12:58 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Part-time KVCC instructors file grievance

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Union officials say the college's proposal would mean "drastic reductions" in pay and hours.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The part-time instructors' union at Kalamazoo Valley Community College has filed an unfair labor charge against the institution with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, the KVCC Federation of Teachers announced Monday. Beginning in the fall, part-time faculty would be limited to nine contact hours a semester, according to an email sent out to KVCC department chairs April 16.
SW Michigan
12:35 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

State prison food may go private

Maximum security prison in Jackson
Credit AP Photo

State corrections officials have reversed course and decided to privatize food services in Michigan’s prisons. The Gongwer News Service says the decision was announced today. The Corrections Department had earlier rejected all bids by private companies saying they wouldn't save enough money. That led to criticism by majority Republicans in the legislature.

Officials say the winning bid by Aramark will save the state $16 million a year but could eliminate nearly 400 jobs.

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Muses And Metaphor
12:15 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Wrapping Up 'Muses And Metaphor'

Throughout April, Tell Me More has been airing poetic tweets in honor of National Poetry Month. Series curator Holly Bass shares final tweets from celebrated poet Richard Blanco and Canadian listener Bauke Kamstra.

Politics
12:12 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Politicos Grade Obama's First 100 Days

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Today marks the 100th day of President Obama's second term. At his inauguration he set up an ambitious agenda and revived his campaign theme of hope.

(SOUNDBITE OF INAUGURAL ADDRESS)

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Politics
12:12 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

President Obama ... All Talk, No Action?

Host Michel Martin continues her conversation about the first 100 days of President Obama's second term. She turns to two Americans with different perspectives on the president's record so far. Tracey Winbush is an Assistant Treasurer of the Ohio Republican Party, and Aracely Panameno is Director of Latino Affairs at the Center for Responsible Lending.

Interviews
12:04 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

C.J. Chivers: On The Ground In Syria

Gmutlu iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 7:48 pm

New York Times reporter C.J. Chivers, has spent much of the past year with the rebels in Syria, and has written poignantly about the impact of the fighting on the lives of ordinary Syrians and its devastating impact on that ancient land. Before becoming a journalist Chivers was a Marine and his knowledge of the military sometimes leads him to stories that only an insider would see.

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U.S.
11:19 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Obama Answers Questions On Syria, Guantanamo, More

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:27 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Let's talk about President Obama's news conference this morning on the 100th day of his second term. NPR's David Welna has been listening in this morning. Hi, David.

DAVID WELNA, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.

INSKEEP: The president was immediately asked about the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

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Europe
7:50 am
Tue April 30, 2013

40,000-Piece Puzzle Has A Great Fall

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 11:19 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The day after British jigsaw puzzle maker Dave Evans finished his 40,000-piece puzzle, it was leaning on a wall and suddenly had a great fall. This biggest ever hand-cut wooden puzzle is a montage of images form the queen's jubilee and it's due to be displayed in one of the queen's ballrooms next week.

So Evans is asking for help, hoping that some of the queen's men and women can help him put it back together again. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Portage Superintendent Search
7:40 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Why is Portage still looking for a new Superintendent?

Portage Central High School - file photo
Credit WMUK

The Portage School Board has decided to reopen its search for a new superintendent. But MLive Kalamazoo reports that some board members are questioning why they weren't able to find a candidate the first time around. 

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Around the Nation
7:37 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Colorado To Tax Legalized Marijuana

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 11:19 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

The debate over taxes now extends to pot. Colorado voted to legalize marijuana but lawmakers have been debating how to tax it, and that debate is partisan. Democrats want taxes high, saying consumers will gladly pay. Republicans want lower taxes, saying otherwise a black market will develop. But to their credit, lawmakers took a deep breath, inhaled, and let the system work. After considering a 30 percent tax, the State House trimmed it to 25.

7:23 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Three finalists selected for Saint Joseph City Manager

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Plainwell City Manager Erik Wilson among three finalists
ST. JOSEPH - City commissioners took just five minutes Monday to settle on three finalists to interview for the city manager's position and appoint an interim manager.
6:41 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Lower water levels prompts call for re-evaluation of Lake Michigan water diversion

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Rep. Candice Miller has asked Governor Snyder to reconsider agreement that diverts water from Lake Michigan to Mississippi River
Washington D.C. - Even flood-causing April rains in west Michigan and heavy snow in the Upper Peninsula won't be enough to overcome record-low water levels in lakes Michigan and Huron that have led to emergency dredging and plenty of worry.
6:34 am
Tue April 30, 2013

