WMUK News
12:46 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Kalamazoo County holds first Health Equity Summit

Dr. Adewale Troutman, President of the American Public Health Association, speaking in Tampa, Florida, in 2012.
Credit Brian Blanco / AP Photo

The creator of the nation's first Center for Health Equity in a local health department believes that good health care is a "basic human right" that communities everywhere need to make sure their citizens have. That’s the message Dr. Adewale Troutman, President of the American Association of Public Health in Washington, D.C., says he will deliver on Friday, July 19th, at Kalamazoo County’s first Health Equity Summit in Kalamazoo.

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Around the Nation
12:03 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Sterilization Behind Bars: Mothers 'Lose Humanity,' Says Advocate

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World
12:03 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Is Cartel Leader Capture Really A Win For Drug War?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we go to Mexico where this week brought a major development in the drug war. Authorities there captured the man they believe is the leader of the Zetas, a group that's been described as a paramilitary drug cartel responsible for some of the most grotesque violence connected to Mexico's drug war.

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Books
12:03 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

From A Story of Evil, A Lesson In Forgiveness

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Finally today, we go Behind Closed Doors. That's the segment where we talk about issues that people usually keep private. Today, we're speaking with a woman who turned what often becomes a private shame into a very public campaign and ultimately, a triumph. Author Beverly Donofrio turned her experience as a struggling young mother into the best-selling memoir "Riding in Cars with Boys." That was made into a film starring Drew Barrymore in 2001.

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Parallels
11:31 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Despite Repeated Tries, Afghan Peace Efforts Still Sputter

Afghan soldiers take positions following a clash with Taliban fighters on the outskirts of the eastern city of Jalalabad on July 7. The U.S. is trying to organize peace talks, but the latest effort has been put on hold while the fighting continues.
Noorullah Shirzada Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 4:48 pm

The U.S. has been pushing the Taliban and the Afghan government to find a political solution for the past year and a half. But every time it seems the parties are close to starting peace talks, a new demand or controversy arises and nothing happens.

In the latest attempt, the Taliban finally opened a political office in Qatar, a move that was supposed to set the stage for negotiations. But when the Taliban envoys gave that office the trappings of an embassy, a furious Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, called off the talks, and they have yet to be re-scheduled.

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7:29 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Three finalists considered for Galesburg-Augusta interim superintendent

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Board is expected to decide on an interim superintendent at its meeting next week
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
GALESBURG, MI -- Two elementary principals and a Title I consultant interviewed this week with the Galesburg-Augusta Board of Education to serve as the district's interim superintendent for 2013-14, board President Richard Fletcher said.
7:23 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Springfield City Manager finalist for same job in Port Huron

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Port Huron city council will begin interviews next month
SPRINGFIELD - Frank Peterson, city manager of Springfield for more than six years, has been named a finalist for the same job in Port Huron. The 32-year-old is among three candidates being considered for Port Huron's next city manager after Bruce Brown announced he would be leaving the position.
Military voices
7:14 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Military Voices Initiative comes to Kalamazoo

WMUK General Manager Gordon Bolar speaking in December at the launch of Military Voices Initiative in Washington D.C.
Credit StoryCorps

Interview with David Isay

Military service members and veterans have been telling their stories this week at WMUK's studios

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Around the Nation
7:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

96-Year-Old Store Owner Wins Standoff With Robber

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 7:45 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Magaretta Wolf has owned a grocery store in Marshfield, Wisconsin for more than 50 years. So when a masked robber recently demanded she hand over the store's cash, she refused, saying you can have all the Tootsie Rolls you want but I am not opening that cash register. By the way, Wolf is 96.

WMU Board of Trustees
6:29 am
Thu July 18, 2013

WMU board to act on agreement with Cooley Law School

Bernhard Center - file photo
Credit WMUK

Western Michigan University's Board of Trustees will vote Thursday on moving ahead on an agreement with Thomas M. Cooley Law School. 

