9:37 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Emergency Manager says Benton Harbor will end fiscal year with surplus

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Emergency Manager Tony Saunders says he will discuss fiscal outlook and his report to Governor Rick Snyder at special meeting on Tuesday
BENTON HARBOR - The city of Benton Harbor will have a budget surplus by the end of the 2013-2014 fiscal year, says Emergency Manager Tony Saunders.
9:31 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Wet spring allows mosquito population to flourish

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April flooding provided many breeding grounds for mosquitoes
A combination of this spring's record rainfalls and high temperatures has created the perfect conditions for a flourishing mosquito population in West Michigan - just in time for Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the summer outdoor season.
9:28 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Detroit Emergency Manager says collection at Detroit Institute of Arts could be at risk if city files for bankruptcy

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Spokesman for Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr says there's no plan on the table to sell any asset of the city
The city's new emergency manager has told the Detroit Institute of Arts it may "face exposure to creditors" if the city is forced to seek bankruptcy protection, a spokesman said Thursday night. "This is a precautionary measure," said Bill Nowling, spokesman for Kevyn Orr, the city's emergency manager.
Memorial Day
9:22 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Ceremony at Fort Custer among Memorial Day weekend events

Fort Custer National Cemetery
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The Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta will mark Memorial Day with its annual ceremony on Sunday. It begins at 2:00. 

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7:15 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Jobless rates drop in most Michigan labor markets in April

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Michigan's unemployment rate was 8.2% last month
Calhoun County's jobless rate edged down in April while its employment remained flat, according to data released Thursday. The state's Bureau of Labor Market Information reported a 6.6 percent unemployment rate for the county, down from 6.8 percent in March. That number was 7.1 percent in April 2012.
Around the Nation
7:01 am
Fri May 24, 2013

NYC Mayoral Candidate Uses Wrong Skyline On His Homepage

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 8:01 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Some photos on Twitter ended Anthony Weiner's congressional career. The latest online image, not quite as damaging. Weiner launched his campaign yesterday to be mayor of New York City, and a gorgeous city skyline showed up on his homepage: the skyline of Pittsburgh, my home town. I'm honored if the Web designer is impressed with our city's skyline.

Europe
6:56 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Germany's Beer Makers Come Against Fracking

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 8:01 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

Fracking may have met its match in Germany, where beer makers have lined up against it. Fracking, of course, is a way of bringing up natural gas by pumping water and chemicals into the ground. Germany's powerful beer industry is concerned fracking would pollute groundwater.

Half of Germany's 1,300 brewers have their own wells, and say the pure water is the essence of their famous beers. And if there's one thing Germans take seriously, it's beer.

Michigan education funding
6:53 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Report finds inflation, retirement costs eating up increases in education funding

Kalamazoo school bus - file photo
Credit WMUK

Interview with Bob Schneider

A new report by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan finds that increases to K-12 spending in the state hasn't resulted in additional dollars in the classroom. 

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6:45 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Berrien County seeks grant to expand commercial shipping

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Officials say change would mean fewer dredging problems and allow vessels to reach port with larger cargoes
ST. JOSEPH - Berrien County is seeking a $10 million federal grant to expand the commercial shipping capacity of the St. Joseph River harbor.
6:20 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Superintendent of Livingston Intermediate School District offered contract to lead KRESA

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Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Agency is comprised of nine school districts which include all or part of Kalamazoo County
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - David Campbell, current superintendent of the Livingston Regional Education Service Agency and former head of Olivet Community Schools, has been offered a contract to become the next superintendent of the Kalamazoo RESA. The KRESA board voted 5-0 in favor of Campbell's appointment after an afternoon of public interviews with both finalists, including Curtis E.
Middle East
5:49 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Iranian Council: Ex-President Rafsanjani Unfit To Run Again

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 1:58 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Iran's Guardian Council does not hesitate to use its power. That's the legislative body that vets political candidates for their commitment to the Islamic Revolution. Perhaps no surprise in the upcoming presidential election, voters are able to choose from a very narrow range of candidates - all of whom support the regime. All the high-profile or independent candidates have been eliminated by the Guardian Council. And this caused some shock - those include a man who has already held the post of president.

