2:54 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Domestic partner benefits ban blocked by judge

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The American Civil Liberties Union challenged a law denying benefits for domestic partners on behalf of five same-sex couples who were in danger of losing their health insurance.
A federal judge has blocked Michigan's ban on domestic partner benefits for employees who work in school districts and local governments. Judge David Lawson in Detroit says the plaintiffs so far have made a "plausible claim" that the law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Arts & Life
2:54 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Bullock And McCarthy, Packing 'Heat' (And Laughs) In Boston

'Heat' Stroke: The genius of this buddy-cop comedy is in its pairing of Sandra Bullock (left, as a by-the-book process nerd of an FBI suit) with Melissa McCarthy, who plays a sloppy Boston detective with no patience for procedure.
Gemma La Mana Fox

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 9:22 pm

Summer movies, as you may have noticed, are overwhelmingly male-dominated. But this summer, there's an exception: The Heat, a buddy cop flick with a distaff difference.

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Shots - Health News
2:15 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Polio Outbreak In Somalia Jeopardizes Global Eradication

Health workers vaccinate a boy against polio at a May immunization drive in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Farah Abdi Warsameh AP

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 9:22 pm

A big worry among people trying to wipe out polio is that the virus will regain a foothold, somewhere to launch a comeback — someplace, perhaps, like Somalia.

Polio has paralyzed 25 kids in Somalia and another six in a Kenyan refugee camp since early May, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative reported Wednesday. Before this outbreak, Somalia hadn't had a polio case in more than five years.

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Africa
12:41 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Can Africa Manage Its Own Growth?

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Africa
12:41 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Blog From The Bedroom Brings Pillow Talk to Africans

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now we'd like to tell you about a blog that's been bringing new spice and new information to the continent. "Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women" features short stories, tips on how to shake things up in the bedroom and information on how to stay safe. The women behind the blog say they want to challenge the idea that sex is something that only men can talk about and only men can enjoy.

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Africa
12:41 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Culture Clash Between Africans And African-Americans?

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Music Interviews
12:03 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

For Carole King, Songwriting Is A 'Natural' Talent

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 10:55 am

This interview was originally broadcast on April 11, 2012.

Carole King initially found it extremely difficult to navigate the social hierarchies of high school. The Grammy Award-winning songwriter was a few years younger than her fellow classmates and was often dismissed as being "cute."

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Medicaid expansion
10:19 am
Fri June 28, 2013

The outlook for Medicaid expansion in Michigan

State Capitol - file photo
Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Governor Snyder came to Southwest Michigan this week to try and rally support for expanding Medicaid. 

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7:28 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Report shows recovery rates vary throughout Michigan

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Kalamazoo should recover jobs all jobs lost during most recent recession in 2018, Battle Creek in 2016
Several Michigan cities aren't expected to recover all the jobs lost during the recent economic downturn until beyond 2023. Meanwhile, the Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor areas already have surpassed their pre-recession peak employment levels, according to a forecast by IHS Global Insight compiled for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
7:22 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Life rings to be installed at beach in Saint Joseph

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Berrien County Commissioners reach agreement after debate over public safety and liability
ST. JOSEPH - Berrien County commissioners Thursday hammered out a compromise that will allow development of a plan to place life rings on the south pier and adjoining Silver Beach Park in St. Joseph.
Around the Nation
7:13 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Designers To Put Homer Simpson's Car To The Test

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene.

"Simpsons" fans might remember an episode where Homer designs a car. It's a puke-green monstrosity with tail fins, extra-large drink holders and a bubble dome to keep kids separated. Well, they couldn't resist. Some automotive designers built a real car based on Homer's epic design.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE SIMPSONS")

DAN CASTELLANETA: (as Homer Simpson) D'oh.