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Around the Nation
6:14 am
Thu July 18, 2013

PayPal Glitch Makes Pa. Man Very Rich

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 7:45 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

For a moment, Chris Reynolds was the world's richest man. The Pennsylvania resident checked his PayPal account, expecting a zero balance. Instead he found a credit of more than $92 quadrillion. That 17-digit figure did revert back to zero when PayPal corrected the glitch. Still, a guy can dream. As to how he would have spent the money, Reynolds said: Payoff the national debt, then maybe buy the Phillies.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:12 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Detroit pension boards file suit to stop cutting of benefits

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Lawsuit says pension benefits are protected in state Constitution
Detroit's two pension funds on Wednesday sued Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and Gov. Rick Snyder in an attempt to block Orr from slashing pension benefits for thousands of current and active city workers as part of his plan to restructure the city's massive debt.
World
5:07 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Panama Searches Impounded North Korean Cargo Ship

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 7:45 am

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

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

As of this morning, Panama still doesn't know quite what to do with that North Korean cargo ship its impounded. The ship was going through the Panama Canal on its way from Cuba to North Korea. And when Panamanian authorities looked inside under thousands of bags of Cuban sugar, they found parts for missiles, jets and radar systems.

Here to help sort out this discovery is NPR's Tom Gjelten. Good morning.

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Politics
5:07 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Congress Takes Renewed Aim At Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 7:45 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

For the first time since the housing crash, lawmakers are getting serious about dismantling the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They were rescued with $190 million bailout. Two prominent senators - a Democrat and a Republican - have a bill that's attracting some bipartisan support. A separate Republican bill is being introduced in the House today and a third may soon come from Democrats. NPR's Chris Arnold reports.

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Asia
5:07 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Police In India Probe Poisoning Of School Children

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 7:45 am

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

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Parallels
3:25 am
Thu July 18, 2013

As Nelson Mandela Turns 95, South Africa Celebrates

Supporters of Nelson Mandela rally outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, where he has been treated for more than a month. The anti-apartheid icon turned 95 on Thursday.
Jonathan Blakley NPR

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 10:39 am

While South Africa celebrates the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela on Thursday, the former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate remains at a Pretoria hospital, where he's been hospitalized since June 8 with a recurring lung infection.

President Jacob Zuma's office has said that Mandela is in "critical but stable" condition, though Mandela's daughter Zindzi said Wednesday that her father was making "remarkable progress" and could be released soon.

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Code Switch
3:20 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Comedian Hari Kondabolu On Diversity, Race And Burger King

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 3:20 pm

Hari Kondabolu is a brainy comedian who cuts through the polite talk around race and gender. He's made a lot of key people laugh with his incisive anecdotes, including Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien and John Oliver.

A full-time writer on the FX show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, he recently did a comedy bit on the National Spelling Bee, or "as I like to call it," he joked, "the Indian Super Bowl."

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Parallels
3:19 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Al-Jazeera Under Fire For Its Coverage Of Egypt

Posters in Cairo show Al-Jazeera's logo in red with a bloody hand scratching at it. A bullet can kill a man, the poster says, but a lying camera can kill a nation.
Kelly McEvers NPR

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 7:45 am

The past two weeks in Egypt have been a real test for the TV network Al-Jazeera. Accusations that the network is biased toward the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi have resulted in arrests, threats and resignations.

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9:08 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Holland Board of Public Works picks site for natural gas plant

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Will pay $1.6-million for site
The industrial parcel of Fairbanks Avenue and Fifth Street has been chosen as the site of the Holland Board of Public Works new combined cycle natural gas power plant.
9:03 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Michigan's unemployment rate up despite more jobs in June

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More people looking for work helped cause slight increase in jobless rate
LANSING - Michigan's unemployment rate ticked up to 8.7 percent in June as more people entered the job market. The rate increased from 8.5 percent in May, but is down from the revised June 2012 rate of 9.3 percent, according to data released Wednesday from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.
8:59 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Study says Palisades among nuclear power plants most at risk of being shut down

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Report finds economics challenges face many nuclear power plants
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
COVERT TOWNSHIP, MI -- With a study out Thursday placing Palisades on a list of 12 U.S. nuclear power plants most at risk for shutting down, Entergy Corp. declined to comment on the Covert Township plant's financial performance but said it believed that nuclear power would remain an important source of power for the country in the long term.
The Two-Way
6:27 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

EPA Building Named For Bill Clinton; He Says That's Fitting

Former President Bill Clinton hugs House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California as another Democrat, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, looks on at Wednesday's ceremony naming the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters for him.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 7:11 pm

The environment may not come to mind when most people think about former President Bill Clinton, but on Wednesday he defended his legacy as the Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C., was renamed in his honor.

