WMUK News
9:33 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Upton reacts to latest Palisades leak

Palisades Nuclear Power PLant
Credit US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

UPDATE: Upton says he will tour the Palisades plant on Monday, May 13th, along with Nuclear Regulatory Commission member Kristine Svinicki.

Congressman Fred Upton says he's "outraged" by a new leak at the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant near south Haven. The Saint Joseph Republican says he wants to get a first-hand look at the problem along with a member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission "in the near future".

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9:30 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Voters approve $62-million bond for Kalamazoo Public Schools

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Bond will result in an additional $35 a year in taxes for owner of a home with market value of $100,000 in Kalamazoo district
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- With 37 of 39 precincts reporting, more 72 percent of voters Tuesday backed a $62 million bond issue for Kalamazoo Public Schools, which will pay for a long list of facility upgrades and repairs. The vote total for the 37 precincts was 4,466 to 1,697, in a light turnout.
9:23 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Senate approves bill that could lead to wolf hunting

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Bill gives Natural Resources Commission power to determine what animals are hunted in Michigan
Lansing - The state Senate gave final approval and immediate effect Tuesday to legislation designed to short-circuit efforts by wolf hunting opponents to bring the issue to a statewide vote in 2014.
9:10 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Governor Snyder signs bill to rename stretch of I-94 after slain Kalamazoo Public Safety officer

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Eric Zapata was shot and killed in the line of duty in April of 2011.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Tuesday that will name a 25-mile stretch of I-94 in Kalamazoo County in honor of Kalamazoo Public Safety officer Eric Zapata, who was killed in the line of duty in 2011. The bill cleared the Michigan House of Representatives April 18, the two-year anniversary of Zapata's death.
9:06 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Upton says Palisades Nuclear Power Plant must stay offline until leaking tank is fixed

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission said 79 gallons of radioactive water leaked into Lake Michigan this week
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
COVERT TOWNSHIP, MI - U.S Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, called Tuesday for the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant to remain offline until a leak in its tank that apparently led to diluted radioactive water being released into Lake Michigan is permanently repaired.
The Salt
6:12 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Bee Deaths May Have Reached A Crisis Point For Crops

A bee inspector checks on a frame of bees to assess the colony strength near Turlock, Calif., in February. More than 30 percent of America's bee colonies died off over the winter.
Gosia Wozniacka AP

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 10:56 pm

According to a new survey of America's beekeepers, almost a third of the country's honeybee colonies did not make it through the winter.

That's been the case, in fact, almost every year since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began this annual survey, six years ago.

Over the past six years, on average, 30 percent of all the honeybee colonies in the U.S. died off over the winter. The worst year was five years ago. Last year was the best: Just 22 percent of the colonies died.

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Theater
5:37 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

'Show Boat' Steams On, Eternally American

When she's discovered to be a multiracial woman "passing" as white, the Cotton Blossom's star performer, Julie (Alyson Cambridge), is forced to leave the company.
Scott Suchman Washington National Opera

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 2:50 pm

It's been more than eight decades since Show Boat -- the seminal masterpiece of the American musical theater — premiered on a stage in Washington, D.C. Now the sprawling classic is back, in a lush production put on by the Washington National Opera.

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Asia
5:37 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Are Those North Korean Long-Range Missiles For Real?

What appears to be a missile is carried during a mass military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 15, 2012. Some analysts say the half-dozen missiles showcased at the military parade were fakes.
Ng Han Guan AP

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 10:56 pm

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It's All Politics
5:37 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Congressional Hearings Put Renewed Focus On Benghazi Attack

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 10:56 pm

It has been nearly eight months since attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

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Around the Nation
4:55 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

More Questions Than Answers In Cleveland Kidnappings

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 2:50 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. In Cleveland, Ohio, there are more questions than answers today, as investigators piece together the kidnappings of three women. They were rescued from a house last night, after roughly a decade in captivity. Three brothers are behind bars. Now, police and residents are asking how this could have happened in that working class neighborhood. From member station WCPN in Cleveland, Nick Castele reports.