New casino opens Tuesday in Dowagiac

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Pokagon Band of Potawatomi opening third Four Winds Casino. Others are in New Buffalo and Hartford
DOWAGIAC - Matt Wesaw, tribal chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, has a simple answer when people ask him why the tribe decided to open a casino in Dowagiac.
6:22 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Marshall residents file petitions against overlay for Oaklawn Hospital

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Overlay district was set for possible expansion of hospital. Neighborhood residents say they want alternatives explored
MARSHALL - Residents believe they have gathered enough petition signatures to force a referendum on the city's Hospital Campus Overlay District ordinance. Martin Overhiser, president of the Marshall Neighborhood Association, said some 20 registered voters helped collect 998 signatures. Only 543 are required to put the issue on the ballot, possibly in the fall.
Politics
5:25 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Advocates Honor LaHood's Time At Transportation Department

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:27 pm

As outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood prepares to hand off the baton to President Obama's nominee, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, Morning Edition reflects on Lahood's legacy. What have he and the president accomplished? What's still to be done?

Business
5:13 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Virgin Galactic Reaches Milestone In Space Tourism Industry

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 11:19 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The billionaire Richard Branson is happy this morning. His Virgin Galactic spacecraft successfully completed its first rocket-powered test flight.

NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

WENDY KAUFMAN, BYLINE: Branson's high flying endeavor has been plagued with delays and technical problems, but on Monday, after an early morning flight from the California desert, the often flamboyant billionaire said history was being made.

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Politics
5:13 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Sanford, Colbert Busch Clash In Sole Debate Before Special Election

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:27 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

There's a high profile congressional race going on in South Carolina and last night the two candidates met in their first - and only - debate. For the Republican, former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. This is an attempted political comeback, but it's being hindered by new allegations by his ex-wife that reminds some voters of how Sanford left office in the first place.

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National Security
3:20 am
Tue April 30, 2013

U.S. Faces Fight At Intersection Of Crime And Extremism

Gen. Antonio Indjai (left), Guinea-Bissau's army chief of staff, at the funeral of the country's late president, Malam Bacai Sanha, on Jan. 15, 2012. The U.S. says Indjai has been involved in drug trafficking, an allegation he denies. He recently eluded a U.S. sting operation that led to the capture of other officials from his country.
Mamadu Alfa Balde AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:27 pm

A suspected drug kingpin from the tiny West African nation of Guinea-Bissau was captured on the high seas by agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency earlier this month, brought to Manhattan and is now awaiting trial.

The dramatic sting operation sheds light on what officials say is a growing national security threat: criminal networks teaming up with extremist organizations.

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Author Interviews
3:20 am
Tue April 30, 2013

'Wonderful Words' In Willa Cather's No-Longer-Secret Letters

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:27 pm

Willa Cather is one of America's greatest literary voices. Most notably, her stories of immigrant farmers in Nebraska are intimate windows into the lives that make up a greater history of American settlement and struggle.

Cather was also a pioneering female writer in a literary world run by men, and a driven businesswoman — meticulous about every detail of her work, down to the very design of a book jacket. And when she died in 1947, she left a will forbidding the adaptation of her works to theater or film and the publication of her personal letters.

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It's All Politics
3:18 am
Tue April 30, 2013

ATF Allies Say Agency Handicapped By Lack Of Director

ATF agents search last week for evidence at the site of the fire and explosion in West, Texas.
Tom Reel/The San Antonio Express-News AP

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:27 pm

It's one of the smallest law enforcement agencies in the federal government, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has sure had a busy couple of weeks.

Dozens of its agents raced to Boston, where they analyzed bombs left near the finish line of the marathon. Others went south to Texas, where a fertilizer plant exploded under mysterious circumstances. Members of the ATF's national response team are still on the scene in tiny West, Texas, sifting through rubble at the blast site, near a crater that's 93 feet wide.

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Latin America
3:17 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Brazil Seeks To Avoid Own Goal Ahead Of World Cup

The renovated Maracana stadium hosts a game by the teams "Friends of Bebeto" and "Friends of Ronaldo" during the stadium's inauguration in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
Silvia Izquierdo AP

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 11:19 am

Soccer isn't just a sport in Brazil, it's a religion, and the main temple is the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

The venue is not only the biggest stadium in Brazil but the biggest in South America. Over the weekend, the newly renovated complex reopened to great fanfare, with stirring musical numbers, a light show and dignitaries including Brazil's president.

The headlines in the local media, however, focused not on the fanfare but on the many problems, from flooding in the VIP area to malfunctioning seats and turnstiles. The stadium was also four months late reopening.

