12:52 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Attorney General says Michigan Supreme Court shouldn't hear appeal in "Right to Work" case

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Five unions representing state employees have filed suit over law
  • Source: Freep
  • | Via: Lansing State Journal
LANSING - The Michigan Supreme Court shouldn't waste its time taking up an appeal over one of the state's controversial right-to-work laws, Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette wrote in a court filing this week. Schuette opposes the state employee unions' effort to appeal a Court of Appeals ruling in August, which found Michigan's public-sector right-to-work law does apply to the state's 35,000 unionized workers.
12:43 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

State prepares for further impact of federal government shutdown

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Officials say state worker furloughs probably won't happen unless shutdown continues into November
LANSING, MI - As politicians in Washington D.C. fail to reach an agreement to fund the government, effects of the partial government shutdown are creeping closer to Michigan and several of its federally funded programs. While most of the programs have money for October, the state is preparing if the shutdown continues through the month.
Around the Nation
12:20 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Yuppie Condos Destroying Chinatowns?

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 1:50 pm

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U.S.
12:20 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Service Members Keep Promises, Even If Congress Doesn't

Pfc. Norman McQueen, U.S. Army Air Corps
photo courtesy Michel Martin

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 3:07 pm

So finally today, you might have noticed I've been out of the office a bit lately. I'm taking that trip a lot of us have, or will be taking: having to get more involved in caring for an elderly parent. And because I've been on that road, I have found myself going through old drawers and boxes in a way I had no reason or right to do before now.

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Television
12:08 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

'Raising McCain': Not Your Mother's Talk Show

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 3:30 pm

Meghan McCain comes by her maverick credentials honestly. As the daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain, she is no stranger to the political limelight. But that doesn't mean she always agrees with her dad or Republican political orthodoxy.

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Immigration rally
8:28 am
Wed October 9, 2013

WestSouthwest: Protesting over immigration

Wendy Medrano arrested Tuesday in Washington D.C.
Credit Allison Colberg, Michigan United

Interview with Wendy Medrano

Wendy Medrano says the nation's immigration policies fractured her family for many years. 

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Bill McKibben
7:36 am
Wed October 9, 2013

WestSouthwest: Author and activist Bill McKibben on climate change

Bill McKIbben
Credit Steve Liptay

Interview with Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the founder of 350.org and the author of several books, his most recent is Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist

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Around the Nation
7:28 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Chicago Company Aims To Popularize Electric Unicycle

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7:17 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Starbucks Offers A Free Cup Of Coffee With A Condition

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with shutdown beverage news. New breweries cannot open. The partial government shutdown prevents the Treasury Department from approving them. You can still get coffee at Starbucks. CEO Howard Shultz, who spoke up for gun rights - then had to ask people to stop bringing guns to his stores - waded into politics again. He's urging people to talk to one another, offering free coffee if you buy someone a coffee - subsidized Starbucks conversation.

7:09 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Benton Harbor Public Safety Director sues Emergency Manager

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Roger Lange's lawsuit also names city
ST. JOSEPH - A lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that retaliation for whistle-blowing was behind Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Tony Saunders' decision to suspend public safety Director Roger Lange.
6:56 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Former Kalamazoo Airport director had misused county credit

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Cliff Moshiginis resigned in September after county looked into allegations of harassment
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
According to a report by the county Fraud and Abuse Committee obtained through the state Freedom of Information Act, Moshoginis made four transactions using his county credit card totaling $1,322 at America's Best Value Inn, 2615 Airview Blvd., which has since been replaced by Days Inn and Suites and is located a half-mile from the airport offices.
Politics
4:44 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Federal Prison Workers Dismayed By Government Shutdown

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 6:38 am

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Research News
4:44 am
Wed October 9, 2013

3 Scientists Share 2013 Nobel Prize For Chemistry

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 6:08 am

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry will be shared by three scientists who took chemistry inside the world of computing. This powerful technology is now used to develop drugs and perform all sorts of vital tasks in chemistry. The three winners were all born overseas but collaborated in the United States and elsewhere in the 1970s, where they started their work.