Animals
7:13 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Seattle Moves Fireworks Display Out Of Respect For Eaglets

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Here are two great American symbols that don't always go well together: bald eagles and Fourth of July fireworks. A couple of eaglets are in a nest in a Seattle suburb, right near the spot where the city launches its Independence Day display. The local Audubon Society worried the pyrotechnics would startle the baby birds, still too young to fly. So organizers moved the launch site, plus say this year's display will use quieter fireworks. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:57 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Gay marriage rulings could set stage for expensive Michigan battle in 2016

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Group Equality Michigan is gearing up for a $12-million campaign that would seek to overturn state's ban on gay marriage
LANSING - Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings could set the stage for an expensive and hard-fought repeat ballot campaign in 2016 between backers of gay marriage in Michigan and those who say the institution should be restricted to one man and one woman.
6:17 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Guns, ammunition, explosive devices found in raids on marijuana dispensaries

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Co-owner of one dispensary says he is not breaking the law
Police will conduct tests and interviews as they investigate results of search warrants executed Wednesday at three medical marijuana dispensaries in Springfield and homes in two other counties. Detective First Lt. Wayne Edington, commander of the Michigan State Police Southwest Enforcement Team, said Thursday teams of officers seized marijuana plants, marijuana, weapons and ammunition along with more than 20 small explosive devices.
Africa
5:52 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Obama: Time For A Mutually Beneficial Alliance With Africa

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:13 am

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On a Friday, this is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

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And I'm Renee Montagne. Good morning.

President Obama's trip through Africa is turning out to be political and also personal. The Obama family is visiting three countries in vastly different regions of the continent.

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National Security
4:33 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Defense Officials Indicate NSA Leaks Have Had Consequences

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:13 am

Washington is still trying to determine how much damage has been done as a result of Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA surveillance. Snowden allegedly encrypted the files he took with him, but some officials fear Chinese or Russian intelligence services gained access to Snowden's computers.

Business
4:33 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Feds Sue Jon Corzine Over MF Global Collapse

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:13 am

Federal regulators have filed civil charges against former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine in connection with the failure of his commodities firm, MF Global. The government says Corzine failed to stop the firm from dipping into customer funds during a financial crisis in October 2011.

Politics
4:33 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Agencies Continue To Identify Fallout From Sequestration

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:13 am

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

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning. Well, now that summer is officially here, we thought this might be a good time to check in with some of our colleagues to find out how the federal budget cuts known as sequestration are playing out. These cuts went into effect in the spring, and it is becoming clear that some federal agencies and programs are feeling the brunt, while others have largely escaped.

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Music Interviews
2:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Omar Grows Up To Become 'The Man'

Omar's new album, The Man, is his first project in seven years.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 10:42 am

British singer Omar was a child musician back in the '70s and '80s, but he's done a lot of growing up since then. Now married with two daughters, Omar has a new album, The Man, which marks a turning point in his life.

"It's about changing," he says. "Since I've had [my girls], there's a purpose to my life now. It's about growth, development and evolution."

The Man is the singer's first project in seven years. Stripped down to a natural level, the album is assembled in a way that hearkens back to the musician's early days.

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10:04 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Illinois firm chosen to assist with Kalamazoo city manager search

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Vorhees services will cost city almost $20,000
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission chose Voorhees Associates LLC of Deerfield, Ill., to lead the search for the next Kalamazoo city manager at a special meeting Thursday. Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with Voorhees as the new head-hunting firm after firing Bob Murray & Associates of Roseville, Calif., in May and reopening the search.
StoryCorps
10:00 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

For A Mom, Learning To Accept A Gay Son Was 'Nonnegotiable'

After Samuel Taylor came out to his mother, Connie Casey, the pair had several very difficult years. But in time, Connie realized she had to re-examine her feelings about homosexuality.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:13 am

Samuel Taylor was raised in a religious family. When he came out to his mother, Connie Casey, she sent him to a series of conversion therapy ministries affiliated with Exodus International, the Christian organization that folded this month and apologized to the gay community for trying to "correct" same-sex attraction.

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The Salt
6:11 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Composting On The Way Up In New York City High-Rises

Compost bins at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket in Brooklyn, N.Y. are part of a pilot program to get New Yorkers to recycle their food waste.
Courtesy of Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 10:45 am

High-rise apartment buildings might not seem like fertile ground for making compost.

