12:24 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Questions raised about eliminating Holland's Human Relations Director position

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City Council has spread duties of retired Human Relations Director among other city staff.
Members of the city of Holland's Human Relations Commission and International Relations Commission have concerns about the proposal to eliminate the full-time human relations director position.
12:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

MEAP test results show improvement for Kalamazoo area districts

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Kalamazoo School District makes gains, but scores remain below state-wide average
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- A majority of Kalamazoo-area school districts showed gains in reading and math in all grades on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program exams, according to results released today by the Michigan Department of Education. The local results mirrored statewide trends for the tests, which were administered in October 2012.
11:54 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Perrigo completes acquisition of U.K.-based pharmaceutical company

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Allegan-based Perrigo says acquiring Rosemont helps expansion into attractive specialty market.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
ALLEGAN, MI -- Perrigo Co. says it signed a definitive merger agreement and has completed the acquisition of Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd. for $283 million in cash. Rosemont is a specialty and generic prescription pharmaceutical company focused on manufacturing and marketing oral liquid formulations. It was founded in 1967 and is based in Leeds in the United Kingdom.
Remembrances
11:19 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI: A Champion Of Catholic Tradition

Pope Benedict XVI, who announced his resignation Monday, was an ardent defender of Catholic tradition. For a quarter-century before he become the pontiff in 2005, he served as the chief enforcer of Catholic orthodoxy.
Vicenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 1:52 pm

On April 19, 2005, when wisps of white smoke puffed from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Catholic Church had its first German pope since the 11th century.

Just one day before his election as Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger delivered a homily that, many analysts later said, became the platform of his papacy.

He denounced modern trends he said were undermining Catholicism and Western civilization.

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Politics
11:16 am
Mon February 11, 2013

GOP Minority Outreach: 'Future Majority Caucus'

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:28 am

After the 2012 election, many Republicans admit they need to do more to reach out to minorities. The party recently launched a campaign called the 'Future Majority Caucus,' to recruit women and people of color to seek state offices. Host Michel Martin speaks with Ed Gillespie, chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee about the effort.

Arts & Life
11:16 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Valentine's Advice: Love & Manners

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 11:32 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. It's almost Valentine's Day and we realize that, along with the avalanche of pink hearts and stuff, there's also an avalanche of questions at this time of year from whether it's OK to romance by text message to how do you decide who pays for dinner to how to figure out whether you're in love or just, you know, stuck in the friend zone.

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Music
11:16 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Grammy Awards: Winners, Losers & Wardrobe Risks

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 8:10 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The Grammys were last night. Millions tuned in to see who won and who didn't and, of course, the most important thing, who wore what. This year, CBS sent out a memo outlining the expected dress code banning - and, forgive me, but I'm quoting here, "bare, fleshy under-curves of the buttocks and butt crack and puffy, bare-skinned exposure," among other things.

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11:04 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Western Herlad, WIDR-FM Launch 'Save Student Media Campaign' at Western Michigan University

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Student run media sources have an uncertain future at Western Michigan University, due to a loss of advertising revenue and university funding. Student radio station WIDR-89.1FM and student newspaper The Western Herald have launched the 'Save the Student Media Campaign' to acquire funding needed to keep the two operations alive. The groups are proposing a $5 student-assessment fee every semester, which would help keep the student media afloat.
KALAMAZOO, MI - The media industry's well-documented struggles in recent years have spread to the Western Michigan University campus. If a new source of funding isn't found, both the Western Herald and WIDR-FM (89.1) could disappear from campus, said student heads of both organizations.
Religion
10:16 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Benedict XVI, Vatican's Traditionalist Enforcer, Steps Down

The first German pope in a thousand years is a cold, distant intellectual who never served as a parish priest. Cardinal Ratzinger, the Vatican Enforcer, became Pope Benedict XVI. As successor to John Paul II, Benedict was never as beloved by the faithful but still attracted crowds matching those of his media-savvy predecessor.

