jim Pearson becomes mayor pro-tem
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Richard Ford is the newest member of the Portage City Council and will serve the next two years after his name was pulled out of a hat Tuesday night.
Europe
5:37 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Protesters In Ukraine Agitated By Economic Deal With Russia

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:02 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Yesterday, Ukraine got a big holiday present from its neighbor, Russia, in the form of a multi-billion dollar bailout. And now everyone is trying to figure out what strings Russia attached, and whether this could be a sign that Ukraine, a country of some 45 million people, is aligning itself more closely with the East than the West.

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Around the Nation
5:37 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Fla. School To Change Name Tied To Ku Klux Klan Leader

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:02 am

A school board in Jacksonville, Fla., has decided that one of its schools should no longer be named after Ku Klux Klan grand wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest. He was also a general in the Civil War. Nathan Bedford Forrest High School received its name in the 1950s, and for decades the decision has been debated.

NPR Story
4:54 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Fed's Final 2013 Meeting Could Indicate Course For Early 2014

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:02 am

Federal Reserve officials end a two-day meeting on Wednesday amid signs that the U.S. economy is slowly mending. David Greene talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, about the Fed's last meeting of the year.

NPR Story
4:54 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Want More Holiday Music? Ring Up Dial-A-Carol

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:02 am

Missing the Christmas spirit? Dial-a-Carol may help you get into the holiday mood.

NPR Story
4:54 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Religious Groups Challenge Calif. Transgender Law Over Privacy

High school senior Pat Cordova-Goff would be allowed to use the girls' bathroom under a California law slated to go into effect next year. The law's critics call it the "co-ed bathroom bill."
Courtesy of Pat Cordova-Goff

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:14 pm

A coalition of churches and religious groups are trying to overturn a California law that aims to accommodate transgender students.

The law, slated to go into effect next year, allows students to use the restrooms and participate on the sports teams of their gender identity rather than their biological sex. But those who oppose the law see it as a threat to students' privacy.

'Nowhere To Go'

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The Salt
3:05 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Is A 500-Year-Old German Beer Law Heritage Worth Honoring?

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:56 am

Germans are serious about their beer. Serious enough for the European country's main brewers association to urge the United Nations to recognize that fact.

The brewers association wants a five-century-old law governing how German beer is made to become part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. It would join the Argentinian tango, Iranian carpet weaving and French gastronomy, among other famous traditions, that are considered unique and worth protecting.

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All Tech Considered
3:04 am
Wed December 18, 2013

What It's Like To Live On Low Pay In A Land Of Plenty

Manny Cardenas, seen here with his 5-year-old daughter Zoe, has earned $16 an hour as a part-time security guard at Google.
Laura Sydell NPR

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 1:11 pm

This week, we're exploring the San Francisco Bay Area and the way income inequality is affecting the region. Check out the other pieces of the week, aggregated on this page.

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Around the Nation
3:03 am
Wed December 18, 2013

A 'Tale Of Two Cities' As Detroit Looks To 2014

Detroit's Midtown neighborhood is reviving in the midst of the larger city's decline.
Carlos Osorio AP

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:13 am

The streets outside Avalon Bakery in Detroit's Midtown are a snowy, slushy, mostly unplowed mess, and all these customers want to do is pay for their loaf of Motown Multigrain or Poletown Rye.

But Detroiters are a gracious, if weary, bunch. So when they see yet another reporter sticking a microphone in their faces, asking what they think of all this media attention, they answer politely.

And even if they're not always crazy about the way their city is portrayed, no one argues with the fact that Detroit had a newsworthy year.

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From Our Listeners
2:59 am
Wed December 18, 2013

A 'Morning Edition' Singalong: Follow Us In Merry Measure

Juan Monino iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:33 pm

Want to be on NPR's airwaves? You'll have to sing for it.

Please. Don't leave us hangin'.

Send us your voices (or your video if you're so inspired) by the end of the weekend, and we'll pull them all together into one crazy chorus of "Deck the Halls." The more the merrier. Next week, we'll play it for you — however beautiful or discombobulating it may sound.

How Do You Do This?

Easy. There are three simple steps:

1. Listen to David Greene and Linda Wertheimer sing "Deck the Halls" for your starting pitch and tempo:

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Martin Luther King Jr.
8:14 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

WestSouthwest: A Coloma man remembers MLK and the March on Washington

Harold Bragg
Credit Melvin Earl Rutherford

    

WestSouthwest with Harold Bragg

Retired school teacher Harold Bragg was at the historic March on Washington in 1963. He was back in the nation's capital this past summer to mark the 50th anniversary of that march and Martin Luther King Junior's "I have a dream" speech. 