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Shots - Health News
3:09 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Why Calif. Doesn't Want Smokers To Pay More For Health Insurance

Californian State Assemblyman Richard Pan (center) is the author of legislation that would bar higher prices for health insurance sold to smokers.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:27 pm

Smoking has its risks, but in California higher prices for health insurance probably won't be among them.

The federal health law allows states to charge smokers up to 50 percent more for a health plan, but a bill moving forward in the California Legislature would prevent that from happening.

The Affordable Care Act is supposed to remove discrimination in the pricing of health insurance for things like gender and medical condition. Critics say a tobacco surcharge creates a new category of discrimination against smokers.

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9:14 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Portage School Board to reopen superintendent search

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Board members say they will likely have to actively recruit a candidate for the job
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- The Portage Public Schools Board of Education has agreed to reopen its search for a superintendent through the end of May and will ask its search consultant to "reach out" to potential candidates. "I want to make sure we get this right," board President Bo Snyder said.
9:14 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Portage School Board to reopen superintendent search

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Board members say they will likely have to actively recruit a candidate for the job
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- The Portage Public Schools Board of Education has agreed to reopen its search for a superintendent through the end of May and will ask its search consultant to "reach out" to potential candidates. "I want to make sure we get this right," board President Bo Snyder said.
Shots - Health News
4:26 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Big Sibling's Big Influence: Some Behaviors Run In The Family

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 12:02 pm

Patricia East is a developmental psychologist who began her career working at an OB-GYN clinic in California. Thursday mornings at the clinic were reserved for pregnant teens, and when East arrived the waiting room would be packed with them, chair after chair of pregnant adolescents.

It was in this waiting room, East explains, that she discovered her life's work — an accidental discovery that emerged from the small talk that staff at the clinic had with their young clients as they walked them back for checkups.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:20 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Remembering Janos Starker, The Cellist 'Born To Be A Teacher'

Cellist Janos Starker with one of his classes at Indiana University. He said he was "put on this earth to be a teacher."
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 5:48 pm

Renowned concert soloist and prolific, Grammy-winning cellist Janos Starker died Sunday. He was 88.

Starker's career began in his native Hungary, where he entered the Budapest Academy at age 7 and made his solo debut four years later. Starker dedicated his life to music, and left a legacy of teaching and performing.

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Music Interviews
4:02 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Iron And Wine: Words Like Seedlings

Iron and Wine's new album is titled Ghost on Ghost.
Craig Kief Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 5:48 pm

It's kind of surprising that Iron and Wine's Sam Beam has ended up making his living in music. Early on, he received a cautionary lesson from his dad.

"My father used to book Motown bands in college," Beam says. "And he imparted some wisdom on me that it's an easy gig to lose your shirt in."

Beam grew up in South Carolina; he studied art in college, then got into making movies. Music was just something he did on the side, for fun.

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3:34 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Former Kalamazoo city manager eyeing the DC mayoral race?

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Robert Bobb served as Kalamazoo's city manager during the mid-1970's. From 2009 to 2011 he was the state-appointed emergency financial manager of the Detroit Public Schools.
Bobb sought to downplay his efforts, saying that the political conversations should not be interpreted as a prelude to a mayoral run. "I would characterize it as not anything other than I want to be a political voice in town," Bobb said. "I want to watch and see what's going on with all these races.

Sandhya Dirks arrived in Iowa in January of 2012 as a general assignment reporter. Since coming to Des Moines she has covered the Statehouse and traveled across Iowa to bring back stories for IPR. Sandhya was previously a reporter at KALW in San Francisco, covering education and criminal justice issues. Her work was awarded a SPJ Sigma Delta Chi and a regional Edward R. Murrow award.

Most recently, Sandhya earned her Master of Science from Columbia Journalism School in New York. Her master’s project was an investigative documentary about international adoption for which she was awarded the Pasty Preston Pulitzer Documentary Fellowship.

Sandhya’s favorite public radio program is Radiolab.

3:08 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Peters expected to announce U.S. Senate bid

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Republicans thinking about running for the seat held by retiring Democrat Carl Levin include congressman Justin Amash and Mike Rogers as well as former Michigan secretary of state Terri Lynn Land.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Gary Peters is expected to announce his intention to run for Michigan's soon-to-be-open U.S. Senate seat on Wednesday in Rochester Hills. A Democratic source told the Free Press today that Peters, who had been widely expected to run, would announce his intentions and visit several other cities around the state - including Flint, Lansing and Grand Rapids - this week.

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