4:47 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Bill would make teacher evaluations optional

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed that bill Friday, just as Michigan legislators are considering another bill to make student performance the main factor in determining a teacher’s salary.
LANSING -- With state-level workgroup recommendations expected next week on guidelines to evaluate Michigan's teachers, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill Friday that would make teacher evaluations optional rather than mandatory. The Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness is expected to release its recommendations on a system to assess teacher performance based on student achievement next week.
4:15 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Layoffs to come at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant

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Entergy Corporation that owns Palisades is reducing its workforce company-wide.
Entergy Corp., the company which owns and operates Palisades, is reducing its workforce fleet-wide, spokesman Mike Burns said. The company is engaged in a number of initiatives to examine how to meet the challenges facing the industry, he said. "One specific initiative is focused on finding ways to increase efficiencies in all parts of our business," said Burns in a statement.
Arts & Life
4:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

What 'Edward Snowden' The Movie Would Look Like

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:12 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Of course, there is another American who worked for this country's intelligence gathering apparatus who's in legal limbo. The case of Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who leaked classified information to the media, is being followed internationally. Currently, Snowden is holed up in a Moscow airport while he tries to get temporary asylum, as he figures out a way to get to one of several countries that have offered him shelter from U.S. charges of espionage.

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4:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Hot In The City: Manhattan Neighborhood Takes To Streets

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 11:30 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

If you looked at a weather map today, you saw a whole lot of red. Temperatures are in the upper 90s across the country and states in New England and the mid-Atlantic are sweltering in record-high temperatures. In New York City, parks are keeping public fountains running a little longer and gates opened a little later. Sarah Gonzales of member station WNYC spent an evening in the Inwood neighborhood on the northern tip of Manhattan to see how residents are coping.

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Music News
4:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

A Secret Folk Music Holds Firm In China's Badlands

Zhang Junmin (second from right) and his band perform the Lao Qiang music special in northwest China's Shaanxi province. The character behind the stage means "drama"; Lao Qiang music used to accompany puppet plays and includes a strong storytelling component.
Courtesy of Wang Kuanren

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:12 pm

When Guns N' Roses released the album Chinese Democracy five years ago, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman commented that, questions of politics aside, the GNR sound just wasn't most Chinese folks' cup of tea.

"According to my knowledge," he said, "a lot of people don't like this kind of music because it's too noisy and too loud."

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3:52 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Attorney General appeals hold on Detroit bankruptcy

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The state Attorney General’s office has filed an appeal saying Detroit's emergency manager submitted the bankruptcy filing before a circuit court judge ruled the emergency manager law unconstitutional.
LANSING -- The state Attorney General's office has filed an emergency appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals in three cases seeking to block Detroit's petition for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in federal court. Ingham Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina issued a declaratory judgment Friday in a suit brought against Gov.
Arts & Life
12:38 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Two Documentaries Examine Violence, Human And Animal

The new documentary Blackfish looks at the practice of keeping orca whales in captivity.
EPK

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 1:49 pm

Two documentaries, Blackfish and The Act of Killing, are making waves around the world. The first riles you up; the second blows your mind.

"Blackfish" is the Inuits' name for the orca, a creature that they say is worthy of veneration but that you don't want to mess with — the chief example in Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Blackfish being Tilikum, responsible for two, possibly three human deaths.

The movie is Tilikum's story — along with the story of other orcas kept in captivity in theme parks like SeaWorld.

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Religion
12:24 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

What Is The 'Word Of God' On Zimmerman Verdict?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Our coverage of the George Zimmerman trial verdict drew many strong reactions. Coming up, we will hear some of them. We'll dig into listener e-mail and comments in BackTalk. But first, it's time for Faith Matters. That's where we talk about matters of faith and spirituality in times of crisis, whether personal or involving the country. Many people in this country turn to faith for comfort or understanding.

