2:51 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Saugatuck back on harbor dredging wish list

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Local officials hope to get state money to deepen the city's channel to Lake Michigan. Saugatuck had initially been left off of the list because it doesn't have any public ramps or docks.
Cruise ship arrival key to change of mind
It's All Politics
2:49 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Would-Be Federal Judges Face The Washington Waiting Game

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 7:23 pm

To understand what's happening with federal judge vacancies, consider this: The Senate voted Monday night to approve the nomination of Robert Bacharach to sit on the federal appeals court based in Denver.

Bacharach had won support from both Republican senators in his home state, and his nomination was approved unanimously. But he still waited more than 260 days for that vote.

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The Opinion Page
2:48 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Op-Ed: It's Time To Raise The Minimum Wage

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JENNIFER LUDDEN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Jennifer Ludden.

Now, the Opinion Page. It's a no-brainer, that's how secretary - former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich described President Obama's recent proposal to raise the federal minimum wage. The plan would boost minimum pay from 7.25 an hour to $9. In a syndicated column, Reich wrote, a mere $9 an hour translates into about $18,000 a year, still under the poverty line.

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Law
2:44 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Is The Voting Rights Act Relevant In 2013?

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JENNIFER LUDDEN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Jennifer Ludden in Washington. Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the Voting Rights Act. At issue: whether to uphold Section Five, which requires nine states and parts of seven others, to get federal approval to change their voting laws. Congress just reauthorized the mandate in 2006.

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2:33 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Is Head Start in KRESA's future?

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The program is currently run by Kalamazoo County's Health and Human Services Department.
KRESA will likely know in the spring who is successful receiving the grant, Kristi Carambula said. However, KRESA is operating as if it will take control of the program. "We're planning on it being at KRESA," Carambula said. KRESA staff is meeting weekly with the current Head Start staff to prepare for a transition.
Author Interviews
1:38 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Whitey Bulger Bio Profiles Boston's Most Notorious Gangster

FBI AP

The remarkable story of gangster Whitey Bulger begins in the housing projects of South Boston and ends with his capture by the FBI in 2011 after his 16 years on the lam. By then, Bulger was wanted for 19 murders, extortion and loan sharking for leading a criminal enterprise in Boston from the 1970s until 1995. During much of that time he was also an informant and being protected by the FBI.

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1:12 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

New state Democratic leader wants to broaden base

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Lon Johnson takes over leadership of the Michigan Democratic Party with eyes on 2014 election.
Detroit - Lon Johnson vowed to broaden the Michigan Democratic Party's traditional fundraising and volunteer base beyond the union halls of organized labor en route to becoming state party chairman this weekend.
1:06 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Michigan business leaders support raising gas taxes, vehicle fees to repair roads

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Representatives of industries such as tourism and agriculture say the state's needs to pay for better roads.
LANSING, MI - Several Michigan business leaders called on lawmakers and the governor to increase gas taxes and vehicle registration fees to raise money for the state's crumbling roads and bridges. They said deteriorating roads hurt everything from manufacturing and agriculture to tourism and a host of other businesses.
Music Reviews
12:24 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Guards: Anthems With Gravitas

Guards just released its debut album, In Guards We Trust.
Olivia Malone Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 1:38 pm

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Arts & Life
11:39 am
Mon February 25, 2013

High Honors for Actress Deavere Smith

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 1:56 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now, we turn to a giant in the arts world. You probably know the name, Anna Deavere Smith. You might know her from her role on "The West Wing" or as the no-nonsense old school hospital administrator, Gloria Akalitus, on the Showtime series, "Nurse Jackie."

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SERIES, "NURSE JACKIE")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: How do you sleep at night putting someone out of a job?

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Books
11:39 am
Mon February 25, 2013

The Science Of Being 'Top Dog'

ManoAfrica iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 1:16 pm

"To compete well means to take risks that are normally constrained by fear," Po Bronson tells NPR's Michel Martin.

Following their best-selling book, NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, Bronson and Ashley Merryman teamed up again for Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing.

Bronson says "risk-taking is a crucial quality of competitiveness." Science shows that "if you focus on the odds, you tend not to take the risk," he says.