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Arts & Life
5:53 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

For Actress Ruby Keeler, Another Opening, Another Show

Broadway performer Ruby Keeler was a source of optimism for many during the Depression era, and nostalgia hit audiences hard when she returned to the stage decades later.
General Photographic Agency Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 7:11 pm

Ruby Keeler was an unknown actress when she starred in the 1933 production of Busby Berkeley's 42nd Street.

But the movie was so popular she was able to land two more splashy musicals that same year — and seven more by the end of the decade. There was nothing extraordinary about her talents as a vocalist or as an actress, but audiences of the Depression era really bought into Keeler's "innocent" onstage persona. In fact, they craved it.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Congress Debates Taking A Step Back From The Mortgage Market

The government took over mortgage giants Fannie Mae (seen in 2010) and Freddie Mac in 2008, during the worst of the housing crisis.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 7:11 pm

The mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac got hit so hard by the housing crisis that they required a massive federal rescue. Now lawmakers are looking to scale back the two entities' role — and the government's — in the mortgage market.

The Senate Banking Committee is expected to vote Thursday on President Obama's nominee to head the agency that oversees Fannie and Freddie.

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Zoe Chace explains the mysteries of the global economy for NPR's Planet Money. As a reporter for the team, Chace knows how to find compelling stories in unlikely places, including a lollipop factory in Ohio struggling to stay open, a pasta plant in Italy where everyone calls in sick, and a recording studio in New York mixing Rihanna's next hit.

In 2008, Chace came to NPR to work as an intern on Weekend Edition Saturday. As a production assistant on NPR's Arts Desk, she developed a beat covering popular music and co-created Pop Off, a regular feature about hit songs for Morning Edition. Chace shocked the music industry when she convinced the famously reclusive Lauryn Hill to sit down for an interview.

Planet Money
4:59 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

The 'Ask Your Uncle' Approach To Economics

The Federal Reserve, home of the Beige Book.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 7:11 pm

The Beige Book is weird. It's an economic report released by the Federal Reserve every few months, but it doesn't have many numbers in it. Mostly, it's a bunch of stories gathered by talking to businesses around the country. A Fed economist once described it as the "Ask Your Uncle" approach to figuring out what's going on in the economy.

In the Beige Book released today, for example, we learned that:

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The Two-Way
4:28 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

'We're Here To Stay' Says Newly Confirmed Consumer Watchdog

Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Ron Sachs/pool Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 7:11 pm

One day after his two years in limbo ended and he was confirmed by the Senate as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray told NPR that though political bickering held up his nomination he now believes he has bipartisan support for the bureau's work.

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Economy
4:09 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Bernanke Gives Economic Road Map With Uncertain Timeline

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 7:11 pm

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You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

One month ago, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke introduced the idea of winding down the Fed's massive stimulus programs. On that announcement, the markets tanked. Today, Bernanke said pretty much the same thing. But this time, the markets yawned.

As NPR's John Ydstie explains, the Fed chairman appears to have finally found the formula to ease Wall Street's concerns.

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The Two-Way
3:57 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Rolling Stone's Tsarnaev Cover: What's Stirring Such Passion?

Rolling Stone's latest cover.
Rolling Stone

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:42 am

(Click here to see an excerpt from the Rolling Stone story.)

Even before it hit newsstands, Rolling Stone's latest cover caused controversy: It features a full-page photograph of alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sulking, his curly hair messily tossed in front of his eyes.

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3:22 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Medicaid expansion stalls in the Senate

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The measure would provide health care for more than 400,000 additional residents.
LANSING - The Medicaid expansion debate in the Senate will have to wait for at least a couple of weeks. The Senate work group is meeting privately twice a week to look at and tweak the expansion bill passed by the House of Representatives in June.

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