6:16 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Update: Airport director to receive 12 weeks of pay as part of resignation agreement

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Certain documents related to Cliff Moshiginis' employment won't be made public
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Cliff Moshoginis may no longer be employed as director of the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport, but that doesn't mean he left the position empty handed. Details of voluntary resignation agreement between Moshoginis and the Kalamazoo County Aeronautics Board were made public Wednesday following the board's vote to accept Moshoginis' resignation.
Politics
5:12 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Not All Republicans Embrace Big Business All The Time

The Republican Party in the past has had a close relationship with Wall Street and big business. But lately there's growing tension and disagreement as some Republicans in Congress consider a possible government shutdown. The Tea Party seems to have the strongest criticism of big business.

Business
5:06 am
Thu September 26, 2013

1 In 7 American Adults Don't Go Online

Fifteen percent of Americans don't use the Internet, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. Most of these "offline adults" are 65 years old or older, many live in rural areas and have incomes lower than $30,000 a year.

Animals
5:06 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Ancient Fish Fossil Sheds Light On Modern Jaws

A newly discovered fossil of a fish in China changes what scientists know about the origins of jaws. It turns out, human jaws are remarkably similar to the jaw of this 419-million-year-old fish. That suggests jaws evolved much earlier than previously thought.

Sports
5:06 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Oracle Team USA Defeats New Zealand To Win America's Cup

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 5:28 am

Oracle Team USA completed a remarkable comeback to win the America's Cup regatta, winning eight straight races. The American team, backed by Silicon Valley billionaire Larry Ellison, beat Emirates Team New Zealand. Just a few days ago, the American team trailed the Kiwis, and were on the brink of being eliminated from the competition.

Politics
5:06 am
Thu September 26, 2013

If The Government Closes, 'Essential' Employees Would Work

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 5:35 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Thursday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene.

Congress has until Tuesday to agree on funding for federal agencies in order to avoid a partial government shutdown. So let's look this morning at exactly what that shutdown would mean.

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Shots - Health News
3:44 am
Thu September 26, 2013

A Medicaid Expansion In Pennsylvania May Take Time

Susan Mull is a substitute teacher in Lancaster County, Pa. She's lived with HIV for 21 years, the past 13 without health insurance. She says an expansion of Medicaid in Pennsylvania would be "life-changing."
Jeff Brady NPR

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 8:26 am

In Pennsylvania, more than a half-million people who don't have insurance are waiting to hear whether the state will take advantage of a Medicaid expansion that's part of the Affordable Care Act.

The federal law would allow people earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines to sign up for Medicaid. But a Supreme Court ruling that largely upheld the law gave states the choice whether to expand their Medicaid programs.

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World
3:43 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Syrian Rebels: U.S. Distracted By Focus On Chemical Weapons

Smoke from heavy shelling rises above buildings in Dara'a, Syria, on Aug. 28.
Ugarit News AP

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 5:06 am

A satellite cellphone rings for rebel commander Bashar al-Zawi, at home with his family in the Jordanian city of Irbid. It's a rare domestic break for this wealthy businessman turned rebel commander. But he is anxious to get back to his battalion of 5,000 fighters in southern Syria.

They are taking part in a rebel offensive that is squeezing the Syrian army around the city of Dera'a. Military analysts say the fight is one of the most strategically important battles in Syria's civil war, because Dera'a, close to Damascus, is President Bashar Assad's stronghold in the southwest.

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Energy
3:42 am
Thu September 26, 2013

In Wake Of Colo. Floods, A Scramble To Clean Up Spilled Oil

A crude oil storage tank lies on its side in floodwaters along the South Platte River, in Weld County, Colo., on Sept. 17. Hundreds of natural gas and oil wells along with pipelines are shut down by flooding, as state and federal inspectors gauge the damage and look for potential contamination from inundated oil fields.
John Wark AP

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 5:06 am

The heavy floodwaters in Colorado this month caused more than 37,000 gallons of oil to spill into or near rivers, and the state's oil and gas industry is rushing to fix equipment damaged during the storm. It comes at a time when there's growing public concern about the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing in the state.