Religion
9:53 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Papal Succession Process Differs For Resignation Vs. Death

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:41 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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

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Religion
9:44 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Pope's Resignation News Pauses Runup To Obama's Speech

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:41 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And this is the day of the week when we normally talk to our MORNING EDITION contributor Cokie Roberts about politics. This morning, though, politics and the runup to the president's State of the Union Address tomorrow have been overshadowed by the news out of Rome.

So we've asked Cokie, a longtime Vatican watcher, to weigh in on the announcement that Pope Benedict is resigning at the end of this month.

And good morning, Cokie.

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Religion
9:31 am
Mon February 11, 2013

After Pope's Resignation, What's Next For The Church?

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:41 am

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he will resign on Feb. 28. For more on what his resignation means for the future of the Vatican leadership, Steve Inskeep talks with Mathew Schmalz, a professor of religious studies at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

Medical Marijuana
9:22 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Kalamazoo attorney reacts to news on medical marijuana

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A Kalamazoo-based attorney who  has been advocate for decriminalizing marijuana says Michigan could vote in 2016 on a law for limited legalization of marijuana. John Targowski specializes in medical marijuana law. He also helped lead the effort to pass a charter amendment in Kalamazoo that makes possession of small amounts of marijuana the lowest priority of law enforcement. 

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Around the Nation
7:34 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Romance Can Be Tricky For Fortune Cookie Messages

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:41 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Around the Nation
7:24 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Blizzard Conditions Don't Stop Happy Events

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with tales of the New England blizzard. Donna Ambrosia went into labor in Norwich, Connecticut. She inched toward the hospital in an ambulance behind a snowplow and the baby was born in the parking lot. In Portland, Maine, Karen Willis and Greg Beal went ahead with their wedding. Some guests didn't make it, but the bride says it's like the blizzard before her parents married, and the groom declared: Weather be damned, it's been a great day.

Religion
7:17 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Vatican 'Surprised' By Pope's Resignation Announcement

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Within the last hour, we have heard that Pope Benedict is resigning at the end of this month. A Vatican spokesman said the pope's announcement, quote, "took us by surprise," suggesting that even the pontiff's closest aides did not know what he was about to do. The last pope to resign was Gregory XII, in 1415.

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7:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Possible changes for Calhoun County parks

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How to manage endowment created by Enbridge Energy among the issues to be considered by new commission
As Calhoun County works through significant changes to its small system of county-owned parks, a new group of people will oversee the progress. The county has created a 10-member Parks and Recreation Commission to replace the parks board that had fallen under the authority of the county's Road Commission, which was eliminated in November.
Religion
7:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI To Resign Feb. 28

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Surprising news this morning from the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI has announced he is resigning at the end of this month. It is an unprecedented departure in modern times. The last time a pope stepped down, it was 1415, the Middle Ages. At 85 years old, Benedict said he was no longer up to the physical demands of the papacy. We've got NPR's Sylvia Poggioli on the line now live from Rome. Good morning.

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6:21 am
Mon February 11, 2013

More battles over abortion at state Capitol

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Bill requiring vaginal ultrasound before abortion is off the table, but several other measures have been introduced
The continuing battle over abortion legislation that has waged loudly in Lansing last year is shaping up as another front-burner issue in the Capitol this year. At least six bills regarding abortion have already been introduced. Some are retreads of measures brought up last year that either didn't make it through the Legislature or were vetoed by Gov.
Analysis
5:36 am
Mon February 11, 2013

State Of The Union Message To Focus On Economy

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

President Obama goes before a joint session of Congress tomorrow evening to deliver his State of the Union message. White House briefers say the president plans to bring the national conversation back to the economy, after weeks of focusing on immigration and gun violence.

Here for more insight is Cokie Roberts, who joins us most Mondays. Good morning.

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.

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Business
5:36 am
Mon February 11, 2013

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:41 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's move on from pretzels to potato chips with our last word in business. Why not - as in - why not make potato chips that taste like chicken and waffles or cheesy garlic bread?

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Or hot sauce? Why not? We imagine that's what someone at Lays Potato Chips said because these chip flavors are apparently real.