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Number Of The Year
6:06 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

A Majority In U.S. Favor Legal Pot, But Will That Stick?

Partiers celebrate marijuana legalization in Washington state at a pot party in Seattle earlier this month.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 1:49 am

As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. They're numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we live in.

This year, for the first time, national polls show a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana. Gallup has been asking the question for four decades, and now it says 58 percent favor legalization.

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Business
4:59 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

GlaxoSmithKline To Stop Paying Doctors To Promote Its Drugs

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Today, one of the biggest drug companies in the world announced changes to its marketing practices. GlaxoSmithKline says the idea is to be more transparent about how it sells its drugs. Among the changes, the company will stop paying doctors to tout its products to other doctors.

As NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, the public interest community says this is a step in the right direction for an industry that's faced many legal problems.

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All Tech Considered
4:59 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

In A Divided San Francisco, Private Tech Buses Drive Tension

Protesters in San Francisco block a Google bus, which shuttles employees from the city to its location in Silicon Valley.
cjmartin Flickr

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

Part of a series on income inequality in the San Francisco Bay Area

If you want to understand the tension between tech workers in San Francisco, who often make six figures, and many of the city's other residents, try standing on the southwest corner of 24th Street and Valencia around 7:30 on a weekday morning.

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20 Years Of NAFTA
4:59 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging

An auto worker tightens bolts on a Focus at a Ford plant in Michigan in October. Labor unions predicted in 1993 that NAFTA would send many U.S. manufacturing jobs to Mexico, and they continue to argue that the pact prompted a race to the bottom for workers.
Mira Oberman AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

Two decades ago, the strongest critics of the North American Free Trade Agreement were members of labor unions. They warned that the trade deal would mean the loss of manufacturing jobs to Mexico and lower wages for U.S. workers.

Today, 20 years since NAFTA's passage, unions feel as strongly as ever that the deal was a bad idea.

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4:41 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Suspect in Portage stabbing shot by policeman

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According to Deputy Chief Dan Mills, police responded to a stabbing at the corner of Romence Road and Constitution Boulevard.
PORTAGE, MI -- A man armed with a knife was shot Tuesday by a Portage police officer, Portage officials said Tuesday. He was taken to a local hospital, and his condition is not known. The Portage Department of Public Safety called a press conference Tuesday afternoon to release details of the shooting.
Movie Interviews
3:09 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

The Coen Bros. On Writing, 'Lebowski' And Literally Herding Cats

Joel (left) and Ethan Coen wrote and directed Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man and True Grit. Their latest film is Inside Llewyn Davis.
Stuart C. Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:21 am

If you ask the Coen brothers about how they write their films, you might not get a straight answer. "It's mostly napping," Ethan tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

"We go to the office, we're there, we're in a room together," Joel adds. "We take naps, but, you know, the important thing is that we're at the office, should we be inspired to actually write something."

The brothers don't split up writing responsibilities — they "talk through" the dialogue and "work it out together," Joel explains.

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Best Music Of 2013
3:09 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

Jason Isbell's Southeastern was Fresh Air critic Ken Tucker's favorite album of 2013.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:21 am

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3:00 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

State conservatives form renewable energy forum

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The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum wants the state to put more funds into increasing energy efficiency and alternative energy sources in Michigan.
LANSING - Several Republican leaders have formed a conservative group aimed at promoting renewable energy in Michigan. The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum will push the state to reduce its dependence on coal and increase investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. The announcement comes two days before Gov.
Parallels
12:11 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Israeli Startup Offers Kids Social Media Training Wheels

Many children want to participate in social media sites like Facebook before they're old enough to legally sign up.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sun December 22, 2013 9:14 am

Two years ago, Itay Eshet's daughter told him she wanted a Facebook account. She was 10 years old.

Facebook's great, Eshet told her, but it's not for kids. So instead they built a new social network for preteens called Nipagesh, which means "let's meet" in Hebrew.

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Parenting
12:06 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Tantrums: To Control Or Not To Control?

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 1:17 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms in your corner. Every week, we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice. Today, we're talking about something we've all seen and perhaps experienced. Here it is.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHILD TANTRUM)

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