But officials in New York want to capture and recycle more of the city's food waste — even in some of the nation's most vertical neighborhoods. They're expanding a pilot program that's also trying to encourage composting by turning greenmarkets and libraries into drop-off sites for residents' food waste.

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5:44 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Farmers may need permits for wetland use

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants more restrictions on how wetland use is regulated.
Michigan may lose its Department of Environmental Quality-run wetlands permitting program despite legislation awaiting the signature of Gov. Rick Snyder that is designed to stave off a federal takeover. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for several years has identified problems with the state's enforcement of the Clean Water Act - the only state other than New Jersey that is allowed this power.
Africa
5:44 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Opponents To Mark Morsi's First Year In Office With Protests

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Egypt's President, Mohammed Morsi, was sworn into office one year ago this Sunday. Opposition groups plan major protests to mark the anniversary. Egyptians face rising food prices, fuel shortages and power outages in blistering summer heat.

And Merritt Kennedy reports from Cairo, demonstrators are calling for early elections and vowing to stay on the streets until Morsi quits.

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Around the Nation
5:44 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Texas Gov. Calls Special Session, Reigniting Abortion Debate

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The battle over a new abortion bill in Texas will resume now that Governor Rick Perry has called a second special legislative session. It's scheduled to begin on Monday. This past Tuesday night, an audience far beyond Texas watched as a Democratic state senator filibustered an anti-abortion bill for 12 hours. When Republicans cut her off, spectators jeered and the chamber erupted in pandemonium.

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5:40 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Unemployment rises with summer job hunt

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The joblessness rate in May went up by as much as 0.9 percent in Kalamazoo and Hillsdale counties to only 0.2 percent in Allegan.
KALAMAZOO, MI - More people looking for work during the summer was more than the area job market - which grew -- could handle. That pushed the unemployment rate for the Kalamazoo-Portage area to 7.4 percent in May. "A significant number of individuals entered the job market seeking summer employment in May," wrote Leonidas Murembya in his latest analysis of Southwest Michigan.
5:36 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Michigan 2nd in lightning deaths

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However, Michigan ranks 33rd in the number of lightning strikes.
Michigan is a dangerous place in thunderstorms. We rank number 2 out of 50 states for the number of deaths and injuries from lightning since 1959. That is remarkable since we rank 33 out of 50 states for the number of lightning strikes. Florida has the most lightning, and the most lightning related injuries and deaths.
The Salt
4:12 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

What The Rise Of Cage-Free Eggs Means For Chickens

Cage-free chickens in Harold Sensenig's barn near Hershey, Pa., get to roam and perch on steel rods, but they don't go outside.
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 9:32 pm

The typical life of an egg-laying chicken is beginning to change dramatically.

Ninety percent of the eggs we eat come from chickens that live in long lines of wire cages, about eight birds to a cage. Animal welfare groups have long been campaigning against these cages.

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Movie Reviews
3:01 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Two Master Moviemakers, Two Singularly Fine Films

Saoirse Ronan plays Eleanor, an ancient (and uncharacteristically ethical) vampire in Neil Jordan's Byzantium.
IFC Films

The decade of the 1980s — when major corporations made their presence more felt in Hollywood — was for all kinds of reasons a low point in American moviegoing. But two beacons abroad, Pedro Almodovar and Neil Jordan, reminded us with movies like Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Mona Lisa how films could be personal and still reach a large (or large-ish) audience.

Thirty years later, we have Almodovar's I'm So Excited and Jordan's Byzantium — and these directors are still shining a light.

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Author Interviews
2:39 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

'Americanah' Author Explains 'Learning' To Be Black In The U.S.

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Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 3:02 pm

When the novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was growing up in Nigeria she was not used to being identified by the color of her skin. That changed when she arrived in the United States for college. As a black African in America, Adichie was suddenly confronted with what it meant to be a person of color in the United States. Race as an idea became something that she had to navigate and learn.

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