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Environment
4:55 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Filling In The Gap On Climate Education In Classrooms

Cy Maramangalam gives a presentation about climate change for the Alliance for Climate Education.
Courtesy of Alliance for Climate Education

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 2:50 pm

The auditorium at James Blake High School in Silver Spring, Md., is packed when Cy Maramangalam strolls onstage, sporting jeans and a shaved head.

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Music Reviews
4:02 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Pistol Annies: Plain Truths, Sharp Humor, Three-Part Harmony

Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashely Monroe, country stars in their own right, form the trio Pistol Annies.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 10:56 pm

Pistol Annies: The name itself implies a tough country-girl persona, and the band's members can back it up. Born in Texas, Miranda Lambert is an avid hunter. Angaleena Presley hails from three generations of Kentucky coal miners. And Ashley Monroe was raised in East Tennessee near the Smoky Mountains. But in song, they don't brag about their toughness.

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Around the Nation
3:14 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

A Look Ahead To The Future Of New Orleans

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 3:38 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. The recession and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico hit New Orleans hard, and that was after Katrina. The population has yet to return to pre-hurricane levels. Some houses lie empty, some properties abandoned, and the city continues to suffer from crime and unemployment.

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Author Interviews
2:33 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

'Shocked': Patricia Volk's Memoir About Beauty And Its Beholders

Patricia Volk is an essayist, novelist and memoirist. She recounts her experiences growing up in a restaurant-owning family in New York City, in her memoir Stuffed.
Random House

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 3:18 pm

Patricia Volk's mother was beautiful in a way that stopped people on the street. Strangers compared her to Lana Turner and Grace Kelly. She was stylish and vain: Her beauty and its preservation mattered to her. "She had an icy blond beauty, an imperious kind of beauty," Volk tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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World
2:25 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

The History And Politics Of Humanitarian Intervention

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

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Around the Nation
2:21 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

The Cleveland Case And Missing Persons Investigations

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 2:22 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. In Cleveland last night, a dramatic call for help.

(SOUNDBITE OF 911 CALL)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Cleveland 911. Do you need...?

AMANDA BERRY: I need police. Help me. I'm Amanda Berry.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Do you need police, fire or ambulance?

BERRY: I need police.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: OK, and what's going on there?

BERRY: I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years. And I'm here, I'm free now.

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From Our Listeners
2:05 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Letters: Sign Painters, Favoritism And Unemployment

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

It's Tuesday and time to read from your comments. Yesterday we spoke with Rutgers Professor Nancy DiTomaso about her argument that favoritism drives minority unemployment.

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Radio Diaries
1:44 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Teenage Diaries Revisited: Living Life Under The Radar

Juan
Radio Diaries (left), David Gilkey/NPR

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 10:19 am

Name: Juan (NPR is not revealing his full name, because he is living in the country illegally.)

Hometown: Loreto, Zacatecas, Mexico

Current city: Denver

Occupation: Plumber

His first radio diary:

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Movies
1:20 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Scorsese Talks 'The Language of Cinema'

Animated as ever when it comes to the topic of film, director Martin Scorsese delivers the 2013 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities at the Kennedy Center on April 1.
NIcholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 2:34 pm

Martin Scorsese is a legend of a director — and he's also a great film teacher, a man who balances a passion for the medium with a deep knowledge of its history. Delivering this year's installment of the National Endowment for the Humanities' prestigious Jefferson Lecture — a talk he titled "Persistence of Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema" — Scorsese demonstrated his speaking chops as well.

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12:25 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Binder Park CEO says zookeeper stepped on by giraffe is "doing well"

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Woman was injured Monday when she lost her footing and fell while helping herd animals into a barn
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
BATTLE CREEK, MI -- A "seasoned" zookeeper whose foot was hurt by a giraffe Monday "is doing well" Tuesday, though she is hospitalized, said Diane Thompson, president and CEO of Binder Park Zoo.
NPR Story
11:58 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Kids Heading To College: How To Avoid Being 'That Mom'

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 12:13 pm

Thousands of American students and their parents have survived college admission season. Host Michel Martin is joined by the regular moms contributors who dole out advice on how to how to prepare your children emotionally, academically and financially to succeed in college.