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National Security
5:36 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Pentagon Goes On The Offensive Against Cyber Attacks

Homeland Security analysts watch for threats to U.S. technological infrastructure at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 6:38 pm

With the Pentagon now officially recognizing cyberspace as a domain of warfare, U.S. military commanders are emphasizing their readiness to defend the nation against cyberthreats from abroad. What they do not say is that they are equally prepared to launch their own cyberattacks against U.S. adversaries.

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Music Interviews
4:04 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Hollywood's 'Hooray': Hardly A Happy Hymn

Doris Day's somber 1958 version of "Hooray for Hollywood," which was included on an album of the same name, better reflects the song's creatively complicated lyrics.
Sony Picture Archives

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:41 am

When the Oscars are handed out later this month, the ceremony will most likely be punctuated by music that has pretty much come to stand for movies and Movieland. Ironically, the composer grew up in Detroit, and the lyricist came from Savannah, Ga. — yet together they wrote the quintessential Tinseltown anthem.

"Hooray for Hollywood" was written for the Warner Brothers film Hollywood Hotel. It was a corny little "let's-go-to-Hollywood-and become-stars" movie from 1937, with some cute dialogue.

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Shots - Health News
3:38 am
Mon February 11, 2013

How Parents Can Learn To Tame A Testy Teenager

Brad McDonald and his 14-year-old daughter, Madalyn, are working to understand each other during her teenage years.
Courtesy of Brad McDonald

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:41 am

If you're the parent of a teenager, this may sound familiar: "Leave me alone! Get out of my face!" Maybe you've had a door slammed on you. And maybe you feel like all of your interactions are arguments.

Kim Abraham, a therapist in private practice in Michigan, specializes in helping teens and parents cope with anger. She also contributes regularly to the online newsletter Empowering Parents. Abraham says, for starters, don't take it personally.

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Asia
3:33 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Auntie Anne's Pretzels In Beijing: Why The Chinese Didn't Bite

The China Twist by Wen-Szu Lin chronicles the author's (ultimately unsuccessful) attempt to bring Auntie Anne's pretzels to China.
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Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:41 am

The lure of the China market is legendary. The dream: Sell something to 1.3 billion people, and you're set.

The reality is totally different.

Ask the MBAs from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School who tried to launch Auntie Anne's pretzels in China. The result is a funny, instructive and occasionally harrowing journey that is now the subject of a new book, The China Twist.

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The Record
3:03 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Mumford & Sons Take Home Album Of The Year Grammy

Mumford & Sons (from left: Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford, Ted Dwane and Winston Marshall) accept the award for album of the year at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 12:25 pm

Listen to Mandalit del Barco's radio report from the Grammys at the audio link.

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9:30 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Battle Creek's north gateway fights crime, blight

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Business owners say proactive policing has held crime rate down. But they say city can do more.
Among Battle Creek's heaviest traveled roads, Northeast Capital is in need of the most help.
9:23 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Women's Basketball: Western Michigan 55 Bowling Green 54

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Corie Buchanan's layup with 4.6 seconds left gives Broncos the win.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO - It's called accountability and coach Shane Clipfell has been preaching that to his Western Michigan University women's basketball team since the day he walked in the door. It's taken awhile for the Broncos to buy into it, but after winning a game like they did on Sunday, maybe they are starting to believe.
9:19 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Medical Marijuana registry shows rise in patients from Southwest Michigan

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All counties in Southwest Michigan saw increases in 2012, compared to 2011.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The number of registered medical marijuana users in Michigan is on the rise, fueled largely by sharp increases in cardholders from counties in Southwest Michigan. The number of registered medical marijuana patients statewide rose to 124,175 in Fiscal Year 2012, which ended Sept.
9:14 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Granholm says she has no plans to work in Obama cabinet

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Granholm who now lives and works in California says she's not planning to move to Washington D.C. anytime soon.
Washington - Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm confirmed Sunday she has no plans to join President Barack Obama's cabinet. Granholm, a former state attorney general and two-term governor, has been rumored to be in the running for one of many open cabinet slots, including running the Transportation, Labor or Energy Departments.

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