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Around the Nation
11:39 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Grief Still Very Real For Trayvon's Mom

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 12:03 pm

Tuesday marks one year since the fatal shooting of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin. The case has drawn a lot of national attention and polarized America on issues of race and self-defense. Host Michel Martin checks in again with Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, and her attorney, Benjamin Crump.

Movies
9:11 am
Mon February 25, 2013

'Argo,' 'Life Of Pi' Win Top Oscars

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 4:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Okay. The movies "Argo" and "Life of Pi" and the actors Daniel Day Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence were among the winners at last night's Academy Awards. NPR's Mandalit Del Barco was backstage.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO: It wasn't a Hollywood star who announced this year's Best Picture. That honor went to First Lady Michelle Obama via satellite from the White House.

MICHELLE OBAMA: And the Oscar goes to "Argo."

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Kellogg breakfast
7:56 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Kellogg expands world hunger relief efforts

Kellogg and its foundation "Kellogg Corporate Citizenship Fund" plan to increase access to breakfast around the world. 

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7:50 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Michigan agencies use taxpayer money for lobbying

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Staff time spent trying to influence lawmakers. Governor's spokesman says it's not "insidious."
Lobbying is normal in the course of public business, but when the government lobbies itself, the practice can involve taxpayer resources used to pursue a political agenda. Like expanding a state-run district that manages underachieving schools. Restructuring a major health care insurer. Or enacting right to work.
Around the Nation
7:19 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Woman's Doorstop Is 450 Million Years Old

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 3:49 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Betty LeMaster watched a television program in Smyrna, Tennessee - a show about geology - and it got Ms. LeMaster wondering about the 10-pound rock she'd used as a doorstop for years.

She took it to Middle Tennessee State University and according to the Daily News Journal, testing revealed her doorstop is fossilized coral 450 million years old. Older than the dinosaurs, and still holds the door just fine.

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

Movies
7:13 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence's 'Silver Linings' Night

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 3:55 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Actress Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook." Surely, that will be remembered longer than her performance at the Academy Awards. On the red carpet she used a four-letter word which ABC bleeped. Inside, she fell on her way to accept the award. Later, reporters asked how she'd prepared for the evening. Lawrence said her family had taken over her house and at some point, quote, "I did a shot." It could happen to anybody.

6:37 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Low lake levels lead to scramble for money to dredge harbors

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Water levels at or near historic lows threatens shipping industry and tourism.
So much of Pentwater's well-being hinges on the channel - the 2,500-foot-long entryway from Lake Michigan to the harbor. The channel brings in boats. The boats bring in visitors. The visitors bring in money. And the money sustains the village's shops, restaurants and vacation rental business.
Sports
6:30 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Jimmie Johnson Wins Daytona 500 For 2nd Time

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 2:10 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Jimmie Johnson won the Daytona 500 yesterday, only his second career victory. [POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: It was his second win at Daytona.] And he made it past Danica Patrick, the first woman to ever win the pole position with the fastest qualifying time. She finished eighth. NPR's Mike Pesca was at the race.

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6:22 am
Mon February 25, 2013

White House report says sequester could mean furloughs in Michigan and cuts in education funding

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Obama administration says automatic cuts in federal spending will also mean fewer vaccinations for children, less for meals for seniors.
With $85-billion in automatic, across-the-board spending cuts to go into effect Friday, White House officials on Sunday hiked up the pressure on congressional Republicans, issuing a set of state-by-state reports detailing the damage that would be done.
6:15 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Students and parents make up less of Calhoun County's population

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Change in population has caused schools to turn to non-parents for volunteer work.
Cory William leaned over a computer in a classroom at Harper Creek High School last week, offering tips to a student trying to program a robot for the school's robotics club. Week after week for the past three years William has come, helping the dozen or so Robo Beavers teammates construct their machines for a competition this spring at Gull Lake High School.
Business
5:38 am
Mon February 25, 2013

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 9:11 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: pirates beware.