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Around the Nation
5:34 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Boy Scouts 'Moving Forward,' Vote To Allow Gay Members

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 8:01 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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National Security
5:34 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Obama Tweaks U.S. Vision For Fight Against Terrorism

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 8:01 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene.

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Around the Nation
5:34 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Wash. State Bridge Collapses, 3 People Injured

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 8:01 am

The collapse sent people and vehicles into the water Thursday night. Authorities say there were no fatalities. The bridge, about an hour north of Seattle, lost its northernmost span — taking out all lanes in both directions.

Business
5:14 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Insurers Picked For California Health Exchange

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 8:01 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

More, now, on the new federal health care law. States are preparing for that law to take effect. In California, officials have now unveiled plans - and prices - for millions of residents who will be using a new health insurance exchange to purchase their coverage next year. This is a key test of the federal health law's ability to draw competitive bids from insurance companies. Sarah Varney reports.

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Business
5:14 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Business News

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 8:01 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a comeback.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: Procter & Gamble made a surprise announcement last night. It's bringing back its former CEO as the company's new CEO. A.G. Lafley will replace Bob McDonald. Procter & Gamble is behind names like Crest toothpaste and Tide laundry detergent. The 170-year-old company has been struggling to grow in emerging markets. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Parallels
4:11 am
Fri May 24, 2013

China's Air Pollution: Is The Government Willing To Act?

Skyscrapers are obscured by heavy haze in Beijing on Jan. 13. Air pollution remains a serious — sometimes overwhelming — problem, but researchers say environmental technology is available to solve it.
Ng Han Guan AP

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 11:55 am

Denise Mauzerall arrived in Beijing this year at a time that was both horrifying and illuminating. The capital was facing some of its worst pollution in recent memory, and Mauzerall, a Princeton environmental engineering professor, was passing through on her way to a university forum on the future of cities.

"I took the fast train from Beijing to Shanghai, and looking out the window for large sections of that trip, you couldn't see more than 20 feet," Mauzerall recalled.

To Mauzerall, the lesson was surprising and inescapable.

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Planet Money
3:18 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Can This Man Bring Silicon Valley To Yangon?

Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 9:29 am

Like a proud father, Nay Aung opens up his MacBook Air to show me the Myanmar travel website he has built. But we wait 30 seconds for the site to load, and nothing happens.

"Today is a particularly bad day for Internet," he says. This is life in Myanmar today: Even an Internet entrepreneur can't always get online.

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Food
2:49 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Guava Paste And Tamarind? What To Do With Weird Food Gifts

Harrison Gowdy of Dayton, Ohio, has accumulated various Indian spices, guava paste and coconut oil — among other things.
Courtesy of Harrison Gowdy

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 8:59 am

This is an installment of NPR's ongoing Cook Your Cupboard, a food series about improvising with what you have on hand. Have a food that has you stumped? Submit a photo and we'll ask chefs about our favorites.

Harrison Gowdy of Dayton, Ohio, has developed a reputation among friends and family of liking everything and wasting nothing.

"Sometimes I'll even find things like Swiss chard dropped off on my doorstep," she says. And sometimes she receives foods that stump her.

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StoryCorps
2:46 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Military Moms: A Bond Borne From Shared Loss

Sally Edwards (left), 80, and Lue Hutchinson, 71, visited StoryCorps in Cincinnati. Their sons, Jack Edwards and Tom Butts, are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 8:22 am

In 1991, Kentucky residents Sally Edwards and Lue Hutchinson had sons serving in the Gulf War. Sally's son, Jack, was a Marine captain. Lue's son, Tom Butts, was a staff sergeant in the Army. The two men never knew each other, but today, their mothers are best friends.

Both soldiers were killed in February of 1991. Jack was 34. "They were the cover for a medical mission. The helicopter lost its top rotor blade, and they didn't make it back," Sally says.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:03 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Igor Stravinsky's 'Rite Of Spring' Counterrevolution

After his shocking ballet, The Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky branched out in surprising directions.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 8:54 am

As the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring approaches, commentator Miles Hoffman reminds us that — as earthshaking as that infamous debut was — the composer soon branched out into a variety of musical styles that would surprise his fans and critics.