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BackTalk
12:24 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Listeners Hoping For Change To Come

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for "BackTalk." That's where we hear from you. Editor Ammad Omar is back with us. What do you have for us this week, Ammad?

AMMAD OMAR, BYLINE: Hi, Michel, we got a lot of e-mails this week about the George Zimmerman verdict. A ton of listener responses, as you can imagine, and a lot of people were really angry this week. Some people were mad at the jury, some people were mad at the media for the way we covered the case.

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Barbershop
12:24 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Getting Real On Race After Zimmerman Verdict

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Interviews
10:49 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Dean Norris On Playing Good In 'Breaking Bad'

Dean Norris plays DEA agent Hank Schrader in AMC's Breaking Bad. "He's a good cop, he just hasn't put the pieces together yet," Norris says.
Ben Leuner AMC

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 12:38 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Aug. 6, 2012.

With each season of AMC's Breaking Bad, Dean Norris' character, DEA agent Hank Schrader, has evolved from a knuckleheaded jock into a complex, sympathetic and even heroic counterpoint to the show's anti-hero, high-school chemistry teacher turned meth cook Walter White. And to further complicate matters, Schrader and White (played by Bryan Cranston) are brothers-in-law.

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World
7:39 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Pitch-Drop Worse Than Watching Paint Dry

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Even if you have been bored watching paint dry or grass grow or water boil, you have nothing on these scientists. An experiment that began in 1944 at Trinity College in Ireland just now has a definitive result - to test whether a thick substance called pitch flowed and dripped. A funnel with the stuff was placed over a jar. Seventy years later students saw a drip forming, set up a camera, and witnessed the drip drop. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

7:35 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Detroit will need to prove financial insolvency

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Experts say city will also have to show it attempted to negotiate in good faith with creditors
The first bankruptcy court battle in Detroit's quest to shed a $20 billion mountain of debt and liabilities will be establishing its eligibility.
7:33 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Animal facility proposed for Berrien County

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New facility would replace obsolete pound in Berrien Township
ST. JOSEPH - The Berrien County Board on Thursday approved a contract for initial engineering work on the site of a proposed new animal control facility in Benton Township. The contract is with Wightman & Associates for $36,600. The company will work on design and construction engineering, do soil borings and check out wetlands.
7:30 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Michigan Congressman Amash at center of Republican debate over defense bill

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Grand Rapids Republican wants debate over National Security Agency's surveillance programs
Internal House GOP tension has party leaders scrambling for ways to deal with fallout from their decision to limit amendments to the defense spending bill, made partly out of nervousness over attempts to stop the National Security Agency's spying program.
Around the Nation
7:26 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Canadian Woman Picks Marriage Proposal Over Jail Time

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Marcia Belyea was on a drive with her boyfriend when she heard a police siren. The Canadian woman was pulled over and told she owed $2,000 in parking tickets and faced 30 days in jail. As she wept in the police car, Belyea was offered a deal. Charges would be dropped if she took her boyfriend's hand in marriage.

Yes, this traumatic event was an elaborate wedding proposal. Believe it or not, she said yes. But Marcia, you have the right to revenge.

6:47 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Detroit bankruptcy to set off battles with creditors, unions and pension holders

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Financially troubled cities around nation will watch what happens in Detroit
The City of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in federal court, laying the groundwork for a historic effort to bail out a city that is sinking under billions of dollars in debt and decades of mismanagement, population flight and loss of tax revenue.
6:10 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Stryker Corporation reports net earnings drop of 34% in second quarter

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Company's earning per share failed to meet Wall Street projections
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Stryker Corp. is reporting a 34 percent drop in net earnings in the second quarter as the company continues to suffer from product recalls and volatile foreign exchange rates. Net earnings fell 34.5 percent to $213 million compared to $325 million last year.
Around the Nation
6:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Costume-Clad Comic-Con Fans Descend On San Diego

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Some 130,000 fans are converging on the convention center in San Diego for this year's Comic-Con, the world's largest pop culture convention. One big draw will be the appearance of fantasy writer Neil Gaiman who, after a long hiatus, is bringing back his best-selling comic Sandman. Here to tell us what she's seeing so far is Gina McIntyre. She's the editor of Hero Complex, the pop culture blog at the Los Angeles Times. Good morning.