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Music Interviews
2:01 am
Thu September 26, 2013

'You Can Always Come Home': Alan Jackson On Family And Bluegrass

Alan Jackson's The Bluegrass Album combines new originals with some staples of the genre.
Russ Harrington Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 11:06 am

Alan Jackson has achieved huge success in country music, but he's not above trashing his own industry. The platinum-selling star once voiced his frustration with the narrow range of country music that receives radio play by writing a spot-on parody — "Three Minute Positive Not Too Country Up-Tempo Love Song" — that hit all the mainstream marks on the nose.

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9:19 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

"Breaking Bad" creator's next show "Battle Creek"

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Drama will be about two detectives in Battle Creek
Vince Gilligan, the creator and producer of one of the most-talked-about series in recent years, "Breaking Bad," is the hottest name in television. "Breaking Bad" is fresh off an Emmy win for best drama and drawing huge audiences as it builds toward the final episode of its five-season run on AMC on Sunday.
Politics
6:03 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Every Move She Makes, Pundits Are Watching Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York City on Wednesday.
Ramin Talaie Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 11:09 pm

When she left the Obama administration, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she just wanted to sleep late and walk her dog. But that hasn't happened.

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5:16 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Auto supply company wants tax break for expansion

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Summit Polymers says the addition at the current plant would help retain about 200 jobs and possible create 23 more.
PORTAGE, MI - Summit Polymers is requesting a tax break from the city of Portage for a $5.69 million expansion that could create 23 new jobs. The company at 4750 Executive Drive is asking for a Public Act 198 tax break for building improvements that include a 55,000 square-foot addition on the south side of its plant.
NPR Story
5:03 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Floods That Ravaged Colo. Might Help Drought-Hit Farmland

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 6:03 pm

The damage from flooding in Colorado is immense. As the raging rivers overflowed, they spilled into low-lying farm and ranch land wrecking costly equipment, dismantling irrigation systems and stranding livestock. In the near future, it'll be hard for farmers to remain optimistic. Still, as the waters recede, there may be a silver lining to the excess rain further down the line.

NPR Story
5:03 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Concerns Growing Over North Korea's Nuclear Program

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 6:03 pm

Robert Siegel talks to Joshua Pollack, a consultant to the US government, about concerns that North Korea has or could soon have the tools to make the centrifuges to enrich the uranium to make the atomic weapons without having to import key elements in the process. Pollack studies arms control, proliferation, deterrence, intelligence, and regional security affairs. He also writes for the blog Arms Control Wonk.

NPR Story
5:03 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

In Comeback, Oracle Team USA Wins America's Cup

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 6:03 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

In San Francisco today, a dramatic winner-take-all finish to the America's Cup race. Oracle Team USA, the defending champion, completed a remarkable comeback to win the regatta, 9-8. The American team is led by Silicon Valley billionaire and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. They were on the verge of elimination to their opponent, Emirates Team New Zealand. Trailing 8-1, the Oracle team then won eight straight races, concluding this afternoon in the high winds of San Francisco Bay. Announcer Todd Harris had the call on the NBC Sports Network.

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3:46 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

West Hall razed on WMU's East Campus

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Built in 1915, West Hall was the second oldest building at WMU.
KALAMAZOO, MI - Demolition began Wednesday on historic West Hall on Western Michigan University's East Campus. At about 7:45 a.m., a construction crew from Bierlein Co. fired up a high-reach escalator and excavator equipment to pull down the circa 1915 building. Demolition was expected to be complete by Wednesday afternoon, construction workers told the Kalamazoo Gazette.
Parallels
3:41 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

For Some NYU Students, A Sweet Deal To Study ... In Shanghai

The university is currently located on the leafy campus of East China Normal University. Next year, NYU Shanghai will move to a 15-story building in the city's financial district.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 9:58 am

First-year college student Stephanie Ulan, from Queens, N.Y., had her sights set on New York University, in the heart of Manhattan's Greenwich Village.

She got her wish — sort of.

At first, the school offered her a generous scholarship but told her and her father they'd still have to take out big loans.

"My father is 62 years old," says Ulan, who plans to major in international relations. "There was a big scene and he flipped out and he was, like, 'I can't do that.' "

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Middle East
3:39 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Meet The Iranian Commander Pulling Strings In Syria's War

Smoke rises after an airstrike hit a Syrian village on Sept. 22.
AP

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:22 pm

Perhaps the most important military commander in Syria's civil war is not Syrian at all. He's Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, and he's the subject of an article by Dexter Filkins in the current edition of The New Yorker.