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10:19 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Grand Rapids John Ball Zoo Society changes management stucture

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Zoo currently operates under partnership between zoo society and Kent County
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - John Ball Zoo Society members on Thursday approved an historic vote that moves the 122-year-old zoo toward reorganizing into a non-profit, public-private partnership.
9:48 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

No military aircraft this year, but Battle Creek air show will go on

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Field of Flight scheduled for July in Battle Creek
Battle Creek may not see military jets in the air July 4, but Dusty will be here. Federal budget cuts have grounded the USAF Thunderbirds, canceling their planned appearance at the 2013 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival.
9:30 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Allegan County approved 911 dispatch upgrades

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County may not spend all $1.1-million
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
ALLEGAN, MI -- The Allegan County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved up to $1.1 million in improvements to the county's 911 central dispatch system. The decision came after a clarification that it wasn't entirely an approval for the full purchase.
Around the Nation
7:23 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Boy Scouts Vote To Allow Gay Members, But Not Leaders

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 6:01 am

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The Boy Scouts ban on openly gay scouts is coming to an end. That's the result of a vote held today by the leadership of the Boys Scouts of America.

WAYNE PERRY: Our vision is to serve every kid. We want every kid to have a place where they belong, to learn and grow and feel protected.

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Shots - Health News
6:27 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Why You Have To Scratch That Itch

The origin of itch has confounded scientists for decades.
Oktay Ortakcioglu iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 11:20 am

Everybody itches. Sometimes itch serves as a useful warning signal — there's a bug on your back! But sometimes itch arises for no apparent reason, and can be a torment.

Think of the itchy skin disorder eczema, or the constant itching caused by some cancers. "A very high percentage of people who're on dialysis for chronic kidney disease develop severe itch that's very difficult to manage," says Dr. Ethan Lerner, an associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School.

Scientists now say they've got a much better clue as to how itch happens.

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Shots - Health News
6:12 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Abortion Opponents Try to Spin Murder Case Into Legislation

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., has introduced a federal bill to ban most abortions after 20 weeks' gestation — six weeks into the second trimester. This is the second straight Congress he's done so, but this time he's broadened his bill to encompass all 50 states, not just D.C.
Matt York AP

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 8:23 pm

As predicted, abortion opponents on Capitol Hill are wasting no time in their efforts to turn publicity over the recent murder conviction of abortion provider Kermit Gosnell to their legislative advantage.

Their latest goal: a federal ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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The Two-Way
6:05 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

After The Storm: Students Gather For One More School Day

Students and teachers from Eastlake Elementary and Plaza Towers Elementary schools gathered Thursday to say goodbye for the summer. This was a chance to reconnect after the devastating tornado brought an abrupt end to the school year at Plaza Towers in Moore, Okla.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 6:08 am

Under cloudy skies and through intermittent showers, 4-year-old Kamrin Ramirez holds in her little hands two cards, one addressed to Ms. Patterson, the other for Ms. Johnson, her two preschool teachers at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla.

"I write thank you so much," she says.

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Science
6:05 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

'Extremely Active' Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted

Hurricane Sandy churns off the Atlantic coast on Oct. 29. NOAA officials are forecasting seven to 11 hurricanes, compared with about six in a typical season.
NASA Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 8:23 pm

Unusually warm ocean temperatures and favorable wind patterns mean the Atlantic is likely to see "an active or extremely active" hurricane season this year, say officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The agency expects between seven and 11 hurricanes and as many as 20 named storms during the 2013 season, which runs from June 1 through November.

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Local Music
5:34 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Electric cello and dancing pears: Listen to The Moxie Strings

The Moxie Strings at the Kalamazoo Irish Festival
Credit The Moxie Strings

About a year ago, the regional band called String Cheese changed their name to avoid confusion with another ensemble called The String Cheese Incident. The name they switched to is The Moxie Strings. The Moxie Strings play at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 24 at the Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers. 

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