If you download copyrighted material illegally, you might get a warning from your Internet service provider starting as soon as today. That's according to blogs covering file-sharing communities like Bit Torrent, where users share and download movies and music for free. Big copyright holders like the Motion Picture Association of America, have been working with Internet providers on ways to punish online pirates, although we do not yet know what the punishment might be.

Business
5:38 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Business News

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 9:11 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a new economic forecast.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: The latest survey of economic forecasters by the National Association of Business Economics predicts 2 percent growth this year. That is down from last year's 2.2 percent. The current budget battle in Congress is partly blamed for slowing the economy now.

The survey goes on to say that next year could be better if budget issues are resolved by then. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Richard Gonzales is NPR's National Desk Correspondent based in San Francisco. Along with covering the daily news of region, Gonzales' reporting has included medical marijuana, gay marriage, drive-by shootings, Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, the U.S. Ninth Circuit, the California State Supreme Court and any other legal, political, or social development occurring in Northern California relevant to the rest of the country.

Around the Nation
5:07 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Oakland To Issue IDs That Double As Debit Cards

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan (center) and former Oakland Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente are registered for the Oakland City ID Prepaid MasterCard program by Jaime Suriano (left) Feb. 1 in Oakland, Calif.
Ben Margot AP

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 9:11 am

The city of Oakland, Calif., is taking a major step toward helping to bring many of its residents, especially illegal immigrants, out of the shadows.

It will issue a municipal identification card to anyone who can prove residency.

Oakland isn't the only city to issue such ID cards to illegal immigrants. New Haven, Conn., and San Francisco already do that.

The Oakland card, however, has a unique feature — it doubles as a debit card.

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Shots - Health News
3:26 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Pediatricians Urged To Treat Ear Infections More Cautiously

Giancario Gemignani-Hernandez, 2, of Pittsburgh has his ear examined by Dr. Alejandro Hoberman.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 6:40 pm

Hoping to reduce unnecessary antibiotics use, the American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday issued new guidelines for how doctors should diagnose and treat ear infections.

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Shootings In Newtown, Conn.
3:25 am
Mon February 25, 2013

What Will Happen To All The Letters People Sent to Newtown?

A drawing from a child sent to Newtown. Illustrator Ross MacDonald, who wants to archive and preserve art like this sent to the town after the elementary school shootings, calls it "both profoundly moving and just a beautiful piece of folk art."
Courtesy of Ross MacDonald

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 9:11 am

Two months after the massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut, letters, cards and gifts continue to arrive in Newtown each day, but the town is not sure what to do with it all.

The outpouring of grief started arriving just days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School — poetry, stories, banners and posters. Soon the halls of Newtown's Municipal Center and buildings all over town were packed with messages from children and parents, from a soldier in Afghanistan and an inmate at a California prison.

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Shots - Health News
3:24 am
Mon February 25, 2013

How 'Crunch Time' Between School And Sleep Shapes Kids' Health

A new poll explores what happens in American households during the hours between school and bedtime.
Image courtesy of The Bishop family (left), The Benavides family (top right), NPR (center) and The Jacobs family (bottom right)

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 11:30 am

It's an important question for American families and the nation as a whole: Why do so many kids weigh too much?

There are recent hints the epidemic may be abating slightly. Still, one in every three American kids is overweight or obese.

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The Salt
3:23 am
Mon February 25, 2013

The Microwave Miracle Of Cooking In Mugs

Washington Post Food and Travel Editor Joe Yonan whips up some macaroni and cheese in an NPR mug.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 4:50 pm

Lunchtime is around the corner, and your tummy is rumbling. If you've got a microwave, a mug and a few basic ingredients, you can cook up a meal right in the office.

Morning Edition's David Greene recently started microwaving scrambled eggs in a mug for those early mornings on hosting duties. It led him to wonder about the other possibilities of this culinary art.

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University adminissions
9:16 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Bridge Magazine examines increase in out of state and international college students

Michigan State University Administration Building
Credit Michigan State University

The headline on a recent Bridge Magazine article asks “Is a student from China taking my kid’s college slot?” The story uses a series of charts to show the rise of out of state and international students at some universities in Michigan. 

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