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Politics
4:44 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Rep. Labrador Of Idaho Weighs In On Government Shutdown

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 6:44 am

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Around the Nation
3:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

High-End Extras Aren't A Sure Bet For Tribal Casinos

Yvonne Smith is the director of La Rive Spa at Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Washington state. Across the country, Native American tribes are hoping high-end extras will draw visitors to casinos.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 9:53 am

What used to be no-frills slot parlors off the highway are turning into resort-style destinations with spas, golf courses and luxury hotels. Native American tribes are hoping these added amenities will give them an edge in an increasingly competitive gaming market.

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Parallels
3:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Bound By Blood, Divided By Politics: Three Egyptian Sisters

Egyptian women queue outside a polling station during voting on a disputed constitution drafted by Islamist supporters of then-President Mohammed Morsi, in Giza, Egypt, last December. In a country divided by a political crisis, families are not spared.
Nasser Nasser AP

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 8:44 pm

Nagwa, Dina and May are sisters. All three are married, all three have children. All three had always been close — until now.

Egypt's political crisis is changing those relationships. Nagwa and May sympathize with the Muslim Brotherhood. Dina, on the other hand, supports the military, arguing that the generals are just keeping extremists at bay.

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It's All Politics
2:58 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Booker Gets A Run For His Money In N.J. Senate Race

Democrat Cory Booker (left) and Republican Steve Lonegan stand together after their first debate in the race for U.S. Senate on Oct. 4 in Trenton, N.J.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 9:22 am

Cory Booker, the celebrity mayor of Newark, N.J., was expected to cruise to victory in the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg. But just a week before voters go to the polls, he's facing a surprisingly strong challenge from Tea Party favorite Steve Lonegan.

The race was supposed to be a mismatch: Booker, the Democrat, and his 1.4 million Twitter followers versus the Republican former mayor of Bogota, N.J. — population 8,000.

But no one told Lonegan.

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The Two-Way
2:28 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Shutdown Forces Antarctic Research Into 'Caretaker Status'

The Chalet (right) is the U.S. Antarctic Program's administrations and operations center at McMurdo Station.
Reed Scherer National Science Foundation

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 4:44 am

Earlier this week we told you that scientists who do research in Antarctica have been on pins and needles, worried that the government shutdown would effectively cancel all of their planned field work this year.

Well, those scientists just got the news they didn't want to hear.

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9:39 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

National Guard mission suffers because of government shutdown

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Nearly all of the $30-million budget for Air National Guard Base in Battle Creek comes from federal government
More than 100 civilian employees have returned to work, but the Battle Creek Air National Guard base is struggling to stay open because of the federal government shutdown. "It is far from fixed," Col. Ronald Wilson, base commander said Tuesday. "My biggest worry was to get people back.
8:56 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Ottawa County officials predict property tax rates will hold, revenue increase

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It's first year since 2009 Ottawa County is in the black with operating tax revenue
Ottawa County seal Tax revenue will increase next year, according to Ottawa County predictions. The county's property tax levy will remain the same next year, but total property tax revenue could go up by 3 percent or more, officials said. Much of that can be attributed to a manufacturing resurgence.
NPR Story
7:24 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

White House: Obama To Tap Janet Yellen For Fed Chair

The White House announced Tuesday that President Obama will nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve Wednesday. She would replace Ben Bernanke, who's stepping down from the post. Yellen has been the presumptive nominee for weeks, after Lawrence Summers announced his intention to remove himself from the running in September. She'd be the first woman to head the Fed.

Parallels
6:35 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Asian Allies' Anxieties Rise Amid Washington Paralysis

President Obama listens as Chinese President Xi Jinping answers a question after a bilateral meeting in California on June 7.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:24 pm

The partial shutdown of the U.S. government has all sorts of costs — not only in the United States, but also overseas. President Obama had to cancel a trip this week to visit four nations in Asia so he could stay in Washington to deal with the political crisis. That has disappointed — even worried — some of America's friends in the region, who are counting on the United States to stand up to an increasingly assertive China.

The disappointment over the president's no-show in Asia was palpable.