NPR Story
11:58 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Missing Ohio Women Found But Bigger Message About Race?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. In a few minutes, we are going to talk about the controversy over where the remains of one of the Boston bombing suspects should be buried. But first we want to talk about that very disturbing story out of Cleveland where three woman, all apparently abducted at different times, all missing for many years, finally managed to escape.

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NPR Story
11:58 am
Tue May 7, 2013

FBI Most Wanted Terrorists List: Who Is Assata Shakur?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later in the program, we are going to hear more about that very disturbing story out of Cleveland, where three women who'd been missing for years were finally able to escape. That's in just a few minutes. But first, we want to find out more about a woman named Joanne Deborah Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur.

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U.S.
11:04 am
Tue May 7, 2013

FBI Agent: 'Nightmare Is Over' For Kidnapped Women

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. This is one of those news stories that leaves your jaw on the floor; an incredible story in Cleveland. Three women who were kidnapped a decade ago have been found alive, in a house not far from where they disappeared.

(SOUNDBITE OF NEWS CONFERENCE)

STEPHEN ANTHONY: For Amanda's family, for Gina's family, for Michelle's family, prayers have finally been answered. The nightmare is over.

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WMUK News
9:53 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Kalamazoo goes medieval for a week

Broadsword demonstration at the 2011 Congress
Credit WMU University Relations

This week Kalamazoo becomes a virtual time machine as hundreds of scholars arrive for the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies. The 48th gathering at Western Michigan University will include serious academic discussions along with some that are more accessible to the public. The latter category includes sessions on medieval themes in the Harry Potter books and recent movies like The Hobbit.

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9:28 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Portage Public Schools to boost security at entrances to several buidlings

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Secure entrances will allow exterior doors to be locked down during school hours
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Portage Public Schools will spend more than $600,000 to build secure entries at nine buildings. The Portage school board Monday approved a $606,100 contract with Frederick Construction of Vicksburg for stepped up building security measures that come in part because of last year's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut.
Around the Nation
7:48 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Syrian Electronic Army Claims It Hacked 'The Onion'

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:04 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Twitter came alive with shocking news. The Syrian Electronic Army apparently hacked the feed of the satirical site The Onion. Syrians topped their attacks on AP, "60 Minutes" and NPR. After being victimized, The Onion published tips to avoid being hacked. Move site to a new web address every few minutes.

7:29 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Kent County Judge rules voter approved decriminalization of marijuana stands

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Kent County Prosecutor sought to nullify Grand Rapids city charter amendment which he says conflicts with Michigan law
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A Kent County judge today ruled that a voter-approved amendment to decriminalize marijuana was valid. At the same time, Judge Paul Sullivan dismissed Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth's effort to nullify the charter amendment.
Around the Nation
7:28 am
Tue May 7, 2013

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Squashes Spider

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:04 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

New Jersey's governor, Chris Christie, was hosting a group of school children in his office when a spider appeared. Christie did not grant it a pardon. Kids laughed and cheered as he gave it the smack-down. Christie joked it's one of the perks of being governor - you can kill critters on your desk without getting into any trouble. Well, not completely true. The animal rights group PETA issued a statement criticizing what they called a thoughtless act.

7:24 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Changes proposed for Marshall elementary schools in 2015

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Superintendent's proposal would put pre-school through first grade students in one elementary building, split second through fifth grades in two others
MARSHALL - Marshall Public Schools would transform its elementary school makeup by 2015 if its Board of Education approves a model recommended Monday by the district superintendent. Currently, Marshall runs three elementary buildings that each educate kids in kindergarten through fifth grade, and houses preschoolers in its Shamrock Center.

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