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3:31 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Adoptions could be refused based on religious beliefs

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The legislation would also prevent the state from giving taxpayer money to those agencies. The bills passed in the state House today without public input or debate.
Private adoption agencies could refuse to place children in homes based on sincerely held religious beliefs, according to a bill that passed a state House committee Wednesday. The package of bills have been touted as supporting "religious freedom" of adoption agencies by allowing child placing agencies to refuse to "provide a service or facilitate a placement" that violates its religious beliefs.
3:03 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Van Buren County to receive grant for government efficiency

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According to a news release by state representative Aric Nesbitt, the grant will help the county share technology and tax assessment information.
PAW PAW, MI -- Van Buren County will receive a state grant that will make it easier to share technology services and tax assessment information, according to a news release from State Rep. Aric Nesbitt. The Michigan Department of Treasury is giving the county $314,629 from the Competitive Grant Assistance Program, one of 17 state grants from the program totaling $6 million, Nesbitt said.
1:21 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Kalamazoo Airport director resigns

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Cliff Moshiginis has been on paid leave
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Clifton Moshoginis is no longer director of the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport following today's special meeting of the aeronautics board. Following a closed session, the board voted to accept Moshoginis' voluntary resignation. It also voted to appoint David Reid as interim director of the airport.
Books
1:02 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

David Dinkins: Leading New York Is The 'Greatest Job There Is'

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins
Jenny Dossin PublicAffairs

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 4:31 pm

As New York City enters the final stretch of its latest mayoral campaign, Tell Me More host Michel Martin hears from a former Big Apple mayor who made history: David Dinkins.

Winning the office in 1989, Dinkins earned the glare of national attention not only as the mayor of one of the country's most important cities, but also as that city's first black mayor.

It was a difficult time for the city. Race relations were fractured, the economy was struggling, and many neighborhoods were gripped by a crack epidemic.

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National Security
12:52 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Security Expert: 'We Cannot Live in Fear' About 'Soft' Targets

The deadly attack at a mall in Kenya has a lot of people concerned about "soft targets" here in the U.S. Michel Martin speaks to security expert Clark Kent Ervin for more on how locations like malls, sports arenas and churches can stay safe.

Education
12:52 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

MacArthur 'Genius' On Grit, Self Control And Success

Host Michel Martin speaks with psychologist Angela Duckworth, who was named a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow today. Duckworth's research shows how grit and self-control can predict future life success.

Kalamazoo College
8:12 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Kalamazoo College says it's raised two-thirds of campaign goal

Kalamazoo College Light Fine Arts Building - file photo
Credit WMUK

Kalamazoo College says it has raised $84-million in The Campaign for Kalamazoo College. 

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Around the Nation
7:21 am
Wed September 25, 2013

99-Year-Old Iowa Woman Receives High School Diploma

Audrey Crabtree of Cedar Falls began her education in the 1920s in a one-room school house. But then she got injured in a swimming accident, and her grandma fell ill, so she didn't finish high school — 1 credit shy. This week, during a board meeting, she received her diploma from the current principal of East High.

Sports
7:12 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Steelers, Vikings To Play NFL Game In London

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

American football doesn't have a big following overseas, which does not stop the National Football League from trying. An NFL game will be played in London Sunday. As it worked out, the league is not necessarily sending its best. The Pittsburgh Steelers, led by Ben Roethlisberger, also known as Big Ben, are winless, 0-3. They'll play the Vikings, also 0-3. On the upside, David Greene, Steelers fan, one team is likely to overcome jetlag and win.

7:02 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Policies on Michigan's health insurance exchange could cost less than other states

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An estimated 1.4-million uninsured or under insured state residents can buy policies on the exchange through the end of March
Michiganders shopping for insurance on the Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace beginning next Tuesday will spend less than much of the country, a possible result of competition drawn to the state exchange. In Michigan, the lowest prices for three categories of policies, called bronze, silver and gold, all came in lower than the national average, according to a federal analysis released today.
6:34 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Kalamazoo Airport Board to meet Wednesday on director's future

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Cliff Moshoginis has been on paid leave
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - After agreeing last week to begin discussing separation with its embattled director Cliff Moshoginis, the Kalamazoo County aeronautics board is expected to finalize the separation at a special meeting today. Moshoginis' employment status has been in question since it was reported earlier this month that an airport employee had filed a harassment complaint against him.

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