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Environment
6:34 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Flood Forensics: Why Colorado's Floods Were So Destructive

Flooding brought down a house in Jamestown, Colo., on Sept. 18.
Matthew Staver Landov

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 10:25 am

Parts of Colorado are still drying out after floods hit the state last month. Eight people died, and damage from the worst flooding in decades is in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Scientists are now venturing into the hardest-hit areas to do a sort of "flood forensics" to understand why the floods were so bad.

Geologist Jonathan Godt takes Peak Highway in northern Colorado up into the Rockies. The road there winds past ravines and streams where water is still rushing.

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Religion
5:45 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Imam: 'We Can't Imagine' The Beauty Of Paradise After Death

A St. Louis-area imam spoke with NPR about what Muslims believe about life after death.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 7:26 am

This week, All Things Considered is talking with leaders from different faiths about their perspectives on the afterlife. NPR's Robert Siegel spoke with Mufti Asif Umar, a Muslim scholar and imam of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, about what Muslims believe and about his own beliefs.

Umar, the 29-year-old son of Indian immigrants, said Muslims believe that when a person dies, two angels appear and ask that person three questions about his or her faith. Those questions, Umar says, have correct answers.

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4:24 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Tanning bed ban for minors sparks debate

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Some legislators believe the decision to let kids use tanning beds should be up to parents.
LANSING - Legislation that would prevent minors from using tanning beds and require tanning salons to register with the state has prompted a heated debate over how to address what some are calling a major public health threat without overly restricting parental rights. The bills, introduced by Rep.
Your Money
4:20 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Ups And Downs In Oil And Gas But Gas Remains A Cheaper Heat

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 2:18 pm

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You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. For many parts of the country, winter has already struck and struck hard. Residents in those areas have started turning up their thermostats and according to federal predictions, they're likely to notice an increase in how much it costs to heat their homes. As Fred Bever from member station WBUR reports, after years of natural gas being the cheapest heating option out there, the price is starting to go up.

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All Tech Considered
4:20 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Health Exchange Tech Problems Point To A Thornier Issue

"We can do better," says White House spokesman Jay Carney, of healthcare.gov's ongoing software problems and delays.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:24 pm

One week after its rocky rollout, the federal site to help you sign up for health insurance exchanges went down again overnight for additional software fixes. The Obama administration says the technology powering the marketplaces buckled under unexpectedly high traffic. But the ongoing software hiccups for healthcare.gov point to a much thornier problem: procurement processes.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:20 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Verdi's Gift: Wringing Catchy Music From Touchy Subjects

In his operas, Giuseppe Verdi had a knack for empowering marginalized people — like the title character of Aida, who is an enslaved Ethiopian princess (played in this 2011 French production by American soprano Indra Thomas).
Gerard Julien AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:24 pm

Two hundred years ago this week, Giuseppe Verdi was born in an Italian town midway between Bologna and Milan. On the occasion of his bicentennial, All Things Considered wanted to know what makes the great opera composer so enduring — why his work is still so frequently discussed and performed these two centuries later. The answer, says conductor and arranger John Mauceri, is that Verdi had a knack for making thorny topics accessible.

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Author Interviews
4:08 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Elizabeth Smart Says Kidnapper Was A 'Master At Manipulation'

Elizabeth Smart has the kind of fame no one would want: In the summer of 2002, at the age of 14, she became one of the nation's most famous kidnap victims when she was abducted from her bedroom in Salt Lake City, where she lived with her devout Mormon family.

Her kidnapper, Brian David Mitchell, saw himself as a religious prophet and took her to be his second wife in a polygamous marriage. With a knife at her throat, Mitchell forced her to go with him to his remote camp on a mountain near Salt Lake, where they lived during the first stage of her nine-month captivity.

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12:45 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Challenge to city of Wyoming's ban on medical marijuana to be heard by state Supreme Court

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Oral arguments set for Thursday
LANSING, MI - The city of Wyoming's three-year-old ban on medical marijuana will face its final test this week as attorneys argue before the State Supreme Court as to whether the city can reject the voter-approved Medical Marijuana Act on the grounds that the act violates federal law.

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