GINA MCINTYRE: Good morning.

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Around the Nation
6:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

A Year After Colo. Shooting, Trial Still Far Off

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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Sports
5:52 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Tour De France Racers Want To Leave Shadow Of Doping Behind

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:00 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

After three weeks and more than 2,000 miles, the Tour de France finishes up on Sunday in Paris. The race is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It's also the first year in many that no former winners are suspected of doping. Seven-time tour winner Lance Armstrong finally admitted to doping this past spring, ending a years-long saga.

But even after all that, doping is probably not fini - as NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports from Paris.

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Race
5:52 am
Fri July 19, 2013

40 Years Later, A Black-And-White Photo Gets New Life

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:38 am

The Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case and the issues of race surrounding it got photographer Joseph Crachiola thinking about a picture he took almost 40 years ago of a group of black and white children playing happily together in the streets of a Detroit suburb. Renee Montagne talks to Crachiola about the photo, which has gone viral since he posted it on Facebook after the Zimmerman verdict.

Europe
5:52 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Russian Opposition Leader Convicted Amid Controversy

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:00 am

A Russian court has convicted one of the country's most prominent opposition leaders of embezzlement. Alexei Navalny faces a sentence of five years in prison in a controversial case that he says was trumped up to derail his political career. Navalny was instrumental in organizing mass protests against the rule of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Business
5:26 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Federal Judge Green Lights Suit Against Private Equity Firms

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:00 am

The investor lawsuit claims the companies, including Blackstone, Carlyle and Bain Capital, colluded to drive down prices on hundreds of billions of dollars in takeovers.

Business
5:26 am
Fri July 19, 2013

In Dubai, Weight Loss Is Worth Gold

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 7:06 am

If you want people to slim down, why not reward them with gold? That's the tack being taken in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For every kilogram lost, the government will pay out a gram of gold.

U.S.
4:41 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Pa. City Tries Wild West Auction To Rope In Cash

A Harrisburg Wild West artifact sits inside of a warehouse building owned by the city, seen here in 2011.
Craig Layne WITF

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:43 am

Leaders in Harrisburg, Pa., hope the legends of the Wild West will ride to the rescue of the cash-strapped state capital. Thanks to a former mayor's eccentric, failed museum project, the city has an extensive collection of Wild West artifacts — some said to have ties to people like Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Buffalo Bill.

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Code Switch
3:26 am
Fri July 19, 2013

How To Fight Racial Bias When It's Silent And Subtle

Researchers say it may be possible to temporarily reduce racial biases.
Images.com Corbis

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 8:00 pm

In the popular imagination and in conventional discourse — especially in the context of highly charged news events such as the shooting of Trayvon Martin — prejudice is all about hatred and animosity.

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StoryCorps
3:23 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Grandpa's Story: A Comb, Penknife And Handkerchief

Leonard Carpenter in Kentucky, where he grew up, in the early 1940s.
Photo courtesy of Lynne Bruschetti

Jack Bruschetti was born in 1999, the same year his grandfather, Leonard Carpenter, died from Alzheimer's disease.

But 13-year-old Jack wanted to know more about his grandfather, who worked as a tire builder for BFGoodrich in Akron, Ohio, where he also raised his family.

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Shots - Health News
3:23 am
Fri July 19, 2013

White House Muddles Obamacare Messaging — Again

President Obama walks off the stage after speaking about the Affordable Care Act during an event in the East Room of the White House on Thursday. Obama argued that the law is holding insurance companies accountable and putting money back into the pockets of consumers.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 6:13 am

This summer was supposed to be a time to reintroduce the public to the Affordable Care Act and teach people how to sign up for benefits this fall.

But that's not what's happening.

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